Prayer for Monday

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

(Bible [KJV] – Psalm 23)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Forgiving makes me feel light and free.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Thursday

Whatsoever things are true,
Whatsoever things are honorable,
Whatsoever things are just,
Whatsoever things are pure,
Whatsoever things are lovely,
Whatsoever things are of good report;
If there be any virtue,
And if there be any praise,
Think on these things.
(Philippians 4:8 [KJV])

Today’s Affirmation:

“I have strength and determination.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Thursday (Shavuot ends)

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Oh, give thanks to the God of gods!
For His mercy endures forever.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!
For His mercy endures forever.

To Him who alone does great wonders,
For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who by wisdom made the heavens,
For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who laid out the earth above the waters,
For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who made great lights,
For His mercy endures forever;
The sun to rule by day,
For His mercy endures forever;
The moon and stars to rule by night,
For His mercy endures forever.

To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn,
For His mercy endures forever;
And brought out Israel from among them,
For His mercy endures forever;
With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm,
For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who divided the Red Sea in two,
For His mercy endures forever;
And made Israel pass through the midst of it,
For His mercy endures forever;
But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,
For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who led His people through the wilderness,
For His mercy endures forever;
To Him who struck down great kings,
For His mercy endures forever;
And slew famous kings,
For His mercy endures forever;
Sihon king of the Amorites,
For His mercy endures forever;
And Og king of Bashan,
For His mercy endures forever;
And gave their land as a heritage,
For His mercy endures forever;
A heritage to Israel His servant,
For His mercy endures forever.

Who remembered us in our lowly state,
For His mercy endures forever;
And rescued us from our enemies,
For His mercy endures forever;
Who gives food to all flesh,
For His mercy endures forever.

Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven!
For His mercy endures forever.

(Psalm 136)

“When the answer is simple, God is speaking.”
~Albert Einstein

Today’s Affirmation:

“God provides me with all I need.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Wednesday (Shavuot)

Blessed are you, L-rd our G-d, king of the universe
who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season
Amen

“…, Urge me not to leave you or to turn back from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16 AMP)

A Psalm for giving thanks.

Make a joyful noise to the L-rd, all the earth!
Serve the L-rd with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the L-rd, he is G-d!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the L-rd is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

(Psalm 100)

“A bird that you set free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return.”
~Jewish Proverb

Today’s Affirmation:

“I am grateful for all my blessings.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayers for 3rd Sunday in Lent

Opening Prayer
God of light and God of night
Creator of seed and mountain
raindrop and fountain
We bring our offering of praise.
God of right and God of might
Lover of child and childless
rich and homeless
We bring our offering of praise.

Confession and Forgiveness
Creator God, forgive our moments of ingratitude,
the spiritual blindness that prevents us
from appreciating the wonder that is this world,
the endless cycle of nature,
of life and death and rebirth.
Forgive us for taking without giving
reaping without sowing.
Open our eyes to see
our lips to praise
our hands to share.
May our feet touch lightly on the path we tread,
and our footsteps be worthy of following,
for they lead to you.

‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin ….’
2 Chronicles 7:14

(From “A Liturgy for the 3rd Sunday in Lent”, © John Birch, at Faith and Worship – Prayers and Resources)

Prayer for Sunday (Purim; Ostara; Hola Mahalla)

Typically on religious holidays I try to post something that relates to that holiday. And today there are three: Purim (Jewish), Ostara/Spring Equinox (Pagan), and Hola Mahalla (Sikh). However, yesterday I had the honor of participating with 70 to 80 other choir alumni from my Alma mater to celebrate and memorialize the life of Jeanne Wold, our former University choir director’s wife, and the voice instructor to many of us during our time at school. So today I am sharing a couple of passages from her service and a brief prayer of my own.

12 But where can wisdom be found?
Where can we learn to understand?

13 Wisdom is not to be found among mortals;
No one knows its true value.
14 The depths of the oceans and seas
Say that wisdom is not found there.
15 It cannot be bought with silver or gold.
16 The finest gold and jewels
Cannot equal its value.
17 It is worth more than gold,
Than a gold vase or finest glass.
18 The value of wisdom is more
Than coral or crystal or rubies.
19 The finest topaz and the purest gold
Cannot compare with the value of wisdom.

20 Where, then, is the source of wisdom?
Where can we learn to understand?
21 No living creature can see it,
Not even a bird in flight.
22 Even death and destruction
Admit they have heard only rumors.

23 God alone knows the way,
Knows the place where wisdom is found,
24 Because he sees the ends of the earth,
Sees everything under the sky.
25 When God gave the wind its power
And determined the size of the sea;
26 When God decided where the rain would fall,
And the path that the thunderclouds travel;
27 It was then he saw wisdom and tested its worth.
He gave it his approval.

28 God said to us,
“To be wise, you must have reverence for the Lord.
To understand, you must turn from evil.”

(Job 28:12-29 [Good News Translation])

Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
The LORD has made his salvation known
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the LORD,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the people with equity.

(Psalm 98 [NIV 2011])

God, we give thanks for those who have touched our lives and helped to make us who we are today. We especially give thanks for teachers, professors, and spiritual leaders that have helped shape our lives. Grant that we may impact the lives of others as greatly as they have affected ours.
Amen.

1st Sunday in Lent Prayer

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

(Psalm 91:2, 9-16 [NIV])

Love has its source in you,
Creator God.
It flows from you like an ocean
into a world as unyielding as any shoreline cliff.
And like the ocean which batters, erodes
and wears away even the hardest stone,
your love persists, finding cracks and inlets
in hardened hearts, flowing inside and working a miracle.
Who would think that water was more powerful than granite,
love mightier than the hardest heart.
Thank you, Creator God,
for the power of your love.
Amen.

(Adapted from A Liturgy for the 1st Sunday in Lent,
Faith and Worship – Prayers and Resources)