Loving God, we pray for openness. 
Open us to the practical needs of those closest to us and give us the determination to respond. 
Loving God, we pray for openness. 
Open us to opportunities to encourage the downhearted and take our hesitation away. 
Loving God, we pray for openness. 
Open us to a renewed vision of our faith community, and inspire us with a willingness to serve. 
Loving God we pray for openness. 
Open us to fresh ways of looking at our planet and the challenges that it holds, 
and remind us of the part we might play in its renewal. 
Loving God, we pray for openness. 
That we may end our reluctance and be ready to act boldly. Amen.

—David Sparks, em>Called to Act: Prayers with Roots in the Gospel of Mark