Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

April 30, 2020

Pastor Jan


Jesus, Humble Savior, we hear your soft knock on our door every morning.  Sadly, sometimes we are busy and refuse to answer. At other times we feel guilty and leave the door shut, not wanting to admit our self-centeredness.  Forgive our lack of hospitality, we pray. Help us to center ourselves on your love and pattern our lives after yours. Then our ears will be attuned to your quiet rapping, and we will fling wide the door of our hearts, embracing you as our most Welcome Guest.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O God So Near Yet Far, we long for the trust we once had in you. We miss the deep faith we’ve somehow lost along the way. We know, of course, that your love for and faith in us is changeless, and that there is nothing we can do to alter that. The withering, rather, is on our part, for we have forgotten to make you the center of our lives. Remind us that today is not too late to rebuild our relationship with the Holy. We begin by sharing with you our wholehearted gratitude for all you have meant to us throughout our days . . . We honor you, we praise you, we pledge to remember the limitless ways you continue to move in our lives.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

We have witnessed your work among us throughout these long and onerous weeks, and we know you are eager to bring us to that new land where strange illnesses do not attack the vulnerable. So hear our own private prayers we offer in the silence of our souls . . . and also work within these situations that are borne by our church friends:

  • Thankful for prayers: a cherished mother died peacefully and is now with the Lord
  • Celebrating a daughter’s passing her internal medicine boards
  • Gratitude: a friend’s rectal cancer surgery was successful; please pray for healing
  • Giving thanks for all our amazing healthcare workers and first responders
  • Grateful for faithful leaders who are supporting, loving and guiding our youth group
  • Wisdom for all decision-makers planning reopening of healthcare facilities and businesses; safety for all concerned
  • Pray for recovery for very ill beloved father, husband, and faithful member in ICU
  • Please pray that a daughter’s home financing in St. Louis comes through ASAP
  • Prayers for continued safety of frontline physicians in DC, LA, and Scotland
  • Lift up a relative who faces cancer surgery tomorrow – that all will go well
  • Healing for two mothers in the hospital, blessings and peace for their adult children
  • Prayers for a home closing to take place on schedule this month
  • Courage for a mother who must confront a situation that endangers her children
  • All who are unemployed, in need of financial help; business owners who are experiencing great stress

Clear our minds and calm our spirits this day, for we know that your healing power alone can make us whole again.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Accept all our prayers and touch the most wounded places in our souls this day, for we offer these in the name of Jesus, the Great Healer, who taught us to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.


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