Prayer for the Week, August 16

Heavenly Father, the One who knows us and loves us, we bow our heads before You this day. We consider so little the wisdom that resides in You and You alone. The majestic creation, so intricately designed and fit together in ways the best of our efforts can only begin to understand, speaks of wisdom beyond comprehension. The complexities of human hearts, minds, and wills are all known to You as well; we cannot begin to truly assess ourselves and know even as we are known. Yet You do know us—and love us still. May our praise therefore arise daily.

Joy and sorrow, pain and pleasure, insight and confusion are our constant companions in this world, combining in ways that move us and shape us. We know not what to ask or imagine; we struggle to know where to focus our energy, our time, our concerns. Make us wise, we pray.

We confess this day that we have worked hard for the wrong things, the unimportant things; we have given time to fruitless pursuits, to idle hours; we have stressed over insignificant things, over uncontrollable events. Forgive us, we pray; Lord have mercy.

Draw our minds to Your words, we ask this day. In Your written Word are all the instruction that we need in the way of wisdom; in Your living Word, even Your Son, our Savior and Lord, are all we can ever know about who You are, what You desire, and how to truly prosper in this world. Forgive us for looking elsewhere, we pray; Lord have mercy.

Even as Your own heart weeps for the poor, the needy, the despairing, the sick and infirm, soften our hearts, open our hands, increase our compassion for them all, so that we may be prepared to act in Your place when they come across our path. Then shall we become wise and truly live, even as we pray,

 Our Father . . .

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2 thoughts on “Prayer for the Week, August 16

  1. Amen! Thanks Ken. Written prayer, who would think that in a day when our words and thoughts are so random and our prayers likewise we would take the time to make a thoughtful as well as heartfelt supplication. Reminds me to once again visit the classic Valley of Vision prayer book of the Puritans.

    • Thanks for your thoughts, Pat. I’ve been writing out the prayers I use in my congregation’s worship every Sunday. Then I started posting them on the church website, along with the sermons. Last week it occurred to me that others on facebook might want to look at them as well. I encourage the congregation to use them as a guide or starting point for their own prayers through the week. If it helps you do the same, I’m blessed. Extemporaneous prayer is very useful; but it’s not the only way to approach God, as the church has known for centuries.

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