New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

If therefore, we are ever going to pray, we need a way to counter these difficulties, these challenges that face us as we consider bringing ourselves before God. That way is the practice of listening, cultivated in the garden of silence and solitude. This ability to listen for God is the skill at the heart of the practice of prayer.

—Daniel Wolpert, Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices (Upper Room Books, 2003)

Today’s Question

What helps you stay focused on God as you pray? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
—Psalm 100:3 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Our Father* in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
*Use whatever name for God you prefer, such as Creator, Sustainer, etc.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Join us for the next online Academy Day Apart retreat, Hope in a Time of Despair: Advent Through Immigrant Eyes with Alexia Salvatierra and Rubén Ortiz. On December 3, 2022, we will explore themes of biblical justice and the marginalization of individuals and communities in a community of worship and spiritual practice. Learn more.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted October 29, 2022 5:55 am

    Knowing that God is always there helps me keep focused. Out for breakfast and a walk with my friend this morning. Amazing what he can do at 89 after heart surgery. Later in the day a trip with my son to a favorite bakery.. some food shopping too . Blessings to allThank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted October 29, 2022 8:02 am

    It is difficult to focus with so many thoughts and worries. I try to give the worries to God, but I am human. I try to focus on one word such as hope.
    I had a very bad day with h yesterday. He continues to not understand that the people who scammed him are indeed scammers and not his friends. It is like the poor people on the internet who even when shown evidence that they have been corresponding and sending money to a person in a foreign country continue to insist that it is someone they love who lives in Des Moines. It is hopeless and I have told him that if he goes to see them again I will leave immediately and finalize the divorce.
    Prayers for Ally and David, may they have improved health and financs. Prayers for Jill and her family and Lou and her mother. Prayers for Robert and his friend, may both continue to enjoy robust health for many years.

  • Jill Posted October 29, 2022 3:31 pm

    Ironic this is the question for today. My morning prayer time was scattered at best. I pretty much just gave up, as I was unable to keep my mind focused in prayer. I moved on to preparation for this coming week’s small group study. I was able to focus on that. Puzzles me to no end why I struggle to stay focused in prayer all too often. I should have just prayed a Psalm or two.
    Beautiful day here – another nice weekend day. Got some raking done and other necessary things in the yard. The sun was warm – so pleasant. I took a walk when I finished with the raking. My tennis friend is coming over this weekend – I am grilling out pork chops and potatoes. Should be an enjoyable time together. No doubt will have football and the World Series on.
    Had dinner out at a wonderful Italian restaurant last evening with another friend. The calamari was so good. Sometimes we are reluctant to order it – we have had some bad stuff. But last night’s was perfectly done. We each enjoyed our main dishes as well. Spent some time in the book we have been going through and walked her dogs.
    Robert – my school went to block scheduling a few years back. I am supposed to have 6 classes, but for the second year in a row, I have 5. Yesterday was a day of 3 classes and Monday will be a day of 2 classes (both in the afternoon). The classes meet every other day. I didn’t think I would like teaching “on the block” after 25+ years of not ever doing it. But – it seems to be working out well. My classes are small – I am very fortunate.

  • Ally Posted October 30, 2022 2:05 am

    Usually if I can get my spirit quiet, then I can focus on God. I also have to find a way to get away from the distractions around me. Celtic, native American flute, and piano music help get my spirit quiet. I am easily distracted and need quietness to focus on God. Knowing we have our NEM forum for encouragement and prayer helps too.

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