PrayerToday’s Word(s): ‘prayer’ … as in sometimes I even think I hear cheering.

It has become a daily rhythm for me: on my way out of the house, through the shadowy garage and into sun-drenched day, I stop for “the prayer.” It just takes a moment. The prayer is written on a 4×6 piece of cardstock and taped to the wall just to the right of the door track. I have to pause anyway to let the door fully open, so I put my hand on the card and pray the prayer.

Sometimes out loud.

This daily practice reminds me of the tradition that some football players observe as they run through the shadowy tunnel under the stadium on their way to the sun-drenched field. Maybe you’ve seen it: just before they run out into the stadium to the cheers of thousands, there, just above the doorway is a sign. On the sign is a motto, a mantra, a quote that inspires them. They touch it, tap it, slap it with their hands. It’s like they’re taking hold of something. Or something is taking hold of them. This prayer is like that for me; could be for you, too.

Let’s pray it:

“God, this is a new day. I freshly commit myself to the role you have invited me to play as you are building your church in this world. I am awestruck again today that you include me in this grand life-giving, world-transforming endeavor. So today I joyfully offer you my love, my heart, my talents, my energy, my creativity, my faithfulness, my resources and my gratitude. I commit all of myself to the role you have assigned me in the building of your church so that it may thrive in this world. And I will “bring it” today. I will bring my best. You deserve it. Your church deserves it. It is the hope of the world.”

For all the times I’ve prayed this prayer, I still don’t have it memorized. I’m lousy at memorizing. That’s probably good. It makes me slow down and think about what I’m praying and how to live into it. That’s a good rhythm.

And sometimes I even think I hear cheering.


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