Christ with me

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.


― Saint Patrick


Amen

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MY SHIELD






2 Samuel 22:31
"As for God, His way is perfect.
The word of the Lord is proven.
He is a shield to all who trust in Him"

Dear Heavely Father, Gracious and Merciful God how could we lift our souls to another?  Father, make this verse very real in our hearts.  We know your way is perfect, help us to stay in the "way" and not stray.

Father, your Word is proven over and over again.  Not just for us, but throughout history.  Every generation has seen that Your word is true and does just what it says.

Your protection, Your shield is ours by child like faith, trusting You with our lives, our family, friends, and daily choices.  That shield also protects us from those fiirey darts Satan would love to defeat us with.   Lord, You are Good, Holy, Righteous, Truth, Love, Merciful.....How could we lift our hearts to another?  You are the One and Only God and Savior.  I love You.  Amen.

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Mercy





The Mercy of God is overwhelming to contemplate and beyond thrilling to experience. It is receiving what we could never deserve, earn or buy. It is the gift of God for all who will receive it by faith in His Son, Jesus.

Thank you heavenly Father for Your generosity beyond measure and so wonderfully revealed in the humble and simple prayer of an honest sinner. “And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!” Luke 18:13  

His Mercy is More

Lyrics for His Mercy Is More by Matt Papa

[Verse 1]
What love could remember, no wrongs we have done
Omniscient all-knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea, without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

[Verse 2]
What patience would wait, as we constantly roam
What Father so tender, is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

[Verse 3]
What riches of kindness, He lavished on us
His blood was the payment, His life was the cost
We stood 'neath a debt, we could never afford
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

[Chorus]
Praise the Lord, His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more
Micah 7:18 (NIV)
     Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.

Amen.




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Morning Needs


O God the author of all good, I come to You for the grace another day will require for its duties and events. I step out into a wicked world; I carry about with me an evil heart. I know that without You I can do nothing, that everything with which I shall be concerned, however harmless in itself, may prove an occasion of sin or folly, unless I am kept by Your power. You hold me up and I shall be safe. 

Preserve my understanding from subtilty of error, my affections from love of idols, my character from stain of vice, my profession from every form of evil. May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore Your blessing, and in which I cannot invite Your inspection. Prosper me in all lawful undertakings, or prepare me for disappointments. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with food convenient for me, lest I be full and deny You and say, Who is the Lord? or be poor, and steal, and take Your name in vain. 

May every creature be made good to me by prayer and Your will. Teach me how to use the world and not abuse it, to improve my talents, to redeem my time, to walk in wisdom toward those without, and in kindness to those within, to do good to all men, and especially to my fellow Christians. And to You be the glory. Amen

Adapted from Puritan Prayers 
Taken from the Valley of Vision


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a prayer for couples

As we draw near to you,
Quiet our minds
Refresh our spirits
Inspire our hearts
Bind us together
With your truth.
We dwell in your promise
Rest in your grace
Bathe in your restoration
Meditate on your goodness.
Bind us together
With your love.

Amen

-from lords-prayer-words.com

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guide and direct our steps


Father,

We look to you today as we seek to stay in step with your Spirit. We keep our eyes on you and ask for your help to guide and direct us. It's our prayer that we live our lives to glorify and honor you alone.

Hold our hands when we stumble and show us which way to go. Help us surrender each moment of our lives to your will, and help us find joy in this submission. Father, we know you want what is best for us, and help us trust in you as you guide our path.

Father, may you delight in every detail of our lives. May you be blessed by the direction of our steps.

Amen

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AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST




2 Corinthians 5:20,21  "Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us:  we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For he made him to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness in him."



Dear Lord, it's overwhelming to me that You would choose to "plead through me" but that is what Your Word says.  Because we are your ambassadors we do it on Your behalf.  Give me the courage to implore people as though it were You, to be reconciled to God.   What a duty, what a priviledge!  Lord help me to be a faithful ambassador in this awesome task.  I love You.  Amen



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The Great Physician


Father, we recognize that healing is by your power, and according to your will in accomplishing your purpose in our lives. All of this comes about as a result of our loving trust and obedience to your Word.
We know the truth and reliability of your promise in Romans 8:28 (NLT)  … God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
So, today Father, we seek your healing according to your will and for your glory. This is a good day in which we will experience the power of your love perhaps in miraculous ways.
For this we thank you in the Name of Your beloved Son and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.




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a presidential prayer

Increase my faith in the sweet promises of the gospel;

give me repentance from dead works;
pardon my wanderings,
and direct my thoughts unto thyself,
the God of my salvation;

teach me how to live in thy fear,
labor in thy service,
and ever to run in the ways of thy commandments;
make me always watchful over my heart,

that neither the terrors of conscience,
the loathing of holy duties, the love of sin,
nor an unwillingness to depart this life,
may cast me into a spiritual slumber.

Amen
- from George Washington's prayer journal

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a prayer for peace

O Lord, Our Rock and Our Redeemer,

We praise your name this day, the name above all names. The names which cause demons to tremble and our hearts to soar. We bow down before you, grateful for this new day you've given.

We know that when you sent your Son, you came to bring peace between us and you. We needed to be reconciled to you, Father, and you made a way by giving us Jesus. Thank you for restoring the peace we destroyed with our rebellion.

We ask for that same peace between us and our relationships here on earth. We ask for us to have eyes to see what is broken between us and those we love. Give us a heart to sense what needs to be restored, and give us ears to hear the wisdom of your truth. Help us restore peace, shalom, in this world and in our hearts.

Amen

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TO GOD BE THE GLORY





I Peter 4:11 "If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God.  If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christm, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever.  Amen."


Father God, when we realize it's not about us, but about You can we truly understand what this verse is saying to us.  When we speak, it needs to be Your Word.  When we minister it's with the ability that is supplied by You.  And why?  Because everything we do is to bring You glory through Jesus Christ, because the glory and dominion belongs to Him.  Past, present, future, forever and ever.  Thank You for supplying all that we need to speak and minister those who are lost.  I Love You.  Amen.




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The Marvel, The Majesty and The Miracle of life.



Psalm 119:73 (NLT)
    You made me; you created me…….”

Job 10:10-12 (NLT)
     10 You guided my conception and formed me in the womb. 11 You clothed me with skin and flesh, and you knit my bones and sinews together. 12 You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love. My life was preserved by your care.

Psalm 139:13-15 (NLT)
     13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 

Thank you Heavenly Father that the Holy Scriptures, stunningly affirms, the wonder and imagination in your creation of the human race. You are the creator, sustainer, giver and preserver of life with its infinite value and unlimited opportunities. Thank you that there are no insignificant people in your sight, but that we all stand, from the moment of conception, on the common ground of your grace, mercy and love. Thank you again Father, that from  conception, we are all precious in your sight.

Thank you Heavenly Father for the Marvel, The Majesty and The Miracle of life. In Jesus name, Amen.



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Wisdom

Lord, please forgive me for the days I take Your Word for granted. What an incredible gift it is to receive wisdom from You — the One who made all things and holds all things together. Guide me as I open up Your Word each day. Teach me and train me. I want to live a life that honors You. In Jesus' name, amen.

No matter what our past has held, no matter how many times we've fallen down and messed up, with the wisdom we find in God's Word, we can start living differently today.

“Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.” Proverbs‬ ‭2:2-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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For the Homeless and those who Care for them

God of compassion,

your love for humanity was revealed in Jesus,
whose earthly life began in the poverty of a stable
and ended in the pain and isolation of the cross:

we hold before you those who are homeless and
cold especially in this bitter weather.

Draw near and comfort them in spirit
and bless those who work to provide them with shelter,
food and friendship.

We ask this in Jesus' name.

Amen.
-a prayer from the Church of England

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