Welcome to the daily prayer guide for the month of September! Today is Saturday, Sept. 24. Once again, I have to acknowledge that Saturdays can be different for people with traditional work schedules.
Much can distract us from life with God on a Saturday. I know there’s at least one football game I am eager to watch. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Rest and recreation are a part of God’s plan. God simply wants us to recognize the divine presence in the midst of all that activity.
Yesterday, we focused on praying for our churches. Today, let’s be sure that whatever we do, those activities don’t interfere with our ability to worship well tomorrow.
Here’s a simple morning prayer for you:
“Lord, be with me in all I do today. Give me glimpses of you throughout. May I find myself restored so that I serve you well in coming days.”
Remember to make your personal confessions, and lift up your requests for yourself and others.
Turn to your Bible today for an image of holy worship: Revelation 4. Pray that you will glimpse an earthly version of this tomorrow.
Remember the Lord’s Prayer, and I offer you this prayer to raise, too:
Lord, how am I doing? Has your will been done? Help me to walk with you through the remainder of the day. As I hear your voice at the center of my soul, let me move according to your will. Amen.
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:
“Give me rest from worldly excitement, Lord, and give me deep sleep as I experience your peace. Amen.”