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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

Talk with God about your desires. Notice I say talk with God not talk to God, for the conversation goes two ways. And the most vital part may be not what you will say to God but what God will say to you. God wants not only to answer your prayer but to make you—make you into the kind of person through whom prayers can be answered.

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

Today’s Question

How much of your prayer time do you spend listening for God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
—John 15:7 (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

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Lectionary Readings

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3 Comments

  • Rusty Posted March 22, 2024 12:46 pm

    Not enough. Sometimes I feel strongly I’m led in a particular direction br God, but those circumstances are unpredictable. When I sit down and try to clear my mind and listen to God. Candidly, though, I have a hard time sitting quietly awaiting his “response.” I realize he is communicating with me all the time – as he does with everyone. Best for me just to sit quietly and “be with him’” as best I can.

    I’m interested in what other folks’ experiences might be.

  • April Posted March 22, 2024 3:27 pm

    Praying is a God and me time. We are both present to speak and listen. God knows my needs and wants but I don’t know His specific plans for me. I try to open my mind to see and hear what God is telling me from the thoughts that come to me. They may seem to not be relevant, but I try to stay at the table to understand. I know that God will keep helping me to understand so that His thoughts will become mine. In this way I feel led by Him and move forward to act as His hands and feet.
    Thank you, Lord, for being patient with me. I pray Your presence will be felt by all who pray to you. We love You, Lord Jesus.

  • Jill Posted March 22, 2024 5:09 pm

    I feel like my time in the morning is “our” time…and that the Spirit will direct me as I read a passage…causing me to pause, to re-read, to slip into prayer. I feel like when I “wait” to hear Him…my mind wanders and it ends up being counterproductive. I try to “trust the process”…that I am moving toward Him, or at least not in the other direction – by being in communication, reception and focus. A few weeks back I had a very difficult day and texted my best friend with one specific request…pray. She said she could call me – I told her that is not what I needed. I needed prayer. Right before I woke up early the next morning – I had a dream. It was so vivid and so not natural for what was said to me…that I thought it was from God. I doubted myself…who am I to receive…I don’t even know what the word is…confirmation? from God via a dream. It’s not like I am a figure in the Bible. Yet – my soul was quieted and I had peace. After work, I caught up with my friend on the phone – and said to her – “do you think God still communicates via dreams?” And she said yes…why not that way? I still was reluctant to fully accept it. A week later I shared this experience with my spiritual director – and she too confirmed that she believed this was how God communicated with me regarding my “pickle” of a situation. I wanted to believe it, but it was so “other” than anything I had ever experienced before. And, yet, the level of peace – was only something which could have come from Him. I followed His lead and it has been good, very good. I am grateful.
    This week was a blur. School is flying by – a good thing I believe. Today seemed to stretch out a bit…I just kept telling myself – next week at this time you will be with your family in Florida.
    I am going to try to play tennis for the first time this evening. I have been “hitting”, but not playing points, games. My team is playing on 3 of the 4 courts. Four of us not in the lineup are going to play on the extra court, just for fun. I’m excited and apprehensive at the same time.

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