Praise Be To God

September 23, 2014

Today’s Reflection

OPEN MY MOUTH, LORD, that praise may flow more easily than requests, thanks more readily than complaints.
Praise be to you, O Lord, for life and my intense desire to live.
Praise be to you for the mystery of love and for my intense desire to be a lover.
Praise be to you for this day, for life and another chance to live, love, and be loved. Amen.

- Ray C. Jordan

The Africana Worship Book, Year C

From page 32 of The Africana Worship Book: Year C, edited by Valerie Bridgeman Davis and Safiyah Fosua. Copyright © 2008 by Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Discipleship Resources. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”

Exodus 17:17, NRSV

This Week: pray for family counselors. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:  
Matthew
(September 21).

Lectionary Readings

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Do Not Be Afraid. Do Not Fear.

September 22, 2014

Today’s Reflection

WITH REMARKABLE FREQUENCY, the first word God speaks to individuals and groups poised at the edge of momentous decision or holy encounter is this: “Do not be afraid. Do not fear.” What is intended goes beyond an attitude adjustment on our part. What is intended are lives empowered by that decisive word, so that “do not be afraid” finds its fullest expression when we do not live afraid.

Faith does not call us merely to live without fear inside the sanctuary. Discipleship calls us to confront appeals to fear in the world around us and to live our lives and bear our witness accordingly.

- John Indermark
Do Not Live Afraid

From page 11 of Do Not Live Afraid: Faith in a Fearful World by John Indermark. Copyright © 2009 by John Indermark. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How do you internalize God’s instruction to not be afraid? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?”

Exodus 17:2, NRSV

This Week: pray for family counselors. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:  
Matthew
(September 21).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2014, a ministry of GBOD | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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Mystery and Prayer

September 21, 2014

Today’s Reflection MYSTERIES DO NOT YIELD to quick fixes and simple formulas, and sometimes they never yield at all. Prayer is no different. You can have a prayer life and choose to avoid the mysteries. Or you can include the mysteries in your praying, knowing that even when you do, some will remain. – Steve […]

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Listening With the Heart

September 20, 2014

Today’s Reflection TO LISTEN TO SOMEONE with the heart is to listen with empathy and with care to them and their stories. The heart of good listening is authenticity, genuine curiosity and caring. No matter how good our technique is, the other person will know if we do not really care about what they are […]

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September 19, 2014

Today’s Reflection ROOTED AND GROUNDED in the Creator’s love,entwined in Christ’s own life,may you hear the song of the Spirit todayin trees and grass, in forest and field,and in the tender stretching of your own heart. – Sam Hamilton-Poore Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation From page 150 of Earth Gospel: A […]

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Praying for Others

September 18, 2014

Today’s Reflection FOR MANY PERSONS it is a fact that they can pray for others at times when they cannot pray for themselves. Charles Péguy has put into his great poem, The Mystery of the Charity of Joan of Arc, a passionate cry of horror at the thought of being saved alone: There is a […]

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The Sacred Intersection

September 17, 2014

Today’s Reflection IT’S EASY TO MAKE a narcissistic career out of spiritual growth. After all, theology is fascinating. Kindred spirits are usually wonderful folks to be with; retreats are relaxing; books are compelling. However, the beautiful process of spiritual growth moves in a cycle of blessing that doesn’t stop with me, mine, and my development. […]

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God in the Unexpected

September 16, 2014

Today’s Reflection I FIND GOD in the unexpected,the unexpected places where I least expect to find the presence of the Living God. It is in these unlikely placesthat the undeniable sense of holy-overwhelming arrests my attention. I find God in the unexpected,the unexpected timeswhen I would ratherwallow around in the muddle of my mindand rehash […]

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Life Interrupted

September 15, 2014

Today’s Reflection SOMETIMES, WHEN LIFE IS INTERRUPTED, we feel confused. What is God up to? we wonder. Why is this happening? Our heads spin. We all face questions with no easy answers. We easily get caught up in all the question. Let’s not forget – questions are good! May we ask questions and bring them […]

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Direction in the Wilderness

September 14, 2014

Today’s Reflection SOMETIMES IT TAKES going into the wilderness to learn who we are and what we need. From time to time, God draws us toward a terrain where the familiar contours of our lives disappear, where we leave our landmarks behind, where we let go the people and patterns and possessions that orient us. […]

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