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

To pray in secret is to choose to serve God. God’s attention is of utmost importance. We don’t need thousands of “likes”; we only need God’s. . . .

We must remember that prayer isn’t about us; it is about allowing the Spirit of God to flow and work through us. The more we engage our spiritual lives, lives which mostly take place in “secret,” the more we and our communities can press for the appearance of God’s kingdom. That these people became famous shows us the two sides of the same coin of prayer and social transformation: Because the Spirit is always moving outward, our inward work isn’t only for ourselves but is leaven for the world.

—Daniel Wolpert, “Social Transformation and the Coming Kingdom: The Practice of Prayer,” in Looking Inward, Living Outward: The Spiritual Practice of Social Transformation (Upper Room Books, 2024)

Today’s Question

How do you make time for private prayer and contemplation? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When you pray, go to your room, shut the door, and pray to your Father who is present in that secret place. Your Father who sees what you do in secret will reward you.
—Matthew 6:6 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Help me to order my life around you, O God, and guide me to social action that manifests the beloved community—your kingdom on earth. Amen.
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Something More

In his revelatory new book, Looking Inward, Living Outward, popular spiritual leader Daniel Wolpert calls us back to a life of prayer and core specific spiritual practices that re-orient our gaze outward in acts of social transformation. Learn more and order your copy here.

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