When we truly face the shape of our hearts, we can be overwhelmed by the lack that we feel. Sinful, weak, and weary are thoughts that easily come to mind as we carry such weights from our days. But we have a Father who loved us so deeply that He sent His Son to be our Savior in those weakest places.

Our Savior felt every weakness we have ever faced, and took them all to the cross for us. In His Resurrection power, He longs to save us and carry us close to His Father’s heart.
What if we pause today and speak out the words that Jesus gave to us? His Words are waiting for us on these days when we have none of our own.

He has taught us to pray.


Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for teaching us how to pray:

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

   your kingdom come,

your will be done,

    on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

 And forgive us our debts,

    as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

    but deliver us from the evil one.”  Matthew 6:9-13

Thank You for showing us that we can lift up each need in our lives to You, and You will hear us. Lord. We admit that on some days our needs feel too heavy and too many to even be voiced. Help us to lay them before you, and to receive Your daily bread. Thank You that Your Kingdom will come, and Your perfect will be done in our lives. Help us to trust You, our Holy Lord.

In Your name we pray,



Dear Father,

Thank You for giving us Your Word, helping us to know how to pray for those we love:

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,” Ephesians 1:18

Will You open our eyes to know the hope of Your calling, even as we pray for those we care about? Open our hearts to know that we have been called to a glorious inheritance with Your holy people. Remind us that the trials we face will fade away when we stand in Your presence, fully rejoicing in our inheritance with You. Thank You for the beauty of Your hope that can never be taken away.

In the name of Your son, Jesus, we pray,



Dear Father,

Thank you for those that You have given us to love:

I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. Ephesians 1:16

Thank you for their lives. Thank you for the ways that they have impacted our lives. And now we lift them before You, and ask that You would meet every need that weighs them down. Carry our loved ones through their hard days. Stir their hearts to be filled with thanksgiving for Your love also. We are flooded with the joy of being able to pray for those we love.

In the name of Your son, Jesus, we pray,



Dear Father,

Thank You for the prayers uttered by those who have gone before us:

Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. Psalms 80:3

What a comfort to know that we are joining with the saints as we cry out for restoration! Thank You that we are not alone as we long for the shining of Your blessed face upon us. And thank You that our salvation comes from You alone. Hear our cries echoing through the ages, O God. We are looking to You, our true Lord.

In the name of Your Son, Jesus, we pray,


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Prayer Prompt Guide

Sometimes we all need a little encouragement and a boost in our prayer lives. While talking with God should be easy, a guide can be a helpful resource to lean into, spurring us on to deeper, more intimate conversations with Him.

  • Set aside a special time and place to meet with God. 
  • Quiet your heart and mind. Breathe deeply.
  • Slowly read the prayer, perhaps several times. 
  • Write the verse in your journal, noting any words that catch your attention. 
  • Talk with God, taking time to listen, then journal your thoughts.

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We are all blessed to have a place to pray and people to pray with and for us. Who do you know needs to toss a prayer or praise into the pond, and who might link arms with us in prayer?

Bettie Gilbert

Bettie Gilbert

Board Member and Prayer Coordinator

You can find Bettie blogging from her home in a small town in southeast Wisconsin - at, walking forward with Jesus, in the middle of her own pain and weaknesses from multiple chronic illnesses. The beauty of nature is a joy that calls to Bettie, as do her family and nine young grandchildren. She and her husband have been married for over 40 years and take great joy in their weekend coffee breaks together.

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