The First 15

Monday October 26, 2020

by Sharon Reid

Opening Prayer

Begin this new day by praying this prayer out loud. As you are able, consider kneeling as a physical expression of your commitment to Jesus as Lord of your life and the one you desire to lead you this day. Alternatively, you might consider placing a hand over your heart as you pray this prayer.

Lord, grant that I may always allow myself to be guided by You,
always follow Your plans,
and perfectly accomplish Your Holy Will.
Grant that in all things, great and small,
today and all the days of my life,
I may do whatever You require of me.
Help me respond to the slightest prompting of Your Grace,
so that I may be Your trustworthy instrument for Your honor.
May Your Will be done in time and in eternity by me,
in me, and through me. Amen.
— (St. Teresa of Avila, 16th century Carmelite nun)

Scripture Reading

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:29-32

Reflection

The Apostle Paul is concerned about harmful comments that cause pain for God and division in the church. Paul pleads with us to remember who we are. We are God’s beloved, sealed with the constant indwelling of the Holy Spirit and marked as followers of Jesus Christ. Eugene Petersen describes it this way, “God’s Holy Spirit is moving and breathing in you…and is the most intimate part of your life. Don’t take such a gift for granted.”

Paul wants us to stop using what doesn’t belong in us – the harmful words, attitudes, and actions – and start using what does belong in us, the gifts of the Holy Spirit which build unity.

What do you think causes us to ignore and take for granted the most intimate part of our life, the Holy Spirit?

How have you experienced the Holy Spirit using your gifts to build unity?

Closing Prayer

When you are finished with your time of reflection, close out this time with this prayer.

Oh God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servants. For Your sake, O Lord, look with favor on this dry and thirsty land. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy. O Lord, listen! Oh Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your name. (Daniel 9:17-19)

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