Today’s Reflection

GOD EXPECTS US, like the vineyard, to produce fruits of praise and glory. God expects us to share our blessings with others: to feed a hungry world, mend a broken relationship, forgive ourselves and others. We sin; we do not pray. We neglect others and think only of ourselves when the needs of humanity are so vast.

Again and again, we try God’s patience. Again and again, God sends love and grace, and we reject it. So God sends more. God’s love is unparalleled and unending. It’s a circle of love, patience, and grace. When our lives of prayer and praise cease, there will be others to take up the chant. The circle of life is a blessing. The circle of God’s grace is the circle of our lives.

- Disciplines 2014

From the reading for October 2 by Bruce Blumer, page 328 in The Upper Room Disciplines 2014: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2013 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Spend time in confessional prayer and reconnect with the grace God extends continuously. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

Psalm 19:1-2, NRSV

This Week: pray for broken relationships. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:  
Matthew
(September 30).

Lectionary Readings

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Humanity’s Prayer

September 30, 2014

Today’s Reflection

THE MORTAR OF THE CHURCH is prayer. And our prayer … is that God will make “all things new,” that God will make me new as well and all those who have likewise longed for and loved God’s appearing. That we who pray to God will be made the people of God at last. That God may take up eternal residence, make eternal dwelling among us!

With or prayer books or empty handed, speaking or silent, on account of the tradition or in spite of it, we pray – and indeed all of humanity prays, whether they know it or not – to see the redemption God has promised. We pray to see the end of the old world and the beginning of the new, the demise of enmity in us and between us, the feast that God will prepare for all peoples.

- Thomas R. Steagald
A House of Prayer

From page 65 of A House of Prayer: The Power of Praying in Community by Thomas R. Steagald. Copyright © 2014 by Thomas R. Steagald. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Think about the way your prayers combine with those of others. How does this change the way you pray? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Exodus 20:16, NRSV

This Week: pray for broken relationships. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:  
Matthew
(September 30).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2014, a ministry of GBOD | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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Holy Listening

September 29, 2014

Today’s Reflection LISTENING DEEPLY TO ANOTHER PERSON places us on sacred ground. The person we pay attention to is a child of God, made in the divine image. Moreover, God is present with us when we listen deeply to one of God’s precious sons or daughters. So we can also listen for God as we […]

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God Hears Our Prayers

September 28, 2014

Today’s Reflection PLEASE PRAY FOR ME, a friend asks. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them,” we say in response to tragedy. Much of our praying involves intercession for others. It carries our compassion. Though any sincere prayer of the heart seems valid to me, I must admit that my own practice of intercessory prayer […]

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The Pressure of Perfect

September 26, 2014

Reflection for September 27, 2014 ROMANS 12 INCLUDES a substantial listing of godly shoulds. Most of them, including “[Be] given to hospitality” (v. 13, KJV), concern community life. In the middle of the exhortations the apostle interjects a caveat, which the poetic King James renders “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you […]

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The Spiritual Path

September 26, 2014

Today’s Reflection SPIRITUALITY IS NOT NECESSARILY a comfort zone. Most of us, myself included, prefer a spiritual path that builds inner peace, self-esteem, confidence in times of trouble, and so on. We prefer not to embark upon a spiritual path that leads to painful inner change and difficult questions! … The spiritual path certainly leads […]

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Message to Email Reflections Subsribers

September 25, 2014

Well, we still haven’t successfully found that piece of pesky hacker code that is adding an unwanted link to the email version of the Daily Reflections. We’ve talked about suspending the emails until we either find and remove the source of the problem, or reinstall the Daily Reflections web site from scratch. However, suspending delivery of the […]

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Staying Connected to Christ

September 25, 2014

Today’s Reflection TWO WAYS OF STAYING CONNECTED to Christ involve (1) removing what is unnecessary in our lives, and (2) staying focused on the vine. On one side we have the vine, our life source. On the other side we have fruit. Our effectiveness is determined by which one we focus on, and in our […]

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Please Pardon Irrelevant Link

September 24, 2014

Somewhere in the delivery of the email version of the Daily Reflections, our account has been hacked. Please be patient as we correct this issue. Peace, The Daily Refections Team.

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God the Great Planter

September 24, 2014

Today’s Reflection JAMES EMPLOYS THE IMAGE [in James 1:17-27] of God the Great Planter who prepares the soil, plants the seed, and nurtures the growth. As James writes, we are the first fruits of everything God created. Wow! But I don’t always feel that way. Many days I feel like the leftovers at the bottom […]

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