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Sunday Morning Prayers

Can we be honest?

My weekends are crazy.  Starting on Saturday Nights with the evening service, and then moving to an early morning on Sunday followed by three services full of people.  It’s wild and wooly in every way possible.  By Sunday at 2pm when most of everything is cleaned up and put back in place, I drive home by myself in a quiet car processing what I’ve been a part of over the previous 24 hours.  Sometimes my drives home are filled with “What could have been” thoughts and sometimes I’m excited about “What has been” and “What will be.”

Sometimes those drives home are filled with the sense that I was there, but not really there.  Know what I mean?  It’s like I did a bunch of stuff, but none of it was very valuable.  Don’t worry, I’m not getting depressed or anything.  I know that even if all I do is prepare rooms for others to lead kids, then I still live in an A+ world.

So how have I worked to maintain proper perspective?  How do I guard against always thinking the worst about myself?  How can I overcome my Sunday Morning fears and business?

Over the next 5 posts, I’m going to share the 5 prayers I pray on my Sunday Morning commute to church.  These 5 prayers are the ways I prepare my Spirit, Mind, and Body for what lays ahead on a busy morning of ministry.  In the spirit of full disclosure I don’t always pray all 5, but I work through them throughout the morning.  At the conclusion of each one, I’d love to hear your thoughts as well as how you prepare yourself for what is about to happen.

Sunday Morning Prayers:

  1. That at least one person will hear God’s voice.
  2. That  my leaders will be sensitive to the hearts of the children they work with.
  3. That somebody hurting gets out of bed this morning, and looks for God.
  4. That I will not get lost in the business of the morning.
  5. That God will help me to see the way He sees.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Kenny · March 23, 2010

    I look forward to this little series.

    One thing helped me tremendously. I grew up under an incredible children’s pastor. As I got older, I became a peer to him. He told me that many times he’d go to his car after services and just weep becasue of missed opportunities. That gave me a lot of perspective. I take it all in stride. Some days aren’t going to go the way I expected. I think the prayers you’re going to share are going to be awesome. We can do what only we can do and be as prepared as possible. The rest we’ll leave in God’s hands and we’ll have to be okay with how it all turns out.