Welcome to the daily prayer guide for the month of September! Today is Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Words of praise can be found in the writings of the prophets, too. Pray these words from Isaiah, understanding that Jesus’ ministry, death and resurrection usher in “that day.”
Isaiah 12 On that day you will say: “I will praise You, Lord, although You were angry with me. Your anger has turned away, and You have had compassion on me. Indeed, God is my salvation; I will trust Him and not be afraid, for Yah, the Lord, is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation.” You will joyfully draw water from the springs of salvation, and on that day you will say: “Give thanks to Yahweh; proclaim His name! Celebrate His works among the peoples. Declare that His name is exalted. Sing to Yahweh, for He has done glorious things. Let this be known throughout the earth. Cry out and sing, citizen of Zion, for the Holy One of Israel is among you in His greatness.”
As we usually do, take time to prayerfully consider and confess where sin has crept into your life, but know the cross makes forgiveness possible. Intercede in prayer for others and yourself, something you can continue to do throughout the day.
See if you can take today’s Bible verses and pray around them. Consider each theme, what that theme means to your life, and what all of that inspires you to lift up to God: Jeremiah 10:23-24; Luke 20:45-21:4.
Give yourself a few minutes of silence before resuming your day.
Pray the Lord’s Prayer, turning each part of it over in your mind before moving to the next. Again, spend a little more time in silence than you have previously. Try using some of the breathing exercises recommended for evening prayer.
We continue with meditative prayer. Again, it may be useful to write down or record in some way the impressions you receive.
Here’s a prayer you can speak out loud, too:
“As the evening settles upon me, keep me mindful of how you control the spinning of the universe—the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars—to the benefit of your glorious creation. May I rest in the embrace of all you have made, at the same time knowing there is so much more. Thank you for your grace, which saves us all and gives us peace. Amen.”
Sleep deeply and peacefully tonight.