Tuesday, November 25

Persönliche Gebetszeit

"In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, went away to a secluded place and was praying there."

Here are a couple of tips by Bryant Wright who runs the weblog Right From The Heart, for developing a regular prayer routine.
"First, pick a regular place. You may have a quiet spot in your home, or perhaps it would work better to get to the office early and close the door. For some, it's a walk in the park, because you may have found that you can pray best when you're enjoying outdoors. And, for those of you who travel a lot, you may have more trouble finding a routine place. But what could be more private than a hotel room? Each person has a different place that feels right, but the important thing is to find a place that works for you.
Next, pick a plan. It's good to set a routine, just so you can flow right into it and not have to re-invent the wheel each time. Perhaps you can start with a devotional reading that whets your spiritual appetite. Then read from the Bible, think about the words, and think about God.
And then, begin to pray. Look at Jesus' model prayer, not to recite, but just to help you focus.
And then, just listen for the voice and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
There are different places and routines for developing a healthy prayer life. Find what works for you and begin enjoying the blessing you will receive by being alone with God."
"Right from the Heart" is delivered to my computer every day and is a daily injection of truth, reminding me about what matters most in life. Most of the posts get right to the point and touch important points in my life. Maybe you will also find them useful, just try this link: http://www.rightfromtheheart.org/

Monday, November 24

Der Herr lässt mich lagern auf grünen Auen

Psalm 23
Der gute Hirt
1 [Ein Psalm Davids.] Der Herr ist mein Hirte, / nichts wird mir fehlen.
2 Er lässt mich lagern auf grünen Auen / und führt mich zum Ruheplatz am Wasser.
3 Er stillt mein Verlangen; / er leitet mich auf rechten Pfaden, treu seinem Namen.
4 Muss ich auch wandern in finsterer Schlucht, / ich fürchte kein Unheil; denn du bist bei mir, / dein Stock und dein Stab geben mir Zuversicht.
5 Du deckst mir den Tisch / vor den Augen meiner Feinde. Du salbst mein Haupt mit Öl, / du füllst mir reichlich den Becher.
6 Lauter Güte und Huld werden mir folgen mein Leben lang / und im Haus des Herrn darf ich wohnen für lange Zeit.