We are so grateful for Your Word that gives us guidance over our lives that we need so desperately. We are constantly faced with decisions that are overwhelming and seemingly beyond our understanding and wisdom. And we know that a wrong choice may bring dishonor to Your Name and cause disaster in our lives. So, we turn to You for direction as we lift our hearts in prayer.
We remember the words of Your Son when He said, “Those who recognize their need for My Father will receive His blessings and will inherit His Kingdom.” Even though it seems so simple, we often live in such a way that we do not stop and ask what that means before we do this or that – or whatever we are facing in life at the time – we go on without consulting You in prayer or seeking the right path from Your Word and then suffer the consequences that could have been avoided. When that happens, we cannot expect Your favor. May we learn to ask for Your guidance and seek Your direction from Your Word before we do anything at any time. We need to pause and pray and seek Your will.
Help us to keep Your Word in our heart so that we will not sin against Your Word and show that we are depending on You to protect us and empower us to live Godly lives. So, we ask for two things: Help us invest time in prayer and in knowing Your Word and applying it to our lives. And, secondly, that before we make a decision, we will talk with You and ask for Your strength and power to do what is pleasing in Your sight.
In Jesus’ Name, and for His sake, AMEN.
Prayer For April 2022
It is, at times, unbelievable to understand Your generous expressions of mercy to me each day. Often, I am not even aware that You are present and lavishly extending Your gifts of gentleness and kindness and compassion. Thank You for Your love that has no limits.
Thank You, for my salvation! I often say that I do not understand why – when I am so undeserving - that You would send Your Son to die on the cross for my sins. I say, that “I am unworthy!” Yet, as I say those words, I am not certain about my sincerity. It is as though “Jesus did it, I got it, and that’s it!” But if I am truly grateful and understand all that it implies and all that is included, I’d be anxious and committed to tell everyone I know about what You’ve done for me and can do for them. So, I ask You for some additional mercy and forgiveness and ask that Your Holy Spirit will trouble my heart to do more witnessing to others.
As I reflect on Your daily blessings in my life that prove how gentle and kind and compassionate You are with me, I must admit, reluctantly, that I sometimes go through an entire day without extending to others these precious gifts You have extended to me. I am too self-centered to see that those around me need what You have freely given to me. I again must pause and ask for forgiveness and ask myself, “Will you ever learn to do as Jesus did?” I know I can if I choose to!
Your Son clearly and specifically said, “God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy!” Based on what I have done in the past, Father, I deserve none of Your mercy, yet You continue to cover me with mercy day after day.
So, once again I come before You asking to be forgiven and granted Your mercy. And please help me to understand and constantly be aware of the mercy You have bestowed upon me and encourage me to do the same to others by witnessing Your mercies to them.
In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!
as we begin our journey through
this special month, we pause and acknowledge how incapable we are and
how impossible it is for us to adequately express our gratitude and
indebtedness to You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus. When we realize
the scope of Your never-ending love, our complete unworthiness and
Your obvious desire to reach, accept, forgive and save us, we are
filled with awe and wonder. So, Dear Lord, help us to set aside the
glamour of this world and focus on the glory of Your mercy and grace
and the hope we have in You alone.
We pray, Father, that You will trouble our minds until we open our hearts to behold the wonder of the birth of Your Son. We ask, Lord, that You will enable us to look beyond the crib, see the death of Your Son on the cross and marvel at His victory over sin and our separation from You. We plead, Holy Spirit, that You will break through the hardness of our hearts and make us sensitive to our obligation to worship and serve You.
We ask, Lord, that this year we will overcome the temptation to celebrate that which is temporal with that which is eternal. May we recognize and accept our responsibility to love You with all of our minds and hearts and being, to honor You as our Lord, to serve You as our Master, to be faithful and obedient to Your Word as You deserve of us and be willing to follow You wherever You lead us.
May we willingly give ourselves to serve You as You willing gave Your Son to save us.
Through Christ our Lord, AMEN.
Prayer For November 2021
Thank You, Father, for loving me, saving me, and giving me eternal life through Jesus Christ, Your Son, my Savior and Lord.
Thank You, Father, for Your Word that is a lamp for my path, a light for my darkest nights, a compass for my journey, a hope when my future is in doubt, a friend for my days of loneliness and gifts that never cease.
Thank You, Father, for Your faithfulness and Your promise to meet my every need, every moment, every day.
Thank You, Father, for Your love and mercy, Your grace and peace, Your compassion and care, Your power and protection, Your strength and sovereignty that surround me, sustain me, and satisfy me completely.
Thank You, Father, for being just and fair, holy and righteous, close and capable of empowering me to resist and reject any temptation that can defeat or destroy me.
Thank You, Father, for Your gifts of healing and hope, redemption and reconciliation, the promise of a future with You, a freedom from fear of death, Your desire to grant me Your wisdom to meet the challenges of life and the insight I need to represent You at all times.
Thank You, Father, for giving me opportunities to serve You and share Your love with others, for lifting me when I fall, correcting me when I fail, encouraging me when I feel alone and finding me when I feel abandoned.
There is no end, Father, to the gifts You have given me - most without my asking. But, I do have one request that is most important: A heart that is truly thankful.
Through Christ my Lord, Amen.
Please, for Your Son’s sake and our healing as individuals and a nation, come to our rescue!
We are torn apart, as never before, with fear and frustration, anxiety and apprehension, doubt and deception, and have no one to trust but You. We cry for help and healing, understanding and insight, and receive information that we either do not understand or have difficulty believing. We look for relief and in return receive rebuke and rejection for wanting assurance and honesty. In distress and dismay, we cry, “Does no one care; does anyone care?”
Then, in a moment of quiet reflection a still small voice speaks, and we return to our faith-foundation and accept the fact that “Yes, yes there is One who cares and cares deeply. One Who cared so much that He gave His one and only Son to redeem us and reconcile us to You and grant us the assurance that You love us, care for us, protect us, and provide for all we will ever need and that all is well!”
So, we turn our doubts into shouts and thank You for Jesus, the Way and the Truth and the Life who gives us hope and help and healing, peace and assurance. We recall with gratitude the words of Your Son who gives us victory over our doubts and despair when He promised: “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world!”
Now, we thank You and trust You and claim afresh Your promise of complete victory over our fear and frustration because Your Son overcame – and we will too – the world that so easily destroys our hope.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen
Prayer For August 2020
We are grateful for Your love that sustains us and Your faithfulness that gives us courage. How blest we are to know that You are our Shepherd and that You are protecting us from the dangers that could destroy us and the storms of life that could shatter us. In Your arms, we have access to a peace that is beyond our understanding and protection from powers that could overwhelm us.
We thank You for Your mercy and grace, Lord. In them, we find forgiveness for our sins, and the removal of guilt and shame for the wrongs we have committed against You and those around us. We are grateful that You sustained us each day by the strength we receive through Your Spirit, who gives us life and the power to become new creations. Help us to set aside the “old things” that once consumed and controlled us. May we turn from them and grow into the likeness of Your Son, our Savior.
As we walk with You today, we ask that our eyes are open to see many opportunities to serve You. We ask that our ears are open to hear the cries of those who are calling on us for help and hope and healing. And, may the words that come from our lips, and the feelings that come from our heart, bring joy and encouragement to everyone we meet. We can do great things for You today, Lord, if we willingly set aside our self-centeredness as You did so easily.
So, once again, we pray that we will willingly surrender our lives to You completely, unreservedly, and unashamedly, and be who You have called us to become – your disciples.
In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!
Prayer For June 2020:
In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!
Prayer For May 2020:
As I begin this day, may I do so with a willingness to be open to Your leadership in my life by accepting and following the plan You have designed for me. It is difficult at best, Father, to separate my desires from Your demands, my wants from Your needs, and my ambitions from Your expectations. I know that because I am so easily distracted from the eternal by the temporal and immediate and passing pleasures of the “things” that never satisfy and are of this world. Everywhere I look, and most of what I hear, does not agree with and challenges the teachings and truth of Your Word.
So, please, I ask, give me Your insight and understanding, Your knowledge and wisdom to separate the needs of the Kingdom of God from the things of this world and to allow Your Spirit to direct me in my problem solving and decision making and planning so that Your Name will be glorified. May I begin each morning by looking to You for Your guidance as I begin my journey.
May I look to You, in quietness and confidence, openness and trust, dependence and certainty - knowing that You are in me, with me and want to do Your work on earth through me. May I accept Your plan for this day – as well as every day – as a gift from You so that I may live a life that is well-pleasing to You and ultimately honors and glorifies You.
May my thoughts be centered on Your teachings and truth, may my life always be a reflection of the examples of Your Son, my Savior, and may my heart be open to hearing the voice and promptings of Your Spirit.
In Jesus’ Name and for His glory I pray, Amen!
I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Prayer For April:
We live in a world with unprecedented uncertainties, a world turned upside down and inside out by leaders who reject to follow Your teachings and truths. Yet, in spite of the turmoil and tragedies that surround us, we find comfort in our knowledge and understanding of Your unending love and never-ending faithfulness, Your peace and power, Your plan and Your purposes for Your Kingdom and our lives.
Although we do not know what may be before us, we do know without any doubt that You are in us, with us, by us, and for us. And, we can be certain of this fact because of the countless promises in Your Word that repeatedly remind us of Your loyalty to those who love You and are obedient to Your eternal truths and teachings. Thank You, Father, for this assurance!
On the other hand, Father, we admit that we are only human – reminded of our past failures and nagging fears, our pursuit of self-interests and worldly ambitions, our endless attraction to things that vanish when Your light appears to lead us. Too often our minds and hearts are overflowing with goals that would defeat and destroy us if it were not for Your attention to us as individuals who desperately need Your grace and goodness and guidance.
So, in this moment of reflection, we ask Your Holy Spirit to penetrate our thoughts and disrupt our peace until we recognize and accept our need to surrender our lives to You. May we strive to love You, honor You, please You, and obey Your Word, for only then can we be assured that all will be well - knowing that You will protect us and take care of us – no matter what!
In Jesus’ Name and for His glory we pray, Amen.