Prayer Exercise

November 5, 2012

Today’s Reflection

PRACTICE A STRETCHING EXERCISE of prayer. Lower your body as you are able, bowing down, kneeling, or lowering your head. Call to mind and heart a person or group bent down by life or small in comparison to what they face. Pray for that individual or group from your own lowered posture.

As you rise up from prayer, imagine lifting them up with you. Pray for God so to lift them.

-John Indermark
Traveling the Prayer Paths of Jesus

From page 47 of Traveling the Prayer Paths of Jesus by John Indermark. Copyright © 2003 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 today’s prayer exercise.

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Today’s Scripture

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together, the LORD made her conceive, and she bore a son.
Ruth 4:13, NRSV

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

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Each chapter of Forgiving Your Family contains real-life stories, practical strategies, and encouragement to help you move toward forgiveness. Better communication (while critical) isn’t enough, according to Fischer. Forgiveness requires faith and prayer.

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This week we remember Antoinette Brown Blackwell (November 5).

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Nancylee Cater November 5, 2012 at 8:36 am

This is a wonderful book, much loved by my congregation. We used it for a Lenten prayer study and the response was beautiful. It readily invites us into new dimensions of prayer.

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Buzz November 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

Almighty God,

I pray to You as the Great Holy Spirit of my ancestors – the Lakota.

I think of my ancestors and even my cousins as being ostersized on the reservations of Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri.

Almighty God, these places of life are no better than being homeless and helpless and depressed as the homeless peoples living under bridges in big cities or the tent cities of other minimalized societies.

Almighty God, as I rise up, help my Lakota to become the beautiful, loving, successful people they once were.

In Jesus name, I pray.

Amen.

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robert moeller November 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Buzz, I’m from a part of the US where, very sadly, Native Americans were almost completely wiped out, likely some of it done by my ancestors. More than any other culture in what we now call the USA Native Americans have suffered the most, still have many difficulties that they didn’t bring upon themselves. I pray that there will be peace, understanding, harmony, and reconciliation between Native Americans and those who came after them to this country.

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robert moeller November 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Very late today, my schedule was upset, but in a good way.

I pray especially for my son who has hit a bump in the road toward finishing college. I pray that God’s wisdom will guide both he and I to a solution that enables progress and the completion of his schooling.

Lord help us in all our relationships, sometimes we are estranged from you, our best friend, but also there are varying levels of estrangement with those we have and or had contact. Guide us, teach us that we attain the level of friendship you most desire. In Jesus, our best friend’s name, I pray.

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