Throughout Christian history followers of Christ have used various spiritual practices to keep themselves focused upon God and to resist the pull to be consumed by concerns of this world. The strongest of these practices is daily prayer. The Lord recognized this practice and taught the Lord’s Prayer to His disciples, and to us in Matthew 6:9-15. I also commend to you the prayer below for use this week. I would encourage you to pray this mindfulness prayer each morning this week to help you to stay centered spiritually throughout the week.
Eternal God, although I cannot see You with my eyes or touch You with my hands, give me today a clear conviction of Your reality and power. Do not let me go into my work believing only in the world of sense and time, but give me the grace to understand that the world I cannot see or touch is the most real world of all.
My life today will be lived in time, but it will involve eternal issues.
The needs of my body will shout out, but it is the needs of my soul that I must care the most. My business will be with material things, but let me be aware of spiritual things behind them. Let me always keep in mind that the things that matter are not money or possessions, nor houses or property, not bodily comforts or pleasures, but truth and honour and gentleness and helpfulness and a pure love of You.
Thank You, Lord:
For the power You have given me to grasp things unseen;
for the strong sense I have that this is not my eternal home;
for my restless heart which nothing finite can satisfy.
Thank You, Lord:
For sending Your Spirit to fill my heart;
for all the human love and goodness that speaks to me of You;
for the fullness of Your glory poured out in Jesus Christ.
On my journey towards eternity, I come before You, the eternal One.
Let me not try to deaden or destroyed the desire for You that disturbs my heart.
Let me rather give myself over to His persuasion and go where it leads me.
Make me wise today to see all things within the dimension of eternity and make me brave to face all the changes in my life that come from this vision;
through the Grace of Christ my Saviour. Amen
[From A Diary of Private Prayer, by John Baillie, page 47]
Corpath – John Wiseman