January 11th

Psalm 25:4-5 – may this be the longing and commitment of our hearts:

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.  Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Chronological Reading: Psalm 25, 29, 33, 36, & 39

Common Prayer: Psalm 61:4-8; Habakuk 2; Galatians 3:15-22

  • God, may I be as committed as Habakuk was to hearing your word, “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me…”

Brother Lawrence, while not the first to come up with this idea, became famous for his idea of, “practice of the presence of God.”  It’s the simple idea that ALL of life, all we do, everything we consider to be mundane could also be opportunities to be in prayer, worship and the in the presence of God.  Lawrence thought much of what we do to pull off things like ‘worship’ and ‘prayer’ were just too hard and complicated, and in that thought he wrote:

Men invent means and methods of coming at god’s love, the learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love and it seems like a world of trouble to bring onc self into the consciousness of God’s presence.  Yet it might be so simple.  Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?

In that line of thought, my hope and prayer for today for me, my family and my friends is that we may truly sense God in every moment, and that we, no matter how mundane or crazy life may get, could make our whole life a prayer to Him as we remember this simple assurance of Psalm 29:11

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

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