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.
Pray that you will find your source of life and rootedness flowing from God today. What prayers of thankfulness come to the surface within you right now? Offer these to God.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7)
Let your prayers emerge from these words of Evelyn Underhill:
The Church is in the world to save the world. It is a tool of God for that purpose; not a comfortable religious club established in fine historical premises. Every one of its members is required, in one way or another, to co-operate with the Spirit in working for that great end: and much of this work will be done in secret and invisible ways. We are transmitters as well as receivers. Our contemplations and our actions, our humble self-opening to God, keeping ourselves sensitive to God’s music and light, and our generous self-opening to our fellow creatures, keeping ourselves sensitive to their needs, ought to form one life: mediating between God and this world, and bringing the saving power of the Eternal into time.
Pray the simple prayers that emerges from Psalm 25:1-6 for you and for those who need to know the deep love of God.
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.
Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
Jesus Prayer (Cardinal Newman – used by Mother Teresa)
Dear Jesus, help us to spread Your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess our whole being, so utterly,
That our lives may only be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through us, and be so in us,
That every soul we come in contact with may feel Your presence in our soul. Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus!
Stay with us, and then we shall begin to shine as You shine;
So to shine as to be a light to others.
The light O Jesus will be all from You, none of it will be ours;
It will be You, shining on others through us.
Let us thus praise You without preaching, not by words but by our example, By the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do,
The evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to You. Amen.
Peace Prayer (St. Francis)
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 Teacher, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; 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.
Kindling the Fire (Celtic)
This morning, as I kindle the fire upon my hearth, I pray that the flame of God’s love may burn in my heart, and the hearts of all I meet today.
I pray that no envy and malice, no hatred or fear, may smother the flame.
I pray that indifference and apathy, contempt and pride, may not pour like cold water on the fire.
Instead, may the spark of God’s love light the love in my heart, that it may burn brightly through the day.
And may I warm those who are lonely, whose hearts are cold and lifeless, so that all may know the comfort of God’s love.
Be still and know that I am God…
Be still and know that I am…
Be still and know…
Lord, Lord, Open Unto Me
Open unto me — light for my darkness.
Open unto me — courage for my fear.
Open unto me — hope for my despair.
Open unto me — peace for my turmoil.
Open unto me — joy for my sorrow.
Open unto me — strength for my weakness.
Open unto me — wisdom for my confusion.
Open unto me — forgiveness for my sins.
Open unto me — tenderness for my toughness.
Open unto me — love for my hates.
Open unto me — thy Self for my self.
Lord, Lord, open unto me!
Amen. (Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart, p. 188)
God, remove all bitterness from my heart and give me the strength and courage to face any disaster that comes my way. (Martin Luther King Jr., April 5, 1959 at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama)
Read the following quotes from Bayard Rustin and let your prayers emerge from them today:
When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge their dignity as a human being, this very act of protest confers dignity on them. (Bayard Rustin)
We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers. (Bayard Rustin)
The only way to reduce ugliness in the world is to reduce it in yourself. (Bayard Rustin)
The proof that one truly believes is in action. (Bayard Rustin)
To the children of Cleveland, Dec. 3, 1969, after a city leader had invited him to write a letter for public exhibit designed to help children understand “the magnificent times in which we live”:
We must remember that we cannot hope to achieve democracy and equality in such a way that would destroy the very kind of society which we hope to build. If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end. If we desire a society in which people are siblings, then we must act towards one another with respect as siblings. If we can build such a society, then we would have achieved the ultimate goal of human freedom. (Bayard Rustin)
O God, we thank you for the lives of great saints and prophets in the past, who have revealed to us that we can stand up amid the problems and difficulties and trials of life and not give in. We thank you for our foreparents, who’ve given us something in the midst of the darkness of exploitation and oppression to keep going. Grant that we will go on with the proper faith and the proper determination of will, so that we will be able to make a creative contribution to this world. In the name and spirit of Jesus we pray. (Martin Luther King Jr., March 9, 1965 during a march for voting rights)
O God, make us willing to do your will, come what may. Increase the number of persons of good will and moral sensitivity. Give us renewed confidence in nonviolence and the way of love as taught by Christ. Amen. (Martin Luther King Jr., June 3, 1958, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania)