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 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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January 8, 2021: Prayer Journal

Consider this lyric from Instead of A Show | Jon Foreman “… let there be a flood of justice, an endless procession of righteous living, living. Instead let there be a flood of justice, instead of a show.”

Holy Spirit, help us keep our own hypocrisy in check. Teach us to create something more than noise. Let us be a part of a flood of justice and peace.

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January 6, 2021: Prayer Journal

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

“I invite you to spend some time reflecting on this year: Did you see anything about God in a new light? Did you see anything new about God’s love for all nations? For next year, what would you like to pray for with respect to God’s light and God’s love for all people?”

Read pages 177-178 for today’s full devotional “Epiphany: The Light Shines to All Nations.”

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January 5, 2021: Prayer Journal

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

“This tender-shoot, this vulnerable child, whose very birth reveals the upside down nature of God’s kingdom, is an ensign for the nations, a flag towards which all people will be drawn… Christ the Messiah, the tiny branch which is slowly becoming a mighty tree will break down walls and barriers between all people.”

May it be.

Read pages 174-176 for today’s full devotional “Welcoming the Child the Whole World Longs to See.”

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January 4, 2021: Prayer Journal

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

“Living in an achievement-oriented society, many of us are influenced by an achievement-oriented spiritually, in which there is no place for receiving. We resist being indebted and insist on working for whatever we get. This attitude stands in the way of our receiving from God, who continually invites us to draw near to obtain what we need.”

God our provider, we accept your invitation to draw close and obtain what we need.

Read pages 172-173 for today’s full devotional “The Gifts of the Christ Child.”

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January 3, 2021: Prayer Journal

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

“As your circumstances look dire and your life seems stagnant, may the world see your spirit of thanksgiving. May they hear your praises. For the Lord will indeed do something, and when that something happens, others around you will know exactly who deserves the credit.”

Read pages 169-171 for today’s full devotional “Redeeming Time & How to Wait.”

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January 2, 2021: Prayer Journal

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

“Christmas is for a moment
the veil lifted,
the light of Christ appearing
through the mist.

The bright glow
of a candle briefly lit,
that for a time
illuminates the room.

As a lover’s knock upon the door
causes the heart to lift,
so Christmas is the long awaited visit
to which we open our arms.”

Read pages 167-168 for today’s full devotional “Christmas Been.”

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January 1, 2021: Prayer Journal

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

“Part of the process of renewing our minds is by declaring or affirming truth over ourselves to shift the negative thought patterns we have, often which, we are not even aware of. It is truly a process of transformation – ‘be transformed by the renewing of your mind.’ (Roman 12:2)…

I encourage you to write out your own  list of affirmations and declarations and say these over your life and situation, knowing that as you say them regularly, you are renewing your mind. Use the bible as a foundation for your declarations. As we grow in this transforming process, I believe we will experience a shift in our thinking patterns and enter into greater freedom as a result!”

Read pages 162-166 for today’s full devotional “101 Affirmations for the New Year.”

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December 31, 2020: Prayer Journal

Consider this liturgy by Christine Sine (endnote 51) from “Lean Towards the Light This Advent and Christmas Season” compiled by Christine Aroney-Sine & Lisa DeRosa.

“Jesus, as members of your family, help us to proclaim your names in all the earth.
Make us instruments of your life today.
Through our words and actions help us to proclaim you as saviour and redeemer to all peoples.
Lord make us instruments of your love today.
Where there is war may we proclaim you as the Prince of Peace.
Lord make us instruments of your peace today.
Where there is despair may we proclaim you as the God of all comfort.
Lord make us instruments of your comfort today.
Where there is sickness may we proclaim you as the great physician.
Lord make us instruments of your healing today.
Where there is oppression may we proclaim you as the God who brings freedom
Lord make us instruments of your freedom today
Where there is hunger may we proclaim you as the God of abundant provision.
Lord make us instruments of your generosity today.
Jesus may we be proclaimers of your names through all the earth.
Lord make us instruments of your kingdom today.”

Read pages 159-161 for today’s full devotional “What’s In A Name?.”

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December 30, 2020: Prayer Journal

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

“As we celebrate the birth of a deliverer born in Bethlehem (Palestine) under the weight of violent occupation, I am grateful for my dear Palestinian friends who show us what peace looks like as they follow Jesus under occupation in Bethlehem today. We see you and, in you, we see Jesus.

As we celebrate the selfless courage of a mother, Mary, fleeing violence while seeking safety, hope and welcome, I am grateful for immigrant friends who teach me to trust in the liberating power of Jesus in ways I can hardly imagine. We see you and, in you, we see Jesus.

The Jesus story didn’t just happen. It is happening. It isn’t only a passive celebration of the past, it is an active participation in God’s (and our) future.

May we have the eyes to see Jesus born in and around us everyday. May our seeing disrupt our assumptions of who is ‘in’ and who is ‘out,’ uncover our false allegations to any kingdom other than God’s and liberate us to live like the Jesus we talk about.”

Read pages 157-158 for today’s full devotional “Receive the Prince of Peace.”

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December 29, 2020: Prayer Journal

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

“What will it take for us to really welcome Jesus into our homes this Christmas season? Visualize this baby being born into your family and into your home. How would he be welcomed? Who would be welcomed with him? Who would not be welcomed into the family circle around him?”

Read pages 154-156 for today’s full devotional “Was Jesus Really Born in a Stable and Why Does it Matter?.”

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