Welcome to the daily prayer guide for the month of September! Today is Tuesday, Sept. 27.
This morning as you prepare to pray, I will ask you to consider something specific. What is your community of prayer? I am asking where it is that you go in order to pray in a serious way with a group of people, rather than simply praying alone. Do you pray with others in a very real way in the sanctuary on Sunday? Are you part of a Sunday school or small group that prays in such a way?
If anything about what I’ve just asked concerns you, know that you can contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, here’s our basic prayer pattern for the morning:
Praise and Thanksgiving. Again, some useful psalms to consider as part of your time of praise: 18, 19, 21, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 40, 41, 66, 106, 113, 116, 135, 136, 138, 145, 149, 150. Perhaps over several days you can simply work through the list.
Confession. And remember the Good News: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
Petitions. Remember global concerns, then move to praying for your nation, and then from there for your community (including work), your church, your family and yourself.
Scripture. After selecting a reading (see yesterday’s guide), focus on a verse or verses that really seem to speak to you. Pray around those words.
The Lord’s Prayer, and some silent time.
Meditative prayer and reflection on the day. Sometimes people find this a good time to keep a few private notes in a diary or notebook.
And may you always have blessed sleep.