When we pray for one another, … we return to a foundation of love rather than fear. We look for God’s image in others and seek God’s healing grace. … Through intercessory prayer, we can pray for our neighbors, our enemies, our family members, and our friends. When we pray for others, we walk for a moment in their shoes and imagine life from their perspective. By praying for others—or asking others to pray for us—we share our joys and concerns not just as indifferent observers but as fellow children of God.
—Sharon Seyfarth Garner, Praying with Mandalas: A Colorful, Contemplative Practice (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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[Jesus said] “You have heard that it was said, You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you so that you will be acting as children of your Father who is in heaven.”
—Matthew 5:43-45a (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
whose love encircles all,
You are the one in whom I live
and move and have my being.
Thank you for the moments
when I see you most clearly.
I am sorry for the times I have turned away
from your loving presence.
With hope I look toward the new day to come,
heart aflame with your love and grace.
I am grateful that you are with me
every moment of every day.
Prayer by Sharon Seyfarth Garner
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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