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)
Our Father who art in heaven, We praise your great and glorious name. We believe that you are the Creator of the universe, and we believe that you have created every man, woman, and child for your good pleasure. We believe that you have made every person to be a person of inherent worth and … Continue reading Sent (A Prayer)
From Here's My Heart: Prayers by Ray Hardin... When the bottom drops out of our world and we feel the earth give way beneath us; When light is displaced by utter darkness and we sense the danger all around us; When the known fades into the unknown and we cannot see the path ahead; Then, … Continue reading Where Would We Be?