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Live for Others

14 February 2024

By Maurice L. Draper

But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6:5–6

“Let Us Pray for One Another,” Community of Christ Sings 186

Let us pray for one another that our minds and hearts may blend
as we grow in love and mercy, day by day, till life shall end.
We can see how others need us; may we also dare to say
that in love we’ll share together; for each other let us pray.

We are walking down time’s vista; Zion’s banner now unfurled
calls to stewardship of caring and redemption of the world.
Let us pray that we may ever sense God’s guidance in the way;
as we try to live for others, for each other let us pray.

O’er the world the day is dawning through the Spirit’s light and power
when the people of all nations sense the challenge of this hour.
That our lives may now be given to each other in God’s way,
in the name of Christ the Savior, for each other let us pray.

Prayer Phrase

“Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).

Spiritual Practice

An Offering of Ashes

God promises to heal our wounds and losses. Hold (or imagine holding) a pinch of ashes in your hands as you become aware of circumstances in your life, family, congregation, and the world that are broken, lost, or falling apart. Be honest with God about the fear, sadness, or burden you feel. Offer the ashes to God in prayer. Ask God to create beauty, peace, and healing in the places and people who now experience the ashes of despair and grief.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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