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 is much more than repeating familiar phrases and formulas or saying a rhyming verse at bedtime. And though of course I pray for those I love, prayer is much more than asking God to do something that I need or want done. Prayer is more like a continually deepening conversation with God, where listening can be as important as speaking—and this conversation can take many forms.

—Mary Lou Redding, God Was with Me All Along: A Guide for Capturing Your Memories and Telling Your Story (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

What form of prayer helps you engage in “continually deepening conversation with God”? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus] was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
—Luke 11:1, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

You are invited to replace the prayer below with one you recall from your own childhood.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Guide me safely through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

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The featured book this week, God Was with Me All Along, was written by Mary Lou Redding, who served as the editor of The Upper Room daily devotional guide for many years. We invite you to take advantage of a free 30-day trial subscription to the email edition of The Upper Room, the only daily devotional written entirely by its readers. To start your free trial, visit UpperRoom.org/welcome.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Julie Posted March 9, 2021 8:43 am

    For a short while I was spending several minutes with the Lord. I just focused on Him and I felt calmer and more centered on Him. I very much need to return to this practice.
    I am shaking and in pain, physically and emotionally. H forced me to go into his room to retrieve Beast (black and white kitty). As I feared, I was harmed when I ran forcefully into a medal post sticking out of his bed. It ripped into my foot and caused me to stumble, coming down very hard on my leg with the “fragile” knee. My knee was badly injured in a skiiing accident. I went skiing because h forced me to and tried to keep up with him because he taunted me openly around others on the slope. Now my knee is freshly injured and my foot scraped and hurting. He left the house for his PT.
    Prayers for Ally, that she is renewed and strengthened with the rest from caring for David daily. Prayers for David and Lewis kitty to continue to get stronger and healthier.
    Prayers for Lou and her family, may they stay safe and well and may Lou share more spring sightings of God’s renewal with all she encounters.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry. May God ease Larry’s sorrow and may He also come along Jill as she returns to the classroom. May He guide her and give her the skills she needs to reach out to her students with love and compassion and allow her to reignite their love of learning.
    May we soon hear from Robrt, may he be well and safe.
    Prayers for all of the UR, posters, readers and administrators.

  • Ally Posted March 9, 2021 11:22 am

    I engage in various forms of prayer. I often use liturgical prayers, adding what God has put on my heart. I also pray as I’m talking to a trusted friend. God has been showing me I need to listen for God’s voice . So I ask the Lord to give me ears to hear and spend time in silence. Lord, help me to clear away the clutter so that I can hear You.
    I spoke with David’s case manager this morning. He has made amazing progress in therapy and is probably coming home Saturday. I’m thankful and ready for him to come, but still have much to do to get ready. Please pray I can accomplish these things. Kitty Lewis is settling in back home and is better. Please continue prayers for his healing.
    Julie, I’m distressed to hear that you’ve been hurt. I pray mightily for your and Megan’s safety and safety also for the kitties. I pray for relief of your pain and for your healing. I pray for God’s guidance as you plan your next steps. Praying safety for Lou and her family and for Jill ad she prepares to go back to the classroom. Prayers for Larry as he deals with sorrow. praying we hear from Robert soon and that he is well. Lifting us all up, that we remain safe and feel God’s presence in these crazy times. Love to all!

  • Jill Posted March 9, 2021 3:45 pm

    Talking to God before I open His Word and then just pausing and thinking about what I have read and speaking to Him. Going to Him throughout the day. I think I will do this more frequently, being back in the school building. I hope I am aware enough to do so.
    Julie – sorry to hear of your traumatic morning. I pray the Lord will take away the physical pain.
    Ally – good news regarding David’s progress, as well as Lewis’ homecoming. Even better when David returns confident and more stable.
    Beautifully warm days here. I opened the windows in the basement, just to get some fresh air moving through that space. Not quite ready to open the windows for Roger upstairs. Maybe tomorrow.
    Found out today that we will have all day Thursday to work in our classrooms, setting them up. Friday will be full of meetings – but Thursday we can do our own thing. This is very helpful. Everyone looked a little more optimistic on their screens today at the staff meeting. We all miss each other so.

  • April Posted March 9, 2021 8:41 pm

    Unique and conversation, the themes of yesterday and today. As we are each so alike but still different, so our conversations with God, each of us talking to the same Father with our unique way. Last night I listened to a lay person talk about the ancient practices of humility, thankfulness, and gratitude, all actions that within our control as different than those we have no control over. He went on to explain the health benefits of each from a scientific/researched perspective. I thought over how each time I am reminded to think/practice each of them, I do feel better. Is it because I look away from my present situation and toward Him? Yes, looking up, to Jesus, is a practice I want to practice more.
    Thank you for your kind words Lou on encouragement. That is a gift I have found I have from assessments (how to find your Spiritual Gifts) I have taken. Thank you for reminding me of it and to share it freely. I can see your daffodils as I see mine smiling at me in the sunshine of today. May the snow melt to water the soil for other flowers to bloom…..I know you help others bloom with your work, thank you. And yes, God is Love.
    Julie, I hurt thinking of your injuries. I pray that God will strengthen you through each moment of the day. I am always amazed at you are able to identify beyond the words I type, my real needs….and pray about them. What a gift this is to me, thank you.
    Jill, I am cheering you on as you look forward to a well-deserved break from work and pray for safety with your return to in-class teaching. As you post at different times of the day, I am reminded that the Spirit is with us and available 24/7. I am an advocate for education and learning. This year with Covid has certainly given us pause to realize that they are instrumental in our way forward. Thank you for being a teacher.
    Ally, I lift you up in prayer as you are a caregiver and also recovering yourself. May David continue to gain strength as he works so hard. And it is good to know that there are resources available to step in when needed.
    A great walk today and I think I saw the head of a blue heron peeking out from the nest. I will keep an eye on it and also all of the other nests in the protected nesting area. Blessings to all as the day is drawing to a close.

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