Jesus, may I walk in Your steps, withdrawing to lonely places and praying to the Father
Prayer of the Bible
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him.
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
You, O Lord, long to be gracious and rise to show compassion. For you are a God of justice; and blessed are all those who wait for you.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.
(Think deeply on the life and words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Let nothing disturb thee,
Nothing affright thee;
All things are passing;
God never changeth;
Attaineth to all things;
Who God possesseth
In nothing is wanting;
Alone God sufficeth.
-Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)