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Daily Prayer for September 18th, 2014 

That we look around, and find God, we pray

The other day I had this thought. If you look around, there’s an order to things. The way the planets revolve around the sun is remarkably similar to the way electrons revolve around a nucleus. If science proves anything, it’s that nothing comes from nothing. Something caused those things to act. It’s not too hard to believe in the creator of that order. If you want to call that God, then maybe I do believe in God.

– from Richard Paul Evans’
Walking on Water

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Daily Prayer for September 17th, 2014 

For those who live–and work–in anticipation, we pray

Morale quickly turns ugly after a company warns of layoffs–even if the job cuts won’t happen for a while.

– Joe Light
The Wall Street Journal, Even Hints of Layoffs Decay Morale

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Daily Prayer for September 16th, 2014 

For all of us who will walk in faith today

Walking in faith means putting one foot in front of the other with both eyes on God.

– a footnote below the signature block in an email from a subscriber

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Daily Prayer for September 15th, 2014 

Lord, thank you for the reminder that I am not the only one to have felt what I sometimes feel

We may sometimes feel disappointed when others don’t see the world as we do. Jesus did not surrender his vision to the ‘logical’ promptings of the disciples; he simply turned and went on his way.

– Regarding Luke 9:51-56
from Sacred Space

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Daily Prayer for September 12th, 2014 

Lord, show us the many ways that we can serve you by serving others

Fortunately for over 1,500 veterans of America’s recent conflicts, banker Sid Goodfriend felt after the attacks of 9/11 an ever-increasing debt to the young men and women he saw protecting our country in a time of peril. So after a quarter-century on Wall Street, Mr. Goodfriend retired and started repaying that debt. He founded a nonprofit called American Corporate Partners (ACP), a mentoring program that helps veterans successfully jump start from military careers into business. Senior executives in 27 companies–from Alcoa to Verizon–are paired with recently returned veterans for career counseling, mentoring and encouragement in one-on-one meetings.

– Wall Street Journal
From Battlefield to Boardroom

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Daily Prayer for September 11th, 2014 

For all of us as we continue to pray

O God of love, compassion, and healing. We ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died here the heroic first-responders: our fire fighters, police officers, emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel, along with all the innocent men and women who were victims of this tragedy simply because their work or service brought them here on September 11, 2001.

– Pope Benedict XI
Prayer at Ground Zero, New York, April 20, 2008

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Daily Prayer for September 10th, 2014 

In thanksgiving of life’s simple pleasures—such as a good cup of coffee—especially when they turn out to be better than expected

In what might be good news for coffee drinkers, a new study found that women who regularly consume caffeinated beverages are less likely to suffer depression.

– Jennifer Corbett Dooren
Coffee May Help Women Lower Depression Risk, The Wall Street Journal

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Daily Prayer for September 9th, 2014 

For those who will suffer through the day, every day, we pray

Disease leaves you desperate for control at a time when you have virtually none. When you’re a patient, it doesn’t matter if you arrive in a chauffeur-driven limousine or on a public bus. It doesn’t matter if you are a CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a member of its cleaning staff. It doesn’t matter if you look as if you work out every day or if you haven’t seen the inside of a gym since high school. Stripped of our clothes and dressed in hospital gowns, we are all the same.

– Christine Schwab
Take Me Home From the Oscars

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Daily Prayer for September 8th, 2014 

Lord, let us find your presence in whatever it is we are confronted with today

It’s the wheel of the world turning around: In the blink of an eye it can change your life and it never even slows down. It can open your heart, it can break you apart and it never even slows down. It’s the wheel of the world turning around.

– Carrie Underwood
The Wheel of the World

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Daily Prayer for September 5th, 2014 

May my faith guide me as a positive influence in my workplace

According to the data, middle-aged workers with little or no ‘peer social support’ in the workplace were 2.4 times more likely to die during the study. This new study found that a lack of control at the office was deadly–but only for men.

– Jonah Lehrer, The Wall Street Journal
Your Co-Workers Might Be Killing You: Hours don’t affect health much–but unsupportive colleagues do

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