Friday, August 12, 2022

Daily Prayers for '22 | God's Abundance for Us in Worcester

Join together in prayer to receive God's abundance in 2022

Sunday Prayer | Worship 

"God, we worship You with fun and rest as we get to trust in and count on the abundance of Your love and what You have done for us through Jesus – giving us Your mercies that are new every morning and rescuing us from our selfish and self-imposed destruction. Set us free to worship you through relaxation and play on this Sabbath day. We wonder with gratitude as we listen to Your voice that says, 'You don't have to prove yourself or perform; be with Me and learn the unforced rhythms of grace, rest, and play as you worship.' You are the good, faithful, and true Lord of the Sabbath we can trust to work all things together for good. We worship You, and we rest in Your love, secure, knowing in You we have our worth, and with You we live our purpose. Amen."

Monday Prayer
 | Identity


"God, remind us that we are Your beloved today, and that the beautiful true reality of knowing whose we are and who we are in You is abundantly freeing. Remind us that we are fully known, fully loved, and fully forgiven because You are faithful and just to do all of the above and more based on Your character, promises, and providence. And ignite us to live into our baptismal identity as Your children, Your friends and servants, and Your witnesses. Amen."


Tuesday Prayer | Family

"God, help us love each other as family. Give us Your compassion and courage to freely open our lives, our time, and our homes as You reveal what Your abundant hospitality is all about. Pour out Your grace into us and overflow it to others through us. May we make new friends and welcome new neighbors to be part of Your family in the days to come. Amen."
Wednesday Prayer | Community
"God, may we get to provide people and places in Worcester with abundant community that's a taste of heaven on earth. We want to be a community of City Groups who multiply Your compassion, comfort, and conviction throughout this city. Equip us and send us to practice Your way of life as we befriend and build bridges across neighborhoods, cultures, ethnicities, and communities. May we have the privilege to share and show what the good news of Your Kingdom sounds and looks like as we embrace Jesus' Way and grow into the unity in diversity of a community that only You can create. Amen." 


Thursday Prayer | Spirit


"God, fill us abundantly with Your Spirit in the empty spaces. Where there is disorder and chaos, bring focus and creativity. Where there is darkness and dissipation, bring revelation and form. Grow us in more understanding of the beautiful part we get to play as we participate in the true story You've written as the Alpha and Omega of time and space. Holy Spirit, counsel us with wisdom that is richer and more detailed than our surface understanding, joy that is deeper than the temporary happiness we too often settle for, and peace that is bolder than the criticism we face internally and externally. May we be curious and courageous through the overflow of Your love and power that drives out all fear. Amen."


Friday Prayer | Mission

"God, we hold onto the abundant hope that You have called and empowered us to joyfully and peacefully join You in Your missio Dei as You move in every area of life – social, economic, cultural, environmental, relational, and spiritual – to bring redemption and renewal. May we be witnesses of Your great salvation. May we bless and benefit our neighbors who call Worcester home. May we participate in the good work You've given us to do together for the love of people, for the life of this world, and for the glory of revealing Jesus as the Savior of all creation. We rejoice that Worcester is our home. May You move in us and through us to reveal the Good News of Jesus in our workplaces, parks, restaurants, shops, universities, and more. Amen." 


Saturday Prayer | Sacrifice   


"God, we know what love is when we encounter Jesus and see how He laid down His life for us. May this abundant love help us walk in step with Your Spirit as we follow in Jesus' footsteps and take up our crosses You invite us to carry for Your glory and for the good of humanity. May we lay our lives down for You and others. And thank You that You are with us during times of emotional, mental, and/or physical suffering that reveal Your love sustains us. Help us to find in You more comfort than a desire to self medicate or escape. And may we join with others in their suffering, sacrificing our comfort as we get to experience You with them, the One who suffers for us and saves us, who always stays with us, and who never forsakes us as You bring healing and make us whole. Amen." 
The goal of the Christian life isn’t to get over stuff but to grow through it. Jesus’ promise of an abundant life doesn’t just include an abundance of things we enjoy but also an abundance of things that will make us more like Him. + Scotty Smith

To complement these daily themes, there is also the opportunity to pray at 9:38 a.m. or 9:38 p.m. each day for God out of His abundant love and providence to send more people to join with us in being family, friends, and servants, witnesses among Jesus' Church throughout Worcester (see Matthew 9:38).

This is what the LORD says: “Sing with joy for Jacob; shout for the foremost of the nations. Make your praises heard, and say, ‘LORD, save Your people ... They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble ... they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord—the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more. Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with My bounty,” declares the LORD. + Jeremiah 31:7, 9, 12-14

How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They feast on the abundance of Your house; You give them drink from Your river of delights. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. + Psalm 36:7-9

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. + Ephesians 3:17-19 

Christ is all,

Rev. Mike “Sully” Sullivan