Weekly Prayer Guide Booklet

Prayer for the week of May 8

Dear God, thank you for the beauty of Spring that is blooming all around us. Such bright and beautiful colors lift spirits even on the darkest of days. Help me be a good steward of the resources you have provided that others may share in the awesomeness of your creation. In Jesus name,

Amen.

Prayer for the week of April 24

Looking around me in these blooming days of Spring, I find so many reasons to praise you.

(Reflect on your life and simply tell God for what you praise him.)

Amen.

April 17, 2022

Easter has come once again God, my loving Sustainer. And my heart sings! Just as spring flowers appear and bring color to the world outside, Easter springs forth with the promise of hope of eternal life in your presence, Almighty God. May the Holy Spirit open my mind and heart to friends and others I meet to be a source of your love.

Amen.

April 10, 2022

Loving and understanding God, this week takes me through so many emotions. Images of waving palms and shouts of “making way for the one who comes in the name of the Lord,” giveaway to betrayal, beatings, and Jesus on a cross. And in between we share in the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples and the words” D this in remembrance of me.”  Help me recognize the opportunities of love I can share with others in remembrance of you.

Amen.

April 3, 2022

This special season of Lent is coming to a close, Lord. I have tried to focus, not on my neighbor’s relationship with you, but my own. Thank you for allowing me to perhaps see a bit more of myself as you see me. Help me to continue to grow as a disciple truly bringing the kingdom here to earth as you commanded. 

In Jesus name, 

Amen.

March 27, 2022

Time passes so quickly God. Another month has flown by. I often think about how on the surface life is just one day after another, a sameness. But then, often when a new month is on the horizon, I realize how different today is, my life is, from a month ago. It makes me more aware of taking time to stop and appreciate each day. What is the same in the world around me? What is different? How am I the same? How have I changed? How do I see you the same way? More important, perhaps, how do I see you differently? What have I learned? How does the answer to what I learned effect, change, my vision for today, for all of my tomorrows? 

Amen.

March 20, 2022

Setting aside intentional time just for you God isn’t always easy. Sometimes I just find myself sitting in the silence not sure what to say . . . listening, realizing I do not need to say anything. Perhaps that is when I most clearly hear your voice . . . in my own silence. I think I just need to sit here a while, if that is okay with you Lord. (Sit in the silence as meets your needs.) Thank you Lord,

Amen.

March 13, 2022

Dear God, we are told Lent is a time of reflection. I have come to realize that, sometimes, I need to just stop and remember the times and ways and places in my life that you have taken care of me. There have been so many that I recognized, remember. I suspect there were so many more that I just simply never realized or per-haps have forgotten. I am not sure I ever really thanked you. Forgive me if I just took those moments for granted. Taking you for granted is so human, isn’t it? As the Lenten season continues, help me see, remember, and reappreciate those special God moments meant just for me.

Amen.

March 6, 2022

Almighty God, just like Jesus spent time in the wilderness in preparation for his ministry, I too sometimes find myself in a wilderness of sorts. Thank you for the angels you send to me during those times to minister to my needs. Sometimes they are in the form of people from my faith community. At other times they may be a complete stranger. And, still at other times, I know they are indeed heavenly hosts sustaining me in the darkest of times into a new truth in my relationship with you. For such blessings, I humbly thank you. Help me to be an angel to someone, known or unknow to me, that they may know that the wilderness moments of their life will pass into a closer relationship with you, our Loving Parent.

Amen.

February 27, 2022

Holy and Loving God, how quickly the days go by. February, with its colorful images of red and pink hearts, and reminders to stop and let others know that we simply love and appreciate them, will soon be just a memory once again. March, this year, brings us quickly to the season of Lent. Forgive me, understanding God, if I have not always appreciated Lent as a special “God-and-Me” season in my life. But thank you for leading us to set aside these special days. Thank you for knowing the importance for us to just stop and focus on our one-on-one relationship with you. So God, I ask you to lead me in my time with you during this year’s Lent in special ways. Help me to discover more deeply our relationship together now in this stage of my life.

Amen.

February 20, 2022

God of full moons and welcoming sunrises. God of peaceful slumber and visions of promise for each new day. Thank you for journeying with me this day. Help me to see the visions of promise with clear eyes and, in the moments of challenge, help me remember I do not journey alone. For those I know, and those I have never met, who see the same moon and sunrise that I see, may this day bring to them promises of peace and hope and visions of your promised presence with them always. Thank you Almighty God, for your presence with me this week and all of my tomorrows.

Amen.

February 13, 2022

In the midst of our day to day living, awesome God, we sometimes forget the ways in which you show love to us. From the nature that surrounds us, to the people we meet in day to day living, to the desires that fill our very being to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, we can see and feel your creative design and love from which each gift of life flows. Help me appreciate the simple things of life realizing, in the simple, I can find a world that gives promise and allows me to shine in ways unique to just me but reflective of your truly being our ‘awesome God. In that reflection, may others find their pathway to you and awareness of your love in their life too.

Amen.

February 6, 2022

Today loving God, the words of the Psalmist come to mind.

“I give thanks to you with all my heart, Lord.” (Psalm 138)

February is already here. Our thoughts turn to red and pink hearts. The stores are stocked with boxes of candy for Valentine’s Day. And I remember what it was like to be a child and look forward to the preparing, as well as, the giving of a Valentine to each child in my class. God help me sustain that kind of excitement and desire to reach out and touch each one — whoever the ‘each ones.’ are in my life now. And thank you for the ‘each ones’ who reach out to me and make me feel loved and remembered. May they each receive an extra measure of you grace. For as the Psalmist wrote,

“Your faithful love lasts forever. Lord! Don’t let go of what your hands have made.”

Amen.

January 30, 2022

God of winter days and sometimes endless time of solitude. Thank you for the quite of my life. Help me to see this as a time of reflection. A time to just be. A time to remember all of the blessings of life you have brought to me. Help me see opportunities I may have to be your blessing to others in a phone call, or a card, or simply a smile to a stranger. My life will always have purpose for you. Help me see those opportunities and not be afraid to reach out in what ever way I can to let others know their life too has purpose.

Amen.

January 23, 2022

God of today and all of my tomorrows. Thank you for your presence with me as a new year begins once again. Each new year, each new day, holds your promise of new life experiences. Help me, even in times of darkness or trial, to see beyond perceived limitations to re-member that my life matters to you. Help me find in each day at least one way in which I may make a difference in someone else’s life. And at day’s end may I find your peace.

Amen.