This Week's Prayers

JUly 1,

(Meditation: I John 4:13-16)

God, I'm glad I can come to You just as I am. I know I can't impress You,and it's wonderful to be free from having to try. I'm glad that I can talk to You, and tell You about my thoughts and feelings, even though You already know me better than I know myself. Thank You that there is no dividing wall between and me. Thanking You for forgiving me and loving me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

July 2,

(Meditation: Psalm 122:6-7)

God, grant security and democracy to the Israelis and the Palestinians. Convert old animosities into mutual respect. Change fear and terror into joy. Transform mistrust into caring. May they live together in peace. In Jesus' name. Amen.

July 3,

(Meditation: Psalm 104:1-4)

God, when I look up at the stars, my heart swells with wonder. When I think that there are trillions of them, my mind is overwhelmed by Your power. When I think about distance being measured in light years, my soul sings out to You in praise. You are Creator and Sustainer of all there is, yet You know my name, and You call me to live with You day by day. Almighty God, I come to walk with You today, to listen to Your voice, and to follow wherever You lead. In Jesus' name. Amen.

JUly 4,

(Meditation: Psalm 31:23-24)

God, we are grateful for our nation. We are free, when many have no freedom. We are productive, when many have no jobs. Even in difficult times we are rich, when many are starving -- even our poor are rich compared to third world countries. We are healthy, when others face plagues and pestilence. We are safe, when many live amid violence and threats. God, on the birthday of our nation, may it also be the moral RE-birth of our nation. Give us the will to protect freedom, and generous hearts to share with those in need. Renew in us a moral uprightness, a spirit of forgiveness and good will, and a community of fairness, truth, and service. In Jesus' name. Amen.

JUly 5,

(Meditation: Isaiah 30:15)

O God, sometimes the things that hurt me most are the hardest to let go. Hanging on to things like anger and self-pity puts me in control, and lets me wallow in being a victim. I'm afraid if I don't keep reliving my hurts, I won't exist. It is so painful to acknowledge this. God, heal my wounds. Help me to accept Your forgiveness and Your steadfast love. Help me to stop re-playing old hurts and start to forgive others. Help me to open my heart to Your constant love and peace. Help me to let go of my self image, and be reshaped by Your image of me. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.