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, january 21

    Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. (1 Samuel 3: 10-11)

     

    When you call our names, may we listen. When you call our names, may we answer. When you call our names, may we hear you out, even if our ears tingle and our minds churn. Give us grace to listen, freedom to trust, and humility to yield the secret desires of our heart to your large purpose. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • wednesday, january 20

    Give the king your justice, O God,

    and your righteousness to a king’s son.

    May he judge your people with righteousness,

    and your poor with justice. (Psalm 72: 1-2)

     

    Give the president your justice, O God, and your righteousness to his administration. Grant our leaders a sense of justice and goodness, that your will and purpose may prevail. May we, the citizens of this nation, care about the public face of your will and purpose. May we come together to order our common life according to your peaceful and gracious ways. This we pray in the name of Jesus, our King and the Ruler of the universe. Amen.

  • tuesday, january 19

    For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the Lord, because they have called you an outcast. (Jeremiah 30: 17)

     

    Come with your healing, O God. Cure the sick and restore us to health. Thirteen months have passed since a novel coronavirus was first detected and nearly twelve months since a public health emergency declared here in our country. Today we remember those who have died. Today we honor survivors, frontline, and essential workers. Today, we pray for those affected. Come with your healing, O God, and restore us to health. Amen.

  • monday, january 18

    But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (Amos 5: 24)

     

    You want justice – oceans of it. You want righteousness – rivers of it. Indeed, you are a God of peace and freedom, dignity and equity for all. Let your justice roll down like waters, and your righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Grant us courage to withstand the world of greed, hatred, and violence and to be the streams of living water gushing out from your heart. Amen.

  • thursday, january 14

    For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption… and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 7: 14-15a & 17)

     

    What a privilege to be called your sons and daughters! What an honor to be adopted as heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ! As we bear the name “Christian,” may we rejoice in this identity. As we share in this identity, may we also share in the life and mission of our Lord, Jesus Christ. May we not fall back into fear but live our lives in the joy and freedom of your Spirit. Amen.

  • wednesday, january 13

    In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased. (Mark 1: 9-11)


    Claim us as your sons and daughters again, O God. Let us hear again your voice telling us that we are your beloved, that in us you find joy and pride. Help us firmly ground our lives in this truth and let no other voice direct and shape our daily decisions. Wash over us with your love and grace, that we may grow together in our trust in you. In Jesu’s name we pray. Amen

  • tuesday, january 12

    In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 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. (Genesis 1: 1-2)

     

    Stir up your Spirit, O God. Like a fierce wind, let your Spirit sweep over the face of this land, shaping and forming, creating and recreating all things anew. Stir up your power, O God, the power that spoke everything into existence, the power that brought light, harmony, meaning, and purpose into this dark world. Stir up your power and breathe your Spirit upon us, O God, that renewed and revived, we may follow you on the way of life and love. Amen.

  • monday, january 11

    The voice of the Lord is over the waters;

        the God of glory thunders,

        the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.

    The voice of the Lord is powerful;

        the voice of the Lord is majestic. (Psalm 29: 3-4)

     

    Speak to us, O Lord, and let your glory thunder over the troubled waters. Speak to us, O Lord, and let your majestic voice shatter the darkness of this world. Speak your word, O Lord, your word of peace and harmony, truth and grace, courage and compassion. Speak to us again, O Lord, and renew us, refresh us, and recreate us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 

  • thursday, january 7

    On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2: 11)

     

    What gift can we bring to you, O Christ? What present, what token can we offer in your honor and praise? You are our King; you are our Light; you are our Rock and Salvation. May we kneel and pay you homage. May we open the treasure chest of our hearts and offer you gifts. In every gesture we make and every word we speak, may we give you glory. Amen.

  • wednesday, january 6

    When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. (Matthew 2: 9-10)


    Like the wise men from the East two thousand years ago, we are on a journey, O God. We have seen your star rising; and we set out on a journey, following the star. Lead us and guide us, O God. Help us never lose sight of you, that each step of our way, we may get closer to you. In the name of the Child of Bethlehem we pray. Amen.

  • tuesday, january 5

    Lift up your eyes and look around;

        they all gather together, they come to you;,

    your sons shall come from far away,

        and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.

    Then you shall see and be radiant;

        your heart shall thrill and rejoice,.

    (Isaiah 60: 4-5a)

     

    We lift up our eyes and see all of us gathering together again. We look around and see all people coming together again. We see our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters returning home, that we may all be together again! Usher in that day quickly, O God, that we will be radiant! Bring in that day quickly, O God, that our hearts may swell and rejoice! Amen. 

  • monday, january 4

    “Get out of bed, Jerusalem!

      Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight.

      God’s bright glory has risen for you.”

    (Isaiah 60: 1, The Message)

     

    The earth is still wrapped in darkness, O God. Our land is sunk in the cold and the dark of COVID-19 and social isolation in this bleak mid-winter. Yet, you tell us that this is the time to wake up, that this is the time to put our faces in the sunlight of your grace and glory. Rise upon us, O God. May your sunrise glory break over us, that we may rise and shine in you, with you, and for you. Amen.

  • thursday, december 31

    I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. (Philippians 1: 3-5)


    We give thanks and praise to you, O God, remembering all we were able to share during the past 365 days. What a year it has been, with the pandemic affecting every aspect of our lives! Yet, through it all - all the twists and turns, thick and thin - you were there, sustaining and upholding us. We now surrender the year 2020 into your hands, praying that you will redeem all things for good. Renew us and refresh us, that we may go into the next year with the hope and vision that comes from you. Amen.

  • wednesday, DECEMber 30

    For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, (Titus 2: 11-12)

     

    O God, your grace has appeared in flesh and blood. In Christ Jesus, you have made salvation available for everyone. As you have taught us, may we turn our backs on worldly passions, but live lives that are sensible, upright, and godly. May we grow into a people you can be proud of - good, pure, and energetic in goodness. Amen.

  • tuesday, DECember 29

    From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known. (John 1: 16-18)

     

    You, O Christ, are indeed the true God of true God, Light from Light Eternal. Through you came grace and truth; from your fullness, we have all received, grace upon grace, blessing upon blessing. Lead us closer to the heart of God, O Christ. May we walk and talk, sing and dance, with you, in you, and for you. Amen. 

  • monday, DECember 28

    And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John 1: 14)

     

    You came to us, not in the form of universal principles or abstract ideas, but in flesh and blood, in a tiny little baby. You came to dwell among us, walking our walk, speaking our language. We have seen your glory; we have seen your light piercing the darkness of this world. May we live by your light; may we grow in the fullness of your grace and truth. Amen.

  • wednesday, december 23

    And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2: 7)


    In our hearts, in our homes, in our lives, may we make room for you, Little Lord Jesus. May we invite you in and let you love us, Little Lord Jesus. Come and be the light shining brightly in this darkened world. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

  • tuesday, december 22

    And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.” (Luke 1: 46-48)


    Like Mary, may our souls magnify you, our Lord and our God. Like Mary, may our spirits rejoice in you, for you have looked with favor on our lowliness. Like Mary, may we rise and sing the song of our salvation. Amen.  

  • monday, december 21

    The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.” 38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1: 30-31, 38)

     

    Like Mary, may we find favor with you when your angel comes to visit us. Like Mary, may we submit to your will readily and joyfully. Like Mary, may we not fear, but boldly and confidently, do our part in making your redeeming grace a reality for all. Amen.

  • thursday, december 17

    If you offer your food to the hungry

    and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,

    then your light shall rise in the darkness

    and your gloom be like the noonday. (Isaiah 58: 10)


    May we extend your transforming love and presence in this world, O God. May we rid of unfair, unloving practices. May we be generous with the hungry. Freely and joyfully, may we start sharing with others, especially with those who cannot pay us back. In this season of light, may our shadowed lives be bathed in your sunlight and begin to glow like the noonday. Amen.

  • wednesday, december 16

    Is not this the fast that I choose:

    to loose the bonds of injustice,

    to undo the thongs of the yoke?

    Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,

    and your healing shall spring up quickly; (Isaiah 58: 6a & 8)


    In this season of celebrations and festivities, help us remember the true meaning of the season. May we honor you by remembering the poor, the needy, and the oppressed. Together, with the entire creation, may we experience the healing and wholeness your light brings. Amen. 

  • tuesday, december 15

    Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8: 12)

     

    You, indeed, are the light of the world, Jesus. May we follow you and never walk in darkness. May we live by your light, doing your work and sharing your love, and never give up. You, indeed, are the true light of the world and the reason of the season. Shine in our hearts, Lord Jesus! Amen.

  • monday, december 14

    The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. (John 1: 5 & 9)

     

    You are the light of the world, O Christ. You are the light, shining brightly in the darkness and enlightening all things and all people. Come into our lives and deliver us from our blindness. Come into our hearts and show us the way of life. Come to us now, O Christ! Amen.

  • thursday, december 10

    For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4: 15-16)

     

    Christ Jesus, you know our need, you know our weakness. You were tempted in every way that we are. You know us through and through. In times of doubts and struggles, help us walk up right to you and get what you are so ready to give – grace, mercy, forgiveness, and strength and courage to go on. Amen.

  • wednesday, december 9

    “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” (Matthew 1: 23)


    God, you are with us. You have been, and you will always be. Open our eyes to see you; open our ears to hear you; open our hearts to receive you; and open our hands to share you. Help us to sit quietly in this Advent and notice your presence, energy, and movement. Amen.  

  • tuesday, december 8

    He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. (Hebrews 1:3)


    Christ Jesus, you are the perfect reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being. In your words and deeds, through your life, death, and resurrection, you clearly showed us who God is and what you call us to be. Hold all of us together by your powerful word and grant us grace that we may grow more and more like you. Amen

  • monday, december 7

    Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. (Hebrews 1: 1-2)


    Thank you for speaking to us, O God! In many times and many ways, you spoke to us through a long line of prophets. Then, you spoke to us directly through your Son, Christ Jesus. And you are still speaking here and now. Give us ears to hear, O God. And, upon hearing, grant us faith to follow. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • thursday, december 3

    His authority shall grow continually,

        and there shall be endless peace

    for the throne of David and his kingdom.

        He will establish and uphold it

    with justice and with righteousness

        from this time onward and forevermore.

    The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9: 7)

     

    Your authority, O God, grows continually. There are no limits to the peace and wholeness you bring to our midst. As citizens of your promised reign, may we live our daily lives with your justice and righteousness. May we uphold the kingdom you have established with your energy and enthusiasm. May we do so, beginning now and lasting always. Amen.

  • wednesday, december 2

    Declare his glory among the nations,

        his marvelous works among all the peoples.

    Honor and majesty are before him;

        strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

    (Palm 96: 3 & 6)


    How we miss being in your sanctuary in this season of Advent! How we miss proclaiming your honor and majesty in one voice! Yet, no matter what, you are the God of strength and beauty! When we feel tired and weary, grant us strength. As we gather, albeit virtually, may we receive your joy and blessing. May we draw closer to you and perceive the beauty of your grace all around us. Amen.

  • tuesday, december 1

    I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice. (Ezekiel 34: 15-16)


    You come, O God, to seek the lost and bring back the strayed. You come, O God, to bind up the injured and strengthen the weak. You come to tend your sheep with justice and mercy. Open our hearts and minds to your coming. Open our lives to your justice and mercy. In the name of Jesus, the coming one, we pray. Amen. 

  • monday, november 30

    The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. (Jeremiah 23: 5)


    We wait for that day, O LORD, when you will come and reign as a wise King. We wait for that day, O God, when you will come and do what is just and right in the land. We wait, patiently and prayerfully, but not our hands tied up, not sitting back and idle. When you come, may we offer you an eager welcome! When you come, may we rejoice in you, and you in us! Amen.