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 CAN GRANT us what we ask if we ask for the right things. Jesus recommended we ask for the Holy Spirit. This is the persistence that Jesus wishes from us—an ongoing effort to discern God’s will for our lives. He wants us to ask daily to be a channel of God’s love, to be suffused with the Holy Spirit and guided by the Holy Spirit in all things.

—Christopher Maricle, The Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits (Upper Room Books, 2007)

Today’s Question

What do you persistently ask of God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.
—Luke 18:1 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Make me a channel of God’s love, to be suffused with the Holy Spirit and guided by the Holy Spirit in all things.
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  • robert moeller Posted February 18, 2020 6:41 am

    I ask for things in hope of helping other people and give thanks for what the Lord gives me. Asking for the Holy Spirit is something I could ask for myself. I think that is something I didn’t know Jesus asked us to do.
    I agree that GOD CAN GRANT us what we ask if we ask for the right things.

    Bible study this morning, need to get up , have breakfast, and get ready, Expecting snow today.
    Prayers guided by the Holy Spirit for the right things. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted February 18, 2020 8:23 am

    Every morning i ask God to lead me to where He can use me to further His kingdom on earth and perhaps minister to His flock. I enjoy caring for people. Hence the Master’s in Social Work, which the Reynaud’s keeps from using. I also pray for the needs of others.
    Prayers for Robert, may he be safe as he travels, especially in snow. We are forcasted to have 50 degree temps, go figure.
    Prayers for safe travel for Jill, in Florida and on her way home.
    Prayers for lou, may her back pain and heart pain both be healed.
    Prayers for Andrea, her relationship with family and her grandson’s health.
    Prayers for April, Betsy, BJ, Connie, Edy, Mary, Marcy and Rick.
    Prayers and thank you UR (especially those who work at the UR who fixed the bug which thwarted our commenting attempts)

  • Bj Posted February 18, 2020 12:08 pm

    Julie, Robert! Thank you for your continued prayers. I might not post, but I still lift the UR family in my prayers. I love y’all! May you day be blessed in God’s favor.

  • Darr Sigilman Posted February 18, 2020 6:09 pm

    I want to get A regular job and my own home and move out of the assisted living facility forever and I want to build A life of my own doing what I want to do and I want to live where I choose to live and NEVER EVER come back to this assisted living facility EVER AGAIN as long as I live.

  • Jill Posted February 19, 2020 3:26 am

    Some of my most repeated requests to God are for wisdom and discernment in how to assist dad through this stage of his life…grieving mom, finding his way in this new normal, facing the uncertainty of his future – when he will lose his independence. We had more conversations while away, regarding his reaction to his accident. He is anxious about losing his independence. He is beginning to think about moving out of his condo – this really surprised me. I can tell that he is still thinking – a lot!
    I also ask God to guide me amidst my inconsistent physical feelings. I really do feel I will be seeking a change in treatment next week. I also ask Him for the grace to accept my limitations and to remain thankful for what I am able to do.
    Julie – it was encouraging to read that your fingers are in a much better state this winter season.
    Time away was good. The weather was magnificent and things went well. A few days at the beach and the remainder of the time at my sister’s place. Enjoyed being outside in shorts and tees, and daily to the pool. Also – wonderful to come home to Roger – who missed me. We are having a little love fest. Easily sliding back into the rhythm of school. A long day tomorrow as we have conferences deep into the evening.

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