1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 – Cast all your anxiety on him

1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11

4:12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.

5:6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Case all your anxiety on Christ.
  • Inhale love.  Exhale fear.
  • Inhale joy.  Exhale sadness.
  • Inhale peace.  Exhale chaos.
  • Inhale patience.  Exhale agitation.
  • Inhale kindness.  Exhale animosity.
  • Inhale goodness.  Exhale corruption.
  • Inhale faithfulness.  Exhale disloyalty.
  • Inhale self-control.  Exhale instability.
  • Cast all your anxiety on Christ.
  • Breathe deeply and notice the new freedom that arises within you.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, May 28, 2017, the Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year A)

Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.