Ambrose on Speaking Christ

“It is also written: Open your lips, and let God’s word be heard. God’s word is uttered by those who repeat Christ’s teachings and meditate on his sayings. Let us always speak this word. When we speak about virtue, we are speaking of Christ. When we speak about justice, we are speaking  of Christ. When we speak about peace, we are speaking of Christ. When we speak about truth and life and redemption, we are speaking of Christ….When you get up or rise again, speak of Christ, so as to fulfill what you are commanded. Listen and learn how Christ is to awaken you from sleep.” Ambrose from Explanation of the Psalms


Prayer 11/4/19

“But I trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.” Psalm 13:5-6

Eternal and Almighty God, we rise up thanking you. Our prayers glorify you throughout the day. Remind us, again and again, that we look to you in all things. And may our hearts ever be grateful.

Gracious Father, we pray to you in the name of your Son, for he has given us life and grace, and you have given him all authority. May the only debt we owe be the debt of love. For by love we fulfill your law. May we love as your Son has loved us, and may you be glorified in it. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

“Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:8-10

Prayer 10/30/19

“Come, children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Which of you desires life,
and covets many days to enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil,
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good;
seek peace, and pursue it.” Psalm 34:11-14

Almighty and Eternal God, we come before you as your children, trusting wholly in your generous providence and abundant grace. We thank you for your many blessings, those we have received and those to come. Open our ears and guard our mouths, so that we may hear your Good Word and speak blessings to others. We are your children, Holy Father, for we seek to be merciful just as you are merciful. May the love of your Son overflow through us. In his light may we see light.

Most Gracious and Merciful Father, bless and keep all the little children, for your kingdom belongs to them. Bring them up in the love and grace of your Son. May the world be filled with child-like hearts that have grown to maturity through faith. We ask these things humbly and gratefully, and in the power of your Holy Spirit, for we know your steadfast love and faithfulness will never end. To You belongs the praise and glory; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; One God for ever and ever, Amen.

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15


Prayer 10/25/19

“For thus says the Lord,
who created the heavens.
He is God!
He formed the earth and made it,
he established it;
he did not create it a chaos,
he formed it to be inhabited!

I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I did not speak in secret,
in a land of darkness;
I did not say to the offspring of Jacob,
‘Seek me in chaos.’
I the Lord speak the truth,
I declare what is right.” Isaiah 45:18-19

Almighty and Eternal God, we look to you our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer in all things. We come to you, for you speak the truth and declare what is right. We thank you, for all that we are and all that we hope to be is from you. We glorify your Holy Name, for in you we live and move and have our being. Receive the prayer of our heart this day, and may it be found acceptable in your sight.

All Wise and Holy Father, guide and guard our thoughts, our words, our actions. Help us to love as we have been loved. Help us to give grace, just as we have received grace. Conform us to the image of your Son, as we follow closely in his footsteps.

Gracious and Loving Father, we lift up to you the broken-hearted, grant the peace that surpasses understanding. We lift up to you the sick and injured, grant healing and well-being. We lift up to you those who are dying, may they hear those precious words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Holy Father, we pray for your kingdom to come so that there will be an end to sin, sorrow, suffering and death. We wait for the coming of your Son where life, love, joy, and peace in your presence will never end. In faith, we offer up this prayer to You: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; One God forever and ever, Amen.

Jesus said, “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:8-11


Prayer 10/22/19

“Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
to deliver their soul from death,
and to keep them alive in famine.

Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and shield.
Our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.” Psalm 33:18-22

Gracious and Loving God, we look to you in all things, for our hope is in your steadfast love. Instruct us and teach us in the Way. Counsel us with your loving eye. Our soul waits for you, our help and our shield. Grant us your grace and mercy, for we trust in your Holy Name.

All Wise and Holy Father, nourish your people with the resurrected life of your Son. In his light, may we see light. We offer our lives to you as a living sacrifice, for this is our spiritual worship. Transform us by the renewing of our minds so that we may be able to discern your perfect will. May your steadfast love be upon us, for we hope in You: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; One God for ever and ever. Amen.

“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

Prayer 10/21/19

“O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.

Let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
so that those who love your name may exult in you.” Psalm 6:1,11

Almighty and Eternal God, we lift up our prayers to you in the name of your Son. We thank you for the blessings we are aware of, and those that pass our notice. For, we know that all good things come from you. Guide us through this week, that our words and work may bring honor and glory to you. Grant us opportunities to share the hope that is within us, so that the prayers of thanksgiving and praise to you may be multiplied.

Holy Father, we lift up those who are sick and injured, grant strength and healing. We lift up those who are in need of guidance and direction, may they hear the gentle leading of your Holy Spirit. We lift up those who have not yet heard of your steadfast love and faithfulness, may they find a friend in one who loves you.

Gracious and Merciful Father, lift up for us leaders who serve, and servants who lead. Bend the hearts of the powerful towards what is good and right. Open the mouths of those who have influence, to speak words of peace and unity in a world so divided and chaotic. We look to you in all things, trusting in your providence. Please hear our prayers and fulfill our hopes, for we are your children who seek to be merciful like you. We offer up this prayer to You: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; One God forever and ever. Amen.

“For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than live in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
he bestows favour and honour.
No good thing does the Lord withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
happy is everyone who trusts in you.” Psalm 84:10-12

Prayer 10/16/19: A thanksgiving for rain

“From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
You cause the grass to grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to use,
to bring forth food from the earth,
and wine to gladden the human heart,
oil to make the face shine,
and bread to strengthen the human heart.” Psalm 104:13-15

Lord, we thank you for today’s rain that waters the ground, that brings forth food for your creatures. Grant us glad and grateful hearts for the simple goodness of your creation. Amen.

“Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made.” Romans 1:20

Prayer 10/15/19

“I saw one like a human being
coming with the clouds of heaven.
And he came to the Ancient One
and was presented before him.
To him was given dominion
and glory and kingship,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not pass away,
and his kingship is one
that shall never be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13-14

Almighty and Eternal God, we come before you in the name of your Son. He taught us to love as he loved us. He taught us to walk as he walked. Our King gave himself so that we might have life. Earthly kings shed the blood of others to save themselves. Our King shed his own blood to save others. We glorify you, Holy Father, for you have given what we can only receive: grace and life.

Gracious and Loving Father, we pray for those who are in need of guidance. Give wisdom and discernment. Guide those who call on you. Grant that the work we do today will bring good into a world in need. May we bring love where there is hatred, peace where there is strife, clarity where there is confusion, hope where there is despair. Lift up the humble and grant humility to the prideful, so that all may know that you are God.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us. May we reflect your light and love in this world, and may it bring honor and glory to You: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; One God for ever and ever. Amen.

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” John 14:27.

Prayer 10/14/19

“Light dawns for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!” Psalm 97:11-12

Almighty and Eternal God, in your light we see light. For your abundant mercy and never-ending love, we thank you. For this day and the opportunity to live as your faithful children, we thank you. For the good things you have created for all people, we thank you. For your Son who gave himself for our sake, we thank you.

We lift up the broken hearted, grant them peace. We pray for those who search, but have not yet found. Guide them by your grace into the light and life of your Son. For those who are alone, we pray a friend sent by you. We lift up the oppressed and downtrodden, may those who love you work on their behalf. Bless the merciful and peaceful. Bless the ones who help the helpless.

Gracious and Loving God, renew us through your power. Refresh us by your grace. Give us good work to do and a willingness to do it. May our day be filled with love for you and good works towards our neighbors. May it all give honor and glory to You: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; One God for ever and ever. Amen.

“Then he said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their crosses daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

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