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.

The Jesus Priorities

8 Essential Habits

Christopher Maricle • October 2007

BUY Print $15.99

"Imagine my surprise at learning that I needed to get to know my God a lot better."

Despite lifelong Christian devotion, Maricle came to this startling realization after experiencing a crisis of faith.

"I needed answers that are so fundamental to Christian living," he writes. "Why is this life, at times, so hard? Why isn't my faith helping me? Why am I finding no comfort in prayer? These questions—and the struggles behind them—challenged all my notions of faith, my perception of God and the purpose of this life."

After many desperate and pleading Gethsemane prayer moments, Maricle turned to the Gospels again to see what Jesus said and did since these scriptural passages are the best windows to truth for Christians. His findings point toward a way of transforming your life in the midst of living it.

Here are the Jesus priorities evidenced by the words he most frequently spoke and the acts Jesus most often demonstrated. Allow your life to be an instrument of God's grace in the world as you learn the Jesus priorities and make them your own.

Succinct summaries, scripture, questions to consider, and prayers make this book ideal for personal study, groups or a churchwide challenge.

Can Jesus change your life—your everyday, going-to-work (or school or the grocery), taking-care-of-the-kids life? The resounding answer found in this warm spiritual survival guide is, "Yes!"

Christopher Maricle served in Catholic education for 20 years as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. After 10 years with the California School Boards Association, he was appointed executive director of the California Head Start Association in summer 2016.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9914-7

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: October 2007

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x 0.309 in (d)

Page Count: 144

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Personal Growth

BISAC1: REL012070



"Christopher Maricle offers us a rare gift of steady contemplative gaze, hospitable listening and insightful interpretation. As we enter into this Gospel journey of study, prayer and reflection, we too discover the mind of Jesus — behind his teachings, beyond what Jesus did — and encounter the deepest values and priorities that shaped Jesus' attitudes, words, relationships and work.

"Maricle's questions at the end of each chapter guide our own work of inner reflection and life change. Thus Jesus' priorities become our own; the Good News becomes embodied in our soul and in our lives."
— Wendy J. Miller Author and Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation Eastern Mennonite Seminary

"While many talk about 'following Jesus,' few take the time to understand what this really means. The Jesus' Priorities may be particularly helpful for the new Christian who wants to know what Jesus did as a way to shape one's life. Christopher Maricle's book can also provide a corrective for those of us who become complacent in our discipleship. He teaches us about Jesus — and also how to be a disciple in today's world."
— Jerry P. Haas Director, The Academy for Spiritual Formation Upper Room Ministries