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

A brother asked Abba Rufus, “What is interior peace, and what use is it?” The old man said, “Interior peace means to remain sitting in one’s cell with fear and knowledge of God, holding far off the remembrance of wrongs suffered and pride of spirit. Such interior peace brings forth all the virtues, preserves the monk from the burning darts of the enemy, and does not allow him to be wounded by them.”

—Keith Beasley-Topliffe, Editor, Writings of the Desert Fathers & Mothers (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

What spiritual practices enable you to experience “interior peace”? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

May the Lord of peace himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
—2 Thessalonians 3:16 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, as you will, and as you know, have mercy.
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  • robert moeller Posted January 21, 2021 6:32 am

    Not sure if I do any spiritual practices beyond knowing, accepting, believing that God is with me always. Romans 8:38-39. ” For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God knew me before I was born, created me in my mother’s womb, knows my coming and going, my thoughts before I think them, is with me wherever I am – Psalm 139: 1-18.
    Prayers that God’s wisdom is with the new President and Vice President, the Congress, and the Supreme Court. Thankful that yesterday began with God and prayers continued all day long. May that continue. Put God first and all these things will be given to you.
    Dear UR family, you are lifted up, through trials and tribulations God will see you through when you put your trust in God. Our nations founders knew that and IN GOD WE TRUST.
    Blessings to you all. Thank You, Lord.

  • Gail Posted January 21, 2021 7:15 am

    On Tuesday I was involved in an anxiety provoking conflict. Remembering the pray of Abba Macarius the day before I prayed Lord have mercy, many times. Ultimately the matter resolved, I experienced peace.

  • Julie Posted January 21, 2021 8:30 am

    Two of my new practices have helped with this, journalling and meditation or being still and quiet before the Lord. I feel more centered and more in tune with the Lord and His peace.
    Prayers for Robert, and I also remarked to myy daughter about how Christ centered the president is and I pray will be going forward. I feel quite confident that this president will sekk God as his true and ultimate adviser.
    Prayers for Gail and those she had a conflict with, may peace reign in their hearts.
    Prayers for Ally and David, may Ally find a new job and grow her business into a flourishing enterprise.
    Prayers for April as she embarks on life enriching reading and studying. This is the one resolution that continues to elude me, as I have many books of Chrisitan study that I mean to read. With God’s help I will find the elusive time.
    Prayers for Jill and her students, may their conversations continue to be frank and forthright and may each speak and hear with open hearts and minds.
    Marcy texted me that she has started a new medication and is still doing very poorly. I continue to pray and invite you to join me.

  • Ally Posted January 21, 2021 2:38 pm

    Inner peace is something I struggle to attain. I ask the Lord today that the practices of prayer, Scripture study, meditation, surrender of worries, and being the hands of Jesus will bring the peace I seek.
    Please pray for my cousin Rachel, who has chronic pancreatitis. She is as we speak, undergoing TPIAT, a complicated procedure in which her pancreas is removed and pancreatic islet cells are transplanted to her liver. She will be insulin dependent diabetic, but hopefully this is a temporary thing. Rachel considers this a trade-off in order to be free of debilitating chronic pain. She is a person of giant faith in the Lord Jesus, courage, and maturity. She and her family covet our prayers.
    Robert, I am agreement with you in prayers for wisdom for new President, Vice President, and also new Congress. I also pray for truth and unity for our nation. Gail, thanks be to God for the peace which God brought to you and your situation. Jill, praying for you as you dialog with your students. Praying you feel God’s peace. April, praying you find real joy as you read and study. Julie, I am in agreement with you that new President is Christ-centered and will seek God’s wisdom in all he does. I pray you can find time to read and study. Agreeing with you in prayer for Marcy, that the new med will help her to feel better. Please give her our love. Thanks be to God for a peaceful day yesterday. I pray God’s protection for our leaders. Blessings to all.

  • Jill Posted January 21, 2021 5:56 pm

    My time in the morning, which has become more focused – just prayer, Scripture memorization and Scripture reading – preps the soil of my heart and mind for the day. Quiet reflection on His faithfulness is another “go-to” when I sense inner peace and stillness is waning. “Great is Thy Faithfulness” is a comforting reassurance.
    Lovely sunshine, but brisk winds today. It is so nice to sit in my solarium…at my workspace…when the sun is brightening it, as opposed to having to have my light on. Grateful for this abbreviated week and for it running fairly smoothly. One more day to go.
    Dad received the vaccine this morning, and thus far doesn’t notice any adverse symptoms. He is already thinking about traveling. He is hoping to go to my sister’s in Florida in March.
    Prayers for Marcy and for Rachel, as well as Julie’s home situation.

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