Journey into Freedom Day 17

Detail of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt

Preparation: Begin by stilling; then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask that I may acknowledge my sin with sorrow and ask for pardon.

Setting: Slowly read the Bible passage below and see what stands out for you.

Psalm 51 Vs:1-13 HCSB

Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithful love;

according to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion.

Wash away my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.

For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me.

Against You—You alone—I have sinned and done this evil in Your sight.

So You are right when You pass sentence;

You are blameless when You judge.

Indeed, I was guilty when I was born;

I was sinful when my mother conceived me.

Surely You desire integrity in the inner self,

and You teach me wisdom deep within.

Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones You have crushed rejoice.

Turn Your face away from my sins and blot out all my guilt.

God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit.

Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways, and sinners will return to You.

The Prodigal Son by Rembrandt

Conversation: Talk to Jesus in your own words about whatever has come up for you or how the prayer has made you feel.

Final prayer: Finish with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.

A Thought for Today: God waits for us: He doesn't get tired, He doesn't lose heart. - Pope Francis