Saturday, October 22, 2005
Prayer Against Hurricanes (Wilma)
"Hurricane Wilma is unofficially THE most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere." If we believe dear Lord these words, we turn to You and plea for mercy.
Never have we ever paid such attention to hurricanes as we do now. Never before have we recorded such devastation as we now do in this arena. Never have we been on such alert as we are now.
Lord, if You are speaking to this nation and its surrounding locations, we hear.
We, in faith, come against this natural disaster.
We, in faith, remember Your covenant never to flood the earth again as in Noah's days.
We, in faith, are asking You to minimize this disaster and to turn it out to the seas.
We, in faith, ask You to prepare us, but to keep us from fear.
We, in faith, ask for Your hand to be upon all those that face this terror.
We, in faith, recognize nature, but implore You to keep us from natural disaster.
We, in faith, implore You, as did Jesus' disciples, Luk 8:24 "And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. And he awoke, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm."
Lord, in Your mercy, divert this coming hurricane and unite us to compassion for those that will be affected. We ask, in Jesus Christ, who calmed seas by His Presence. Amen
Almighty God, what a holy period we enter into on the occasion of Advent. You prepared the hearts of many for the coming of Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, and we ask that You prepare our hearts during the Advent season to worship, glorify and obey Him.
The church has passed down rich customs and traditions for preparation and contemplation during this season. If we do them by rote, we do nothing. For this reason we ask that You make us living examples of being prepared to honor Your Son and to proclaim His name to the world.
We ask that during this season, we might realize that commercialism is not what we are to give witness to. We are to give witness to a living and loving Savior who is the Lord of our life.
We are to give witness by our devotion to Him as well as our obedience.
We are to give witness as Jesus did that You are a loving Father and merciful God who offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life through His sacrifice.
We are to give witness to Him by the power of the Holy Spirit who now dwells within us. Renew us.
Makes us honorable vessels as we prepare for the occasion of the celebration of His birth.
As Your prophets of old prepared for His glorious birth with hope and expectation, we come to You as ask You to prepare our hearts to receive Him.
Keep us focused on our Lord Jesus during this season. Help us to do works worthy of His name. Help us to spread the Good News and keep us mindful that He shall indeed return.
O, come let us adore Him. We praise Your glorious name for the gift of Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, in whom we pray for our sanctification. May our worship this Advent season please You. Amen
Friday, October 21, 2005
Prayer For The Baby Sitter
Gracious God, I bring this request before You in all earnest for my baby sitter. I am turning my child over to this person and relying on them to care for my child in the same manner as I would. I am anxious and I want this situation covered by prayer and Your protection.
I pray that entrusting my child to the sitter is the right decision.
I pray that there be safety in my absence.
I pray that You will send angels to guard this household while I am a away.
I pray this sitter has a heart for children and will do no harm.
I pray this sitter will love children and go beyond the call of duty in watching over my child and in taking an interest in them.
I pray that this sitter might be a continued resource that I can call upon.
I pray that You ease my mind in the absence of my child and free me from guilt or mother hen instincts that are over exaggerated.
Gracious God, knowing how Jesus loved children and gathered them unto Him, I ask that a sweet and holy spirit permeate this household and occasion. May my child thrive in my absence and may my sitter feel it is a privilege to watch my child. I ask this in the precious name of Jesus Christ, our Shepherd. Amen
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Housewarming (Dedication) Prayer
Lord God, today is a day of rejoicing. There is a home that has just been bought and it is our desire to dedicate this dwelling place to You.
We are mindful from Scripture, Mat 8:20 "And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven have nests; but the Son of man has no where to lay his head."
This is a blessed event that we are privileged to have a place to not only lay our head each evening, but to live and love and have Your Presence with us. May this earthly temple belong to You that all that enter here might know that You are head of this household.
We pray that this home be a home of peace. We pray that all that live or enter here might recognize that You are honored here and that we give You the glory for making this dwelling place a reality. May guests find solace and comfort here.
We pray that this home be central in gathering fond and rich memories. We pray that moments of love and gatherings be cherished. We pray that our memories of these times never fail us.
We pray for this house's upkeep. That will mean finances and labor. We pray that we never let this home go to disarray. Provide for us, Lord.
We pray likewise for the property that surrounds this house. May the upkeep of the lawn and garden reflect Your beauty in nature.
We pray that our gratitude to You in providing this home never diminish or be taken for granted. May these times of gratitude for Your bounty never cease.
Bless this home, God our Provider and grant our prayer for the well-being of those that dwell here. We give thanks in the name of Christ Jesus. Amen
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Lord God, I have been presented with the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I chose Him. I believe He died for me. I believe He forgives my sins. I believe that He gives me eternal life.
I now cry out to You to help me. I do not know what happens next. I do not know how my family or friends will react. I do not know how and where I can learn more about You, but I am open. If You are who I believe You to be, You can make a way to guide me on what I should do next. Please protect me from falsehoods.
I reject my sinful ways, accepting Your forgiveness, and I ask that You might allow me to feel the burden I have been carrying lifted. Help me to give up those things that have kept me from turning to You in my past. Help me to make amends where I must, and help me to live a genuine Christian life.
I cannot possibly see into my future, but I am turning that over to You. I believe, Lord, help my unbelief, and strengthen me for the journey ahead, which Your sinless Son offers me. Thank You for the free gift of salvation. Thank You for accepting me. Amen
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Lord God, a year has now passed marking the occasion of my loved one's death. I have mixed emotions coming before You, yet You are the only one that can relieve me and comfort me. Others remember partly. You remember my tears and have saved them. You have seen me at my worst.
I sometimes feel I can never achieve a promise You made in Scripture.Psa 30:11 "Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; Thou hast loosed my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness." I am not there yet, Lord and not sure if I will ever be, but I did want to share this date with You. You have helped and comforted me and I sometimes realize it is not only about me, but the rich memories my loved one provided for me. Today I think of them.
I miss them Lord, but I cherish the times I had with them. I cherish the memories You have allowed me. I cherish the thought of knowing my loved one dwells securely with You and that someday there will be a glorious reunion.
I remember passing from shock and numbness, denial and anger, and then acceptance, just to name a few of the things I felt. I remember the kindness of many who paid their last respects and those that tried to comfort me. I do appreciate those that You have caused to be compassionate in my time of need.
I am rebuilding my life but the process is ever so slow. I pray that You will continue to help me. I do acknowledge that You have been there for me.
A very confusing Scripture has been pointed out to me and I would like to clarify it with You. Ecc 7:2 "It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart." I assume it means that seriousness is better than gaiety and that we learn more from mourning than we do laughter. If I have understood this correctly, I ask that You bless what I have gone through. I ask that I can use this knowledge to comfort others that some day will be where I am at. I ask You to bless me in keeping my mind fixed on the good my loved one did for others and not the horrible ache I feel that they have left me.
Help me, Almighty God to more than function but to live life again, and to do it with integrity while memorializing my loved one. Thank You Lord for taking me this far. I place my life in Your hands, through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen
Monday, October 17, 2005
Prayer For Those Contemplating Abortion
Dear Lord, I pray that although I am scared and uncertain about the future life of this fetus I carry, that I can come to You and seek wisdom and solace. I could really use Your help.
I know that abortion is societies easy way out of an unplanned or unwelcome pregnancy. I find myself placed in the position of taking the easy way out.
I know that this decision I have to make will affect me the rest of my life. My eyes are opened but my heart is so closed off against this life that I carry. I prefer to call it just a fetus, but I do know life is a gift from You.
I don't possibly know how I could love a child or support its needs at this time in my life. My head is swimming with all the reasons why it is not feasible to carry this baby to term.
I do know right from wrong and that is why this is almost a last ditch effort to come before You in prayer and talk about this subject. I do recall something in the Bible saying that You invite us to come before You and reason together.
That is why I am here. This decision not only affects me but others. I so much want to think of only myself at this time. I do not want to consider the father, or the grandparents or even the possibility of this potential child's life. Yet I am old enough to know there are consequences for all decisions we make.
Would it be so wrong, Lord to terminate this life? I know You are strict about, "Thou shall not kill." Is this honestly what I would be doing? When Jesus wept, was He weeping for someone like me? When the Egyptians terminated the pregnant Hebrew women's babies, would I be as detested to You as they were?
I know there are other options like adoption, but that takes a selfless person to do that and I know I am not up to that.
I just don't know what to do, but I do know that I must decide quickly what action or course I will take. All I can think of right now while talking to You is that I must do the right thing.
How will I get through this? Will You help me to decide? Will You send me others that will guide my decision? Is there someone who can actually talk to me about this that I can trust?
I know I have a soul. I believe that and I believe there is a place designated for me in eternity when I die. What about this fetus? Do they have a soul? Where will it go? Will I have to face it on judgment day and answer for taking its life?
Please help me, God. I have never needed You more than I do right now. Please help me to decide what is best to do. I am at Your mercy. I will be open to advice from others and I will consider if it is from You or if it is from the devil. Help me to decide soon and to be at peace with my decision. May You not forget that I know You and want to do what You would have me to do. If I choose life, I fully expect support and help from You. If I choose death, will You leave me? Give up on me? Will You still support me?
I am putting this into Your hands and I absolve, through Jesus Christ, to do what is right. Remember me, Jesus. Amen
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Almighty God, I am reminded of many wise words that promote the value of teamwork. I pray for the teamwork that we are about to embark on.
Ecc 4:12 "And if a man prevail against him that is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken." Ecc 4:10 "For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falls, and has not another to lift him up." Throughout the Old and New Testament You stress unity.
We pray for unity and oneness of mind in making our united effort work out successfully.
We pray that we put aside personalities and that our uniqueness as individuals do not clash.
We pray that we respect all ideas and efforts and that our pride does not exalt itself over another.
We pray that we equally can share in the glory of the outcome of our effort.
We pray that this team might all recognize You as head.
We pray that our results might be as rewarding as our hopes are.
We pray that each and every member of this team might realize one another contribution for the whole.
Bless this team and effort, Lord. Make us shining examples of the value of working together for good, for the glory of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
Saturday, October 15, 2005
God, I am very young and I am easily persuaded to trust adults. In my life I have been taught things that don't make sense. I have been taught that Jesus died for me because You created me. Then I have been taught that the earth evolved and I was created by some uncertain events. I guess I am growing up because I am having thoughts of my own! Help me to grow, God.
Why I am praying to You God is because I believe that You are real. I believe that You know me. I believe that You watch over me. I believe that You do listen to my prayers.
I have many things I think of to say, but for now I want to pray what is on my mind.
I pray for my parents. They are so special to me. I fear the thought of ever losing them so I pray that You give them a long life. Thank You for my parents and I ask that You bless them.
I pray for my friends. I may not be the most popular child in my neighborhood or school, yet You have sent me friends that I can play, laugh, talk and share with. I really appreciate it God, and I pray You bless them.
I pray for my Grandparents and other members of my family. I am so glad I belong to a loving family and that I have relatives. I am so happy when we have family gatherings and I hope they are always as fun as they are now. I ask You to bless those who are my relatives. They mean a lot to me.
I pray for my teachers and my school. It is really a challenge learning and not all the teachers are my favorite, but I know they have been placed in my life to teach me the necessary things about becoming an adult and some day getting a job. I ask that You bless them too, but that You also make sure they give me good grades if I deserve it.
I pray for myself, God. I do so much want to be a good and kind person. Sometimes I am not but at least I know when I do wrong. Will You forgive me for those times and keep on loving me? That is my important prayer to You.
Bless me God, as I go about my days and learn and grow. Help me to always stay close to You and protect me from the evil devil. Be with me and make something happen that will always remind me to be with You and to call upon You in good times and bad times.
I love You, and I love Your Son, Christ Jesus who died for me that I might talk and walk with You. Amen
Friday, October 14, 2005
God Almighty, I am stepping out in faith and I am going to start tithing. It is an avenue that has taken me awhile to consider, and I am asking for your blessings and to prove me in Your will.
I have heard so much conflicting words about this practice. Yes and no. For and against. Old Testament law and New Testament grace. But in my heart I believe I should take You at Your Word: Mal 3:8 "Will a man rob God? yet ye rob me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Mal 3:9 Ye are cursed with the curse; for ye rob me, even this whole nation. Mal 3:10 Bring ye the whole tithe into the store-house, that there may be food in my house, and prove me now herewith, saith Jehovah of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Mal 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before the time in the field, saith Jehovah of hosts. Mal 3:12 And all nations shall call you happy; for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith Jehovah of hosts."
I therefore do resolve to begin this journey by asking for Your forgiveness for the times I have robbed You in my offerings and giving. I realize now how many times I have been blessed, and did not return to You a tithe of respect and gratitude. I know that seeking You touches Your heart and this is where I begin. If there are curses upon me I ask You through the atoning blood of Christ Jesus to remove them. And I thank You for the opportunity to be cleansed from my past.
I pray that You can use my tithe to insure that Your churches and peoples are provided for and that the Gospel might continue to be proclaimed throughout the world. I pray also that You might clearly show me where and to whom this money should wisely go. I am open, Lord God.
I pray that You might bless me as Your Word proclaims. I am concerned that I might feel the crunch of this money given, and yet in my heart I do know You have so many ways financially and spiritually of fcompensating. May I recognize the value You place on my giving and realize every blessing that comes from Your hand. Keep me faithful.
I pray that You will rebuke satan and do not lead me into temptation to abort my desire to please You in the area of personal giving.
I pray that I might truly be happy with this decision. That my peace will remain and that I will know for a certainty that I am a delight and testimony to You and before others. May my example be pleasing.
I give, O Lord, through Jesus Christ who gave His all. Amen