The eve when Judas Iscariot betrayed,
What prayer for Simon Jesus made! —
Before the apostle Peter denied,
Before he left and bitterly cried.
Where now to go? What would he do?
Without the Lord, having been untrue?
His only chance he’d roundly missed,
Go fish! What’s left? — Give up, desist!
But when Simon sees the Lord ashore,
His hopes destroyed immediately soar.
Into the sea he dives — what dare!
Does he recall that earlier prayer?
O Jesus, also pray for me
That I might serve you faithfully,
That faith on trial might never fail;
O Savior, in my heart prevail!
Watch for prayers and poems, coming soon, on Forthright Press.
Dear Heavenly Father, here are my requests for the new year.
- For the wife and me to have a great year together, with health and happiness, joy and usefulness.
- For our children to be well, in body, spirit, family, and service.
- For our grandchildren to receive the love and care they need to develop into your children.
- For our families of origin to increase their faith.
- For the spiritual, missional, and numerical growth of the congregation.
- For new beginnings in our region.
- For the brotherhood to be strong in faith, in truth, in love, in grace, in the Word of Christ.
- For the people we love, for the brethren you have given us, for the lost who need news.
Father, help me today to be
- Joyful where I am,
- Useful in my circumstances,
- Content within my confines.
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Our lists, O Lord, but not for Nick,
And not for tasks to do;
We seek no answer, clean and quick —
Our lists are made for you.
Our lists of stubborn sinners, of saints,
Of gospel doors and needs,
We ask and knock, with no constraints,
For where the Spirit leads.
Our Father in Heaven,
- The universe sings your praise. The world declares your glory. The heavens sing about your splendor. Honor belongs to you.
- Be ever more present in our lives. May your holy Spirit inhabit us. We desire the Lord Jesus dwell within us.
- Protect us from the sin of anger, that we might not destroy relationships and prevent love from developing.
- Develop in us the virtue of acceptance, that we might embrace our situations, live contentedly in the circumstances in which we find ourselves, and learn from the sufferings and challenges that we face.
- We are thankful for sleep, which allows us to rest and be refreshed for the next day. We are grateful that you are in charge of this world and its affairs, so we can lay our heads on our pillows and at night and find comfort in your charge.
- We ask on behalf of the people of Aruba, that the gospel might reach every soul in such a way that they may respond to the message and be faithful in its practice.
- Bless the life and efforts of our missionary friends Mike and Brenda Brooks, as they serve in Nepal and Bangladesh, sharing the gospel and training servants in the Word.
- We ask for our children that they might know you, grow in grace, serve with their gifts, be mature in their faith, show faithfulness in their relationships and to the truth.
- Thank you for salvation in Christ. Thank you that the truth has come to us. We are grateful to share with you the mission of reaching always outward to the lost.
- Thank you for the Bible. May we give it due respect, as it truly is — a word from you and not the word of man.
What a privilege is prayer, O Father!
Lord God, so many people in so many situations need your help.
- Those who often travel, for safety.
- Those who work in dangerous jobs or circumstances, for security.
- Those who suffer from disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes, for basic needs of shelter, food, and water.
- Those who must fend off oppressive thoughts and dark moods, for peace.
- Those who serve the public, for patience.
- Those who are employed in government or are elected to their position or have assumed power in some way, for justice.
- Those who often deal with the poor, the oppressed, or the excluded from society, for compassion.
- Those who are lonely, forgotten, or needy, for companionship.
- Those who struggle with addictions or are trapped in abusive relationships, for freedom.
- Those whose worth is tied to possessions and those who love money, for wholeness.
- Those who have no hope or who rest upon false expectations, for faith.
- Those who seek pleasure in this world or have seen its true end, for joy.
- Those who serve you in the gospel, for perseverance.
You are the God who can supply every need and offer every help. Rise up, O Lord, and let us all rejoice in your active goodness.
Lord, let my mind and soul rest in you, be refreshed in the Spirit, be renewed in the strength of Christ.
Father, reach for your children who are weak, who struggle with doubts, sin, or offenses, who lose sight of the way, who are overwhelmed by the power of the enemy, who feel alone in their faith.
God of spirits, make us holy and devout, infuse us with a sense of your presence, sweep away all resistance in our mind, show us the future of our hope.
Save them, Lord, from sin and shame,
Save them for your glorious name,
Save them from the devil’s snare,
Save them in Christ from hell’s despair.
Sanctify the brethren’s hands,
Sanctify their godly plans,
Sanctify and on them press
Your merciful love and holiness.
For the ill who fight for breath,
For the dying who fear their death,
For the lost who seek the path,
For victims of violent wrath —
For these we pray, O God. Continue reading
How about trying gourmet prayers — where you gather many ingredients, not just one? They take longer, but are very special and rewarding.Your menu is your prayer list. People on your list don’t even have to be people who [you] know personally. They can be from the newspaper, teachers at a local school, government officials, your neighbors, your congregation. List people by name. Pray for them by name.
via Inspirations By Katheryn.
They just don’t get it, Lord. Time and time again they have heard. They ooh and aah. They find it so interesting. They want it to help them have a better life. But they’re trying to get without giving. Or give what they are willing to let go of. Continue reading
Loving Lord, we pray for those whose humanity is destroyed by the sins of others:
- for children and spouses and family of addicts,
- for people maimed and killed by drunk or careless drivers,
- for those imprisoned in the sex trade and prostitution,
- for innocent victims of war and soldiers suffering trauma,
- for citizens oppressed by their governments.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer, may your restoring gospel reach them, to give them life and hope. Put us in the way of such as these, that we might serve them. In Christ’s name, Amen.