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Growing in Prayer


Prayer of the Day from Chelmsford Cathedral

TUESDAY, 19 January 2021

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise!

You, my shelter,

you save me from ruin.

You encircle me

with songs of freedom.

“I show you the path to walk.

As your teacher,

I watch out for you.

Words from Psalm 32


As you enter into prayer today, take a moment to be still. Come into God's presence

with a deepfelt desire to meet with God now. Know that God is the God who sees you

and that God is looking at you now with great love. Pause for a moment and be still.

Give us honest hearts, O God,

and send your kindly Spirit

to help us confess our sins

and bring us the peace of your forgiveness;

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The theme of disruption continues in today's passage from Mark. Keep the Sabbath is one of the

Ten Commandments, yet again and again Jesus breaks the Sabbath. From early on this draws the

anger of the religious authorities. When he is challenged here, Jesus enters into a very typical style

of debating, demonstrating from the Bible that even kind David broke the rules. And the final line is

the heart of Jesus' teaching: God's intention is that the Sabbath should be a blessing, something that

encourages our human flourishing, not a burden we have to bear. Reflect on those rules in your life

that lead to flourishing and abundance.


Mark 2.23-end

One sabbath Jesus was going through the cornfields; and as they made their way his disciples

began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, ‘Look, why are they doing what is not

lawful on the sabbath?’ And he said to them, ‘Have you never read what David did when he and

his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar

was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to

eat, and he gave some to his companions.’ Then he said to them, ‘The sabbath was made for humankind,

and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.’


Spend some time reflecting on the reading, mulling it over.

 Ask God what God wants you to hear today. 

Offer your personal prayers and thanksgivings and offer the day to God in a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving.

End this time of prayer by saying the Lord’s Prayer. 


The Dean has written a series on prayer and meditation.  These can be accessed here.

What is Prayer? 

How to meditate.

How to say the Jesus Prayer.

Using the Cross as a Compass.

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