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

Prayer opens the channels from our emptiness to God’s fullness, from defeat to victory. Therefore, pray or be a prey—a prey to your impulses, to the last event, to your surroundings. The person who prays overcomes everything, for the most redemptive fact of the universe prevails—the will of God. To find that will and live by it is to find yourself.

—E. Stanley Jones, How to Pray, with commentary by Tom Albin (E. Stanley Jones Foundation and Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

What practical actions can you take to develop a more prayerful mind? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
—James 5:16 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious Christ, teach me to pray. . . . Give me the mind to pray, the love to pray, the will to pray. Let prayer be the aroma of every act, the atmosphere of every thought, my native air. In your name. Amen. [Prayer by E. Stanley Jones]
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

The Upper Room has a long history of supporting The United Methodist Church General Conference in prayer. We are seeking volunteers to serve in our prayer ministry at General Conference in Charlotte, NC, April 23-May 3, 2024. Apply to be a prayer room volunteer by March 24. Learn more here!

Lectionary Readings

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Liturgy of the Palms

Liturgy of the Passion

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  • robert moeller Posted March 23, 2024 6:37 am

    Make a commitment to pray more often. Thank you Lord for Your ever presence.
    On this snowy day, 23″ expected, the day before Palm Sunday I commit to praying more often with less talking and more listening. Thank You, Lord.

  • Ally Posted March 23, 2024 4:17 pm

    E. Stanley Jones is one of my spiritual heroes. I need to work on more intentional about prayer; Spend more time listening for God’s voice. Clearing the clutter from my soul and mind: sort of a de-frag. Today’s UR devotional touched my soul today. Please pray for my and David’s health and that we become more committed to wellness. Prayers for all who visit here. It was great getting a message from Robert.

  • Jill Posted March 23, 2024 4:41 pm

    Pray vs. prey…this really resonates with me. The best way I can get back on track, when my mind is a runaway train…is to pray, to seek stillness. When I read the title, I thought it was going to be about us being prey for Satan. Which, in my case, a runaway mind is due to it being his playground. I must be on guard.
    Was able to get through some tennis last evening without pain – a win, for sure. My tennis friend in Florida where dad and Becky live – has set up 2 matches so far, for when I am down there. Hoping there will be more.
    Watching basketball and tennis today, from the comfort of my couch, heated blanket and kittens.

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