DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 95, 9.25-10.1,2022, GALATIANS 5, repeated from Week 48.


WEEK 48, DAY 1 

But I say to you, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Gal 5:16

Easier said than done, Father.  Those who love hiking know it's just one more step that requires accomplishment. The next six miles come one step at a time. But in the hustle of daily rush, it's easy to get caught up in the messes of life temporarily forgetting the Counselor and Guide. Learning how to be in relationship with You, and Jesus, and the Spirit is such the adventure. Thank you, Father.  Because of the Savior.  Amen


WEEK 48, DAY  2

For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. Gal 5: 17

Holy God, it would be nice to perfectly understand what the Spirit desires at any given moment.  And this oppositional tension between the Spirit and the flesh is often just a pain. Temptation and fatigue combine to become treacherous enemies.  But the faithful in Scripture knew this, and many just continued to walk with You, one step at a time.  I offer up the names of the souls unknown to me but absolutely known to You, who quietly, steadfastly, and determinedly walked/walk by the Spirit. Their example has left its mark on this world and even on the spirit world.  Today, Lord God, keep my wandering mind collected, and my soul (and feet) walking with You.  Amen


WEEK 48, DAY  3

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.  Gal 5: 18

What a relief we are not under the law, O God!

But............it seems we cannot follow the lead of the Spirit without loving and knowing and being in relationship with Him.  Open our eyes to His guidance, Father, in faith, in joy, and even in laughter as we see how He stuns us with Your goodness.  Jesus received Him at His baptism, and mercifully sent Him to believers after His ascension. Of billions of humans, Christians are extravagantly blessed. How grateful we are.  Amen and amen


WEEK 48, DAY  4

But the fruit of the Spirit is love........Gal 5:22

Besides the Names of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, this is my favorite word, righteous Father.


Without Love, nothing makes sense. None of the history of Your people would make any sense at all without the word, the concept, the action, the feeling, the freedom, and the mercy of LOVE.  And of course, why would any of it make sense without Love, since that is Who You are, Father.  So, today, we remember Your Nature, Holy God, the Great I AM, LOVE.  Amen


WEEK 48, DAY  5

But the fruit of the Spirit is joy, peace.........Gal 5:22

Saying the words is one thing.

Learning to live in joy and peace is quite another.

Regardless of what is happening today, help us walk as Jesus did.  May this day be dedicated to You in joy and peace. Amen


WEEK 48, DAY  6

But the fruit of the Spirit is ..........patience, kindness, goodness...............Gal 5:22

So, Father, patience is not my strongest suit. Nor does it seem to be for those rushing home from work. Or those in a grocery line. Yet, we each have 24 hours daily. Maybe kindness and goodness are the foundations for patience, for patience has been Your gift to humans since You created us. This is Your gift, this mysterious, difficult, and confounding act of patience. Help us not test Your patience, Father.  We love You. In the Son's Name we pray. Amen


WEEK 48, DAY  7

But the fruit of the Spirit is ....................faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.  Gal 5:23, 25

Keeping in step for the long haul, is difficult, Father.  But the alternative appears to be deadly. There is nowhere else we want to be.  So today, Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son, then sending Your Spirit, and allowing us to be in fellowship with You and each other.  Because of Christ. Amen



DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 94, 9.18-24.2022. HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, repeated from week 47.



WEEK 47, DAY 1

“Holy, holy, holy!

Lord God Almighty.

Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee.

Holy, holy, holy!

Merciful and mighty.

God in Three Persons, (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), Matthew 28:19

Blessed Trinity.”

Our Holy God, may we sing and pray and cherish these words all the days of our lives, here and in the life to come.  Amen and amen


WEEK 47, DAY 2

“Holy, holy, holy!

All the saints (holy ones, believers under Old and New Covenants,) adore Thee,

Casting down their golden crowns around the crystal sea. Revelation 4:3

Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,

Who was and is and evermore shall be.”

Praying these songs of praise with attention to each word, in individual cadence allows us to focus on Your enormity and how our brothers and sisters generationally have worshipped You.  Receive our prayers, O God.  Amen


WEEK 47, DAY 3

“Holy, holy, holy!

Tho’ the darkness hides Thee,

Tho’ the eye of sinful man Thy Glory, Psalm 24:10, may not see.

Only Thou art Holy.

There is none beside Thee.

Perfect in power, in love and purity.”

Holy God, You, and Your Son, and Your Spirit beckon us each moment to rise above the surrounding darkness perpetuated by the one who is not pure, who has lost his glory, and has only temporary power You allow him. Disturbing shock is the feeling associated with knowing he once was with You yet threw it all away. If this could happen in one who has been in Your Presence, it signals how vigilant we humans must be.  Please Father, help us keep our attention and obedience riveted on You. Jesus warned the believers countless times. We welcome the strength Holy Spirit brings us and are grateful.  Amen


WEEK 47, DAY 4



All Thy works shall praise YOUR NAME, in earth and sky and sea.

Holy, holy, holy.

Merciful and mighty.

God in Three Persons,

Blessed Trinity.”  (John 14:15-17)

Righteous Father, Jesus told His disciples He would not leave them as orphans.  Neither do You leave us as orphans no matter how humanly isolated and alone we may feel.  May we resolve to move closer to You, with recognition it is only possible by the saving work of Christ and ongoing guidance of Your Spirit.

Help us ignore the chaos of temptations; better yet, help prepare answers in Jesus to the evil one prior to his assaults. Today is Your Creation.  Receive our adoration, O Lord our God.  Amen


WEEK 47, DAY 5

Holy God, we exclaim Your Holiness, all day long today. 

In Jesus.



WEEK 47, DAY 6

Holy God the Father, Holy God the Son and Savior, Holy God the Spirit of Truth, we extol Your Relationship with One Another and Your offer of relationship with us. 

Through the Christ.



WEEK 47, DAY 7

And all the saints exclaim, we adore You Almighty God, King of kings, and Spirit of Truth and marvel You not only created and hear us but died for us and now indwell us because of Your work and our acceptance of Your invitation. Nothing can compare. Nothing is more priceless.  Nothing is more undeserved.  But nothing exceeds Your love.

Forever, be it so.





WEEK 93, DAY 1

Righteous Father, recently there was a young man violently slain for his faith in You.

David said, “Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men;” Ps 140:1. Amen.


WEEK 93, DAY 2

And his parents are horror struck. Please, Father, be with them.

“Preserve me from violent men.” Ps 140:1. Amen.


WEEK 93, DAY 3

And his brothers and sisters in Christ are devastated. Please, Father, comfort them.

“Preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually.” Psalm 140:2. Amen.


WEEK 93, DAY 4

Holy God, families are losing their children, their parents, their countries, their livelihoods, and their hope.

“They (violent men) make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s and under their lips is the venom of asps. Guard me, O LORD.” Psalm 140:3-4a. Amen.


WEEK 93, DAY 5

‘Hopelessly people seek respite from all this violence.’ Please, Father, bring respite.

“Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet. The arrogant have hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread a net; beside the way they have set snares for me.

“I say to the LORD, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!” Ps 140:4ff. Amen.


WEEK 93, DAY 6

‘The price to persevere is extremely high.’ Please hear their prayers and ours, O God.

“O LORD, my LORD, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle. Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; do not further their evil plot, or they will be exalted!” Psalm 140:7-8. Amen


WEEK 93, DAY 7

Holy God, there is violence and evil everywhere. We see it on the news, we hear it in our streets, we have friends, brethren in Christ, and children and widows all over the world and in our country who are desperately trying to avoid violence. I confess this prayer of David is startling to me. I also confess the outrage I feel about the state of the world is but a whisper away from evil itself. I despise this battle in the world, in myself, in my countrymen, and in humanity. The evil one hates us so. We must cling to You, now and forever more. We love You and want to be with You, Holy God. Help us never forget that. Help me never forget that. Your Son, our Savior faced such violence for my account, for our account. Help me never forget that. Help us never forget that. Amen

“As for the head of those who surround me, let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!  Let burning coals fall upon them! Let them be cast into fire, into miry pits, no more to rise! Let not the slanderer be established in the land; let evil hunt down the violent men speedily! I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted and will execute justice for the needy. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your Name; the upright shall dwell in Your presence.” Psalm 140: 9-13. Amen.




WEEK 92, DAY 1

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going. How can we know the way?”

Jesus answered Thomas, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. ESV

If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. (If you have known me, you will know my Father also, or If you know me, you will know my Father also). From now on you do know Him and have seen Him. John 14:7,8. ESV, NRSV

Holy God, as we meditate on these profound sentences this week, may we hear Jesus’ words at a deeper level than ever before. As Jesus told His disciples about His upcoming departure, He made it clear He is the only way to gain access to You, Father. Renew our gratitude, O God, we pray in the lifeblood of Jesus. Amen.


WEEK 92, DAY 2

Jesus answered Thomas, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. ESV

Righteous Father, in the ancient days as You led Your people, You gave a preparatory sign to them and to all who later followed. Only Aaron, the Levitical high priest, was allowed to enter the holiest of holies in the tabernacle offering the sacrifice for all the people, and that just once per year. But Jesus, Immanuel, Messiah, Savior told the disciples clearly, without reservation, and with the expectation they would remember: “I AM the way, the truth, and the life.” We rejoice our brothers and sisters who saw the Lord, watched His work, heard His prayers, touched His feet, served Him dinner, followed in amazement and confusion, and listened to His radical weapons of Love and Mercy, helped make it possible to share their joy and freedom in life. Thank You, Father, for using each one of them who testified to Your majesty and Jesus’ infallible life.  Amen.


WEEK 92, DAY 3

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”

Only deity could say this, Father. In His Name, Your Son, our Savior. Amen.


WEEK 92, DAY 4

“I Am……….”

I confess, Father, Your Ways are so much higher than mine, as I do not (yet) fully understand the relationship of YHWH God and Immanuel (Emmanuel) God. I cannot wait to learn the full weight of Your majesty and glory. In the meantime, Jesus told the disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:18ff



WEEK 92, DAY 5

“No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. ESV

“No one…………”

Father, please hear our prayers for those who are at a tenuous spot in their walks with You or who do not yet know You and Your Son. Or others who may be close to You, but we don’t know it. Only You know for sure. Hear the names, Father, and please draw them near.

May each of us bring forth the names to You of those we know. Help us, Father.

Help them. Send us to share. Here we are In Christ. Amen


WEEK 92, DAY 6

If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. (If you have known me, you will know my Father also, or If you know me, you will know my Father also). From now on you do know Him and have seen Him. John 14:7,8. ESV, NRSV

This is Your Son Immanuel’s affirmation. Hallelujah. Amen.


WEEK 92, DAY 7

“No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. ESV

If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.

We believe You, Lord Jesus. We believe You, Holy God. We are so grateful. Amen.




WEEK 91, DAY 1

When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”

Father, we humans are mistaken so often about wealth, status, comfort, possessions. We need clarity of vision, and purity of heart, Father. Only You can save us, in Jesus. Amen.


WEEK 91, DAY 2

But Jesus looked at them

I wonder how long He looked at them. And what He saw. And how He felt. Father, sometimes when You look at me, I am in exactly the same spot as these brothers. Forgive us, we pray. Amen


WEEK 91, DAY 3

And Jesus said, “With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible.”

Lord Jesus, how many times have You necessarily repeated Yourself? Forgive us our slow understanding and stubbornness of heart. Oh, wow. Forgive us. Amen.


WEEK 91, DAY 4

Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you.”

Father, I love our brother Peter. Amen


WEEK 91, DAY 5

Peter: “What then will we have?”

Father, how different are we? “And what’s in it for us?” I admit, Father, some tedious, difficult, long days of so many needing so many things, I have looked with saddened eyes and forgotten to hope. How did Jesus manage to stay the course when He could see every slight and hear every curse uttered around Him? It is my fault when I look on the human instead of fixing my eyes on You. Forgive me, Father, and help me stay centered in Christ. Amen.


WEEK 91, DAY 6

Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world (regeneration) when the son of man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve Thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Thank You for the hope of the new world, Father.  In Christ. Amen.


WEEK 91, DAY 7

“And who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

And Holy God, we can surely anticipate that day to be with You in hope because the Lord Jesus told us. Amen.



Dear Church Family,

At the time of this writing, it is August 16, 2022. News of my cousin’s death and funeral arrangements left little time to prepare the above-mentioned weeks of prayers. I am asking you to pray daily, keeping in mind what Peter said to Jesus as recorded in Matthew 19 and Mark 10.

WEEK 90, Day 1

A rich young man came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”


Jesus said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good?    There is only one who is good.”

WEEK 90, Day 2

Jesus: If you would enter life, keep the commandments.


WEEK 90, Day 3

Young man: which ones?

Really? “Which ones?” I confess my heart is sometimes this legalistic. Forgive me Father. In Christ. Amen.


WEEK 90, Day 4

Jesus: You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, honor your father and mother, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.


WEEK 90, Day 5

Young man: All these I have kept. What do I still lack?


WEEK 90, Day 6

Jesus: If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.


WEEK 90, Day 7

When the young man heard this, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the Kingdom of heaven. Again, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God.”

Holy God,

We certainly can mix up Your intent in our actions, beliefs, minds, spirits.

Your Son lived and died with a singular purpose:  glorifying You. We need to be speechless in our wonderment. Much of that Glory includes bringing us home to You. We stand silently in awe and joy in Your presence, O God. Amen and amen.


DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 89, 8.14-20.2022, Wonder in Creation.


“Despite accounting for only 2% of our body mass, the brain uses 20% of our oxygen and blood supply.”

Righteous Father, help me remember, this intricate mechanism called the body has major responsibilities, one of which is to keep the brain (receiver and transmitter) safe so that it can participate in glorifying You.

In Christ.




“About a third of our body mass is fluid outside of our cells such as plasma, plus solids, such as the calcium scaffolding of bones.”

Holy God, it is good to pay attention to our inside and outside environments. After all, You created them. Who am I to ignore them?

We love You, Father God. We love You, Lord Jesus. We are humbled to know You indwell us, Holy Spirit. Help us be godly hosts.  Amen.



“The remaining 2/3 of our body mass is made-up of roughly 30 trillion human cells.”

Whoaaaaa, it’s busy inside. Thank You for this nearly unequalled gift, Father. Yet, surpassing this magnificent vehicle to carry our brains around, You have given each of us a soul and a spirit, forgiveness and relationship, mercy and LOVE, namely Yourself. Amen and amen.



“Approximately 72% of our 30 trillion human cells, by mass, are large fat and muscle cells, which last an average of 12 to 50 years, respectively.”

Wonderfully made, we praise Your Name for the life you have given us. You are the architect of gift giving. May we never take Your perfect work for granted.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.



“Blood and gut cells dominate cell turnover. Our bodies replace billions of cells every day.”

“We are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion says my soul. Therefore, I will hope in Him. Therefore……………I will…………………hope…………..in Him.

Each cell, each organelle inside the cell, each chemical inside the organelle inside the cell…all are Yours O God. All the Glory is Yours as the Son showed us. Amen.



“Approximately 330 billion cells turn over every day. About 86% are blood cells and app. 12% are gut cells.”

Each cell, each organelle inside the cell, each chemical inside the organelle inside the cell, each atomic structure inside the chemical inside the organelle inside the cell…all are Yours. Thank You for Your words of instruction, “comeuppance,” and forgiveness given to Job AND record of them so that we don’t have to make the same mistakes. Unfortunately, Father, I still do make similar mistakes, but I know where to turn when I do. Thank You in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?” Job 38.



“Large cells live longer, so daily turnover is dominated by plentiful, small cells with very short life spans. RBCs live app. 120 days. Colon epithelial cells last app. 3-5 days. Muscle cells live 30-70 years. Many cells in the heart, eyes, and brain last a lifetime.”

Even so, Father, Paul reminds us, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed…. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through out Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”  1 Corinthians 15:50ff

Amen and amen.



WEEK 88, DAY 1

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my NAME humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now, I have chosen and consecrated this house that my NAME may be there forever. 2 Chronicles 7:14ff.

Holy God, throughout scripture You have beckoned Your created ones to follow You, and Your very words indicate You prescribe a specific way to do just that. Your words are no less instructional today than at any other time when You have spoken them. Our situation is different from these ancient Hebrews, but You still expect us to humble ourselves, pray, seek You, and turn from our wicked ways. A new Christian is quickly instructed ANY sin is reason enough to separate us from You. So, as we approach You with our prayers for healing, may we seek Your intent in all matters. It is Your will, Your way, and our privilege to obey. In Christ’s perfect example. Amen.


WEEK 88, DAY 2

But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5.

Righteous Father, we often come to You with physical ailments, pain, diseases, infections, and life-threatening illnesses. Some of us have worked our entire adult lives combatting physical problems on behalf of others and beseeching you for miraculous healing when medical knowledge falls short. While these problems can be severe and all-encompassing, we ask You to show us how to keep our hearts centered on You without dread or fear in our physical problems. There is very real pain here on this earth, Father. Keep us steady when we face it because, one day, it will be conquered altogether. I can only imagine how the Savior stayed on the cross.  Amen.


WEEK 88, DAY 3

Our Lord was crushed for our iniquities. Isaiah 53:5

Holy God, the Messiah walked this planet having to witness His/Your creation suffer. This must have been a terrible burden for Him and for You. Mankind has brought this on himself. We pray for the day of new heaven and new earth when suffering is a distant memory of the past which vanishes to no more. We thank you Lord Jesus. We thank you Holy God. Amen


WEEK 88, DAY 4

Upon Him was the chastisement (rebuke, reprimand, punishment) that brought us peace. Isaiah 53:5

Heavenly Father, the intent was never to be separated from You. Had we never disobeyed You, we wouldn't have been separated from You. But as it is, there is suffering, there is fear, but there is also hope and redemption (salvation) from the mercy granted us from the resurrection of Christ according to Your good purposes. For everyone who is suffering with whatever kind of anguish or pain they are feeling, please God be with us now and forever. In Christ. Amen


WEEK 88, DAY 5

That brought us peace. Isaiah 53:5

Father, You have allowed many of us to be at bedside with someone in physical pain riddled with cancer or other deadly disease, but with a calm peace that surpasses the most wicked of the evil one’s ploys. He intends to hurt us because he hates us in our love for You. To the end, please Father keep us in the palm of Your hand no matter what any of us is suffering. We fix our eyes on You Holy God and hope for the day we can be with You forever in peace in Christ. Amen


WEEK 88, DAY 6

With His wounds, we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Father, I hate the stripes I have laid on the Savior’s back. Yet, He looks on me with love and pays the price that I should be obliged to pay. Impossible price. Astounding grace. May my heart stay in awe of what merciful gift I’ve been given. In His Name. Amen.


WEEK 88, DAY 7

We are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Abba Father. You are always here. We need You. Every moment, we need You. Help us remember how You heal us. The Savior made this possible for us. We love You. Amen


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