Centering Prayer & Devotional – Sept. 3 , 2021

The Welcoming Prayer for Healing – Centering Prayer (Please gently become aware of your interior state, and repeat this prayer.)

God, I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment.

God, I know it is for my healing.

God, I welcome all thoughts, and emotions.

God, I let go of my desire for control. God, I let go of my desire for approval.

God, I let go of my desire to change people.

God, I open myself to your love.

God, I open myself to your healing grace.

Now we will slowly breathe in through our nose, and then slowly breathe out through our mouths as we repeat one word, “Amen”, 3 times, while we refocus ourselves in our New Supernatural Reality Jesus: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Confession:

The life we enjoy in You came as a free gift, but we play make believe that we can pay You back, as if that is something that You asked for or is even possible. We have turned Your gift into a transaction and fall back toward the grave from which we were freely saved. But in Your grace, we fall only to find that the grave was closed at Jesus’ resurrection. Forgive us for striving to repay Your gift of life that was earned for us on the cross. Being saved and accepted through Your free gift, let us go on following Jesus and overflowing with gratitude. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of The Day:

Lord our God, we thank you that you come to help us with your power and might. We thank you that you come to us in our suffering and strengthen us in all we must endure on earth. You help us so that what is good and full of light comes more and more to us and to all people. We thank you and pray that your power, coming from the invisible world into the visible, may continue its quiet working in us until the day when everyone can see Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and into all eternity. Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional:

DAILY MEDITATION:

COLOSSIANS 1:15-20

Christ Jesus is . . . (Colossians 1:15)

Today’s lyrical hymn from St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians gives us a terrific launching point for pondering who Jesus is. Let’s take some of the verses and use them to lift our hearts in praise and worship:

Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). “Jesus, when you took on humanity, you made the eternal unseen God visible. You are proof that God is not far off and unreachable. Thank you for humbly coming near to me and showing me the Father!”

All things were created through him and for him (Colossians 1:16). “Jesus, every created thing came from your love and your goodness and is a reflection of that love and goodness. The smallest atom or the biggest galaxy—everything that exists has come to be not only through you but for your glory. I give you praise for the glory that is revealed in creation.”

In him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17). “Jesus, you didn’t just create the universe; you continue to hold it together even now. Lord, there is so much division and separation between people, but I believe that if you can hold creation together, you can bring your divided children together as well. Thank you for the hope you give us!”

He is the head of the Body, the Church (Colossians 1:18). “Jesus, you have primacy in all things: in creation, in the Church, even in my life. You lead and guide me even though I don’t always see how you are working. You are always ready to fill me with your love and mercy—even to reach out to the world through me.”

In him all the fullness was pleased to dwell (Colossians 1:19). “Jesus, you are not only the image of God, but you are also the eternal Son of God. You are God from God, light from light. There is nothing lacking in you—you are perfect, totally pure, and completely holy. I give you thanks, Lord, that from God’s fullness dwelling in you, I can find fulfillment for my own life.

“Jesus, you are greater than I could ever imagine on my own. Thank you for the gift of the Scriptures that helps me lift my mind so that I can meditate on you and give you praise!”

“Jesus, I bow to you in humble adoration.”

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

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