Beginning of the week prayer

Here are seven Bible verses that can start your week off right.

Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

This verse just makes me glad I have another day to serve God and to try to glorify Him! It’s great to be alive because it’s another opportunity to make His name famous. Many churches start their worship services with this verse which was made into a song. If you are reading this, then God is not finished with you, and today is the day that He has made for His glory, and He desires to use you in doing that. God didn’t only make this day; He made you for a very specific purpose and that was to glorify Him in word and deed.

Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

Before you start your day, and certainly, before you walk out the door, make sure to put on the full armor or “whole armor of God.” You’ll need each and every piece (Eph 6:14-18) in order to “stand against the schemes of the devil.” That’s why Paul tells us to “put on” or “take up” the armor more than once. He knows our human tendency to forget, just like we might miss starting our day off with prayer and with the Word of God. If we leave these two out, and then also leave of the armor of God, we’re leaving an opening for the enemy.

Numbers 6:24-25 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.”

This is one of a set of eighteen blessings called the Shemoneh Esreh or the Amidah (in Hebrew, standing prayer) that you see Orthodox Jews praying at the wall in Jerusalem. This reminds me of the time when Moses saw the backside of God and came back down the mountain with his face shining. Not only does this sound very much like a prayer, because it asks the Lord’s blessing and keeping them, but also that His face, in a figurative sense, shines upon them, and it did, at least for a time. But as we know, God is not finished with His chosen people, Israel.

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Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”

Jesus wants us to be both salt and light, so if you think of your day in this way, you can remember to let others see your good works so that they can glorify God. God has already planned good works for us to do, if only we’ll walk in them (Eph 2:10), but if we’re not looking for ways to be salt and light, it’s not likely we’ll glorify Him. Salt needs to get out the shaker and light needs to get out from under the table. Salt and light is useless until they are put to use.

Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

If you think of the Word of God as active and living, and sharper than any two-edged sword you’ve ever seen (Heb 4:12), then you’ll see that it’s meant to instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go. The Word of God cuts, but it cuts in order to heal, and it’s not just for today, but for every day. God’s instruction manual is His Word, and His counsel and teaching are in Scripture. Don’t leave home without receiving your daily allowance of the Bread of Life.

Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

I know some who have trouble sleeping at night. They’re already worried about tomorrow, before it even gets here. The Apostle Paul’s admonition is to stop being anxious about everything, and instead, commit it to prayer. Let those prayers be mixed with the freewill offering of thanksgiving. Only then, will “the peace of God” be able to “guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” It’s never a matter of the human will; it’s a matter of the peace of God guarding our hearts. There is no room for anxiety in trust.

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”

If you have to make any major decisions today, I hope that you have prayed about it, praying that God would grant you an understanding heart and godly wisdom in your decision making, but also that your choices would be according to His will. If we put our trust in the Lord, and stop leaning on our own thinking (and mine), then God can help us to see what His understanding is through the work and Person of the Holy Spirit. That’s what I want today, and every day. If I lean on my own understanding, I’m headed for a fall.

Conclusion

Perhaps you can suggest some other verses that I might have missed to help you start your day off right, but also to begin the week in a good way. If we really want to start our week off right, we need to be abiding in God’s Word on a daily basis; we need to stay in constant communication with God in prayer, but we also need to put on the full armor of God so that we’re better able to let our light shine before the world, so that we might bring glory to God, and that’s really all that matters; today, this week, and forever.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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Loving God, thank you for the joys that summer brought to us. You have blessed us with time to spend with family and friends, rest and relaxation, and a break from school work. As we return to our studies, inspire us to take on a new interest in new classes and new topics. Be with us as we discover old friendships and start new ones. Amen.

Reader 1A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew (Mt 5:13-16)

“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”Leader

Take a moment to reflect on your summers. When were you “salty”? When were you “light”? (Pause) Now think of the coming school year. How can you be the salt for this school? Who will you inspire today?

Leader Let us offer prayers of petition to our Lord.

Reader 2 The response is, “Lord, hear our prayer.”

For our school, may it continue to be a beacon of light to the students, teachers, staff, and parents involved in this community.
We pray to the Lord. (Lord, hear our prayer.)

Reader 3 For the Church, may it continue to bring light to those in darkness.

We pray to the Lord. (Lord, hear our prayer.)

Reader 4 For all people who have made this new school year possible, especially faculty and staff. Bless their work now and throughout this school year.

We pray to the Lord. (Lord, hear our prayer.)

Reader 5

For the students, may join together in unity and support of one another in the classroom, in clubs, and on sports teams.
We pray to the Lord. (Lord, hear our prayer.)

Leader Lord, we ask all these things in your holy name, amen.

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beginning of the week prayer

Lord Jesus, we ask for Your help as we begin this new school year. Allow us to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before us. Open our eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open our heart and mind to new friends and new teachers. Give us a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with our studies and courage to accept new opportunities. Help us to be attentive to one another and let us experience Your presence in our new friends. Jesus, inspire us to do our best this year! Amen

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Lord, Give us insight to see realistically “what is”; but make us dreamers and give us vision of all the possibilities for “what can be.” Use us as your instruments to form, inform, reform, and transform those who come to us. We ask this in your name, Jesus Christ. Amen

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Loving Creator, Map your goals for us in our hearts. Make our classrooms oases in the busy world. Make them places of warmth and trust. May our affirmation of our students enable them to know that their opinion counts. Free them to stretch themselves as they seek holistic growth in a safe, nurturing, Christian environment. Amen

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Dearest Father in Heaven, Bless us all and bless this day of new beginnings. Smile upon this staff and student body, And surround us, Lord, with the soft mantle of your love. Teach this community to follow in your footsteps, And to live life in the ways of Love, faith, hope and charity. We ask this through your name, Jesus Christ… Amen

God, I am not sure if you really exist. Accept me with all my doubts and fears and show yourself to me in such a way that I can somehow move forward. Show yourself to me as love, Show yourself to me as forgiveness Show yourself to me as new life, as the promise of a new beginning. Amen

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Lord God, You are a global God. Grace us and grace our students with global vision in our mission to spread your love. May we be trailblazers as we bring that “touch of magic,” that touch of your love, to those we meet each day. We make this prayer in your name, Jesus Christ. Amen

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Loving Father: Make us feeling people, who empathize with the many emotions which pervade our buildings each day. May we harness the energy of those feelings and use it in building a learning community of students, faculty, administrators, staff, and parents within the nurturing environment of our schools and homes. Amen

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May the blessing of the Holy Trinity go with us today. May God’s strength keep us secure. May Christ our true Wisdom guide our learning. May the Holy Spirit make us glad and good. May the enfolding of the Trinity hold us and bring us, at day’s end, safely home.  Amen.

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Lord, keep us strong so that we can carry out your works: feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, clothing the naked and being a voice for those who suffer persecution. Bless us this year, so that we may all experience rich friendships, authentic success, and purpose in all we do. Amen

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Lord God, In our work as Catholic students and teachers, let us reach out to all, remembering that anonymity is not acceptable for anyone in our communities. May we live our lives so that people recognize you in us…so that wearing the cross would not be incongruous to those who know us. May those in our schools be “pearls” to us, valued for the unique beauty they bring to our communities. Amen

Creator God, May our lives be quilted together in love made visible, as we laugh, love, labour, and learn together. Enliven our spirits that our inner beings may give form and strength to all we do. Finally, grant that we who serve in Catholic schools may love you much, may love one another, and may never forget why we came! Amen.

beginning of the week prayer

Loving God, Look upon these students. Let them enjoy their learning and take delight in new discoveries. Help them to persevere in their studies and give them the desire to learn all things well.  Look upon these teachers. Let them strive to share their knowledge with gentle patience and endeavour always to bring the truth to eager minds. Grant that students and teachers alike may follow Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life, forever and ever. Amen

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