O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night’,
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
A Prayer: End with a formal prayer, such as the Lord's Prayer/Our Father
A PRAYERFUL PONDERING OF SCRIPTURE
This is a centuries old method of praying with Scriptures. A method especially suited to praying the psalms, parts of the prophets, wisdom literature, and the epistles.
First, choose the passage you intend to pray. Then choose a time, it may be anything from five minutes to an hour. Dedicate the whole of this time to God and don’t give up if you feel you are not getting anything out of it.
Enter into the prayer in a quiet place in a comfortable yet attentive posture.
Mark the start of the prayer by recognising you are in the presence of God.
Be aware of your own needs-what grace do you want to ask of God?
At the end of your prayer you can look back and ask:
Does it have something to say to you?
How does it make you feel?
Take time to pray with today's reading using the Lectio Divina method as in 'Today's Meditation
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