Prayers for Everyday

by Rev. Carlee Hallman


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FINAL POST

To all the followers of this Prayer Blog: Thank you for sharing in these prayers. Yesterday was the 250th and last posting of prayers on this blog. These prayers will remain available at https://prayersforeveryday.wordpress.com, listed by month and by categories, such as forgiveness, petition, thanksgiving. I am going on to other interests and ways of serving. May God richly bless and be with each of you. In His service, Rev. Carlee Hallman.


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NEED GUIDANCE

Dear Lord, yesterday I missed an opportunity
to share your love. I’m sorry, Lord.
I was not quick enough or confident enough
to respond to a person’s need.
Help me to be more sensitive
to the distress of others
and give me courage to respond.
I am grateful that you
are a constant source of love
and answer our pleas for help.
Guide me in your way, Dear Lord. Amen.

Isaiah 58:11:
The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.

Hymn: Lord, Speak to Me


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PRAISE

O Lord, accept our songs
of praise for all your gifts to us
as we continue to live in this
retirement community.
Today the temperature is 50º on our balcony,
but our apartment is warm and toasty.
We praise you and give thanks
for those who have provided
for our health and comfort.
Praise for continuing friendships
and new friends.
Praise for good and ample food,
healthy activities,
and opportunities for helping others.
Praise and thanks for those who plan
and conduct our religious services.
Praise and thanks to you, Lord,
for the wonder of your love. Amen.

Psalm 147:1:
Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.

Hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty


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JULY FOURTH

Lord, today we celebrate
the founding of our country.
Thank you, Lord, that we are free.
We have elections to choose our leaders.
We can worship as we see fit.
But in another way, you Lord.
make us truly free: free
from the laws of sin and death.
You give us the possibility
of living lives of love
and of looking forward
to eternal life.

John 8:31:
Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

Hymn: Freely, Freely


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COMFORT

O Lord, as the sun comes up
and night’s shadows fade,
open my eyes to the new
tasks you have for me today.
There are people in our building
of this retirement community
who need support,
whose strength is failing.
Some are newly widowed.
Many have aches and pains.
Lord, open my eyes and heart to those
in need of comfort today.

Isaiah 40:1:
Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.

Hymn: Abide with Me


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BIRDS

Heavenly Father, we try to attract
birds to our garden.
We have a hummingbird feeder,
a bird house, and a bird bath.
It is a joy to watch them drinking water.
We often see goldfinches,
sparrows, crows, and other birds.
We saw a hummingbird looking around
before we put up the feeder this year.
We hope he comes back.
Your care for fragile creatures, Father,
reminds us of your great love for us.

Psalm 84:3:
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

Hymn: God Will Take Care of You


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OLD AGE

O Lord, today I have
another doctor’s appointment.
You know that I hate
to take medicines.
Most of my forebears lived
into their 90’s or above
without much medication.
Give me strength, Lord,
to listen and be reasonable
about the advice given.
Give me strength to do your will
no matter what is prescribed. Amen.

John 21:18:
“Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.”

Hymn: Leave It There