Prayers of Intercession

June 30, 2015

Today’s Reflection

HOW DO I KNOW the will of God when I pray? It is contained in the Word. One special promise to me is 2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” Salvation of the lost is always God’s will. Nobody I intercede for is outside of this promise. I can pray with absolute confidence that it is God’s will that all come to know him. When the answer seems to tarry, I can focus on the character of God and remember that the Lord is never too slow to fulfill his promise. When I need perseverance, and I often do when praying for salvation for loved ones, I stand on the truth of God’s Word.

– Margie Burger
Lord, Teach Us to Pray

From page 63 of Lord, Teach Us to Pray: A Study of Personal Prayer by Margie Burger. Copyright © 2009 Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray for someone today. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him.

2 Samuel 5:10, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who cannot take time to rest. 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 or visit The Living Prayer Center web site.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember: Thomas (July 3).

Lectionary Readings

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Justifying Grace

June 29, 2015

Today’s Reflection

BY COMPARING OURSELVES to others, particularly in ways that stack the deck in our favor, our prayers and spiritual posturing may reveal that we trust more in ourselves than in God. Or it may reveal a diversion on our part to avoid facing our own brokenness and fears.

Either way, as long as we can find someone worse off (in our estimation) morally, spiritually, or politically, we risk seducing ourselves into thinking we stand justified in God’s sight. Haven’t we just proved that? But justification does not come down to showing how fortunate God must be to have friends like us. Justification turns on whom we trust. To trust in self is self-justification. To trust in God, even when trust comes from a lowlife like this tax collector [in the parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector, Luke 18:9-14], opens us to God’s justification.

It is a scandalous parable, and the name of the scandal is grace.

May I see myself as you see me, O God, that I may trust my true self to you. Wholly. May I see others as you see them, O God, that I may accept them as you accept me. Graciously. Amen.

– John Indermark
Parables and Passion

From page 53 of Parables and Passion: Jesus’ Stories for the Days of Lent by John Indermark. Copyright © 2006 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

Pray the prayer at the end of today’s excerpt. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.

2 Samuel 5:4, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who cannot take time to rest. 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 or visit The Living Prayer Center web site.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember: Thomas (July 3).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2015, a ministry of Discipleship Ministries | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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Voices of the Adult Child

June 28, 2015

Today’s Reflection AFTER VISITING MY FATHER TODAY, I went to the car, lay my head on the steering wheel, and cried like a two-year-old child.Ugly tears, a contorted face, and red nose. O Lord, I’m burned out. Frazzled. I don’t even recognize myself anymore.Today the stress just spilled out when my father complained that I […]

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Serenity Prayer

June 27, 2015

Today’s Reflection GOD, GRANT ME the serenityto accept the things I cannot change,the courage to change the things I can,and the wisdom to know the difference.Living one day at a time,enjoying one moment at a time,accepting hardships as the pathway to peace,taking, as he did, this sinful world as it is,not as I would have […]

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A Blessing

June 26, 2015

Today’s Reflection WHEN YOUR LIFE has becomemost frantic,when fear and worryhave made their home in youand anxiety attends your days,may there comefrom somewherethe scentof pomegranate and cedar,apple and myrrh,cinnamon, frankincense, fig. – Jan L. Richardson In the Sanctuary of Women From page 286 of In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection and Prayer […]

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Power Through Weakness

June 25, 2015

Today’s Reflection WHEN WE READ the scriptures, we are introduced to a God of power. God’s power creates, redeems, liberates, and heals. I’m concerned, however, that we often speak about God’s power in a triumphalistic way. We say that when God’s power often come across like that, especially when people giving those testimonies look good, […]

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Heavenly Treasure

June 24, 2015

Today’s Reflection ONE DAY after school, I went to the train station to do my part-time job of passing out leaflets. In large, bold print the leaflets proclaimed, “HOW TO GATHER TREASURE!” The tract listed several means for people to make a fortune, such as trading real estate, investing in stocks, saving more and spending […]

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The Drumbeat Must Continue

June 23, 2015

Today’s Reflection PICK UP your drum and beat the justice out of it.Join the circle.Don’t you hear it?Where steady storied hands beat,Beating to the rhythm of why and how long,Knowing that what is, is not what has to be. Beat on—don’t stop.Pick up your drum and beat the mercy out of it.Let the waves resound […]

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Walking Meditation for Someone Who’s Seriously Ill

June 22, 2015

Today’s Reflection IF YOU ARE ABLE, try a walking meditation. Although we walk all the time, a walking meditation is different. Any location is good, even a hospital corridor, but, if possible walk in some beautiful place. The point is not to arrive at any specific destination, or is it to increase your heart rate. […]

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A Time for Taking a Break

June 21, 2015

Today’s Reflection SOMETIMES A FEW MOMENTS of regulated breathing are enough to dispel an agitated state. Other times, we need to widen the gap between arousal and response—the emotion is too intense, the impulse to react goes too deep, the situation’s complexities cloud our vision. At such times, we need more space in order to […]

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