Prayer and Love

January 13, 2013

Today’s Reflection

PRAYER IS coming into the presence of the One who loves us all the time – more than our parents ever loved us even in the best of times – and waiting in that presence, merelybeing there in that presence.

That’s all. Coming and waiting and being there.

Prayer, you see, is a fellowship, a meeting, a merging.

You don’t even have to talk when you don’t want to or don’t know what to say. All you have to do is to become aware of the fellowship, to pay attention to it the way you would if you were with an ordinary friend. …

God accepts you in silence as well as in words. All you have to do is feel God’s love for you, and when you feel it, respond in any way your heart wants. …

You do not pray in order to get something from God that God was going to give you anyway. You pray in order to feel God’s love and to give God your love.

- John Killinger
Beginning Prayer

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Today’s Question

Write, and pray, a love letter to God. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Luke 3:21-22, NRSV

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

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember Emily Balch (January 11).

Lectionary Readings

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robert moeller January 13, 2013 at 3:03 am

Lord, it is a wonderful thing to be with you.

As a teacher, as a parent, and as a soon to be grandparent, children are very precious, thank you for them Lord. Help us with your wisdom and love to do what is right in your sight for them. In your name I pray, Amen

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 13, 2013 at 6:46 am

Father God, thank you for the privilege of prayer. Thank you that we can come to you just as we are. Thank you for your unconditional love for us. Thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for your goodness and loving kindness. I love you God.

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Edy January 13, 2013 at 7:51 am

Dear Lord, Thank you for your comfort and mercy when I need it since mom passed. I hope she is enjoying your presence and is now one of your angels, sleeping, waiting for you to release her and all the others who are awaiting release to be among all the other saints. Thank you, please continue to watch over us all during the funeral. Amen

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Edy, may the Holy Spirit comfort you and your family during this time of grief. May God surround you with His love and peace.

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rosslyne January 14, 2013 at 2:55 am

Heavenly Father I ask of Thee to strengten and guide me through the new year,to bring my relationship with my four daughters as Thee would like it to be..especially my oldest one..she’s 16 years..and the pressure she faces at school and life..protect my family,let us grow nearer to You,feel Your love as it is unconditional..I pray this in Your Holy name AMeN!

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Michael Ulmen January 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I agree that GOD is present with us in some ways and at some times, but if the pains and suffering are ongoing with Him here,and He sees what we are suffering now, what is He doing to stop the suffering now, and what will we be expirencing being with Him for all of eternity?

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