This Week's Prayers
(Meditation: Zephaniah 3:17)
God, sometimes I feel depressed. Sometimes I am listless and have no energy. Sometimes I am lonely and disconnected. Sometimes I have no interest in anything. What causes these feelings? Am I working too hard? Am I tired of others depending on me? Am I angry because I don't have time alone, or time to exercise? Is it just negative thoughts that "create" the feeling of being depressed? God, I know that I have not only life, but ETERNAL life, through the sacrifice of Your Son! I am grateful for knowing that I am loved, especially on those days when I feel so low.
(Meditation: Isaiah 26:3-4)
God, sometimes I take You for granted, like an entitlement. This implies,"You OWE me." It implies, "I DESERVE what I have." God, what presumptions! Forgive me. Help me to erase entitlement from my mind, and selfish expectations from my relationship with You. May I always remember that all my blessings come from You. Grant me Your goodness, and love, and grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.
(Meditation: Ephesians 2:19-22)
Almighty God, we are grateful for our church. Help our church leaders to be faithful followers of Jesus. Grant to all our members discernment, and unity, and courage. God, we also pray for those in our congregation who are sick, for those who are hurting, for those who are mistreated or misunderstood, for those whose marriages are falling apart, and for those who are lonely. Grant them Your nearness. Guide all the members of our church to be instruments of Your tender mercy and care. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
(Meditation: Romans 12:6-8)
God, when I have to evaluate someone's work, help me to praise with appreciation, and help me to criticize in honesty and caring. May I be big enough to accept others' criticisms of me. Help us all to grow and to bring out the best in others at work. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
(Meditation: Psalm 145:1-2)
Heavenly Father, my prayer today is a prayer of praise. Perfect is Your plan, and endless is Your love. Great is Your majesty, and mighty is Your strength. Forever stands Your Word, and from everlasting to everlasting stands Your providence. God, because You have called me to be Your own, I praise You with thanksgiving! Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.