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

a prayer for control freaks




I can relate to this prayer.

I am such a control freak.

Help me Lord to let go.

Help me to trust you.

Amen.



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prayer for grace in trials



Merciful Father,

Hear me for Jesus' sake. 
    I am sinful even when I am closest to you.

Your grace has given me faith in the cross
    by which you have reconciled yourself to me
        and me to you,
    drawing me in by your powerful love,
    seeing me as innocent in Christ 
        though I am guilty.

Giver of all graces,
I look to you alone for strength 
    for it is hard to practice what I believe.

Please disarm me from the things
    in which I have trusted,
and give me no strength but strength in you.

I need your grace to sustain me when I fall
    when the enemy's darts inflame me and the shield
         I hold up to protect myself easily drops from my hand.

Let each trial teach me more of your peace,
    more of your love.

Increase your grace by the work of the Holy Spirit
    as I cannot preserve or improve them without
        your constant work in my heart.

May I walk humbly in dependence upon you.

Amen

(adapted from "Grace in Trials, The Valley of Vision)


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a prayer for serving others



Dear God,

I need your wisdom, strength and grace to help me serve others.

Help me to know that every person deserves to be treated with respect.

Open my eyes to see the needs of those around me.

Give me a willing heart that I might intercede and help in any way I can.

To you belongs all glory and honor.

Amen.


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a prayer to be kind



Dear Lord,

Give me strength today to show kindness in all that I do.

Help me to open my arms to those that are different from me.

Bless me that I might extend my hand to those who may need it.

Help me to live in a way that all may see You in my kind words and actions.

Amen.


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We are ready to listen—For illumination





We are ready to listen—For illumination


We are ready to listen

  Healing, sovereign God,
    overmatch our resistant ears
    with your transforming speech.
  Penetrate our jadedness and fatigue.
  Touch our yearnings by your words.
  Through your out-loudness, draw us closer to you.
  We are ready to listen.
  Amen.


Source: Walter Brueggemann, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann. (2003) 



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life as a prayer



Instead of merely saying a prayer..
perhaps our lives can be prayerful expressions to God.

Instead of merely giving a heavenly thanks..
perhaps our lives will be filled with thankfulness.

Instead of merely asking for divine forgiveness..
perhaps our lives can be lived from forgiving hearts.

Instead of merely singing songs of worship..
perhaps our lives will be transformed in living worship.

Instead of merely interceding for others..
perhaps our lives can be poured out in service to them.

Instead of merely petitioning God for grace..
perhaps our lives will be display glorious graciousness.

Instead of merely loving God in a prayer..
perhaps our lives can be rooted in love for God and others.

Instead of merely praying..
perhaps we will live life as a prayer. 
Amen. 


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the prayer for generosity



Lord, teach me to be generous;

Teach me to serve you as you deserve,

To give and not to count the cost,

To fight and not to heed the wounds,

To toil and not to seek for rest,

To labor and not to seek reward,

Except that of knowing that I do your will.

Amen.
... a prayer attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola    


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A NEW CREATION



Father God, the reality is we are a new creation in Christ.  Help us to live like that, and let the new life within us show forth your love and mercy.  Thank You for making all things new.  Thank You that we have the story of New Life to share with others.  Thank You for the Word of God, that makes all things clear and reveals to us Your Glory.  We love You.  Amen.

The Best Prayers Often Have More Groans than Words




The Best Prayers Often Have More Groans than Words  

Psalm 5:1–2 (ESV)
1 Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. 2 Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.

Romans 8:26 (ESV)
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Heavenly Father

There are times when I am so troubled and burdened that I don't know how to pray. I don't know what to pray. Help me realize that You understand what I am going through. Help me know and believe that in times like these my groans and sighs to You are accepted as prayers.

Help me to know that my groans are not only accepted, they are precious to You because they are acts of dependence and trust in Your love and grace. When I am weak You are always strong and are willing and able to help.

Help me to realize that the Holy Spirit who lives in me intercedes in prayer for me.

In Jesus Name

Amen



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Abundance




Thank you LORD for your infinite ABUNDANCE in the lives of your children!!! 



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to be faithful witnesses



Dear Lord,

People are hurting and desperate.

Many are fighting disabling sickness.

Depression seems to rule the day.

Bless us to be faithful witnesses of your love.

Anoint our eyes to really see those who are in pain.

Make us wise that we might know how to help.

May boldness embrace us and cause us to act.

Cause us to a people of loving compassion.

That the lost and hurting might see you in us.

To you be all glory and praise.

Amen.


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a pray for Easter Monday




Lord God,

We thank You from the depths of our souls for our wondrous grace and love in bearing our sin on the cross. On this day after Resurrection Sunday, may the cross crucify every sin, increase our communion with You, and ground us in comfort and peace.

Father, you have appointed a cross for us to take up and carry, for it to be our portion, but without Your grace we cannot bear it. Teach us that with Your cross you send grace so we may bear it patiently... for Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light. 

Amen.

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colossians 2:13-15)




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a resurrection prayer



Dearest Father,

We lift our hearts to you.

As the dawn breaks, may your love dawn afresh on us.

We lift our eyes to you.

As the sunrises, remind us to look for you in our day.

We lift our prayers to you.

As the dew rests on our lawns, teach us to rest from our labors.

We lift our voices to you.

As we remember how Jesus rose from death, we proclaim you in praise.

May we ever live to serve and honor you!

Amen.


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As we Wait for Easter



Dear Lord,

Waiting is hard. Teach us patience.

Life can be painful. Imbue us with a long-suffering attitude.

Open our eyes to see Easter when we are hurting.

In times of loneliness, help us to know you are with us.

And when hopelessness knocks help us to answer with faith.

To you we give all praise and honor.

Amen.


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Praying as a help in ceasing to sin ...




Lord, help me to pray.
Help to make prayer an integral part of my life.
Help me to see and experience how prayer helps me resist sin. 
Not because of my "hard work" in prayer, but because prayer connects me close to you, and allows greater access to Your grace and power.

Help me have the attitude Samuel had in praying for people and things You laid on his heart to pray.*
Help me to pray without ceasing.**

In Jesus' name
AMEN

* 1 Samuel 12:23: Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way.
** 1 Thessalonians 5:17: pray without ceasing,







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help us not to judge



God of all Forgiveness,

Your Son told us about casting stones.
He said that judgment begets judgment.

Help us to resist the urge to have opinions about others.
Bless us to look on others with love and not judgment.

Give us hearts full of compassion for those not like us.
Cause your spirit to rise up in us and follow him.

Mostly, make us people known for encouragement.
We praise your name and give you thanks.

Amen.


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A Prayer at the Cross



Blessed Lord Jesus,

Before the cross I kneel and see the depth of my sin: 
the way it took You to the cross 
and the way Your love for me drove You to Golgotha.

Convict me of my guilt by
    the crown of thorns,
    the pierced hands and feet,
    the bruised body,
    the dying cries.

Your blood is the blood of incarnate God,
its worth infinite, the value beyond understanding.

Sinner that I am, why should the sun give me light,
    the air supply me breath
    the earth bear my tread
    its fruits nourish me?

Your compassion yearns over me
    your heart hastens to my rescue,
    your love endured my curse,
    your mercy bore my stripes.

May I, both a saint and a sinner,
    find You as the power to my salvation,
     Your death the center of all relief
      and the source of all gospel blessings.

May Your shed blood make me
    more thankful for Your mercies,
    more humble under Your correction,
    and more contented in my circumstance.

May Your love bind me forever to You,
who died and rose for me.


(adapted from The Valley of Vision)

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a prayer for balance



Help me Lord.

I am prone to black and white thinking.
Help me to be open to new ideas.

I have difficulty with changes in my life.
Help me to release control.

I have cynical tendencies.
Help me to find positive things in my life.

I obsess over small things.
Help me to let go and see you in my life.

I am hopeless and depressed.
Help me to trust you even in hard times.

In all things and in all ways I declare that you are Lord.

Amen.


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THE POWER OF YOUR LOVE



Lord, there are days that we just need to feel the power of Your Love!  Hold us close today, Lord, help us to see our weaknesses and the power of Your Love.  Thank You for always being there for us and meeting our needs.  We love You!  In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. 


A prayer when death is near







WHEN DEATH IS NEAR


As we walk through this valley,
we come to you, Lord God.
In our sadness, may we
know your comfort,

in our darkness, may we sense your presence;
in our bleakness, may we discover your hope;
in our anguish, may we find your strength.
Come and walk with us,

Lord Jesus, we pray. May we know
we are not alone: may you come
alongside us on every step of our journey,
even in this gloom. Give us direction when
we don’t know which way to turn; give us
courage when the path gets narrow and rocky;
give us peace when the way becomes uncertain.
Give us a glimpse of your hope,
we pray, in Christ’s name.

Amen.


Source: Manser, Martin. 2018. A Book of Prayers. First edition. Vereeniging: Christian Art Publishers.



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a prayer of blessing



Dear Lord,

We are tired, weary and feel lost.
Bless us with the wisdom to know how to rest.

We have dark days and restless nights.
Bless us with divine light and peace.

We live complicated and stressful lives.
Bless us to be still in the midst of chaos.

We feel pressured to change from without.
Bless us to tap into the rest that is within.

We have impossible expectations.
Bless us with contentment and satisfaction.

We struggle with doubts and fears.
Bless us with faith and courage.

We bow our knees in your presence.
Bless us that we might know you better.

Amen.

 


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a prayer for freedom




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 TRIUNE GOD, thou dost freely grace me with salvation.


Prayers and tears could not suffice to pardon

my sins,

nor anything less than atoning blood, 

but my believing is my receiving,

for a thankful acceptance is no paying of the debt.


Who can fathom immeasurable love?

As far as the rational soul exceeds the senses, 

    so does the spirit exceed the rational in its knowledge of thee.


Thou hast given me understanding to compass the earth,

    measure the sun, moon, stars, universe, 

    but above all to know thee, the only true God.

I marvel that the finite can know the Infinite, 

    here a little, afterwards in full-orbed truth;

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.


(from The Valley of Vision)





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A St Patrick's Day Prayer





May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.

May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.

May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us.

Against the snares of the evil ones.
Against temptations of the world

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!

May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!

May Thy Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,

This day, O Lord, and evermore.

Amen


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a maranatha lament



In the the original Aramaic language, Maranatha meant “Come, Lord Jesus.” I think that it is and ancient way to invite the Lord into our lives, our struggles and our darkness. When we ask Him to come we are admitting our need for him and our trust in him. So let's pray.

I think that many of us are desperate Lord. We have been dealing with pain for a long time. We are struggling and hoping to find hope. Each day we rise to new challenges. Friends abandon us and life seems dark. We want to be loved but love is nowhere to be found.

Take our lives and make them better. Bring divine beauty from our early ashes. Help us to know how to live. Teach us how to deal with our pain. Bring people into our lives that will bless us. And bless us that we might bless others. We give ourselves and our lives to you Lord

Maranatha. Come Lord Jesus. Amen.


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A threefold prayer





A Threefold Prayer

      Father in heaven hear us
      Jesus our Saviour hear us
      Spirit our Strengthener hear us

      Father in heaven guide us
      Jesus our Saviour guide us
      Spirit our Strengthener guide us

      Father in heaven help us
      Jesus our Saviour help us
      Spirit our Strengthener help us

      Father in heaven we love you
      Jesus our Saviour we love you
      Spirit our Strengthener we love you

      Father in heaven we need you
      Jesus our Saviour we need you
      Spirit our Strengthener we need you

      Father in heaven come to us
      Jesus our Saviour come to us
      Spirit our Strengthener come to us

      Father when we are troubled calm us
      Jesus when we are troubled calm us
      Spirit when we are troubled calm us

      Father when we are weary rest us
      Jesus when we are weary rest us
      Spirit when we are weary rest us

      Father when we are angry settle us
      Jesus when we are angry settle us
      Spirit when we are angry settle us

      Father when we are in danger protect us
      Jesus when we are in danger protect us
      Spirit when we are in danger protect us

      Father when we are warring pacify us
      Jesus when we are warring pacify us
      Spirit when we are warring pacify us


         Three in One, One in Three
         Give us peace evermore.


Source: Adam, David. 1985. The Edge of Glory: Prayers in the Celtic Tradition. London: SPCK Classics.



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When we are weary…

Who is weary??

Who is just simply tired and worn out?

I fear many of us are feeling the crushing weight of what is happening in this world we live in. 

It seems to be spiraling out of control and there are many things that can cause us to feel ANXIOUS, FEARFUL, UNEASY, TIRED, and DESPERATE.

As Christian’s, we need to be drawing close to our LORD…

Positioning ourselves at His feet and simply getting STILL before Him. In ADORATION. In PRAYER. In a deep SEEKING of TRUTH.

Let’s let go and turn our weariness into WORSHIP.

And let’s grab hold of His FAITHFULNESS and cling tightly to the TRUTH of who He is…

“He who calls you is faithful.” 
(1 Thessalonians 5:24)ESV

Open the WORD. Get still. And Pray! 

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a prayer to accept others



Dearest Lord,

Help me to welcome people with an open mind and heart.

Help me to embrace people who look and act differently from me.

Help me to love my neighbor as myself.

Help me to accept those who need my support.

Help me to love and accept all people.

Amen


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belonging to Jesus


O Heavenly Father,

Teach me to see 
    that if Christ has pacified thee 
        and satisfied divine justice

he can also deliver me from my sins; 

that Christ does not desire me, now justified, 

    to live in self-confidence in my own strength, 

    but gives me the law of the Spirit of life

    to enable me to obey thee;

that the Spirit and his power are mine by resting on Christ's death;

that the Spirit of life within answers to the law without;

that if I sin not I should thank thee for it; 

that if I sin I should be humbled daily under it; that I should mourn for sin more than other men do,    

    for when I see I shall die because of sin, that makes me mourn;

    when I see how sin strikes at thee, 

    that makes me mourn;

    when I see that sin caused Christ's death, 

    that makes me mourn;

that sanctification is the evidence of reconciliation, 

proving that faith has truly apprehended Christ;


Thou hast taught me

that faith is nothing else than receiving thy kindness;

that it is an adherence to Christ, a resting on him, 

    love clinging to him as a branch to the tree, 

    to seek life and vigour from him.

I thank thee for showing me the vast difference 

    between knowing things by reason,

     and knowing them by the spirit of faith.


(from The Valley of Vision)









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help us to find hope



Dear Father,

Sometimes the way ahead seems hard and fear grips our hearts.
Help us to find hope today and joy when we consider tomorrow.

Sometimes we cannot imagine a future that is better than the past.
Help us to embrace the idea that change can be good.

Sometimes we project our present pain onto our future lives.
Help us to heal today that we might embrace hope for tomorrow.

Sometimes it is easier to accept the darkness and reject the light.
Help us to be people who shine today and tomorrow.

In your name we say amen to your ways - both today and tomorrow.

Amen


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a prayer for courage to do the right thing



Dear God,

Making choices are such an important thing in life.
Help us to make good choices and do good things.

When life is hard and the way seems to be filled with fog.
Help us to see with inner vision and take the right path.

Fear seems to dominate us and keep us trapped in worry.
Help us to be courageous and to break the chains that bind us.

People seem to cross our paths for a reason.
Help us to be ones who encourage them and lift them up.

In all things, at all times and in all ways,
Help us to sense your presence and your leading in our lives.

Amen.


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A prayer of adoration






A prayer of Adoration

How great You are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like You, and there is no God besides You, according to all that I have heard with my ears. (2 Samuel 7:22; 1 Chronicles 17:20)

O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not the God who is in heaven? Are You not the ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand, and no one is able to withstand You. (2 Chronicles 20:6)

  For with You is the fountain of life;
  In Your light we see light. (Psalm 36:9)

  O come, let us sing to the Lord;
  Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
  Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
  Let us shout for joy to Him with psalms.
  The Lord is the great God,
  The great King above all gods.
  O come, let us worship and bow down,
  Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
  He is our God and we are the people of His pasture
  And the sheep under His care. (Psalm 95:1–3, 6–7)

  I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
  I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
  May my meditation be pleasing to Him;
  I will be glad in the Lord. (Psalm 104:33–34)

Pause to express your thoughts of praise and worship.


source: Boa, Kenneth. 1993. Handbook to Prayer: Praying Scripture back to God. Atlanta: Trinity House.



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A Prayer for God's Peace




Calm me, O Lord, as You stilled the storm. 

Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm. 

Let all the tumult within me cease.

 Enfold me, Lord, in Your peace.  

The peace of God be:

over me to shelter me,
under me to uphold me,
about me to protect me,
behind me to direct me, 
ever with me to save me. 

The peace of all peace be mine this day, this night, this week.



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a prayer to spread joy



Dear Lord,

Your joy is a gift to be shared with those around us.
We ask for opportunities to spread joy to others.
Our desire is to make the world a happier place.

Let our words bring encouragement.
Let our actions show kindness.
Let our lives be a source of hope and joy.

Use us to bring light into dark places and joy to those who are hurting.
May our lives reflect your joy and gladness.
Help us to be mindful of the needs of others as we rejoice in you.

Amen!


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