Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Just as the pink and purple dawn tumbles over the Catalinas

Then, in the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a deserted place, and there He prayed. Mark 1:35

And what did He pray? Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

And it is still dark here in Tucson, Arizona. And my feet are propped up on the fireplace, hoping to catch the last remnants of last night’s coals.

Give us today our daily bread.  It’s not about me. This is a corporate prayer. I wander through my community list, requesting provision. A cup held out for today’s What Is It. Matteo’s photo captures His abundance offered, just for the coming. Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

And forgive us our debts, even as we forgive our debtors. May we walk in His mercy and grace on today’s path. Give and it shall be given to us. Heaping and overflowing into our laps.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Protect our thoughts from wicked lies. Be a shield. Jesus was tempted in the relative solitude of the desert for forty days, with just the wild beasts and the Tempter. Flesh and blood is not our enemy. Rather it is the principalities and powers doing battle with flaming poisonous darts. Stand firm then, girded with truth.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever.