Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Our lives are daily assaulted by noise, crowds, crime and challenges. Our serenity is intimidated by a cacophony of information that pushes and shoves its way through gluttony of media sources. Prayer is God’s gracious invitation to leave the comfort zone of your living room and enter into the throne room of God. Prayer is a divine communication strategy designed by God as an all access pass into the open heart of God.
Let Us Pray:
Lord, we come into your presence with an open heart, an open mind and open hands. Listening, our ears are like an open box, available to receive divine contents.
Thank you for the invitation to taste your infinite goodness and to feast on a grace that is not earned or deserved.
Forgive us for attending to everyone and every need with little time to tend to our souls. Forgive us when we ignore the spiritual landscape of the interior life.
Help us to be still in these precious moments and know. Help us to return to our quiet core to hear your voice, the voice that transforms the mind and heart so that we may enter again stronger, better and wiser to do what pleases you rather than what pleases us. In Jesus name, Amen.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
“My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all day long, thought their number is past my knowledge.
Psalm 71: 15-16
Almighty and Everlasting God, you have richly blessed us beyond our imaginations. If it had not been for the presence of Christ in our lives, we would have perished a long time ago. You reached beyond the noise of this world to speak to our hearts of your grace and glory. You captured our attention with a love too wonderful for words. We eagerly turn from our texting, tweeting and tinkering ever mindful of the call to be “doers of your word.”
We can’t help but sing of your righteous acts. We sing your praises in our hearts all day long. We sing of your deeds of salvation even though only a fraction is known to us. In Jesus name, we worship you and you alone, not ourselves or each other. Amen
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
Psalm 36: 7-9
O Lord, our Comforter, we rejoice in your steadfast love which endures forever. We stand in your presence today grateful for the solace we find in the shadow of your wings. May we find the rest and encouragement we need to face the challenges in our ever-changing environment.
Help us to show others who are burdened by the cares of this world to find the refuge of your love. Help us to guide those whose bodies, hearts and minds are being beaten down by “dis-ease”, distress and devastation to feast on the abundance of your grace. “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light”
May we fight the good fight and keep the faith so that in the end, in Jesus name, we may receive the crown of eternal life. Amen.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. I will praise you everyday;
Psalm 145: 1-3
Today we praise you our God, Redeemer and King! We praise you for who you are and what you mean to all creation. Thank you for being our protector and provider. Thank you for the community of believers who help us to mature and grow into people of your word.
We pray to exalt you in our living today. May our thoughts, words and deeds praise you for you are more than worthy of praise! Amen and Amen!
Monday, January 24, 2011
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”
Psalm 37: 5
We come today with joy in our hearts grateful for another opportunity to do all to the glory of God. Our spirit sings as we face the challenges and changes in our lives in your presence.
Forgive us when we have spent too much time murmuring and complaining. Deliver us from unwholesome thoughts and unchastened desires. Turn our hearts away from hopeless brooding and faithless reflection.
We commit to you our souls, our bodies and ourselves. Increase our faith as we declare today an unwavering trust that in your steadfast love. We commit to your care the sincere desires of our hearts trusting that you will act on our behalf. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Lord, open our eyes that we may see you working behind the scenes of our lives as you move and rearrange the props that can help or hinder us. Open our hands so that we may share generously the gifts you have provided. Open our mouths to speak on behalf of hose who cannot speak for themselves. Open our minds to receive new ideas, concepts or innovations. Open our hearts to love our neighbor, each other and ourselves better today than yesterday. Open our doors to new realities and at the same time give us courage to reach for things ...the evidence of things we hope for, the evidence of things unseen. As qe dig deeper into you word, may your word dig deeper into our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Awesome Lord, thank you for your encouraging presence. Thank you for the new morning mercies. Thank you for unexpected grace. Thank you for your love that dilutes negative attitudes, harsh words and the uncertainty of our times.
Forgive us of falling short of your glory. Thank you for forgiving us of our trespasses as we forgive others.
Help us to be an encouraging presence to someone today. Help us to lift another's spirit with a kind word. Help us to celebrate the success of someone else without jealousy or envy, Help us to do good and to make good use of the time your give us.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
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Monday, January 10, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Everlasting God, you who command the times in their courses and govern the years, decades and centuries in their comings and goings, we begin the year in hope. Grant that we run its race with faithfulness and arrive at its conclusion in glory. No matter what we face this year - joy or sorrow, riches or lack, sunshine or rain, sickness or health, gain or loss - stand with us with a blessed assurance so that our lives are governed by your grace and lived in the communion of peace and respect of all our brothers and sister. In Jesus name, Amen.