This Week's Prayers
(Meditation: Romans 12:3)
God, I pray for those who are driven by a success syndrome every time they are with others. I pray for those who are driven to compete . . . for those who must judge others negatively, in order to be comfortable with themselves. . . for those who must call attention to themselves, in order to dominate. God, change their success syndrome to a selfless syndrome . . . one that accepts others as they are . . . one that gathers strength from belonging. . . and one that shares Your gift of loving others. In Jesus' name. Amen.
(Meditation: Ephesians 2:8-9)
O God, You forgive those who confess and repent. But Your promises seem too good to be true. Your gifts of salvation and eternal life -- I don't deserve them. You have showered Your blessings on me. Your mercy and grace pour out abundantly in my life. No matter what I do, I will never deserve these gifts. God, help me to confess and repent, and acknowledge that I need You. Help me to accept Your gifts with a grateful heart, though undeserved. And help me every day to seek Your will for my life. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
(Meditation: Psalm 33:4-6)
God, when I study Your Word and think about what it means in my life, I praise You. When I think of Your love, my heart breaks into a song of love and praise. When I think about how great You are, how faithful You are, how unending is Your love -- a great light shines in my darkness, and I praise You. Thank You for calling me to be one of Your children! Amen.
(Meditation: Romans 8:28)
God, when I am mistreated or ignored, I know that Your hand will be on my shoulder. When I undertake a new task, I will follow Your lead and lean on Your power. When I am praised or rewarded, I will think of Your providence and Your goodness. When I am disappointed, I will pray and wait for You to work all things together for good. Hallowed be Your holy name. Amen.
(Meditation: Psalm 117:1-2)
God, when I look around at the demise of decency, the retreat of responsibility, and the rise of rage, I wonder where You are. Are You in control? Why don't You straighten out everything? God, forgive me for having so little faith that I think You've got to prove Yourself to me. You are so much greater than the failings of our culture. O God, how great Thou art!