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Gethsemane’s other prayers – Mark 14:32-42

Am I not among those who have walked with you all this time Lord?  There’s a faithful group of us, we’ve been serving, working, ministering, learning, preparing; you name it, we’ve been doing it.  All for you, Lord.  Right everyone?

“Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” (And all God’s People said, “Amen and Amen!”)

“Sit here while I pray; stay here and keep watch.”

Oh Lord, we’ve been working so hard all day; pushing for the kingdom, serving with great joy…but I am so tired. Dear God, bless the children, and the families, and the work of the church, and the pastors, and everyone else I am too tired to remember.

“Are you asleep?  Could you not watch for one hour?  Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation”

“THE SPIRIT IS WILLING, BUT THE BODY IS WEAK”

Oh Lord, yes I am willing. I will fight with you, I will fight for you, I will stand with you to the end.  Don’t worry about me and temptation, I’ve been following pretty close now for a while Jesus. It’s all good…

Except, my eyes seem to fail me, the body is weak.  I need rest Lord. I’ve been working so hard, serving, preaching, going to meetings, feeding hundreds, setting up dinners and programs and studies and prayer times and… I am so tired. If I could just get a power nap for a few minutes, I would be good and back to service again.  Bless the children, and the families, and the work of the church, and the pas…

“Are you still sleeping and resting?  Enough! The hour has come…”

Have mercy O God, the spirit is willing, but my body is so weak.  “I don’t understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”  Have mercy O God!  Have mercy on me.  Have mercy on us all.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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An Advent Prayer

Keep us awake gracious God, to your saving work in the world, that we might join you in it.

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“Change our hearts, O God”

God of Grace and God of Greatness, You bless us this morning with Your presence.  We are humbled as we consider our place before You.  God of Love and God of Mercy, You bless us this morning with Your Presence.   We are thankful as we consider how You have lavished us with your everlasting love.  Thank You Father, Thank You Jesus, Thank You Holy Spirit.

Change.  Lord that is a word we do not like.  Change.  It brings out our deepest fears, plays on our insecurities, leaves us nothing to fall back on but You.  And perhaps that is why life never stays the same, that it is constantly changing; so that we might learn in simple faith to fall in your arms of love and power.

And so we pray this day O Lord, as your people.  Change us. Change our hearts.

Change our fear into faith, our weakness into strength.

Change our sinfulness to faithfulness, our despair into hope.

Change our pride to humility, our loss to gain.

Change our desires that we may desire only You.

Change our minds where we have thought wrongly.

Change our actions, where we have behaved wrongly toward You and toward others.

Change our hearts, where we have labored to hold on to grudges, bitterness, and anger;

Change our hearts to forgive as you have forgiven, to love as your have loved us.

Change our cowardice to boldness in our witness to You.

Change our priorities, to care about that which you care about: people, lives, love.

Change our worship, that we may honor You more than pleasing ourselves.

Change us.  Yet not just us O Lord.

Change our church, change Your church!  Change our nation, our leaders, those who influence our society.

Change the world, bring peace where there is war; help where there are needy, good where there is evil, love where there is hate.

Change our hearts O God.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray. Amen

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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