This Week's Prayers
(Meditation: II Peter 1:4)
God, my prayer is the hymn, "Your promise is my only plea; with this I venture nigh: You call all burdened souls to You; and such, O Lord, am I. Bowed down beneath a load of sin, by Satan sorely pressed, by war without and fears within, I come to You for rest. O wondrous love, to bleed and die, to bear the cross and shame, that guilty sinners, such as I, might plead Your gracious name!" God, my heart is heavy today, and I come to You claiming nothing except Your promises. I come, just as I am, to ask Your guidance and peace, O gracious God. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
(Meditation: Luke 9:23-24)
God, when I look to others for self-esteem, I know it can't last. Though I may ingest self-help materials, my shallow enthusiasm quickly evaporates. Though I look to my own accomplishments for self-esteem, the glow soon fades. God, self-esteem comes only when I realize that I have YOUR undeserved gifts of forgiveness and love, because YOU think I'm worthy! God, I am humbled by Your amazing grace! Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
(Meditation: I Corinthians 2:4)
Dear God, may I live, not just by my efforts, but by Your grace. Still the stirring noise in my soul. Still the constant crossfire in my mind. Still the struggles I feel, and let Your Holy Spirit guide my life. You are much better to me than I am to myself, for You control the big picture and the long term. Help me to trust You, to let go of my attachments, and to live by grace. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
(Meditation: Titus 2:6-8)
God, my little boy mimics everything I do. He pretends to shave, and his every motion is just like mine. The way he cups his hands under his chin is a mirror image of me. When I watch him, it's apparent how important the relationship is between a son and his father. It's apparent in my life, too. I would do anything to make my Dad proud, even years after his death. It's one of my strongest motivations. Thank you for my Dad. And God, I am once again reminded how grateful I am that You are my Father. May my life be a reflection of You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
(Meditation: Matthew 5:20)
God, forgive me when I pray for the wrong reasons. Sometimes I lose myself in the security of reverence, and I forget those in need. Free me from feeling special privilege without special responsibility. Free me from loving religion instead of You. In Jesus' name. Amen.