Prayer for Congruity

Winter Trees by Sharron Beg
Winter Trees by Sharron Beg (www.threadpaintersart.blogspot.com)

Merciful father,

How long must I wait to see your face more clearly?

To feel your hand on my shoulder and know that I have served you well?

My soul longs to hear your voice over the chaos of life

and to sense your passion over creation.

Be especially present in this time and place.

Open hearts and minds in this dismal land.

Save us from the stupor of a life lived poorly and out of harmony with your will for us.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant me strength for the day;  grace for those I meet; and peace,

the peace that passes all understanding.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Congruity

Also see:

Tennant Highlights Five Gifts

Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

Other ways to engage online:

Author site: http://www.StephenWHiemstra.net, Publisher site: http://www.T2Pneuma.com.

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Workout Prayer

Stephen W. Hiemstra, Soccer, 1982By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father,

Thank you for each and every new day.

The chance to witness a new sunrise and to feel the warm breeze of summer afternoons.

The opportunity to participate in new life, to care for the old, and to experience both.

May your Holy Spirit inhabit this temple (1 Cor 6:19) all the days of my life.

May I remain a fit custodian praying to you

even as I workout in the gym, swim my laps, and compete on the field.

Bless my heart that it might be ever open to feel the pain of others.

Bless my mind that it might attend to your commandments and not be seduced by sin.

Bless my legs that they might carry where you would have me go.

Bless my arms that they may carry the burdens of your children.

Teach me to care for your people the way that I care for my own body.

Grant me strength for the day, grace for those I meet, and peace—the peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:7).

In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

Workout Prayer

Also see:

Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

Other ways to engage online:

Author site: http://www.StephenWHiemstra.net, Publisher site: http://www.T2Pneuma.com.

Newsletter at: http://bit.ly/Lent-2018

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Prayer for Peace

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

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty God,

Grant us shalom, your peace, which is more than just the absence of war.

Save us from ourselves, from greed, from selfishness, from hardened hearts and stopped ears.

May we never pray for peace, but harbor war in our hearts.

May we never pray for peace only when we have gotten our way.

Teach us how to be ashamed; may we learn again to blush.

May your ways again be our guide and your truths a joy to our hearts.

Teach us to order our lives by your word.

May we listen to your watchman and not ignore the trumpet.

Remove your stumbling block from our feet, the blind from our eyes, that we may no longer sin and perish.

Forgive the sins of our fathers and our temptation to repeat them,

That the day of judgment would not be today. (Jer 6:13-23)

In the power of your Holy Spirit, enter our hearts and cleanse them,

that we might be saved through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Peace

Also see:

Prayer for Shalom 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

Other ways to engage online:

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Prayer for Unity

Noah's Ark at RPC
Mural in Riverside Presbyterian Church

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Gracious Lord of Heaven and Earth,

We give thanks for the many blessings that we have received,

blessings that are lightly shared by some and lacking in others,

blessings that may evoke jealousy, envy, and strife.

Give us generous hearts, open minds, and outstretched hands,

that all might be blessed by the blessings that we have received.

We ask for unity, the opportunity of reconciliation, and the ability to accept it.

May we not gloat; may we not reject our neighbors; or cherish too greatly our own blessings.

Open our eyes to the needs around us; open our ears to the voices that we have trouble hearing; give us the patience to listen when others need to speak.

Through the power of your Holy Spirit, bring us together as a nation that we might follow Jesus’ example in all we do–this day and every day.

And grant us peace, in Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Unity

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Prayer for Shalom

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6 ESV):

We praise you for your example of shalom in the Trinity–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

in communion, in relationship, working together in love to sustain and empower and protect our world.

We thank you that you are ever-present and enabling us to become your sons and daughters in your family, which is the church.

We thank you for the gift of salvation and the hope of resurrection available to us through the death and resurrection of your son, Jesus Christ.

Forgive us for our indifference to the suffering of the people of Syria; open our hearts and to mend our ways.

Forgive us for the intolerance of our society, eager to find fault and oblivious to the truth; open our eyes to our own faults and self-deception.

Forgive us for our injustice of poverty and illness among us in a land of plenty;  soften our hearts and open our hands.

Help us to live into our salvation, live into our sonship and live into  peace that passes all understanding knowing you and knowing that you will come in glory to bring us  even closer to you.

Teach our leaders humility; teach us to follow their leadership; help us to make room for you in our lives and share your peace with those around us.

Grant us peace in our hearts, peace in our relationships, and peace with you that made possible by the forgiveness secured by Jesus on the cross.

In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Shalom

Also see:

Prayer for Peace 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

Other ways to engage online:

Author site: http://www.StephenWHiemstra.net, Publisher site: http://www.T2Pneuma.com.

Newsletter at: http://bit.ly/2vfisNa

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34. Prayers of a Life in Tension by Stephen W. Hiemstra

HPrayers_of_a_Life_in_Tension_weboly and Gracious God,
In the power of your Holy Spirit, help us to cast off the works of the flesh by separating ourselves from sexual immorality, impurities, sensuality, idolatry, and sorcery, fleeing from from enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, dissensions, divisions, and envy, refusing to engage in drunkenness and orgies. Through the example of Jesus Christ, bid us to purse the fruits of the spirit by practicing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Crucify the passions of the flesh in us that we may passionately love the fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:19-24). May peace on your terms grow to become our peace on our terms and may we share it with those around us. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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33. Prayers for a Life in Tension by Stephen W. Hiemstra

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Great Physician, Prince of Peace, Lord of the Sabbath,

Where can we find peace but with you? Holy Spirit grant us your peace. As our bodies are at war within us… We want to be filled with your peace, impatiently filling our stomachs beyond need and beyond capacity looking for you but finding only the refrigerator. repeatedly popping pills for the unsightly ailments real and imagined needing you but but not making room for you in our busy schedules. Heal our hearts, bodies, and minds; grant us your peace.

Where can we find peace but with you? Jesus grant us your peace. As our relationships are in tadders… We want to be faithful children and parents and spouses imprudently grasping first after our own goals, looking to be served by those around us rather than serving, jealously demanding more from others than from ourselves. Heal our families and relationships; grant us your peace.

Where can we find peace but with you? Gentle Father grant us your peace. As we neglect our fellowship with you.., we want to be faithful worshipers, servants, and ministers, serving you but more nearly trying to get our own way, unfaithfully constructing idols of things great and small, hoping in total foolishness to bribe and control you. Forgive our sin; look beyond our transgressions; pardon our iniquity.

Grant us your abundant peace, in Jesus’ previous name, Amen.

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31. Prayers of a Life in Tension by Stephen W. Hiemstra

Prayers_of_a_Life_in_Tension_webCompassionate Father,
I give thanks for the walks that we have shared through summer days of my youth.
The forest trails that we journeyed together; the mountain peaks that you showed me;
the sandy beaches that went on and on.
You held my hand; you let me lead; you comforted me without asking.
I worried only about the getting too much sun or avoiding the rain or just how best to have fun—
Thank you. As the years went by you never left me. Thank you.
Teach me now how to take walks again in the autumn of my days.
To travel paths yet untraveled with young hands eager for the journey.
To offer peace and security and comfort and hospitality at odds with my nature but not with yours.
Be ever near through the power of your Holy Spirit and in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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10. Prayers of a Life in Tension by Stephen W. Hiemstra

Prayers_of_a_Life_in_Tension_webHumble Father, Loving Son, Ever-present Spirit,
Thank you for offering us forgiveness—the gift of being accepted again into your presence; the state of being at peace with you and with ourselves—that we might find the strength to emulate you. Let us offer hospitality humbly in your name—where others offer judgment and distance themselves; where we might forbear speaking and draw near enough to listen.  Give us a sense of the times and seasons of life and mark our times with the seasons of our relationship with you. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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6. Prayers of a Live in Tension by Stephen W. Hiemstra

Prayers_of_a_Life_in_Tension_webLord of Lords, Prince of Peace, Spirit of Holiness,
We praise you for blessing us with life, a vision of how to live it, and family to share it with. We praise you for your faithful presence on good days and not so good days. Forgive us for our willfulness. Forgive us for sins against those around us and sins against you. Plant in us seeds of forgiveness and the patience to watch them grow. Plant in us the desire to follow you and to prosper your kingdom. Not just asking for blessings, but becoming blessings to those around us. Blessing not only those easy to love but those who are not so easy to love. Grant us strength for the day, grace for those we meet, and peace in all things. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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