Centering Prayer & Devotional – 11/8/21

Centering Prayer * St. James' Episcopal Church

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:

Merciful God, we confess that we have often failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love. We have not loved our neighbors, and have refused to hear the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray, and free us for joyful obedience; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional: LUKE 17:1-6

The Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” (Luke 17:5)

Faith is powerful. That’s why Jesus said that even the tiniest seed of faith could uproot a mulberry tree (Luke 17:6). Yet few of us think we have that kind of faith. So today, let’s join the apostles in praying for more faith and believe that, even though our faith may be lacking, Jesus will answer our prayer.

Increase my faith, Lord, in the power of your cross to defeat the sinful tendencies in my life. Through your cross and resurrection, you have set me free. Help me to believe that I am truly free and that sin no longer has power over me.

Increase my faith, Lord, in the grace that enables me to forgive those who have hurt or offended me. Only you can soften my hardened heart.

Increase my faith, Lord, in the power of your sacraments. Let me experience your abundant mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. May I always believe that you truly pardon my every sin. Open my eyes to your presence in the Eucharist and to the grace you bestow on me every time I receive your Body and Blood.

Increase my faith, Lord, in the power of the Scriptures to speak to me, to convict me, to guide me, to inspire me. Let me cling to your word each day, knowing that through it, you are speaking words of love and truth to me.

Increase my faith, Lord, in your power to heal. Help me to believe that when I pray for someone, your hand stretches out to restore that person, body and soul.

Increase my faith, Lord, so that I can trust that you care for my every need. Help me to pray persistently, even when I doubt that you are listening. Help my faith to remain strong even when I don’t see my prayers being answered in the way I desire. May I always believe that your plan for my life is bigger and better than mine.

“Lord, you know that my faith is often weak. But I trust that when I exercise the faith I do have, you will make that small mustard seed inside of me grow, flourish, and glorify you.”

“Jesus, ‘I do believe, help my unbelief’” (Mark 9:24).

Conclude with 8 minutes of Prayer:

Pray The O Father Slowly

O 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 them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

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