Lent Daybook, 27: Hear My Prayer

Lent Daybook, 27: Hear My Prayer

Welcome to a Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Click through the link to see the full post.

Look: Leaping Flames, Lyon County, Kansas, 2009, Larry Swarm - Source

Listen: “O Lord Hear My Prayer” from Taizé Reflections, Vol. 1, Various Artists - Spotify | YouTube | Lyrics

Read: Psalm 102; Jeremiah 23:1-8; Romans 8:28-39; John 6:52-59

Pray: from Romans 8:31-32

Do: Spend 15 minutes in silence. Reflect prayerfully on the previous week.

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Advent Daybook, 15: With Thanksgiving

Advent Daybook, 15: With Thanksgiving

An Advent daybook for these 24 days of prayerful expectation. Join me, won't you?

For an introduction read this post: Advent Daybook explained. You can see previous Advent daybook 2018 posts here.

Look: The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth, the Young John the Baptist and Two Angels, Raphael

Listen: “I Am Sure I Shall See the Goodness of the Lord” from Christe Lux Mundi, Taizé

Read: Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18

Pray: “Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.” (Book of Common Prayer, Collect for the Third Sunday in Advent)

Do: For the next 7 days of Advent, we’ll be joining in with countless Christians over the centuries who pray the “O Antiphons” the week before Christmas. Read some of the history in the links provided.

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Lent daybook, 36: Wail, Shepherds!

A Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. (You can see previous Lent daybook 2017 posts here)

Agnus Dei by Willem Zijlstra (source)

Agnus Dei by Willem Zijlstra (source)

Song for today: O Lord Hear My Prayer by Simply Taizé

Listen to all of the Lent Daybook 2017 songs at this playlist on Spotify:  Lent 2017

Wail, shepherds! Cry out for help! Grovel in the dirt, you masters of flocks! Time’s up—you’re slated for the slaughterhouse, like a choice ram with its throat cut. There’s no way out for the rulers, no escape for those shepherds.

Hear that? Rulers crying for help, shepherds of the flock wailing! God is about to ravage their fine pastures. The peaceful sheepfolds will be silent with death, silenced by God’s deadly anger. God will come out into the open like a lion leaping from its cover, And the country will be torn to pieces, ripped and ravaged by his anger.
“I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.
— Jeremiah 25:34-38 * John 10:14-18 (MSG)

Prayer for today:

I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. John 10:16, NIV

Lord our God, bring us together as one. Give us your Spirit so that we may know you, so that joy may fill our hearts, not only for ourselves but also for others. Root out evil from the earth. Sweep away all that offends you, all lying, deceit, and hate between nations. Grant that all people may come to know you, so that disunity and conflict may be swept away and your eternal kingdom may arise on earth and we may rejoice in it. For your kingdom can come to people even while on earth to bring them happiness and to make them your own children. Yes, Lord God, we want to be your children, your people, held in your hand, so that your name may be honored, your kingdom may come, and your will be done on earth as in heaven. Amen.
— Evening Prayers: For Every Day of the Year by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Spiritual practice for today:

This week, fast criticism. From the clerk moving slowly to the homeless vet on the streets, consider carefully that Jesus knows them by name. Today, seek to know more, assume less, and air prayers for Jesus' "least of these" boldly in the presence of your shared Father God. (source: 40 Days of Decrease)

(see all Lent daybook posts from 2016 here)

Lent daybook, 22: where sin increased, grace abounded all the more

A Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. Join me, won't you? (see all Lent daybook 2015 posts here.)


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Romans 5:12-21where sin increased, grace abounded all the more


Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever.  Amen. source

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.


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Work: Boundaries 

What limits would give you life?