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

ALTHOUGH OUR LONGINGS AND DESIRES bring us to prayer, the purpose of prayer is not to get what we want. (Then God would be Santa Claus.) The purpose of prayer is to open our hearts to God. Like any loving relationship, the greatest pleasure is just being with the one you love. “God is love,” writes John in the New Testament, and for Christians, prayer is being in this love, having a relationship with the Presence of Love as encountered in Jesus Christ. Prayer, then, is an experience of opening our hearts to God’s love and allowing God’s love to enter all the worries, concerns, longings, and joys that we carry.

– Dorothy C. Bass and Don C. Richter
Way to Live

“Prayer” by Mark Yaconelli with Alexx Campbell. From page 280 of Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens, edited by Dorothy C. Bass and Don C. Richter. Copyright © 2002 by Dorothy C. Bass and Don C. Richter. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Share with God your heart’s desire as you pray today. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”

2 Samuel 12:7, NRSV

This Week: pray for students starting back to school. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers. Call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center website.

This week we remember: Ignatius of Loyola (July 31).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Andrea Posted July 30, 2018 9:34 am

    I have been keeping you in my prayers. Praying for Julie and her surgeon today, for the desired outcome and a smooth recovery with good pain control. Praying “Monday prayers” for Connie and her husband. Prayers for Marcy’s health and support, for Robert and Erich’s decision-
    making regarding moving/ job market, for Anneliese, for Jill and her parents and sister, for Lou and her children, Mary and her parents, job and students, April and her family, Betsy and her family and sister, Pam and her family, kand all who visit UR.

    We got back last night from a road trip to eastern Wisconsin. Today is my birthday. I feel blessed and I thank God for the past year with my loved ones. I pray for guidance and strength in the year ahead.
    Blessings, all

    • Lou Posted July 30, 2018 4:09 pm

      Happy Birthday Andrea
      Thank you for all of your prayers-

    • Marcy Posted July 30, 2018 5:47 pm

      Andrea, Happy Birthday to you! I join you on prayer for Julie as she undergoes surgery on her finger today. Blessings from God on your safe travels! Thank you, for your prayers! I am keeping you and your family and loved ones in mine.

    • Connie Posted July 31, 2018 9:01 am

      Happy Birthday. Hope your birthday had “a blessing a minute”. Your prayers are so much appreciated, Andrea. You have been among us for a long time now…..a treasured friend.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted July 30, 2018 8:06 pm

    Indeed, God is the one we can trust completely so we can open our hearts to Him.

    Thank you God for enabling us to open our hearts to you without holding anything back.


  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted July 30, 2018 8:13 pm

    Happy birthday Andrea. May God’s blessings and favour always be upon you. Enjoy your day! May it be filled with love, joy and peace!

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