Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Prayer for Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Lord’s Day

O God,

As we pour out our lives in
our worship of you today,

help us to realize anew
the unfathomable grace that
led you to pour your life out
for us in Jesus Christ your Son.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Prayer for Saturday, October 3, 2015


O God,

Give us grace to rest in you.

Remind us to set aside regular times
when we sit quietly and enjoy your presence.

Help us to maintain a place deep in our spirits
where we always rest in your presence
no matter how chaotic things are around us.

Give us continuous grace
to rest constantly in you.


Friday, October 2, 2015

A Prayer for Friday, October 2, 2015

When (Part Three)

O God,

We use the word often.

When we say

“When I eat a hamburger” or
“When I walk the dog” or
“When I read my Bible” or
“When I buy gas” or
“When I pray,”

we mean “Whenever”
we do those things.

The assumption is that whatever
we are talking about is something
that we do regularly or routinely.

So when we use the word in that way,
let each utterance of it be a prayer that,
even in the routine and regular events of life,
we will be aware of your presence and
alert to the possibilities of the moment.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Prayer for Thursday, October 1, 2015

When (Part 2)

O God,

We use the word a lot.

We say things like

“When I was younger” or
“When I got married” or
“When we had children at home” or
“When I was in high school” or
“When I visited Mammoth Cave.”

When we use “when” like that, we are
talking about something we did in the past.

Help us learn to look back
but not to stay there.

Help us learn to
learn from the past
but not to live in it.

When we use “when” to refer to the past,
let each utterance of the word be

a prayer of thanks
for the life we have lived,

a prayer of repentance
for the sins we have committed, and

a prayer of gratitude
for the grace we have experienced.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Prayer for Wednesday, September 30, 2015


O God,

We say the word a lot.

“When I finish this project . . .”
“When I graduate . . .”
“When I save some money . . .”
“When I get a better job . . .”
“When I retire . . .”
“When I die . . .”

When we use “when” like
that, we are looking ahead.

We are anticipating the future.

Let our every use of “when”
in that way be an expression
of our hope in you.

Whenever we say it in such
a context, let it be a prayer that
we will entrust our future to you.

Let it be a statement of faith
that our lives are in your hands.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Prayer for Tuesday, September 29, 2015


O God,

Scientists told us yesterday
that there is water on Mars.

And where there is water,
there can be life.

What a marvelous solar system!
What a wondrous universe!

We praise you for your
magnificent creation.

We thank you for
the discoveries of science.

Help us to be as excited about
providing clean drinking water
for people here on Earth as we
are about finding water on Mars.

Help us to be as interested
in nurturing and preserving
life here on Earth as we
are about finding it elsewhere.


Monday, September 28, 2015

A Prayer for Monday, September 28, 2015


O God,

Thank you for the opportunities that
will present themselves to us this week.

Help us to take good advantage of them.

When we have the opportunity

to give of ourselves
for the sake of others,

to forgive someone
for a wrong done to us,

to listen to someone
with a story to tell,

to accept someone with the same
openness we’d like to receive,

to help someone who
has fallen to get up,


to broaden our experience,
grow our spirits, and
expand our minds,

help us not to let the opportunity slip by.

Help us instead to embrace it fully.

Thank you for the opportunities that
will present themselves to us this week.

Help us to take good advantage of them . . .