Prayer of the Week
By Jenny Seylar
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends. -1Corinthians 13:4-7
God of Love,
We praise You for today and for the possibilities this day holds. Please show us the path forward that allows us to build connections with You and with one another. When we or others mess up, help us to offer grace and forgiveness. In our times of great need, send others to show us mercy. Allow us to let down the guard of our egos and the need to be right, in order to be humans who are receptive and open to the humanity of others. When we are more tuned in to the needs of others, we can build trust with each other. We need the connection to You and to one another in order to thrive from day to day. In Your loving name we pray, Amen.
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What Is Prayer?
Prayer is a powerful thing. It can bring a sense of peace like nothing else can do. That’s why Paul wrote these words of encouragement to the church in Philippi:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends
all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
I’m not sure if you know this, but Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians while he was in prison. The conditions in the jail cell were most definitely horrid. It is even possible that Paul was placed in the stocks with his feet stuck in wooden holes making it impossible to move about. It was also likely that he was beaten while in prison and fed a meager amount of food just once a day.
Still, amid all this hardship, Paul wrote these words: "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" (vs. 4)
Who among you could possibly say such wonderful words of praise and prayer in these awful jail conditions? Yet Paul found the peace that only comes thru the love of Christ and in trusting that God would care for him.
Try lifting up a prayer. Nothing fancy, just try talking to the Lord like you would a friend. Thank and praise God for the joys in your life. Offer up the struggles you are experiencing. Ask God for guidance and peace. Try this every day for one week and notice the transformation that will come over you. Then stretch it into two weeks, then more. Prayer is a powerful thing!
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