Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Prayer for Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wander

O God,

I confess that I am
prone to wander.

Hard as I try to stay focused,
sometimes my mind will wander.
When it does, let its wandering
always lead me back to you.

Hard as I try to stay on the right path,
sometimes my steps will wander.
When they do, let their wandering
always lead me back to you.

Hard as I try to stay close to you,
sometimes my spirit will wander.
When it does, let its wandering
always lead me back to you.

I am prone to wander;
let me be more prone
to wander back to you.

Amen.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Prayer for Monday, September 15, 2014

Step

O God,

Guide our steps as we journey through this week.

Show us when we need to step around something. Sometimes the best we can do with a situation is to avoid it. Help us to recognize such situations and to step accordingly.

Show us when we need to step over something. Sometimes the proper response to a situation is to rise above it. Help us to recognize such situations and to step accordingly.

Show us when we need to step back from something. Sometimes we need to take our time and ponder a situation. Help us to recognize such situations and to step accordingly.

Show us when we need to step into something. Sometimes we need to insert ourselves into a situation and offer our deep involvement. Help us to recognize such situations and to step accordingly.

Guide our steps, O God, as we journey through this week.

Amen.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Prayer for Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Lord’s Day

O God,

We are coming out of a week
in which we have done too much
and
in which we have done too little.

We have done too much
to try to make our own way,
to try to justify our attitudes and behaviors,
to try to think less of others so we can think more of ourselves,
and
to try to maintain the illusion that busyness equals necessity.

We need to rest, O God.

We need to step aside,
to honor you,
to let the world run without us,
and
to gain some perspective on our place in the world.

We have done too little
to develop our trust in you,
to grow in your grace,
to be still and know that you are God,
to think more of others than we do of ourselves,
and
to look for ways to serve rather than for ways to be served.

We need to reflect, O God.

We need to step aside,
to worship you,
to seek your forgiveness,
and
to submit our lives to your will and way.

Thank you for this Lord’s Day.

Let it be a day in which we learn
how better to live in light
of who you are
and
of who we are—and aren’t.

Amen.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Prayer for Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cycle

O God,

We have experienced your love; let us share much love that we might experience even more of your love and then show more love and so on and so on ...

We have experienced your grace; let us share much grace that we might experience even more of your grace and then show more grace and so on and so on …

We have experienced your forgiveness; let us share much forgiveness that we might experience even more of your forgiveness and then show more forgiveness and so on and so on …

We have experienced your mercy; let us share much mercy that we might experience even more of your mercy and then show more mercy and so on and so on …

We have experienced you; let us share ourselves that we might experience even more of you and then share more of ourselves and so on and so on …

Amen.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Prayer for Friday, September 12, 2014

Show

O God,

Show us how to live so that
our hearts are always being formed
in ways that make us
more genuinely Christ-like.

Show us how to live so that
our actions are always becoming
more genuinely Christ-like
because our motives are becoming
more genuinely Christ-like.

Show us how to live so that
our actions are carried out because
they must be done if we are
genuinely to be who we are
becoming in Christ.

Show us how to live so that
our actions are not
for show
but are
for real.

Amen.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Prayer for Thursday, September 11, 2014

Exceed

O God,

Deliver us from arrogance that
would lead us think for even a moment
that we could ever exceed
your expectations of us.
Remind us that even if we
meet your expectations of us
we have only done what
we should have done and
we have done so only
by your grace and by your Spirit.

Help us to exceed
our expectations of ourselves.
Help our commitment to you
to become ever more comprehensive and
our commitment to others
to become ever more complete.
Help us not to have
low expectations of ourselves
so that to meet or exceed them
requires little of us;
help us instead to have
high expectations of ourselves
so that to meet or exceed them
requires much of us—indeed,
so that to meet or exceed them
requires our acknowledgement that
we could never have met or exceeded them
without your help.

Let our growth
in our love for you,
in our love for others,
in our trust in you,
in our obedience to you,
in our acceptance of your forgiveness,
in our offering of forgiveness to others,
in our personal integrity,
and
in our sacrificial service
be such that we find it
impossible to congratulate ourselves
for what we have accomplished and
possible only to praise you.

Amen.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Prayer for Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Great

O God,

Help us to be great today
in the ways that
matter most to you.

Help us

to show great love,
to exercise great faith,
to exhibit great mercy,
to practice great hope,
and
to demonstrate great kindness.

Help us to be great in your eyes
even if such greatness means that
we are small in the eyes of others.

Amen.