Matthew 16:18-19 – Keys to open any door

Matthew 16:18-19 (The Message)

18 And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out. 19 ”And that’s not all. You will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven. A yes on earth is yes in heaven. A no on earth is no in heaven.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend five to fifteen minutes in silence paying attention to the breath.
  • Do a quick scan of your body.
  • Where do you notice freedom?  Give thanks for these places of freedom.  What has been freed in you?
  • Where do you notice tension?  Give thanks for these places of tension.  What is bound in you?
  • Where do you notice an opening, a place for accepting something new?  (If you need to let go of something to make this space, allow yourself time to let go of something you are carrying.)
  • Imagine you have found a key in this new opening.  Look around for a door that wishes to be opened.  Notice what energy is attracting you to this door.  Notice the details of the door: old/new, painted/raw, plain/detailed, etc.
  • What invitation do you feel?
  • Engage that place of opening as you open the door and enter the space.
  • How does the light shine on you?
  • What do you notice in this new place of opening?
  • What newness do you discover here?
  • What message do you hear from God?
  • What call to action do you hear?
  • You may choose to remain here or to leave the new space to re-enter another day.  The choice is yours.  You have the key.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and the new openings.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 21, 2011,  the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Exodus 1:8 – 2:10
Psalm 124
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

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