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

The primary focus of stilling the mind is to get God. Everything else follows from there. I seldom ask for things; if I have God, I know I’ll get all I need. The stilling of the mind allows God to get at you, to invade you, to take possession of you. God then pours prayers through you—divine prayers, God-inspired and thus God-answered.

—E. Stanley Jones, How to Pray, with commentary by Tom Albin (E. Stanley Jones Foundation and Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

What do you do when thoughts interrupt your prayer? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him.
—Psalm 37:7 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious Christ, teach me to pray. . . . Give me the mind to pray, the love to pray, the will to pray. Let prayer be the aroma of every act, the atmosphere of every thought, my native air. In your name. Amen. [Prayer by E. Stanley Jones]
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Something More

The Upper Room has a long history of supporting The United Methodist Church General Conference in prayer. We are seeking volunteers to serve in our prayer ministry at General Conference in Charlotte, NC, April 23-May 3, 2024. Apply to be a prayer room volunteer by March 24. Learn more here!

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Liturgy of the Palms

Liturgy of the Passion

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1 Comment

  • Lou Posted March 21, 2024 1:34 pm

    This happens a lot for me – so I just have to quiet myself and start again- sometimes several times – but that is ok. God knows my heart and I know that he forgives me.
    Prayers for all today- for all who are searching and struggling – for all of us imperfect sinners. God loves you and me.
    Blessings –

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