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Prayer Exercises

These transformative exercises are provided for you to interact with the weekly Sunday sermon through reflection and prayer.
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  • Read Mark 10:17-27 out loud. As you do so, imagine yourself as the rich young man. Get in touch with what he was “full of” and where he was experiencing emptiness.  

    17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

    18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’[d]

    20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

    21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

    22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

    23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

    24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is[e] to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

    26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”

    27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

    To say “yes” to something is to say “no” to something else…and visa versa. Where we are full and with what we are full of is connected to our yeses and no’s. The trouble is that we are often unaware of this.

    Take some moments in silence and become aware of your body. Take the picture of the empty body. Starting at your head, begin to colour where you are full and where you are empty. If you are accessing this exercise on the website, you can draw out your own empty shape of a body. Refer to the picture to see how it looks.

    Move down into your torso, your arms, hands, middle, legs, and feet and continue to colour as you are led by yourself and the Spirit. Don’t try to figure it all out before you start colouring. Start colouring and let the exercise take its own shape.

    Reflection Questions:

    1. Where are you full and what are you full of? Don’t answer what you think you should be – answer what you really are right now.
    2. Where are you empty? How would you describe the emptiness?
    3. What desire is Jesus stirring in you as you reflect on your colouring? Is He inviting you to a “yes” or to a “no”? Or something else?

    You can either talk to God with your own words or you can use this Psalm to pray:

    Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, and your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like the great deep; you save both man and beast, O Lord. How priceless is your love, O God! Your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings. They feast upon the abundance of your house; you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the well of life, and in your light we see light. Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, and your favour to those who are true of heart. Psalm 36:5-10

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