Sunday Prayer 19

O God,
the Maker of the sun, moon, and stars,
whose great power has created and now sustains all things,
renew us in this changing of the seasons,
that as one day turns to another
and one season fades into another,
our lives may be marked by
unflagging pursuit of You and Your kingdom,
through Jesus Christ our Eternal Savior,
Amen.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday woging purship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 18

How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemies triumph over me? (Psalm 13:1-2)

I awaken, LORD, and it is a gift from You;
yet, I awaken and pressure rises
like a hidden enemy lurking in my room.

I step into this day calling out to You
for grace and mercy,
strength and power,
insight and wisdom
for all I will face.

Oh LORD, help me in the particulars
of people, conversations, tasks, and rest.
Help me to walk in the way You lead
with love for You and love for all who come my way.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 17

This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9)

Father,
lead me into Your love today;
the love that preexists all time and events,
that centers in the person of Christ,
that brings life over death,
and that leads us into Your life.

You are God and no greater exists than You;
You are Lord and Your love surpasses all loves.
You are my Maker and my heart longs for You;
You are my end and my soul pursues You.

In the midst of today’s joys and sorrows,
help me to remain in Your love,
help me to stay centered in You,
help me to love others like You,
and help me to glorify You.
Help me to bring Your name and love
into a confused and weary world.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 16

Lord,
our city has been on fire
and the nights fly by with stones thrown
back and forth.

Deep fissures reveal subterranean angst
and the lava of pain erupts forth.
We confess that we have pressed down pain
into stony ground and hardened hearts.

Only You can replace the heart of stone
with a heart of flesh.
Only You can replace a broken spirit
with the Holy Spirit in refreshed souls.

Lord, have Your way in Your people
in the city of Milwaukee
to awaken us for Your purposes
and for Your glory in this place.

Lord, have Your way in this city
so the goodness and greatness of God
is evident in the streets and alleyways
Where people are full of sadness and pain
bring Your kingdom and righteousness here.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 15

You, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts. (Psalm 7:9b)

Lord,

You know me through and through
for You are the probing, all-knowing God.

You know my hopes and dreams,
even as You know my dilemmas and fears.

When I dive into the pool of future hopes,
I often encounter the changing currents and waves,
which leave me tangled in the cords of confusion.
The circumstances of my life threaten me
and rise up to overwhelm me.

Save me, my God, in Your goodness and grace;
rescue me from foes outside and inside
that I might stand up in Your ways.

I trip and falter like a drunken man in the dark of night;
sober me up and send me out on Your pathways of light.
All for Your glory in Jesus’ name,
Amen.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]