Purple Prayer

Iris

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful and loving father,

All praise and honor be to you because you forgive our sins and heal us of every disease and plague that afflicts our bodies, minds, and souls.

We confess to you that we do not confess our every sin, but frequently cling to sins that besets us and prove too painful to admit even to ourselves.

We thank you for the gift of your son, Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for our sins so that we don’t have to and who remains our role model in season and out.

We ask you now for healing. In the power of your Holy Spirit, turn our broken lives into lives that honor you and give us the strength to live into the model that you have provided. Give us a hope and prayer that our besetting sins would afflict us no more. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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Equality Prayer

Stephen W. Hiemstra, Twins
Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Loving father,

All praise and honor be to you for you look on us as your sons and daughters with equal delight (Gen 1:27; Gal 3:28) and love our kids even more than we do (Ps 8:4).

We confess that we have trouble living into your example. We fuss and toil to get our way displaying maturity not befitting our ages.

But we thanks you for your loving example in Jesus Christ and your patience with us when we are difficult and sin with abandon.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, transform our hearts that we might love each other without discrimination or abuse. Bring heaven to earth through us, even when we are reluctant servants. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Centering Prayer

Clouds

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty and loving father,

Your name radiates above all created things and your honor exceeds any in earth or heaven.

Even tiny babies know you and demonstrate your strength in weakness, silencing your enemies and ours.

Heaven itself displays your creative artistry and leave us in awe. Why do you even bother with us or care for our childen?

Yet, you honor us more than angels and openly display your love for us, giving us title to your estate and trust us to care for it.

All of creation is under our supervision, creatures tame or wild, birds, fish, and even the worms in the earth.

Almighty and loving father, your name radiates above all created things. (Psalm 8)

In the power of your Holy Spirit, bless us the wisdom to care for your creation. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Prayer for Life

Stephen W. Hiemstra, Twins
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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Loving Father,

All praise and honor be to you for you created us in your image and sustain our lives in the ups and downs of daily life. Blessed be your name above all names.

We confess that we have not always honored your name and acted in the manner of your sons and daughters. Forgive our selfishness focus on ourselves that we might cherish human life as priceless the way that you do.

Thank you for your gracious and merciful patience, for your covenantal love and faithless in spite of our lack of patience, inattention to your care, and spitefulness as sons and daughters.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us strength to meet the day, grace for those we meet, and peace. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Easter Prayer

Tulips 2018

Merciful Father:

All praise and honor are yours for you place eternity in our hearts and sent your Son Jesus to save us from our sins.

We confess our foolishness for presuming on your grace and thinking that mercy through Jesus is cheaply available without true devotion and faith.

Thank you for the love that you demonstrated in the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, our savior and eternal role model.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, dwell in our hearts that Christ’s salvation will nourish our faith daily. Wipe away the despair of loneliness and doubt. Grant us the strength to be faithful stewards of your grace to those around us that your peace may remain our peace, now and always. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Eternal Prayer

Tulips 2018

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Eternal Father:

All praise and honor are your for you place eternity within our vision and gives us souls that save us in your eternal embrace.

We confess our foolishness for presuming on your grace and thinking that mercy through Jesus is cheaply available without true devotion and faith.

Thank you for the love that you demonstrated in the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, our savior and eternal role model.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, dwell in our hearts that Christ’s salvation will nourish our faith daily. Wipe away the despair of loneliness and doubt. Grant us the strength to be faithful stewards of your grace to those around us that your peace may remain our peace, now and always. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Invocation

Stephen W Hiemstra, 2018
Stephen W Hiemstra, 2018

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father,

All praise and honor are yours, because you hear our prayers, comfort us in our afflictions, and rescue us from death itself.  

We confess that we are unworthy of your affections and we thank you for teaching us to love. 

Draw us now to yourself.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, open our hearts, illumine our minds, and strengthen our hands in your service. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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Praying to Look Up

Oak Tree in Oakton, Virginia

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father,

How majestic is your name that over the ages men and women have looked up confusing your face with the sun in the morning and the stars at night because you above all the things that we can imagine and we praise you.

Forgive our tiny perspectives, our tendency to look at our feet, and the petty things that occupy our hearts and minds. Forgive our preoccupation with day-to-day worries and many obsessions. Forgive our selfish desires to control things and people and, most of all, our time.

Thank you for being available, for listening to our rants and prayers, and for not leaving us to our own desires.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, enlarge our perspectives. Give us hearts for the things you love. Let us know the times and seasons as you see them.

In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

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Confession of Hidden Sin

Roses
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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father,

All praise and honor be to you for you live in the open and have no sin so that no one can accuse you or slander your name without bearing false witness.

We confess that our sins are both obvious and hidden, secrets that bring shame and grief that is to much to bear.

Forgive our sin, pardon the transgressions that burden us, and the iniquity that tarnish our names even when we appear unaware.

Thank you for the death and resurrection of your son, Jesus Christ, who without sin of his own bore our sin on the cross and deprived our sin of its to power to corrupt and pollute our souls.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, give us thankful hearts and minds focused on you so that our lives may be full and our example might bring others to you.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Prayer for Pastors

Foot Washing
Foot washing

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

All praise and honor to you

for you have called faithful pastors

who point us to you,

the source of all joy and consolation

in whose image we are created.

In their care, may we be quick to confess our sins

and grow closer to you

where all mercy and grace may be quickly found

and our sins forgiven.

We thank you for their service, their insight, and

concern for your church.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

guide their thoughts, protect their families,

and maintain their fidelity to you.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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