Did You Know Charles Wesley Wrote Prayers to Sing? A Prayerful Look at Intercession Hymn #1 “For All Mankind”

In 1758, Charles Wesley published his collection of 40 Intercession Hymns. These hymns are examples of intercessory prayers set to music. Music is a good way to remember words, and singing helps people have words of prayer and scripture on their hearts and tongues throughout the day. Although Wesley’s collection of Intercession Hymns represents an … Continue reading Did You Know Charles Wesley Wrote Prayers to Sing? A Prayerful Look at Intercession Hymn #1 “For All Mankind”

Prayer for Individuals and Families Living in Poverty

In 2013 I was very blessed to be teaching an eight-week course to a church women's group. The focus of our course was on the challenges of poverty in the community and the church's response. We worked through a book on poverty. To use with their reading, I printed up and gave each woman a … Continue reading Prayer for Individuals and Families Living in Poverty

Praying the Apostle’s Creed

Depending on your church tradition, you may or may not be familiar with the words of the Apostle's Creed. I grew up in a church where we memorized the words in Sunday school at a very young age. Our teachers taught us what the words meant and why we stood and said these words each … Continue reading Praying the Apostle’s Creed

Thanksgiving Prayers

Thanksgiving Day is a beautiful time to reflect on God's goodness in our lives. We are reminded to really focus our hearts on who God is and how much He loves us. It's an opportunity to ask God to align our hearts with His, so we can see through His eyes, and love with His … Continue reading Thanksgiving Prayers

A Prayer for Veteran’s Day

Dear Jesus, Thank you for your love and for the amazing people you have brought into our lives. We know that today, many of the people we love are remembering painful moments. Many are suffering from the trauma of wars. Please bring them your love and comfort. Please heal the pain of trauma. Give them … Continue reading A Prayer for Veteran’s Day

Why Aren’t We Desperate?

I was talking yesterday with a friend who just returned from Uganda. She spent several weeks with a neighborhood ministry that had requested inner healing prayer. As she shared about the desperate situation and the hunger in the people's hearts, she also lamented that she seldom finds that kind of hunger here at home. We … Continue reading Why Aren’t We Desperate?

Summer Prayer for Our Children and Their Families

Dear God, I pray for our Pre-K-12 students and their families, as they transition from school to summer. Give children and parents a smooth transition and a joyous, safe, nurturing summer. I pray that every child has the meals, the daily care and protection they need for the summer. Help each child with their summer … Continue reading Summer Prayer for Our Children and Their Families

School Kids in Nepal – A Prayer

Thinking about these precious Nepali school kids tonight. Our kids here are out for the summer. Some of our kids have a hard time when they're not at school to receive meals. Some can't count on family being around when they're home on summer break. I wonder about these sweet girls in Nepal. What's going … Continue reading School Kids in Nepal – A Prayer

A Prayer in Time of Sickness

Heavenly Father, thank You for life, joy, health and peace. I'm not feeling so well today. But I know You are here. Help me to find rest and comfort in Your presence. Lord, heal me. I choose life. I choose health. I need Your help. By Your Holy Spirit, please strengthen me in my spirit, … Continue reading A Prayer in Time of Sickness

I Belong

It didn’t go the way I thought. I never got to have kids. I’m divorced. My career that I once aspired to is over, having never quite begun. I’m getting older … enough to notice. But that’s okay! I’m still alive and I’m still me. I’m still full of all the hope and dreams I … Continue reading I Belong