daily prayer with scripture

Each morning on Monday through Thursday, Pastor Young-Mee Park will send an email with a Bible verse and prayer. If you would like to receive these emails, please subscribe to our enews by clicking here

  • thursday, may 21

    The Lord sits enthroned over the floodwaters;

        the Lord sits enthroned—king forever!

    11 Let the Lord give strength to his people!

        Let the Lord bless his people with peace! (Psalm 29:10-11)


     

    We are wading through troubled waters, O God.

    We see floodwaters keep coming.

    We wonder whether we will be able to make it through.

    Make us strong, O God!

    Bless us with your peace!

    Help us remember that you are the ruler forever.

    Through Jesus Christ, our King. Amen

  • wednesday, may 20

    Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, “ (Matthew 6:26-28)

     

    Free us from our worries, O Lord,

        worries about our daily existence,

        worries about tomorrow,

        worries about our and our children’s future.

    Help us look at the wildflowers and trust.

    Help us look at the birds in the air and rejoice.

    Help us remember your goodness and be grateful.

    In your holy name we pray. Amen.

  • tuesday, may 19

    It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. (Ephesians 1:11-12, The Message)

     

    Your eyes are on the sparrow; your eyes are on us, O God!

    Even before we heard of you, even before we were born,

    you had a plan for us – a plan for glorious living.

    Help us shape our lives according to your design.

    Help us live each moment in ways that serve your good purpose.

    Help us keep our hopes up in you.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 

  • monday, may 18

    For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

    a time to be born, and a time to die;

    a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

    a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

    a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 & 5)


    You tell us that everything has its time.

    And you know that we have been refraining from embracing for over two months now.

    Hasten now a time to embrace!

    Hasten now a time to get together in person!

    We pray for restoration and renewal.

    We pray for a new season of healing and growth.

    Through Christ Jesus. Amen.

  • thursday, may 14

    Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:2, The Message)

     

    Forgive us when we are so well-adjusted to our culture.

    Forgive us when we fit into it without even thinking.

    Help us fix our attention on you. O God.

    Change us from the inside out,

       that we may recognize your will

       and quickly respond to it.

    Bring the best out of us,

       that we may develop into the best versions of ourselves.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • wednesday, may 13

    Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. (James 5:13-16)


    Many of us are suffering,

        so we pray to you, o God.

    Many of us are sick,

        so we come together in prayer, O God.

    Hear our prayers and heal us.

    Raise us up and put us on our feet,

        that healthy and whole, cheerful and happy,

        we may sing your praises

        all the days of our lives.

    Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

  • tuesday, may 12

    For even young people tire and drop out,

        young folk in their prime stumble and fall.

    But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.

        They spread their wings and soar like eagles,

    They run and don’t get tired,

        they walk and don’t lag behind. (Isaiah 40: 30-31. The Message)

     

    We feel weary, O God.

    We feel like dropping out.

    We’ve been sheltered in place for almost two months.

    Help us not lose heart.

    Give us fresh strength and courage,

         that we may spread our wings and soar,

         out of fear and despair,

         out of weariness and anguish.

    Through Jesus Christ, our Shelter and Strength.

  • monday, may 11

    As a deer longs for flowing streams,

        so my soul longs for you, O God.

    My soul thirsts for God,

        for the living God.

    When shall I come and behold

        the face of God?

    My tears have been my food

        day and night,

    while people say to me continually,

        “Where is your God?” (Psalm 42: 1-3)


    We thirst for you, O living God.

    We want to drink you, deep draughts of you!

    We worry day and night.

    Our souls troubled, and our hearts weighed down.

    Come and quench us; come and deliver us.

    You alone are our hearts’ desire, our strength and shield.

    And we long for you.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • thursday, may 7

    So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. (Romans 12:1, The Message)

     

    Forgive us when we just go through the motions.

    Forgive us when we forget

         that it is in you that we live, move, and have our being.

    May everything we do –

         our sleeping, eating, walking, talking, and working,

         be to the glory of your name.

    May each moment of our lives

         be a fragrant offering on your altar.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • wednesday, may 6

    How precious is your steadfast love, O God!

        All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

    They feast on the abundance of your house,

        and you give them drink from the river of your delights.

    ]For with you is the fountain of life;

        in your light we see light. (Psalm 36:7-9)

     

    We eagerly run under your wings, O God,

        for precious is your steadfast love.

    Keep us and watch over us, O God.

    Let us eat our fill at the banquet you spread!

    Let us drench our parched souls in your river of pure joy!

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • tuesday, may 5

    God’s love is meteoric,

    his loyalty astronomic,

    His purpose titanic,

    his verdicts oceanic.

    Yet in his largeness

    nothing gets lost;

    Not a man, not a mouse,

    slips through the cracks. (Psalm 36:5-6, The Message)

     

    Your glory is above earth and heaven, O God.

    And yet, you are all around us,

    closer than the air we breathe.

    With each breath we take, we trust you, O God.

    With each step we make, we rely on you, O God.

    In your meteoric love and astronomic loyalty,

    keep us and watch over us.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • monday, may 4

    So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:22-25, The Message)

     

    Faithful God,

    Help us keep a firm grip on your promises!

    Help us be inventive in encouraging one another and helping out!

    Help us not neglect worshiping together, even if it’s just online!

    Help us do it!

    Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

  • Thursday, april 30

    In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;

        do not let me ever be put to shame;

        in your righteousness deliver me.

    Incline your ear to me;

        rescue me speedily.

    Be a rock of refuge for me,

        a strong fortress to save me. (Psalm 31:1-2)

     

    You are indeed our rock and our fortress, O God.

    For your name’s sake,

    Hear our prayers and rescue us!

    Heal the sick,

    Comfort the suffering,

    Strengthen the weak.

    Do not let us perish in despair,

    but lead us to your light.

    Through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

  • wednesday, april 29

    God, who gets invited

    to dinner at your place?

    How do we get on your guest list?

    Walk straight,

    act right,

    tell the truth.

    Don’t hurt your friend,

    don’t blame your neighbor.” (Psalm 15:1-3, The Message)

     

    Teach us, O God,

       to walk straight,

       act right, and

       tell the truth.

    Help us not to

         hurt our friends or

         blame our neighbors,

    that together,

         we may rejoice at your dinner table.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • tuesday, april 28

    By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. (Galatians 5:22-23)


    Help us send our roots deep down into your love, O God.

        that we may grow like trees planted by streams of water,

        and bear fruit -- the fruit of the Spirit.

    Help us live a life of love, joy, and patience;

    Help us be kind, generous, and faithful.

    Let us follow the Spirit and live by the Spirit.

    This we pray in the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

  • monday, april 27

    And endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5:4-5)


    Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit!

    Thank you for pouring your love out into our hearts!

    Thank you for your hope that does not disappoint us!

    Help us trust in your presence

         and endure.

    Help us rely on your grace

         and build character.

    Help us believe in your word

         and hope.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • thursday, april 23

    If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. (Philippians 2:1-2)

     

    We’ve been sheltered in place for over a month now, O God.

    At times we get restless; at times, we get anxious.

    Help us find encouragement in you, O Risen Lord.

    Help us find consolation in the sharing of your Spirit,

      that we may not only get through this together,

    but come out of it stronger, more faithful, and more compassionate.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • wednesday, april 22

    God blessed them and said to them, “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and master it. Take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, and everything crawling on the ground.” God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good. (Genesis 1:28 & 31)

     

    Sing to the Lord a new song!

        Sing to the Lord, all the earth!

    Sing to the Lord! Bless his name!

        Share the news of his saving work every single day.

    (Psalm 96:1-2)

     

    With the fish of the sea and the birds in the sky,

        we sing praises to you, O Creator God!

    Help us not to confuse “taking charge” with “ruthless dominion.”

    Enlarge within us the sense of connection with all living things,

        to whom you gave the earth as their home in common with us,

        that, together, we may sing to you a new song every single day.

    This we pray on this Earth Day. Amen. 

  • tuesday, april 21

    Go, eat rich food, and drink something sweet,” he said to them, “and send portions of this to any who have nothing ready! This day is holy to our Lord. Don’t be sad, because the joy from the Lord is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10)

     

    You have created the world in beauty

        with enough resources to go around.

    Help us remember those who have nothing ready.

    Help us consider the needy and the poor.

    And, help us share, O God,

        that, in so doing, we may experience

        the joy of our Lord.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 

  • monday, april 20

    Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:11-12)


    Thank you for plants,

    Thank you for trees,

    Thank you for fruit,

    Thank you for flowers!

    Help us rejoice in your good creation,

       taking good care of it,

       and sharing its bounties with others.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • thursday, april 16

    A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” (John 20:26-27)

     

    Jesus said to him, “If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23-24)

     

    We believe you, Lord,

        help our unbelief!

    Drive out our fear and anxiety.

    Cast out our doubt and angst.

    And breathe upon us

         your peace,

         your joy,

         your hope.

    Through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.

  • wednesday, april 15

    May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. (Colossians 1:11-12)

     

    Make us strong, O God,

       with all the strength

       that comes from the glorious Resurrection power!

    Help us, O God,

       to endure everything with patience,

       the patience of the One who emptied himself,

       and became obedient to the point of death.

    Grant us grateful hearts, O God,

       that we may inherit your Kingdom of Light.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • tuesday, april 14

    When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19)

     

    Come now, O God, and set us free,

         free from fear,

         free from doubt,

         free from sin.

    Come now, O God, and restore us,

         to your life,

         to your joy,

         to your peace.

    Through Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord. Amen.

  • monday, april 13

    From the rising of the sun to its setting

        the name of the Lord is to be praised.

    The Lord is high above all nations,

        and his glory above the heavens. (Psalm 113:3-4)

     

    Morning has broken,

         and we sing praises to you, O God,

         for this is a fresh new day

         you have created and given to us.

    No matter what the circumstances,

         may we live it fully and faithfully,

         may we live it freely and joyfully,

         may we live it to the glory of your name.

    Through Christ, our Risen Lord. Amen. 

  • thursday, april 9

    While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:26-28)

     

    On this Holy Thursday,

    we remember what you did, O God,

    we remember what you said.

    Even though we cannot gather in person.

    feed us with your bread of life,

    quench us with your cup of salvation,

    that we may continue on our journey

    in the strength of your Spirit. Amen. 

  • wednesday, april 8

    Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You who kill the prophets and stone those who were sent to you. How often I wanted to gather your people together, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you didn’t want that. (Matthew 23:37)

     

    Mothering God,

    We want you to gather us together under your wings!

    We need your protection! We need your care!

    You, who cried over Jerusalem,

    forgive us when we refuse, resist, and rebel.

    Shelter us under your wings!

    Shelter us in your peace!

    Shelter us in your grace!

    In your loving name we pray. Amen. 

  • Tuesday, April 7

    Then Jesus went into the temple and threw out all those who were selling and buying there. He pushed over the tables used for currency exchange and the chairs of those who sold doves. (Matthew 21:12)

     

    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)


    As you entered the temple courts two thousand years ago,

    enter now our lives, enter now our hearts.

    As you cleansed the temple

    clean our hearts now,

    and put a new, faithful spirit deep inside us,

    that when Easter comes,

    we may rejoice in you, and you in us.

    In your holy name, we pray. Amen.

  • monday, april 6

    The earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (Genesis 1:2-3)
     
    Creator God,
    It feels as though the world is formless and empty,
    with darkness covering the surface of the deep.
    We need your creating power, O God.
    We need your Spirit to sweep over the face of the earth.
    We need your voice to command the light to be.
    Come and create and re-create us!
    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • thursday, april 2

    Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,

    whose trust is the Lord.

    They shall be like a tree planted by water,

    sending out its roots by the stream.

    It shall not fear when heat comes,

    and its leaves shall stay green;

    in the year of drought it is not anxious,

    and it does not cease to bear fruit. 

    (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

     

    Our trust is in You, O Lord!

    Our trust is You!

    Help us send our roots deep down

    by the stream of your grace;

    Nourish us with your ever-flowing love,

    that we may fear neither drought nor heat

    but stay green,

    and do not cease to bear fruit.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

     

  • wednesday, april 1

    Be still, and know that I am God. 

    (Psalm 46:10a)

     

    How can we be still

    in these challenging and anxious times?

    How can we know that you are God,

    and that you are there?

    We are frightened, O God, and we fret.

    Come to us with your peace,

    Come to us with your goodness,

    that we may be still and know that you are God.

    Through Jesus Christ, our Emmanuel. Amen.

  • tuesday, march 31

    I lift up my eyes to the hills—
    from where will my help come?

    My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.
    He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
    He who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121:1-4, NRSV)

    We lift up our eyes, O God,
    looking for our help,
    looking for our healing and salvation.
    You are the source of life and health.
    You are the source of everything
    that makes life possible and good.
    Come in haste, O God,
    and deliver us.
    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • Monday, march 30

    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)


    These are challenging times, O God,

        and we are fearful, we fret.

    Yet, you want us to rejoice….. always.

    Help us find joy

        in small things,

        in ordinary moments,

        and be grateful.

    Help us live every moment of our day

        mindful of your presence,

        alert to your Spirit’s moving,

        and be grateful.

    Through Christ Jesus, our Joy. Amen.

  • Thursday, march 26

    Therefore, my brothers and sisters whom I love and miss, who are my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord, loved ones. 

    Let your gentleness show in your treatment of all people. The Lord is near. Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks.  

    Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.

    (Philippians 4: 1 & 5-7, Common English Bible)

     

    In thanksgiving, we come to you, O God,

       for you are our God, and we are your people.

    With ardent prayers, we come to you, O God,

       longing for your peace that passes all understanding.

    Keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus,

       that we may stand firm in faith

       in these challenging times and always.

    Through Jesus Christ, our Rock and our Fortress. Amen.

  • wednesday, march 25

    I hope, Lord.

    My whole being hopes,

        and I wait for God’s promise.

    My whole being waits for my Lord—

        more than the night watch waits for morning;

        yes, more than the night watch waits for morning!

    Israel, wait for the Lord!

        Because faithful love is with the Lord;

        because great redemption is with our God!

    (Psalm 130:5-7. Common English Bible)

     

    Out of depths we cry out to you, O Lord.

    Hear our voices!

    Have mercy on us!

    Keep us and watch over us!

    In your unfailing love,

    extend your special protection to all doctors, nurses, and other health care workers

    and grant them the strength and energy they need in these challenging times.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 

  • tuesday, march 24

    Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

    I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.

    (Romans 8:35 & 38-39, Common English Bible)

     

    We thank you and praise you, O God,

       for your love is stronger than anything else.

    We are scared, we are troubled,

       for we are in the dark and do not know what tomorrow will bring. 

    Look kindly upon us, O God,

    Heal the sick and give strength to those in trouble of any kind.

    Through Christ Jesus, our Savior. Amen.

  • Monday, March 23

    Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?

        to be out of your sight?

    If I climb to the sky, you’re there!

        If I go underground, you’re there!

    If I flew on morning’s wings

        to the far western horizon,

    You’d find me in a minute—

        you’re already there waiting!

    Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!

        At night I’m immersed in the light!”

    It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;

        night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.

    (Psalm 139: 7-12, The Message Translation)


    Everlasting and ever-present God,

    Thank you for your abiding presence with us!

    You are there, even in the darkest moments of our lives.

    You are there, even when we are confused and in doubt.

    Come to us and comfort us.

    Come to us and assure us.

    Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.