Come Near to God

October 25, 2014

Today’s Reflection

SIN, THE SLUG in the soul, the ocean of darkness, the attempt at self-sufficiency, the artful thousand-headed dispersion of ourselves that would maneuver us to escape ever being willing to enter that single chamber, is deeply imbedded within us. Perhaps that is enough to say.

But in the chamber of prayer where we become aware of the piercing love of God, in the light of his love, we are brought with an unflinching clarity to see that “I have a closed room” and “I have a hidden key.”

To come near to a God of revealing love is to change.

- Douglas V. Steere

Dimensions of Prayer

From pages 38-39 of Dimensions of Prayer: Cultivating a Relationship with God by Douglas V. Steere. Original Edition Copyright © 1962 by Douglas V. Steere. Revised Edition © 1997 by Dorothy Steere. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

As you pray today, contemplate the nearness of God. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”

He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Matthew 22:37-40, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are starting over. 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:  
Anne Sullivan
(October 20).

Lectionary Readings

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I Am With You Always

October 24, 2014

Today’s Reflection

“I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS.” This is the eternal source of our daily life of prayer. This is no technique. We are in deep waters of the most intimate of all possible relationships that flow to us – forever fresh and new – from minute to minute. And, as with all that lives, our relationship with the ultimate Person is organic, open-ended, unexpected, asymmetrical, and unfolding.

- Flora Slosson Wuellner
Feed My Shepherds: Spiritual Healing and Renewal for Those in Christian Leadership

From Feed My Shepherds: Spiritual Healing and Renewal for Those in Christian Leadership, by Flora Slosson Wuellner. Copyright © 1998 by the author. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How does your faith perspective change if you think of it as unfolding and changing, minute to minute?Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

1 Thessalonians 2:8, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are starting over. 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:  
Anne Sullivan
(October 20).

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’s Song for Us

October 23, 2014

Today’s Reflection GOD LOOKS AT US with love, kindness, and great compassion at all times. Zephaniah 3:17 tells us that God takes great delight in us, calms and quiets us with divine love, and rejoices over us with singing. I wonder what song God is singing over me right now? What song is God singing […]

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God of Light and Glory

October 22, 2014

Today’s Reflection GRACIOUS LORD, God of light and glory, you are the beauty I seek and the power to whom I entrust my life: enable me to rest in the knowledge of your love and care so that through the witness of my life, others might come to know you as you truly are. Amen. […]

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To See and To Be Stunned

October 21, 2014

Today’s Reflection WE ARE CALLED, in this broken world, to open ourselves to the beauty that persists. To allow ourselves to see and to be stunned.BLESSINGMay you move through this daywith eyes open to the Godwho shines like the sunwithin and around you. – Jan L. Richardson In the Sanctuary of Women From page 38 […]

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God’s Great Yes

October 20, 2014

Today’s Reflection “MAY YOU EXPERIENCE ANEW God’s great Yes to you and to creation – and may this Yes set you free.” – Sam Hamilton-Poore Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation From page 78 of Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation by Sam Hamilton-Poore. Copyright © 2008 by Sam […]

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God, the Divine Friend

October 19, 2014

Today’s Reflection HUMAN LOVE INVOLVES ATTACHMENT. Thus, if I do not nurture my primary friendship with God, I may unwittingly turn to my human friends for basic spiritual sustenance. It can be hard to lean on the everlasting arms of the sometimes hidden Divine Friend. … Friendship with God usually requires a conscious awareness of […]

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A Spirituality of Simplicity

October 18, 2014

Today’s Reflection WHEN WE BEGIN to live a spirituality of simplicity, our primary concern ceases to be success and becomes faithfulness. We are called to live with integrity, to express the truth as we perceive it, and to trust in God’s ability to use what we offer. – Elizabeth J. CanhamHeart Whispers FromHeart Whispers: Benedictine […]

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Listening and Speaking

October 17, 2014

Today’s Reflection ANY GOOD conversation consists of both listening and speaking. In a natural rhythm – a dance – both partners move and respond to each other in time to the music. This is no less true of the process of prayer. After a time of listening to God in the stillness, we are moved […]

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A Movement of Compassion

October 16, 2014

Today’s Reflection OUR TIMES CRY OUT for a mass movement of compassion. This urgent need coincides with the goal of the Christ-following life, for unless our faith makes us compassionate, it can hardly be called Christian. Following Jesus means moving out of our privatized, isolated, and self-enclosed worlds into a compassionate engagement with our suffering […]

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