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

Though books about prayer practices abound now, twenty years ago I couldn’t find anything like Creating a Life with God in the Protestant book market. Practices such as lectio divina, solitude and silence, and the Examen had existed for centuries and even thrived in the Roman Catholic Church and other select corners of Christianity, but these ancient modes of prayer still seemed suspect in a lot of evangelical and even mainline churches—too Eastern, too Buddhist.

Twenty years later, this book stands the test of time. It is as relevant as ever to new and experienced seekers of God.

—Robin Pippin, in the foreword of Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices, 20th Anniversary Revised Edition by Daniel Wolpert (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

What practices have you discovered that enhance your relationship with God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
—Psalm 100:3 (NLT)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help me to spend time each day focusing on you. Guide me as I try different ways of praying, and help me to grow ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Creating a Life with God is celebrating its 20th anniversary with this revised and updated release. Over the past 20 years, author Daniel Wolpert has inspired many to reflect on a life of prayer and what it means to be intentional about creating daily life with God. In this edition, two new chapters ask how we can use the practice of prayer to engage a world in crisis. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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1 Comment

  • Jill Posted August 28, 2023 9:52 am

    Spiritual direction has proved invaluable to me. This shapes virtually all other areas of my life. Being involved in a small group Bible study has also been a wonderful investment of my time. Learning to listen well, to glean from others – these also permeate other areas of my life.
    Yesterday went very well – dad so enjoyed the time with family. It was a lovely evening for golf and we were able to get 14 holes in.
    Gearing up for a 5 day week here. Getting back in the flow.

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