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

Once you mindfully begin to pray in response to your worry, your brain will respond with the rewards of prayer: a sense of connectedness with God, an emotional lift from that connectedness, and the peace of knowing the worry is where it should be—in God’s loving arms.

Soon you will have the “prayer habit” as your response to the people, places, events, and situations that once caused worry.

—Patricia Wilson, Freedom from Worry: 28 Days of Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2013)

Today’s Question

Who can support you in turning your worry habit into a prayer habit? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Cast your burden on the LORD—
he will support you!
God will never let the righteous be shaken!

—Psalm 55:22 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

When I’m crushed by my fears and worries, remind me of your power and grace.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

When you respond to prayers posted on The Upper Room Prayer Wall, you remind people that God is bigger than their worries and fears. Pray with us at The Upper Room Prayer Wall.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted March 17, 2020 5:19 am

    These days my faith community, whether here on line or in person, either directly or in directly , influences me to pray. The coronavirus has us all more prayerful too. Prayers that you are well, are recovering, or are with the Lord. In every situation God is with us. Thank You, Lord.

    Despite physical social distancing,, I am grateful that we can communicate. That is truly a blessing.
    My cold is almost gone. I’m thankful for that. Be safe and prayerful. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted March 17, 2020 6:21 am

    Knowing the faithfulness of fellow pray-ers – this urges me on to be consistent, faithful and fruitful in prayer. Such earnestness in yesterday’s posts…God is near – may each one be assured of this and able to experience Him. As I sit and look at the wall across from me – “Be still and know…that I am God”. Yes, taking moments to re-settle into Him.
    May God grant wisdom to Lou as she counsels her youngest daughter and carries concern for her other children. May God strengthen Robert’s resolve and patience as he seeks to assist Erich, and overcome his recent cold. May Gail (and others…me, too) not grow anxious when considering our investments and retirement – but lean in to the wealth and assuredness of our Father’s blessings. May God protect Julie and Megan, as they possibly isolate with the third member of their household. May God bless April as she continues to cloak others with positivity and messages of hope. May God continue to keep Andrea and Lowell healthy and out of danger – from four legged creatures and CoVid19. Yes – His arms are always there, surrounding us, sustaining us, comforting us.
    Father, guard our minds and hearts.

  • Julie Posted March 17, 2020 8:29 am

    The faithful friends here who readily pray for one and all. Also those who I have told that I will pray for keep me praying. I am a person of my word.
    Prayers for Jill, may her meds continue to provide relief and may she have no ill effects. Since it is nearly winter’s end I will reveal that the vasodillator gave me a nearly wound free and pain free winter! God is good. I had several wounds on my toes (one still lingers) and several fingers with very minor wounds (again one still lingers). So that is why I urged you to give the new med consideration.
    Prayers for Robert, may he remain safe and healthy through this pandemic.
    Prayers for Andrea, April and Lou. May they and their families remain safe.
    Yes, h has already showed signs of breaking down. He apparently oblivious to the impeding social isolation and widespread closures. He expected that I would have known that he would not prepare and do so for him. I knew h would not prepare, but was not about to do so for him. He asked not of Megan and I and our needs, per usual. Later Megan’s father called her and again did not ask about her but ranted and raved about how stupid everyone was being about “a mere cold.” Two men, two panicked reactions, both looking to the women to take care of their physical and emotional needs.
    Prayers for the URs safety

    • Andrea Posted March 17, 2020 9:57 pm

      Julie, prayers for your safety and prayers for your guidance with h. You are very strong.

  • Andrea Posted March 17, 2020 4:54 pm

    Jeremiah 29:11: For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

    The future is uncertain. We Christians put our trust in God, in God’s plan for us. Prayers of thanksgiving that Robert’s cold is disappearing, that Jill received her new medication and has time to relax, that Julie’s new medication has been so effective. Prayers for Lou and her children, may they be strong. Prayers for Gail and all who are worried about financial security. Prayers for April, with gratitude for the Pandemic Prayer. Prayers for the UR family and all for whom you pray. Prayers for UR staff, with gratitude for New Every Morning. Blessings, all.

  • April Posted March 17, 2020 6:16 pm

    I pray the prayers each of you have posted and hold you close as we as a family support each other during these uncertain times. Thank you for such personal messages.
    Who can help me when I start to worry? I have great memories as I think of my parents who I often saw sitting with their Bibles in their laps and eyes closed in prayer. We kids knew this was a time when they were not to be disturbed. I used to have such a chair and when our kids were young, they rarely interrupted me. Now I spend at least 30 minutes at different sites reading devotions or messages that are so timely. I echo the posts that this site is such a place where I can find support, understanding and caring…..just knowing that there are so many pray-ers only a post away is powerful.
    Rain again today. My flowers continue to smile at me. The new plantings are settling in well and putting down roots for the hot summer that will come.
    May healing and health continue to be with our family, their families and friends.
    Blessing and love. Stay positive. God is holding us in the palm of His hand.

  • Rick Posted March 18, 2020 12:40 am

    Who can support you in turning your worry habit into a prayer habit? This is one place that offers me the opportunity to do just that. Thank you Father, for continuing to guide me back to you. I will call my church and see where I can be of service calling and checking in on other members. I wasn’t feeling great on Thursday and Friday and thought it was just the deeper reality of the current situation. I woke up on Saturday with cold symptoms which continued to get worse. Fearing and thinking the worst didn’t help nor did being glued to the tv … I felt a bit better today and had a video Dr’s appointment with my Physician. He thinks my symptoms are more indicative of a head and chest cold viral vs a Bacterial Infection. He will monitor me over the next week. He did advise to stay in and isolate for the time being. I’m not sure if I’m being selfish and self centered and feeling sorry for myself. I’ve gone from a busy school schedule to school being canceled for the next two weeks to what feels like an abrupt stop. My meetings were canceled and I’m missing my home group but we are working on a video meeting several times a week. Isolation is hard for one in recover and something we are taught to stay away from. I know that fear is the devil trying to steal my joy.
    Robert I’m happy to hear you are doing better. Prayers for continued health and your guidance with Erich. Jill, you are consistent and faithful, and indeed a blessing. Praying you continue to see good results with your new medication. Julie, you are a beacon of light and grace, grateful you have had such good results with your meds and praying for your’s and Megan’s safety. Andrea, indeed these times are uncertain, but you reminded me that we put our trust and hope in the Lord, prying for you and your husband may you both be well. April, this is a powerful place to lay it down at Christ’s feet and find comfort and peace. Lou, prayers for you and your children during these uncertain times. May your son find the peace and patience with his struggles at this time. May your youngest and middle child find peace and guidance as they wait for answers regarding school.
    Yesterday’s posts were powerful,Prayers to all and all that visit here.

    Grace and Peace

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