Prayers based on Matthew 22.34-46

week 7Prayers Based on Matthew 22:34-46

Prayer: Make Me Your Love
Rabbi Jesus
Promised Messiah
Son of the One ,True, Living God

Fill me with your Spirit
Make me your love

It is your command
It is your way
It is your gift
It is You and your work

Yes, make me your witness
And yes, make me your will
But first and always, make me your love

Pause in silence to receive

Prayer: Strong, Fierce Love
Heavenly One,
Your reach extends to every neighbor, every nation
Offering grace, forgiveness, wholeness, and hope
A saving embrace of unconditional love
Drawing us to you and each other and our true self

Make us holy and whole with your strong, fierce love
Your children, grateful for a place in your family
Your glory, humble before your mercy and generosity
Your faithful, honoring and welcoming all
Your testimony, joyful in sharing what we have found in you
Amen.

Prayer: We Will Love and Obey
This prayer was inspired by a prayer in the Walk to Emmaus Worship Booklet for Pilgrims
Loving God, you love us, all of us, and ask in return that we love you with all our hearts and souls and minds. By your grace we will love and obey. Let it be so, now and forever.

Loving God, you love us, all of us, and ask in return that we love our neighbors as we love ourselves. By your grace we will love and obey. Let it be so, now and forever.

Loving God, you love us, all of us, and ask in return that we forgive and not hold grudges. By your grace we will love and obey. Let it be so, now and forever.

Loving God, you love us, all of us, and ask in return that we take up our cross and follow you. By your grace we will love and obey. Let it be so, now and forever.

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For the next few months, I’ll be posting prayers to accompany Bishop Ken Carter’s Bible Study on Facebook. Each week, Bishop Carter will bring in a guest to speak about the passage. We’ll be walking through the last chapters of the Gospel of Matthew. 

You’re most welcome to read along and to join this Facebook discussion group. You don’t need to be a Methodist or attend a Methodist church. All are welcome and all means all.

May the grace of God’s word, the challenge, and the call, inspire us to great faith and great good works in Jesus’ name. – Lisa <

Make Me Your Love © 2019 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
Strong, Fierce, Love © 2020 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
We Will Love and Obey © 2016 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Midweek Devotion- John 17, part 3

SCRIPTURE: John 17:20-26

BREATH PRAYERS:
IN:
OUT: Make us one, Lord

IN:
OUT: Let Your love flow

IN:
OUT: Come, Holy Spirit

You’re encouraged to use the following process as you read scripture.
We use this process together on Wednesdays at 8:00AM EST.
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STILLNESS: Spend 5-20 minutes in silence looking to God and listening for God.

ATTENTION: Read or listen to the Scripture. What word, phrase, or verse captures your attention? Underline it or copy it onto a piece of paper.

CONNECTION: What connections do you see to other scriptures? To your own experience or current situation? Or, to the character or promises of God?

ACTION: What is God inviting you to trust, say, or do? How will your life be different because of this scripture?

PRAY: Talk to God about what you just experienced or anything else on your heart.

Recorded 9/9/2020

Bind Us Together (CCLI Song # 1228)
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Midweek Devotion- John 17, part 3 © 2020 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

Two Prayers Based on John 12-13

Summer in the Scriptures John (10)
Prayer based on John 12:1-8, Mary Anoints Jesus
I was struck by the motivational differences between Mary and Judas. Mary is humble, genuine, sacrificial, and intimate in expressing her love and thanks to Jesus. Judas is scheming, hypocritical, distancing, and self-serving. Mary is whole-hearted while Judas is two-faced.

Do Judas’ actions sour the moment for Jesus? Steal the joy of the blessing? I hope not.

Blessed Jesus,
We see the beauty of you alive in Mary

Her gift
inspires us to love you sacrificially and extravagantly

Her actions
motivate us to thank you deeply and publically

Her heart
moves us to nurture an intimate and authentic relationship with you

Reveal any falsehood at work in us
so we may leave it behind
so more and more of your grace comes forth
Amen

Summer in the Scriptures John (11)
Based on John 13:33-35
Jesus said, “Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.”

Son of God
Savior
Sacrifice

Your love is Fierce and Forever
Abounding and Intimate
Generous, Goodness, and Grace

Fill me with your Spirit
Make me your love

It is your command
It is your way
It is your gift
It is You and your work

Yes, make me your witness
And yes, make me your will
But first and always, make me your love

Pause in silence to receive

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For the next few months, I’m reading a chapter from the Gospels each day. This is part of the Summer in the Scriptures reading plan sponsored by the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Click Here for the reading plan.

You’re most welcome to read along and to join the Facebook discussion group, Summer in the Scriptures. You don’t need to be a Methodist or attend a Methodist church. All are welcome and all means all.

As part of the Facebook group, I’ve been supplying prayers based on the day’s reading. Feel free to post your prayers and observations based on the readings here or there as well.

May the grace of the Gospels, the challenge, and the call, inspire us to great faith and great good works in Jesus’ name. – Lisa <

Mary’s Witness © 2020 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
Make Me Your Love © 2019 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Prayer Poem for Valentines Day: The Fullness of You (Ephesians 3)

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Happy Valentine’s Day dear ones! May the love, intimacy, and joy of Christ fill you today and every day. – Lisa <><

Prayer Poem: The Fullness of You
I desire the fullness of You
The height and the depth
The length and the breadth
Oh God I desire the fullness
Of Your love, Your love in Christ Jesus

Root me in Your love
Establish those roots to the core of Your heart
Root me in Your love
Grow them deep, grow them true
Tapping into the fullness of You

I desire the fullness of You
The height and the depth
The length and the breadth
Oh God I desire the fullness
Of Your love, Your love in Christ Jesus

Grant me Your power
Together with all who choose to believe
Grant us Your power
Light our minds, Shine right through
Till we grasp the vast fullness of You

I want to know Your love
A love that surpasses all knowledge
The full measure of Your love
You are Love, my Love, our Love, our first Love

We desire the fullness of You
The height and the depth
The length and the breadth
Oh God we desire the fullness
Of Your love, Your love in Christ Jesus

For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:14-19

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Prayer: The Fullness of You © 2010 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution. (by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, revlisad.com) Please leave a comment for information and permission to publish this work in any form. Lisa is especially interested in collaborating with someone to set this text to music.

Reflection: The Arms of Christ (Psalm 36)

I am grateful for the writer of Psalm 36, one of my favorite bands- Third Day, and Daniel Bonnell for his powerful work The Baptism of the Christ, for helping me home to Christ today.

Psalm 36:5-7 (NRSV)
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
Your judgments are like the great deep;
You save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Your Love, oh Lord by Third Day
Your love, oh Lord, reaches to the heavens
Your faithfulness stretches to the sky
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains
Your justice flows like the ocean’s tide
I will lift my voice to worship You, my King
I will find my strength in the shadow of your wings

baptism of the christ by daniel bonnell

Baptism of the Christ by Daniel Bonnell

In Bonnell’s piece, Christ’s arms are extended in an explosion of color and welcome. One is raised in victory over sin and death. One is lowered in suffering, the price of our salvation. Christ’s body mirrors the shape of the Holy Spirit Dove, for he is the very image of God, the grace and truth of God made flesh. Christ’s body mirrors the shape of his crucifixion. His arms take the shape of wings because it is only within Christ’s embrace that we can find lasting shelter and safety.

What do you see in the painting? Leave a comment below.

Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light.
Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him.
-Gregory of Nazianzus

Psalm 33:11 (NRSV)
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

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