Prayer for the Week

This is my prayer this week as I prepare to return from sabbatical:
God give me courage to 
Listen to you attentively
Speak your Word truthfully
Love other people passionately
Wait for you expectantly
For the sake of Your kingdom and glory.

Sunday Morning Prayer

From “Celtic Benedictions” by J. Philip Newell:
May the light of God 
illumine the heart of my soul.
May the flame of Christ 
kindle me to love.
May the fire of the Spirit 
free me to live
this day, tonight, and forever.

I encourage you to pray this prayer slowly and imagine each of these things happening as you pray them. As the light of God illuminates your heart, what do you see? As the flame of Christ creates a fire of love in you, where are supposed to spread the flame of Christ today? And what is the fire of the Spirit freeing you from?

Prayer for Friday

The Prayer of Dag Hammarskjöld

Give me a pure heart – that I may see Thee,
A humble heart – that I may hear Thee,
A heart of love – that I may serve Thee,
A heart of faith – that I may abide in Thee.

We need each of these things, purity, humility, love, and faith. Spend time praying this prayer today and listening for God to speak to you about them in your life. Maybe He has words of encouragement, maybe you need to confess some things, maybe God is calling you see, hear, serve or abide in a new and deeper way. Whatever the case may be, pray…

Prayer for the Day

Praying this passage this morning for myself, my family, my church and my fellow pastors:

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,    so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,  being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.

Colossians 1:9-11
God, fill us that we may live and breath for you alone.

Morning Prayer

Psalm 12 calls me to prayer this morning.

Prayer that I might be faithful to those who need me.
Prayer that I may speak truthfully and from a pure heart.
Prayer that if my words seek to make much of self or boast of anything other than Jesus, that He would help me not speak those words.
Prayer that I would join God’s work of caring for and protecting the poor and needy.
Prayer that I would not be one who spends his time honoring depravity.

God, speak to me as I listen.