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

GOD LOVES US perfectly, so the only way to improve our relationship with God and our ability to receive God’s endless love is by improving things on our end. What can we do to love God more? We bring compassion, understanding, and forgiveness to those who are suffering.

– Christopher Maricle
The Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits

From page 41 of The Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits by Christopher Maricle. Copyright © 2007 by Christopher Maricle. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

In what ways can you love God more? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.”

2 Samuel 12:3, NRSV

This Week: pray for students starting back to school. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

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This week we remember: Ignatius of Loyola (July 31).

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted July 31, 2018 4:44 am

    Keep praying, it is the most powerful thing I can do to help. After praying, use the resources God provides wisely.

    Thankful for the daily reflection’s arrival in my Inbox. Very much appreciated.
    Thank You, Lord.

    Prayers for Julie, a good recovery from surgery and positive results with the divorce; may Marcy have the help she needs for her health, well being, finances, and insurance; peace for Gloria, Larry, Becky, and Jill; comfort and restoration for Betsy and Grace, blessings to Andrea, Father Edwin, Lowell, Andrea’s daughter, grandson, and son-in-law; Connie and her husband, April,
    Rusty and K, and all the UR family.

    Prayers of thanks, Richard White has his pacemaker, Arnolds Vilcins is doing well with heart rehab, Bob Jones will have help with his back. Prayers for Joan Duffy and Bob Jones with cancer.

    Thankful for all the cats cared for by UR family. Julie, Marcy, Jill, and Erich all have cats and they are sources of joy.

    Hopeful that comments will be forthcoming during the day.

    God is with us, thank You, Lord.

  • Betsy Posted July 31, 2018 6:54 am

    Yes, praying for those in need of God’s grace and love. May we be your hands and feet, Lord.

    Praying for all the children who will be starting school soon. Calm their fear and may they have a safe space in which to learn and grow. Amen

  • Francesca Posted July 31, 2018 7:16 am

    I can love God more by loving my neighbor, praying for others, and accepting His unconditional love.
    Thank you UR family for your prayers and know that you are in mine.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted July 31, 2018 7:41 am

    Thank you God for your perfect love,

    Teach us to love like you do.

    I can love God more by loving my students more and blessing the poor and needy, the ekderly and the sick.


  • April Posted July 31, 2018 7:49 am

    Happy belated birthday Andrea!! Glad you are home safely. Prayers for our UR family as we become the hands and feet of Christ to the world.

  • Julie Posted July 31, 2018 8:00 am

    I can pray for others and pray to God to discern His will and that I will be receptive to His will for me.
    Thank you so much for your prayers. Yesterday was rough but today is much better. Thank you again for God surely heard your prayers.
    Robert, I believe you must read the UR Daily Devotional due to your mention of pets and their pareents. What a lovely Devotional addition the author provided today. I second your prayers for our pets and those who care for and love them. Prayers for Robert, Erich, Pearl, and Anneliese.
    Prayers and Blessings for Marcy, Mary and her parents, Jill and her family, Andrea and her family, Lou and her family, April and her family, Gail and her family, Connie and her family, Betsy and her family, Francesca and her family and all UR faithful prayers

  • Connie Posted July 31, 2018 11:22 am

    I can love God by thanking Him more and complaining less. “His yoke is easy and His burden is light”. I must pray Thy will be done and then go on.
    Praying for Julie. May your pain and discomfort be even less with every passing hour.
    I had a nice over-the-fence visit with a neighbor this morning. She turned 90 and is a wonderful Woman of God.
    Thank you for your prayers Francesca. I can almost feel them all in the air when I come to this site. Prayers go up, Blessings come down.
    (I wrote this all once, but lost it somehow)

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted August 1, 2018 8:51 am

    Thank you all for your prayers!

    May God bless you abundantly!

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