Subject: Daily Prayers and Scriptures: Monday, May 11

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This pandemic is far from over and as days drag into weeks and months, we feel the strain physically, economically, and spiritually. In this fifth week of Eastertide, we continue the practice of daily Scripture readings and prayers so that we might find assurance and cause for hope in looking to Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

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Monday, Fifth Week of Easter
Seeking Divine Help in Troubled Times (Psalm 86:1-13, NRSV)

The Home Daily Bible Readings for Monday through Saturday are selected in support of the print passage for Sunday’s lesson in the Uniform Lessons Series, ©Spring 2020.

86:1 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; 3 be gracious to me, O Lord,
for to you do I cry all day long.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
listen to my cry of supplication.
7 In the day of my trouble I call on you,
for you will answer me.

8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
nor are there any works like yours.
9 All the nations you have made shall come
and bow down before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart to revere your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me;
you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Free From Fear

By Rev. Dr. Carmichael D. Crutchfield, Clara Scott Chair of Church and Ministry, Professor of Christian Education, Spiritual Formation, and Youth Ministry, Memphis Theological Seminary

O Lord, Our God, thank you for the cross of Christ and the power it gives for us to live in freedom from fear and brings reconciliation with God. Thank you, Jesus, that you came that we might have abundant life, free from fear. Thank you that we have received a Spirit of adoption as sons and daughters.

O Lord, Our God, Thank you that you break down all barriers and enter into every heart – that you speak peace into our fear, faith into our doubt, and hope into our despair. We pray now for those around us – members of the National Council of Churches and those who worship you around the world, we pray for our friends and relatives, for our family members, for the countless millions – who do not believe or who do not have the hope that we have. We pray today, O Lord, for those who those on sick lists and prayer request lists.

We pray today, O Lord, for those who have no one to pray for them this day. You know them – and we offer them up to you so that their lives may be touched by you. We especially pray for the homeless, the hungry, the oppressed and the ignored, the bereaved and those sick.

O Lord, Our God, we pray for strength in these days of uncertainty and adversity. Help us to be models of strength and hope as your children. Help us to witness your love and grace as selfless people by helping others through your power.

We these things through Jesus the Christ, our Risen Savior. Amen

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