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 listen to the other person. …

In any conversation with another person but especially around matters of faith, you can practice these basic principles of listening:

  • Take a few slow breaths, remembering who you and the other person are in God’s sight: beloved children of God. Invite the Spirit to help you listen well.
  • Set aside your own agenda. Give your whole attention to the other person. Ask clarifying questions only if you need to.
  • Look into the other person’s eyes with warmth and receptivity. Indicate by your physical posture that you are available to listen. You need not keep constant eye contact, but let it be with an open, loving look when your eyes meet.
  • Listen with your heart as well as your head. Attend to the feelings and mood expressed in the other person’s posture, gestures, and tone of voice.
  • Remain aware of God’s presence with you both. Breathe little prayers of praise, gratitude, or supplication as you feel so moved in the course of listening to the other person.
  • At the end of your time together, thank the other person for the opportunity to hear his or her story, viewpoints, or struggles.

    - Marjorie J. Thompson
    Exploring the Way Participant’s Book

    From pages 51-52 of Exploring the Way: An Introduction to the Spiritual Journey Participant’s Book by Marjorie J. Thompson. Copyright © 2005 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

    Today’s Question

    Look for an opportunity to practice holy listening. Share your thoughts.

    Today’s Scripture

    20:2 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;

    20:3 you shall have no other gods before me.

    Exodus 20:2-3, 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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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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Praise Be To God

September 23, 2014

Today’s Reflection OPEN MY MOUTH, LORD, that praise may flow more easily than requests, thanks more readily than complaints. Praise be to you, O Lord, for life and my intense desire to live. Praise be to you for the mystery of love and for my intense desire to be a lover. Praise be to you […]

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