Praying with Thomas Merton

James Martin in a recent interview with Krista Tippett at OnBeing offered this prayer from Thomas Merton.

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always,
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton (Thoughts in Solitude)

Living Prayerfully

This week at Pinehurst UMC we will be reading pages 14-20 from A Wesleyan Spiritual Reader.  You are encouraged to read from either the book or the links below.

Weekly Scripture Sentence:

[Jesus] was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord,
teach us to pray" (Luke 11:1, NRSV).

Daily Scripture Readings

John Wesley’s Sermon on "The Means of Grace"

Hymn Portion:

Pray without ceasing, pray (your
Captain gives the word)
his summons cheerfully obey and call upon the Lord;
God your every want in instant prayer display,
pray, always, pray and never
faint, pray without ceasing pray.
(Charles Wesley, "Soldiers of Christ, Arise," verse 3).

Scripture Affirmation:

The prayer of faith will save
the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins
will be forgiven…. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective (James 5:15-16, NRSV).