Friday, October 31, 2014

A Prayer for Friday, October 31, 2014

Flow

O God,

Thank you for how your grace, love, mercy, hope, joy, faith, and peace flow into me through your Spirit.

Forgive me for when I try to hoard them; remind me that your great gifts stagnate if I try to keep them dammed up within me.

Let me be a conduit for your gifts rather than merely a receptacle of them.

Form and shape me so that your great gifts will flow through me and out to other people.

I am grateful, though, that I can keep just enough for myself …

Amen.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Prayer for Thursday, October 30, 2014

Smallness

O God,

Make and keep me aware
that life is bigger than I am,
that the universe is bigger than I can grasp,
and
that reality is bigger than I can comprehend.

Use my awareness of my smallness
to keep me in my place.

Make and keep me aware that in spite of—
and perhaps because of—my smallness,
you love me and watch over me.

Thank you that in Jesus Christ you entered
into my place and into my smallness.

Use my awareness of your grace
to make me grateful that you are with me
right where I am and just as I am.

Amen.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Prayer for Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lessons

O God,

Thank you for the lessons that life teaches us; help us to learn them well.

Forgive us for when we fail to pay attention; thank you for second (and third and fourth) chances to learn.

Let our attitudes and our actions reflect the lessons we have learned; let our lives display the changes that have come to us because we have learned our lesson.

Help us in all things to learn more about what it means to be your children; help us to learn how better to live in light of your love, your grace, and your mercy.

Amen.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Prayer for Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Deserve

O God,

There are blessings
we wondered if we
would ever know because
we thought that we
didn’t deserve them.

We were right—
we didn’t deserve them.

We don’t deserve them.

And yet we are experiencing them.

It is all by your grace;
it is only by your grace.

It is from you that
all blessings flow.

We thank you!
We praise you!

Amen.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Prayer for Monday, October 27, 2014

Reflect

O God,

Help us to reflect on our lives.

Help us to reflect

on the path that has brought us to this point,
on the decisions we have made that have made a difference,
on the guidance offered by your Spirit whether or not we realized it,
on the marvel that this life is,
on the significance of every moment,
on the importance of every relationship,
on the wonder of it all,
on your amazing grace and unbelievable mercy, and
on the ways we have known your presence in good and hard times.

Oh God, help us to reflect on our lives.

And having so reflected, we will

shake our heads in wonder,
lift our hearts in praise,
and
bow our heads in humility.

Amen.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Prayer for Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Lord’s Day

O God,

Thank you for each Sunday’s reminder
that through the resurrection of your Son Jesus
every day is filled with life and with meaning.

Amen.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Prayer for Saturday, October 25, 2014

Love

O God,

We praise you because you are love.

Thank you that in your Son Jesus you made it perfectly clear what it means for you to be love; thank you that in him you showed us what it means for us to love like you love.

Take away our bent to sinning; take away our tendency to be self-centered and to be self-protecting.

Increase our desire and ability to be other-centered and to be self-giving.

Fill our lives with your kind of love so that we can live out our relationships in ways that show your kind of love.

Amen.