Daily Prayers

Dear God,

In this new normal, I ask that you would be so faithful to meet all my needs today. I am desperate for your help. Today, I give you everything that is on my heart: ________________. I want to truly trust you for every one of my burdens. You say in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” Lord, I want to trust you this way! Show me when I lean on my own understanding. I want to believe that you will see me through this. Strengthen my trust muscle today. I lean into you. Amen.


Dear God,

We trust you for this new day that you have given me. In the midst of this crisis, I just want to pause and thank you for the gift of life. I’m reminded of the Psalmist saying “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” I want to make the most of this day, even though the circumstances aren’t my desire. Help me continue to "flatten the curve” with isolation. I’m reminded that as lonely as I might feel in isolation that you always invite me to draw near to you. (James 4:8) You promise to draw near to me. Lord, I’m never, never alone, even though it may feel like it! Thank you for your presence. May I understand it and experience it like never before! Amen.


Dear God,

I’ve got to admit, it’s hard to start another week in the midst of this crisis. I long for things to be back to normal and they're not. I admit my mind can so quickly be distracted by my own fears and concerns. Lord, I need a new huge dose of your peace today! As I enter into this Holy Week, I find myself encouraged by the peace that you give…..“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27) Lord, thank you for the reminder that your peace helps me not be afraid! It’s so different than the temporary peace the world can give. So, Lord, help me rest in your perfect peace today. Let me pass on your peace to those who need it. Thank you so much for your gift of peace. Amen.


Dear God,

We celebrate this day-after-Easter. In some ways, we struggle to get up and start our “new normal” again. In other ways, we’ve been rejuvenated by the joy of Easter. Thank you so much for being present with us on Easter and reminding us that everything that is true about Easter is still very true. Even though things weren’t the same, You still sent your Son Jesus to die on a cross as a substitute and Savior for us. You are our Redeemer and Restorer, You make all things new. (Revelation 21:5) You are rich in mercy and abounding in grace and are so present with us during this pandemic. We remember today that things are not as they appear. Even though we don’t see you, we trust that you are in absolute control and you love us more than we could ever think possible. We ask that the joy and reality of Easter would live in our hearts from this day forward. Strengthen our faith to walk through this crisis with confidence in You. We give you all our needs of this day (Share with God your specific needs). We give you all our fears of this day. (Share with God your specific fears.) Thank you for meeting every need we have today. Amen.

Dear God, 

We come to you in this time of crisis and challenge. We need you so much! Each one of us is affected in some way by COVID-19 Virus. We need your help and mercy as we navigate our new normal. Father, would you please meet our needs today....every one of them? Show yourself faithful for the small and big concerns that we face today. We pray for the rapid containment of this virus, which challenges the health and well being of so many. Please heal those infected by it. We humbly trust you and seek your face for healing in our land. We need you so much! Amen.


Dear God,

It can feel so scary out there, just trying to get what I need. I pray, Lord, that you provide all I need in my life right now. Help me go to the grocery store without fear, but faith, trusting that You will provide my every need. Help me even have joy, peace, and patience as I attempt to get my groceries. Help me pause to pray for the grocery workers that I see. Protect them as well. You remind me in Matthew 6:25-34 to not be anxious about my life, what I will eat or what I will drink, nor about my body, what I will put on. You ask me to look at the birds and see how you feed them. You remind me that I am of more value than them. So, I thank you for the value that you place on me. I choose to trust you today knowing that you will meet all my needs. I also pray for those right now who are hurting, infected, worried, in quarantine, or on the front lines fighting this virus. I pray your peace, strength, protection, and healing for all.  Amen.


Dear God,

I’m comforted by your words in Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Lord, these aren’t just words on a page, but this is a promise straight from your Word to each one of us! Help us believe it! Thank you, Father, for upholding us with your “righteous right hand,” that hand that holds us close to your heart. Even though we’d prefer instant relief from these crazy days, we want to thank you for your promise. I cling to your words today. I pray for those today that are feeling the weight of the virus concerns. Lord, whatever we face today, I ask that we would enjoy a huge dose of your peace and that you would take care of ANY need that we have. Thank you, God. Amen.


Dear God,

As we contemplate the events of “Easter Week” we are reminded that soon after the enthusiastic “Hosannas!” you experienced a deep troubling in your soul. You knew the assignment that was awaiting you. In just a few days, you would take on the judgment that we deserved to give us grace that we could never ever earn. You were compelled by a greater joy to walk this lonely path of suffering, crucifixion, and death. We’re so thankful for your resurrection and your non-stop love for us. We’re undone by your mercy for taking on our sins and dying on our behalf! (John 316) Lord, as we have this extra time on our hands, would you turn our hearts to survey the wonders of your cross this week? Help us to not fear the days ahead, but walk in synch with you. You will see us through these challenging times. We long to learn from you…. teach us how to navigate these hard times. Amen.

Dear God,

We focus our prayer this morning on calming our anxious thoughts. It is so easy to think about the “what ifs?” during this unsettling time. Father, You tell us in Psalm 4:8 “In peace, I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Lord, we ask for your perfect peace to settle us, calm us, give us good sleep, and help us dwell in safety. We specifically think and pray today for our children's' calm hearts as well as for our older adults and those with compromised health. Lord, thank you for giving us the very peace of God. We need it so much! Help us extend Your peace and comfort today to those who need it most. We trust that you will carry us each day forward in your peace. Amen.


Dear God,

We focus our prayer this morning on calming our anxious thoughts. It is so easy to think about the “what ifs?” during this unsettling time. Father, You tell us in Psalm 4:8 “In peace, I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Lord, we ask for your perfect peace to settle us, calm us, give us good sleep, and help us dwell in safety. We specifically think and pray today for our children's' calm hearts as well as for our older adults and those with compromised health. Lord, thank you for giving us the very peace of God. We need it so much! Help us extend Your peace and comfort today to those who need it most. We trust that you will carry us each day forward in your peace. Amen.
 


Dear God,

This is not our typical April Fools Day. We’re living in a new reality that doesn’t even feel normal yet. Thirty more days of isolation feels like a very long time. Lord, how do we move forward? I truly believe that you are good, God, even when this reality is frightening. Help me remember that you are present at the moment. I choose to cling to this verse- Psalm 46:10: “Cease striving and know that I am God.” You are God, and I can trust you for today. So, we sit in your presence today, and thank you that you can help us with everything that concerns us TODAY. We make the most of the blessing of this day. We lean into our relationship with you, God. We practice patience with delays and uncertainties. We choose to be grateful, content, and generous. Thank you, God, for a new perspective for April. Amen.


Dear God,

There are so many questions I have about work, finances, health, and life itself as I know it. As my restless mind goes on and on with worry and fear, I remember your gentle invitation from Scripture: “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.” (Matthew 11: 28-30 TPT) Lord, your words truly calm my soul. You want to refresh me and be my oasis; I only need to ask. Forgive me for the times I’ve turned my back on you, God. I need you today and need your help to see me through. Amen.

Dear God,

We need your wisdom in the midst of these changing, unsettling days. Lord, we seek to make wise decisions regarding our work, our home, leading our children, and caring for those older and more vulnerable. Lord, give us your wisdom for living this new normal. We need your wisdom in our decision-making, choices, words and actions. You are the one who gives knowledge, understanding, insight and discernment. You tell us “if we lack wisdom, we should ask of God, who gives generously to all without finding fault and you will give it to us.”(James 1:5) So, God, today we ask boldly for the wisdom we need in our respective roles and responsibilities. Thank you, Lord, for providing what we need before we ask. We are trusting you for this day. Amen.


Dear God,

Today, I pray for all those affected by COVID-19. It’s so easy to focus on how this affects my own world and all the things that have changed in my own life. But, Lord, today I pray for all those sick and infected. God, please heal and help all infected. Sustain their bodies and encourage their hearts. I pray for those that are older as well those that suffer chronic disease. I pray for those who are struggling financially. I pray for our leaders at work and ask that You would guide them and strengthen them each day. I pray for our local, state, and federal governments as well. Give them unique wisdom for this crisis. Lord, in the midst of my own cares and concerns, it’s so good to take time and pray for all others who are hurting. Help me consider how I can encourage others, care for others and serve others at this time. Amen. 


Dear God,

Lord, we need endurance and a stick-to-itiveness spirit to walk through these days of social isolation. How, Lord? Please help us endure! The separation from our family, our friends, the elderly, those sick and our work associates is hard enough! Not to think of the joys of life we miss, like going out to eat, enjoying a happy hour with friends or going to a concert. Lord, we truly miss life as we know it and the separation is so tough. But, we are reminded this morning, that nothing will be able to separate us from your love! Paul speaks with total certainty when he says in Romans 8:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor thing present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. “ So, Lord, we lean into your love today that is sure! We thank you for your constant presence, peace, and comfort. We walk into this day with renewed hope that You will indeed see us through! Thank you! Amen.


Dear God,

Thank you for this Maundy Thursday, as we remember the intimate time, You, shared with your disciples. As we reflect on that day, we vividly see the enormous love You, Jesus, displayed for your disciples, even kneeling before them to wash their weary feet. What a display of humility! We see the failures of those closest to You, yet you loved each of them so well, even as they would scatter and leave you. Lord, teach us to love as you love during these difficult days. Your word tells us “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 14:13 NLT) Thank you, Jesus, for loving us extravagantly and perfectly. In these trying days, teach us to love one another. Help us extend patience and grace to those we’re with each day. Help us lay aside our own worries and look for ways to bless, pray, and encourage those we love and work with. Forgive us for all the ways we love poorly in thought, word, and deed. Thank you, Lord, for your beautiful example of love on your journey toward the cross. Amen.

Dear God,

We pray that you will guide us with social distancing. This can feel very unnerving and can cause anxious hearts and minds. We can feel so lonely in this time. Lord, please help us as we cry out to you! Help us to live each day with your guidance for how to keep a distance yet keep close to those we love. Lord, give us the creativity to navigate this season. Help us initiate and reach out to those that might be alone and hurting. Help us to see that we can encourage others even though we ourselves might need encouragement. Thank you that you are always close to us and we can always talk to you. Your presence always goes with us. We thank you for that. Amen.


Dear God,

The COVID-19 virus has shown us that there are so many things that aren’t certain. We can’t be certain about our finances, our health, our work and even our future. We long for certainty in the face of unknowns. The most certain reality in our lives is your perfect love. So, Lord, we pause for a moment and meditate on your love. We could never deserve it or earn it. No matter what we do or not do, we can never lose your love. You love each of your children perfectly! Your love is the only love that never falters and never fails. And so, Lord, we remember the promise of your presence and love during this challenging time. This is true for each of us: “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you by his love, He will exult over you with loud singing.”(Zephaniah 3:17) So, God, even as we live in the face of uncertainties, quiet us by your love. Amen. 


Dear God,

Sometimes I don’t even know why I feel the way I feel. Then, I remember I've never experienced anything like this in my lifetime. Things don’t feel that stable and I desire to come to you in prayer because you never change. Throughout the Bible, there are hundreds of names given to you….names that reorient my mind to who you are, even during this crisis. So, I'm thankful today, that you are all-sufficient in the face of crisis. You are our my burden bearer for EVERY ONE of my burdens. You are my adequacy because I feel so inadequate. You are my sure foundation when everything around me is insecure. You are my joy, when I'm one negative thought away from feeling depressed. You are my protector when I feel scared and vulnerable. You are my provider when I lack. And these are just a few of your names! Thank you, God, that you are more than sufficient to meet all my needs. Amen.

Dear God,

Help me learn to trust you in these challenging days. Help me live in light of Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” I admit, God that I struggle to trust you with ALL my heart. I can tend to lean on my own understanding. I then realize that I don’t have all the answers and I do lack understanding. Lord, you are Sovereign and Lord overall. You are perfectly trustworthy. I can trust you fully and welcome your guidance over every aspect of my life. Enlarge my borders and help me be used by you during these difficult days. Amen.


Dear God,

Today, we take a moment to pray for those in our communities that need our prayers. We pray for our government, businesses, media and schools, hospitals, and medical communities. Lord, give wisdom to leaders, good health to all, and strength for all as they serve on the frontlines, day after day. We pray by name for those we know personally. Give us an “other-centered” mindset as we go about our day, looking for who we might encourage. In humility, help us value others above ourselves. (Philippians 2:3) Even if we’re hurting today, Lord, help us reach out to someone who might need a call or text from us. Lord, please continue to encourage us in our own personal grief and sadness. We cast all our own anxieties on you now, because you care for us. (1 Peter 5:7) Amen.


Dear God,

I find myself looking into the future and worrying about all the possible outcomes. I can get so anxious! I’m encouraged this morning by this scripture “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” (Lamentations 3:22-25) I know, Lord, that we'll see an end to the COVID-19 pandemic sometime. But thank you, God, there is no expiration date on your compassion and mercy for us. They are new every morning and perpetually and always available to those who are in need. So, on this new day, I thank you for the new batch of compassion that you extend to me. Oh, how I need it! Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to show me the fullest expression of your mercy and compassion. I pause and thank you for the ability to celebrate the joys of Easter now too! When I go back to worrying and anxiety, help me to remember that you are and will be faithful. No matter how tough yesterday was, I can look to this new morning with hope and faith. Thank you, God! Amen.

Dear God, 

Thank you for this Palm Sunday. I take a moment to remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the events of the week preceding His death. It must have been such a glorious day celebrating the Savior entering into the city on a donkey! Lord, I can’t imagine how quickly things would change and your son would be arrested, tried and crucified. As I begin this Holy Week, I ask that you direct my thoughts and attention towards what matters most, Jesus Christ my King. When I’m distracted by the news of the day and the worries of tomorrow, let me find hope and peace in you. Nothing, not physical separation nor pandemic, can separate me from the love of Jesus Christ. Open my eyes that I might focus on You more clearly and understand in new ways the significance of Jesus riding into the Holy City of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Amen.


Dear God,

I can get so distracted during this time! The distractions are many, like squirrels darting in front of me, going here and there. I can get lost in news threads, Instagram, Facebook, COVID 19 updates, and mindless inner chatter. It seems that you knew I would struggle this way, God. I love the peace that comes over me when I read Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God.” I need this so much! Thank you that you remind me of two simple things: Be still. You are God. How can I so easily forget that you are my source of protection, peace, comfort, and hope in dark times? You are God and I am not. So, today, I ask that You would settle my mind. Give me a huge dose of your peace today. I love your promise in Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you.” Lord, that’s what I want! I want your perfect peace. Steady my mind on You. Help me rely upon and trust You for everything. Amen.


Dear God,

As I enjoy this Sabbath and look to the week ahead, I realize that there are decisions ahead I need to make. I realize that some of these choices are keeping me up at night. I find myself second-guessing myself in what to do. Lord, help me understand how you work in this type of situation. I need your help but I also know the Proverb “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” So, Lord, I’ve come to realize that I can literally “partner” with you on big and small decisions of my life. That you really care about these things and you want to help me. I only need to ask You. Help me to lean in and trust you with each decision I have to make, whether it be about employment, finances, transitions, sickness, a relationship, or something else. I realize as I partner with You, there are things that I must actively work on and do, but in the end, I can move forward in faith, not fear. I’m reminded of the verse that seems fitting for the COVID 19 Pandemic…”Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) I rest in the promise that you will make my path straight as I trust in you. That makes my heart happy today! Amen.

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YMCA Church Pastors & Online Church Services


1. Mission Community Church  Mays Family YMCA at Potranco
Service goes live every Sunday at 10:00 am and can be accessed on the church Facebook page (Mission Community SA
Pastor:  Mike Kraft @ Potranco
 

2. Ignite Community Church 
Facebook Live
Wednesday 7 pm and Sunday 11:00 am
Pastor: Chad Chapiro @ Thousand Oaks


3. Journey Fellowship
Facebook Live Sermon 9:30 am Sundays 
We will continue to post our Lead Pastor Mario Gallegos’ messages live on facebook.com/myjourneyfellowship
Pastor: Pastor Mario Gallegos @ Schertz


4. Refuge Church of San Antonio
Facebook Live on Sundays at 10am @refugechurchsa
Pastor Terrin Philips at Cibolo

 

 

Check out these great short inspirational messages while you exercise! New messages monthly, also previous favorite messages. Listen and connect with some of our own Y Church Pastors around the city.
 



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