Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Lead me Lord, for I have no idea where I am going

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. 
I do not see the road ahead of me. 
I cannot know for certain where it will end. 
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. 
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. 
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. 
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. 
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. 
Therefore I will trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. 
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton (from Thoughts in Solitude)

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continually devoting…

Oh, that we would begin to understand the NEED for continually DEVOTING ourselves to PRAYER.

That we would see the necessity of being in CONSTANT communion and FELLOWSHIP with Christ. 

That we would be DEVOTED to Jesus with all of our hearts and souls and minds.

It’s time for Christians to grab hold of this TRUTH and make it a reality in our daily lives. 

PRAYER is the key to our spiritual growth. Our spiritual fervor. Our spiritual survival.

Pray without ceasing. Pray always. Pray continually. 

If we want VICTORY in our lives, it will only be possible when we begin to fall face down before our God and PRAY…

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PSALM 119;18  "Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.  

Father, how wonderful our eyesight is.  How wonderful to behold your creation.  But how much more marvelous is to have our spiritual eyes opened to see your wonderful truths in your Word.  Holy Father, Wonderful Son, Holy Spirit Helper.  Give us understanding as we behold the wonderful truths in your precepts, commands and instructions.  With that understanding please give us a heart of obedience to follow your Word.  To seek Your guidance in our everyday lives.  Thank you for loving us enough to give us your written Word.  Oh as the Psalmist pleaded.....Open our eyes.  Amen.

A prayer to be holy as God is holy

1 Peter 1:15–16 (ESV)
15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Heavenly Father 
I am in awe that You call me holy. 
It is at times hard to imagine but because of You and what You have done for me, I am holy. 
I am holy in terms of being set apart by You
I am holy in terms of being called out of darkness into Your wonderful light
I am holy in terms of being adopted and made Your child, a child of God.

Help me not to forget that because I am set apart by You and for You, a holy God, I am also called to be holy as You are holy.
Help me to remember that my conduct should reflect Your moral holiness - Your holiness that sets You apart from everything else.

Help me to be aware daily of Your presence and Your holiness.
Give me Your grace and power to be holy in my conduct.

In Jesus's name


Something very deep and mysterious, very holy and sacred, is taking place in our lives right where we are, and the more attentive we become the more we will begin to see and hear it. The more our spiritual sensitivities come to the surface of our daily lives, the more we will discover—uncover—a new presence in our lives.

Henri J. M. Nouwen

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A prayer before it is too late

Proverbs 30:7–9 (ESV)
7 Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die:
     8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, 
        9 lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.

Lord, help me today to learn honesty and have integrity before You. 
Help me to focus on You daily so that You may stop me from becoming deceitful.
Help me to be honest in the way I interact with others.
The world keeps tempting me to lie, cheat, and manipulate my way to fame and fortune. 
Help me not to fall into this trap.

Lord, help me to be contented in You.
Help me to be grateful for all You have blessed me with.
Help me not to seek great wealth, lest I foolishly think I don't need You.
Give me enough to care for those I am responsible for so that I am protected from the temptations to steal or cheat to meet my obligations.
Lord, help me honor Your name in how I live my life.

In Jesus' name, I pray

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when we are weary

O Lord my God,

I believe in you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Insofar as I can, insofar as you have given me the power, I have sought you.

I became weary and I labored.

O Lord, my sole hope, help me to believe and never to cease seeking you.

Grant that I may always and ardently seek out your countenance.

Give me the strength to seek you.

For you help me to find you. 
And you have more and more given me the hope of finding you.

Here I am before you with my firmness and my infirmity.

Preserve the first and heal the second.

Here I am before you with my strength and my ignorance.

Where you have opened the door to me, welcome me at the entrance.

Where you have closed the door to me, open to my cry.

Enable me to remember you, to understand you, and to love you.

-Augustine of Hippo  

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to live a life of purpose

Dear Father,

So often I am confused and discouraged about my life.
Help me to believe that I have a purpose and there is meaning to my life. 

My self image suffers as I compare myself with my friends.
Bless me that I might have renewed confidence in you and myself.

I am prone to turn inward and not really think about others.
Please bring people and opportunities to me so that I can bless others.

I pray Lord, that you would help me to live a life that encourages others.
Teach me to be like Jesus as I serve in your kingdom.


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as we seek

Look upon us, O Lord,
and let all the darkness of our souls
vanish before the beams of thy brightness.

Fill us with holy love,
and open to us the treasures of thy wisdom.

All our desire is known unto thee,
therefore perfect what thou hast begun,
and what thy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer.

We seek thy face,
turn thy face unto us and show us thy glory.

Then shall our longing be satisfied,
and our peace shall be perfect.

 - A Prayer of Saint Augustine  

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Psalms 42:8  "By day the Lord directs his love.  At night His song is with me!

Psalms 63:6  "On my bed I remember You.  I think of You through the night watches.  I sing in the shadow of your wings.  Your right hand upholds me."

Dear Heavenly Father, Gracious Lord, Comforting Spirt.  How wonderful that the night watches can be filled with songs, prayers and praises.  Instead of lying in bed worrying about tomorrow, we can meditate on your Love and Mercy and sing songs in the middle of the night.  What a blessing that is.  There is no special time for praise and prayer its our way of life.  Morning, Noon and Night.  Thanks you Father that you are with us at all times and in all places.  Amen   

A prayer of peitition

Father, using Your word as a guide, I offer You my prayers concerning dedication to You.

Since I have been raised with Christ, I should seek the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. May I set my mind on the things above, not on the things on the earth, for I died, and my life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is my life appears, then I also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1–4)

In view of God’s mercy, may I present my body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, which is my reasonable service. May I not be conformed to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of my mind, that I may prove that the will of God is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1–2)

May I cast down arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of You, and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

He who does not take his cross and follow after You is not worthy of You. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for Your sake will find it. (Matthew 10:38–39) May I take my cross and lose my life for Your sake.

May I trust in the Lord and do good; may I dwell in the land and feed on Your faithfulness. When I delight myself in the Lord, You will give me the desires of my heart. I will commit my way to the Lord and trust in You, and You will bring it to pass. You will bring forth my righteousness like the light, and my justice like the noonday. (Psalm 37:3–6)

  Come, my children, listen to me;
  I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
  Who is the man who desires life
  And loves many days that he may see good?
  Keep your tongue from evil
  And your lips from speaking guile.
  Depart from evil and do good;
  Seek peace and pursue it.
  The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
  And His ears are attentive to their cry. (Psalm 34:11–15)
  May I learn the fear of the Lord.

  Show me Your ways, O Lord,
  Teach me Your paths;
  Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
  For You are the God of my salvation,
  And my hope is in You all day long.
  Remember, O Lord, Your compassions and Your mercies,
  For they are from of old. (Psalm 25:4–6)

  O Lord my God, may I fear You, walk in all Your ways, love You, and serve You with all my heart and with all my soul. (Deuteronomy 10:12)

  Father in heaven,
  Hallowed be Your name.
  Your kingdom come;
  Your will be done
  On earth as it is in heaven.
  Give me today my daily bread,
  And forgive me my debts as I also have forgiven my debtors.
  And lead me not into temptation,
  But deliver me from the evil one.
  For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. (Matthew 6:9–13)

Pause here to express any additional personal requests, especially concerning growth in Christ:

    Greater desire to know and please Him
    Greater love and commitment to Him
    Grace to practice His presence
    Grace to glorify Him in my life
My activities for this day
  Special concerns

By Kenneth Boa, "Handbook to prayer: praying scripture back to God." .

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His Righteousness

Lord, help us to open our eyes and see the TRUTH. Help us to open our hearts and truly understand that our ONLY hope is in Jesus. Our ONLY hope is in His Righteousness that He FREELY bestows upon those who believe. Help us to be convicted and filled with repentance. Help us to turn away from sin and turn toward our Savior.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

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bless us to love

Bless us with love, O Merciful God,

That we may love as you love.

That we may show patience, tolerance, kindness, caring and love to all.

Give me knowledge; that I may be one with you and others.

Grant compassion to us; that we may help all who are in need.

Bless us with your love O God.

Bless us with your love.


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learning to be happy

Dear Lord,

I am reminded that Paul wrote to us about contentment.

In his writing he told us that he learned to be content.

I wonder if learning to be happy and being content is related?

Bring wholeness and healing to us Lord.

Help us to find happiness in the things that we have.

Teach us to smile with our children and friends.

Bless us that we might find joy in unexpected places.

Help us to forget what lies behind and embrace the hope we have today.

In all things, and in all ways, help us to learn to be happy each new day.

Giving thanks we pray in your name.


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O HOLY FATHER, thou hast freely given thy Son,
O DIVINE SON, thou hast freely paid my debt,
O ETERNAL SPIRIT, thou hast freely bid me come,
O TRUINE GOD, thou does freely grace me with salvation.

Now I know but a small portion of what I shall know,
Here in part, there in perfection,
Here a glimpse, there a glory,
To enjoy thee is life eternal, and to enjoy is to know,
Keep me in the freedom of experiencing thy salvation continually.

Taken from The Valley of Vision - Puritan Prayers

Dream in our hearts - An engagement prayer

Lord, I’m—we’re—so excited! It all seemed to happen like a whirlwind. The proposal—the yes!—and now we’re engaged!

Thank you so much, Lord, for each other, for us, for the way you’ve made us, for the way you brought us together, for our future lives together—as one.

Lord, as we dream dreams for the future may we learn together and grow in our respect and love for each other.

In all our excitement about our love may we draw closer to each other and even closer to you, too. May we not forget you, heavenly Father, the giver of life and love.

We commit to you our future, Lord. Guide us as we plan the wedding and as we share our thoughts and hopes—and our fears—with each other.

Thank you for our excitement, Lord God. In Christ’s name, we pray.

 (Martin Manser - (2018). A Book of Prayers)


When the dream in our hearts is one that God has planted there, a strange happiness flows into us. At that moment all of the spiritual resources of the universe are released to help us. Our praying is then at one with the will of God and becomes a channel for the Creator’s always joyous, triumphant purposes for us and our world. -  Catherine Wood Marshall

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