As we begin another week, I’m drawn to prayer. So this week we’ll explore prayer together. What is it? What does it mean? Does it matter? Why should we pray? What happens when we do?
I come at it from my perspective, and you from yours. One thing I’ve learned about prayer is that it seems to be most meaningful, impactful and deep when it is most honest. Today, I offer up, in my small and simple way, a prayer of thanksgiving to start our day:
Thank you, Lord, for your great love and mercy. Thank you for the rising of the sun and morning air and coffee and most of all for Jesus, who teaches us and loves us and saves us. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who indwells and leads us, speaking and moving like the wind to influence our thoughts, our days, our actions.
O’ that we might listen, sense and obey your promptings! Give us ears to hear!
Thank you for your word. Let us understand it, handle it correctly, humbly apply it. God, we declare in childlike faith that we believe. Despite how complicated and messy the world is, help us see it simply, clearly, lovingly. Lead and rule our day for your glory and our good, we pray.
Grace and Peace,
“If you’re tired of endless division, broken politics and a society that seems to value all the wrong things, this is the book for you. By the time you finish the prologue, you’ll already be more hopeful, but keep reading. John gets the fundamental brokenness that plagues our country…and hears the persistent heartbeat of a people yearning for something better.”
— Andrew Hanauer, President & CEO, One America Movement