Loving Father, please accept our distractions, our fatigue, our irritations, and faithless wanderings Let us take heart, knowing that you will rejoice over us in gladness, and will renew us in your love. Amen
Prayer of the Bible
Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks,
-I Chronicles 29: 10-13
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath. Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Save me from all my sins
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
In all my prayers for others, I always pray with Joy
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
I am no longer my own, but Yours. Do to me as you desire, place me among those you see fit
Put me to service and put me to suffering, let me be commissioned by You or laid aside for You
Let me be exalted for You, or brought down for You; Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Thou are mine, and I am Yours and the covenant which I have made on earth, Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen
-The Methodist Covenant Prayer
top photo: Unsleben, Germany
bottom photo: from friend
by Ryan Thurman
We have created these 31 prayers, one for each day of the month, as a way of giving structure to our daily prayer time. These prayers are primarily composed of Scripture, especially from the book of Psalms, which is the prayer book of God’s people. There is also an emphasis on the Words of Jesus, especially taken from the Sermon on the Mount, historically seen as powerful summary of Jesus’ call to discipleship and description of the kingdom of God. We have also included prayers by those who walked closely with Jesus throughout the centuries, who represent different Christian traditions, reminding us that God’s beauty, and fullness cannot be contained in just one Christian tradition. We have found that these prayers can help us go deep with God by rooting us in who He is and His grand story, that we are part of. They connect us with the Church universal. We join with others who are praying the same prayers. They give us words when we lack our own and strength during the days of darkness and doubt that we all encounter.
These prayers are framed around six sections:
These prayers are the creative outflow of the Apprenticeship to Jesus fellowship, as we have journeyed the past ten years together seeking to grow in our love for Jesus, as his friends working with him to see his kingdom come and will be done here on earth as it is in heaven.
It is our hope that these daily prayers be a conduit of grace to help us grow in the practice of being with God This is where our hearts will be reshaped into the likeness of Jesus. It is in His presence where we will receive clarity and strength to face each day with all of its challenges, ready to be a servant of all in the name of Jesus.
-Ryan Thurman, friend and follower of Jesus