Heavenly Father, thank you for life
In Christ — for minds that seek to know
The reason why we’re here — for hearts
That feel emotions, good and bad —
For wills that choose what pleases you —
For bodies of living sacrifice —
For eyes that see and ears that hear —
For limbs that reach for heaven — for lungs
That breathe the Spirit’s air — for hands
That work — for feet that move the gospel
Into the world — for knees that bow
In grateful prayer and ask of you,
The source of all that’s good, to give
Our daily bread — for yearnings of hope
That cry, “Lord, come!” and watch the sky
For signs and angels and rolling clouds.
Our Father, thank you — for today,
For now, for planting us firmly here,
Where we are at present, not
Another place or better time —
For discipline, testing, proof of faith —
For inching forward our commitment —
For faithfulness of your word of promise
On which we count — for love that dies
And lives again in Christ — Ah, yes!
Above all else, for love — Amen!
An empty cupboard, closet, or tank
Cries out to be filled with fuel or clothes
Or food. ‘Tis you, O Lord, I thank,
Who fills me with grace that overflows.
Thank you, Lord, for a coherent vision of life. Under your guidance, all things make sense. Those things we’ve not figured out yet, we recognize that you understand and in your time will reveal them, even though it be in the final judgment.
So we trust in you.
Thank you, heavenly Father, for the strength to tackle each day and the power to be different, to make a difference in people’s lives.
So we ask for your Spirit.
Thank you, O God, for revealing your will to the little people in the world, who receive it gladly.
So we seek for it humbly.
Thank you, O Revealer of truth, for free and easy access to your living Word, which guides us, instructs us, transforms us, and gives us hope of eternal life.
So we guard it in our innermost being.
What a blessing to be in your presence, heavenly Father! What security and peace we feel to walk before you.
Even to the unjust you show yourself benevolent. How much more do you care for and show concern for your righteous people!
Many people are concerned with freedom and privacy today. And even though they are legitimate concerns in the nations, we are grateful to be free in the way that really matters.
Many today run after possessions. We give thanks that we have what can never be taken away from us.
Many today seek pleasures. We are thankful for the profound joy of following Christ and having our separating sins removed.
Many today seek a better place to live, even moving to other countries in search of improved conditions. We praise you that we have been transferred from dark and evil powers into the kingdom of the Son whom you love.
Many want to change jobs. We are profoundly grateful to be called to the greatest work of all, that of explaining to those who are far away what you have done in Christ to reconcile us to yourself.
Thanks be to God
- For another day of life, full of blessing, full of your presence.
- For the opportunities you constantly present to us; help us to see and take advantage of them.
- For good study resources and encouraging literature.
- For the message of the Bible that always instructs, inspires, and empowers us.
- For the power of the mind, and the gift of creativity.
- For free will to choose our way and the many good options to use our day.
- For gifts of service, that allow us to glorify your name.
- For sustaining life, providing necessities, offering meaningful work, allowing opportunity of employment.
- For your sovereign rule that guides the affairs of men toward your final goal, regardless of the evil plans and injustice of rulers and governors.
- For friends who love at all times, for brothers and sisters in Christ who encourage in faith, for saints whose examples remind us of our Lord and Savior.
Help me today to speak directly and appropriately to the needs of others, about the solution found always in Christ.
Heavenly Father, protect our house this day from evil. Let us walk in your presence. May your hands bless our home, our marriage, our coming and going, our rising and our rest.
Help us to serve the brethren well and strengthen, and perhaps even save, relationships with you, with each other, with those outside of Christ.
Focus my mind on your goodness, on acting with knowledge, on being patient and grateful.
Strengthen me to take the steps forward that I need to take today. Help me consider the present, leaving in your hands the cares of the future.
Thank you for health, for work, for opportunity, for faith, for family, for life’s necessities, for eternity’s door in Jesus Christ my Savior.
Thank you, Lord, for setting me free
To serve in love, for righteousness;
For life and strength, for power to be,
For heavenly blessing, to share and bless.
Thank you, Lord, for wisdom’s mind,
For truthful way, for choice of path;
For light to lead the spiritually blind,
For Jesus who appeases wrath.
Thank you, Lord, for the house of faith —
Brothers and sisters in love and growth;
For cleansing blood in which to bathe,
For hope in present and future, both.
Father, our fellowship with you is our food. We share in common a love this world cannot know.
We experience the life from the Source of living.
We know the Son who lives in us and walks with us until the end. We suffer with him and for him, for the sake of the Good News and the salvation of many.
We serve the needy and use our gifts for the benefit of the body of Christ.
This is our pleasure and joy and crown. We thank you for this communion.
We rise again, O Lord, to face
Another journey, another step,
Another day of friendly grace,
For waking joys till now asleep.
Our thanks, O God, for daily bread
And strength, for wisdom’s gentle light,
Midst trial and pain, for faithful aid
Upon the tempter’s fiery height.
My Savior, show me open doors
For Jesus Christ — let me not fear
To bravely leave the safer shores,
But dare, beyond horizons, steer.
Thank you, Father, for so many opportunities to learn, grow, serve, and love. Instead of being discouraged by so many needs out there, let me be encouraged and motivated that you open so many doors.
My heart overflows with gratitude, O Lord, who gives life, that you preserve us and make life so interesting and beautiful.
God who knows every hair on our heads, I’m terrible at math, and worse at counting my blessings. Help me to keep up better and be grateful. I confess my ingratitude. Continue reading
I thank you Lord with my whole heart, both in my private time and in the assembly of the godly, for revealing to us your great deeds of deliverance.
We remember your salvation and our forgiveness of sin in Christ. We remember your covenant and renew our pledge to follow the Lord in all things. Continue reading
Heavenly Father, my prayer today is simple.
I desire to be with you, now and forever.
That desire is decision.
I will do whatever is necessary to enjoy your presence. Continue reading