Prayers Of Hope Page

This page is devoted to collecting the prayers published in the "Seeds Of Hope" devotional booklet. These simple prayers are an expression of me communicating with my Heavenly Father as a "true friend." I offer them to you as one of His "true friends," and ask that you join me as we make our requests - whatever is in our minds, hearts, and souls - known to Him --Larry Guido

Prayer For October, 2020

Heavenly Father: 

 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

Heavenly Father,

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

Heavenly Father,

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

Heavenly Father:

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:

Heavenly Father,

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!

Prayer For May 2020: 

Heavenly Father,

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:

Heavenly Father,

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.