Posts Tagged ‘waiting’

God Guides Us

March 7, 2021

Today’s prayer is paraphrased from several of the Psalms (NIV).

Do not fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround us. (Ps. 49:5)

For God will guide us.

He has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted; he has not hidden his face but has listened to our cry for help. (Ps. 22:24)

And God will guide us.

He will rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and the needy from those who rob them. (Ps. 35:10)

And God will guide us.

He will repay the wicked for their deeds and for their evil work; repay them for what their hands have done and bring back upon them what they deserve. (Ps. 28:4)

And God will guide us.

We can still be confident of this: We will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, for he is with us always. (Ps. 27:13)

For our God guides us.

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (Ps. 27:14)

Amen

Open Our Hearts

May 17, 2020

The waiting is the hardest part. – Tom Petty

Our world changed suddenly and now we wait

in our doubt,

in our grief,

in our loneliness

in our impatience,

in our fear.

Open our hearts O Lord that we might find hope, and comfort each other.

Give us the courage to speak up, reach out, and together build a stronger, more just, more compassionate world.

Help us as we begin to move forward, O Lord.

Amen

Grace and Confidence -2

December 20, 2009

I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Ps. 27:13-14

Lord, in this season of Advent, teach us to wait.

Teach us to wait with the hope that comes from the knowledge of your love.  Strengthen our ability to trust in you, and help us to know you better through our waiting.

Teach us to wait with the courage that comes from faith in your mighty power.  Give us the courage to face hard truths about ourselves and others, the courage to care,  the courage to change, and the courage to seek and heed your call.

Teach us to wait with the peace that comes from forgiveness.  Help us to accept that we are forgiven, and to forgive those who have caused us pain.

Teach us to wait with patience.  Help us to let go of our own desire to control and to wait secure in the knowledge that “the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Ps. 33:11. Let us say as the prophets did, “I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7. Help us to see that, by your grace, hearts and minds are changing as we wait.

Help us to wait, O Lord, and to know that you are with us in the waiting.

Teach us to wait, O Lord.

Amen