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Present to God

Prayer and Spirituality Matters
Welcome again to our regular prayer resource, where you will find:
1) a reading to reflect on over this week. (You can also watch and listen to it by following this link)
2) a story of hope (also online here)
Overall, the aim is to encourage us to join together in prayer, for ourselves and others, so we can all experience the power of the living Christ and the transforming grace of God. We may each also find that we are moved to live more in common with our our neighbours, supporting them as they support us.
A Passage from Scripture
Moses, the Lord’s servant, was dead. So the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, who had been the assistant of Moses. The Lord said:
My servant Moses is dead. Now you must lead Israel across the Jordan River into the land I’m giving to all of you. Wherever you go, I’ll give you that land, as I promised Moses. It will reach from the Southern Desert to the Lebanon Mountains in the north, and to the northeast as far as the great Euphrates River. It will include the land of the Hittites, and the land from here at the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea on the west. Joshua, I will always be with you and help you as I helped Moses, and no one will ever be able to defeat you.
Long ago I promised the ancestors of Israel that I would give this land to their descendants. So be strong and brave! Be careful to do everything my servant Moses taught you. Never stop reading The Book of the Law he gave you. Day and night you must think about what it says. If you obey it completely, you and Israel will be able to take this land.
I’ve commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go.
(Joshua 1.1-9)

Our reflection and response this week is based on one from the Bible Society : Thank you.

As God prepares Joshua to take over from Moses there are promises of his presence and the command to be strong and brave. Alongside these commands, comes the instruction to never stop reading the law of God. Effective leadership called for meditation and study of the Scriptures. One way of practising the presence of God is to meditate on his words so that we carry them with us throughout each day.

Commit some verses of Scripture to memory today. It may help to write them down, take them with you and look at them often.
‘Our concentration on Jesus will be strengthened by memorization of great passages (not just verses) from Scripture. This practice of memorizing the Scriptures is more important than a daily quiet time, for as we fill our minds with these great passages and have them available for our meditation, “quiet time” takes over the entirety of our lives.’
(Dallas Willard)
At the end of each day, quietly say these words:
God blesses those people
    who refuse evil advice
    and won’t follow sinners
    or join in sneering at God.
 Instead, the Law of the Lord
    makes them happy,
    and they think about it
    day and night.
They are like trees
    growing beside a stream,
trees that produce
fruit in season
    and always have leaves.
Those people succeed
    in everything they do.
(Psalm 1.1-3)
This month, please continue to pray for all those who have lost loved ones because of the virus, those who are sick and all in our NHS and associated services caring for them
Please pray for our community, all those in the City as well as those all around the UK
Please pray for all those in need, the lonely and suffering around the world
Please pray for yourself, that you will continue to hear and be guided by God as to how He wants you to use the gifts He has given you, how you are to be a blessing and great witness to all around you. Amen

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