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, sometimes I feel like a failure at prayer.
I cannot concentrate or meditate
or open up space for you in my spirit.
Every opening I try to create for you
is quickly filled with worries and distractions.
I long for quiet meditation,
for a solid, peaceful connection with you.
Help me, loving God, to let go of my expectations
and accept what happens when I sit down to pray.
I long for you, O God. Please fill me. Amen.

—Mary Lou Redding, Prayers for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments (Upper Room Books, 2012)

Today’s Question

What helps you when you feel like you’re “a failure at prayer”? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Seek the LORD and his strength,
seek his presence continually.
—1 Chronicles 16:11 (NRSV)

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  • Julie Posted January 8, 2021 7:07 am

    Leaving early for breakfast and hair appointments for Megan and myself.
    Will try to post more later.

  • robert moeller Posted January 8, 2021 9:34 am

    Scripture says, “Be still and know that I am God.” We are not always able to perceive God’s presence, but we can rest assured that God is always there, knows our thoughts before we do. How assuring is that!

    I’m back in the internets universe after 3.5 days in a black hole waiting for my computer’s sound system to be repaired. Very thankful to have an Apple repair shop within walking distance of home.

    Lot’s of catching up to do. Prayers for the USA . People dying at alarming rates, the transition of power hit a snag, but is back on track, too many people have been seriously misguided, told lies, and sadly believed them. Lord, oh how we need You!

    Thank You, Lord for Your ever presence, may we all turn to You, not just in time of crisis, but in every situation.

  • Jill Posted January 8, 2021 6:39 pm

    Sticking to it, and coming again and again. Repentant, begging, kneeling, clinging. He is always accepting – arms open. Thank You, Father – for this grace and innumerable other ones.
    After two discouraging days on the exam front situation, I finally addressed one of the students today and had a breakthrough. Oh there were tears – but there was honesty, authenticity and transparency. That’s a win for both of us, because this lesson learned so far outweighs anything I can teach them in the academic arena. Growing these young people…this is why I am in education, this is why this year is so impossibly hard with screens, just screens. I am sure it is not over yet, but 24 hours ago I was so angry with little peace. Now, I am good. God guided my emotions and my words and my dear friend fiercely prayed for me during that 24 hour span.
    I know the faithful here have been praying over this 2 1/2 week span. And, I am grateful, so grateful.
    I now can deal with all the grading and necessary school work this weekend without this heavy burden on my mind and in my heart.
    Again, thank You, Father – all praise and honor and glory to You.

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