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

JESUS’ QUESTION, persistently, in every moment, in every interaction is this: “What about you, who do you say I am?” This question is concealed just below the surface of every other question Jesus asks. “What do you want me to do for you?” leads to “Do you believe that I am trustworthy with your heart’s deepest desires?” “Has no one condemned you?” leads to “Do you believe I will condemn you?” “Why do you worry?” leads to “Do you believe I am trustworthy?” “Does this offend you?” is basically “Am I offensive to you?” Ultimately, they all lead to “Who do you say I am?” Not because Jesus is needy and requires our affirmation—nor because he needs our help figuring out who he is. Jesus knows who he is in terms of his identity as God’s beloved. No, Jesus is so persistent because this question—who we say Jesus is—is the most important question of our lives. Everything depends on it. It can sound crazy, this idea that our take on the identity of a guy who lived in Palestine some two thousand years ago is somehow the key to life. But I really think it’s the case. And so it is for our sake—not for his—that Jesus asks us again and again, patiently but persistently, “Who do you say I am?”

—Matthew Croasmun

Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus , (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

Who do you say Jesus is?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.”
—Mark 8:27-29 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, help me know the difference between what you ask of me and what the world asks of me. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room or share it in the comment section.

Something More

As Christians, we hunger to know and live out God’s purposes for our lives. But how do we know for certain that our choices are moving us in the right direction? Learn more about Which Way, Lord— a 6-session churchwide or small-group study that will help you understand God’s desire for your life.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.

Sponsored by The Upper Room. Copyright © 2019 | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA


  • Jill Posted August 31, 2019 6:45 am

    Jesus is The Christ, The Messiah, the maker of Heaven and Earth. He is The Sacrificial Lamb who now sits at the Father’s right side, praying for us. Yes, He is enough…from the foundation of the Earth to future eternity – He is. Thank You, Father – for this Gift. Blessed be the name of the LORD.

    As I read Psalm 62 from NRSV this morning – v. 8 says “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah”
    I am before Him this morning, pouring out my heart…and here is my lament. “Father – I am so tired of going to funerals. How many more, Lord? My heart is weary. So much pain remains with the loved ones. It seems too much to bear. I see them aching, crying – and my comfort seems so non-sufficient, even meaningless. And my tears come. There is just such heaviness. What am I to do with it? Yes, blessed be the name of the Lord. Absolutely. I am trying to rest in Your strength – but sometimes I am not even sure I know how to do this. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.”

  • Gail Posted August 31, 2019 7:14 am

    Jesus saved me! He is my Savior. I am a child of God. The more I affirm this, yea, shout it or say it aloud and hear myself say it, the stronger my faith. I want to please God. There are steps in my journal, things that God has whispered to me, standing in the cleft of the rock, that will please him. So what am I waiting for?

  • Mary E Graczyk Posted August 31, 2019 7:39 am

    He is Father,Sson, & Holy Spirit = 3 in one! I believe !

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted August 31, 2019 8:10 am

    Jesus is the Son of God, my Savior and Lord, and the Messiah.

    Prayers for the sick, those who are grieving, those who are struggling to survive.


  • Julie Posted August 31, 2019 8:14 am

    He is the One True God. I have thought of yesterday’s reflection further and given the context of the day. The Jewish leaders were insisting that salvation, forgiveness and santification were possible only through following the Old Testament laws and practices. But Jesus was saying to His disciples that He was the only true sustenance of faith. That by allowing Him to sustain them they could withstand the trheats of the day, which also included false teachers and false idols.
    Prayers for Jill and allher friends who have experienced loss of loved ones. May all heal and grieve and seek the Lord as their rock and strnegthduring this time of turmoil.
    Prayers for Robert and his continuing to find God’s creation a wonder to explore anew.
    Prayers for Mary and may her weekend be filled with friends and family.
    Prayers for healing for Andrea, Connie, Erich, and Marcy.
    Prayers for Lou and her children, may all find their places in the world.
    Prayers, blessings, warm hugs and thank you dear UR family

  • April Posted August 31, 2019 3:55 pm

    The NIV version of Psalm 62 has the word “rock” three times. When I first noticed that repetition I thought of rocks and stones. Then my thoughts went to standing stones and their symbol to remind people of God’s miracles in a certain place.
    We now live in an area where there are many stones or rocks used in landscapes, to preserve the land and to conserve water. I have now connected these rocks/stones with Psalm 62 and know I will see Him more everyday as we drive or walk…
    Surely the Goodness of the Lord is in this Place…
    Blessings dear UR Family as we celebrate Labor Day and being reminded of the workers in our world.

  • robert moeller Posted September 1, 2019 1:22 am

    Yes, Jesus is the Messiah. Thank You, Lord.

    Prayers for Jill and all those who grieve. The Lord be with you.
    Healing to those who are ill. Safety to all. Lord, help us deal with the changes
    we face knowing You are always present.

    Doris was in good spirits when Anneliese visited her. Chemo is underway or soon to begin. Anneliese finished a tablecloth, her treatment is this Thursday.
    Meesook is still waiting for insurance approval. Erich’s skin is healing, he’s making great meals, job searching, and has finished painting his room.

    Had a special treat watching a steam locomotive with a freight train and a caboose do the chores done when a train comes to town. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen that. The caboose was moved to the new end of the train, cars shifted, loaded with logs, stone, and freight. It waited for a passenger train to come and go, then headed on its way to the next station. The sights, sounds, and smells of a steam locomotive were all there.

    Church, communion, lessons on lamb, and shepherd’s pie for lunch today.
    Thank You, Lord.


Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *