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Prayer Connects Us

Today’s Reflection

PEOPLE WHO ENGAGE IN PRAYER PRACTICES naturally begin to slow down and look around them, see and appreciate their community and those in it. They become curious about one another and about God. They also have the space to begin to notice how God is working in them; their desire to follow these leadings grows.

Leading a Life with God

From page 156 of Leading a Life with God: The Practice of Spiritual Leadership by Daniel Wolpert. Copyright © 2006 by Daniel Wolpert. 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 is prayer connecting you to others? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1, NRSV

This Week: pray for unity within communities. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Kateri Tekakwitha (July 14).

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  • Jill July 15, 2017, 5:42 am

    What the author says has been quite true of my experience. I continue to “show up”. Despite my distractedness during prayer, I keep at it. And over the past few years – I have found my thoughts going towards prayer at moments during the day in which they would not have in the past. I am quicker to pray for a boisterous student in hall, as opposed to being frustrated. And I certainly have noticed “the space” the author mentions…indeed He is at work.
    It has been 3 1/2 weeks since I injured my arm at tennis. I have missed it quite a bit. When someone asks “what are you doing this summer?” – my first response is playing tennis…everyday. I have missed the competition and camaraderie on my four teams, and now the season is down to its last week. Another player on my team got hurt Thursday night – and there is no one to fill in for today’s match. So – I am going to give it a go. I tentatively hit balls yesterday with my double’s partner for about 20 minutes and had no pain. Have missed playing with her, too – as any day when our team isn’t playing – we are playing. Gotta get back on the horse sometime – might as well be today.
    Grateful to celebrate my friend’s birthday yesterday. She has been improving – and we had a nice afternoon of shopping and she wanted sushi for her birthday dinner. A quite little Thai restaurant was a good choice for an early dinner.

  • robert moeller July 15, 2017, 6:19 am

    Yes, today’s reflection is true, I do pray for others during the day. Am thankful for the blessings of the day and I don’t get upset when I discover things that went wrong. I work to correct them and carry on. Too much wasted energy otherwise.

    Thankful my move went well, have half the truck unloaded thanks to unexpected help from a neighbor. Will help him move some things later today.

    Erich is doing well at work, he’s saving money.

    Will respond to posts later today as I catch up.

    Blessings to all who come to the UR. Thank you for sharing.

  • Julie July 15, 2017, 8:12 am

    Visiting my mom this weekend to celebrate her birthday. Going to the bank today to sign paperwork so that I have access to her account if something were to haappen to her. Not something Ilike to contemplate.
    Back in my hometown.
    Finding and participating in this forum has strengthened my prayer life. I find that my prayers are more meaningful and have greater clarity.
    Blessings to all.
    Robert, glad move went well. Jill, good luck with your game and your elbow.

  • Carol July 15, 2017, 2:16 pm

    I don’t think prayer does this. I believe when Gods love has been shed in our hearts and kicks out fear, we are not into ourselves any more but into others.

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