11/21 – Psalm 142-143 – When did I last cry out, ”God, help me!” What was I asking God to do? Prayer starter: Lord, do not abandon me. Save me from the enemies that lie in wait. Teach me to love you well.
11/22 – Psalm 144 – What language do I use when I pray? What prayers have “soaked into my bones”? Prayer starter: Gracious God, thank your for teaching us how to pray. Thank you for giving us the words.
11/23 – Psalm 145 – What is my central belief about God? Could I construct a song of praise from A to Z? Prayer starter: All-powerful God, your love pervades every moment of my life and every life throughout the world; teach me to find you and praise you in the A to Z of your presence.
11/24 – Psalm 146-147 – Do I see God’s love in my every breath? in every mouthful of food? in every moment I am rescued from death? Prayer starter: Compassionate God, I praise you for your ever-present love and care. I praise you for the stars and the snow, for my family and all the peoples of the earth.
11/25 – Psalm 148-149 – Whom or what do I want to call to help me give praise to God? How do I bring the rest of the world and all people into my shout of praise? Prayer starter: Cars and cherry trees, planes and pumpkins, lasers and larks, help me to give praise to God. Cell phones and cedars, elevators and elephants, snow and apple cider, glorify the Lord.
11/26 – Psalm 150 – How many reasons do I have to give praise to God? Prayer starter: Praise God for life! Praise God for breath! Praise God for laughter! Praise God for words!
11/27 – Matthew 1:1-17 – God’s long-range preparation for Jesus’ coming included some unlikely families and took unexpected twists and turns. What does that tell me about God? about my own beginnings? about my role in God’s plan to bless to whole human family? Prayer starter: Lord God, thank you for sending your Son to be God with us. Show me how to cooperate with all your wise and wonderful plans for bringing him to others.