A Beautiful Prayer (Part 2)
We featured the first part of this prayer last week. If you missed it, go back, read it, and be blessed.
“When I am overwhelmed, confused, unsure, and restless, help me run to Your Word. May Your Word come alive to me so that it is a living guide in every situation. Help me, Lord, to remember the promises of your Word and bring the right passage to my remembrance for the situation. I acknowledge Lord that I need to spend more time with You reading and praying so that I am prepared for whatever the day brings. Lord, I know that Your Word is indeed a light unto my feet and a light unto my path. Remove fear and anxiety. As believers, You have not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. So when we are fearful, may we remember Your love for us and use that love as the impetus to love others and see situations differently; may we tap into the power that You have given us – for we are never alone because You never leave us comfortless. May Your wisdom be the underpinnings for our sound minds. May we remember that we don’t have to be anxious and when we are tempted to be anxious or worrisome, may we verbalize our concerns to You and then leave them there as you instructed us. Our worry does us no good and limits us, and You do more with our worry than we ever could. So help us to turn all of our anxious thoughts and nerve-wracking situations over to You; to truly do that and trust that You are working. That You are working all things together for our good because You love us; that You are working in ways that we cannot comprehend because Your ways supersede ours. And that in this working You are molding us continually into masterpieces fit for Your use. You are increasing our faith and our capacity to love.
As a child of Yours Lord, I know that I am Your masterpiece though I feel so far from it. Help me to remember my worth in You when I’m faced with challenging situations. When I feel depressed, help me to remember that I’m fearfully and wonderfully made in Your image – a replica of You and that You loved me so much You thought that I was worth dying for. I don’t know too many people that would die for me, but You did, and I’m eternally grateful and humbled.
Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, Father. Energize me for Your work because You know how tired these bones are. Awaken me to the wonder of Your salvation and quicken my spirit to the reality of Your work in my life. Lord, my mind is filled with creative ideas, but they’re all jumbled. Holy Spirit, come and hover over my mind like You hovered over the waters at creation and speak order out of the chaos! Help me to cease striving and to trust that You will give me all I need today to do the work You’ve given me to do.
You will be faithful to complete the good work You’ve started, and as I step out into my day, I declare Your sovereignty over every area of my life. I entrust myself to You and ask that You use me however You see fit. This day is Yours. My body is Yours. My mind is Yours. Everything I am is Yours. May You be pleased with me.
A Beautiful Prayer (Part 1)
I came across this prayer and felt we all could use the words and thoughts of this prayer in our lives.
“Thank You for a new day. Thank You that Your compassion is renewed every morning. Great is Your faithfulness and Your steadfast love, O Lord! I don’t know what all is going to happen today, and how much I’ll get done, but You do. So, I give this day to You. God, this is the day that You have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. With gratitude, I thank You for preserving my life for one more day. With gratitude, I thank You for your ultimate gift of love for me, in the form of Your Son and the sacrifice of His life on my behalf. Because of this overwhelming gift that I often cannot comprehend, I humbly submit to You. I know Lord, that I am a mere human and cannot instruct You, but You Lord can instruct me. So, teach me Your ways that I may rely on Your faithfulness. Teach us to number our days and to use our time wisely.
Throughout this day, may I be keenly aware of Your presence in everything I do – as I commute to work, drop children off at school, keep house and speak with my neighbors. May my life be a living example and may others see Christ in me. There are many that are hurting in this world – may I be a salve to someone today, Lord, in a way that I can’t even imagine. May my words be seasoned with salt and minister grace to all that hear. May my actions be aligned with Your Word.
I pray for wisdom that is peaceable, gentle, and approachable, with lots of mercy and fairness. You said an unlimited supply of wisdom is available to me if I simply ask, so I pray for wisdom to know how to deal with the many people and situations that will cross my path.
I pray for protection throughout this day; protect from harm and evil; go before me, to the left and right of me, and behind me. Order my steps so that I walk worthy of your calling throughout this day. That I may be attuned to your promptings – whether it shows up as a gentle tug or a strong conviction.
I pray for reconciliation in families, in nations, and to You. I pray that all may come to know you and be reconciled back to You.
Lord, you know my faults and my flaws – forgive me for being unkind with my words and my thoughts; forgive me for being self-serving; forgive me for holding on to old wounds instead of giving them to you. Forgive me, Lord.”
(TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK)
The Reality of Life, Part 2
Last time we examined the impact of the claim of the world that there is no God. We noted that removing God from His place gives life no meaning at all. The reason for this is because it is eternity which matters most, and if we remove God, all we are left with is a very short life and then like the little dog Rover, we are dead all over. But intelligence tells us this cannot be. We understand the desire of the world to rid itself of a moral all-seeing God, however in doing so they remove the greatest aspect of life which gives it purpose and meaning. Why do I say intelligence tells us this cannot be? I believe this can be effectively addressed with our limited intelligence. If we but consider all that God has created, we see nothing but order and purpose. Each plant, planet, animal and of course humanity, has purpose in its design. So, this begs us to ask the question why would God create anything that does not follow the pattern of ALL he has created? The answer is: it’s not true. Mankind, in his effort to live to the fullness of his sinful nature, needs to remove all semblance of God and therefore has fabricated this position in fear of the impending judgment. It is here where their dilemma becomes their reality. They want all that comes from God; air, health, protection, rain, etc., but they don’t want the God who created these needed things - hence the dilemma.
What they fail to realize is this - living life on their terms is like eating a bland dinner and not sticking around for the desert which just happens to be the best desert in the world. For most of us, we would like to have desert first. It doesn’t take a great deal of contemplation to see what truly miserable existences they live; no wonder the world is in the condition it is. They need to know there is hope in Jesus. We are the messengers. We are the light-bearers. We are the epistles being read by all men. It’s time for us to do our part because nothing else matters.