Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

SAD: A Prayer for Joy and ‘Vitamin G’

posted by mherringshaw1

“God, I need vitamin D, but even more I need ‘vitamin G.’ Today, I am heavy with sadness. These winter days are gloomy and cold and I crave the light. I was made for light. Even my body knows this. I need the vitamin D that comes from light, and now, in the shadows I feel pushed down and heavy with despair. And it is not without cause. I am battling challenges in my life: strained relationship, financial pressures, tasks before me that are too much for my capacity. But I find myself now burdened by sadness that saps my hope and energy. I know this is partly the emotional season I am walking through. I know too it is in part the physical season I’m walking through… Winter is hard. God be my strength in joy. Your joy, you say is my strength. And joy is a fruit of your Spirit, an effect of your presence. When and where you are, there is a G.E. – a God Effect – the trumps the Seasonal Effect. You are light and in you there is no darkness at all! When I walk in the light as you are in the light I have true harmony in relationships, with you, with myself, and with others. Be my  ‘vitamin G’ in Jesus!”

Egypt: A Prayer

posted by mherringshaw1

“God, today we pray for Egypt, a nation one again in great turmoil. Save Egypt from violence and despair. You love this land, and always have, even when that love demanded your hand of discipline and judgment. Egypt along the Nile is intricately woven into the fabric of our histories together. It was your land of plenty for Jacob’s family when their promise land was gripped in famine. It was your place of refuge for Joseph when he fled there from Herod with Mary and the child Jesus. From back to the dawn of history Egypt cradled our civilizations and gave us the latitude to reach for a life beyond mere subsistence. There we first build our cities carving desert stones into monuments pointing to heaven. Those towers still inspire awe and wonder expressing for us all our buried yearning for TRUE eternal life. Ancient Egyptians went to great lengths to ignore dead as a way to say it is not the last word. That yearning was fulfilled  by You, the One who had been hidden in that Land. Jesus, you lived the myths in real history when you defied Death with eternal life.  Now Jesus,  save Egypt. Save her from devouring herself in violence and greed and despair. Bring just and righteous leaders to her. And may the passion in her people, a passion for spiritual truth be turned to their true Eternally Living King!”

Good Coffee: A Prayer of Thanks for Simple Pleasures

posted by mherringshaw1

“Oh God, you are so creative and generous. The delicious cup of coffee I’m enjoying this morning has to be one of your great inventions. Thank you. I remember (as James reminds me – James 1:17) that every good and perfect gift comes from my Father, from You! Coffee is good, very good, as you said when you surveyed your handiwork at the beginning of time. The fruit of these little bushes tucked away on the sides of mountains in the far corners of the world have come to me on this cold winter morning. How good of you. Bless those who took care to plant and tend and grow and harvest and process and deliver to me these precious little seeds of delight. I am grateful. Remind me through my day to look for other gifts hiding in common sight throughout my day. I admit that I will get so busy today that I will overlook them. But I am thankful. Thank you for filling my life with gifts, good and perfect gifts. You are kind. So this morning, enjoy this cup of coffee with me. You do live in me. Why not relish yourself, through my taste buds, this luscious expression of your genius!

Time Management: A Prayer

posted by mherringshaw1

“God, you know what’s on my calendar. You know I have more ‘to dos’ than I have slots in my day. I am not sure what needs to be set aside, but something has to go. I need your guidance to help me set priorities. You tell me in John 15 that you want my life to be fruitful, full of rich abundance, that multiplies into the lives of others. But you also warn me that fruitfulness means pruning. A branch on a vine that bears no fruit is lopped off. And a branch that does produce is snipped back so that the energy flowing through it will be directed to fruitfulness and not merely greenery. Prune my life, Father, great and wise gardener that you are. Help me now to cut back what might be good, but not best, what takes more energy than it produces, impressive as it might seem. This is a discipline, a discipline of focus. I am often so greedy to pack my life with more, to ‘have it all.’ I have to choose the right from among all the good. Give me direction by giving me peace in one direction. I give you my calendar and the priorities it represents. I give you rights to my priorities. I will audit and you will help me choose, realistically what is and is not intended by your will. Thank you for the pruning! In Jesus.”

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