Invitation to a specific spiritual discipline:
I invite you as disciples/students of Jesus to take some time this week, to meditate on these words of the Scriptures. Perhaps the following would be a helpful method:
Read the Text for the Week at the beginning of each day:
God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Genesis 9)
Reflect on what the text means for you between the events of your day.
Pray this week:
Holy God, this week we have once again begun our lenten walk with you. Here you call us to repentance and new days. We thank you for these new beginnings and fresh starts. As we are reminded of your faithfulness in your establishing a covenantal relationship with us, help us to be good stewards of your gift of life, and may we, ourselves, become signs to others of your gracious heart of love beating in and for this world.
This new day, I ask your ear in listening to the prayers that are on my heart. . . [include praise and thanks to God, intercessions for others, confession for personal sin, requests for personal needs].
We also continue to pray as your communion of saints on earth for ourselves, the church and our world. . . [include anything else that the Spirit gives you to pray].
In Jesus’ name I/we pray. Amen.