Saint James The Greater

Church of God

Spiritual Healing and Recovery


Monday September 27, 2021


Prayers and Readings for Today

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PRAYER FOR THE DAY


Lord, give me the 

freedom and the courage 

to receive your gift of rest.


I pray that I may 

not limit God’s power 

by refusing to open my 

mind to His influence.


I pray that I may 

keep my mind open today 

to His influence.



WORKING THE STEPS


For Today - Read Step 3

(See Twelve-Steps below)


Step 3 Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.



DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


Read: Mathew 11:28-30

King James Version

(www.biblegateway.com)


28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.



DAILY SCRIPTURE LESSON


God’s Gift Of Rest


God desires to give us rest. But we resist this gift. No matter how badly we may want to rest, it is not an easy gift to receive. We may be weary. We may be burdened. And, we are good at minimizing and avoiding our needs. As soon as we get this next task done, then we will rest. As soon as there is time for it, then we will rest. We want to rest, but we have to work harder to make time for it, and then afterwards we will need extra effort to make up for the “lost” time.


While we resist the gift of rest, many of us welcome burdens. We find it easier to believe that burdens are the gift God really wants to give us. We will welcome a difficult mission from God, a task, or a challenge. We welcome the opportunity to wear ourselves out for others.


But the heavy burdens and the weariness are not God’s plan for us. God’s burden is light. His plan for us is not exhaustion but soul rest. God wants us to be so rested that it sinks down to the foundations of our person. He wants us to be rested in the center of our beings, in our souls. In rest we find that many of the burdens of life do not belong to us. We find the freedom to give back to God those over which we have no control.


-     Dale and Juanita Ryan



THOUGHT FOR THE DAY


Concerning spiritual experience, what often takes place in a few months could seldom if ever have been accomplished by years of self-discipline. As stated in the A.A. program: “With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves. Most of us think this awareness of a Power greater than ourselves is the essence of spiritual experience.” We are not the only suffering beings in whom God-consciousness occurs.


Have I tapped the inner resource that can change my life.



MEDITATION FOR THE DAY


The Power of God’s grace is limited only by your understanding and will. His miracle evolves with the spiritual vision of the soul. God respects free will. Our inner distortions and uncontrolled outbreaks when we were distressed showed a negative will. Our Higher Power restored us when our desire gave Him the opportunity to do so.



Everyday Prayers



THE LORD'S PRAYER


Matthew 6:9-13     King James Version


"..... Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, A-men"



PRAYER FOR VICTIMS OF ADDICTION


O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you; Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love.

Amen


-     The Book of Common Prayer



SERENITY PRAYER


God, grant me the Serenity 

to accept the things I cannot change, 

courage to change the things I can, 

and the Wisdom to know the difference,


living one day at a time; 

enjoying one moment at a time; 

accepting hardship as the pathway to 

peace; taking as He did, this sinful world 

as it is, not as I would have it; 

trusting that He will make all things 

right if I surrender to His will; 

that I may be reasonably happy in this 

life, and supremely happy with Him 

forever in the next.

Amen


-     Reinhold Niebuhr



PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS


Lord, make me an instrument 

of your peace. Where there is 

hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is discord, union.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is darkness, light.

Where there is sadness, joy.


O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoles as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are 

pardoned; and, it is in dying that 

we are born to eternal life.

Amen


-     Saint Francis of Assisi



AARON'S BLESSING


Numbers 6:24-26     King James Version


The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; 

The Lord make His face shine upon thee, 

and be gracious unto thee; 

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, 

and give thee peace.



THE TWELVE STEPS OF RECOVERY


Step 1     We admitted we were powerless over our dependencies – that our lives had become unmanageable.


Step 2     Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity


Step 3     Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.


Step 4     Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.


Step 5     Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.


Step 6     Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.


Step 7     Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.


Step 8     Made a list of all persons we have harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.


Step 9     Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.


Step 10   Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.


Step 11   Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for 

knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.


Step 12   Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics [and others in need of spiritual healing], and to practice these principles in all our affairs

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