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January 2004

A Prayer For Stewardship


Almighty and ever-faithful Lord, we gratefully acknowledge your mercy and humbly admit our need.  We pledge our trust in you and each other.  Filled with desire, we respond to your call for discipleship by shaping our lives in imitation of Christ.

Lord Jesus, I give you my hands to do your work.  I give you my feet to go your way.  I give you my eyes to see as you see.  I give you my tongue to speak your words.  I give you my mind to think as you think.  I give you my spirit so that you may pray in me.  I give you my self so that you may grow in me, so that it is you, Lord Jesus, who lives and works and prays in me.

Lord, you have called us to be stewards of your gifts.  As stewards, we receive your gifts gratefully, cherish and tend them in a responsible manner, share them in love with others, and return them with increase to you.  We recognize our obligation to be your stewards on this earth, and we recognize our obligation to call others to that same endeavor. 

Generous and loving God, you call us to be disciples of your son Jesus and good stewards of all your many gifts.  Open our minds and hearts to a greater awareness and deeper appreciation of your countless blessings.  Transform us through the power of your Spirit to nurture a stewardship way of life marked by faith-filled prayer, service to our neighbor, and generous sharing.  Teach us to be faithful servants of your gifts.

Almighty God our Father, we belong to you.  All that we have comes from you:   Our family and friends, our health, our possessions and energy, our leisure and abilities.  Help us to share in the blessings of giving as well as the happiness of receiving.  We thank you for your many blessings.  Most of all, we thank you for Jesus, your son and our redeemer, who came among us to show us the way to eternal life.  Jesus was the perfect Steward of your gifts, showing us that complete trust in you is necessary, and that giving of self is a most important part of following Him.  May the offerings of our time, our talents, and our material resources be made in the same spirit of sacrifice that Jesus taught us by His life and death for us.

Almighty and ever-faithful God, it is our fervent hope and prayer that you who have begun this good work in us will bring it to fulfillment in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen


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