September 27 Prayer
‘All hope, all faith and all trust is in You
For everything we have is yours.’
Then why is it so difficult to let go of control?
To want to know every detail of your plans for me?
Knowledge is power and oh how we all desire power.
So the first area of our ego to let go of is there.
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart
Rely not on your own understanding.
Seek God's will in all you do
and He will make your path clear.’ Pr.3:5
It’s not that God doesn’t want to tell us everything
but that He knows when to tell us what we need to know.
Trust is the doorway to clarity.
Ask questions, pursue counsel and
wait faithfully upon a faithful God that desires to fulfill his plans for you more than you do.
So with open hands before heaven pray a prayer of
trust and then receive his peace in every area of your life.
Lord, everything is yours already,
the hours and days ahead.
May we become more aware of the very cloud of presence going before us today.
As the path becomes more defined
may we completely rely upon your plan to be accomplished in and through us on this earth.
Bring the peace that you have destined for us
from the beginning of all time.
September 23 Prayer
“How good God is, blessed are you who run to him.
He takes delight in his children.
Sing to the Lord a new song.”
He takes delight in us, enjoys us, loves us even when we worry.
Thinking of all the places that I find joy and delight.
A walk on the sandy shore,
floating upon the waters of the sea, and
my most happy place,
in the sea with all the wonderful creatures and sea world under.
All my cares seem to vanish there when I am
entrenched with beauty and wonder.
The sights and sounds, tastes and smells surround me and bring me joy.
And a new song arrives within me.
There are places that are just for you.
Places of discovery, places of joy and delight.
When you allow yourself to let go of worry you will find
a spacious opening in your soul.
Then your eyes may see and your mouth may taste how good God is.
There is so much trouble all around
that can weigh down your heart and mind.
Take the time, anytime to run to him.
Like a good Papa
ready to receive you with open arms.
He will lift you up high,
higher than the circumstances to draw you close into his heart.
It’s time to sing a brand new song!
Wherever you are and whatever you are feeling
let a spontaneous song rise up from within you.
Begin to feel the weightlessness of your body
as you are lifted up from
the weights of worry that keep you down.
Begin to sing your new song and let it become your prayer.
Ps. 149:1-4, Ps.34:8
September 22 Prayer
To Proclaim the kingdom of God we are
to take nothing for the journey.
We leave the old ways of thinking behind to make space
for the new to arrive along the way.
New clothing and shoes for when they wear out.
Even a new walking stick we may find to lean on
feels different in the head.
When you find yourself comparing the old to the new
and wrestle with the questions
look for his Holy Spirit to come and guide you.
Look inside of you for what really satisfies your soul.
What time and season are you in on the journey?
Pause to sit with the questions that arise within you….
‘Jesus, you came to show us the ways of God and
You are the way.
May we let go of the old pathways that led us into slavery and
follow your ways of grace and peace.
For you alone satisfy and will give to us all that
we need to make the journey.
We surrender to the reformation of how we think.
Empower us to discern your beautiful will for our lives
where we are in constant communion with You at all times.
We allow and accept this season in our lives,
be it celebration or mourning
for you alone will satisfy our souls.
May hope burst forth into our holy human form
to proclaim the goodness of God.
We will not give up along the way when
for you will guide and provide for what we need.
We take nothing on this journey that will cloud the way.
May we discover the new along the path
as we take this day’s journey and
find where it will lead us.
Together in one hope, one new life,
one household of God for your glory to dwell.
Lk.9:1-6, Rom.12:1-2,12, Ps.3:5
September 21 Prayer
What does it mean to encounter mercy?
For Matthew it was being called to follow Jesus,
when not one of his brother’s accepted him.
For he was despised as a bad boy.
Yet somehow he knew he needed a healer.
He knew that he was the one that needed mercy.
Pause here to look into your own heart...
Where do you feel lesser than, not enough,
or too much to handle?
Where does your humanness get in the way of
revealing the divine presence of Jesus?
Here is where I need mercy, everyday when my heart
is triggered and I fall so short of love.
Falling short of a kind response instead I become a critic.
So in my own not enoughness I need mercy!
In my own humanness I need to encounter divine mercy.
Sweet Jesus, Son of God,
Lord of mercy, have mercy on me.
I accept your grace now.
May I know and encounter your mercy in my humanness.
For there is Your heart known
in my own heart.
I accept your love for me now where
I hurt and where I am in need.
Have mercy on us Lord,
Heal our hearts so we may know love and be a givers of mercy,
a reconciler and a peacemaker in our world.
May we be so filled with your love in our hearts
that your divine mercy is displayed in our own humanity.
Thank you Jesus for calling us your own.
May we live up to this calling by following
every prompting of your spirit today.
At the end of the day may we see where you called us
And where we followed.
And in our shortcomings let us receive mercy to
start another day in grace.
May we each encounter mercy this day
in such a way that we are no longer the same.
“Oh that we might know the Lord!
Let us press on to know him.
He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of the dawn.”
Matt.9:9-13, Eph.4:1-7, Hosea 6:3
September 20 Prayer
“To those who have, more will be given.”
..for those who have open hearts, even more
revelation will be given until it overflows.”
‘Pay attention to how you listen.
Watch, and wait.’
A majestic full harvest moon set over the ocean this morning.
It’s glow filled the sky with warm beams that spread and
though far away I watched and waited to see it eventually fade away.
But my heart was filled with light and hope to start another day.
Today I want to pay attention to what I hear, and to what I see.
I am only one small container to hold this kind of light,
this kind of love from the Father above.
So today as you start or end the day, let the light come shine
on all that you have been given.
All that your little heart can hold until it overflows with gratitude.
Everything you have, everything you are,
Thank him for it.
‘Be content, to live carefree before God, for he is most careful with you.’
‘Jesus, you fill me with such love, and goodness,
Thank you for the light to see all that I have and
all that is mine to give away.
Thank you Father, Daddy, for you always lift me up
with a strong hand to hold me.
Oh, that I may trust you more to listen to my
heart where your light of love lives.
Let your light flow and overflow from me today.
May I always be grateful in everything
without the fear that it will be taken away.
I humble myself before you this day to listen more carefully
so that I may understand more deeply.
This forever song I will sing,‘Your Love never fails.’
Lk.8:16-18, 1Pet.5:6, Ps.89:1
September 18 Prayer
It’s Saturday slow down
Open the door slowly
that has been closed where you see
the glimmer of light
through the cracks of the doorway.
Let the light come through as the door gently opens before you
and cast their beams upon the floor.
Sit here awhile as the light becomes a surrounding
presence wrapping around you as a soft light comforter.
Jesus is here
when you open the door
He comes in.
Let all the heavy weights of the past week
fall off of your shoulders
to hear his voice speaking to you.
He is the door,
and the doorway that opens now.
Let the light come in to point the way
for the day
In this slow down
As you open the door
May your heart be lifted up with God’s
Psalm 119:130,Rev 3:7,20,John 10:3
September 17 Prayer
‘Find your delight in the Lord, and He will give you what you most desire.
Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust him along the way,
you’ll find that he will help you..’Ps.37:5
Start this day with gratitude for all the good things given to you.
The resources that have been provided for you.
Everything for your good.
There is a way for you to walk this day
that is filled with delight and not fret.
It starts with remembering and giving thanks.
Delighting in what is right before you,
the beauty of nature, the bird’s song outside.
Jesus right here with you now.
Pause to give thanks as you start the day...
‘Jesus, we give to you our own way,
the very course of our lives, for you to guide us this day.
We give to you all the resource of our faith
to trust and believe, hope and delight in You.
For you have given to us all good things.
Our hearts will silently wait for you to act as we
watch to see where you are moving.
We give back to you everything we have because
you have sent all of our selfishness far away.
May we forgive as we have been forgiven and look for
your goodness everywhere.
May we live in this place of gratitude,
full of grace to generously give it away.
Thanks be to God, who is our help and hope.
Ps.37:1-9, Ps.103:3-5, Lk.8:1-3
September 16 Prayer
The lonely outcast
The judged and condemned
The righteous and proud
The bound and scared
All sitting at a table
With Jesus there
Mercy is poured out
All is forgiven
Much is given
Love flows and forgiveness frees
And the way of peace is made-
Receive now His peace to enter the place
where you need forgiveness.
Hide no more, be bold and ask for all you need.
Let me see your full compassion for all
and your anger against the evil
lies of shame and blame.
Set us free with your forgiveness to see with your mercy,
to be your givers of mercy and
stand against all that separates us.
Make a way in us that creates peace
to forgive as we are forgiven.
Make us willing as you are willing to reach out to touch,
the judged and condemned,
the righteous and proud,
the bound and scared.
For we are all the one
You reached out to touch.
May your living waters of mercy flow over us today
to cleanse our hands and hearts.
May our hands be the instruments of your peace today.’
Luke 7:36-50, Mark 1:40-45
September 15 Prayer
Widow Mary stood near
To the cross of Jesus
God in flesh
She came closest to His pain
To touch suffering
Without any shame
Widow Mary came nearer to enter in
Because of love
She could not leave the place of pain
Neither did Brother John, the one who leaned
he did not leave but took her in.
As Jesus told him to.
And this day He still speaks;
‘Come near to me
When the suffering one calls
It is me.
‘When it breaks your heart let it break wide open
to love that will never leave.
Let it be your strength, your rock and stronghold.
My arms stretched out are that wide
to hold all the pain of those that are suffering
The grieving and desperate ones
I do not leave alone.’
May we look to you for our source of strength,
our hope and joy to walk with others that suffer this day.
When we want to leave and walk away
help us to see it is you that we draw near to.
Your cross can bear it all.
Your call upon us is not far away but is right here
in our words and in our hearts.
Make our lives this day a living prayer
in everything we do,
in everything we see,
and in everything we say.
September 14 Prayer
Jesus, the form of God
To be like us
Bore on the cross
The very instrument of death and punishment
becomes our symbol for healing power and eternal life.
Death and fear will be gone.
‘For fear is always related to punishment.
But love’s perfection drives the fear of punishment
far from our hearts.’*
Breathe here a moment as a prayer.
Breathe in this grace of healing and power to live.
Fear will rise and fall and have no hold on you
as you accept the now you are living in.
Breathe in the breath of gratitude for friends that surround you,
Beauty all around you, places you have been and
still have yet to travel to.
Poems yet to be written, and the songs still to be sung.
Hands ready to create and nurture
love and compassion.
Breathe in the life that God has given through Jesus,
His name exalted and lifted high!
So trouble your mind no longer with fears that
are no longer helpful.
The very thing that you have been afraid of will set you free.
That’s how the power of the cross becomes real.
May this be your breath prayer today in every situation,
‘Let the love of God and the peace of Christ and
the fellowshipship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.