Prayer Journal2020-05-31T09:48:42-07:00

Wayside 15-minute Prayer Team Journal

Thank you for joining the prayer team as we strive to be intentional about prayerfully connecting to God and one another during this time.

A few notes for our journal:

* Each day will have a prayer prompt such as a scripture, or a simple prayer offered as a springboard.

* Under each daily post you are invited to comment with any reflections, noticings, or additional prompts or prayers you are finding helpful.

* Please do not name others in your entry in order to honor privacy and confidentiality.

November 26, 2020: Prayer Journal

Consider this quote by Jody Collins from “Lean Towards the Light This Advent and Christmas Season” compiled by Christine Aroney-Sine & Lisa DeRosa.

“Honoring, adopting, or adapting one of the earliest traditions of Advent is a simple way to make room for more joy and peace this Christmas season. And the best news? There’s nothing you need to add to your busy life, but something to take away. Literally. Sometimes the best ‘yes’ is a ‘no.’ What a simple yet profound gift.”

Holy Spirit reveal to us what opportunities we have to say “no” this season.

Read pages 43-46 for today’s full devotional “Advent Can Be a Quiet Adventure.”

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November 25, 2020: Prayer Journal

Consider this quote by John Lewis from “Lean Towards the Light This Advent and Christmas Season” compiled by Christine Aroney-Sine & Lisa DeRosa.

“Traditions can help connect [the] familiar practices and symbols of the Christmas story to your family’s heritage, values, faith, and personality… The most enduring faith traditions (Lord’s supper, baptism, weddings) are practiced in community.”

Prayerfully consider what old traditions you can adapt or new traditions you can create to reach out and connect with those around you.

Read pages 40-42 for today’s full devotional “5 Steps to A Meaningful Christmas Season.”

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November 24, 2020: Prayer Journal

Consider this quote by Lilly Lewin from “Lean Towards the Light This Advent and Christmas Season” compiled by Christine Aroney-Sine & Lisa DeRosa.

“How can you get ready for the gift of Jesus this year? When a baby is coming, there is a lot to do, lots to plan for and special gear to acquire in order to be ready for the baby’s arrival. What things need to happen in order for you to prepare Him room? Do you need to clear your calendar? Do you need to make a plan? Do you need to prepare mentally or change your attitude? What does this look like? Talk to God about this.

Read pages 38-39 for today’s full devotional “Preparing for the Gift of a Baby.”

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November 23, 2020: Prayer Journal

Consider this quote by Andy Wade from “Lean Towards the Light This Advent and Christmas Season” compiled by Christine Aroney-Sine & Lisa DeRosa.

“One of the best ways to simplify Advent and Christmas is to plan ahead… What are your favorite Advent and Christmas events? How can you plan ahead to make sure they are simple and low-stress? How could you adapt these with social distancing?

God bless us with creativity and wisdom as we plan ahead this Christmas season.

Read pages 36-37 for today’s full devotional “Simplifying Advent and Christmas.”

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November 22, 2020: Prayer Journal

Consider this prayer by Christine Sine from “Lean Towards the Light This Advent and Christmas Season” compiled by Christine Aroney-Sine & Lisa DeRosa.

Lord, I sit in this circle of light, surrounded by your love, embraced by your peace, infused with your joy. Lord, I sit in this circle of light, with all the people of this world secure in the wonder of your presence.

Read pages 34-35 for today’s full devotional Surrounded by the Embrace of God.

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November 21, 2020: Prayer Journal

Consider these lyrics from “Seek Your Kingdom” by King’s Kaleidoscope:

I’ve been anxious, I can’t sleep
Worthless worries, burden me
I hunt the sun, chase the wind
Till my tired spirit spins into the ground

When I try to take control
Fear and terror grip my soul
I need joy, I need peace
I need rest I need relief
I look to you, and you teach me to

Seek your kingdom
Seek your righteousness

What in your life is causing anxiety? Name these and give them to God. What do you need God to give you? Joy? Peace? Rest?

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November 20, 2020: Prayer Journal

“Suffering invites us to place our hurts in larger hands. In Christ, we see God suffering— for us. And calling us to share in God’s suffering love for a hurting world. The small and even overpowering pains of our lives are intimately connected with the greater pains of Christ. Our daily sorrows are anchored in a greater sorrow and therefore a larger hope.” –Henri Nouwen

How does this quote sit with you? How might the sorrows you are experiencing now connect you with Christ, and how might you look to Christ for hope?

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November 19, 2020: Prayer Journal

St. Ignatius (1491-1556) taught that the Holy Spirit could speak to us and guide us through our emotions and taught his disciples to spend time each day to reflect on their emotions. He believed that leadings that were of God would lead to consolation, a lasting feeling of joy and contentment. Thoughts and plans which were not of God would be met by desolation, a feeling which bred selfishness, unholy sorrow and cheap joy. How might God be speaking to you through your emotions? Are there decisions you are making right now which you might ask God to reveal to you a leading through your emotions?

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November 18, 2020: Prayer Journal

Consider this quote from Sara Miles. “Heavenly comfort… is truth which blows away human fantasies that we can live forever, control everything, or fake our lives before God.” When we are anxious, we can be comforted by the fact that God is in control. How can you release the desire to control everything to God?

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November 17, 2020: Prayer Journal

Consider this quote from Rachel Held Evans. “…faith isn’t about having everything figured out ahead of time; faith is about following the quiet voice of God without having everything figured out ahead of time.” Matthew 6:25-34 tells us not to worry about tomorrow, which has enough worries of itself.

How can you be oriented to seeking first the kingdom by “following the quiet voice of God without having everything figured out ahead of time”?

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November 16, 2020: Prayer Journal

“Can you see the cloud in the lily? It takes clouds to make rain. And it takes rain to fall to make lilies grow… so the cloud and the lily have an inter-being relationship. Can you see the cloud in the lily? Can you see the ocean in the lily? Because the clouds form off of the evaporation of the ocean… and that home to so many wonderful creatures… whales, sharks, blowfish, seahorses… now resides in the very plant growing before you. Can you see the oceans in the lily? Can you see the sun in the lily? The sun, our closest star, shines on the earth and allows the lily to grow. In fact all things grow because of its light. Can you see the sun in the lily? To consider the lilies is to consider the inter-being it has with all of existence. And by doing this exercise… hopefully… we see that we lovingly belong in the exact same way. “

Reflect on this quote about considering the lilies from Scott Erikson. How do you see yourself in relationship with other created things? How can you see yourself interconnected with other people and with God?

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November 15, 2020: Prayer Journal

Receive this encouragement from St. Teresa of Avila:

“Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices. Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; not feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. You are the hands with which he is to bless his people.”

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November 13, 2020: Prayer Journal

Consider this quote from Roshi Joan Halifax, “All too often our so-called strength comes from fear not love; instead of having a strong back, many of us have a defended front shielding a weak spine. In other words, we walk around brittle and defensive, trying to conceal our lack of confidence. If we strengthen our backs, metaphorically speaking, and develop a spine that’s flexible but sturdy, then we can risk having a front that’s soft and open, representing choiceless compassion. The place in your body where these two meet – strong back and soft front – is the brave, tender ground in which to root our caring deeply.

How can we give and accept care with strong-back, soft front compassion, moving past fear into a place of genuine tenderness? I believe it comes about when we can be truly transparent, seeing the world clearly – and letting the world see into us.”

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