"You have promised to be with us in tribulation. Lord, my soul is troubled, and my body is weak, and my hope is in you, and my enemies are busy and mighty; now make good your holy promise. Now, O holy Jesus, now let your hand of grace be upon me; restrain my spiritual enemies, … Continue reading A Prayer When You’re Anxious
Empty. That's how I feel. Like a car that spurts and sputters while running on fumes, I know my tank is empty but I have to keep moving. The question is, "Can I?" People are counting on me. People are calling on me. People are leaning on me. People are relying on me. People are … Continue reading Empty (An Easter Prayer)
In the past few weeks, I have had two people - one woman, one man - come to my office at different times to meet with me. When they entered my office, each person said, "Rusty, I want to pray for you." And they did. And each time was an incredibly moving experience. I was … Continue reading “I Want to Pray for You”
This past Sunday during the Shepherd's Prayer in our worship service, one of our congregation's spiritual shepherds prayed an incredible prayer over us and for us. The line in his prayer that really stood out to me was when he asked God to put people in our lives "who would rebuke us when we make … Continue reading Can You Pray This?
Here's a prayer "mix-tape" from some of the Apostle Paul's epistles that will bless you as you enter a new year... I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that … Continue reading A New Year’s Prayer
The God Who Yearns and Waits for Us by Walter Brueggemann We are strange conundrums of faithfulness and fickleness. We cleave to you in all the ways that we are able. We count on you and intend our lives to be lived for you, and then we find ourselves among your people who are always … Continue reading A Thanksgiving Prayer
Lord, Today is a day of masks. Funny masks, scary masks, superhero masks, celebrity masks, political masks. Masks. On Halloween we dress up as other people, other professions, and other characters. Pretending to be someone else - someone we're not, someone we maybe wish we were. If only it were just for this day. Too … Continue reading Masks (A Prayer)