Even in our weaknesses and limitations, we know that you, Holy Spirit are here with us. Help us to see that prayer is trusting Jesus will make good on the promise once made to Paul: "My grace is sufficient for you. My strength is manifested in your weakness"
Prayer of the Bible
You uphold all who fall, O Lord, and lift up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing
-Psalm 145: 14-16
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
I call to you, O LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to you.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that we are your children and that your eyes watch over us and see all that is in our hearts. You hear the request of each heart, and you will answer at the right time. Stretch out your strong hand to us, for we are weak and often heavy-hearted, not knowing what to do nor how to find you. But you are with us in every need in spite of all our faults and shortcomings. You are with us; you lead us through everything to our life’s true goal, until each of us can rejoice over all you have done, to the praise of your name, our Father. Amen.
-Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
photos taken--Top: Bruge, Belgium Bottom: Wurzburg, Germany