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.