Psalm 50:1-6 – God Is Not Silent

Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23

1The mighty one, God the LORD,

speaks and summons the earth

from the rising of the sun to its setting.

2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,

God shines forth.

3Our God comes and does not keep silence,

before him is a devouring fire,

and a mighty tempest all around him.

4He calls to the heavens above

and to the earth, that he may judge his people:

5“Gather to me my faithful ones,

who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”

6The heavens declare his righteousness,

for God himself is judge.  Selah

7“Hear, O my people, and I will speak,

O Israel, I will testify against you.

I am God, your God.

8Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;

your burnt offerings are continually before me.

22“Mark this, then, you who forget God,

or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver.

23Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me;

to those who go the right way

I will show the salvation of God.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • As you sit in silence become aware of the Breath.
  • Seek stillness, letting go of thoughts and distractions.
  • Be with Holy Silence.
  • What do you see, hear, smell, taste, feel?
  • Allow the senses to become more alive as you notice the presence God.
  • What message does God have for you?
  • What message does God have for your neighbor?
  • Embrace the truth and love in the message.
  • 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, August 11, 2019, the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Luke 12:32-40

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings.  (c) 2019 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

Rev. Dr. Lil Smith is a trained spiritual director, supervisor, and co-founder of Retreat House Spirituality Center in Richardson, TX.  Upon completion of her spiritual direction certification, Lil began Praying the Lectionary in 2011 as a spiritual practice for her morning prayer time.  Instead of reading about someone else’s experience of God, it was important for her to create a prayer practice that would encourage felt sense experience of the Holy emerging from within.  It dawned on her others might enjoy the practice, as well.  So she began to share them on this site.

As you experience the practice of Praying the Lectionary, adopt a loving, caring, and compassionate stance.  If the end of your prayer and meditation time is not pointing to love and hope, there is more work to do.  Keep wrestling.  God is faithful to your journey.  Love and hope will emerge.  Be gentle with yourself and befriend any judgment that arises in you.

Psalm 130 – Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

Psalm 130

1Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.
2Lord, hear my voice
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
3If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
4But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered.
5I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.
7O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
8It is he who will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • As you open yourself today to encounter God, find any hidden places which have not been opened.
  • Allow this to be your focus today.
  • Consider the depths in that hidden place.  Stretch and reach out of your comfort zone.
  • Believe that God reaches into those depths with you.
  • This is the power to redeem the darkest, the scariest, the deepest hidden place.
  • This hope is greater than the promise of the rising sun.
  • This hope is the risen Son.
  • Christ will meet you in the depths.
  • Christ is already there.
  • Open to Christ.
  • Pour out your story, your heart, your lament.
  • Feel the steadfast love and the power redeeming you.
  • Savor being held in the love of Christ.
  • 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, July 1, 2012, the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Psalm 130
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Mark 5:21-43

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. (c) 2018 The Dr. Rev. Lil Smith, DASD

Psalm 20 – May the LORD Fulfill all Your Petitions

Psalm 20

1   The LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2   May he send you help from the sanctuary,
and give you support from Zion.
3   May he remember all your offerings,
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices.                    Selah

4   May he grant your heart’s desire
and fulfill all your plans.
5   May we shout for joy over your victory,
and in the name of our God set up our banners.
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.

6   Now I know that the LORD will help his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with mighty victories by his right hand.
7   Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
but our pride is in the name of the LORD our God.
8   They will collapse and fall,
but we shall rise and stand upright.

9   Give victory to the king, O LORD;
answer us when we call.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • Consider the prayer that you need answered today.
  • Find where this prayer is located in your body.
  • Imagine yourself gently taking this prayer outside of your body and holding it cupped in your hands before you.
  • Allow the Holy Spirit to hold you as you gently lift the prayer in front of you.
  • Notice everything you can about the prayer: the shape, the color, the texture, etc.
  • Is there anything about the prayer that surprises you?
  • Is there anything about the prayer that is missing?
  • What does God have to share with you about your prayer?
  • What answer is forming?
  • As you close your prayer time today, find a place in your body that wants to accept the prayer and hold it gently.
  • Whether or not you have heard the answer or part of the answer, visit the prayer periodically over the day and notice any change or growth.
  • 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, June 17, 2018, the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

I Samuel 15:34-16:13
Psalm 20
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13) 14-17
Mark 4:26-34

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. 
(c) 2018 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

Acts 10:44-48 The Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word

 ACTS 10:44-48

44While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, 46for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, 47“Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • As you read this text, feel the Holy Spirit fall upon you.
  • Remember when you felt the Holy Spirit for the first time.
  • Go back to that time and place.
  • Where are you?
  • Who is with you?
  • What do you hear?
  • What do you see?
  • What do you smell?
  • Be held in this place, savoring this time.
  • Give glory to God in the words that come to you.
  • Savor.
  • When you are ready consider the following:
  • How is the Holy Spirit with you today?
  • What do you notice in the leading of the Spirit?
  • Who needs to hear the Word?
  • Is there a call to action from God?
  • Give thanks to God for sending the Holy Spirit, 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 6, 2012, the Sixth Sunday of Easter Year B

Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98:1-9
1 John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2018 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.