PRAYER FOR APRIL 2021
We thank You and bless You for this, another day, to honor You and serve others on Your behalf. So we begin our prayer by asking You, and seeking Your favor, for a renewed sense of Your presence and peace in our lives. With all of the questions and concerns within us and all of the anxiety and uncertainty around us, we pray that our lives will be a witness to others of our walk with You and the joy of Your salvation that possesses us.
We ask that what we say and how we say it, what we do and how we do it, what we think and the thoughts that control us, where we go and what we do when we get there will reflect our love for and dependence on You. It is easier than we would like to believe, that we – more than anything – want to live life on our terms rather than by following Your teachings and doing things that are self-centered rather than God-centered. So, may Your Spirit trouble our minds and convict us deep within our hearts of our faults and failures that separate us from You. We want to be who You want us to be and called us to be, yet - because we depend on ourselves rather than Your Spirit – leave a glaring gap of our shortcomings.
However, Father, may we, in this moment of quietness in Your presence, return to the joy of Your salvation and experience once again a time of repentance and renewal, a time of closeness and confidence, a time of deep desire and dependence and dedication to You. May we be centered on You and conscious of You in our lives, and commit ourselves and all that we are and have to You and live lives that are pleasing to You so that one day we may hear Your Son say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
In His Name we pray! AMEN
PRAYER FOR MARCH 2021
We are continually amazed by Your love and care, interest and involvement for the smallest details of our lives. We have so very much to be thankful for that, at times, it may be difficult to know where or how to begin our prayers. Yet, we must never, ever, neglect to express our gratitude to You for Your Son, our Savior’s death so that we might have eternal life. So, we begin this prayer by simply and sincerely, humbly and honestly saying, “Thank You for Your Gift” that provides our deliverance from sin and death through Your Son, Jesus!
And we must never forget that when we accept this Gift, we, in turn, become obligated to share what He has done for us with others. Too often, for whatever reason, we become so comfortable with what You have done, are doing, and will continue to do for us that we become self-centered and self-satisfied and do nothing for those who are still suffering – seeking life and hope and a future that we know comes only from You.
So, please – we ask – break through our complacency and awaken us to our obligation to serve You with an intensity to share Your message. Father, You desire that all men and women know and love You and Your Son and live lives to honor and please You. May we willingly do Your work in Your world so “that all may know” Your Son and enjoy life everlasting with You.
Through Jesus’ Name, AMEN!
PRAYER FOR FEBRUARY 2021
As we enter this month that has been set aside to remind us of love, we would ask that we look at love through Your eyes and not our eyes that have been dimmed by this world. We are well aware of our self-centeredness and how easy it is to want what we want, not what we need. And when we do not get what we want, we say “It’s because God does not love me!” But, in our hearts, we know that is not true. For we know that You do love us and want what is best for us as You work with us to become who You have planned for us to become through Christ, our Lord.
So, we ask that You open our eyes and our minds and our hearts to what Your love is all about by first surrendering ourselves completely to You and then willingly and faithfully become obedient only unto You. For then You will know that we do love You first and foremost. When we put You at the center of our lives, You will know that we do love You, and as result, we will live a life that wants to worship You and exalt You and honor You in all that we do and say. And, when this happens, those around us will see Your love by the way we witness to and serve those for whom Your Son, our Savior, died.
Fill us with Your Spirit so that we may not grow weary in doing Your work as a result of our love for You. We know that eventually - and in Your timing – we will receive great rewards. So, may we not grow weary in showing Your love – not this month only – but every moment of every day until Your Son returns.
In Jesus’ Name and for Your glory, Amen.
PRAYER FOR JANUARY 2021
We begin this New Year filled with certainty that You love us, and confidence that You will care for us! Certainty – to know from our past that You are merciful and grace-giving, faithful and trustworthy, present and powerful, willing and able to guide us, guard us, and give us whatever we need as long as we seek Your will and Your way and follow Your Word. Confident – to know that You will never leave us or forsake us, that You will be with us to lead us when our path is uncertain and our strength insufficient, and rescue us when doubts fill our minds and fear challenges our faith.
How blest we are to know that what may threaten us cannot defeat us; that what would disturb us cannot destroy us; and what will tempt us cannot overcome us if we accept Your invitation to rely on Your strength. May we look to You first and foremost each morning by reading Your Word and speaking with You in prayer, asking for Your Spirit to lead us in paths of righteousness for Your Name’s sake. May we actually accept and believe the truth that all things are possible if we trust in You and want to please You and bring glory and honor to Your Name.
May we willingly accept our weaknesses and limitations, and through Your power choose to overcome them. Give us courage to recognize our inadequacies and insufficiencies, our sinful desires and self-centeredness before they overcome us by depending on You completely. May we, by looking through the eyes of Your Son, see a world that needs Your love and salvation, care and compassion, and do what we can do with the gifts You have given us to help them.
In Jesus’ Name, and for Your sake, AMEN!
Prayer for December
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
We thank You for giving us Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, whom You sent to redeem us and reconcile us and transform us through His power and presence in our lives.
We thank You for Your forgiveness and His cleansing through His work on the cross that assures us of life-everlasting and a place with You in heaven.
We thank You for Your never-ending, always-needed, life-sustaining love that gives us hope and healing, peace and purpose as we do Your work in Your world.
We thank You for Your goodness and grace, Your gifts that meet our every need, and the joy that comes from worshipping You and serving You and praising You and honoring You and blessing You as we bow before You with hearts filled with gratitude.
We thank You that Your love gives us strength that sustains us, the power that keeps us from faltering, and focus that enables us to keep our eyes on You when days are dim and nights are stormy.
We thank You for Your faithfulness and the peace that comes from knowing that You will never leave us nor forsake us and will be with us until Your Son's return, and for the knowledge that we will be with You for eternity.
We thank You for being our Shepherd, and Your willingness to lead us through difficult paths and rocky ridges, providing us with life-giving nourishment and pleasant pastures.
We thank You that we can depend on You at all times in all places for Your wisdom and insight to make the right decisions and follow the right path as we seek to follow Your plan for our lives.
We thank You for Your faithfulness that assures us that we will never walk alone, have no reason to fear the dangers of life because You are with us and deliver us safely into Your presence when our work on earth is completed.
In Jesus’ Name, AMEN.
Prayer For October, 2020
We come before You today, understanding our need for Your grace and goodness. First, we ask for Your loving forgiveness and cleansing. We know, without a doubt, that we could have been – no, Father – should have been more dependent on You for Your strength and support. And, having confessed that, how long will it take us to learn to rely entirely on You for all that we need. We are so tempted, Father, to depend on our understanding and insight, wisdom, and knowledge that we neglect to turn to You and Your eternal Word for guidance and direction.
Yet, that’s what we need – today and every day – Your Word filling our minds, flowing to our hearts, and flourishing in our lives. When this happens, Father, we will see Your Kingdom working and growing and thriving in this weary, war-torn, troubled, and tired world. In You, we find all that we need for today, tomorrow, and eternity. Help us to understand, accept, and apply Your way and Your truth in our lives and live victoriously for You and those for whom Your Son lived and died.
It’s so easy, Father, to become weary in well-doing that we often give in and then give up without calling on You for help. We neglect to take You at Your Word when You say, “I will never leave You nor forsake You,” or, “Indeed, I am with You until the end of time!” What precious promises from our Lord whose record of faithfulness has stood the test of time. Everything You ever promised has been completed, or, we know from history, that it one day will be.
Please, Father, increase our faith and help us to grow our trust in You. Though we have abandoned You time and again, denied honoring You more times than we can recall, neglected to turn to You when we needed You the most, left undone the things we should have done and did things that were wrong and ugly, we ask, again this day for Your forgiveness. May we go forth in Your Name, claiming all that we have in You, with You, and through You to be all that we can be through Christ our Lord, in whose Name we pray. AMEN!
Prayer For September 2020
We look forward to this day with excitement and anticipation as an opportunity to love You, worship You, and serve You. But, Father, if today goes as yesterday did, we know that there will be times when we will disappoint You, perhaps even embarrass You, deny You, and even disgrace You. So, humbly, we ask Your forgiveness for what we have done that we should not have done, and left undone the things we should have done. Please, for our sake and through Your unending love, mercy, and grace, cleanse us from all unrighteousness – once again. And, as we look forward to this new day, when we face temptation, may we – through Your power – flee from it and turn to You for strength and victory.
We know, Lord, that there will be many opportunities to do good things today. There always are. But all too often we are so wrapped up in our interests and selfish ambitions that we are not aware of what we can do to show others Your love and compassion. So, we need You to make us aware – keenly aware, Father – of those in need of hope, help, and healing. As we see and hear and feel and recognize those around us and among us who have needs that we can meet, give us a willingness to meet them. You have been so good to us, Lord, that we are obligated, in turn, to be good to others. May we do for them what You have done for us – meet their needs in one way or another!
We ask, Father, that this day will be one we will recall with joy and happiness, knowing that we have served our Lord well. May it be one of surrender to Your will and ways, a dependence on Your strength – not ours, a day when our purpose will be to honor You and glorify You and praise You because we have worshiped You with all our minds and hearts and souls.
Through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. 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 July 2020
I begin this day echoing the words of the Psalmist: “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” And, though I echo his words, I do ao if I’m not sure what this day will include, or where it may take me, or what might happen – whether good or bad, or the problems I’ll face that may result in grief or perhaps some events that will bring laughter or pleasures that I’ll enjon. At this moment, I do not know what is before me.
But, what I do know is that You are beside me, love me unconditionally, and that’s comforting and reassuring. I know that You have promised that You would never leave me or forsake me. And, because of this promise, “come what may,” I will not be alone or abandoned – even though I might be afraid.
So, Father, I may not be able to express my gratitude as well as others, but I know that You will understand that I love You for loving me and forgiving me. Even though I’ve disappointed You, You’ve never disappointed me and that You’ve always been there for me. And, I thank – really thank You - so much for that!
Now, Lord, knowing that You made this day is reason enough to rejoice – because it is Your day, and we’ll be together walking side by side. And, I will! I’ll also rejoice for the gift of Your Son whom You sent to be my Savior and the hope, help, healing, and happiness I have because of my Salvation.
Thank You, Father, In Your Son’s Name, Amen.
Prayer For June 2020:
I thank You for Your love! And, I thank You that Your love for me does not depend on how good I am, or what I do for You, or whether or not I am faithful in witnessing to others about You, or how much time I spend praying or reading my Bible. If it did, Father, I’d be in trouble!
I confess, sadly, that there are too many days when I neglect to read Your Word and hardly think about what it says about You and how I should live. I admit, also, that I spend more time talking to others than I do to You. When I put things in perspective, Lord, if You thought about me as little as I thought about You, or read the Bible and pray, there would be many days when my name would not cross Your mind. I know it must disappoint You when I don’t want to learn about You or talk to You after all You’ve done for me. I’m really embarrassed, to be honest. So, please – and I know You will – forgive me once more, for neglecting You and avoiding You and putting other things before You.
I ask sincerely, Lord, that if I lay down tonight, or any night from now on, that Your Holy Spirit will not allow my eyes to close in sleep until I read Your Word and talk to You in prayer. I need You desperately, Lord, and ask You to do whatever it takes to get my attention to spend time with You.
Father, I need to get to know You as well as You know me, and I can’t do this in my strength. So, believing that when I call on You that You will answer me, I’m calling on You now to help me through Your power to get in touch and stay in touch with You!
In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!
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.