Anyone who is having troubles should pray. ... When a believing person prays, great things happen.


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 sin.

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 long-suffering.
Let me use praise as material for humility.
Let me use pleasure as material for temperance.
Let me use pains as material for endurance.

O, Lord Jesus Christ, who for the joy that was set before Thee didst endure the Cross, despising the shame, and art now set down at the right hand of the throne of God, let me consider Thee who didst endure such contradiction of sinners against Thyself, lest I be wearied and faint in my mind.

Control all my deeds this day in accordance with Thy most perfect will.   Amen.

Taken from A Diary of Private Prayer, John Baillie


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a salvation prayer

Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore;
let the gift of your salvation be our glory evermore.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, serving you whom we adore.

-a prayer of Harry Emerson Fosdick

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a prayer of surrender

Dear Lord,

I am no longer my own - I am yours.
Lead me to what you want me to do in a community where I can serve.
Empower me to do all things in loving service to you and to humanity.

Teach me from my successes, from my failures and from my sufferings.
Employee me to work in your kingdom in small things and things great.
In service and in leisure, may I always be mindful of you.

In promotion or demotion help me to have a humble heart.
Cause me to be content in good times and in bad.
May I find satisfaction in you when I am hungry, thirsty or full.

I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and your disposal.
O glorious God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - you are mine and I am yours.
And this prayer which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.

-inspired by a prayer of John Wesley

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for protection

Heavenly Father,

You are faithful to keep your promises. You are faithful in your love for us. You are faithful when we are not. Your compassion and strength reminds us just how big you are. You are sovereign and you are present with us each day. In both the big and small things, you are both a powerful and gentle God.

You never forsake us! Your constant faithfulness eases our minds and hearts, knowing you keep your promises.

We pray for the protection of our hearts today, Father. Protect our hearts against sin. Protect them against the ugliness of the world. Protect them against hardening. Protect our minds from what we shouldn't dwell on, and help us to dwell on all that is true and lovely. Protect our bodies against sickness, trauma, and other dangers.

We trust in who you are, and we stand in the truth of your providential care.

"Blessed are you, O Israel; Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, Who is the shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! So your enemies will cringe before you, And you will tread upon their high places." (Deuteronomy 33:29)


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Thanks for Grace

Father, thank you for your grace that you have lavishly given us. Help us to live in response to that grace. May it fill us and flow out of us onto others. Amen

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Oh gracious and loving Father.
In Thy will, O Lord, is my peace.
In Thy love is my rest.
In Thy service is my joy
Thou art all my heart's desire.
Whom have I in heaven but Thee?
And there is none upon the earth that 
I desire besides Thee.
In the Name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, Amen

A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie


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prayer for prisoners

For six years I ministered to men imprisoned and in jail. Many of the guys that I visited were believers. I often left them more encouraged than when I came. Please pray this Beliefnet prayer with me as we remember those behind bars.

Lord, you offer freedom to all people. We pray for all who are captive in prison and for those who are affected by or involved in their imprisonment. Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist. Support with your love, prisoners, their families, friends, prison staff and all who care. Heal those who have been wounded by the activities of others, especially the victims of crime. Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together with Christ, in his strength and his spirit, now and every day.


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in us and through us

God, here I am, at your disposal, your child.
Use me to continue your loving the world,
by giving Jesus to me and through me,
to each other and to the world.

Let us pray for each other
that we allow Jesus to love in us and through us
with the love with which
his Father loves us.

... a prayer of Mother Teresa

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a prayer about imago dei


We acknowledge that you are the great Creator. The One who spoke this world into being.  The One who looked at what He created and saw that it was good. You are the One who created humans to care for this earth. And when You created men and women, You saw that it was very good.

We are made in Your image, according to Your likeness. You give life to us and for us. No one else is that powerful, that gracious, that loving, that strong.

Each person You've created is to be considered. Loved. Cared for. Seen as good. Though are hearts are wrecked by the ravages of sin, we are all still Your creation. Creations You have redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.

Help us to give all people dignity and worth. Help us to see each person created by You as one who matters. Help us remember that while each person may not be Your child, each person was made in Your image and therefore has value.

Help us to love better. See better. Do better. Care better.


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Love As We Are Loved

Father, help us to love as Jesus loved us. Help us to show we are your children by our willingness to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. Let our love transcend all of the things that differences that are true about us. Amen

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for light to rise among violence

Dear Lord,

The actions of others sometimes bewilder us.
We do not have words to describe the sadness.
We do not understand why some commit violence.

Our hearts break when others murder in your name.
We are so saddened when innocent people are hurt.
We long for a change in the hearts of everyone everywhere.

We ask you Lord to bring comfort to the families and friends of those slain.
We ask that you would bring good from these situations.
We pray that good would overcome evil in our nation and all over the world.

Somehow Lord help where violence has become a way of life.
Cause light to arise in the midst of gang ridden culture.
And in places of hate please show your love through your people.

We ask that you would protect those who do good in this world.
We pray believing in your goodness and trusting in your love.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.


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Light of the World

We cannot comprehend the depth of your love, our Father, that You would rend the sky and come down to earth to bring light into our dark world. Dear Lord, we need Your light now more than ever as we see our world grow darker and darker with hate and rage because they have rejected Your truth. Please, O God, empower us your children to be bolder lights for You. Let your light shine forth from these clay jars to bless others, so that Your name, Lord would be exalted above all the earth. Bring us, your body, together to unite our faith and pray that others may come to the knowledge of the saving grace of You, our Savior. Amen.

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come into our pain

Jesus, we invite you into our weariness.
Into our physical weaknesses.
Into the many decisions we must make.

We invite you to come into our pain and weaknesses.

We pray for you to be manifested as our God.
Our conqueror. Our healer. Our provision.
Our strength. Our hope. Our salvation.

You shoulder our load.
You cover us with your arms of love.
You protect us from all who come with words to destroy.

We invite you Lord into each moment of this season.
Each decision. Each need. The healing need.
The weaknesses of our human frailty and aging.

We receive your divine exchange. We worship you Lord Jesus.


... for more please check out an invitation into our pain

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a prayer of lament

How long, O Lord?

How long will we continue in our 
hatred of one another? 

How long, O Lord,
will it take for us to learn to love
as you love?

How long will we turn our eyes 
from those who hurt
failing to restore and comfort?

How long will you leave us in our sinful mess
left to our devices
when all we do is destroy?

How long, O Lord, 
will it be before you return
and take this kingdom back?

We struggle to see you here, O Lord. 
We look for signs of your work and
 it seems hopeless.

But we remember.

We remember all that you have already done.
We remember all that you have promised.
We remember who you are.

You are good.

Help us to trust in who you are.

But God is my King from long ago; 
he brings salvation on the earth. 
It was you who split open the sea by your power;
 you broke the heads of the monster in the waters. 
 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan 
and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert. 
It was you who opened up springs and streams; 
you dried up the ever-flowing rivers. 
The day is yours, and yours also the night; 
you established the sun and moon. 
 It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; 
you made both summer and winter. (Psalm 74:12-17)


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