Prayer for Traveling Mercies

Arizona SnowBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful Father,

All praise and honor be yours,

for you are a God of the journey–

one that walks with us on life’s long march.

You never tire of the pace or complain of the company,

yet we do constantly–forgive our impatience,

our boredom when the slope is steep and

the weather most challenging.

We give thanks for your cheerful companionship and

constant encouragement,

especially when we are undeserving and bad company.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

remember those afflicted by hurricanes and fires and poor health and

offer us traveling mercies that we might enjoy a restful journey and

return home safely.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Traveling Mercies

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Midnight Prayer

Dried, Yellow Roses, Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra
Dried, Yellow Roses, Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

Let me dwell in your shadow,
though darkness surround me,
for the snares of this world are a constant threat. and
I am not immune to the rages of disease and death that they bring.
I trust only you.
Your angel wings surround me and lift me up
above the slings and arrows that fly all around me.
Younger men perish; older men faint;
but you are my strength.
Guide me through the darkness as my eyes fail me.
Grant me sleep when sickness spoils my day and
makes thoughts so heavy.
That I might be of some service to your church
until I struggle no more.
Through the power of your Holy Spirit and in Jesus’ name, Amen
(Inspired by Ps 91)

Midnight Prayer

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Giving Thanks 

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Salvation Prayer

Tulips 2018Merciful Father,

We praise you for the beauty of your creation,

by which we came into existence and enjoy daily, and

for the salvation that is available to us

through the ministry, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We confess that we are unworthy of our creation and salvation

because of sin and our constant wandering.

We thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit

who sustains our hope and our being daily

and grants us every good gift in the service of your church.

Today, we beg you

to spare the lives of those caught in the storms of this life and

to draw them to yourself

that they might enjoy life everlasting.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Salvation Prayer

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Adult Prayer

Dad_SWH_SRAH_2012bMost Merciful Father,

We give thanks that you are:
“merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Exod. 34:6 ESV), an example to the rest of us.

We confess that too often we are short tempered, ungracious, impatient, unloving, and unfaithful.

But for your example, we would be worse, but we are thankful that have provided us role models in the church that follow you day by day.

We remember and thank you for our heroes from September 11, 2001 who gave their energy and, in some cases, their lives to protect us from evil men. May their sacrifices never be forgotten.

We pray for more adults in our life, community and country to lead us to follow your example. Nurture and protect them that we might benefit from their example and guidance and follow you more fully each day.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us strength to meet the challenges of each new day with grace and a peaceful heart.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Adult Prayer

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Praying for Cooler Weather

Stephen W. Hiemstra, Photograph of Boxing GlovesBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

We praise you for the gift of your Holy Spirit,

who provisions, sustains, and guides us

when cooler heads do not prevail.

We confess that this has been a long, hot summer,

fires burn in our forests, but also in our hearts.

Thankfully,  you are God and we are not.

You protect us when we act like mythical lemmings–

running off cliffs when stressed by competition and deprivations.

Teach us to model ourselves after Jesus Christ,

who taught self-sacrifice and unity

when the world taught war and division.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

save us from ourselves and

turn our hearts and minds to you.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Praying for Cooler Weather

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Praying for Fruit

Fruits by Stephen W. Hiemstra
Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father, Beloved Son, Ever-Present Spirit.

I praise you 

for your model of a life well-lived

 in your son, our savior, Jesus Christ. 

May his example remain ever-present before my eyes, 

his voice ever sounding in my ears, and 

the touch of his hand ever-warming my shoulder.

I confess 

that I am too easily seduced 

by the works of the flesh—

“sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these” (Gal 5:19-21). 

They are continuously before my eyes in the media and

I am slow to turn my head in revulsion—

forgive my sloth.

I give thanks

that you are a God of second chances and

third chances and fourth chances—

may I soon stop trying your patience.

I ask Lord,

kindle in me the fruits of your spirit—

“love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, [and] self-control” (Gal 5:22-23)

that I might inherit your kingdom and

walk in your ways

all the days of my life.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

Praying for Fruit

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Giving Thanks 

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Prayer Journey

Arizona SnowBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Precious Savior,

Stay with me this morning

as the snow is all around and

I am not sure where to go.

Is it snow or is it just the morning fuzz in my eyes

fuzz that seems to take hold of me and hem me in

until I shake it off in the gym

Stay with me this afternoon

as I wander from task to task and from chat to chat.

Deepen my thoughts.

Raise my awareness.

Help to become a better companion.

Someone helpful on the journey, not someone just taking up space.

Stay with me this evening

as my strength flags and

my desire to push on grows extreme.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

grant me that strength

and insights to create and cherish and share

before the night takes its toll

and I fade with the light.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer Journey

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Baptism Prayer

Manassas baptism, 2017By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful Father,

We praise you for the day of our baptism

when Jesus washed away our sins and

we experienced the miracle of restoration and rebirth.

We confess that our salvation rests on nothing less that Christs death and righteousness. Forgive our weakness and sin.

We thank you for the many blessings of this life and the hope that you have given us through Jesus Christ.

Through the power of your Holy Spirit,

bring us back into communion with our true selves in Christ, even when we forget.

We ask you now that new souls will hear your call and submit to the baptism waters

that have given our souls rest and advance the day when you shall come again in victory.

In Jesus´precious name, Amen.

Baptism Prayer

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Prayer Against Entropy

Doldrums, Sand Dune in Ocean City, MarylandBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful Father,

I praise you for your unchanging character,

your immutability in the face of erosion, pain, and death

for your love conquers all foes,

from the sting of war to the impurity of common dust

that brings disease and biting insects and filth.

I confess that I pale in the present of even tiny obstacles

and fear is a constant companion.

Forgive my timidity, my cowardliness as strength fails me.

In the power of your Holy Spirt,

Instill in me your wisdom and strength to face the day

that I might minister to those around me

and grant me courage to live the life that you intended.

In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Prayer Against Entropy

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Giving Thanks 

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Prayer for a Steady Hand

Target practiceBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty father,

All glory and honor are yours, Lord,

for you are my fortress

and your presence the hand on my shoulder.

Why do I fear? Why does my grip falter?

I confess that my faith hangs by a thread

for I know that some day my strength will fail

and my only hope is in you.

Thank you for a new day and the opportunity to serve in your name.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

grant me the strength to be the person that you created me to be

and to be fully present to those around me, each and every day.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for a Steady Hand

 

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