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.

July 10, 2020: Prayer Journal

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
Ask God to generously give divine wisdom to those who come to mind while you pray.
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July 9, 2020: Prayer Journal

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”  James 1:2, 3
What are your current trials? Name them before God and ask the Holy Spirit for encouragement.
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July 8, 2020: Prayer Journal

Sit with these verses and feel free to wrestle with the truths.

We love because God loved us first. But if we say we love God and don’t love each other, we are liars. We cannot see God. So how can we love God, if we don’t love the people we can see? The commandment that God has given us is: “Love God and love each other!” 1 John 4:19-21 (CEV)

Use the questions below to explore more:
– Am I open to God’s love and truth?
– Is there someone I see occasionally or regularly that has become invisible to me?
– How is  God prompting me to respond?

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July 7, 2020: Prayer Journal

Read the following words from Hildegard of Bingen.

Holy Spirit, the life that gives life:
You are the cause of all movement.
You are the breath of all creatures.
You are the salve that purifies our souls.
You are the ointment that heals our wounds.
You are the fire that warms our hearts.
You are the light that guides our feet.
Let all the world praise you.

– Which line catches your attention?  Sit with it a bit.
– How is God calling you to respond?
– How are you needing God to respond?

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July 6, 2020: Prayer Journal

Read the following scripture and sit with any prayers that come to the surface. You may want to either speak them outloud or write them down.

We have seen for ourselves and can testify that God has sent the Only Begotten as Savior of the world. When any acknowledge that Jesus is the Only Begotten, God dwells in them and they in God. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.  God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:13-16 (Inclusive Bible)

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July 5, 2020: Prayer Journal

Read the following scripture and sit with any prayers that come to the surface. You may want to either speak them outloud or write them down.

Beloved, if God has loved us so, we must have the same love for one another.  No one has ever seen God.  Yet if we love one another, God dwells in us, and God’s love is brought to perfection in us.  The way we know that we remain in God and God in us is that we have been given the Spirit. 1 John 4:11-13 (Inclusive Bible)

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July 4, 2020: Prayer Journal

Read the following scripture and sit with any prayers that come to the surface. You may want to either speak them outloud or write them down.

Beloved, let us love one another because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten of God and has knowledge of God. Those who do not love have known nothing of God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed in our midst in this way: by sending the Only Begotten into the world, that we might have faith through the Anointed One. Love, then, consists in this: not that we have loved God, but that God has loved us and has sent the Only Begotten to be an offering for our sins. 1 John 4:7-10 (Inclusive Bible)

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July 3, 2020: Prayer Journal

Today we are going to be sitting with the same quote by Henri Nouwen as yesterday.  Prayer is meeting with our creator.  Prayer is opening our hearts for the Spirit to move, breathe, and speak. Prayer may take on many different expressions and yet it’s in the opening of our hearts in order to  truly commune with God.

Sit in the quiet, aware of your breath
Quiet your mind, heart and body.

Read the following quote by Henri Nouwen

“One way to pray in
A fear-filled world is
To choose love
Over anxiety,
To open the door
Of the heart
To dwell in
The intimate presence of
The one who loves us.”

Read it several more times through- If you can, slowly let the door of your heart open. You don’t need to force it … sometimes it just takes a small breeze or a shift in movement. 

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July 2, 2020: Prayer Journal

The next several days we are going to be sitting with the same quote by Henri Nouwen.  Prayer is meeting with our Creator.  Prayer is opening our hearts for the Spirit to move, breathe, and speak. Prayer may take on many different expressions and yet it’s in the opening of our hearts in order to  truly commune with God.

Sit in the quiet, aware of your breath
Quiet your mind, heart and body.

Read the following quote by Henri Nouwen

“One way to pray in
A fear-filled world is
To choose love
Over anxiety,
To open the door
Of the heart
To dwell in
The intimate presence of
The one who loves us.”

Read it several more times through. If you can, slowly let the door of your heart open. You don’t need to force it … sometimes it just takes a small breeze or a shift in movement. 

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July 1, 2020: Prayer Journal

Read the following scripture from Colossians 3:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Take a moment to pray any prayer that comes to the surface within you. How might you let love cover you and flow from you today? Pray for yourself, your family, your community, our world, that love would be the thing that binds us together and calls us into unity. Hold the things that seem out of sync in your mind and heart and pray that love would bind them back together. May love flow deeply today.

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June 30, 2020: Prayer Journal

Read the following scripture from Colossians 3:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Take a moment to pray any prayer that comes to the surface within you. Take a moment to pray that your heart would be open to forgiveness today. How might you forgive others in your life? Are there any ways you need to seek or ask for forgiveness right now? You may want to write out any prayer that comes to the surface right now.

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June 29, 2020: Prayer Journal

Read the following scripture from Colossians 3:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Take a moment to pray any prayer that comes to the surface within you. Take a moment to envision “clothing yourself” with patience right now. How might you pray for patience to cover you, touch you, and fit all around you right now? Pray that the heart of patience would grow from the inside out and become part of your life today.

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June 28, 2020: Prayer Journal

Read the following scripture from Colossians 3:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Take a moment to pray any prayer that comes to the surface within you. Take a moment to envision “clothing yourself” with humility and gentleness right now. How might you pray for these things to cover you, touch you, and fit all around you right now? Pray that the heart of humility and gentleness would grow from the inside out and become part of your life today.

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June 27, 2020: Prayer Journal

Read the following scripture from Colossians 3:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Take a moment to pray any prayer that comes to the surface within you. Take a moment to envision “clothing yourself” with kindness right now. How might you pray for kindness to cover you, touch you, and fit all around you right now? Pray that the heart of kindness would grow from the inside out and become part of your life today.

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