This Week's Prayers
(Meditation: Luke 2:4-7)
God, how desperate Joseph must have been as he frantically tried to find a room for Mary in Bethlehem. How embarrassed and helpless he must have felt as he led her to the stable in back of the inn. How attentive and faithful he was as Your Son was born. God, help all fathers who face desperate and frantic times. Bless all fathers who feel helpless and embarrassed. Strengthen them to be faithful, and to trust in You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
(Meditation: II Peter 3:17-18)
God, our culture gnaws away at every family value. In the name of free speech and the separation of church and state, our culture is chipping away at the faith-rock that is our nation's foundation. Forgive us. Revive us. Grant us the courage to stand up for Your values. In Jesus' name. Amen.
(Meditation: I John 4:19-21)
God, I pray for those whose neighborhood is riddled with drug peddlers and addicts . . . for those whose nights are interrupted by shrill sirens and flashing blue lights . . . and for those who long to get out of their circumstances, but who are afraid to try. God, give them faith in the midst of fear, and courage in the midst of despair. And help all who profess the name of Christ to give them a hand-up. In Jesus' name. Amen.
(Meditation: Psalm 46:10)
Almighty God, I pray as fast as I walk and talk. I ask a quick blessing, and I seek a quick answer, so I can move on. That's the problem, because I know that true understanding and wisdom come slowly. God, help me to slow down to pray. May prayer flow from the depths of my heart. Help me to savor each teaching of Scripture. Help me to be quiet, to experience Your presence. God, open my heart to You, as You have opened Yourself to me. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
(Meditation: John 1:14)
God, in this Advent season, as I look toward Christmas, prepare me for the re-birth of Christ in my heart. Prepare in my heart a manger-space, a place of welcome and warmth. May He come to live in my humble life, as He did in the humble stable of Bethlehem. Amen.