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

SPENDING TIME in prayer is essential to knowing God. Prayer is one of the fundamental fruits of the tree of the soul, especially intercessory prayer. God tells Catherine that there is no other way to taste the truth than “by means of humble and continuous prayer.” God offers prayer as the process for revelation. In prayer, we humble ourselves before the Lord and sing God’s glory.

—Christopher Maricle
Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God

From page 40 of Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God by Christopher Maricle. Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What are your prayer habits? Do you set aside time each day for prayer?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
—Matthew 6:5-6, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

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  • Jill Posted June 26, 2019 5:40 am

    Much of my time in the morning is spent in prayer. Prayers of thanks, intercessory prayers, prayers of confession, prayers of desiring His will – despite my sometimes long laundry list of requests. Such comfort to know He hears.
    I find myself drifting into prayer throughout the day, and this brings a stability to my soul. Interceding for others, as The Spirit brings them to mind. My awareness of this hurting, broken world is at an all time high. So many suffering, yet staying faithful. Inspiring.
    Father – I pray for Robert and Erich as they settle in to their new place. Bless Robert’s faithfulness, may he see Erich content and able to find meaningful employment.
    Grateful for the rhythm of summer, it’s spontaneous and inviting tune. For time to linger, to nap, to laze. Might I not relish it too much, but be productive also. I enjoy the early morning hours, trying to guess the time by the sound of birds. And being able to roll over and catch a bit more sleep.

  • Betsy Posted June 26, 2019 6:54 am

    My prayer time is most often at the beginning of the day. I include prayers for others that I’ve noted in my journal, thanksgiving prayers and personal prayers for strength and wisdom. So many of them of late have been requests that have been answered in joyous ways! God is good.
    We are moving (again) to be closer to our children. My husband’s boss has offered him an opportunity to work long distance while still keeping his
    position. He will travel more, but we will be in the same city as our family. We have been hoping and praying this day would come, while we could still be a help with our young grandson. So we will go on another new adventure, with God’s help.
    So happy, Robert, for you and Erich’s move. Praying that you become acclimated and settled in your new home. Blessings to all.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted June 26, 2019 7:46 am

      Praise God for blessing your husband with a gracious boss to allow him to work long distance while still keeping his position.

      Blessings to all!

      Praying that Robert and Erich will settle down soon and Erich to get a suitable job.

      I pray in the morning using my prayer journal which I wrote the prayer requests of people I know and when I read the newspaper, I also pray for people in need, sick, etc. Throughout the day, I also pray, seeking God’s guidance in the choices I make, giving thanks, etc. Before I sleep, I also pray, commiting all my concerns to God. That’s how I have a good night’s sleep and be refreshed for the following day.

      Thank you God for the privilege of prayer and also for hearing our prayers!

  • Connie Posted June 26, 2019 8:01 am

    I pray every day and through the day. Sometimes I go into the front coat closet and shut the door! I am wearing thin (in more ways than one).
    Thankful for:
    A sunny day
    Hoping for a hopeful report today at the Cancer Center. (husband)

    • Julie Posted June 26, 2019 8:12 am

      I will pray for you throughout the day. Prayers for a good report from the doctor and for you to be refreshed and “thickened.” Much love to you, Connie, and an extra long warm hug.

  • Julie Posted June 26, 2019 8:06 am

    I pray several times throughout the day. I also pray when the need arises or when I feel moved to do so. I pray as I go to sleep. Among those prayers I pray for those who have expressed trouble sleeping at night. Andreaa, Connie, Marcy and myself among the group of those who struggle with sleep.
    Prayers for Jill and her leisurely summer to recharge.
    Prayers of thanks for Betsy’s answered prayers for a move and an increase in time with her grandson.
    Prayers for Mary and her family, may they have abundant blessings and joy.
    Prayers for Marcy and her health and Mary, may she be blessed for helping Marcy.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich and their success in the new state.
    Prayers for Connie, may her family be supportive and loving during this time of health concerns.
    Prayers, blessings, warm hugs and thank you dear UR family

  • Edy Posted June 26, 2019 4:58 pm

    I made an oath to pray daily and evangelize and serve others through the membership of the Daughters of the King. The DOK is an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the historic episcopate but not in communion with it and today our membership includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran and Roman Catholic Churches. It is a strong commitment to pray, evangelize and service others. I am the president of our local chapter. I admit to struggle with my “Rule of Life” that every daughter must make. A rule of prayer, service also. It is truly a vow made to God. We wear a cross that says in Latin Magnanimeter Crucem Sistine which means with heart mind and spirit uphold and bear the cross. At the base of the cross is FHS which stands for For His Sake. Just wanted to share this with all, it’s such a meaningful way of life. I go to this site daily and include you all in my prayers along with all the requested prayers we receive from the congregation. Again, I want to thank all of you for praying for my son Bill. He is doing well, praise goes to our King Jesus. Thank you!

    • Connie Posted June 27, 2019 8:36 am

      Glad to hear Bill is doing well. What a wonderful God we serve.

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