Daily Prayers and Scripture Readings for January 2020

1           When the song of the angels is stilled,

When the star in the sky is gone,

              When the kings and princes are home,

              When the shepherds are back with their flock,

              The work of Christmas begins:

              To find the lost,

              To heal the broken,

              To feed the hungry,

              To release the prisoner,

              To rebuild the nations,

              To bring peace among others,

              To make music in the heart.  Amen

                                         Howard Thurman

2           Psalm 51:10

              Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

3           Gracious Lord, there is so much going on in our world today that is not what You wanted it to be, and the most affected are our innocent children.  Lord, I pray that you continue to be with them and let the world know they are a gift from You alone.  Amen.

                                         Finda Quiwa, Regional Missionary

                                         United Methodist Women

4           “Lead Me, Lord”

              Lead me, Lord, lead me in Thy righteousness; make Thy way plain before my face.  For it is Thou, Lord, Thou Lord only, that makest me dwell in safety.

                                                       Words:  Psalms 5:8, 4:8

                                                       Music:  Samuel Sebastian Wesley

5           Prayer for Families

              Gracious God, who created all of humankind and showed to us the importance of relationships with one another, we commend to Your care all the families of our community and our world.  We pray that each home may be a home where love is felt.  We pray for homes where, instead of love,

hurt, abuse, and suffering abide.  We pray for children, youth, and adults, recognizing the importance of and the gift of every age as we grow.  May Your grace be present to all.  Grant us wisdom to know where there is no love, courage to act out of love for others, and peace to trust in Your grace.  Help us to live so that the commandments of love for You and love for others are shown in the ways we live together.  Amen

                                         Mary Jane Pierce Norton

                                         United Methodist Discipleship Ministries

6           Psalm 46:10

              Be still and know that I am God.

7           The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

                                         Reinhold Neibuhr

8           “It Is Well With My Soul”

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul.

              Words: Horatio G. Spafford      Music: Philip P. Bliss

9           Prayer of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Teach us, Good Lord, to serve You as You deserve, to give and not count the cost, to fight and not heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for any reward except that of knowing that we do Your will.  Amen.

10         Psalm 19:14

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be

acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

11         Elisabeth Elliot’s Daily Prayer

Loving Lord and Heavenly Father, I offer up today all that I am, all that I have, all that I do, and all that I suffer, to be Yours today and Yours forever.  Give me grace, Lord, to do all that I know of Your Holy will.  Purify my heart, sanctify my thinking, correct my desires.  Teach me, in all of today’s work and trouble and joy, to respond with honest praise, simple trust and instant obedience, that my life may be in truth a living sacrifice, by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, my Master and my all.  Amen.

12         Philippians 4:8

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

13         “Spirit of the Living God”

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.  Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.  Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.  Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

              Words and Music:  Daniel Iverson

14         Lord, help me be grateful for what I have, to remember that I don’t need most of what I want, and that joy is found in simplicity and generosity.  Amen.

                           Pastor Adam Hamilton

                           The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

15         The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

                                                       Matthew 6:9-13

16         Psalm 139:23-24

              Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.  See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

17         Mother Teresa’s Daily Prayer

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go.  Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love.  Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine.  Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul.  Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus.  Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine and to be a light to others.  Amen.

18         “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; as Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.  Great is Thy faithfulness!  Great is Thy faithfulness!  Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed Thy hand hath provided; great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

                 Words: Thomas O. Chisholm     Music: William M. Runyan

19         “Open My Eyes, That I May See”

              Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth Thou hast for me; place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free.  Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God, Thy will to see.  Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

                           Words and Music:  Clara H. Scott 

20         Lord, we thank You for your church, founded upon Your Word, that challenges us to do more than sing and pray, but go out and work as though the very answer to our prayers depended on us and not upon You.  Help us to realize that humanity was created to shine like the stars and live on through all eternity.  Keep us, we pray, in perfect peace.  Help us to walk together, pray together, sing together, and live together until that day when all God’s children – Black, White, Red, Brown and Yellow – will rejoice in one common band of humanity in the reign of our Lord and of our God, we pray.  Amen.

                                         Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

21         Philippians 4:6-7

              Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

22         Lord, so much of my worry stems from a proud belief that I may know better than you what needs to happen.  Teach me to cast my burdens on you, leaving them to Your power and wisdom.  Amen.

                                                       Pastor Timothy Keller

                                                       Redeemer Presbyterian Church

23         Psalm 31:24

              Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

24         “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go”

              I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord, over mountain or plain or sea; I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord, I’ll be what You want me to be.

                      Words:  Mary Brown     Music:  Carrie E. Rounsefell

25         Thou who art over us, Thou who art one of us,

Thou who art

                   Give me a pure heart, that I may see Thee;

     a humble heart, that I may hear Thee;

     a heart of love, that I may serve Thee;

     a heart of faith, that I may abide in Thee.  Amen.

Dag Hammarskjöld                   

26         Psalm 23

              The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul; he guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely

goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Amen.

27         Dear Lord, help me see Your hand in life’s bewildering twists and knots.  Speak to me so I’ll understand Your way when I find myself trapped in a hard place.  Shine Your light down upon me so I can follow You.

                                          Max Lucado

28         Psalm 25:4

Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.

29         God, give us the grace to take things as they are and to make them what they ought to be.  Amen.

                                         Reverend Peter Marshall

30         O Holy God, open unto me

                   light for my darkness,

                   courage for my fear,

                   hope for my despair.

              O loving God, open unto me

                   wisdom for my confusion,

                   forgiveness for my sins,

                   love for my hate.

              O God of peace, open unto me

                   peace for my turmoil,

     joy for my sorrow,

     strength for my weakness.

              O generous God, open my heart

     to receive all Your gifts.  Amen.

                                         Howard Thurman

31         An Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you and the wind always be at your back.  May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rains fall softly on your fields.  And until we meet again, may God hold you gently in the palm of His hand.

                                         Saint Patrick