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Today’s Reflection

WE REQUIRE HEALING of the idea that God resides at church and/or that God only speaks and touches us in times and places of worship. When we dare believe that God follows us out of church and accompanies us wherever we travel, it may surprise us to see the hand of God at work in both the matters we regard as unimportant and in the issues that we believe lie beyond anyone’s control. … As you move from one place to the next, invite Jesus to travel with you and to touch the people and situations that need him most.

O God, we acknowledge that we often leave you behind at our place and time of meditation and devotion. Sometimes we even leave you at church. We invite you to join us at home and at work. Touch our lives and the lives of others in ways that we never expected. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

– Wessel Bentley
The Miracles of Jesus

From pages 18-19 of The Miracles of Jesus: Meditations and Prayers for Lent by Wessel Bentley. Copyright © 2012 by Wessel Bentley. 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. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.

John Ezekiel 37:5, NRSV

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

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 website.

This week we remember: Sister Thea Bowman (March 30).

Lectionary Readings

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A Life of Prayer

Today’s Reflection

ONE PRAYER colors the day with a barely visible hint of miracle. Daily prayer brings the miracles out into bolder relief after a while, and the signs of the kingdom in the hidden places become more apparent.

A life of prayer is a miracle itself, deep with color, staining everything with the brilliance of God.

– J. Marshall Jenkins
A Wakeful Faith

From page 110 of A Wakeful Faith: Spiritual Practice in the Real World by J. Marshall Jenkins. Copyright © 2000 by J. Marshall Jenkins. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What metaphor describes your prayer life? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.

John Ezekiel 37:1, NRSV

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

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 website.

This week we remember: Sister Thea Bowman (March 30).

Lectionary Readings

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Vulnerability

Today’s Reflection

THE CAPACITY TO EXPRESS vulnerability is a great human strength. We sometimes wish our vulnerabilities would disappear so we wouldn’t have to worry about hiding them. Without these pesky vulnerabilities, we could convince the world that we have it all together, that we have no unsatisfied needs, that we can care constantly for others and never need care for ourselves. It is hard to let people see our vulnerable parts – our fears and insecurities, our sadness and shame. To express vulnerability requires courage. Only in exercising this courage, in bravely showing our “weakness” to another, do we achieve a form of real power – the power to ask for help when needed.

– Sarah Parsons
A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent

From page 38 of A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent by Sarah Parsons. Copyright © 2005 by Sarah Parsons. 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 does revealing your vulnerabilities strengthen your faith? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

John 9:41, NRSV

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

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 website.

This week we remember: Sister Thea Bowman (March 30).

Lectionary Readings

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Keep Praying

Today’s Reflection

KEEP PRAYING WHEN LIFE DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. Keep praying in the face of insufficient evidence that prayer “works.” I appeal to you to base your beliefs about prayer on revelation, not speculation; on the long haul, not the short run; on heaven and earth combined, not earth alone. If you continue to talk in the dark and pray when life doesn’t make sense, you will be no farther behind in the life of prayer than the greatest saint. Those women and men who prayed before us left footprints that go through the deepest valleys as well as the mountaintops.

– Steve Harper
Talking in the Dark

From page 115 of Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense by Steve Harper. Copyright © 2007 by Steve Harper. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

When do you find it most difficult to pray? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.”

John 9:15, NRSV

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

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 website.

This week we remember: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (March 20).

Lectionary Readings

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Healing Transformation

Today’s Reflection

NO MATTER HOW distorted and hurtful our powers within, they were originally created from the divine source, and they hold the potentiality for the unique and beautiful. …

Our fear, when healed, becomes intuitive, empathetic compassion and sensitivity toward others.

Our destructive anger, when healed, becomes a passion, a hunger and thirst for justice and righteousness.

Our perfectionism, our compulsion to organize and dominate, when healed, becomes released, joyous power to build and create.

Our inertia and our withdrawals, when healed, become increasing powers for peace and integrity. Our possessiveness, our jealousies, and our physical addictions, when healed, become growing released powers to become lovers and healers of the world around us. …

Slowly we learn to see our major problem not as a devil to be exorcised, a cancer to be cut out, a stumbling block to be removed, or an enemy to be killed but as our own personal “fallen angel.” … We learn to see it as our most hurting and wounded child that hides in fear and strikes out in desperation.

– Flora Slosson Wuellner
Prayer, Stress, and Our Inner Wounds

From page 50 of Prayer, Stress, and Our Inner Wounds by Flora Slosson Wuellner. Copyright © 1985 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What pain or trouble is waiting to be transformed in your life? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

…for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Ephesians 5:14, NRSV

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

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 website.

This week we remember: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (March 20).

Lectionary Readings

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Concern for Others

Today’s Reflection

THE MORE WE PRAY, the more we feel concern for others and the less we worry about our own accumulating. Most of us who have read the Bible at all know this truth in our hearts. Yet for those of us who live in the midst of a powerful materialistic machine, global capitalism, it is a truth easy to forget and hard to live out.

– Daniel Wolpert
Creating a Life with God

From pages 151-152 of Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices by Daniel Wolpert. Copyright © 2003 by Daniel Wolpert. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Spend time today praying for others. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.

Ephesians 5:8-9, NRSV

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

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 website.

This week we remember: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (March 20).

Lectionary Readings

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What or Who Do You Trust?

Today’s Reflection

THE PRESSURE IN OUR CULTURE to secure our own future and to control our lives as much as possible does not find support in the Bible. Jesus knows our need for security. He is concerned that because security is such a deep human need, we do not misplace our trust in things or people that cannot offer us real security. “Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moth and woodworm destroy them and thieves can break in and steal. But store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor woodworm destroys them and thieves cannot break in and steal. For wherever your treasure is, there will your heart be too” (Matt. 6:19-21, NJB).

We cannot find security if our heart is divided. So Jesus says something very radical: “No servant can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money” (Luke 16:13, NJB).

What is our security base? God or mammon? That is what Jesus would ask. He says that we cannot put our security in God and also in money. We have to make a choice. Jesus counsels: “Put your security in God.”

We have to make a choice whether we want to belong to the world or to God. Our trust, our basic trust, Jesus teaches, has to be in God. As long as our real trust is in money, we cannot be true members of the kingdom.

– Henri J.M. Nouwen.
A Spirituality of Fundraising

From pages 31-33 of A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J.M. Nouwen. Copyright © 2010 The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What advice would you give someone who is struggling to trust God with his or her security? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.

Psalm 23:6, NRSV

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

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 website.

This week we remember: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (March 20).

Lectionary Readings

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Noontime Prayer

Today’s Reflection

NOONTIME PRAYER gives us the occasion to pray for those things that happened in the morning, as well as to seek grace to face the things that are yet to come. In the early church, Wednesdays and Fridays were set aside as days to fast during the noon hour. . . .

Pray the following prayer or one like it:
Gracious God, at this hour of the day, your Son suffered on the cross for my redemption. I accept anew the gift of his salvation and offer myself as a witness to that salvation.

In the generous portion of the day that remains, give me grace to be attentive to the needs of those around me that I may continue to offer myself to you as a living sacrifice. Direct me as you like; use me as you will. I ask no more than this. Amen.

– Steve Harper
A Pocket Guide to Prayer

From pages 23, 24, and 25 of A Pocket Guide to Prayer by Steve Harper. Copyright © 2010 by Steve Harper. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Do you pray regularly at noon? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4, NRSV

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

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 website.

This week we remember: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (March 20).

Lectionary Readings

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Today’s Reflection

SOME CHANGES IN LIFE happen whether we choose them or not, like aging or the way our bodies respond to pregnancy. However, we can decide to make certain changes; for example, we can always choose to change our attitude. Acknowledging those changes we cannot control, being honest about our feelings, and learning to accept the changes with grace can empower us. When we deliberately release those things we can do nothing about, we make ourselves more available to receive the blessings that the new brings.

–Leigh Harrison

– Kim Barker, Linda de Meillon, & Leigh Harrison
Birthed in Prayer

From page 54 of Birthed in Prayer: Pregnancy as a Spiritual Journey by Kim Barker, Linda de Meillon, & Leigh Harrison. Copyright © 2008 by the authors. 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 react to change? How can accepting change be empowering? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Psalm 23:1, NRSV

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

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 website.

This week we remember: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (March 20).

Lectionary Readings

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Prayer for Deliverance

Today’s Reflection

GRACIOUS LORD, mighty fortress in whom I can always trust: deliver me from whatever shakes my world, fills me with anxiety, and separates me from the knowledge of your love, that I might find repose in your arms of protection. Amen.

– Paul Wesley Chilcote
A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit

From page 35 of A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit by Paul Wesley Chilcote. Copyright © 2008 by the author. 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. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

1 Samuel 16:13, NRSV

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

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 website.

This week we remember: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (March 20).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2017 | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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