Friday, September 23, 2011

Prayer for transformation

Father, we are in desperate need of transformation, as people, as churches, as communities, and as nations. Our sins are becoming too heavy to carry. Our divisions are too numerous to count. Our arrogance continues to blind us from seeing and hearing you. By the power of your Spirit, free us from the sins, temptations, fears, and systems that distract us from the life you created us to live. We humbly surrender ourselves to you today, and profess with our hearts, minds, and lungs that we are unable to change on our own. Guide us toward a posture of repentance so that we may once again turn to face you and gratefully receive your gift of life.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Missional Prayer: Loose Grip

God, we confess that at times we have held on too tightly to our traditions and have missed out on the fuller life you invite us into. Gently pry our fingers back so that we hold onto our programs, our structures, and our strategies with a loose grip and instill in us a desire to grab hold of your dreams for our neighborhoods, cities, nations, and world. As we seek your will, inspire us with your creative spirit to develop fresh and meaningful habits and practices for our shared journey with you.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Missional Giving

With so many churches and leaders attempting to be "missional" by way of stepping outside their buildings and serving the "least of these" (a very good thing indeed) I want us to be mindful of Jesus' warning found in the beginning of Matthew 6:

"Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' in front of others, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly, I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let you your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be done in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."

May you, as you grow in generosity, give in secret and keep the stories of your good deeds offline and out of the media. There's a greater reward awaiting you.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Prayer for all Believers - adapted from John 17:20-21

Father, we pray that those who profess to believe in your Son Jesus will demonstrate our oneness by finding ourselves in you and by actively living out your purposes together. We ask that you illuminate what we have in common and dissolve our destructive and useless differences. May our capacity for forgiveness increase! Capture our hearts and minds with your dreams for your creation. Turn our desires into your desires. Change our thinking about what is important to reflect what is important to you and equip us with whatever you deem necessary for us to courageously join you in your mission.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Prayer for Desire

God, we confess that our desires have not always been in line with what you desire. Search our hearts and reveal any desires in us that, if satisfied, will not lead us to a deeper love for you or a greater surrender to your mission in the world. Reveal to us a deeper knowledge of who you are and what your heart desires. Fill us with desires for things that are good, pure, beautiful, truthful, lovely, and just. Lead us by your Spirit into activities that demonstrate your heart for the world, and in doing so, may our hearts become like yours.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Praying for Civility

In a recent interview on the controversy kicked up by Rob Bell's new book, Love Wins, Eugene Peterson offers a challenge to all who feel the need to inject their two cents:

"There’s so much polarization in the evangelical church that it’s a true scandal. We’ve got to learn how to talk to each other and listen to each other in a civil way."

Father, search our hearts and reveal any pride or overly-judgmental attitudes in us. Shine your light on the deeper relational issues we have as a Church and heal us by your gentle and merciful Spirit. Remind us again that we are called to be like you and that our interactions with one another are putting you on display to the world around us. Forgive us, God, for our immature actions, attitudes, and words. Continue to work in us and among us, and give us eyes and ears to know how you are inviting us to grow next. Thank you for your faithfulness to us in the midst of our distractions and disagreements.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Prayer for Urgency

Father, we surrender our desires and agendas and seek to take on your desires and your agenda, what some call your mission in, to, and for the world. For those of us who have lost our sense of urgency to join you in your mission, we pray for a desire to desire once again the journey you have called us to.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Prayer for better leadership

In one of my first leadership development classes in college we were asked to memorize the following Chinese proverb:

Go to the people,
Live among them,
Learn from them,
Love them.
Start with what they know,
Build on what they have.
But of the best leaders,
When their work is done,
The people will proclaim,
"We have done it ourselves!"

Over the years this proverb has served as a good reminder for how effective leaders generate change through humble, sometimes unnoticed efforts. It also serves as a critique for why many people strive for positions of leadership (power?). If your goal of being a leader is fueled by a desire for fame you run the risk of ceasing to lead when the crowd's attention is turned elsewhere, which may be precisely the moment in time when good leadership is most necessary.

May you go and be the Light of Christ in the darkest corners of the world, even if no one else is watching.

Father, embolden your people, particularly those in leadership positions, to serve those around them with humility and to empower others out of a deeper trust in you and your Spirit's activity in and through them.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Prayer for New Life

Father, as we enter into this season of Lent we pray for a loosening of our grip on our old life - the one we control - and a tighter embrace of the satisfying life you offer us in your son Jesus Christ. Stir our hearts to more fully desire you and your life. Prompt our minds to recognize the thoughts, attitudes and behaviors of our old life and lead us into a time of repentance, of turning around, of putting to death the ways and things of our former life. While it is still weeks away, we are desperate for a wider embrace of the new life that can only be found in the resurrected Christ.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Prayer for One-ness

Father, we pray for all those who believe in, love, and follow Jesus, and ask for a stronger, deeper spirit of one-ness to reside among us. As we find our one-ness in your one-ness may those around us come to see, believe in, love, and follow Jesus as well. Turn our hearts and attention to the world you love including those who have yet to hear and see Jesus' message of repentance and redemption.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Prayer for Churches and Leaders

Click HERE for a good word from our brother John along with a prayer for our churches and leaders.

Grace and peace to you as you prepare yourself for the upcoming Lenten season.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Prayer of Openness

Father, we open our entire selves to you and surrender all that we are and have and do to you. Whatever you return to us by way of sustenance, skills, dreams and relationships, we receive them as gracious gifts from you. We open ourselves to your presence, nourishment, and guidance today. Thank you God!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Father, we thank you for the work you began in us and are carrying on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Come Lord Jesus.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Prayer of Repentance

Father, we confess we have not lived as we were created to live. Forgive us. We repent of our actions, attitudes, and words that have been motivated by fear, anxiety, and pride. By the power of your Spirit at work in us, we ask that you renew our minds, restore our souls, and reactivate our hands and feet to live as the agents of reconciliation and redemption that you have called us to be. Grant us wisdom in the midst of uncertainty and patience in the midst of chaos. Shape us to become more like your Son, Jesus, for the sake of the world.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Prayer for Awareness

Father, open our eyes to your Kingdom reality that is all around us. Give us new eyes to see what you see. When we look at our neighbors, may we see human beings created in your image who are filled with tremendous potential for good. When we engage with the Church, may we see fellow travelers called to partner with you in your work of redeeming and restoring the world. When we see creation, prompt us to acknowledge and appreciate its inherent beauty. And when we encounter despair, give us eyes to see hope. Awaken us to your presence in every moment of the day.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Prayer for churches Part 4

Father, we pray for a spirit of repentance to well up in your church and in our nations. We confess we have taken shortcuts, made wrong turns, and even dragged our feet in our journey of following and obeying Jesus. We turn our eyes, our hearts, and our feet to face you just as we are, with all our baggage and shortcomings, and we ask for your forgiveness. Forgive us, we pray.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Prayer for churches Part 3

Father, we pray for the truth and hope of Jesus to be proclaimed clearly and boldly in churches around the world. We trust that as the good news of Jesus is proclaimed the people who hear it and see it will experience freedom, healing, repentance, and an overwhelming encounter of love. May those who find the good news complicated embrace the easiness and simplicity of the yoke of Jesus.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Prayer for churches Part 2

Father, we pray for our brothers and sisters who are impoverished and afflicted. Clothe them with patience and endurance for the difficult journey ahead, and in the midst of their suffering may they experience the deepest of all joys, of knowing you are present. Encourage them through the stirring of your Spirit within them.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Prayer for churches Part 1

Father, we confess that our hearts have been captivated by the temporary trappings of your church rather than the sustaining presence of Christ, the head of your church. Forgive us for forsaking our first love. We ask that you redirect the desires of our hearts toward your Son, Jesus, by the power of your Spirit at work in us.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pray

If you do just one thing today, just one, make it an act of prayer.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Prayer of Thanksgiving

From Paul's letter roughly 1950 years ago to the community of believers in Thessalonica:

"We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."

Who are you thankful for today? Let them know.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Prayer of Anticipation

Father, as the northern hemisphere warms the southern hemisphere cools, we anticipate a new season of the year. Teach us to hold on to the successes and failures of last season very loosely so as to grab hold of the future you are drawing us into. May we create space in our lives and schedules to stop and listen to you. May our eyes stay focused on you and your activity in this world. Awaken us to your presence within and around us, and inspire us with your loving Spirit to tangibly share the good news of salvation that resides in your Son, the Christ. With whom are you inviting us to love and bless and share this news with?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A modern day proverb

This from Fr. Richard Rohr:

“Those who really know don’t talk too easily. Those who talk too easily don’t really know.”

Choose your words - and their timing - carefully today.

Peace!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Prayer for the Middle East

Father, as protests erupt throughout the Middle East, we pray for peaceful demonstrations and interactions. We ask that those involved (protesters and governments) will be protected from destructive actions and attitudes, and we pray for the emergence of political systems that put Kingdom values on display - those focused on compassion, generosity, and justice. May those involved in present and future conversations be overcome with humility. Turn their attention away from their own preservation and shift their hearts toward plans that will be for the betterment of their nation as a whole as well as surrounding world.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

What's our problem?

Here's a great line from Mike Breen in an interview he did with Mark Howell, which you can find here:

"I firmly believe that we don’t have a missional problem in the United States. We have a discipleship problem. If you make disciples, you’ll always get the church. But if you make the church, you rarely get disciples."

How accurate is this analysis in your context? If it's accurate, what will you do to change it?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Who do you trust?

Faith, at its core, is a matter of trust at the heart level rather than understanding at the head level, which makes the question "Are you a person of faith?" quite ridiculous for an evangelist to ask someone since all people everywhere are people who trust someone or something. Have you ever encountered someone who has no trust in anything or anyone, even in themselves? I haven't. Everyone has faith in something or someone.

Perhaps its time for Christian evangelists to stop selling people on a particular set of beliefs or doctrine and instead start living a life that demonstrates what a life of trusting the Christ looks like. Take a moment to reflect on this: who or what do you trust with your life, and how is your trust evident to others?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

How should we pray?

Here is Eugene Peterson's interpretation of the prayer Jesus taught his disciples to pray:

Our Father in heaven
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what's best -
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You're in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You're ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Prayer of Confession

Father, awaken us to systems and trends of our culture that work against your purposes in the world and to which we contribute unknowingly. Challenge our hearts and minds by the work of your Spirit to identify those things and to do whatever is necessary to step out of them. We confess that our actions, attitudes, and words have not always demonstrated your beauty, goodness, justice, truth and love in the world and we are desperate to uncover a better way of living. Teach us by your Spirit how we should live this week and in the weeks after.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Prayer for Children

Father, we pray for the youngest members of our world and ask that the hungry be fed, the illiterate be taught to read, the naked be clothed, the enslaved and exploited be liberated, the broken be healed, the orphaned be adopted, the over-resourced be generous, the housed be hospitable, the prideful be humbled, and the uncared for be actively loved. Guide our hearts and minds to identify the most vulnerable in our communities and world and to obediently respond to what we hear you wanting us to do for them.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Prayer for Local Churches

Father, as local churches prepare to gather this weekend we ask that you encounter them in the midst of their gathering through the sending of your Spirit. You know what their deepest needs are and I pray that you break them free from whatever it is that entangles them or enslaves them - anything that is preventing them from loving and following Jesus more fully. We ask too that their gatherings be so loving and inclusive that outsiders experience the presence of the risen Christ in those times.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Prayer for Church Staff

Father, we pray for those who serve on the staffs of local churches. Remind them of the gifts you have given them and equip them with whatever they need to create spaces of transformation for those they serve. Align their desires with your desires for their congregations.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Prayer for Preachers

Father, in a time when our words have lost much of their weight, I pray that the words coming from our preachers will be words of truth, mercy, love, and peace, setting free those who hear them and transforming their hearts and lives. Embolden those who are preparing to preach with a spirit of humility and courage to proclaim your good news for the world.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Prayer for Freedom

Father, we hold ourselves back from joining you in your activity in this world for many reasons, none of which are healthy. Free us from our fears and apprehensions and self-doubt by proclaiming to us again who you have made us to be. May we live as your liberated agents of reconciliation and redemption today.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Prayer for the Weary

Father, I pray for those serving you and your world who are worn out and weary. For those who need rest, I ask that you create time and space in their lives for rest. For those who need help, I pray that you will inspire more workers who will surround them and support them. For those who are ready to give up, I pray for renewed vision and energy for the work you have invited them into. Breathe your breath of life into them.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Value of Experiences

In reflecting on recent conversations and experiences I've been a part of, it seems to me that the good life - the life Jesus offers humanity - is found not in the mere accumulation of experiences (i.e. busyness) but in the depths of our experiences (i.e. the levels to which joy, compassion, generosity, friendship, and forgiveness are experienced), which, if we pay attention, hold even greater power to transform us more fully into the likeness of Christ.

So perhaps the question we must wrestle with today is not "How much can I get done?" but "How deeply does God want to transform me through what I get done?"

Questions for God - Listening

Father, what do you want to say to us today? We pause now and listen for your voice.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Questions for God - Healing

Father, what parts of our beings are still in need of healing? Awaken us to our own brokenness and restore us to the people you created us to be.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Questions for God - Good Questions

Father, what questions should we be asking you? Grant us wisdom to know the important questions to ask and the courage to ask them of the appropriate people.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Questions for God - Going

Father, where are you at work and where are you inviting us to join you in your work? Prompt our hearts to trust your invitation and quicken our feet so as to catch up with you and your work in the world. May we be unafraid to go where you invite us to go.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Question for God - Feeling

Father, what deeply affects you? Open our hearts to feel what you feel. Help us to become people who can identify with the deepest of suffering, trusting that you are already present.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Questions for God - Hearing

Father, what do you hear that we are not yet hearing? Open our ears to the cries of others and equip us with whatever you deem necessary to ease their suffering.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Questions for God - Vision

Father, what do you see that we do not yet see? Open our eyes to see our neighborhoods, our co-workers, our families, and our own brokenness just as you see them. Help us to see what you see.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Prayer for Courageous Action

Father, as we step outside our doors today we trust in your promise to be with us. Embolden us to take great steps of faith as we seek to discern where you are guiding us. When we are invited to speak, may our words be your words - words of good news, compassion, and healing. And when we serve, may our hands be filled with your gifts - gifts that demonstrate your immense love for the world.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Prayer for Rest

Father, as many practice Sabbath today, I pray against any distractions that may lead us away from the wholeness we can only find in you. Teach us to trust you more deeply with our time and our resources. May we learn to rest in you and your sovereignty more frequently.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Prayer for the Confused

Father, we are often confused as we stand between the new life in Christ that pulls us into the future and the old religious structures that have nurtured us to this point. As we seek to articulate this sense that we are on the cusp of a fresh movement of your Spirit we ask that you grant us wisdom, humility, and grace. Teach us to more fully put our trust in you, our present help and hope, and guide us toward an abandonment of having to know what's ahead in order to take our next step.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Prayer for wayward churches

Father, we confess the ways we have not worshiped you and you alone. Forgive us for thinking too highly of the programs policies, and preaching that make up our churches. Purify our hearts and renew our vision for being the people you intend us to be and guide us by your Spirit to more fully live out the new creation identity you offer to all through your Son Jesus.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Prayer for Hope

Father, we pray for those who are at the end of their ropes. May your Son, the Light, reveal himself to them and may they be rescued from any hold the evil one has on them. In doing so, we pray that they will grab hold of the hope - hope that you are still at work in our world, actively pursuing the redemption of all things.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Prayer for Perseverance

Father, many of your people live with constant suffering and we ask that you make yourself known to those in the worst of conditions. In doing so, may your presence strengthen them and inspire them to endure their suffering with patience and even joy.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Prayer for the Suffering

Father, in light of all the suffering in the world we plead for your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Demonstrate your goodness and mercy by relieving the suffering of those who are in desperate need of freedom from whatever enslaves them. Awaken us, Father, to our own suffering so as to more closely identify with our suffering brothers and sisters around the world.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Prayer for Greater Listening

Father, as we step into a new week guide us into spaces and times of greater listening. We pause now to hear from you. What do you want to say to us?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Prayer for self-control

Father, we acknowledge that evil is lurking in the world and we ask for the very thing Jesus taught us to ask for, that you would guide our steps away from temptation and deliver us from evil. When we're faced with temptation today help us to see your path out of and away from that place of testing and remind us by your Spirit that there is freedom in Christ.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Prayer for Humility

Father, all we have is a gift from you, so as we interact with others today, may we approach that gift of relationship with gentleness and humility. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear the needs and concerns of others and to place them above our own needs and concerns. Equip us to serve those we encounter today in the way Jesus would.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Prayer for Faith

Father, you are trustworthy and we profess our trust in you as the Creator and Sustainer of heaven and earth. We confess the times we have placed our trust in other gods and acknowledge that you alone are worthy of our faith and devotion. Thank you for the gift of faith.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Prayer for Kindness

Father, we are grateful for the kindness and generosity you show us every day and we ask that you help us to see those around us in the same way you do - as loved and treasured people. Conform our hearts to be like yours and activate our hands by your Spirit at work within us so as to participate with you in showing kindness and generosity to others today.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Prayer for Patience

Father, we surrender ourselves to you and your providential timing today. Inspire your Church to more fully portray a non-anxious, Christ-like presence in the world, even in the midst of tremendous suffering. Grant us patience and endurance for our journey today.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Prayer for Love

Father, we acknowledge that you are love, and we confess that we have gotten your love wrong in more ways than we know. Forgive us for not living out our loving identity more fully. As we step into your world today - the world you love - prompt us by your Spirit to love those we encounter with the same sacrificial, unmotivated, and unconditional love you have demonstrated for us in your son Jesus.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Prayer for Unity

Father, I pray for unity among the many followers of Jesus, particularly for those in places where diversity is not valued and celebrated. Unite us by the power of your Spirit at work in us. Direct our vision toward the common bond we share as human beings created in your image.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Prayer for More Workers

Father, as many sit in worship services today, I pray that the words of our songs and sermons will inspire many more to respond more intentionally to your invitation to join you in your work of redeeming and restoring the world. I pray for more workers for the harvest that is ripe. Guide us into the darkest corners of the world to proclaim in word and deed the good news of Jesus Christ.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Prayer for the Repairing of the World

Father, the world is in desperate need of repair. Help us to see what you see and to do what we can to help put the world back together in the way you intend. I pray for healing for the broken - grant our doctors wisdom in their decision-making; I pray for satisfaction for the hungry - fill the pantries of our kitchens with food; I pray for the reconciliation of the divided - give us eyes to see one another as beautiful and valuable human beings made in your image.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Prayer for Joy

Father, remind us once again that our greatest joy can only be found in you. Through whatever means necessary, direct our hearts and minds towards you as the only God we were created to worship.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Prayer for Courage

Father, as you have called and sent many into the world to display your way of life and the life of the new creation, I ask for courage as they encounter resistance. Grant them boldness in the face of danger. Encourage them by your Spirit to press on in their journey of surrender to you and your mission in the world.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Prayer for Holiness

Father, we confess that we have not lived in the way you created us to live and have not done so in more ways than we know. Open our eyes to the ways we are not taking steps toward becoming the people you have made us to be. Purify our hearts. Draw us toward holiness by the work of your Spirit within us.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Prayer for Peace

Father, with the world, including many churches, being overly anxious about so many things, I pray for your peace to reside more deeply in those you have called and sent into your world. May we as your Church become a consistent, non-anxious presence in our homes, work places, schools, places of recreation, and everywhere else we find ourselves. Teach us to be more like Jesus in our approach to life and all that life throws at us.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Prayer for Open Ears

Father, I pray for open ears for your Church. In our times of silence and solitude, I ask that you tune our ears to understand what you are whispering to us, and embolden us by your Spirit to then actively obey what we hear you say.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Prayer for our True Identity

Father, we celebrate your goodness and faithfulness. As we worship you, remind us of your continued activity in the world. Fill our minds with images of the new creation that was inaugurated by the resurrection of Jesus and that continues to manifest itself in many hidden ways all around us. Inspire us to live out our new creation identity.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Prayer for the Church

Father, I pray for your church. We recognize that we have strayed from the full life you have called us to and we repent of our destructive habits and attitudes. We confess our pride and arrogance as well as our apathy. Transform us by the work of your Spirit so that we may become agents of redemption, reconciliation, and transformation in the world.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Prayer for our deepest needs

Father, as we head into the weekend I pray that we remember to whom we belong, and that in doing so the weary will find rest, the weak will gain strength, the hungry and thirsty will find food and water, the homeless will experience a sense of "home", and the isolated and estranged will find friendship. Meet us at the point of our deepest need.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Prayer for Deeper Trust

Father, in this time of uncertainty and instability, we acknowledge our fears and proclaim our trust in you. You are faithful. Teach us to live and lead out of our trust in you and not out of our fears and insecurities, including our fear of ridicule and embarrassment, our fear of disrupting the status quo, and our fear of being alone. We trust that you are with us and that you will guide us by your Spirit at work within us.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Prayer for the Stuck

Father, for those within your church who feel stuck in their faith or even stuck because of their faith, I pray for you to free them from the beliefs, attitudes, expectations and practices that are holding them back from more fully aligning their hearts, heads, and hands with those of Jesus. Set your leaders and churches free to become the people and communities they were made to be.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Prayer for our Neighborhoods

Father, I pray for our neighborhoods. Prompt us by your Spirit to step outside our doors and make ourselves available in whatever way you desire to those living within walking distance of our homes. Put us in touch with those who are suffering and prepare our hearts to join them in their suffering. We confess our fears in doing this and ask that you grant us your peace and confidence as we go.

Missional Prayer

One of the great privileges of serving as a coach is that I get to pray with and for various ministry leaders (i.e. servants of the King). Oftentimes, they tell me how deeply appreciative they are for our times of prayer, which makes doing it even more enjoyable! But after years of praying for leaders, I've come to the conclusion that many of them are rarely if ever prayed for.

THIS SHOULD NOT BE!

So it is with renewed fervor that I am committing a portion of each daily post to pray for the Church, her leaders, and the world being served by her.

If you're looking for some daily encouragement for your journey with Jesus, I invite you to subscribe to this blog and receive daily email updates that will include prayer for you. And if you appreciate the prayers, please pass them along to others who you sense might also be in need of encouragement.

But perhaps you may have a specific issue or situation you would like prayer for. Please feel free to email me to share your request and I will commit to intercede on your behalf.

So Father, I pray for your Church and her leaders. Grant us healthy bodies, sharp minds, discerning spirits, and willing hands and feet as we submit our agendas to you and serve those around us. Thank you for the invitation to join you in your work of redeeming and restoring your creation. Forgive us for the many distractions that we allow in our lives that prevent us from hearing you clearly and obeying you faithfully. Purify our motives by the work of your Spirit within us. This I pray in the name of the risen Jesus.