Prayer Walk 2020

In his life and ministry, Jesus modeled mercy and care for others.  In his final meal with the disciples, he bent and washed their feet, in an act of humility, service, and love, then he called all of his disciples in every time and place love and serve others as Christ loved and served us. 

Let's Spend the week walking alone or with our family through our community. 

As you walk, lift up your prayers. If you walk a mile a day, you will walk the distance that Christ walked between the Garden of Gethsemane and the Cross.

Monday: Luke 1: 46-55

Prayers for Poverty and Homelessness

As you walk the streets remember those who walk the streets without a place to call home. Pray for those in our town, county, country and world who have no place to call home, for those who stay in hotel rooms because it is the cheapest place to stay on a nightly basis, for those who worry always about having enough to pay rent, for those living in the family shelters scattered about town, for those who work daily to alleviate homelessness, for victims of domestic violence, poverty, homelessness and the fear and despair associated with homelessness. 

God sent his son to a peasant girl in the midst of poverty and oppression. This is the song that Mary sang as she rejoiced over the promise of her/God's Child

And Mary said, 

My soul magnifies the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

for the Mighty One has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him

from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,

and lifted up the lowly;

he has filled the hungry with good things,

and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,

in remembrance of his mercy,

according to the promise he made to our ancestors,

to Abraham and to his descendants forever.

Tuesday:Luke 3:41-51 

Prayers for Schools and Education...For Those in Pursuit of Knowledge

As you walk through the community, pray for our schools...preschools, elementary, middle school, high school, and all our secondary institutions that help us learn beyond high school. We pray prayers of gratitude that God values the mind and creativity that grows from it. We offer prayers for students, alumni, professors, administration, advisers, boards, and all of the staff who keep these institutions running, that God would guide the work and growth that happens here, and that it might be used for good and not for ill. We pray that the gift of knowledge would be used to serve all of God's people, especially the poor, and we pray for those not able to access higher education that opportunities would be made available for all to grow to their fullest potential.

In his very early years, Jesus spent time talking with the teachers of faith in the temple. Even as a child, he taught them. Throughout the rest of the Gospel, Jesus was a teacher. Think of the things he taught in parables and the things he taught us in his sermons on the mount (Matthew 5-7)

Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day's journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety." He said to them, "Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

Wednesday: Luke 12:13-34 

Prayers for the Sick and those who care for them…a home, in health care facilities, and in care center facilities

We pray for those who are sick and in need of extra care.  We pray for healing and hope.  We pray for care givers and health care workers, that they would serve with skill and compassion.  We pray for the health and well-being of all who serve and care for others.  We pray for health care facilities that they would have the resources that are needed to offer good care.  We pray for the families of those who are sick, that they would find strength and peace especially during this time wen isolation keeps us apart.

Jesus brought healing to many, many people.  In this story a group of friends know that Christ is the only one who can heal their friend, so they tear a roof apart to carry their friend to Christ.  As we walk today, we carry those in our families and communities in need of healing to the Lord in prayer.

One day, while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting near by (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem); and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. Just then some men came, carrying a paralyzed man on a bed. They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; but finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven you." Then the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, "Who is this who is speaking blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, "Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Stand up and walk'? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" — he said to the one who was paralyzed — "I say to you, stand up and take your bed and go to your home." Immediately he stood up before them, took what he had been lying on, and went to his home, glorifying God. Amazement seized all of them, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen strange things today."

Thursday: Luke 12:13-34 

For Commerce, Business and the Work of Our Community

We pray for the stores, banks, manufacturers, and industries of our society.   We pray for shopkeepers, employees, managers, business owners, customers and bankers.  We pray for those able to buy and those not able to buy, for trade both fair and unfair.  We pray for the laws that govern us and the business world. 

Remember the laws God set forth in the Old Testament to ensure fair trade and equal distribution of wealth, remembering that God calls us always to beware of greed, selfish tendencies, and corrupt business practices.

Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me." But he said to him, "Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?" And he said to them, "Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions." Then he told them a parable: "The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, 'What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?' Then he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God."
He said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you — you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Friday: John 19:25-30

Prayers for those who mourn

Cemeteries are part of our community.  Today you might want to walk through one that is near and dear to you.  Prayers may include prayers of thanksgiving for Christ who joined us in death and opened our graves that life might prevail.  Prayers of thanksgiving for faithful servants whose days on earth are ended, for those who mourn their loss, for those whose grief is fresh, for those who are afraid of death.

As Christ died on the cross for us, he was concerned for those he loved and offered them to each other’s care.

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, "Woman, here is your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Here is your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), "I am thirsty." A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Saturday: Luke 23:32-43

Prayers for Justice

We pray for those who work to care for well-being of the public.  For fire and rescue workers.  For law enforcement in our community and around our nation and world, for their safety and their well-being, for those who are incarcerated and their families, for those who commit crimes because of drug/alcohol addictions for lawyers and judges, for our criminal justice system that can at times be prejudicial against the poor and minorities that all can be treated fairly. 

Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. [[ Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing."]] And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!" The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

Sunday: Psalm 8

Prayers for the Earth that is always being made new in Christ

Pause today wherever you witness the beauty of God's good creation which may include prayer for our earth, for those who make choices that harm the earth, for those working to protect the environment, prayers of gratitude for all the goodness within creation and for the gifts God provides for us within creation.

LORD, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
LORD, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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