Praying for Strength

Ten K
Lansing, Michigan, 1983

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty and Merciful Father,

For the strength you give us, the healing you lavish on us, and the shelter you offer us from many storms, we give you glory and honor.

We confess that we are weak, sin-sick, and blind to many fiascos of our own making.

But we thank you for your healing presence day and night. We thank you for modeling strength in the midst of chaos and wisdom in the midst of all foolishness. In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us strength for the day, grace for those we meet, and peace that our hearts would never be troubled.

In Jesus’s precious name, Amen.

Praying for Strength

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Prayer for Closure

Flowers_Georgetown_South_20190711By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father,

For marking the seasons of our lives in meaning and honor, we offer our praise and give you the glory.

We confess that we often treat life as one continuous and burdensome moment, like a sleepless night, when the passage of time has no meaning and our anxieties run wild.

Forgive us for refusing to rest and be joyful for the many gifts that you have given us, from life itself to simple things like enjoying a rainbow or a snowflake.

Still, we give thanks that you for the forgiveness that you offer in Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead to set us free.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, show us how to mark the time aright, honoring its passage, and rejoicing with all creation that we are your sons and daughters.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen

Prayer for Closure

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Prayer for Healthy Limits 

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Gospel Prayer

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Lancaster PA
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Lancaster PA

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful Father,

For your guidance in life’s choices, your grace, and infinite mercy, we praise and glorify in your name. There is none like you and you have given access to yourself in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Forgive our perpetual failings, for we fail ourselves and you daily under law and can only be justified through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

Thank you for his example and for the many blessings that you have lavished on us through loving family and friends. Let us never forget.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, extend faith to our loved ones in spite of themselves and in spite of our weaknesses in witness.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Gospel Prayer

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Prayer for Those Confused

snow_bushes_2019By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father,

All praise and honor be to you, Lord most high, because you created us in your image and have adopted us as your children in Jesus Christ giving life meaning and purpose.

Forgive us for losing our way, forgetting our heritage, and giving into the Spirit of the Age.

We give thanks for your presence in our lives, for health, for family, and for the many blessings.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us strength, clear our minds, and focus us on your will for our lives. May we remember who we are and in whose image we are created.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Those Confused

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A Worship Prayer

Nativity
Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty God,

All majesty and power are yours for you touch our hearts and calm our nerves, refreshing life as none other.

Forgive our  sleepy eyes and irreverent attitudes, draw us closer to you with wonder and beauty and awe.

Thank you for blotting out the passions of the week. Lay bare our souls that we might be healed; excise wandering spirits that might never again be tormented.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, teach us to sing a new song, one of power and grace, that our joy may be complete and we more fully reflect your image to those around us.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A Worship Prayer

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Prayer from the Heart

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

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father, beloved son, spirit of truth,

In sending your son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross we learned of your mercy and love. For this and for creating us, we give you all honor and praise.

Forgive us, Lord, for being so timid in practicing your sacrificial love and for letting our eyes wander from here to there.

Thank you, Lord, for being available, for modeling true love, and for drawing us to yourself in spite of our rebellion and tainted affections.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, restore us to the divine image that you gave us in Jesus of Nazareth. Leave us not to the folly of our heart’s desires, but teach us to number our years aright.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer from the Heart

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Simple Prayer

Ten K
Lansing, Michigan, 1983

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Gracious father,

For the simple things in this life we offer you praise and give you the glory. Simple things like sunshine and the rain that waters the land bringing forth much fruit in its season.

Forgive us Lord for choosing to be complicated find ways around your simple truths that tire us and wear us down, much as we would deny it.

But we give thanks that when the smoke and dust of our lives clear you are still with us and for us.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, heal our brokenness, our divisions, and simple stubbornness, that you might draw us closer to you, day by day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Simple Prayer

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Storyteller’s Prayer

T2Pneuma Banner, 2019By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Holy Father, For your willingness to condescend to our level of understanding, we offer praise and glory to your name, great author of our faith (Heb 12:2 KJV).

Forgive us, Lord, for putting on airs and speaking above the comprehensive of our readers and listeners, thinking that we are better than them.

Yet, we give thanks for the gifts and talents that you have given us in the written and spoken word.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, lead us down the storylines that you would have us tell. Help us to show only what you would have us write. May our writing always lift up our readers and point them to you.

In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Storyteller’s Prayer

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Prayer for the Impoverished

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

All praise and honor be to you for you shelter us from hurricanes and other storms in spite of our poverty of spirit and resources.  

We confess that too often we are tight fisted and only remember our obligations when it benefits us directly or indirectly.  

Yet, we thank you for sending your son to teach us hospitality and generosity of body and mind and spirit.  

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us gentle reminders of our need for charity and grace, grant us strength for the day, grace for those we me, and peace that we might grow closer to you day by day.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for the Impoverished

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Prayer for the Fallen

Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful Father,

All glory and power are yours,because you created and sustain our good universe.There is none like you and we praise your name.  

We confess that we are unworthy to stand before you because of our sin and unable to stand before because you stand outside time and space where we reside.  

We thank you for our redemption in Jesus Christ who not only bridged the gap between us in time and space, but also covered our sins bridging the gap between us and your holy nature.  

In the power of your Holy Spirit, aid us in our reconciliation with one another and open the hearts of those around us to your perfect love.  In the glorious name of Jesus, Amen.

Prayer for the Fallen

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Prayer for Healthy Limits 

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