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Daily Prayer

November 5

A Time for Prayer in the Midst of a Virtual Conference

Rev. Wyatt Miles

Arranged from prayers found in A Pattern of Prayer by Grace and Main Fellowship, Danville, Virginia. Copyright 2019 Joshua D Hearne.

This time of prayer may be done individually or with whomever you find yourself, or by phone, Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, etc.

 

Presence

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.

At this point, if circumstances allow, you may light a candle to represent the presence of Jesus “where two or three are gathered in his name.” Even if you do not light a candle, take a moment to consider and recognize the presence of Jesus.

Let us descend with the mind into the heart to abide in the presence of God who is everywhere.

Silence, as long as time and circumstances allow.

 

Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks for what has already come today and what is yet to come.

Naming our gratitude before God, aloud or silently.

 

Centering

Let us hear the words for the day that awaits us.

“When Jesus saw the large crowd, he went up the hill and sat down. His students gathered around him, and he began teaching them. This is what he said:

‘The spiritually humble are God’s people, for they are citizens of his new order.

They who are deeply concerned are God’s people, for they will see their ideas become reality.

They who are gentle are God’s people, for they will be his partners across the land.

They who have an unsatisfied appetite for the right are God’s people, for they will be given plenty to chew on.

The generous are God’s people, for they will be treated generously.

Those whose motives are pure are God’s people, for they will have spiritual insight.

Men of peace and good will are God’s people, for they will be known throughout the land as his children.

Those who have endured much for what’s right are God’s people; they are citizens of his new order.

You all are God’s people when others call you names, and harass you and tell all kinds of false tales on you just because you follow me. Be cheerful and good-humored, because your spiritual advantage is great. For that’s the way they treated men of conscience in the past.’”

-Matthew 5:1-12, Clarence Jordan’s Cotton Patch Gospel: The Complete Collection (Smyth & Helwys, 2012).

 

Intercession

As you say the prayers that follow, pause between the petition and the response to allow yourself and anyone present to you to name particular prayer requests that match the petition out loud or silently.

We pray first for those people and things that spring quickly to mind or rest heavy on our hearts…

For this, and so much more, we pray.

We pray for our loved ones, and that each day, there may be more…

For this, and so much more, we pray.

We pray for those who are sick or in need of healing…

For this, and so much more, we pray.

We pray for those we might call an enemy, and for those who might call us an enemy…

For this, and so much more, we pray.

We pray for all without shelter, especially those nearby…

For this, and so much more, we pray.

We pray for all who suffer injustice, whatever form it takes, even if it benefits us…

For this, and so much more, we pray.

We pray for all who are discerning God’s calling, that they might hear your still small voice clearly…

For this, and so much more, we pray.

We pray for those who lack enough, and for those with too much…

For this, and so much more, we pray.

We pray for those who lead, nearby or afar, well or poorly…

For this, and so much more, we pray.

We pray for peace in all places of violence, especially in our hearts…

For this, and so much more, we pray.

We pray for the vulnerable and the desperate, especially those whom only you hear…

For this, and so much more, we pray.

We pray that in the face of unfamiliar and uncertain days, we might be your people, your churches, and your General Association. More and more, day by day.

Silence.

 

Lament

For Wisdom in Times of Uncertainty

O God of Hagar, Abraham, and Ishmael, who sees me in this wilderness of my own uncertainty and walks with me even as I wander, I pray that you will make your presence felt to me in order that I might not despair or feel alone.

O God of Jacob, who does not flee from me simply because I struggle, I pray that you will bless me for my struggling and give me wisdom in that blessing us rider that I might know myself as you already know me.

O God of Daniel, Hananiah, Michael, and Azariah, who does not abandon us in the difficulties of our lives, I pray that you will give me strength and comfort in order that I might pursue you without failure or falling back.

O God of Hadassah and Mordecai, who does not always reveal the path until it is time to choose it, I pray that you will give me patience in order that I might wait patiently for what you are doing in my life and in the world around me.

O God of Peter, James, and John, who knows that my spirit may be willing but that my flesh is still weak, I pray that you will remember my intention to listen to your voice even when I seem dead to your guidance in order that I might learn your way in this world.

O God of all the saints, who calls followers from all people, places, and creeds, I pray that you would show me your will in order that I might follow. Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father…

 

Blessing

May the Lord give strength to the people; and may the Lord bless us with peace.