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

fill us with holy love

Look upon us, O Lord, 

Let all the darkness of our souls vanish before the beams of your brightness.

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

All our desire is known unto you, therefore complete what you have begun.

Bless what your Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer.

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

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

-adapted from a prayer of Augustine      

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In the Lord, the Lord alone
Are righteousness and strength:
The height and breadth and length
O love is found in Him.
In the Lord, the Lord alone
Are life and health and peace:
His mercies and His loving kindness
Never cease.
In the Lord, the Lord alone
Are life and health and peace
In the Lord, the Lord alone!

Walter Harris 1989 c

Heavenly Father, how easy is it for us to add to YOU!  All we need is The Lord Alone.  Help us to see that You are our everything.  In YOU we move and live and have our being.  In YOU alone we have life and health and peace.  And if we are limited in our life and health and peace, YOU are still all we need.  The Lord Alone.  Amen

A prayer for enthusiam in place of apathy

Our Heavenly Father, we pray you to forgive our lack of enthusiasm. We pray you to forgive us for our coldness. We pray you to forgive us for loving you so little and serving you so poorly. O God, help us to reconsecrate ourselves to you and your service. May the Spirit that came upon Gideon and Joshua and Elijah, and that came on the day of Pentecost, come upon us here. O Spirit of the living God, fall upon us here, and may our hearts be all on fire for the Son of God. And may we be willing to lay aside our dignity and position and standing, and go forth into the vineyard and work for you.

O Spirit of God, come upon us and give us power to work for Christ; power to preach the Gospel, power to tell the story of the Cross. We ask it all in the name of your beloved Son. Amen.

Dwight L. Moody

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help us to be kind

Dear Lord,

Help us to demonstrate kindness everywhere I go.

Remind us to share smiles, share friendship, and spread kindness today and always.
In all things, and in all ways, teach us to reflect your character.


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a prayer for those who lead

Grant unto all Kings and Rulers, O Lord, health, peace, concord, and stability, that they may administer the government which You have given them.

For You, O heavenly Master, King of the Ages, gives to the children of men glory and honor, and power over all things that are upon the earth.

Do, Lord, direct their counsel according to that which is good and well pleasing in Your sight, that administering in peace and gentleness, with godliness, the power which You have given them, they may obtain Your favor.

O You Who alone are able to do these things, and things far more exceeding good than these, for us, we praise You, through the High Priest and Guardian of our souls, Jesus Christ; through Whom be the glory and the majesty, unto You, both now and for all generations, and forever and ever. Amen.

-Clement of Rome    

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a contentment confession

I am content, O Father, to leave my life in Thy hands,
believing that the very hairs upon my head are numbered by Thee.

I am content to give over my will to Thy control,
believing that I can find in Thee a righteousness that
I could never have won for myself.

I am content to leave all my dear ones to Thy care,
believing that Thy love for them is greater than my own.

I am content to leave in Thy hands the causes of truth and justice,
and the coming of Thy Kingdom in the hearts of men,
believing that my ardour for them is but a feeble shadow of Thy purpose.

To Thee, O God, be glory forever, Amen.

-John Baillie, Scottish theologian      

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Psalm 119:165,167,168  "Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.  I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly, I obey your precepts and your statues for all my ways are known to you."

  “It fortifies my soul to know That, though I perish, Truth is so: That, howsoe’er I stray and range, Whate’er I do, Thou dost not change. I steadier step when I recall That, if I slip Thou dost not fall.”

Arthur Hugh Clough

Heavenly Father, how wonderful to know that though I often slip and stumble, You cannot fall.  You have me in your loving grip and you know when I'm prone to stumble and slip before I do.  Thank you for always holding me with your strong right arm!  Thank you for the peace we have when we love and study your Word.  We pray this in your Holy and Majestic Name, Jesus Christ.  Amen

A prayer for your new home

A new home … how exciting, Lord!

New adventures, new experiences … rooms to decorate, a space to call my own to get things just as I want them, a garden to tend, somewhere I can create my own identity.

Thank you for all the possibilities, Lord. I pray for happy times here, with family and friends.
And, Lord, please help me get rid of some of the junk I’ve accumulated over the years. Make my life simpler!

At this time of moving, may I also have a “spring-clean” of my own life to draw closer to you. May I get rid of some of the clutter that slows down my spiritual life.

Lord Jesus, I give you this new home. Come into it with your Spirit. May he fill every room. And I come to you with my life, too, Lord. I give my life again to you. Come and fill me afresh with your living Spirit in every area of my life.

In Jesus’ name,

From Martin Manser: A Book of Prayers. 

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prayer for a heavenly perspective

I pray that our hearts will be flooded with light so that we can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

I also pray that we will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe. The same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

-adapted from Ephesians 1:18-20      

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prayer to let go of anger

... quote by Henri Nouwen          

God, hear me and answer me.

You know I am troubled by thoughts and feelings of anger, resentment and bitterness.
You also know why.

And You know how deep the hurt goes and how long I have lived with it.

But I don’t want to live with it any longer.

I don’t want to be an angry, resentful and bitter person.

With Your help, I release my anger into Your hands.

I surrender my resentment.

I let go of my bitterness.

Help me to keep letting go and release these toxic emotions as often as they try to return.

-Bob Hostetler  

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Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

Ephesians 1:15-21

"Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you making mention of you in my prayers;  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion and every name that is named not only in this age but also in that which is to come."
Amen and Amen!

Lord, help me live as a child before you

    O LORD, my heart is not lifted up;
    my eyes are not raised too high;
    I do not occupy myself with things
    too great and too marvelous for me.
    But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
    like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child is my soul within me.
    PSALM 131:1-2

Lord, help me pray with childlike faith like the Psalmist so that I might too experience peace in my troubled soul.

Help me remember and experience the reality of what it means to be Your child.

Help me to know that You are always with me and that I have free 24/7 access to Your presence simply because You are my Heavenly Father.

Thank you for your love to me shown through Your Precious Son, my Lord, and Saviour, Jesus Christ!


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as we remember those who have fallen

Almighty God,

Bless your beautiful world.

Lead her leaders from falsehood, into Truth and Justice.

Guard and defend your children.

Re-kindle in all the citizens of your world, the fire of your love.

And inspire us to love one another, and to be peace-makers.

Through Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the World.


Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York,
on the 10th Anniversary of Terrorist
Attacks on September 11, 2001

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to shine in darkness

Dear Lord,

As we live in your light, help us to reflect your light.

Bless us that we might shine your love and grace.

Let your light in us glow, that others may see you in the world.

Through us, your people, illuminate the dark places with love and grace.

May the divine light in us lead others back to you.

In the name of the Light of the World we pray.


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Matthew 6:6-8

"But as for you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.  And when you are praying, do not use thoughtless repetition a the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard because of their many words.  So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him."

Heavenly Father, teach us to retreat to the private room, leave the cares of the world outside and open our hearts. Give us the deeper power in private prayer, More sweetness in Thy Word, a more steadfast grip on it's truth.  (Valley of Vision)

Lord, teach me to pray

God, grow my capacity to see you for who you really are. 

Help me see your power, love, and wisdom in such a way that my heart feels toward you like a young child who looks up in awe to his father's abilities. 

Cause me to be more affected by your stunning presence, person, and plans than I am by the brokenness of this world. 

Help me to look at my problems with your resources in view, my failures with your gracious love, and my fears with your calming presence and unstoppable promises. 

Help me walk in childlike faith throughout this day. 

Cause my heart to say with the psalmist, “Our God is in heaven and does whatever he pleases,” and at the same time, that it pleases you to do what’s best for us (Psalm 115:3, Romans 8:28). 


Slightly edited from a prayer by Jed Coppenger, J. in 21 days to childlike prayer: changing your world one specific prayer at a time. Harvest House Publishers.

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a meditation on the mystery of life

To pray is to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings,
the divine margin in all attainments.

Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living.

It is all we can offer in return.

Who is worthy to be present at the constant unfolding of time?

Here we are admist the meditation of the land,
the songs of the water, the humility of the flowers,
flowers wiser than all alphabets.

Suddenly we feel embarrassed,
ashamed of our complaints and clashes in the face of tacit glory.

How strange we are in the world!

Only one response can maintain us:
gratefulness for the gift of our unearned chance to serve, to wonder,
to love life and each other.

It is gratefulness which makes our small souls great.


 Rabbi Abraham Heschel    

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prayer to trust his leadership

It is helpful to know that trusting God is about trusting His life in ours.

Depending on him is to rely on his leadership in our lives.

It causes us to look for him within rather than without. 

Gives us a sense of confidence and power rather than fear. 

So I offer this prayer hoping it will help us all trust God more.
We come to you Lord believing that your Spirit is within us.

Help us to lean on that part of us that is divine.

Teach us to discern you voice from ours.

Bless us to have confidence knowing that you are always leading us.

Give us a sense of boldness instead of fear of the future.

In all our ways, help us to know that you are with us always.

In Jesus' name we say amen.  

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when we are stressed out

Loving God,

Please grant me peace of mind and calm my troubled heart.

My soul is like a turbulent sea.

I can't seem to find my balance so I stumble and worry constantly.

Give me the strength and clarity of mind to find my purpose.

Help me to walk the path that is laid out for me.

I trust your Lord, and know that you will heal this stress.

Just as the sun rises each day against the dark of night.

Please bring me clarity with the light of God.

In your name I pray.

- Author Unknown  

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O God of my Delight,  Thy throne of grace is the pleasure ground of my soul.  Here I obtain mercy in time of need, here see the smile of thy reconciled face, here joy pleads the name of Jesus, here I sharpen the sword of the Spirit, 
anoint the shield of faith,
put on the helmet of salvation,
gather manna from thy Word,
am strengthened for each conflict,
nerved for the upward race,
empowered to conquer every foe;
Help me to come to Christ as the fountain head of descending blessings,
as a wide open flood-gate of mercy.
I marvel at my insensate folly, that with such enriching favors within my reach
I am slow to extend the hand to take them.
Have mercy upon my deadness for thy Name's sake.
Quicken me, stir me, fill me with holy seal.
Strengthen me that I may cling to three
and not let thee go.

Taken from Puritan Prayers
The Valley of Vision
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