Prayer 147

The prayer series


Please open my heart
so that I can love and serve you in everyone.

With the grace you give,
I feed you when you hungry,
give you something to drink when you thirsty,
invite you in when you a stranger,
clothe you when you need clothes,
go to visit you when you sick or in prison*.

I wash your feet** in everyone
so that in all things you may be praised.***




* Matthew 25:34-40 New International Version (NIV)

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

** John 13:12-15 New International Version (NIV)

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

*** 1 Peter 4:10-11 New International Version (NIV)

10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

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  1. Very interestingly, I am reading this passage from the book The Path of Purification:

    “Here is what is said: “Bhikkhus, it is not easy to find a being who has not formerly been your mother … your father … your brother … your sister … your son … your daughter” (S II 189–90). Consequently he should think about that person thus: “This person, it seems, as my mother in the past carried me in her womb for ten months and removed from me without disgust, as if it were yellow sandalwood, my urine, excrement, spittle, snot, etc., and played with me in her lap, and nourished me, carrying me about on her hip. And this person as my father went by goat paths and paths set on piles,5 etc., to pursue the trade of merchant, and he risked his life for me by going into battle in double array, by sailing on the great ocean in ships and doing other difficult things, and he nourished me by bringing back wealth by one means or another thinking to feed his children. And as my brother, sister, son, daughter, this person gave me such and such help. So it is unbecoming for me to harbour hate for him in my mind.”

    The passage, in the belief in reincarnation and karma, is in the context of a Chapter that guiding Bhikkhus how to practice Lovingkindness and Compassion toward everyone including to oneself, to our enemies, to ones we don’t like, to our love ones….

    And this passage reminded me this Thu Huong’s prayer today by Matthew 25:34-40 inspiration

    It is beautiful to see the two ways of teaching is truly about the same thing. Love one another as Jesus loves us.

    The passage says anyone we meet in life could have been our families in the past livé (những kiếp trước). And that, we are all connected, all from the same root. Love everyone, have compassion to everyone like loving your families, your mothers, your fathers, your sisters, brothers….

    Matthew 25:34-40 says, the hunger, the thirst, the poor, the sick are the body of Jesus, the stranger, the enemies, the hater, the sinner are the body of Jesus, those who God meant to bring to our lives for us to see the constant present of Jesus in our lives. So if we love Jesus how can we not love those people?

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