Prayer

March 31, 2016

Therefore Go

By Laura Jaquith Bartlett
 

60 Days of Prayer bookTHURSDAY , MARCH 31 • READ MATTHEW 28:19-20

Go on! Get out of here!” The guest preacher had promised to share his favorite benediction. What a startling conclusion to a formal worship service! But Jesus specializes in startling conclusions, and Matthew makes it clear throughout his Gospel that following Jesus is not for those who want a static, cloistered faith. We must be willing to get going!

Today, just five days after celebrating the miracle of Resurrection, we commit anew to going on the way with Jesus as a denomination. “Therefore, go” remains central to our mission as The United Methodist Church, and we have the opportunity to pledge ourselves fully to that mission as we begin our General Conference prayer journey together. What will this meeting accomplish? What difference will it make to the world? How will we stay true to our mission? With Easter music still ringing in my ears, I am suddenly aware of the unlimited, unimagined power of God and prayer. … read

 
February 25, 2016

Help Me Not to Be Discouraged

By Upper Room Books
 

Lord, help me not to be discouraged or indifferent to the happenings around me. May my life reflect your love and light to a hurting world. Amen.

 
December 31, 2015

Prayer for a New Year

By Beth A. Richardson
 

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From page 86, The Uncluttered Heart: Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas by Beth A. Richardson. Copyright © 2009 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 
November 9, 2015

Praise for the Only One

By James Howell
 
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015. Click to purchase this full week of devotions (“Praise for the Only One”) as an e-book.

Read 1 Samuel 1:4-8


Sorrow and unfulfilled dreams can create an ache within us, especially when we compare ourselves to others who seem to be doing very well. Hannah not only grieves her infertility but has to deal with the cruel taunts of her husband’s other wife. Elkanah, the dutiful husband, attempts to juggle the emotions of a depressed wife and a haughty one. He offers comfort to Hannah, “Am I not more to you than ten sons?” Nice try—but even the noblest human love cannot satisfy the emptiness that accompanies crushed dreams. … read

 
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