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.

October 22, 2020: Prayer Journal

Consider this part of the song “Brother” by Seth and Nirva (featuring tobyMac).

When I look into the face
Of my enemy
I see my brother
I see my brother

Forgiveness is the garment
Of our courage
The power to make the peace
We long to know
Open up our eyes
To see the wounds that bind
All of humankind
May our shutter hearts
Greet the dawn of life
With charity and love

What imagery stands out to you? How do you see forgiveness as a “garment of our courage”? How can you wear that today?

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October 18, 2020: Prayer Journal

Love is creative and redemptive. Love builds up and unites; hate tears down and destroys. The aftermath of the fight with fire method…is bitterness and chaos, the aftermath of the love method is reconciliation and creation of the beloved community…Yes , love-which means understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill, even for ones enemies-is the solution – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Returning hate, adding deeper darkness to a night that is already void of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

How do these MLK quotes sit with you? How do you feel called out by them today?

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October 17, 2020: Prayer Journal

“For Belonging” by John O’Donohue

“May you listen to your longing to be free. May the frames of your belonging be generous enough for your dreams. May you arise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart. May you find a harmony between your soul and your life. May the sanctuary of your soul never become haunted. May you know the eternal longing that lives at the heart of time. May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within. May you never place walls between the light and yourself. May you allow the wild beauty of the invisible world to gather you, mind you, and embrace you in belonging.”

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October 16, 2020: Prayer Journal

Consider this lyric from Lauren Daigle’s song “Salt and Light,” “Let my life be a song, revealing who You are, for You are salt and light…”

God is like salt – preserving, strengthening, enhancing, vital. God is light – goodness, truth, love, wisdom, and more. If your life was a song, which of these traits of God are you revealing to others? Which are you revealing to yourself?

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October 14, 2020: Prayer Journal

“Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things. Center your mind on them and implant them in your heart.” – Philippians 4:8

Holy Spirit help this to be so for us while still being authentic when things are to the contrary.

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October 13, 2020: Prayer Journal

Consider this quote by Mary Anne Radmacher, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”

Holy Spirit, teach us to have the courage to keep trying. When our actions fall short of matching our words, when our impact misaligns with our intent – teach us to earnestly ask for forgiveness, remember the lesson well, and to keep trying.

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October 12, 2020: Prayer Journal

“They make a lot of sense, these wise folks; whenever they speak, their reputation increases. Gracious speech is like clover honey – good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.” Proverbs 16:23-24

Holy Spirit, teach us to never suppress a gracious thought to ourselves as well as those around us.

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October 11, 2020: Prayer Journal

Listen before you speak: Take a deep breath in for 4 counts, hold for 4 counts, and breathe out for 4 counts. Continue until you can feel your body relax. Now is the perfect time to listen… What bubbles to the top for you: the chorus of a forgotten song, the face of a loved one, a glimpse of a memory? Instead of shrugging off these thoughts, embrace them instead. Ask God to reveal to you the deeper meaning. Breathe and listen.

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October 10, 2020: Prayer Journal

“Centering Prayer is simply sitting in silence, open to God’s love and your love for God… Because our minds are so attached to thinking, [focus on a sacred word] as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within… When you become aware of thoughts, return ever-so-gently to your sacred word… There is no way to succeed at Centering Prayer, except to return again and again to love. Allow thoughts to come and go without latching onto them, without judgment. Ever-so-gently bring your sacred word, the symbol of your intention, back to mind and return to resting in Presence.” – Richard Rohr

Try a Centering Prayer with the sacred word: value

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