Lord of love and life, we thank you for another day to serve and learn. Let us forget ourselves in order to occupy ourselves with your glory and with our neighbor’s need.
Turn our attention to the wonders of the gospel, both for our own benefit and growth, as well as for those who have not yet heard the truth.
Fill our hearts with grace, and satisfy us with your presence.
Our Father in Heaven, make happen among us what will edify the church, strengthen it in truth, and give it impetus for the gospel.
Shake loose our fears, upset our routines, open our eyes to the needs of our neighbors.
We thank you for food and drink, for homes and rest, for work and times of enjoyment.
Help us open our lives to the risk of the gospel, to the willingness of intimacy, to the communion of saints, to the entry of problematic people into our comfort.
Enrich our lives with the salvation of souls, the joy of your family, the hope of eternal communion with you.
Put my mind behind the eyes of my neighbor, dear God, that I might see from his perspective and have insight in how to speak to him and reach him for eternal salvation.
At the same time, let me be, to a point, careless with the gospel, seeking to share it at every moment, with every person, regardless of their station in life.
Give me compassion for all. Increase my love for your creation and for your word.
Move us forward in our own walk with you and in service to our fellow man.
In all, O Lord, may you be glorified in us.
God who cares for the smallest detail of creation, thank you for the many improvements to life that we enjoy in our world. How much prosperity so many of us enjoy! What a privilege to live in these days of convenience and increasing options.
We are grateful that poverty has decreased in the world, but we are aware that many still lack basic necessities of life. Continue reading
O Lord, let us love not only the gospel,
but also those for whom it was intended.
Let us rejoice not only in the truth,
but also in seeing that truth in action,
freeing those enslaved by sin.
Let us be not only people who stand for what is right,
but who also do what you approve. Continue reading
Most holy and righteous God, the story of Jesus motivates us to abandon our sins and accept the offer of forgiveness. No story is so touching, so moving, so disturbing, as his. No message reaches us on so many levels as the Good News. Here is the change and hope we’ve been searching for! Continue reading
Lord God, what a blessing that, even though as we get older our physical hearing tends to worsen, our spiritual hearing can get ever so sharper! Thank you for appealing to our mind so that we can hear and understand the Good News of Jesus Christ.
We know that you have chosen the means of speaking by saints and hearing by sinners to bring salvation to all, and that there is no other means by which you save. We are humbled, O Lord, to have heard the message. Let us listen more carefully than ever to the Word we received. And let us be the ones through whom others hear about this marvelous plan of salvation in Jesus Christ!
When you are present, God of my life, every place is a sacred place, every hour a moment dedicated to your glory, every person a potential saint.
Be present with me, live within me, act and speak through me, reign ever over me. Continue reading
Make us see, O Lord, the power in prayer,
Take us high in heaven under your care,
To ask unceasingly, in time alone,
That Christ in every place be preached and known.
Save me from judging another’s looks,
For all alike need Jesus’ care;
None are free from Satan’s hooks,
No matter what we wield or wear.
Each one a soul with life impressed,
Creation’s crown, all heaven’s pride,
The power to choose within the breast,
For every person Jesus died.
Let words of life from lips flow free,
Let Calvary’s tune reach every ear;
The suffering man make mercy see,
Make love the span, to breach our fear.
God of the living word, I wait for your power in order to speak effectively. Loose my tongue, give me speech, let the words of my mouth gain respect among the people, for the words are yours.
Cause new growth to spring forth from among your people.
Let us work together to complete our service in the Word. Let Scripture have its powerful effect upon open hearts.
Let opposition not intimidate us nor keep us from our task. We ask, as did the first-century church, for boldness.
The haughty laugh of hostile man
Would hide with lies the wholesome truth,
Make whimpering cowards and weeping maids
Of devout defenders of divine justice.
Save me, Lord, from spiteful men,
Belligerent beasts who lay in wait;
Let the Way be plain, your will be done,
The incredulous fall, and the Cross increase.