Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Prayer for Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Yes (Part 2)

O God,

Help us say “Yes” to trust.

Help us trust you in any
and all circumstances.

Help us trust you

when things are going right and
when things are going wrong,

when we understand what’s happening
and when we don’t have any idea,

and

when we can see the way we should go and
when we can’t see any possible path.

Let our trust lead us to
keep moving forward,
believing that you will light
our way and guide our steps.

Amen.

Monday, February 8, 2016

A Prayer for Monday, February 8, 2016

Yes (Part One)

O God,

Help us say “Yes” to grace.

Help us say “Yes” to your grace.

Help us accept your acceptance of us.

Help us accept that you
come to us just as we are.

Help us know that you are
for us in all that we go through.

Help us say “Yes” to
extending grace to others.

Help us accept others as they are.

Help us not stand in
judgment over anyone.

Help us be there for
others when they need us.

Thank you for the grace you extend to us.

Give us grace to extend it to others.

Amen.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A Prayer for Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Lord’s Day

O God,

Help us to worship the Lord Jesus Christ

in the glory of his resurrection and ascension,
as the fulfillment of your promises to your people,
and as the one to whom we should always listen.

Then, let our lives demonstrate that
we know who he is and who we are.

Amen.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Prayer for Saturday, February 6, 2016

No (Part 5)

O God,

Help us say “No” to excess.

Give us a desire to be successful and
self-sufficient, but protect us from a
desire always to want a lot more than
we have. As long as we have enough,
let us be satisfied with what we have.

Help us not to want things just
for the sake of having things.

If and as we do end up with an excess, help
us to make good use of it. Help us to use
it to help others in the best ways we can.

Amen.

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Prayer for Friday, February 5, 2016

No (Part 4)

O God,

Help us say “No” to arrogance.

Help us

not to think more of
ourselves than we ought,

not to think that
we’re always right,

and

not to think that our ways are
necessarily better than other ways.

Lead us instead

to listen eagerly to others,

to learn all we can from others,

and

to consider that others may be right.

Amen.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Prayer for Thursday, February 4, 2016

No (Part 3)

O God,

Help us say “No” to despair.

It’s easy for us to look at the world and
conclude there’s no hope. There are so
many problems, so much evil, and so
much suffering. There are so few people
who try to do anything about any of it.

Don’t let us give up.

Help us instead to live in hope.

Help us to live in the assurance that you
are working your purposes out. Help us to
be among those who do all they can to help
make things better here and now. Help us
to see and celebrate the good—and there
is much of it—that exists in this old world.

Amen.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Prayer for Wednesday, February 3, 2016

No (Part Two)

O God,

Help us say “No” to self-centeredness.

We have to take care of ourselves.

We must think of ourselves in order
to be responsible for ourselves.

But don’t let us think about ourselves more
than is necessary or more than we should.

Help us instead to think of others
more than we do of ourselves.

Help us to put the needs of
others ahead of our own.

Help us to want what is best for others
as much as we want what is best for us.

Amen.