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

Don’t keep the prayer at the forefront of your conscious thinking so that it fosters anxiety. Let it drop into the subconscious mind and work at that greater depth. Then all you do will find support in an undertone of prayer, but you will experience no anxiety. Dismissing your prayer from the conscious mind serves as an act of faith. Having committed it to God, you leave it and believe that the best thing possible will come about.

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

Today’s Question

When have you released the outcome of your prayers to God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
—Matthew 6:7-8 (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

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Liturgy of the Palms

Liturgy of the Passion

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  • Jill Posted March 24, 2024 3:16 pm

    It is my desire that each prayer is with this intention. I love the saying…prayer is not so much about changing God’s mind as it is about changing my heart.
    Palm Sunday worship was very meaningful. Nice to go in bright sunshine, even tho the air remains quite cool. My tennis friend was to come over this afternoon, but she is feeling under the weather. So a quiet day at home, watching basketball and not being concerned with the time. I did get out for a nice walk.
    Going to play some tennis tomorrow – it is supposed to warm up – with my regular doubles partner. Hoping to play some games – this will be my last chance before Florida. My week is pretty busy. Becky is coming in town for Easter – her son is hosting. She arrives in Wednesday late afternoon and flies back to Florida early Tuesday. So, it will just be me and “the boys” for a few days in Florida.

  • April Posted March 24, 2024 4:08 pm

    Palm Sunday service online was filled with Hosanna songs. Our pipe organist finds such great tunes.
    I have often turned over the outcome of prayers to God since I have become a caregiver. I pray Thy will.
    I like the words “undertones” and “aroma” in descriptions of the lasting effects of praying/prayers. To me they signify that are with me long after I have finished the action of praying. When baking, first the aroma. Then the tasting, and then lasting aroma.
    Prayers for all.

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