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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 1

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the firmness of the earth, the songs of the wind, the rays of the sun, the rising of the tide. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:1-12

One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.

Blessed are those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

“Blessed are you when people mock you, persecute you, lie about you, and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.”

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In the silence, ask this in prayer:

  • What is one thing, Lord, that You would have me do this day?
  • What is one thing, Lord, that You would like me to change?

Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart.

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may learn from You and draw from your strength.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each heartbeat, Lord, with each and every breath. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 2

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the firmness of the earth, the songs of the wind, the rays of the sun, the rising of the tide. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:13-16

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

“You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

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In the silence, ask this in prayer:

  • What is one thing, Lord, that You would have me do this day?
  • What is one thing, Lord, that You would like me to change?

Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart.

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may learn from You and draw from your strength.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each heartbeat, Lord, with each and every breath. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 3

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the hardness of stone, the dance of wind in trees, the rays of sun through clouds, the rush of water over rocks. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:17-20

“Do no think that I have come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I have not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth passes away, not one jot or one tittle shall pass from the law, till all is fulfilled. Whoever breaks even the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do so, that person will be considered the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever follows them and teaches others to do the same, that person will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

“For I say to you, unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

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In the silence, ask this in prayer:

  • What is one thing, Lord, that You would have me do this day?
  • What is one thing, Lord, that You would like me to turn away from?

Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart.

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 4

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the hardness of stone, the roar of whirlwind, the warmth of sun, the rush of water over rocks. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:21-26

“You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.

“So if you are ­pre­sent­ing a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you,  leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.

“When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison. And if that happens, you surely won’t be free again until you have paid the last penny.”

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In the silence, ask this in prayer:

  • Lord, what would You have me do today?
  • What would you have me turn away from?

Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart.

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk today.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 5

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the hardness of stone, the howl of wind in trees, the warmth of sun on face, the chuckle of water over rocks. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:27-32

“You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So if your eye—even your good eye—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your hand—even your stronger hand—causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

“You have heard the law that says, ‘A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.’ But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What do you feel, Lord, as you encounter me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, joy, fear, anger? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself?

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk today.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 6

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the coolness of stone, the howl of wind in trees, the brightness and warmth of sun, the crack of shifting ice. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:33-37

“You have also heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you make to the Lord.’ But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s throne. And do not say, ‘By the earth!’ because the earth is his footstool. And do not say, ‘By Je­ru­sa­lem!’ for Je­ru­sa­lem is the city of the great King. Do not even say, ‘By my head!’ for you can’t turn one hair white or black. Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What do you feel, Lord, as you encounter me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, joy, fear, anger? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself?

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 7

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the coolness of stone, the howl of wind, the dance of sunlight on snow, the crack of shifting ice. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:38-48

“You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.

“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What do you feel, Lord, as you encounter me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, joy, fear, anger? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself?

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 8

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the hardness of frozen earth, the bite of wind on cheek, the fracture of sunlight through snow, the drip of melting ice. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:1-4

“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What do you feel, Lord, as you encounter me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, joy, fear, anger? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself?

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 9

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the hardness of frozen earth, the bite of wind on cheek, the warmth of fire in hearth, the drip of melting ice. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5-18

“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! Pray like this:

Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

May your Kingdom come soon.

May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins,

as we have forgiven those who sin against us.

And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What do you feel, Lord, as you encounter me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, joy, fear, anger? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself?

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 10

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the hardness of frozen earth, the howl of wind, the warmth of fire in hearth, the drip of melting ice. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-24

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What do you feel, Lord, as you encounter me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, joy, fear, anger? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself?

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 11

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the soft and oozing mud, the swirling mists, the sun breaking through clouds, the patter of raindrops on roof. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:25-34

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What do you feel, Lord, as you encounter me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, joy, fear, anger? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself?

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 12

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the aroma of moist earth, the rush of wind in evergreens, the warmth of fire in hearth, the falling of melting ice. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:1-6

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What do you feel, Lord, as you encounter me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, joy, fear, anger? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself?

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 13

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the hard and crusty earth, the howl of wind, the reflection of sun on snow, the drifting flakes of snow. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:7-11

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What do you feel, Lord, as you encounter me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, joy, fear, anger? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself?

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 14

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the hardness of frozen earth, the rush of wind in trees, the crackle of fire in hearth, the rattle of icicles as they fall. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:12

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What do you feel, Lord, as you encounter me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, joy, fear, anger? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself?

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 15

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the hardness of stone, the rush of wind through hair, the warmth of sun on face, the drip of melting ice. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:13-14

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What do you feel, Lord, as you encounter me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, joy, fear, anger? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself?

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 16

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in stones peeking through snow, the bite of cold air on cheek, the sunlight shining through clouds, the mist hanging in air. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:15-20

“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What do you feel, Lord, as you encounter me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, joy, fear, anger? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself?

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 17

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the hardness of frozen earth, the brush of wind on cheek, the pallid light of a misty morning, the lazy white snowflakes drifting down. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:21-23

“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What do you feel, Lord, as you encounter me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, joy, fear, anger? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself?

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 18

Awaken my spirit to Your constant presence, O God. Let me hear You speak in the roughness of the trail, the quiet breeze blowing through hair, the sunlight reflecting on snow, the dampness of melted ice. Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:24-27

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What do you feel, Lord, as you encounter me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, joy, fear, anger? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself?

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O Father, show me the path You want me to walk this day.
O Christ, walk with me as I go forward. Bind me in Your yoke beside You, so that we may walk forward together, and that I may draw from Your strength as we pull together in the field of Your Kingdom.
O Spirit, fill me with unselfish love and break my pride that I might reflect You in all my attitudes, words, and deeds.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 19

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the snow covered landscape, the song of wind in trees, the dazzling sunlight of morning, the drip of melting snow.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Readings: Matthew 13:58; 17:20

Jesus did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.

“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 20

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the dark mud of springtime, the cool breeze in hair, the warming sun on face, the sounds of running water.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: John 2:1-10

There was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”

“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 21

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work through the stones in the pathway, the songs of birds in trees, the sunlight shining through morning frost, the ripples of water on pond.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: John 4:46-53

As Jesus traveled through Galilee, he came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die.

Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?”

The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.”

Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.

While the man was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. He asked them when the boy had begun to get better, and they replied, “Yesterday afternoon at one o’clock his fever suddenly disappeared!” Then the father realized that that was the very time Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And he and his entire household believed in Jesus.

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 22

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the frost hardened earth, the movement of clouds on wind, the morning sunlight fractured through mist, the splash of puddles on sidewalk.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Luke 5:4-11

When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”

“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.

When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.

Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 23

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the warming earth, the whisper of wind in evergreens, the crackle of fire in hearth, the gentle patter of spring showers.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 8:1-4

Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”

Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. Then Jesus said to him, “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 24

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the swelling buds on trees, the cool air still sharp in lungs, the warmth of sun on back, the gurgling joy of melted snow.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Mark 2:2-12

The house where Jesus was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”

But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”

Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 25

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the first earthworms of spring, morning air that smells of life, the pink of morning sunrise, the mist hanging in air.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Luke 7:11-16

Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.

Great fear swept the crowd, and they praised God, saying, “A mighty prophet has risen among us,” and “God has visited his people today.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 26

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the first green of snowdrops and crocus, the frosty breath of morning, the warmth of midday sun, the wetness of early dew.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Mark 4:35-41

As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.

Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 27

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the looseness of warming earth, the wind stirring the trees, the dim sunlight in storm, the thunder, lightning, and rain.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Mark 5:1-15

They arrived at the other side of the lake, in the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus climbed out of the boat, a man possessed by an evil spirit came out from a cemetery to meet him. This man lived among the burial caves and could no longer be restrained, even with a chain. Whenever he was put into chains and shackles—as he often was—he snapped the chains from his wrists and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Day and night he wandered among the burial caves and in the hills, howling and cutting himself with sharp stones.

When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw him, ran to meet him, and bowed low before him. With a shriek, he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the name of God, I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had already said to the spirit, “Come out of the man, you evil spirit.”

Then Jesus demanded, “What is your name?”

And he replied, “My name is Legion, because there are many of us inside this man.” Then the evil spirits begged him again and again not to send them to some distant place.

There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside nearby. “Send us into those pigs,” the spirits begged. “Let us enter them.”

So Jesus gave them permission. The evil spirits came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd of about 2,000 pigs plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water.

The herdsmen fled to the nearby town and the surrounding countryside, spreading the news as they ran. People rushed out to see what had happened. A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons. He was sitting there fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid.

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 28

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the greening turf of spring, the old leaves carried on wind, the dazzling sunlight of morning, the white of fluffy clouds.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Mark 5:25-34

A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.

Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”

His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 29

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the resurrection of spring, the returning flight of robins and wrens, the warmth of the morning light, the wetness of dew on grass.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Mark 5:21-24, 35-42

Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.”

Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him.

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Messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”

But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”

Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”

The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed.

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 30

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the budding landscape, the windswept skies, the sunlight reflected green, the drip of spring rain.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 9:27-31

After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”

They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?”

“Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”

Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t tell anyone about this.” But instead, they went out and spread his fame all over the region.

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 31

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the smell of turned earth, the breath of breeze on cheek, the quiet light of evening, the drip of sweat on brow.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Mark 6:34-44

Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.”

But Jesus said, “You feed them.”

“With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!”

“How much bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.”

They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.”

Then Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred.

Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed from those loaves!

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 32

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the softness of turned earth, the whisper of wind in trees, the light that energizes life, the smell of an afternoon shower.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.

Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”

But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”

Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

“Yes, come,” Jesus said.

So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 33

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the solidity of paving stones, the dance of seeds on wind, the painted light of sunset, the coolness of evening mist.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Mark 15:21-28

Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.”

But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.”

Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.”

But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”

Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”

She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.”

“Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 34

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the bright bloom of daffodil, the air alive with birdsong, the light-infused morning mist, the moistness of stirred soil.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Mark 7:31-37

Jesus left Tyre and went up to Sidon before going back to the Sea of Galilee and the region of the Ten Towns. A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him.

Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!

Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news. They were completely amazed and said again and again, “Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.”

Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 35

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the exploding dandelions, the seeds borne on breeze, the insect buzz in dazzling light, the fresh succulence of grass.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Matthew 15:32-39

Jesus called his disciples and told them, “I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry, or they will faint along the way.”

The disciples replied, “Where would we get enough food here in the wilderness for such a huge crowd?”

Jesus asked, “How much bread do you have?”

They replied, “Seven loaves, and a few small fish.”

So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to the disciples, who distributed the food to the crowd.

They all ate as much as they wanted. Afterward, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food. There were 4,000 men who were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children.

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 36

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the deliciousness of  mown green, the gentle breeze in hair, the hope of morning light, the spray of dew on feet.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Mark 8:22-26

When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged him to touch the man and heal him. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, “Can you see anything now?”

The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.”

Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly. Jesus sent him away, saying, “Don’t go back into the village on your way home.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 37

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the pungence of spread compost, stirred air before rain, light troubled by running clouds, a torrent of rain on roof.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Mark 9:15-29

When the crowd saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with awe, and they ran to greet him.

“What is all this arguing about?” Jesus asked.

One of the men in the crowd spoke up and said, “Teacher, I brought my son so you could heal him. He is possessed by an evil spirit that won’t let him talk. And whenever this spirit seizes him, it throws him violently to the ground. Then he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they couldn’t do it.”

Jesus said to them, “You faithless people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

So they brought the boy. But when the evil spirit saw Jesus, it threw the child into a violent convulsion, and he fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth.

“How long has this been happening?” Jesus asked the boy’s father.

He replied, “Since he was a little boy. The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.”

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”

The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”

When Jesus saw that the crowd of onlookers was growing, he rebuked the evil spirit. “Listen, you spirit that makes this boy unable to hear and speak,” he said. “I command you to come out of this child and never enter him again!”

Then the spirit screamed and threw the boy into another violent convulsion and left him. The boy appeared to be dead. A murmur ran through the crowd as people said, “He’s dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and helped him to his feet, and he stood up.

Afterward, when Jesus was alone in the house with his disciples, they asked him, “Why couldn’t we cast out that evil spirit?”

Jesus replied, “This kind can be cast out only by prayer.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 38

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the hardness of rock, the dance of white clouds, the warmth of sun on back, a cool plunge in deep water.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: John 9:1-11

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”

“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!

His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!”

But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!”

They asked, “Who healed you? What happened?”

He told them, “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went and washed, and now I can see!”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 39

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the sweet smell of lilac, the air alive with buzzing bees, the morning sunlight, the drying of spring rains.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Luke 13:10-16

One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God!

But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. “There are six days of the week for working,” he said to the crowd. “Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath.”

But the Lord replied, “You hypocrites! Each of you works on the Sabbath day! Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out for water? This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 40

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the grip of roots in soil, the song of wind in trees, the brightness of life-giving light, the spatter of raindrops on leaves.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: John 5:1-10

Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”

“I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”

Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”

Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, so the Jewish leaders objected.

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 41

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the life of fecund soil, the power of rushing wind, the dazzling light of sun, the force of moving water.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: John 11:17-28, 37-44

When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days. Bethany was only a few miles down the road from Jerusalem, and many of the people had come to console Martha and Mary in their loss. When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.”

Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”

“Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.”

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”

“Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.” Then she returned to Mary.

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Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them.

But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”

Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

*       *       *

O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 42

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the stickiness of wet clay, the hawk riding an updraft, the rise of evening moon, the mist emerging with darkness.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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DAILY PRAYER for WEEK 43

Awaken my spirit to Your miracles all around, O God. Alert me to Your constant presence. Let me see you at work in the sprouting of myriad seeds, the wind in rustling leaves, the light dancing on water, the clouds sculpted by wind.

Hold me close, that I might hear the steady beat of Your heart, and tune my heartbeat to beat with Yours. Speak to me through Your word as I read it, and then in the silence through Your always-present Spirit.

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Scripture Reading: Mark 10:46-52

Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.

But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”

So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.

“My rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”

And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

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Acknowledge that Jesus is there with you through His Spirit. Tell Him what is on your heart. In the silence, ask this in prayer: “What miracle do You want to work in me today? What miracle would You like to accomplish through me?”

As you listen for God’s answer, what do you feel right now? Do you feel peace, confidence, inadequacy, fear? What can you learn from your feelings? Do your feelings make sense in light of what you believe about God? About yourself? Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.

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O Father, show me the work You would have me do today and empower me to do it.
O Christ, work Your miracles in me and empower me to bring Your life-giving presence and power to others. Take my little faith and grow it to at least the size of mustard seed, that Your miracles might be possible in and through me.
O Spirit, fill me with sense of Your loving presence, granting me faith in Your overwhelming power and love, that I might be an instrument of Your peace to those around me.

Three in One and One in Three, let me know Your presence this day and always. Make me more like you with each beat of my heart, with each and every breath I take. Amen.

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