Psalm 41; Colossians 4:2-6; Matthew 5:1-10
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”(Colossians 4:2)
This passage from Colossians is a call to prayer. The watchful part of prayer is looking out into the world around us with eyes for who and what needs prayer. The thankful part of prayer is looking at all the blessings and provisions that come from God. Prayer connects us with God and others in way that words can’t fully explain. As disciples of Christ, prayer is one of the most important things we can do every day.
This Thursday, the first Thursday in May, has been designated as the National Day of Prayer for many years. This year is one in which the local communities of Connecticut will not be able to gather together as in past years. As a way of participating this year, Maryann Lexius, who is involved with the leadership for the National Day of Prayer in Connecticut, has provided us with a simple service of prayer to follow this Thursday. I have attached it below.
I came across the following prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr which is appropriate for these times and the National Day of Prayer itself.
O God, you have bound us together in this bundle of life:
give us grace to understand how our lives depend upon the courage,
the industry, the honesty and the integrity of others;
that we may be mindful of their needs,
grateful for their faithfulness,
and faithful in our responsibilities to them.
Blessings on your day,