Author: Amber Jones

My Defender | Afternoon Prayer

Mighty God, executor of justice for the oppressed, giver of food to the hungry, freer of the imprisoned, sight-giver to the blind, lifter of the bowed and broken, watcher over the immigrant, sustainer of the fatherless and the widow, frustrater…

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Trouble May Surround Me | Afternoon Prayer

Eternal God, you are a dwelling place where my soul can rest at all times and in all circumstances. Trouble may surround me on every side, there may be no end to the duties and travails of this life; but,…

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Feeling Unloved | Afternoon Prayer

Lord, I’ve spent so much of my life feeling love-starved. Your children aren’t supposed to feel this way, are we? After all, we belong to you, we have a relationship with you. Why does this old feeling of being unloved…

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The Sacred Ordinary | Afternoon Prayer

Father, there are times I wonder if anything I’m doing throughout the day matters at all. I hear stories of heroic deeds, faith-stretching feats, and people whose very life will impact the world for generations to come. When I stack…

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Rest for My Burdens | Afternoon Prayer

Lord, I confess that this afternoon I’m utterly weary. I’m so busy with trying that my mind spins and my soul aches with longing for rest from the toil of this world. I recall you said that your “yoke fits…

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Heaven on Earth | Afternoon Prayer

Sometimes, Father, this beautiful world you made can be downright terrifying. Famine, flood, rumors of war, the plight of the poor, the suffering of the vulnerable – it can be overwhelming to behold. It can shroud the goodness and the…

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The Troubles of My Heart Have Multiplied | Afternoon Prayer

Lord, when I awoke this morning I was hopeful that the day would bring relief from this suffering. The day has worn on, but the pain has lingered. I cry out to you with the Psalmist, “I am lonely and…

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Eyes to See | Afternoon Prayer

Jesus, you said that if we have the kind of eyes that are at-the-ready to see you face-to-face, we will have your insight and your understanding. I confess that the eyes I have this afternoon are tired and dull from…

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Laying Down Selfishness | Afternoon Prayer

Lord, everywhere I turn today, I face the opportunity to make more of myself than of you, to consider myself above others. Advertisements bombard me, self-help advice nudges me, the dread of scarcity prompts me to get my fair share…

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We Belong to One Another | Afternoon Prayer

Father of this world, I come to you this afternoon in need of the reminder of who you are and who I am. Mother Teresa once said that our big problem is that we’ve forgotten that we belong to one…

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