Prayer Journal2021-01-13T14:31:25-08:00

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.

January 22, 2021: Prayer Journal

Consider this prayer by Kristen Hemingway & Latasha Morrison from Be the Bridge, by Latasha Morrison:

“Lord, we understand that we are in need of as much grace as we need to give. We know that we have to do our personal work to bring healing and wholeness to our lives so we can engage in the work of reconciliation with our brothers and sisters.”

Christ, help me to have the vision and capacity for work that needs to be done in my own heart so that I can be part of your call to reconciliation with my brothers and sisters. 

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January 21, 2021: Prayer Journal

Pray the words of the song Jesus Help Us Live in Peace

Jesus help us live in peace
From our blindness set us free
Fill us with your healing love
Help us live in unity

Many times we don’t agree
On what’s right or wrong to do
It’s so hard to really see
From the other’s point of view

Jesus help us live in peace….

How we long for power and fame
Seeking every earthly thing
We forget the one who came
As a servant, not a king

Jesus help us live in peace…

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January 20, 2021: Prayer Journal

Consider this prayer from Howard Thurman:

“Lord, make me an instru­ment of Thy Peace.” Teach me how to order my days that with sure touch I may say the right word at the right time and in the right way — lest I betray the spir­it of peace. Let me not be deceived by my own inse­cu­ri­ty and weak­ness which would make me hurt anoth­er as I try des­per­ate­ly to help myself. Keep watch with me, O my Father, over the days of my life, that with abid­ing enthu­si­asm I may be in such pos­ses­sion of myself that each day I may offer to Thee the full, unham­pered use of me in all my parts as ​“an instru­ment of Thy Peace.” Amen. – Howard Thurman

Lord, show me how I can be an instrument of your peace today.

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January 19, 2021: Prayer Journal

Consider this prayer from Be The Bridge, written by Latasha Morrison:

Lord…Come into our brokenness and our lives with your love that heals all. Consume our pride and replace it with humility and vulnerability. Allow us to make space for your correction and redemption. Allow us to bow down with humble hearts, hearts of repentance. Bind us together in true unity and restoration.

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January 18, 2021: Prayer Journal

Consider these words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”


A reading from John 1:3-5 MSG:

Everything was created through him;
    nothing—not one thing!—
    came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
    and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
     the darkness couldn’t put it out.


Prayer:
God, thank you for your light that cannot be extinguished by darkness. May we live in this Light and carry it into places of darkness that your light of love would drive out hate.

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January 17, 2021: Prayer Journal

Consider these words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”

A reading from Psalm 119:121-126 MSG:
I stood up for justice and the right; don’t leave me to the mercy of my oppressors. Take the side of your servant, good God; don’t let the godless take advantage of me. I can’t keep my eyes open any longer, waiting for you to keep your promise to set everything right. Let your love dictate how you deal with me; teach me from your textbook on life. I’m your servant—help me understand what that means, the inner meaning of your instructions. It’s time to act, God… 


Prayer:
Light of the world, shine in our darkness, illuminate the way of peace.*

*prayer taken from Common Prayer

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January 16, 2021: Prayer Journal

This week (1/10-16) we will be praying through the Prayer of St. Francis. Each day you are encouraged to, first, read through the entire prayer; then, sit with the specific lines of the prayer, meditating on the words; and finally, offer the prayer for the day. 

Read through the entire prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.


Meditate on these lines:

Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.

 

Pray:

God, help us to understand your upside down kingdom where the blessings are found in loving our neighbor. In your mercy, teach us these ways of peace. Amen.

 

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January 15, 2021: Prayer Journal

This week (1/10-16) we will be praying through the Prayer of St. Francis. Each day you are encouraged to, first, read through the entire prayer; then, sit with the specific lines of the prayer, meditating on the words; and finally, offer the prayer for the day. 

Read through the entire prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.


Meditate on these lines:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is sadness, let me sow joy…

 

Pray:

Christ, I ask that your joy would fill me today. Allow me to recognize that when I have known suffering and sadness, then can I also know and experience your holy joy. 

 

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January 14, 2021: Prayer Journal

This week (1/10-16) we will be praying through the Prayer of St. Francis. Each day you are encouraged to, first, read through the entire prayer; then, sit with the specific lines of the prayer, meditating on the words; and finally, offer the prayer for the day. 

Read through the entire prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.


Meditate on these lines:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is darkness, let me sow light…

 

Pray:

Light of the World, help me to remember your light cannot be overcome by darkness. May your light of love lead me today, shining into places of darkness.

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January 13, 2021: Prayer Journal

This week (1/10-16) we will be praying through the Prayer of St. Francis. Each day you are encouraged to, first, read through the entire prayer; then, sit with the specific lines of the prayer, meditating on the words; and finally, offer the prayer for the day. 

Read through the entire prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.


Meditate on these lines:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is despair, let me sow hope…

 

Pray:

God, restore my mind and heart that I may walk in hope. Open my mind to the ways and places I can bring hope to others who are experiencing despair.

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January 12, 2021: Prayer Journal

This week (1/10-16) we will be praying through the Prayer of St. Francis. Each day you are encouraged to, first, read through the entire prayer; then, sit with the specific lines of the prayer, meditating on the words; and finally, offer the prayer for the day. 

Read through the entire prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.


Meditate on these lines:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is doubt, let me sow faith…

 

Pray:

Lord, help my unbelief. Plant your truth in my heart that my faith would be bigger than my doubt.

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January 11, 2021: Prayer Journal

This week (1/10-16) we will be praying through the Prayer of St. Francis. Each day you are encouraged to, first, read through the entire prayer; then, sit with the specific lines of the prayer, meditating on the words; and finally, offer the prayer for the day. 

Read through the entire prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.


Meditate on these lines:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow pardon…


Pray:

Christ, in your strength may I find the capacity to forgive and to extend mercy to those who have wronged me and to be reconciled with those whom I have offended.

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January 10, 2021: Prayer Journal

This week (1/10-16) we will be praying through the Prayer of St. Francis. Each day you are encouraged to, first, read through the entire prayer; then, sit with the specific lines of the prayer, meditating on the words; and finally, offer the prayer for the day. 

Read through the entire prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.


Meditate on these lines:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love…


Pray:

God, in your mercy, show me today where I can plant love and where love already is growing. Nurture and grow in me the seeds of
your love.

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January 9, 2021: Prayer Journal

Consider this quote from John Lewis in his book Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America,

“You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone — any person or any force — dampen, dim or diminish your light… Release the need to hate, to harbor division, and the enticement of revenge. Release all bitterness. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won.”

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