A Franciscan Blessing


May God bless you with a restless discomfort
about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships,
so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression,
and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for
justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer
from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may
reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that
you really CAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able,
with God's grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator,
Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Saviour,
and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide, be with you
and remain with you, this day and forevermore.

Amen
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Middle East

Father, we pray for the folks in the Middle East, both Israeli and Palestinian. We pray for an end to the fighting and for your shalom to be known by both sides. Bring healing to those who have been injured and comfort to those who have lost loved ones. We ask in the name of the Prince of Peace. Amen

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LET ME USE ~~


Every morning with a cup of coffee I read this Diary of Private Prayer as I sit on our Tree House balcony.  In the quiet of the morning, and the soft breeze in the air, God always speaks to me through these old English style prayers.  Today I want to remember how to use each of these circumstance we face on a regular basis.

"Teach me, O God, so to use all the circumstances of my life today that they may bring forth in me the fruits of holiness rather than the fruits of sins.
Let me use disappointment as material for patience:
Let me use success as material for thankfulness:
Let me use suspense as material for perseverance:
Let me use danger as material for courage:
Let me use reproach as material for longsuffering:
Let me use praise as material for humility:
Let me use pleasure as material for temperance:
Let me use pains as material for endurance."
Amen.
~A Diary of Private Prayer - John Baillie


Amen

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Certainty

John 9:25 (NLT)
   “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But
I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”

Father, so much of life is lived in the uncertainty of “I don’t know”.  As much as we may think we do know, there is much more we do not know. In fact, Father sometimes I think life should be spelled with a question mark: L?fe.

I am sure this blind man’s life was lived in a ? mark because of the many unanswered questions that surrounded his life. Yet there was that glorious day when the question mark became an exclamation mark expressing the certainty of a new life through the miracle of new sight. What a wonderful transforming difference Jesus makes in a person’s life. And Father what joy to share in the exuberance of this man who could say with total confidence I know this….

Father not unlike the blind man Jesus gave sight, I am so glad to say with the certainty of the Apostle Paul: “…..I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.”  2 Tim.1:12 (NLT)

Amen

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In you do I take refuge | Praying Psalm 7

O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge; save and deliver me from evil, lest like a lion it tears my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver me.

O Lord my God, cause me to do good to others with my hands and help me to encourage all with kind words.

Arise, O Lord, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of the enemies of my soul; awake for me.

Cause your peoples to be gathered about you in sweet worship ... the kind that makes evil run.

O Lord hide me in your righteousness and cause me to live according to the integrity that is in me.

Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous — you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God!

I proclaim that my shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.

I confess that God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.

Thank you for your goodness that leads us to repent and for being patient in mercy.

I ask you to open the eyes of the wicked man who conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. Help him to stop digging a pit of destruction.

I will give to you Lord the thanks due to your righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

Amen


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Two Word Prayers

Calm me, quiet me, settle me...

Steady me, balance me, ground me...

Plant me, root me, embed me...

Support me, sustain me, protect me...

Forgive me, pardon me, free me...

Refresh me, restore me, heal me...

Enfold me, embrace me, hold me...

Lord, hear my prayer today!

Amen
... copied from A Concord Pastor Commnets.

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Father

 Father, thank you that are a loving, merciful Father who delights in giving good things to his children.  Thank you that we can know that your heart is good to us. Amen

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NO ROOM FOR GOD




Psalms 10:4  "In his pride the wicked does not seek him.  In all his thoughts there is NO ROOM FOR GOD."

Dear Heavenly Father, help me not to be caught in the schemes and devices of the evil one.   Give me wisdom and discernment to know the truth.  Lord, I want you to have room in my life.  I pray for people who can't see you, or won't see you that are victims of Satan's lies and make no room for you in their thoughts or lives.  Help me make a difference where I am.  In my home, with my family, in my church, in my neighborhood.  You are welcome in every room of my heart and life.  I love You.  Amen.




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Drifting

Hebrews 2:1 (NLT)
     So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.


Father thank you for reminding me that in this noisy, distracting and changing world we must be careful not to lose attention to your Word by ceasing to read, meditate and obey it. Even as you gave a similar word of encouragement through Moses to your people long ago:

   These instructions are not empty words—they are your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life……” Deuteronomy 32:47 (NLT)

Amen

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Greatly Troubled | Praying Psalm 6

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.

My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord.. how long?

Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.

For in death there is no remembrance of you; when I die I can no longer live a life of praise.

I am weary with my moaning; I often cry and do not know what to do.

My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my trials.

Depart from me, all you tempters of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.

The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer.

Amen


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