8am – Prayer to start the day
O gracious and holy Father,
We look to you alone today,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the Spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Prayer of St Benedict)
Read and reflect on a moment in Jesus’ life with His disciples, captured in Matthew 8:3-25.
Then he got in the boat, his disciples with him. The next thing they knew, they were in a severe storm. Waves were crashing into the boat—and he was sound asleep! They roused him, pleading, “Master, save us! We’re going down!” Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you such cowards, such faint-hearts?” Then he stood up and told the wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down: “Silence!” The sea became smooth as glass.The men rubbed their eyes, astonished. “What’s going on here? Wind and sea come to heel at his command!
Take a few moments to reflect on this. What do you particularly notice today? What stands out? What are you being led to pray for through this story?
Play the song ‘Cornerstone’ and allow it to lead you to worship Jesus at the start of this day.