This Week's Prayers
(Meditation: Philippians 2:3-5)
God, "Believe in Yourself" is a modern secular religion. What does it mean to believe in ourselves? Does it mean believing that we are the ultimate source of meaning? Does it mean believing we're all above average? O God, strengthen us when we fall for vague and empty pipe-dreams. Grant us faith in You -- for You create us, redeem us, forgive us, sustain us day by day, and grant us eternal life. Help us to know that our self esteem comes not from who we are, but from WHOSE we are. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
(Meditation: Ephesians 2:8-10)
God, it is wonderful to realize that salvation is Your free gift. It cannot be earned, or bought, or deserved. What a relief to realize that I cannot save myself. God, thank You that salvation comes by Your grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. Amen.
(Meditation: Ephesians 3:16-19)
O God, when I'm afraid, help me not to lose perspective. Calm my anxious heart, and help me to love. When I'm lonely, help me not to lose perspective. Help me to feel Your nearness, and help me to love. When I'm overwhelmed, help me not to lose perspective. Help me to seek Your guidance, and help me to love. In Jesus' name. Amen.
(Meditation: Psalm 46:10)
Creator God, You are a mighty fortress, a bulwark never failing. You are unchanged by our changing world. You are not confused by the reality of terrorism. You are not afraid just because we are. You don't share our anger, or our impatience. Our disaster isn't a disaster with You. You turn tragedy into triumph. You did it with Moses. You did it with Daniel. You did it through crucifixion and resurrection. And You are the same yesterday, and forever. Praise be to You, O God! Amen.
(Meditation: I John: 4:18-19)
Almighty and everlasting God, You are perfect love, and You are in perfect control of our world. Today, my prayer is simple -- help me to rest in You, without worry and without fear, for perfect love drives out fear. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.