Food for Thought-Richard’s Daily Prayer-September 17th, 2014


The morning prayers I write each day are posted on my church community’s Facebook page.

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I thought I would share today’s prayer here as well:

Gracious God

You call us to pray in the darkened closets and distant corners of our lives. Far from the eyes of the maddening crowd, we speak with you about those emotions, events, people, and ideas which dominate our days. Yet, before the words form in our minds and the ideas become words, you are meeting our most pressing needs. Needs we know, needs we have yet to become aware of, and comforting those who weigh on our souls. As we remember those in our life today in need of your presence, we give thanks to you for remembering us. We praise you for not forgetting that place, that seat, that spot in your kingdom where we are made welcome.

As we move from the hidden sanctity of prayer, be with us as we step onto the street corners of reality. May our prayers be more than words. May they become Spirit bathed actions made real by the love they embody and represent.


Food for Thought-Richard’s Morning Prayer for September 3rd


Loving God,

You captivate us each morning with new ideas and images of the world around us. You bring us inside your kingdom; so we may see and understand more of your will for our lives. Help us today to grasp hold of every breath we take with wonder, awe, and amazement. We know that life is too short and our problems are too real to do any less. May we embrace this day for the gift that it is; an irreplaceable moment in time for living and loving our neighbors as ourselves and appreciating being alive.


Food for Thought-5 Ideas to Improve Your Prayer Life

5 Ideas to Improve Your Prayer Life

1. Cut your prayer time in half and focus more on God. Talk less about yourself, your needs, your issues, your concerns and focus solely on God’s goodness.
2. Prayer is about persistence. How persistent can you be about doing step number 1?
3. As our bodies tell us when we are hungry and thirsty; our souls tell us when we need to pray. There are times when God slows us down. There are moments in our lives when we feel a need to be as close to God as possible.
4. Prayer is not solely about listening or talking. It’s also about doing. Take some action on your prayers. Do something about your joys, concerns, and celebrations. Go see someone, visit someone, or call a friend. Turn your prayer into a three-dimensional living reality.
5. Tell people you are praying for them. If you’re praying for people, don’t hesitate to say it, “hey, I’m praying for you.”

Food for Thought-Richard’s Daily Prayer

A new day,
A new week,
Pick me up,
Begin again,
Start anew,
Say “Later sin”,
Today is about,
Walking out,
Beyond the crowd,
Gonna be,
Walking like Jesus,
Praying Like Peter,
Trusting like Thomas,
Moving like Matthew,
Jumping like John,
Smiling like Andrew,
Praying like Philip,
Knowing like Nathaniel,
Feeling free like Jude,
Zealous like Simon the Zealot,
Listening with James the Elder,
Running with James the Younger,
Cause that’s way,
This this day,
Comes together,
When we pray,

–Richard Bryant

Food for Thought-An Evening Prayer

Lord, it’s time we talk,
Today is over, the night is begun,
I’m listening for the word,
Lay it on me Lord,
I know it’s night,
As there’s little light,
I’m holding off sleep,
I want to know what you’ll say,
At the end of this long day,
I want to be prepared,
For what’s coming my way,
In the long hours that await,
And when dawn breaks,
I’m listening God,
I’m laying it down,
So the only sound,
Is me listening,
On the ground.

–Richard Bryant

Food for Thought-Richard’s Morning Prayer

Richard’s Morning Prayer

August 2, 2014

Gracious God,

The thunder and lightning awaken us in the night and we know we are alive. In those brief moments of disorientation and fear, remind us that you are the God of our lives. You are the God of sound and silence. You come into the unknown moments of our lives and conquer the chaos which we cannot see. Our calling is to trust that you are always present, even when are blinded by our own fears and self-interest. May we look past our fears and the cloudy perspectives which sometimes guide us and move toward doing your clear will for our lives today.

Hear Our Prayers…

Food for Thought-Richard’s Morning Prayer


Richard’s Morning Prayer

July 31, 2014

Good Morning God,

Thank you for bringing us safely through the night and into light of this new day.

May we treasure this day as the gift that it is and share its blessings with reckless zeal.

May we look for you in the places we least expect, least want to see, and least hope to find.

May our love for you extend beyond boundaries and limits we have defined as “your standards”.

May our lives light a path for the pilgrims who follow behind us to travel safely and live in peace.

May we seek reconciliation for the hurts of the past and listen to the pains of today.

Hear Our Prayers,

Food for Thought-Richard’s Morning Prayer

The Sky for the Trees, Ocracoke, July 2014

The Sky for the Trees, Ocracoke, July 2014

Richard’s Morning Prayer

Good Morning God,

Let’s do this thing! A new day is here, full of possibility and promise and we want to be part of your unfolding vision. Let us step into the opportunities for witness and service that are right before our eyes. Help us to meet those opportunities with smiles, compassion, and the love you have taught us to embody.

We offer our own prayers for those among us and those around our world in need,

Hear our prayers..

Food for Though-A Devotion on Isaiah 56:1-8

A Devotion on Isaiah 56:1-8

By Richard Bryant

56 Thus says the LORD: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.

I meditate on the words: Maintain and Justice. I pray to do what is right. I ask for my salvation to come. I wait for the revelation of my deliverance. I ask, what will the revelation of my deliverance look like? Am I prepared for what I’ll see?
How am I maintaining justice today? Am I doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord? Am I ready for my salvation? Again, I ask, am I aware and ready to see the revelation of my own deliverance?

2 Happy is the mortal who does this, the one who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it, and refrains from doing any evil.

Does my face reflect such joy and happiness? Do I go about my day with happiness by holding fast and keeping the Sabbath? Am I honoring God by honoring my life and God’s commandments? Do I take time, even in the midst of this busy summer season to give myself a break and give God a few minutes? Do I turn the cell phone off, shut down the computer, and step back from the world so I can step toward God?

Again, I meditate on the words: Maintain and Justice. I pray to do what is right. I ask for my salvation to come. I wait for the revelation of my deliverance.I listen to the words of the prophet. I do not put words into his mouth. I let his images fill my mind.

3 Do not let the foreigner joined to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely separate me from his people”; and do not let the eunuch say, “I am just a dry tree.” 4 For thus says the LORD: To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, 5 I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.

Meditate and pray upon this: what the Lord has given will not be cut off. We are connected to God. We can try to cut ourselves off from God but God will not disconnect from us. We become monuments to what God has done in our lives. Pray upon God’s connections and monuments in your life.

6 And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant— 7 these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. 8 Thus says the Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will gather others to them besides those already gathered.

Will I do as he says and live as he says? Will our house be called a house of prayer for all peoples?
Again, I meditate on the words: Maintain and Justice. I pray to do what is right. I ask for my salvation to come. I wait for the revelation of my deliverance.

Food for Thought-An Evening Prayer of Blessing


Evening Blessing,

Gracious God, it has been a long and fruitful day. From the rays of sunshine which broke over the water, your presence has been known in our lives. Now, as the pace has lightened and the breeze is felt, we pray blessing on the night which approaches. We thank you for the day that has been.
May tonight be peaceful, safe, and full of meaning.
May we welcome you into our lives and homes through fellowship, conversation, and love.
May those who travel be brought safely to their destinations.
May those who mourn be granted comfort.
May we be guided through the darkness by your Holy Spirit, our sustainer, and friend.
May the paths we tread at night, provide a road for the pilgrims who follow us tomorrow.
May we seek forgiveness for the sins we have left floating at the water’s edge.
Hear us now,


-Richard Bryant