Sunday, August 2, 2015

A Prayer for Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Lord’s Day

O God,

We want to love you with our entire being;
we want to be committed to you with everything we are.

So in our worship of you today,
help us for those few minutes to focus

all of our attention,
all of our thoughts, and
all of our feelings on you.

When our minds and hearts try to wander,
bring them back quickly to you.

Let the discipline we learn in worship
then transfer to our everyday life so that,

even as our minds deal with
whatever we have to deal with,

we are always also focused on you.

Amen.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Prayer for Saturday, August 1, 2015

Signs (Part Three)

O God,

As we travel down the road, remind
us to pay attention to the signs.

Help us to notice and to heed
the signs that tell us that we
need to slow down because there’s
a curve or an intersection ahead.

We need to slow down for our own safety;
we don’t want to run off the road or be
surprised by people coming from a different direction.

We need to slow down for the safety of others;
we don’t want to endanger someone else because
we don’t heed a warning that our path is about

to stop being straight
or that it could be
impacted by someone else.

The road is not straight.
We need to watch for the curves.

The road has intersections.
We need to watch for other people.

Help us to deal with the road as it really is.

Remind us to approach it with caution …

Amen.

Friday, July 31, 2015

A Prayer for Friday, July 31, 2015

Signs (Part Two)

O God,

As we travel down the road,
remind us to pay attention to the signs.

Help us pay attention to the “Yield” signs
that we encounter along the way.

Sometimes we need to
let someone go ahead of us.

We always need to let you go ahead
of us so that we can follow you.

If we become impatient and try
to get out in front of you, we’re
going to impede the flow of things.

We may even cause a pile-up.

We often need to let
someone else go ahead of us.

Sometimes we need to
let someone else lead.

Sometimes we need to
put someone else’s
needs ahead of ours.

Sometimes we just need to
stay out of the way.

To yield requires that we slow
down and look to see who’s coming,

that we use sound judgment
as to whether to stay or go, and

that we understand that
it’s not always our turn.

Give us wisdom and grace to
yield when we need to yield …

Amen.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Prayer for Thursday, July 30, 2015

Signs (Part One)

O God,

As we travel down the road, remind
us to pay attention to the signs.

Remind us to observe the speed limit signs
because they provide important rhythm to life.

Sometimes we need to speed up;
sometimes we need to slow down.

If we go too slow when we should go fast or
if we go too fast when we should go slow,

we impede progress,
we complicate the situation, and
we put ourselves and others in danger.

Help us to know when we need
to speed up lest we miss an important
opportunity down the road.

Help us to know when we need
to slow down lest we miss an important
opportunity right over there ...

Amen.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Prayer for Wednesday, July 29, 2015

With

O God,

Thank you for always being with me.

Thank you that you are always here

to challenge me,
to confront me,
to comfort me,
to guide me,
to convict me, and
to embrace me.

Help me always to be with you.

Make me so conscious of your
presence that I can’t help but
respond with my love and devotion.

Help me to be as committed
to being with you as
you are to being with me.

Thank you for always being with me.
Help me always to be with you.

Amen.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Prayer for Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Willy-Nilly

O God,

We do much of our living willy-nilly;
we do it haphazardly and without planning.

As a result, we’re often all over the place.

On the one hand, we need
more focus and direction.

Help us to grow in our
understanding of what it means

to serve you,
to follow Jesus, and
to be led by the Spirit.

Help us to grow in
our commitment and
ability to love you with
everything we are and to
love our neighbors as
we love ourselves.

Help us to grow
in intentionality,
in purpose, and
in focus.

On the other hand, we wouldn’t
want to live without spontaneity.

So insofar as it is appropriate and
healthy, help us to live our lives
willy-nilly; let us know the fun
and joy of taking life as it comes.

So give us focus and direction,
except when we can do without it …

Amen.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Prayer for Monday, July 27, 2015

Middle

O God,

Here at the beginning of the week,
I find myself in the middle of things.

I am in the middle

of things that I started working on last week,
of things that I started working on last year, and
of things that I’ve been working on all my life.

Help me to

finish what needs to be finished,
to continue what needs to be continued, and
to accept what I will always need to work on.

Forgive me for my procrastination,
thank you for my successful completions, and
help me to endure in my ongoing projects.

Make me especially faithful in working
on the unfinished project that is

my own spirit …

Amen.