How Should I Pray Lord?

Recently, I was feeling rather concerned and overwhelmed about all the various issues facing our world. I was confused about how I should pray regarding them. How could I cover the bases, yet do a fair job of prayer? The following is the result of this discernment process:

NOVENA ON WORLD WOES

From terrorism, deliver us Lord.

From political chaos, deliver us Lord.

From moral chaos, deliver us Lord.

From transgenderism, deliver us Lord.

From abortion, deliver us Lord.

From sex- and human trafficking, deliver us Lord.

From senseless killings, deliver us Lord.

From funding of abortion, deliver us Lord.

From bullying of any kind, deliver us Lord.

From infringement of religious freedom, deliver us Lord.

From infringement of free speech, deliver us Lord.

For an end to sexual abuse, Lord hear our prayer.

For an end to domestic violence, Lord hear our prayer.

For an end to emotional abuse, Lord hear our prayer.

For an end to financial deception, Lord hear our prayer.

For an end to political correctness, Lord hear our prayer.

For an end to Satanism, Lord hear our prayer.

For an end to killing of Christians, Lord hear our prayer.

Regarding gay rights, enlighten them Lord.

Regarding gay marriage, enlighten them Lord.

Lord, open their eyes and hearts to Your will.

For those who don’t know God or who have turned their backs on Him, help them Lord.

Help our leaders to work together for what is right and to put aside politics. Grant them wisdom and right moral judgement.

Give us the strength and determination to pray, to hope, and to never give up regarding Your kingdom.

I hope this prayer helps you in your prayer life. Feel free to adapt it as you wish. You can pray it for 9 days straight, like a Novena. You can add an Our Father and/or a Hail Mary to the end of each phrase or however the Spirit moves you. Enjoy, and God bless!

Lesson from a coffee pot

I had a work faux-pas (an embarrassing goof-up) recently at work. I had filled a coffee pot–the kind that requires a stem to pump coffee out–and set it in the conference room. One of my co-workers was not able to get coffee out of it, however. When I looked, I realized I hadn’t put the stem in the pot so it would pump coffee out. What does all of this have to do with Jesus? Well, it got me to thinking about Advent and the stem of Jesse. Jesse is the father of David, and Jesus is one of David’s descendants. The Bible says: “A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” (Isaiah 11:1-2 NRSV).  This version of the verse says stump, but other translations say stem. So, Jesus comes forth from the stem of Jesse.

Just as the coffee pot with no stem was ineffective, our lives without Jesus are ineffective.  Just as I needed the stem inside the coffee pot for it to work, we need Jesus inside us for our lives to be effective. Without His help and wisdom, it just isn’t happening.

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams