15 Days of Prayer

Please join us in prayer each day as we lift before our Heavenly Father various life issues that affect our society.

 

Today we pray for those who will vote in the upcoming election.

 

Thursday, Oct. 22

“Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.” Titus 3:1-2

Loving God, Creator and Ruler of this world, You alone are the source of our wisdom and understanding.  We ask You to watch over our nation during this election.  In this time of discernment, help us to see how our faith informs our principles and actions.  Help us to look beyond parties, promises. and personalities, and instead to base our decisions on what pleases You.  Keep before us all the various life issues that affect our society.   Guide us through all local, state, and national elections as we vote for people to work for us on behalf of our neighbor, especially our weakest and most vulnerable neighbors. Help us to vote for candidates and ballot initiatives that will better our community and our world and reflect the values Christ taught us.

Lord, Your Word says to be anxious for nothing, but in everything to come to You; we ask that You provide peace and comfort to the worried hearts of this country right now. Relieve their anxiety by helping them to focus on You and Your will. Help those who feel anxious find comfort and peace in Your presence instead. Please diffuse the spirit of anxiety across the nation and bring understanding between all people, regardless of tribal or political affiliations. Reign over us, O Lord, dispelling all fear and distrust.

Strengthen the faith of all who trust in Your Son as their Savior with the knowledge that You guide and control all things.  We ask for fair elections and trustworthy outcomes.  When all decisions are made, help us to support our leaders in all their work, and to obey all laws that do not oppose You and Your Word.   We ask these things in the Name of Christ Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords.  Amen.

 

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Friday, Oct. 23

Today we pray for those who are seeking employment and struggling to provide their families with the basic necessities of life:

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Heavenly Father,

You have placed humans on this earth and given us charge to care for all creation.  You provide vocations that guide us to care for ourselves and others.  We ask that Your providence continue uninterrupted for those who struggle to gather basic necessities.  Spread the abundance of Your world that all may receive the daily needs required for life.  Reward those seeking to serve others and earn their daily bread with gainful employment, that You may be honored and they may provide for themselves and others with dignity and thanksgiving.

Lord of Sabbath, give strength to those who are burdened by the toil of work in a fallen world.  Strengthen those who must work multiple jobs and long hours to provide for family basics.  Give aid to the parents who struggle to balance work at home office and children in school in the neighboring bedrooms.  Increase capacity of wisdom and purpose for those overworked or stressed by their employment situation, and help them to assess priorities that seek your will first.

Mold us to understand our vocations through the lens of Your ways, and by the grace of Your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Rev. Lucas Witt

 

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Saturday, Oct. 24

Today we pray for those who are immigrants in our country, those who are here on work visas and those who have come seeking a better life.

“When a stranger sojourns with you in the land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.’” Leviticus 19:33-34

Almighty God, Lord of the nations, we ask that you would bless those from afar who dwell in our midst. Provide for all their needs of the body. Unite and strengthen their families. Draw them to faithful congregations and draw them close to You. Help us to treat them as our own and love them as ourselves for we the Church are but strangers in a strange land awaiting our glorious homecoming in the world to come. We pray all this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rev. Roy Coats

 

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Sunday, Oct. 25

Today, as we observe Reformation Sunday, we pray for the Living Word to guide and empower our lives.

“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the Word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.”  1 Thessalonians 2:13

God of all truth,

You are the Author of every life and the whisperer of our unique purpose.  We pray for Your will in our lives.  Please work through us, as You did in the lives of Martin Luther and the other Reformers. Embolden us to rejoice in the Word and to speak it without fear of consequence.  Help us to stand firm in the truth and to work for Your Kingdom, spreading Your Word to those who do not yet know You. Give us opportunities to speak with people who need to hear of Your hope and peace.

We thank You for the way You work through every life, not just through the strong and powerful but through the weak and vulnerable as well …  individuals whose life stories we may never know until we meet them around Your throne of grace.

You have shown Your faithfulness by raising up those in every generation who call Your Church to repentance and renewal. Continue to raise up voices in our own day who herald the truth of Your Word and proclaim the faith in purity and truth against all enemies.   May our children say of us, ‘Our forefathers stood their ground on Christ alone, on His Word of truth alone.’ Through all the struggles and uncertainties of this world, remind us that there will always be one thing we can cling to — the truth of Your Living Word through Scripture. You never change!

God, thank You for defending us, sustaining us, and providing for us. Thank You for Your compassionate care and whispers of wisdom. We pray for more of You, and less of us.  We ask these things in the Name of the Truth that sets us free … Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  Amen.

Rev. Thurman Frey

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Monday, Oct. 26

Today we pray for the elderly.

“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”  2 Corinthians 4:16

Eternal God, in whom is our beginning and our ending, we pray for those who are defined as elderly. As bodies begin to betray, things so easily done before become easily complicated. When mind and body abilities diminish, the world becomes a smaller place where fears become larger and isolation greater.

We pray that Your empowering spirit would surround all who struggle in that place of life’s shadows. Gentle their hearts with the reassuring hope that Your love and grace still extend to them. Help them to know that even as others seem to pass them by, You will never leave them.   Help them to realize that they still have great worth and value.

Give to them that peace which the world cannot give, along with the courage to share their gifts and wisdom with those around them. Instill in them a hope that cannot be shaken and a joy that cannot be overcome.

These things we ask in the name of the One whose love for us is ageless. Amen.

Rev. Donald Schaefer

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Tuesday, Oct. 27

Today we pray for the those who are victims of human trafficking.

 

“Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”   Psalm 82:4

Almighty God, we hold up to You those who have been pressed into slavery, often in the midst of our own community. It is hard to imagine in the United States, in the twenty-first century that this is still a very real issue of especially women and children being held against their will, separated from their family often in another country and culture far away from their homes mostly for the purpose of being a sex servant to other people. Yet we know it does happen.

Father, we pray that you would keep the innocent safe from ever being abducted … to use good judgment in who they talk with on-line or in-person.  Please, Father, keep them safe from those who would harm them physically and emotionally.

We thank you for Law Enforcement that is being diligent in searching out and arresting those who would commit these kinds of heinous crimes and for rescuing those who are being subjugated into such a horrible, unimaginable life.

We pray fervently, Father, that those who are imprisoned in this horror be rescued quickly and safely and that they be returned to loved ones.   While they are captive, we ask You to comfort and assure them.  Help them to know that there is a Father in heaven who cares for them, a Savior who understands their suffering. Help them to cope with feelings of helplessness and victimization.  Dispel any notion that they are responsible for the abuse inflicted upon them. After they are rescued, give them counselors who will support them in processing their trauma.  And help them to turn to You for strength and comfort and healing.

We always pray in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and we lift your petitions to our Father in heaven in His Name. Amen

Rev. Jim Driskell

 

 

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Wednesday, Oct. 28

Today we pray for the unborn and for those confronting unplanned pregnancies.

 

“For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.”  Psalm 139:13-14

 

Lord of our life and God of our salvation, we thank You for the gift of life and new life in Jesus, Your Son. By His saving work on the cross and His victory proclaimed by the empty tomb we are restored to Your family by faith. Help us always to celebrate and give thanks for our lives in this world as we also look forward to the new dawn of life in heaven.

We also thank You for those whom You have called to vocations of care in our fallen world: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, counselors and all those to whom You have given special knowledge and skill to care for us in our physical lives.

Bless especially, in these days, those who work to support and encourage families with unexpected or difficult pregnancies. Help them to share Your love and comfort with those in sorrow or distress and to help them to see the children they carry as holy gifts from You.

Lead us as individuals, families, and congregations to offer support to the life centers in our area.  Through our time as volunteers, our unique talents and skills and our financial gifts help us to extend and expand the work in support life in our community.

All these things we ask knowing that You hear and answer us because we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Rev. J. Thomas Foelber

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Thursday, Oct. 29

Today we pray for those who are incarcerated.

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”    Isaiah 61:1

Righteous Lord, Judge of all, You command all people to walk in in paths of righteousness and we will stand before you at the final Judgment. The secrets of all hearts are known to you alone. You know who is just and You forgive the unjust.  Hear our prayers for those in prison. Give them repentance and lead them to a new life in You.  We pray also for their friends and families, as well as for correction officers and prison chaplains. Grant wisdom and courage to all in authority so that they would defend the weak and innocent from the attacks of the evil and powerful. Strengthen the frightened to stand trusting in Your protection. Defend those who act against the forces of oppression. Comfort those who suffer injustice with the knowledge and hope that they are partaking the victory of Your cross. Heal those who have been wounded by the actions of others, especially the victims of crime.  May the example of those You call to serve lead others to follow in their trials and bring eternal praise and salvation through Your Son our Lord, Jesus, Who reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever. Amen.

Rev. Stephen Funck

 

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Friday, Oct. 30

Today we pray for those who are disabled.

 

“We have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

 

God our Father, we stare amazed at the creation Your power, wisdom and love have called into life.  Such beauty, such intricacy, such diversity of color and form, such variety and purpose unfold before our five dazzled senses.  No flower, no tree, no bird, no bug, no fish and no animal is identical in the creativity of Your mind.  How hard it is for us to understand, beholding all You have made!

 

Teach us, seeing the complexity of Your plan, to treasure every one of the human individuals You bring forth.  Even in the differences of strength, of intellect, of talent, of size, of personality and of beauty You love each one and value each one.  May we, made in Your image and likeness, learn to love and value each one.  By Your determination to rescue, to redeem, to heal and to perfect each person by the saving sacrifice of Your Son, remake our attitudes perfectly to reflect Yours.  Empower us to restore any individual, however faulty or imperfect, by loving them as You do.  Fill Your creation and Your everlasting home by the way we reflect the mind, heart and life of Your Son, our Lord and King Jesus Christ, in Whose name we pray for this.

 

Rev. Gene Merrell

 

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Saturday, Oct. 31

Today we pray for those who are called to serve and protect us.

 

“For the LORD will go before you, and the God is Israel will be your rear guard. (Isaiah 52:12)

 

Almighty Father,

We commend to you all those that have taken the oath to protect and serve through the offices of police, fire, and all law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.  Keep them safe from physical harm, and keep their emotional and mental health in Your loving embrace as they deal with challenging situations that most citizens do not have to face.  Give them zeal in their duties and wisdom and discernment in their decisions.  Give them strength to always be honest in every situation, and to have the highest integrity in all that they say and do.

 

O Lord, we pray for hope for the men and women that protect us, for they often see people at their very worst.  Remind them of Your loving care for them and for all people — that despite what they may see and deal with, You are in control. Give them patience to deal fairly with the mentally ill, the infirm, and those under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  Protect them against all who wish to hurt them.  Help them not to waver in their vocation but to serve their communities honorably, and to lean on You with all their burdens, worries and fears.

Heavenly Father, we also pray for the families of those in law enforcement.  Remind them that their loved ones are under Your care, give them strength in times of worry, and peace in times of distress.

Heavenly Father, keep the public aware of the troubles and challenges that police and other law enforcement officers face.  May we ever be kind to those who perform a public service that we do not understand.  Keep us mindful that they are humans that bear Your image, that are fearfully and wonderfully made.  May we always be a help and not a hindrance.

All of this we pray in Your Son’s name, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rev. Kevin Barron

November 1

Today as we observe All Saints Day, we pray for those who comprise the Church Militant even as we remember those who have joined the Church Triumphant, one Body in Christ Jesus our Savior.

“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’” Revelation 7:9-10

Father of all mercies, Whose will it is to bring the nations into one Communion of Saints through Your crucified and living Son: Grant that Your Holy Church treasure His gift of life abundant, daily defying this worlds culture of death, That the testimony of the Saints to Eternal Life may transform this worlds stewardship of temporal life, and sanctity be accorded it from conception to natural death;  Through Jesus Christ, Lord of Life, who, in the company of Saints and angels, lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Rev. Elliott Robertson

 

November 2

Today we pray for those who are depressed or anxious and for those who are contemplating suicide. 

“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

Father of all, we thank and praise You for the minds and bodies you have given us to walk in while we are on earth.  They allow us to enjoy Your creation and one another.  Sometimes, however, things we can’t control make us depressed and anxious. And sometimes our minds lead us to destructive thoughts — things You would never intend for us.  Help us, Lord, to push aside the darkness when it covers us like a blanket and keeps us from seeing clearly…from seeing YOU through the fog.  Be with any who may be filled with those thoughts now.  Save them from a permanent “solution” to their temporary problems, a regrettable decision they can never take back.  Fill us with Your life-giving Spirit to see hope in each new day, reason to arise each morning, and purpose in every step we take.  Make us shine for You in all we say, do, and think.

In Jesus’s dear Name we pray. Amen.

Carol Frey

 

November 3

Today we pray for those who are sick, recently diagnosed, or living with chronic pain, as well as for all health care providers and everyone affected by the pandemic.

 “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.” Jeremiah 17:14

Gracious Father, You know the hardships that so many are facing with the frailties of the flesh in a world corrupted by sin — various diseases and cancers, some curable, some incurable; the pain and limitations accompanying these illnesses; the hopeless feeling of terminal situations; the hardships for those suffering from the coronavirus; the associated struggles of their families; the increased social isolation this pandemic has brought upon us; the feelings of depression that can come with this. Lord Jesus, You came in the likeness of sinful flesh, and You know first-hand our experience of sickness and death. Look with favor upon these people. Give them the eyes of faith to see Your Presence in their affliction.

Provide for all their needs.

Give them a sense of security and hope in the midst of their crises. Give them opportunity to testify of their faith in You, and show Your power in them in a mighty way. Guide, bless and use the health care professionals ministering to them. Protect them as they endanger their lives carrying out a ministry of healing. Protect, heal, and deliver them in the way You see best. Be glorified in all these situations that more might put their faith in you. We pray that You bring this pandemic to an end, and until that time use it to accomplish Your purposes as people’s security is shaken and they turn to You for relief. Guide and use us that we might be encouragers and support for those who suffer. We thank and praise You that You have all power over all of these things and that we can rely on You to bring us all through. We entrust these people to Your loving care. In Jesus’s precious name we pray. Amen.

Rev. Jim Kleinfelter

 

November 4

Today we pray for those who have been wounded by racial injustice and for those who work for healing and reconciliation between people of different ethnicities.

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” —Romans 15:5–7

Father of all, You create every person in Your image, without exception. All life is sacred and worthy of our deepest reverence. Through Your goodness, open our eyes to see the dignity, beauty, and worth of every human being. Open our minds to understand that all Your children are brothers and sisters in the same human family. Open our ears to hear the cries of those wounded by racial discrimination, and their passionate appeals for change.

Heal all who have been oppressed and mistreated because of the color of their skin. Give us the willingness to listen to their experiences. Keep us from being defensive when they share their anger. Keep us from being dismissive when they share their pain. Leaning on the forgiveness we have in You, help us to acknowledge and confess our own bias and prejudice. Open our hearts to repent of attitudes, behaviors, and speech which demean others.

Give us a spirit of humility to have honest conversations about race with our relatives, our coworkers, our friends, and our neighbors. Give us the courage to call out bigotry wherever it surfaces. Make us advocates for justice for everyone in our society. Foster relationships built on trust. As Your Son reconciled us to You through the cross, help us to become bridges of reconciliation between people of different ethnicities. Flood us with Your love so that we might move forward as Your children, united in the peace only You can give.

Rev. Thurman Frey

 

November 5

Today we pray for all in the wake of the election.

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:1, 8

God of all nations, we give You thanks for the many blessings of democracy we enjoy in these United States of America. We ask for Your protection and guidance for all who devote themselves to the common good, working for justice and peace at home and around the world.

We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants, those who will serve us as president, as legislators and judges, as well as those who protect and serve us.

Lord, help us to accept the results of the election with respect and kindness. In true humility, let those whose candidates won be magnanimous in victory, and let those whose candidates lost be gracious in defeat. Prevent the hardening of our hearts, especially among believers. Instead, let us respond with prayer, respect, and a gentle spirit.

Heal us from the rancor and partisanship that continues to divide our nation. Help us move forward from bitterness and mistrust. Restore public decency and civil discourse. Unite us, O Lord, with a willingness to work together for liberty and justice for all people, especially those who are the most vulnerable in our land.

Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word. We pray that this and subsequent elections would lead to even greater opportunities to proclaim the Gospel, and that the freedom of the Church will be respected, honored, and protected. Where laws and policies conflict with Your will, give us the courage and conviction to stand firm in You. Make us quick to serve and eager to speak the truth in love.

God, help us to remember that ultimately You are in control. Though our earthly politics may differ and the human faces in charge may change, You are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Keep Your people faithful to the things we know we must do — love our neighbors as ourselves and love You with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Christ in His strength, and in His Spirit, now and every day. Grant us the privilege to bear witness to You, the only Ruler who keeps all His promises and the only One whose kingdom has no end. To You and You alone be glory throughout the generations forever and ever. In Your mighty Name. Amen.