Love One Another

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. – Proverbs 17:17

 

Lord, help me to be a friend who loves at all times, even when I may not feel like it. Teach me how to love with words—to be encouraging and supportive—and help me to show love by my actions, too. I want to be a better listener, never self-centered. Show me how to bring joy to others in tangible ways, with a phone call, a hug, or a deed that is meaningful to my friend.

 

[from Prayers with Purpose by Jackie Johnson]

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A Heart to Serve

The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. – Psalm 145:8

 

Lord, I pray for a spirit of compassion. Help me to care about the needs of others and have genuine love for the ones I serve. Pour into me Your caring, kind spirit, so I can be a blessing and minister out of a full heart. Fill me to overflowing so my ministry will be effective, growing, and blessed. May I walk in Your graciousness with a heart to serve.

 

[from Prayers with Purpose by Jackie Johnson]

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Prayer for Church Ministry Teams & Volunteers

Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. – Romans 15:17

 

Lord, I praise You that You raise up people to serve the needs of our church. Bless the ones who provide for us as worship leaders, ushers, greeters, sound and media workers, and the entire church ministry team. Bless the kitchen workers, nursery workers, ushers, maintenance staff, and others—all the people in front or behind the scenes, Lord, who keep our church running smoothly and well.

 

[from Prayers with Purpose by Jackie Johnson]

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Joy in Giving

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7

 

Lord, I thank You for Your blessings. Whether in plenty or with little, I want to be a cheerful giver. I desire to give from a full heart that serves, not reluctantly or with complaining. I long to see Your money used in ways that will bless others—through my tithing at church, giving to mission organizations, or helping the needy. I choose to give at whatever level I can—and ask You to bless it.

 

[from Prayers with Purpose by Jackie Johnson]

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Rest for the Weary

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

 

Lord, I need rest. I am so tired and worn out. I pray that I will sleep well at night. I ask for more energy during the day and a more vibrant spirit. Lighten my load so I can have a better balance among my work, my ministry, and my home life. Replenish me, Lord. As I unwind in spirit and body, please fill me with peace and rest.

 

[from Prayers with Purpose by Jackie Johnson]
 

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Peace

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

 

Lord, You are my peace. Amid life’s uncertainties, chaos, and sorrows, I do not have to be anxious. In everything, I will pray and ask for Your help, guidance, and direction. I give You my challenges and present You my needs. I thank You for Your settling peace, which transcends all understanding. May Your serenity calm my heart and guard my mind in Christ Jesus.

 

[from Prayers with Purpose by Jackie Johnson]

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A Prayer from Bishop Scott Jones

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. – Isaiah 43:2
 
Oh God, we need your help. We need the rain to end, the floodwaters to recede, the damaging winds to stop. We need fortitude to cope with this disaster. We need love to share with our neighbors. We need strength to endure. Lord, we know that storms come in our world, and we are asking for your help in getting through it, repairing the damage and rebuilding our lives. We pray for ourselves, our friends and all those affected by Hurriane Harvey and its aftermath. Give us the willingness and strength to be your agents in responding to this disaster. 
Amen
Bishop Scott Jones
 
[from The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church]

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God’s Will in My Work Life

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

 

Lord, I need wisdom and guidance in my work life. Please show me if this is the vocation I should be in right now or if I should change and find another job. I want to use my skills and abilities, as well as my interests, for Your glory. When I feel underutilized and yearn for something more, reveal to me where I can best serve in the coming season of my life.

 

[from Prayers with Purpose by Jackie Johnson]

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Light in My Darkness

The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1

 

Lord, often I am afraid. In the dark, challenging times of my life I can’t always see the way. I don’t know what to do or where to go. But You are Light! I thank You that You can see in the dark—the darkness is as light to You—so I don’t have to be afraid. Lord, You save me. No matter what happens, I will be confident in You.

 

[from Prayers with Purpose by Jackie Johnson]

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Peace Like a River

If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. – Isaiah 48:18

 

Lord, I need Your river of life to flow through me today. Wash away my cares and help me to follow as I learn to “go with the flow” of Your will. Still my restless heart with the grandeur of Your creation. I can imagine myself walking on a sandy shore, the ocean mist and rhythmic music of the waves revealing Your splendor. I appreciate all You have made. I thank You for the peace Your creation brings.

 

[from Prayers with Purpose by Jackie Johnson]

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