This Week's Prayers
(Meditation: I Peter 4:10-11)
God, on this Memorial Day, I pause to give thanks for those who have served our country, either to gain our freedom, or to protect it. I pray today for our soldiers, and sailors, and marines, and airmen. Keep them safe. I pray for chaplains. Bless their work of spreading the gospel and healing the hurts of those in the armed forces. I pray for military doctors and nurses, for orderlies and Red Cross workers. Bless their work of healing and mercy. Especially I pray for the families of those who have been wounded or who have died for the cause of freedom. May they feel supported by the deep gratitude of our nation. O Prince of Peace, rule and overrule in our world. And grant us Your peace. In Jesus' name. Amen.
(Meditation: Matthew 25:40)
God, I'm driving home from work. Kids are standing in the street. I don't believe they have any other place to go. What kind of people will these children grow up to be? Who will teach them? Why do they have it so rough, when I have it so good? Who will give them the ambition I have, the opportunities I have had? God, will their dreams be turned into bitterness? Will their boldness turn into servility just to survive? Or will it turn into rebellion when survival doesn't matter? Will they know that I think about them and pray for them? What kind of people will they become? Lord, help me to make a difference in their lives. Amen.
(Meditation: John 14:23)
God, how can You love me? I am so self-centered, so full of doubts, so anxious, so fearful, so proud. Yet, O God, You do love me! I don't deserve even a glance from You, yet You, like the prodigal's father, hold out Your arms to embrace me. Because Christ paid the price for all my sins, my cup runs over with grace! O God, my God, I DO love You! In Jesus' name. Amen.
(Meditation: I Peter 1:23-25)
Almighty God, thank You for Your Word. Each day of my life, grant me the grace of searching the Scriptures. May I study Your Word, be guided by Your Word, be convicted by Your Word, be taught by Your Word, and be strengthened by Your Word. May I not judge the Bible, but let the Bible judge me. Help me to love Your Word, to meditate on it, and to be yielded to You. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
(Meditation: John 4:24)
God, help me to pray with my heart . . . not just with my mind . . . not using some formula . . . not reciting a wish-list. God, help me to slow down before I pray, to breathe deeply, and to relax. Help me to get in touch with my heart before I pray. Then, help me to pray with all of my heart. In Jesus' name. Amen.