Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Prayer for Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Give

O God,

Give me opportunities

to help the helpless,
to speak out for the oppressed, and
to embrace the marginalized.

Give me grace and courage to act
on the opportunities you give me.


Amen.

Monday, February 20, 2017

A Prayer for Monday, February 20, 2017

Before (Pt. 2)

O God,

Help us

think before we speak,
pray before we act,
reflect before we respond,

and

love before we do anything.


Amen.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Prayer for Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Lord’s Day

O God,

We bring before you all the things that make us who we are.

We bring our success and our failure, our faith and our fear, and our assurance and our doubt.

We tend to think that our success, our faith, and our assurance are the positive things that we bring and that our failure, our fear, and our doubt are the negative things.

Help us see that it all depends.

Help us see that, if we are comfortable in our success, if we are presumptuous in our faith, and if we are arrogant in our assurance, those things can get in the way of our worship and our service.

Help us see that, if our failure humbles us, if our fear enlivens us, and if our doubt deepens us, those things can open up appropriate ways of worship and service.

We bring before you all the things that make us who we are, because that’s all we have.

Help us be honest about ourselves. Help us be open to your grace.

Amen.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Prayer for Saturday, February 18, 2017

Before (Pt. 1)

O God,

Help us face and deal with what is before us.

Don’t let us look away.
Don’t let us hope it will take care of itself.
Don’t let us assume somebody else with handle it.

Give us wisdom to see things as they are.
Give us grace to live into them.
Give us courage to do what must be done.

Help us face and deal with what is before us in ways
that demonstrate our love for you and for people.


Amen.

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Prayer for Friday, February 17, 2017

Beside

O God,

Remind us to look to see who is beside us.

When they are similar to us, let us appreciate it.
When they are different than us, let us celebrate it.

When they confirm us, let us ponder it.
When they challenge us, let us learn from it.

When they need our help, let us give it.
When they offer to help, let us receive it.


Amen.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Prayer for Thursday, February 16, 2017

Behind

O God,

When we look behind us,
don’t let it be so we can wallow
in regret, guilt, or nostalgia.

When we look behind us,
let it be so we can
celebrate, learn, and live.


Amen.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Prayer for Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Between

O God,

Help us become proficient at reading between the lines.

Give us insight into what’s really being said and what’s really going on.

Give us wisdom to see the truth.

Give us courage to act accordingly.


Amen.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Prayer for Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Beneath

O God,

Deliver us from taking people at face value. Don’t let us assume that our first impressions are accurate.

Help us instead look beneath the surface so we can better understand what’s really going on and who someone really is.

Help us take the time and make the effort to really get to know people so we have the chance to get beneath the surface.

And once we do, give us empathy that grows out of love and compassion.


Amen.

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Prayer for Monday, February 13, 2017

Beyond

O God,

Help us live fully in this place and time.
Help us be fully present in this moment.

At the same time, help us see
beyond this place and time.

Make us aware of

the wonder,
the vastness,
the mystery, and
the possibilities.


Amen.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Prayer for Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Lord’s Day

O God,

Help us worship you with
ever-increasing integrity.

Help us grow every day
in our following of Jesus.
Let that growth lead us
to live lives motivated by
love, grace, hope, and mercy.

Then let our worship emerge
from our experience of following
Jesus and being formed in his image.

Let the praise we offer you in worship
reflect the praise we offer you in our
motives, thoughts, words, and actions.


Amen.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Prayer for Saturday, February 11, 2017

Turn (Pt. 5)

O God,

When we find
ourselves drifting

toward

superiority,
self-righteousness, and
separation,

help us turn

toward

humility,
repentance, and
community.


Amen.

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Prayer for Friday, February 10, 2017

Turn (Pt. 4)

O God,

When we find
ourselves drifting

toward

neglect,
disregard, and
ingratitude,

help us turn

toward

attention,
appreciation, and
thankfulness.


Amen.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Prayer for Thursday, February 9, 2017

Turn (Pt. 3)

O God,

When we find
ourselves drifting

toward

certainty,
arrogance, and
obstinance

help us turn

toward

wonder,
humility, and
openness.


Amen.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Prayer for Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Turn (Pt. 2)

O God,

When we find
ourselves drifting

toward

fear,
worry, and
despair

help us turn

toward

faith,
prayer, and
hope.


Amen.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Prayer for Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Turn (Pt. 1)

O God,

When we find
ourselves drifting

toward

apathy,
resentment, or
hate,

help us turn

toward

concern,
compassion, and
love.


Amen.

Monday, February 6, 2017

A Prayer for Monday, February 6, 2017

Desire

O God,

Thank you for the desires that come with being human, including the desire to know you.

Forgive us when we try to substitute the fulfillment of other, lesser desires for the fulfillment that comes from knowing you.

Let the desire to know you overcome us; let the fulfillment of that desire overwhelm us.

Even as we give other desires their proper place, let the desire to know you be the one desire of our hearts.


Amen.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Prayer for Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Lord’s Day

O God,

We praise you today with our worship for the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Help us praise you for them every day with our attitudes, thoughts, motives, words, and actions.

Let our lives show that we have been crucified with Christ and raised to new life in him.


Amen.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Prayer for Saturday, February 4, 2017

Close

O God,

We’ll never

know all we should,
trust all we should,
give all we should,
help all we should,
listen all we should,
forgive all we should,
do all we should, or
love all we should.

Please help us come close.


Amen.

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Prayer for Friday, February 3, 2017

Can

O God,

There are so many things I wish I could do something about.

But I can’t do anything about everything.

So help me do what I can about the things I can do something about.

Give me wisdom to support the causes I should support.

Give me strength to stand up for the principles I should stand up for.

Give me grace to love the people who most need my love.

I can’t do everything. But don’t let me do less than I can. Help me do all I can.


Amen.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

A Prayer for Thursday, February 2, 2017

Show

O God,

Show us how to be more gracious—then help us do it.

Show us how to be more merciful—then help us do it.

Show us how to be more empathetic—then help us do it.

Show us how to be more accepting—then help us do it.

Show us how to be more helpful—then help us do it.

Show us how to be more loving—then help us do it.


Amen.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Prayer for Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wrong/Right

O God,

When we’re slightly wrong, help us adjust.

When we’re completely wrong, help us flip.

When we’re almost right, help us progress.

When we’re completely right, help us stay humbly committed.


Amen.