This Week's Prayers

JULY 16,

(Meditation: Romans 12:9-13)

God, I believe the call to serve those who hurt is a gift from You - not because they will be helped, but because it expresses our love for You. We are not called to stamp out poverty, but to share what we have. We are not called to save the world, but to love and serve in Your name. God, thank You for the gift of serving others in Your name.  Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

JULY 17,

(Meditation: Colossians 3:23-24)

My God and Father, help me to do my work today for one reason alone, to serve You. Help me to do my work to the best of my ability, for service that glorifies You is good work. Help me to do my work care-fully, for service that glorifies You is permeated with love. O God, I thank You that my vocation is my ministry.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

JULY 18,

(Meditation: Psalm 25:4-5)

Almighty and everlasting God, popular culture tells me that Your Truth is not absolute. Popular culture dictates that everyone's beliefs are just as valid as the teachings of Jesus. Popular culture dictates that witnessing to the saving power of Christ is narrow minded. Popular culture says that Christ's great commission to make disciples of all nations is intolerant. Popular culture is like a religion, with its own "thou shalt nots." It punishes its "sinners" with labels like "intolerant," "narrow-minded," "bigoted," "prejudiced."  God, make me tolerant, loving, understanding,fair, and unafraid to stand for Your Truth.  Amen.

JULY 19,

(Meditation: Psalm 19:14)

God, grant that today I may be a little quieter . . . more gentle . . . more loving . . . more honest . . . more connected to You. In Jesus' name.  Amen.

JULY 20,

(Meditation: Matthew 6:9-10)

God, You have commanded me to pray and ask for those things that concern Your Kingdom.  But when I pray, I pray more about my little kingdom and my physical and material needs.  God, help me to have fewer "me and my" supplications.  Help me to pray, "Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Through Jesus Christ, my Lord.  Amen.