God, it’s me, I need you. Please meet me. I’ll show up at 1:11 pm. by the tree.
A Prayer at 1:11 pm
In the morning when I rise I hear the birds sing, I see sunshine. I feel the dawn of a new day. Is it you O God?
Show your presence in the midst of today’s news. Gracious God where are you when leaders attempt to demean and demoralize your people?
Merciful God make your presence known when displaced children cry for their mother whose trauma is disorienting and unbearable. Almighty God show up in the bureaucratic swamp and rescue those who live in violent prone areas. Set the captives free, release the victims of mass incarceration.
Holy One, grant justice and free the spirit of natives and slave descendants who are still bound to a master. Creator God release new seeds, rain down cleansing water and a fresh anointing of your oil and daily bread. Fill us with your presence in every step, every space, every breath and every heart beat. Loving God, give us a new song that leaves a lasting impression.
May we be like trees, they stand firm against the winds and trying times. O God, settle us down so we may experience your loving presence. Lord hear our prayers.
We Glorify you and we pray without ceasing in our Savior’s Name. Amen
Lately, it has been so hot! Scorching temperatures, hot topics, heated conversations and shifting emotions. We look for relief in cool places. Still, we are hot and thirsty. We call on our Creator to fix it! Oh Lord, soothe our bodies and quench our thirst.
Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11 pm this pray by the Psalmist
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth. They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals. But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.” Psalm 63:1-11 NIV
It was a sunny day when I parked under this tree to pray at 1:11 p.m. Here’s what happened.
After praying I looked down and the ground was covered with blackberries!
I looked up at the trees above my head and I snatched a handful of this sweet fruit.
I looked up at the trees above my head and I snatched a handful of this sweet fruit.
I stayed under the covering of these beautiful trees and I enjoyed these gifts.
I embraced the sunlight that pierced through the branches. I stayed and prayed.
Lord, I give thanks with a grateful heart for our time together. Thank you for your grace. Your blessings are unconditional and your love is boundless. Your Fruits of the Spirit nourishes the body, mind and spirit. Lord help your spiritually malnourished children receive you and use your food according to your will. Bless all with a constant flow of compassion for all your children. May serving you with passion be our first and last meal of each day.
Parking and Praying at 1:11 p.m. in our Savior’s name. Amen
This Norman Rockwell painting reminds me of a portrait of humanity and what we are called to do. Then, I watched one ant carry a bread crumb to a community of ants. I wonder what inspired this creature to share with others. I understand we are so much higher than the creatures we crush daily. But, lately I’m concerned about why some of us do not feel connected with those who are hungry, thirsty, desperate and whose lives are threatened. We are called to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Let us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm
God you call us, your children to be righteous, kind and loving. Yet, some of us behave like you don’t exist or your Word doesn’t matter. God, help us to do better and be better people. There is an urgent need in our country and world to protect and support the most vulnerable among us, our children. Please God, please help us to help the migrant children who showed up at our borders. Open the hearts of leaders whose platform places these children’s lives in danger. The emotional damage will strangle these young lives unless something is done to protect them. God help us to be more loving. Move across our country like a tsunami of hope, justice, mercy and compassion. May we see your Light in dark places of our lives and cling to all that is good. We pray in our Savior’s name. Amen
Some days when I’m super busy and alone I might express my thoughts out loud. Yes, I’m alone and I’m talking out loud. Does that mean I’m crazy? Am I crazy if I repeat out loud this excerpt of the MESSAGE version of Isaiah 43:1-4?
I’m not crazy! I’m not talking out loud to myself. I believe our ever present God never leaves us. So we are never alone even if we feel isolated. We are not talking solely to ourselves. God is here.
Sometimes, after parking and praying at 1:11 pm I look around me. I may see the numbers 111 on a vehicle, house, placard, or image. Many of you and I happen to be together at 1:11 pm. It’s been an awesome gift to Pray with you at 1:11 pm. I feel it’s an affirmation of God’s presence. God is truly present and God hears our prayers.
Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11pm
Almighty and Everlasting God, I’m crazy about you. God, I thank you for your presence in our lives. Gracious God, you are the gift that keeps giving and loving us. Help us to find you in the congested and noisy places in our world that often demand our attention. Help us to recognize you in the places and spaces in our daily walk with you. Merciful God, give us eyes to see your works, ears to hear your voice, and a heart to feel your presence. Bless us with a mind to discern your will, hands, feet and passion to do your work. Lord, anoint us with faith and power to withstand the powers of darkness. Be a Light unto our path so we may walk in your righteous ways.
In your Holy Name we pray. Amen
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. ROM 8:18 KJV
Is our suffering worthy of or equal to the glory which will be revealed in us?
It seems as though when we are tied up with our burdens, worries, and pains, a stuffiness and a stiffness sets within us that prevents us from achieving revelation of glory.
When we focus entirely on our suffering we strengthen our appetite for worry.
Focusing on our suffering clouds our way going forward.
When we worry we feed our suffering. Moving from worry to glory requires us to release our burdens to God.
Glory is revealed when space is opened within our heart and mind to receive it.
Let Us Park and Pray
Holy One, God of all righteousness and glory. Release in us your glory. Move in us the glory of your presence. Live in us Oh God. Reveal your glory now and evermore.
Help us oh God to recognize and receive your grace and mercy. Merciful God, release our burdens and help us overcome our suffering. Fulfill our desire for peace in the valley, in the storms and on the mountain tops of our lives. May the glory of the Lord rise upon us. Praying in our Savior’s name. Amen
It’s 1:11 pm. Time to stop. Park and Pray. Rest in God’s presence.
Thank You for inviting me to rest in your presence. Thank you for calling me to a quiet place with you. Thank you for guiding me to a quiet place.
For in your presence I find peace. Lord, in your presence I find silence. In your presence I find rest for my weary body, mind and soul.
Lord, save a place for me.
Help me to hear your call in the midst of so many voices and places. My Lord, you patiently wait for me as I learn to stop, to park in the midst of your presence. I sit at your feet and release my burdens. You hear my prayers. Lord give me ears to hear you and strength to walk with you. Help me to be in your presence daily.
Oh Lord, I cherish my time with you. I come to glorify your name. I come to rest in your presence. I come to receive your peace. I eat your Bread of life. I rest with you. I am restored. I go in peace.