The Jesus Prayer

August 29, 2014

Today’s Reflection

FROM THE FIFTH CENTURY on, spiritual guides taught the use of the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” The Jesus Prayer comes from two scripture sources. One is the prayer of the tax collector in the Temple: “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” (Luke 18:13). The other is the cry of the blind man by the road near Jericho who calls out to Jesus, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18:38).

A short form of the prayer is “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.” The prayer’s shortest form is simply the name Jesus. Especially in Eastern Christianity people have been taught to repeat this prayer constantly as a way of praying without ceasing. With the help of a teacher, people learn to coordinate the prayer with breathing so as to “inhale” the presence of Christ and to “exhale” all that keeps one from loving God.

- J. David Muyskens
Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God

From page 49 of Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer by J. David Muyskens. Copyright © 2006 by J. David Muyskens. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Practice a form of The Jesus Prayer today. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Romans 12:18, NRSV

This Week: pray for world leaders. 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:  
Augustine of Hippo
(August 28).

Lectionary Readings

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Jesus, Like a Mother

August 28, 2014

Today’s Reflection

A MOTHER MAY ALLOW a child to fall sometimes and be distressed in various ways for its own benefit, but out of love can never allow any kind of danger to come to her child. And though our earthly mother may allow her child to perish, our heavenly Mother Jesus can never allow us who are his children to perish. For he is almighty and all wisdom and all love and none is like him, may he be blessed.

Often when our falling and our wretchedness are shown to us, we are so fearful and greatly ashamed of ourselves that we scarcely know where to hide. But then our courteous Mother does not want us to flee away. Nothing would suit him less. He wants us then to act like little children. For when they are distressed and afraid, they run quickly to their mother. If they can do no more, they cry to their mother for help with all their might. That is what he wants us to do, like a meek child, saying, “My kind Mother, my gracious Mother, my beloved Mother, have mercy on me. I have made myself foul and displeasing to you, and I cannot change it except with your help and grace.”

- edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe
Encounter with God’s Love

From pages 55-56 of Encounter with God’s Love: Selected Writings of Julian of Norwich, edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe. Copyright © 1998 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What image about this image of Christ speaks to you? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 12:9-10, NRSV

This Week: pray for world leaders. 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:  
Augustine of Hippo
(August 28).

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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Listening to God

August 27, 2014

Today’s Reflection FOR FAITH TO GROW, we must be open and listening to God through scripture, prayer, worship, music, nature, people, and the circumstances of our lives. Then we must be obedient to God’s will and direction for us as we discern them. True Christian faith leads us to involvement with others and sensitivity to […]

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Turn Yourself Godward

August 26, 2014

Today’s Reflection LET IT BEthat you will everturn yourself Godward.In clarityand in confusion,in distressand in delight,may your mindfind its home and its restin the One whose thoughtsare ever stayed on you. –Jan L. Richardson, In the Sanctuary of Women – Jan L. Richardson In the Sanctuary of Women From page 100 of In the Sanctuary […]

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Draw Aside

August 25, 2014

Today’s Reflection DRAW ASIDE tonight and look up to the heavens. You don’t have to say anything. You don’t have to pray. Think about the vastness of the universe, the way in which God set each star and planet in its place. Listen. Look. Marvel. Make time for silence and solitude. As you behold the […]

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Thank You and I Love You

August 24, 2014

Today’s Reflection FIVE SIMPLE WORDS expressed by and to a dying person can mean more than any others. Saying thank you can bring joy and peace to dying persons and their caregivers. Baptist preacher Joel Gregory writes that when members of the Masai tribe of West Africa express thanks, they sit on the ground in […]

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Interruptions

August 23, 2014

Today’s Reflection TODAY WILL HOLD INTERRUPTIONS. We can count on it. Let’s ask God to give us eyes to see these interruptions as opportunities the way Jesus did. The diversion could be an opportunity to stop and be present with someone else. The unwelcome intrusion might be an opening to experience life rather than rush […]

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Make Me Worthy, Lord

August 22, 2014

Today’s Reflection Make me worthy, Lord, to serve you and all the world’s people who live and die in loneliness, hunger, poverty, and sickness. Give them through my hands this day their daily bread, and by my love, give them peace and joy. –Rueben P. Job & Norman Shawchuck A Guide to Prayer for All […]

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Seeking God’s Guidance

August 21, 2014

Today’s Reflection THE NEXT TIME you face a challenge or difficult decision for which you seek God’s guidance, try this. Every morning get up 20 or 30 minutes earlier than normal. Go to a quiet place where you can be alone. Light a candle. Quiet yourself before God for a few minutes and then thank […]

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Bread of Life

August 20, 2014

Today’s Reflection GRACIOUS LORD, you are the Bread of Life, who provides for all my needs and satisfies the deepest longing of my heart; graft me into the very center of your great tree of life; feed me, nourish me, and care for me like a tender vine that I might grow into Christ in […]

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