Praying at Home Today: Friday 9 October 2020
Praying at home today: humility in aligning ourselves to God’s will
A warm welcome to PrayingAtHome.com, where you can find worship resources for praying at home today or wherever you are.
We hope these readings, prayers, music and the short reflection will help you stay in touch with the Church and to sustain you on your journey through life.
We follow the Track 2 “related” Old Testament reading and psalm (or equivalent response).
Opening to the Word
You can spend a few moments in silence,
focussing on your breathing
to become more mindful of the present moment
and to open yourself more fully
to God’s presence within you.
In the name of the living God,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you.
Appropinquate Deo, et appropinquabit vobis.
Approchez-vous de Dieu et il s’approchera de vous.
The Liturgy of the Word *
Here are today’s Bible readings.
You can read just one, or all three if you have time.
One link to all three readings
Separate links to each reading
King Hezekiah reigned as King of Judah from 716-687BCE. He was a faithful king, doing what is right, abolishing centres of idolatry.
He was devoted to God, never turning from him, and the Lord was with him (2 Kings 18:1-8).
Hezekiah was resourceful in strengthening the walls of the city of Jerusalem. He built a conduit from the Gihon spring to bring the water to the pool Siloam (cf. John 9:7).
Rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic
And yet, we read, the rejoicing for the first victory over the allies of Assyria (presumably in 705), was untimely as the city was to be invaded again, this time by Sennacherib.
The Apostle James is writing about disunity amongst Christians, warning that wars begin because we want what is not ours, to indulge our own desires.
And yet, because God has shared the Holy Spirit with us, we can want what God wants and God answers our prayers.
Our lives, aligned with the Spirit, wish to see the Reign of God established, and everything we do is part of making God’s kingdom come.
Step by step.
–Tentative step by tentative step.
––Simply turning to God.