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, august 13

    You are one body and one spirit, just as God also called you in one hope. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all. (Ephesians 4: 4-6, Common English Bible)

     

    You are the one and only Lord, O God, and you called us all in one hope. You are over all, through all, and in all, and you knit us together into one body and one spirit. Help us, O God, to recognize your presence all around us – in every single human being, in every single situation, in every single moment! May we live into the hope of our calling! May we live in unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace! In Jesus’ name. Amen.  

  • wednesday, august 12

    And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences. (Ephesians 4: 2-3, The Message)

     

    May we pour ourselves for each other as you poured yourself out for us. May we reach out for others in acts of love as you reached out for us. May we do this, not only for those that look like us, sound like us, and think like us, but for all. May we do this with humility and discipline, in the unity of the Spirit, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences. Through Christ Jesus. Amen.

  • tuesday, august 11

    Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3: 20-21, NRSV)

     

    Your power, which knows no limits, is at work within us! Your power, which is able to accomplish far more than all we can ask or imagine, is at work among us! Stretch our imagination, O God, and embolden us! Grant us the courage and confidence to be your people, that your name be glorified in the church forever and always! Through Jesus Christ. Amen. 

  • monday, august 10

    I ask that he will strengthen you in your inner selves from the riches of his glory through the Spirit. I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. (Ephesians 3: 16-18, Common English Bible)

     

    We ask, O God, that you will strengthen us in our inner beings. We ask, O God, that you will dwell in our hearts richly. We ask, O God, that you will root us in your love firmly, that together with all believers, we may grasp the width and length, height and depth of your love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 

  • thursday, august 6

    I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3: 19, Common English Bible)

     

    May we reach out and experience the breadth of your love! May we plumb and fathom the depth of your mercy! May we rise and marvel at the height of your call! May we know your love, that we may live full lives, full in the fullness of God. Amen.  

  • wednesday, august 5

    In Christ we have bold and confident access to God through faith in him. (Ephesians 3: 12, Common English Bible)

     

    Make us bold, O God, for we are your children. May we approach you with freedom and confidence. May we proclaim you with audacious hope and radical trust. May we live our lives joyfully and responsibly. Through Christ Jesus, our access to God. Amen. 

  • tuesday, august 4

    And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. (Ephesians 3: 8-9, The Message)

     

    Who can grasp you fully? The riches of your grace and generosity are over our heads! Help us open ourselves up to your love. Help us soak ourselves in your grace. Then, having experienced the beauty of your mystery, help us bring it out in the open and make it plain to everyone. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.  

  • monday, august 3

    The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I’ve been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone, across the board. (Ephesians 3: 6, The Message)

     

    Before you, we all stand on the same ground, O God. Your message of love is accessible and welcoming to everyone. Help us live into this reality. Help us build up a church where this message is proclaimed loud and clear in all we say and do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 

  • thursday, july 30

    This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. (Ephesians 2: 19-20, The Message)

     

    You are building a Home! And you are using us all in what you are building! We all belong! We all have a part in it! May we live into this promise and reality! May we all join you in building a beautiful home where everyone is welcome, embraced, and celebrated! Through Christs, our Cornerstone. Amen. 

  • wednesday, july 29

    Christ is our peace. He made both Jews and Gentiles into one group. With his body, he broke down the barrier of hatred that divided us. (Ephesians 2: 14, Common English Bible)

     

    We lament and deplore, O God, for we are divided by so many things. Yet, through your life, death and resurrection, you have broken down the dividing walls of hatred! You have reconciled everyone to you and into one humanity! Grant us grace to join you in building bridges, and not barriers. Help us make a fresh start and grow into one body – the body of Christ, our Peace. Amen.

  • tuesday, july 28

    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. (Ephesians 2: 8-10)

     

    We have nothing to boast before you, O God. It is your grace that has saved us. It is the same grace that has brought us thus far. Rejoicing in our salvation and trusting in your grace, may we devote our lives to doing the good works you prepared beforehand to be our way of lives. Through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.  

  • monday, july 27

    Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he (God) embraced us. He (God) took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. (Ephesians 2: 4, The Message)

     

    Forgive us when we get mired in the old stagnant life of sin, O God.

    Forgive us when we let this world tell us how to live.

    Embrace us as we are and show us what we can be.

    Bring us to life with Christ, that fully alive in his grace,

    we, too, may lead a life rich in mercy and incredible love.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • thursday, july 23

    I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believers, and what is the overwhelming greatness of God’s power that is working among us believers. This power is conferred by the energy of God’s powerful strength. (Ephesians 1: 18-19)

     

    Help us never lose sight of the hope of your call, O God. Give us enough light that we may see the riches of the glorious life you have for your followers. Grant us power, that, with endless energy and boundless strength, we may continue the good work you have begun among us. Through Jesus Christ. Amen. 

  • wednesday, july 22

    That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. (Ephesians 1: 15-16, The Message)

     

    For the seed of faith planted in our hearts, we give you thanks, O God. For the strong bond of love and mutual care among us, we praise you, O God. May we continue to grow in solid trust in you. May we continue to reach out to all your people in care and compassion. May we hold one other in our prayers and give you thanks. Through Christ Jesus, our Master. Amen.

  • tuesday, july 21

    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)

     

    You always had your eye on us, O God. You had designs on us for glorious living, just like you did and do for everything and everyone. Help us live in you, O God, that clear about who we are and what we are living for, we may live a life worthy of your design and calling. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • monday, july 20

    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)

     

    You always had your eye on us, O God. You had designs on us for glorious living, just like you did and do for everything and everyone. Help us live in you, O God, that clear about who we are and what we are living for, we may live a life worthy of your design and calling. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • thursday, july 16

    Do not cast me away from your presence,

    and do not take your holy spirit from me.

    Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

      and sustain in me a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:11-12)

     

    In you, O God, there is salvation, and from your salvation comes boundless joy. Forgive us when we try to find joy in wrong places. Do not throw us out of your presence but restore to us a willing and joyous spirit, that we may follow you into true and abundant life. Through Christ Jesus. Amen.

  • wednesday, july 15

    Create in me a clean heart, O God,

    and put a new and right spirit within me. (Psalm 51: 10)

     

    We are meant to reflect your image the way clear waters reflect what is above them. Forgive us when, in our need to determine our own lives, we have muddied the waters. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and put a new, faithful spirit deep inside us, that we may reflect your image with perfect clarity. In Jesus’ name we pray. 

  • tuesday, july 14

    Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. (Hebrews 12: 2, The Message)

     

    Sometime, the race we are in seems long, too long, and we feel weary, O God. We wonder whether there will ever be a finish line. Help us fix our eyes on you and never lose heart. Guide our feet and hold our hands, that we may not run this race in vain. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • monday, july 13

    The name of the Lord is a strong tower;

    the righteous run into it and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10)

     

    Lord, your name is a strong tower,

    and we are running there for safety.

    Protect us from fear and despair.

    Deliver us from apathy and indifference.

    Free us from violence and anger.

    We trust you, Christ Jesus, our Savior. Amen

  • thursday, july 9

    Turn your ear toward wisdom,

    and stretch your mind toward understanding.

    Call out for insight,

    and cry aloud for understanding.

    Seek it like silver;

    search for it like hidden treasure.

    Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,

    and discover the knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:2-5)


    Turn our ears toward your Wisdom, O God, and stretch our minds toward understanding. We seek your presence; we search for your possibilities; we open ourselves to your purposes. Teach us your way, that we may live more fully into the good, true, and beautiful life you invite us to. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • wednesday, july 8

    The way of the righteous is like morning light

    that gets brighter and brighter till it is full day.

    The path of the wicked is like deep darkness;

    they don’t know where they will stumble. (Proverbs 4: 18-19)

     

    Make our path brighter and brighter each hour, O God. Make our life grow fuller and fuller each day. Make our words more loving; make our deeds more caring; make our hearts more holy, more like Jesus, each moment. Clear Sun of Righteousness shining on our path, may we make this life’s journey with the courage and confidence of the children of light. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • tuesday, july 7

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart

    and lean not on your own understanding;

    in all your ways submit to him,

    and he will make your paths straight.

    Do not be wise in your own eyes;

    fear the Lord and shun evil.

    This will bring health to your body

    and nourishment to your bones. (Proverbs 3: 5-8)

     

    Help us trust in you with our whole heart, O God, and not rely on our own understanding. Help us know you in all our paths and submit to your will. Nourish our bones with your infinite wisdom; fortify our bodies with the energy of your boundless grace, that we may continue in your favor all the days of our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. 

  • monday, july 6

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

    and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

    For by me your days will be multiplied,

    and years will be added to your life. (Proverbs 9: 10-11)

     

    Fill us with your holy “fear”, O God, not the fear that paralyzes us, but the fear that sets us free and opens us up to your possibilities and purposes. Fill our hearts with awe and wonder, reverence and humility, that we may hear the Wisdom’s call and grow in the vastness of your love. Through Jesus Christ, our Wisdom. Amen. 

  • thursday, july 2

    Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all! (Colossians 3: 9-11, Common English Bible)

     

    O God, you created us in your glorious image,

    Yet we have fallen short of your glory.

    You sent Jesus to restore us.

    Yet we often cling to our old, defiled self with its practices.

    Renew us, O God, and dress us with a new wardrobe,

    that we may all be one in joyful communion with you and others.

    Through Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.

  • wednesday, july 1

    I am the Lord who acts with kindness,

    justice, and righteousness in the world,

    and I delight in these things,

    declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24 Common English Bible)

     

    Draw us closer to you, O God,

    that we may know you better and serve you better.

    Let us not persist in our own convictions,

    but pursue what is good and pleasing in your sight.

    May we rejoice in your hearts’ desire,

    acting with kindness and setting things just and fair.

    Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • tuesday, june 30

    The Lord declares, Am I a God

        who is only nearby and not far off?

    Can people hide themselves in secret places

        so I might not see them?

    Don’t I fill heaven and earth? (Jeremiah 23:23-24 Common English Bible)

     

    O God, you are everywhere –

    in confusing and chaotic times, as well as in our quiet moments;

    in public sphere, as well as in secret corners of our private lives; 

    You reign high above the heavens.

    Even so, you are all around us – closer than the very air we breathe.

    When worry arises and fear creeps in,

    help us turn to you and trust in your tender presence.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • monday, june 29

    “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. (John 3:16-17, The Message)

     

    O God, let us love and be loved today

    with the same freedom and extravagance with which you love.

    Let us be so filled with it that it spills over all around us.

    Put us right again, O God, that we may have a whole and lasting life.

    Through Jesus Christ, your eternal gift of love. Amen.

  • thursday, june 25

    O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,

       and you have healed me.

    You have turned my mourning into dancing;

       you have taken off my sackcloth

       and clothed me with joy,

    so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.

       O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever. (Psalm 30: 2 & 11-12)

     

    We cry out to you for help, O Lord our God. We mourn the sad state of our world and our complicity in it. Heal us and restore us. Turn our despair into hope, our resignation into action, that our mourning may be turned into dancing, and our silence into praise. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • wednesday, june 24

    I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. (Ephesians 3: 16-18, The Message)


    Make us strong, O God,

    not with a brute strength

    but with a gentle and glorious inner strength.

    Come and dwell in our hearts,

    that firmly planted in your love,

    we may take in all the riches of your grace

    and share them with others.

    Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • tuesday, june 23

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

       and do not rely on your own insight.

    In all your ways acknowledge him,

       and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) 

     

    We are in the dark, O God. We would like to think that we know what we are doing and where we are headed. But our knowledge is incomplete, and our vision limited. Forgive us when we fail to trust in you. Forgive us when we doubt your power to transform our lives and the world. In everything we do and everywhere we go, help us listen for your voice and stay on track. Through Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

  • monday, june 22

    Heaven is declaring God’s glory;

        the sky is proclaiming his handiwork.

    One day gushes the news to the next,

        and one night informs another what needs to be known.

    (Psalm 19:1-2 Common English Bible)

     

    What a wondrous season this is, O God!

    There is so much pain in the world.

    And yet, at the same time,

        there is so much joy and beauty in the air,

        declaring your glory,

        gushing knowledge and wisdom. 

    Reveal yourself to us each day, O God,

        and inform us of what needs to be known,

        that in everything we do,

        we, too, may proclaim your glory.

    Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • thursday, june 18

    Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:14-17)

     

    O God, you want us to be strong. You want us to be prepared for this life’s battle. Armor us with your truth and righteousness; equip us with the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. Whatever the devil throws our way, may we stand our ground and proclaim the gospel of peace. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • wednesday, june 17

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. (2 Corinthians 1: 3-4)

     

    God of all mercies, you console us in our affliction; you strengthen us in our weakness. You shower on us grace upon grace. Help us console others just like we’ve been consoled; help us strengthen others just like we’ve been strengthened. Having received from you grace upon grace, may we offer it to others, for your blessings, O God, are intended to be shared with all. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

  • tuesday, june 16

    Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,

        from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.

    For you, O Lord, are my hope,

        my trust, O Lord, from my youth. (Psalm 71: 4-5)


    O God, you, indeed, are our trust and our hope. You, indeed, are our refuge and our salvation. Put your ear to the ground and listen to your children moaning and groaning. Bend your ear and hear our desperate cries. We ache for your justice; we yearn for your peace; we long for your salvation. Come and rescue us, O God! Through Christ Jesus. Amen.


  • monday, june 15

    He has told you, O mortal, what is good;

        and what does the Lord require of you

    but to do justice, and to love kindness,

        and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)


    Forgive us when we are not fair and just to our neighbors. Forgive us when we are not genuine and loyal in our love. Forgive us when we take ourselves too seriously and do not follow your way. Grant us grace to receive your word with joy; grant us courage that, upon receiving, we may live it out in faith. Let us do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you, our God. Through Jesus Christ. Amen. 

  • thursday, june 11

    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. (Psalm 121: 1-2)

     

    We see hills, O God,

       one after another blocking our way.

    And we wonder, how are we going to make it through?

    Yet, you assure us that we are not on our own,

       that you are there, ready to help.

    Help us lift up our eyes and find strength in you.

    Help us move forward toward where you want us to be –

        a new, free, and joyful life for all.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • wednesday, june 10

    Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

    who, though he was in the form of God,

        did not regard equality with God

        as something to be exploited,

    but emptied himself,

        taking the form of a slave,

        being born in human likeness. (Philippians 2: 5-7)

     

    Christ Jesus, you had equal status with God. But, instead of clinging to the advantages of that status, you emptied yourself and came to us in flesh and blood. Instead of claiming special privileges, you lived a selfless, obedient life, and then died a selfless, obedient death, even death on a cross. Help us adopt the same mind and the same attitude, that we may have life and have it abundantly. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

  • tuesday, June 9

    Is not this the fast that I choose:

      to loose the bonds of injustice,

      to undo the thongs of the yoke,

    to let the oppressed go free,

      and to break every yoke? (Isaiah 58:6)


    Forgive us, O God, when we turn deaf ears to the cries of the helpless, powerless, destitute, and desperate. Save us, O God, from our insensitive and cruel disregard for our brothers and sisters. Lead us to a deeper faith, that we may break the chains of injustice, untie the ropes of every yoke, and make the sacrifices that are acceptable and pleasing to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.  

  • monday, june 8

    Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

     

    We come to you, O God, 0ur hearts overwhelmed with pain, grief, and sorrow. We are surrounded by things that are unjust, unholy, untrue, and impure. We confess that we have a part in it, that we are part of the system that perpetuates injustice and oppression. Forgive us when, without thinking nor realizing, we let these ugly things shape the way we live our lives. Help us pursue what is true, honorable, just, and pure. Help us fill our minds with these beautiful things and put them into practice. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • thursday, june 4

    God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. (1 John 4:17-18, The Message)

     

    There are so many reasons to be fearful –

        fear of death, fear of judgment, fear of rejection.

    Yet, you tell us that there is no room in love for fear.

    Help us let your love have the run of the house.

    Help us take up permanent residence in a life of love,

        that freed from crippling fear,

        we may live in you, and you in us.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • wednesday, june 3

    Happy are those

        who do not follow the advice of the wicked,

    or take the path that sinners tread,

        or sit in the seat of scoffers;

    but their delight is in the law of the Lord,

        and on his law they meditate day and night.

    (Psalm 1: 1-2)

     

    You are a God of happiness.

    You want us to be happy and blessed.

    You want us to flourish and proper.

    Help us not to seek our happiness in wrong places –

         possession, power, pride, pleasure….

    Help us realize that unless all can breathe freely,

         we can’t be truly happy.

    Hear our prayers, O God, and make us happy,

         for we are all your children created in your image

         and we delight in your law.

    Through Christ Jesus, our Blessed Savior. Amen.

  • tuesday, june 2

    Christ is our peace. He made both Jews and Gentiles into one group. With his body, he broke down the barrier of hatred that divided us. (Ephesians 2:14)

     

    We grieve and mourn, O God,

         for there is so much anger and violence around us.

    We lament and deplore, O God,

         for the barriers of hatred are too deep and too high.

    Let us sow hope where there is despair.

    Together, as your body,

         let us break down the barriers of hatred that divide us

         and sow love in their place.

    Through Christ, our Peace. Amen.

  • monday, june 1

    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)


    When we afflict others,

    whether by our own power

    or by our silent support of systems

    that oppress and crush,

         forgive us, O God.

    When we persecute others,

    destroying, diminishing, and distorting

    your image engraved in each human being,

         forgive us, O God.

    Then, with the power that belongs only to you,

         make us instruments of your peace,

         that all may truly be one in Christ Jesus.

    Amen.

  • thursday, may 28

    Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27) 

     

    Search our hearts, O God, and help us in our weakness!

    Search our minds and intercede for us!

    We are wading through uncharted waters

    and often we feel troubled,

    not knowing what to think,

    not knowing how to pray.

    In your grace and in the power of your Spirit,

    help us in our weakness and intercede for us,

    that all things may work together according to your will.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • wednesday, may 27

    So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. (Colossians 3:12-13, The Message)


    Thank you for choosing us for new life of love!

    Thank you for the beautiful wardrobe you picked out for us –

    compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, and discipline!

    Forgive us when we insist on wearing our old garments.

    In case of offenses or hurt feelings,

    help us forgive each other quickly and completely,

    that we may truly live the life of love you have chosen for us.

    In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  • tuesday, may 26

    Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:14-15)


    You call us, your body, to your peace.

    You call us, your church, to your perfect harmony.

    Help us clothe ourselves with love;

    Help us let your peace rule in our hearts;

    that in everything we do,

    your name be glorified.

    Through Christ Jesus, our Peace. Amen

  • monday, may 25

    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. (Colossians 3:16)


    Your Word, O God, is a lamp before our feet and a light for our journey.

    Help us mediate on it day and night,

    and let it dwell with in us richly,

    that we may find comfort and strength in times of trouble,

    and guidance and direction each step of our way.

    Thank you for this immense gift – your Word!

    Through Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate. Amen.

  • 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.