December 17, 2007

Constant Prayer


John 20:20-22
… the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
JESUS said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the
FATHER has
SENT me, even so
I SEND YOU.” And when he had said this, he
BREATHED on them, and said to them, “Receive the
HOLY SPIRIT.”

In those three verses I see the constant pattern of relationship between God and us.

By the power of the Holy Spirit,
the Father sent Jesus among us—
through flesh-and-blood birth
and through flesh-and-blood resurrection—

In his human lungs
the Risen Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit:
to us,
into us,
on behalf of us.

That is how the Father,
through Jesus,
gives us the Holy Spirit
for resurrection in our flesh and blood,
sending us throughout the world
for the glory of God
and for the good of men.

I make this a constant prayer.

As I breathe in,
I say in my mind:
Father, Jesus, Spirit

As I breathe out,
I say in my mind:
I come to do your will

When I can, I spend time deliberately doing nothing else but that.

Otherwise, I try to do it throughout all the hours of the day, in whatever else I am doing.

I begin it with my first conscious breath when I awake each morning.

When I go to bed, I let it accompany me into sleep.

Ephesians 6:18
Pray at all times in the Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:17-19
Pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.


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