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Friday, January 1, 2016

A New Year’s Prayer for Spiritual Revival
Bishop Gary Mueller

Lord,
It’s a new year. A fresh beginning. A chance to start again.
Of course, we say the same thing almost every year and we too quickly seem to end up right back where we were almost every year. Which is why we need to start getting honest. Even if it means we see the truth about ourselves. Like the fact that we’re too busy making life about us and not about You.
And even if it means we see the truth about our church. Like the gut-wrenching reality that we grow smaller and older, struggle to reach the young, and fail to see lives, communities and the world transformed by the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are sorry, Lord. Truly sorry, Lord. Eternally sorry, Lord.
Speak the truth to us until we understand we are in a spiritual crisis because we don’t allow Jesus to be our Savior and Lord – as individuals or the church.
Help us get serious about spiritual revival rooted in Jesus’ unconditional, transformational and invitational love. Help us pray for it. Help us look for it. Help us celebrate it. And, most of all, help us be consumed by it.
Empower us to keep seeking Your way when we are tempted to shy away because spiritual revival has too many negative connotations for too many people, when we try to engineer it instead of receiving it as a gift from the Holy Spirit, and are lured into using it as a way of saving our churches instead of becoming Your church.
Come, Holy Spirit, come. Send the fire of spiritual revival. Bring us together as the living Body of Christ in a world that is so deeply broken. Grow us into a movement that welcomes all who long to be Christ-followers. Enable us to make disciples of Jesus Christ, who make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world.
We pray this boldly in the name of Jesus, our Savior, Lord, Brother and Friend. Amen

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Come, Holy Spirit. I yield my life to you in this moment that I might breathe in your saving love and exhale grace into the world. Today let my life be a testimony to the love that I have received through Christ, so revival might be sparked by my words and deeds. Lead me to the places and people You want to bless, I am ready to be your witness in the world. Come Holy Spirit, so I will be able to go in your name. Amen.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Gracious God, forgive me when I substitute church busyness for spending time with you and you alone.
Forgive me when it is my insecurities about achievement that drive me to do ministry instead of a genuine desire to serve you and your people. Forgive me when I seek the approval of others instead of allowing your perfect love to drive out all my fears of faithfully following you.
Through all the self-improvements of diet and exercise and time management which I have attempted multiple times, I realize that what I really need is not more self – I’ve got plenty of that – I need You. Please help me to ignore the distractions of life and competing with others so that I can enjoy your presence in my life and let that be more than enough for my life of faith in You.
Guide me to do what I need to do and be what I need to be in order to allow your Spirit to permeate my life. For the sake of Christ, I pray. Amen.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

O living breath of God, awaken us this day.
O living breath of God, awaken us this day.
Open the windows of our souls.
Open the walls of our minds.
Open the doors of our hearts.
Awaken us to hope. Awaken us to joy.
Awaken us to the coming of the light. Amen.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Merciful, loving God. By your Spirit, Lord, we want to live and thrive and express the amazing goodness of your Son Jesus Christ to our families, friends and neighbors. We want to want to do that.
Many, many times we fall short and miss opportunities you provide. It is not fair to you that we should be so consumed by our own needs, interests, and to-do lists that we miss the luring of the Spirit to serve and witness to your love and faithfulness on such a regular basis.
Open our eyes to see where your Spirit leads us. Place in our hearts an unquenchable thirst and need to be living by your Spirit, living in your Spirit, and living for your Spirit.
Revive our commitment to be Spirit-led so that in the living out of our lives we will be a livingout-loud witness for You! How could we do otherwise when you have done so much for us through the life, death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord? Hear our prayer! Amen.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

God, please grant us your wisdom, strength and courage. Help us reach out to this troubled world. Inspire our congregations with your blessed words of love, hope, and salvation. Please revive us in your ways. Let us lead others to your grace. Let your Spirit fall upon the church and move us to action, to talk with conviction. Make us not be able to sit still or keep quiet about the wonders of you. Open the hearts of the communities surrounding the churches and let the pews be filled with seekers thirsty for your living water. Grant us with endurance to run the race that you have put before us. I give you praise and thanks for all that you have been in the United Methodist Church. Amen!

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Gracious God, once again we bow before you in need of grace. Today we seek forgiveness. Forgiveness for hearing your call to align our lives with the life of Jesus and yet choosing not to. Forgiveness for seeing the needs of so many all around us and yet looking the other way. Forgiveness for knowing the power that comes from your healing Spirit and yet continuing to live divided.
Lord, let this be the day our souls are refreshed. Renew our spirit and restore our passion to live more holy lives. Let today be the day you open our eyes to those around us and give us the courage to walk out in faith to meet the needs of others head on.
Lord, let this be the day your Holy Spirit burns brightly in your church. We pray for spiritual revival in our church. Lord, revive our hearts and deepen our passion for making disciples who make disciples. Help us move from going to church to being the church that can experience and share your abundant love. Renew and refresh our faith so that as a church we move forward with the confidence and assurance that you are with us. We pray for the renewal of our hope and desire to be the church you created us to be. We long for the day when we are so moved by your Holy Spirit that our dreams of the future outnumber our memories of the past.
Let this be that day. We are your people and you are our God. Amen.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Most gracious Heavenly Father: Through the ages your love and patience for all of your children have been unending, especially for those who are called by your name and have lost their way.
Now Lord, simply put, we are lost again. Changing times and conflicting values have brought us to a state of indecisiveness and have rendered us immobile, like a ship with no means of propulsion; dead in the water. We are in desperate need of forgiveness, Lord, and we humbly seek your spirit to rekindle our passion for Christ and once again revive our churches, our districts, our conference, and our country.
Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus we confess our sins of complacency and neglect and plead with you to enfold us in your loving arms so that we can again be your people and you will be our God and you will heal our land. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Living God, we are desperate for revival. Move us, transform us, and revive us, that as your church we may find new life.
As we look to our children, may their tiny hands and brand-new words remind us of the hope of your eternal goodness.
As we look to our teens, may their tough questions and hearts ready to seek justice challenge us to find your face in places we don’t yet know.
As we look to our adults, may the fullness of their experiences and the busyness of their days give us the desire to seek your sacred peace in the midst of the chaos of this world.
As we look to our elders, may the wisdom of their years and faithful walk with you invite us to join the unfinished work of your kingdom they have carried forward.
As we look at our church, may each face who enters our sanctuary add to the power of your revival, as we are united in life, in faith, and in love.
Move us, transform us, and revive us through the example of your Son and the power of your Spirit. Amen.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Holy God, we come to you today to thank you for loving us even when we forget to be your hands and feet in the world. Our prayer today is that we are filled with your Holy Spirit and reminded by the Spirit of our responsibility to make disciples of others. Help us to be your hands and feet every day of our lives. For it is in your precious name we pray. Amen.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Father God, we come to and pray that we have a spiritual revival not only within the United Methodist Church but also within the entire Body of Christ. God, fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we may experience revival as never before. We are a broken people and we need your love and grace to be made whole again. Lead us to do your will and not our own. You are almighty, full of abundant grace and eternally loving. All things can be done through you. Lead us, Lord, and we will follow. Amen.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

God, we come to you to help us put away our personal prejudices so that we may be the Body of Christ to do your work for your people. Fill us with your Spirit so that we may see the love of Christ in one another. Lead us so we can complete the task and bring glory to your name. Amen.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Almighty God, we thank you. We thank you that the apostles of two thousand years ago had vision, strength, and courage to live by and teach your Word as set forth by the example of your son, Jesus Christ. We also thank you for the vision and direction given us by John Wesley, especially the reminder that your love and grace extends to all people.
Give us the courage, strength and vision of these saints as we attempt to further your kingdom. May we do this by teaching your Word as you have given it, devoid of our own opinions and personal agendas. Help us realize that we are to live by Jesus’ precepts, without altering them to fit the world in which we live. Please bless the body of Christ called the United Methodist Church and the United Methodists of Arkansas. May we be strong encouragers who provide an invitation to those living in darkness to come into the light. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Lord, we pray that we may keep your Word in our lives and in the life of our churches. May the Word keep us focused on being in the world yet not of the world. We pray for the commitment to truly be your disciples. Clear our minds and calendars to receive your grace and love. Thank you, God, for all you have done, are doing and will do. Remind us that it is not our place to judge and that we are to be keepers of peace. We pray for our nation and our world – for the challenges of living in a broken world where there are yet people who do not know of your grace or of your son, Jesus. God, bless us, and our churches as we walk with Christ. Amen.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Holy God, we give you the glory and praise for your church and the people called United Methodist. You have called us to spread the Good News of your saving grace. The fields are indeed ripe for harvest, but we have become timid and afraid to share your love. We have experienced the zeal of your transforming love but become complacent. Renew our hearts and minds; rekindle the fires of our passion for the least, the last, and the lost. Draw us nearer to you that we might experience anew what is means to be your disciples. Open our hearts to pray more deeply, worship more intently, give more freely, serve and love our neighbors more eagerly and to witness more openly that we and those around us are spiritually renewed and reborn to the work of the kingdom. In the holy name of Christ we pray. Amen.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Lord, send your Spirit blazing into our conference and begin with me. God of all ages, peoples and places, foundation of the world. Beginning of all things and end of all things as we know them. Times past, present and future, from babies to old age. We, who are of your fold, lift up your name in praise and honor always. We, who are of your fold, ask your forgiveness for words unsaid, actions not taken, and spiritual guidance not asked for.
Where did we go wrong, God? We are supposed to be people of the Word. We are to find our direction in the Spirit who lives in us. Show us the way again, Lord. Give us a double portion of your Spirit.
Give us power to dream dreams and see visions that will lead us forward with confidence. Give others the ability to understand what these visions and dreams can accomplish.
Father, we need a simple faith to sustain us as in the days of old. We need a reawakening of our Spirit as never before to witness to the world. All these words, in all places and in all times are to honor our one true God. God is good all the time. All the time God is good. Amen.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

O Light of God, anointed by your morning light, I lift my spirit to receive the gift of revival. Open my eyes to the beauty that surrounds me that I may walk through this day with the kind of awareness that calls forth grateful living. In all of creation, let me see the brightness of your face. Shine in my heart and on my life, filling me with joy, creativity, hope, and laughter. Draw me into the radiant glory of your presence and into the small lights of those with whom I live and work. Inspire me to take time for those who are discouraged. May I live with the kind of presence that enables others to feel at home. Great Dawn of God, hear my prayer. Amen.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Allow me to be still and know that you are with me; there is only so much running around that one can do. Lord, You know how weary we are from so much, from too much – too much good, too much bad, and everything in between. Bridge the gap from our hearts to Yours, Lord. Come and give us rest in the early morning light, through the heat and toil of today and then again at the last when the shadows have faded from growing long and the sun now rests as does every living thing cover me with grace alone.
We want nothing else than to be with you, purifying our motives as we pray so that they will be for your Glory and to increase your Kingdom. We pray that you will give your people a passion to share the story of your amazing grace so new disciples will be made, who then will bring others to you so that this world will be transformed. We give thanks for all you do and we pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Holy One,
Breath of dawn and evening breeze, stir the chambers of our hearts with your Spirit. Enter into the noise of our distractions and hold our face in the gentleness of your touch so our gaze meets.
Take away our breath with your beauty and fill us with deep desire for only you. Revive us. Awaken us. Stir us. Embolden us with the fire of your grace and love. Come, Holy Spirit, come. Amen.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

God, we are in need of your inspiration, your wisdom and your grace. Remind us of why we are here, remind us of your calling upon our hearts and lives to boldly embrace and then proclaim the joy and wonder of your love. Remind us of that feeling of first falling in love with you. Revive us, O God. Reignite the flame of love within our souls such that we can no longer remain silent about the hope that Christ brings to our lives. Come, Holy Spirit, to have free reign in our midst. Amen.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Lord, make me like your noonday sun, bright with passion, on fire with truth, enduringly courageous. Let me be the light for the world. Create in me a clean heart. O let me be your heart, O God. Help me believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is. Let me be the peace for which I pray. Teach me to energize others, to stir up their enthusiasm without overwhelming them. Make my power to love stronger than my love of power. Amen.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
 

O God of wonder, you light a candle in my soul inviting me to listen to the wordless song of Divine Union. Deep healing. Deep listening. Deep waiting. Deep watching. All of these become a part of my daily watch. May the flame within my soul burn brighter each day. Amen.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Holy God, make of me twilight: wake of color, trail of glory. Transform me into a song of gratitude. I want to be an evening star for those who have lost their way. I want to be the beauty at the end of the day. On my pilgrimage through life, may I pay attention to the wonder and work on your Spirit. And out of my faithful attendance to the hours pour forth the flame of your love. Amen.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

O Holy Spirit, You who are before us, behind us, above us, beneath us, and within us: burn in our bones again. Open our eyes to see you near and our hearts to burst with your presence. Sow the seeds of fruitfulness that yield the fruit of your Spirit. Sow love in us. And joy. And peace. Let us grow in patience and kindness. Open our hearts to generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and a self-control that is directed by your presence and guidance. Renew us and revive us to once again be your people at this time in history, and on this your good earth. Burn in our bones, for the sake of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Set the clock of your heart.
Set the clock of your heart.
Breathe in the dawn.
Breathe in the dawn.
Raise high the chalice of your life.
Taste the joy, the joy of being awake!
It’s the best medicine of all!
Being awake! Being alive! Being revived!
Set the clock of your heart, awake!
Breathe, being awake!
Breathe, being revived!
Take the joy, taste the joy of being revived!
Being awake! Being revived!
Amen.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Spirit of the morning, breathe into my temple.
Refresh my mind. Renew my heart. Revive my soul.
Spirit of the morning. O Spirit of the morning.
Bless this work we have begun.
Give us courage! Give us strength!
Spirit of the morning. O Spirit of the morning.
Amen.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

O Love Divine and mysterious, take me down deep to the holy place of Love’s roots. Let me become one with the One I love. Draw me into the depths. My prayer is deep. Let me go deep. Teach me the art of being that I may grow strong, loving and wise. Let me borrow your eyes, O Beloved, that I may see the burning light of your love. Amen.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
 

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, When we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; Having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity And in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas Where storms will show your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask You to push back, the horizons of our hopes; and to push into the future.

Sir Francis Drake, 1540-1598
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Friday, January 29, 2016
 

Father, as we seek spiritual revival throughout our congregations, we pray your Holy Spirit to touch us, nudge us, guide us, and lead us to action so that we may be renewed as individuals and as the body of Christ. Holy Spirit, help us to listen and to respond. Holy God, pour out your Holy Spirit like a mighty flood. Amen.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
 

Lord, we open our hearts and our lives to you. We admit that we come to you with voids in our lives. Voids that come from our sin that separates us from you. Take our emptiness and our brokenness and mold us by the beauty of your grace. We are open to your grace to transform us. We are attuned to Your Holy Spirit that speaks love to all people. Let us do everything or let us just listen. We pray with other believers all over the state of Arkansas and the world to send us a double portion of your presence in our churches. May the Body of Christ be revived and renewed to serve our communities and the entire world. Amen.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016
 

God of the Four Winds, you once placed Ezekiel in a valley full of bones that were very dry, and told him that you could put breath in them and give them new life if he would only prophesy to them.
As he stood in that valley and prophesied he began to hear a rattling sound as the bones came together, but yet there was no life. You then commanded him to prophesy again and when he did, the four winds entered into the bones and they came back to life.
As your spirit breathed into them, new life and hope were given to your people who believed themselves to be cut off from Your presence. And it started when your prophet stood and proclaimed your Word.
Like Ezekiel, we find ourselves living in a time that is dry and it often feels as if we have been cut off from you. We, your people, are dry, Lord, and we dwell in our own valley full of dead dry bones, and we are in need of new life. We long for revival, Lord!
Give us the words to speak that will draw your Holy Spirit back into our lives in a way that will transform who we are and bring us to new life.
May this revival also bring us closer to your Son, Jesus Christ, that we might find our congregations and communities renewed by taking seriously His teaching for our lives, and through our willingness to live them out each day.
And, as we continue through this time of preparing for spiritual revival, remind us that revival is also a partnership with you, much like your partnership with Ezekiel.
Remind us that it isn’t enough to want revival, but like you called Ezekiel to prophesy, you call us to speak your word to others who are also dry and parched. Forgive us, Lord, for those times in which we have failed to speak.
Bless us with new courage and new ability to speak your word, beginning with the communities that we serve, so that they too may experience revival and the fullness of your grace.
And may this revival continue until all the world comes to know the power of your transformative love. This we pray to you, God of the Four Winds, in the name of your Holy Son, Jesus Christ, who dwells with you and your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Monday, February 1, 2016
 

Father, we arise and cry out to you as hungry and thirsty people. We give thanks and praise as we come into your presence. Help us, the corporate Church, to be awakened with the rhythms of the Spirit so that we can experience spiritual renewal. May we ever find intimacy in you and see the blessings poured out on the Church. Amen.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
 

Heavenly Father, forgive us when we get our priorities mixed up, when we make our time with you the last thing on our to-do list rather than the first. Help us to keep Christ at the center of our lives so that all we do reflects the love of Christ. Spirit, stir in us a passion and hunger for revival that can be seen, felt, heard and experienced by all we meet. Amen.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
 

Heavenly Father, help us to be awakened through you. We struggle so much with the things of this world. Let us put those things aside so that you may be our sole focus. God, we are broken, but we come to you asking for revival so that we may be on fire for you and share that fire with others. Lord, we know that your revival brings life and nourishment, preservation and restoration. Let us take that life into the world, and start a fire that can’t be put out, for it is only your power that can light the spark. Guide us, Lord. Amen.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
 

Heavenly Father, help us find relief and comfort through passionate worship by exposing our questions and doubts. Surprise us with your raw power so that we may feel your authentic love. We long to be opened and redesigned by your transformational grace. And let love claim us, unchain us, and rename us. So be it. Amen.

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Friday, February 5, 2016
 

In this time and season, we raise our hands to the peaceful One.
And now is the time to pray for peace, for kindness, compassion to increase.
So let us be the change we wish to see. Let us bow to each other and say that we will be the peace for which we long, this is our promise, this is our song.
May we feel our deepest hungers, know our deepest needs. May all be fed.
May all be renewed. May all be well.
So let us be the change we wish to see. Amen.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016
 

Holy Father, we humbly pray for your undeserved mercy upon our lives, our churches, our nation and the world. Help us come before you with deep awareness that we deserve your judgment far more than your blessing. Father, we plead for your merciful grace to revive us and bless us once again.
Father, grant in us a burning hunger for yourself and a passion for fervent prayer. Help us draw near to you and seek you with all our hearts. Lord, cause us to hunger and thirst for you above all else.
Father, let revival start with a spark from you, driven by the wind of the Holy Spirit, sweeping in all directions. Fill us with a burning passion to pray and witness to the lost, a passion that will cause our eyes to weep for the joy of the harvest. In Christ Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016
 

God, we pray that during the coming week we earnestly offer truthful confession, honest forgiveness, and soul-cleansing sacrifice. Make the Lenten season one where our impurities are burned away and we present ourselves as worthy and faithful people, filled with the Holy Spirit, committed to stretching ourselves beyond our narrow confines. Remind us that we are a people committed to loving you with all our hearts, minds and souls and that through Jesus Christ we make disciples who make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world. May your will be done. Amen.

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Monday, February 8, 2016
 

O Lord, our journey through the Lenten season begins this week. It is a dark and lonely journey filled with remembrances of our sinfulness and weakness. Remind us of the season’s purpose so that as we move toward Holy Week and the events in Jerusalem, we may be strengthened by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Encourage us to seek your will and purpose through our discerning, fasting and praying. Then, may you burst forth into our world, so that all your creation will be revived and renewed to proclaim mercy, justice and peace. Amen.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
 

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition (UMH #607)
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