Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

May 2, 2020

Pastor Jan


You know we aren’t very good at waiting, but are comforted to feel you are waiting with us, O Patient One. We’ve become accustomed to our microwave, the remote control, instant messaging, the prompt reply. They have their place, of course, but you ask us that we are to live in the moment — neither obsessing about the past nor fast-forwarding to tomorrow. We know you live in kairos time, and a thousand years in your sight are a mere day to you; yet our linear human thinking makes it hard to be content with only the present awareness. We are a people pledged to live more closely with you, however, so show us how to use our moments wisely. And perhaps we will discover what a valuable treasure you offer, second by second.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Although we are often slow learners in our Christian walk, Good Teacher, you send us vivid hints throughout our days. When we are sated with nourishing meals, we encounter those who have no food. While we have energy to exercise and have avoided the virus, we learn of vulnerable ones who waste away from malnutrition and disease. Just when we are contemplating the purchase of a new family car, we pass by the man sentenced to limping every mile on foot. We look at our bank balance, knowing we can count on the monthly deposit, but we are told there are millions who have lost everything in recent months. What would we really have, O Lord, if you did not give it? Ours is certainly a world of inequities, but daily the question haunts us:  “Am I helping mitigate the situation, or am I perpetrating the disparity?”

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Thank you for giving us chance after chance to set things right, Dearest Friend. We trust that you never give up on us, and that you continue to welcome our prayers that come from our hearts, especially these we bring in this hour:

  • Gratitude for prayers: a father in ICU has miraculously come through a 3rd surgery, is responsive, and has spoken to his family; thanks be to God!
  • Thank you for praying: my relative’s mastectomy Friday was deemed a success with no lymph node involvement
  • An elderly mother has been released from the hospital after 14 days; family is grateful for all prayers
  • A mother with renal failure shows signs of improving; continued prayers are appreciated
  • Pleased that some are able to return to work; that all might remain safe
  • Grace and solace for a family whose mother died today
  • Lift up the grieving hearts of family members – a beloved brother died today
  • Wisdom for hospital administrators and health-related officials as they open their facilities
  • Please pray for a nephew whose small business is at risk
  • A businessman who is under great stress due to economic downturn
  • A son in need of work – no prospects for months, and he is frantic
  • Prayers for a mother of teenagers who faces a dilemma; for her courage and strength
  • A young wife in Texas just diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer; for distraught family

We are aware that these situations as already enveloped in your grace, Loving Lord. Work out your healing plan in whatever ways you deem best.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

As you understand our deep desire to be faithful, it is your love which helps us regain our footing each time we falter.  Hear now these words taught us so long ago by that One who guides each soul seeking to follow:

Our father who are 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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