an inspiring prayer
Heavenly Father, help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.
Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can’t make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.
Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.
Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.
Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love.
— Author Unknown
There’s no mystery
as to how you speak with me.
Just empty your heart.
Do not be afraid
nor worried in mind or soul.
For I am your Friend.
Dearest Lord, God and Father over all, I praise your name as great!
I call on you this day to keep, love, and protect us and our families. Put the hedge of protection around us if it be your will, and bring us the blessings of goodness and comfort that only you can give…
Let us ask a blessing on the members of your church. Tend to the needs of your children around the world, as you know them all, worldly and spiritually. Help keep us focused on our goal in this life, which is to see you in your glory in eternal life. For we can take pride in just one thing, that we are blessed with grace for our sins in your Son, Jesus Christ.
Lord, this world has always been evil, and it continues to be so each day. We pray for those who do not know you, or care to follow your commands. May they be touched in some way by your love and have a change of heart. Help them to turn from the evil of this world and the hopelessness and futility of living without you each day.
At this time, our thoughts turn to the men and women who have dedicated themselves to fighting in the armed forces. Each day, they are placed in positions of fighting in one way or another to keep America’s freedoms in place, and we do appreciate their efforts. May we honor them and their service, but even more so, may you bless those who fight with such noble cause.
Father, let us turn now from freedom’s fighters to those who battle the wars of the spiritual realm…to each of us who fight personal and public battles as we stand up for you. May we do so with conviction and effectiveness. May we liberate souls from sin and bring them to you for the cleansing which is only available through the blood of Christ.
Dear Lord, tomorrow is Father’s Day, a time when we honor earthly men who have the love and care for children of all ages. May they teach their sons and daughters the meaning of life through Godly principles. We ask a special blessing on them, not only for tomorrow, but for every day, as parenting is a lifetime commitment.
Finally, we ask that Christians everywhere set good examples by worshiping you in your house tomorrow, which is the first day of the week. May the church realize that fellowship with other Christians is what you have commanded, and that the breaking of bread, prayer, and study of your word together on Sundays is your will for us.
Thank you Lord God for your blessings of life and may you continue to be with us as we live our lives here by your grace, in reverent respect for you and all others. Forgive us our many sins, as we strive to do more of your will and less of our own.
For this is our prayer in the name of Christ Jesus…Amen!
Now the Light has Gone Away
Now the light has gone away;
Savior, listen while I pray.
Asking Thee to watch and keep
And to send me quiet sleep.
Jesus, Savior, wash away
All that has been wrong to-day;
Help me every day to be
Good and gentle, more like Thee.
Let my near and dear ones be
Always near and dear to Thee.
O bring me and all I love
To Thy happy home above.
Jesus, Tender Shepherd
Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me:
Bless Thy little child to-night;
Through the darkness be Thou near me,
Keep me safe till morning light.
All this day Thy hand has led me,
And I thank Thee for Thy care;
Thou hast warmed me, clothed me, fed me;
Listen to my evening prayer.
May my sins be all forgiven;
Bless the friends I love so well;
Take me, Lord, at last to heaven.
Happy there with Thee to dwell.
A Prayer for When I am Thankful
God, thank You for this day! Thank You for the birds and the animals, the flowers and the trees, the lakes and the streams, and the sun that rises and sets over them each day. Thank You for creating everything we see! Thank You for the life we live, and for making each person different. Thank You for Jesus, who died for us so that we can go to heaven one day just for believing in Him. What an amazing God You are! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
A Prayer for When I am Sad
God, I am sad. But You are good, and You are there. You listen to me when I cry. I can cry to You and tell You what is wrong. Even when I don’t know what to say, I can just pray, “Help me, God, I’m so sad.” You promise that whatever I am going through, You will be there. Thank You for always loving me, even when I am really sad. Thank You for this day, even though it’s not been the best day. Show me how to cheer up. Help me to be happy. Help me to see and remember all of the good things You have blessed my life with, and dry my tears. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
A Prayer for Help
God, Sometimes I don’t feel like talking about what’s wrong. I just want to be mad or sad or frustrated. I would rather sit by myself. Sometimes, things feel too big for me to figure out. Sometimes, life seems really unfair. I need Your help, God. You are the only One who sees everything and knows everything. You are the only One who knows everything about me. Can You help me to trust You, today? Please teach me how to take what I feel and give it to You to sort out. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
A Prayer for My Friend
God, Thank You for my friend. You tell us that it is not good to be alone, God, and bless us with family and friends all around us. Thank You for giving us people to talk to and laugh with. I pray for my friend today, that they have a good day and a blessed life. They are a blessing to me, God, when I need them the most. Just like Jesus is to me. Help me to be kind like Jesus. To be a good friend to others and spread His love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
From the muddy pit
I heard your cry and lifted
you up from the mire.
I set your feet on
solid rock, and gave you a
new song, a new hope.
Count your blessings and pray thanksgiving to God for them! Steve