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

Send us forth, O God, with
every breath a thanksgiving,
every thought wrapped in compassion,
every word filled with kindness, and
every deed a channel of Love.
Through your grace may our lives become a prayer.

– Linda Douty
Praying in the Messiness of Life

From page 104 of Praying in the Messiness of Life: 7 Ways to Renew Your Relationship with God by Linda Douty. Copyright © 2011 by Linda Douty. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

2 Kings 2:12, NRSV

This Week: Pray for those single mothers and fathers. 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: Margaret Gaffney Haughery (February 9).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted February 5, 2018 3:54 am

    Yes, Father, may thanksgiving, kindness, compassion and love evident in my words and actions throughout the day. You encompass me with Your Presence, assist me to magnify You.
    So very grateful for the time I got to spend with my friend this weekend. Unhurried, simple time together. A great blessing. Grateful, too, for minimal weather issues while traveling…about a half hour of slushiness to begin yesterday, but then smooth sailing with little traffic. Was home by mid-afternoon yesterday, so was able to unpack, fix dinner and get to bed early.
    Father – thank You for replenishing me with this visit.
    Prayers for concerns and joys listed here…Annaliese, Mary’s dad, Marcy’s week ahead and her pastors’ assistance, Betsy’s new role, Andrea and her grandson and daughter, Julie – her hands and her daughter’s recovery. Father – cocoon us in Your care.

    • Pam Posted February 6, 2018 11:36 am

      Such lovely words!

  • robert moeller Posted February 5, 2018 5:01 am

    This prayer says a lot in few words. Yes, I pray that I will be, do what this prayer says. Lord with Your help it is possible.

    Thankful for Jill’s safe travel and time with her friend. Hope she is well rested for the week ahead. Grateful for the prayers for Anneliese, the UR family, and their concerns. I, too, join in praying for her, the UR family, their concerns, and the needs of single mothers and fathers. Glad I am able to pay bills.

    Peace be with all of you as we begin a new week.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 5, 2018 6:35 am

    Yes, Lord, through your grace, may our lives become a prayer.

    Thank you for each and everyone here whose life through your grace becomes a pray.


  • Betsy Posted February 5, 2018 7:00 am

    Compassion, kindness, Thanksgiving and love; help me, Lord, to show these to those around me today and throughout the week. I pray for single parents today, especially one young lady at our church who is raising a young son alone while the father is incarcerated. Surround her with love and compassion this day. Amen

  • Julie Posted February 5, 2018 7:55 am

    What a wonderful prayer. May the Lord use me as His instrument to embody ths prayer and radiate its goodwill to all I meet.
    Thank you for your prayers. My daughter is doing very well. No lasting pain.
    Prayers for each of you and for single parents. Welcome to those who are new to posting. I look forward to hearing from you today and every day.
    Blessings to this supportive family of believers

  • Andrea Posted February 5, 2018 8:29 am

    It is a quiet Monday morning. I pray to accomplish more today and every day. I have so much fabric and potential sewing projects, which I love to do. But I let it just lie. Also, the house needs a good cleaning. I pray to get on top of that, too.

    Prayers for single parents. I was one for 18 years, and it was difficult. I think what helped me the most was having a spiritual advisor.

    Prayers for UR friends and all who visit this holy space.

    2 Corinthians 4:6 For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

  • Lou Posted February 6, 2018 1:11 am

    Wonderful prayer-
    I never thought I would be a single parent but now I guess I am. It’s hard to think of myself that way – for 22 years I wasn’t and now I am. I pray for all parents – single or not it is difficult and also joyful. I pray for special strength for single parents and the pressures for them and their children living between two parents.
    Blessing to all- another snowy wintery night.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 6, 2018 6:32 am

      Lou, i am keeping you in prayer.

      May God be your ever present help. May He grant you strength, wisdom and inspiration!


      • Connie Posted February 6, 2018 8:10 am

        Love you, Lou.
        I was a single parent, too, and it “ain’t” no fun! Prayers.

        • robert moeller Posted February 9, 2018 3:16 am

          It isn’t all fun, but isn’t all bad either. When you have children you take on a commitment. It’s like life, that isn’t all good or all bad either.

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