Wednesday, Sept. 14

Welcome to the daily prayer guide for the month of September! Today is Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Morning

By now, you’ve probably developed a clear sense that we begin by approaching God with reverence and praise. God is holy! See if you can achieve this attitude in prayer using your own words or mental images today. Because God is holy, we confess where we have not been holy in thought or deed, an act that allows us to draw nearer to our creator.

As we move into our petitions, let’s return to the pattern where we begin with global concerns and work our way closer to home, considering the needs of our nation, our community, our church, our family, and finally, ourselves.

Take time to read these Bible verses in a contemplative and meaningful way: Job 40:6-14 and 42:1-6; in the New Testament, Luke 22:31-33 and 22:54-62. If you’re a note taker, you might want to jot down the lessons about God’s character and human character to be found in these words.

Give yourself a few minutes of silence before resuming your day.

Noon

Pray the Lord’s Prayer slowly, contemplating each line.

Again, give yourself a few minutes of silence before resuming your day.

Night

I hope you continue with the meditative prayer techniques taught earlier. As you close out your daily prayer journey, you might want to record some of your impressions on paper, or perhaps with a voice recorder. These impressions may be images, feelings or words that came to you. What you record may begin to guide you at other times as you connect the prayer experience to daily life.

May you dream the dreams of saints secure in their faith.

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