Monday, July 6, 2015

A Prayer for Monday, July 6, 2015

Please

O God,

Please

let the motivations
behind all that we do be

to please you

and not

to please others

or

to please ourselves.

Amen.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Prayer for Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Lord’s Day

O God,

Help us to worship you today with our eyes fixed on your Son Jesus, because in him you most clearly show us who you are and so our best chance to know you is to know him.

As we focus on Jesus in our worship, help us to understand better what it means for us to serve a God whose Son willingly died on a cross in obedience to your will and in service to people.

Remind us through Jesus that giving is gain, that sacrifice is service, that humility is honor, and that weakness is strength.

Then give us by your grace and by your Spirit the willingness and the ability to follow Jesus every day of our lives.

Amen.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Prayer for Saturday, July 4, 2015

Freedom

O God,

Thank you for the privilege
of living in a free country.

Thank you that as Christians,
even if we were living in a
country that was not free,

we still would be free.

Help us to put the freedoms
we have as Americans

to appropriate use;

help us to put the particular freedoms
we have as Christian Americans

to particularly appropriate use.

Help us to think of ourselves as
Christians who are Americans rather
than as Americans who are Christians;

help us to regard ourselves as
Christian Americans rather
than as American Christians.

Help us to exercise our freedoms

in ways that are inspired and
guided by the love that is
ours in Christ our Lord,

in ways that show that we have
the mind of Christ, who willingly
gave himself up for others,

and in ways that show that
we care more about others
than we care about ourselves.

As Americans, we want our rights.
As Americans, we should want
everyone else to have their rights.

As Christians, we love others
more than we love ourselves
and we are willing to give ourselves
up for the sake of others.

As Christian Americans, we must
want everybody to have every
opportunity to experience life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Thank you, O God, that
in Christ we are free.

Help us to use our
freedom to practice love.

Keep us from using our
freedom to practice
anything less than love.

Amen.

Friday, July 3, 2015

A Prayer for Friday, July 3, 2015

Stand

O God,

We need to take a stand.

We need to have convictions
and commitments in which we
believe so much that we are
willing to defend them
and even to die for them.

Help us, though, to take our
stand where it should be taken.

Help us to take it on and
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Help us to take it in the kind
of love that he displayed—
a love that is so committed

to sharing,
to giving, and
to sacrificing

that it will die even for
those who would kill it.

Forgive us for when we take our
stand in ways that demonstrate
that we have not taken Christ
and love into account at all;

forgive us for when we let
other interests and concerns
inspire our opinions and
drive our commitments.

Give us grace to stand
where Jesus stood;
help us to stand on
sacrificial love.

Amen.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Prayer for Thursday, July 2, 2015

Turn

O God,

Help us

to turn away from what is harmful,
to turn toward what is helpful,
to turn aside to what is interesting,
to turn back from what is meaningless,
to turn down what is hurtful,
to turn in to where we belong, and
to turn into who we are meant to be.

And in all things,

help us always

to turn to you.

Amen.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Prayer for Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Quit

O God,

Give us grace to know when to quit.

Give us grace to know when it’s time to quit working.
Let us know when we’ve done enough.

Help us to know when it’s time to rest.

Give us grace to know when it’s time to quit pushing.
Let us know when we’ve expended enough energy trying
to convince somebody to see things our way.

Help us to know when it’s time to be quiet.

Give us grace to know when it’s time to quit trying.
Let us know when we’ve put as much as we can or should into a cause.

Help us to know when it’s time to
let someone else continue the fight.

Give us grace to know when it’s time to quit wondering.
Let us know when we’ve pursued a question as far as we need to for now.

Help us to know when it’s time to let faith be enough.

Give us grace to know when it’s time to quit breathing.
Let us know when we’ve lived as long on this Earth as we need to live.

Help us to know when it’s time to turn loose and go home.

Give us grace to know when to quit.

But also give us grace not to quit
one second before we should …

Amen.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Prayer for Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fresh

O God,

Help us always to be
willing to take a fresh look.

After all,

we have changed,
times have changed,
understanding has changed,
and
circumstances have changed.

So if we are willing to take
a look at something today
that we made our mind up
about a long time ago,
we might find that
things look different;
we might find that
we need to open
our mind back up and
let some fresh air in.

After doing so, we
might change our mind.

Or, we might decide that
the perspective or position
from long ago is still the best one,
but at least some fresh air
will blow the dust off it and make
it cleaner and more presentable.

Deliver us, O God, from

intellectual,
moral,
ethical,
emotional,
theological,
and
spiritual

mustiness.

Amen.