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

Creating a Life with God is sensitive to the variety of spiritual longings and resistances that arise in the human heart.

The techniques of prayer, as Daniel [Wolpert, the author] states, “are amusingly easy.” And yet we seem to need permission. We need space. We need companions. This book offers all of these. We are all like the students I led into the desert, blind and groping, hands grasping the shoulder in front of us, stumbling out toward God. And yet God has given us guides, teachers who point the way. Daniel is one of these teachers.

—Mark Yaconelli, Codirector of Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project, San Francisco Theological Seminary, in 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

According to Daniel Wolpert, all we need to live a life with God are silence, solitude, and praying with scripture. How often do you do these practices? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city [Jericho], a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
—Mark 10:46-47 (NIV)

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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  • Ally Posted August 29, 2023 8:42 am

    I try every day, but it doesn’t always happen. I need to be more intentional about seeking those quiet times with God.

  • Julie Posted August 29, 2023 9:48 am

    I second Ally’s conundrum. There never seems to be enough time. But I must try more.

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