Every Monday, Living Lutheran offers a week’s worth of prayers from the ELCA resource Prayer Ventures, which can be downloaded here. These petitions – one for each day this week – are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church.

Monday, Feb. 15: We remember on this Presidents Day the president of our nation and the leaders who serve with him that they may act with wisdom, justice, concern for people of all backgrounds and for the well-being and unity of our diverse communities.

Tuesday, Feb. 16: As followers of Christ, we pray for a growing understanding of what it means to deny ourselves, take up the cross and follow as imperfect disciples trusting in God’s love and forgiveness every step of the way.

Wednesday, Feb. 17: We ask God to bless the evangelism work of the Rev. Mawien Ariik and the refugee ministry of the Rev. Wal Reat, ELCA missionaries in South Sudan.

Thursday, Feb. 18: On this day in 1546, Martin Luther died at the age of 62. We give thanks for the ways in which Luther instructed and inspired Christians to be centered in Scripture, prayer, education and God’s unconditional love.

Friday, Feb. 19: We pray for the United Church of Christ, a full communion partner with the ELCA, and for the continuing growth of our relationship as together we share the gospel and do God’s work in the world.

Saturday, Feb. 20: We give thanks for and ask God’s blessings on the work of Lutheran Services of America and its network of 300 organizations, especially for its work in support of parents and children involved in adoption and foster care.

Sunday, Feb. 21: In baptism, we are called, gathered and claimed by God. We give thanks to God for gathering us in community for mutual care, encouragement and sending each other into the world to share the gospel. – See more at: http://www.elca.org/en/Living-Lutheran/Prayer-Ventures/2016/02/160215-Prayer-Ventures?_ga=1.242830658.1785425447.1427473754#sthash.PDcrAuQF.dpuf