Pastoral Prayer 1-10-15

Holy God, 

We pause today, seeking your presence - longing to know that you are with us. 

In the book of Isaiah we read that those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

So today we wait for you. We wait for you seeking renewal 

There are some of us today who have great joy  - we have had a good week or a good day.  We have done well at school, we have accomplished many things at work, we’ve spent time with family and friends, we enjoyed a quiet, relaxing day - yet we still need your presence in our lives.

There are some of us are filled with sorrow. We have had hard days.  We’ve lost something or someone.  We’ve faced anxiety in the unknown.  We have hurt someone or done something we’re not proud of.  We also need your presence.

So God - we ask that you renew us this day. 

If today is a day when we soar - may it be with your strength. 
If today we are running - may we be led by your spirit. 
If today we are walking - may we walk in your grace.

Whether we walk, run, or soar - may we be filled with your love and your peace. 

We pray these things in the way your son 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 power, and the glory forever.