Adding a short special prayer to our daily devotions for a particular topic, issue, or situation of significance is appropriate. These special prayers will change monthly, so please check back weekly for each week's special prayer.
Central Africa Medical Mission – Lord, we praise you for all the opportunities you have provided throughout our synod’s history to share the gospel of Jesus with people around the world. This year we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Central Africa Medical Mission. Through the compassion of WELS medical volunteers in Africa, we have been able to build relationships that have led to the sharing of the Christian faith that compels this love. We pray that you would guide us in how we can use this and other strategies to connect even more people throughout the world with the love of Christ. Amen.
Mission in North Liberty, Iowa – Heavenly Father, thank you for giving Good Shepherd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the opportunity to begin a second site in North Liberty. Be with the core group in North Liberty, which has the deep desire and dedication to spread your gospel in that area. Help the leaders and members of Good Shepherd to remain focused and energized despite any obstacles that may arise against this multi-site ministry. Bless their evangelism efforts as they create and build relationships through events and activities. Move a second pastor to accept this call and bolster their outreach efforts through his ministry there. Thank you for the generous mission offerings that make this ministry expansion possible. Your Word does not return to you empty. We trust this promise as we keep your people in North Liberty and Cedar Rapids in our prayers through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Commission on Discipleship – Lord Jesus, you have called us to be your disciples and to follow your Word of truth, which promises everlasting life. We ask you to bless our synod’s Commission on Discipleship as it seeks to assist congregations in making and encouraging your disciples of all ages. Guide Pastor Donn Dobberstein and the commission as they develop important tools, resources, and programs that will encourage congregations in spiritual growth. As congregations use these resources, bless them with spiritual growth and a firm trust in your promises and care. Keep us all focused on your powerful gospel, which directs our hearts and minds to you, our Lord and Savior, and everything you have done for us. Amen.
Pastoral Studies Institute – Dear Jesus, Lord of the church, the words you spoke while you were on this earth are still true: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” Therefore, we ask you, the Lord of the harvest, to send out workers into the harvest field. To that end, we pray that you would bless the valuable work of the Pastoral Studies Institute at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary that trains future pastors for your church from diverse ethnic, cultural, career, and national backgrounds. Guide the teachers and their teachings. Assist the students and their learning. When the educational road seems long and hard, encourage the students with the prospect of using your gospel in full-time ministry to save souls. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Special Topic Prayers
Dear Lord Jesus, during your earthly ministry there was no sickness you could not heal and no pain that you could not comfort. Even now it is you who gives comfort and healing to all who suffer. Let your loving hand rest upon all who are sick or injured. Let them know that no matter what problems they face, your power is made perfect in weakness. Ease their pain, calm their fears, and encourage their faith with the promise of your grace. Amen.
Heavenly Father, as I meet other people today help me treat them with love and kindness. Help me try to understand them instead of getting frustrated and angry. Let me be ready to forgive their sins, eager to help them, and bold to confess my Savior to them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Heavenly Father, it’s good to know that one way we show our love to you, is through the work we do for ourselves and for others. We praise you for the blessing of work. We realize, dear Lord, that our sinful nature grows tired of the same old routine, where we sometimes feel overworked, under appreciated, under valued, or overstressed. Yet you remind us in your the Word that we are to be thankful for a job, and that we can ask you to help us use the knowledge and skill you have given us to the best of our ability. Thank you that through work, you allow us to provide for our families and our future. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Almighty God, you chose us to be your own. You loved us so much that even though you expect perfection, you gave us a way out. You forgave us and sent your son, Jesus, to take the punishment for all the wrongs we have done by dying on the cross. And as if that wasn’t enough, Jesus rose again and has prepared a place for us to live with him in our eternal paradise. Please be with us as we share this awesome message with others. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, you are my one and only Savior. I need the blessings you have set aside for me. Assure me that I am forgiven. Remind me that you promise eternal life in heaven with you. Give me a strong faith that always looks to you for these things. Amen.