Pray for the Glory and Honor of God
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil for thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Pray for the Church of the Living God
Lord, we thank thee for thou church in whose bosom we have learned thou word and heard thou voice and sang songs of Zion. May her light always be as a guiding light on the seas of life that leads all travelers safely home. Strengthen those who have been granted her safe keeping that the sacred trust may never be compromised, nor her witness tarnished by the imperfection of human fragility. You, Oh Lord, who have purchased her as a ransom bride, provide all that is needed in days of waiting so that upon your return the marriage celebration may take place with all who have found safety in her arms. Amen.
Pray for the Spread of the Gospel
Lord, the world in which we live is in need of good news, news that tells us that there is cleansing from the past, confidence for the present and courage for the future available for all through the gospel of Jesus Christ. May that news spread in my home, my community, my country and around the world until the name of Jesus is spoken with confidence and conviction by every man, every woman, every boy and every girl. Give aid to all that labor to the spread of the gospel by the preaching and teaching of thou word or by delivery of scripture into the hands of those whose hands have never touched the holy pages that speak of such glad tidings. Amen.
Pray for the Unsaved
Lord, we know that it grieves your heart that there are men and women who have rejected the gift of salvation. Yet, your love continues to make itself known to them through acts of mercy and grace. May your spirit continue to move and witness in ways that the walls that separate them from all that you have in store for those that love you come tumbling down even as the walls of Jericho.
Pray for a Spirit Empowered Life
Lord, I am aware of the temptation within me to yield to the things that satisfy my flesh and bring no value to the kingdom of God. I know that Satan desires to sift me like wheat even as he did for Peter. Help me to aspire to the more noble things, the things that honor you, the things that give a good report, the things that are gracious, excellent and praise worthy. Help me to live under the control of the Spirit and to be led by the Spirit so that there will be a witness that the Spirit lives in me. Amen.
Pray for Discernment
Lord, help me to know your will. Show me the way you expect me to go and the path for life that I am to choose. There is so much noise in the world around me it sometimes crowds out my ability to hear your voice. Make me ever sensitive to the things of God so that I will be able to discern what is of God and what is not. Let me not be deceived by forces that work against your kingdom nor deceived by the path of least resistance. Recall your word to my mind in the moments of need that might arise. For it is in hearing your word I hear your choice for me. Amen.
Pray for Rest
The Sabbath is a day, oh Lord, that you have made that we might know the joy of rest from labor. Let me not think that it is possible to work without rest and renewal. There is no duty, no demand and no difficulty that requires my constant attention without trusting you to keep everything in safe keeping. May I be able this day to disengage from all that draws my attention away from those who love
me and desire time alone with me even as you desire time alone with us. Grant the rest that can only come when all the cares of life are cast before you. Remove the anxiety that can rob us of the rest we need and give us cooling water for our spirits that they may be refreshed in thee.
Pray for Healing
There is so much sickness in our world today, O Lord, and there are many that we know as well as those we do not know that are in need of a touch from you. We come to you this day on the behalf of others seeking your grace and mercy that may lead to recovery and restoration. As the countless came to you in the days of your flesh and you healed them all--the blind, lepers, cripple and the infirm--receive these we bring before you in prayer and may all receive touch that can make a difference. Honor your promise that the prayers of the righteous avail much. Amen.
Pray for Wisdom
You remind us, Lord, time and time again that your ways are not like our ways. Grant us the wisdom to lean upon you and trust you and not our own understanding. Help us to gain a wise heart so that the witness of wisdom may not be lost in a generation given to folly and that we might turn to the truth. Help us know how to build our lives on the things that will last so when the storms come that will surely come, wisdom would have built her house and the foundations would be secure. Amen.
Pray for Hope
O Lord, it is difficult to be hopeful when things seem so bleak but the psalmist tells us to look unto the hills from whence our help comes. Grant us the ability to always look up even when weighted down by troubles and cares. May you, O Lord, tend to the flame of hope that was first lit upon the altars of our hearts when we heard your word and yielded to your spirit. Whereas the flame may become dim from time to time, guard so that it may never go out until it will no longer be
needed because we will abide in perfect union with thee. Amen.
Pray for Church Leaders and Missionaries around the World
Lord how grateful we are that there are still men and women that answer your call to serve your church. For those who continue to make untold sacrifices for the care of your people and labor at teaching them your way, we give thanks. Meet every need that may arise in their lives because of their service to thee. Help those who receive their care cherish them for their work's sake. May their number increase as you see fit so that there will always be someone to carry the gospel mantle and wear the shoes of peace of those who bring joy and glad tidings. Amen.
Pray for Strength and Endurance
Oh Lord the Christian race is not one won by the swift or the strong but is won by those who endure until the end. Grant me now the endurance needed for whatever trial that may beset me. Your promise is that you will be with me always. My ancestors told me you would not put more on me than I could bear. So let me not lose heart in well doing but be faithful in all things concerning thee. Give me strength, Oh Lord. Give me Grace, Oh Lord. Give me the victory that can only come from endurance. Amen.
Pray for Unity
Lord you said that the world would know we belong to you by our love and our unity. You prayed in the days of your flesh that we might be one. Help us to resist all the forces that would deprive us of the unity you prayed for and died to make possible. Sweep through the church with a new breeze of unity that binds us closer to one another and closer to you. Put down every faction that would lift itself up above you. Help us to let go of our craving for independence and help us see our need for each other and for you. Amen.
Pray for Our Enemies
There may be nothing more radical, Oh Lord, that you call us to do than to pray for our enemies. Help us to see the way that leads to reconciliation is a path paved with prayer for our enemies. May you, Oh Lord, open their eyes and cause them to see the futility of their cause and the harm inflicted upon themselves. Break down the dividing wall that causes separation and let us each see the other as one whom Christ shed his blood for and calls us to be at peace with. Amen.
Pray for Everything
Oh Lord, for the privilege of prayer and telling you all that is on my heart, I am grateful. Hear now my longings, my hopes, my dreams, my aspirations, my desires. Bathe them all in your word so that my desires might always be holy. If it be necessary that they are altered or changed because of your will, help me to accept it and follow in the path that you lead. Bless all of those who are dear to me and those whose lives have helped to make my life better. Keep me ever longing for the home that you have prepared for them that love you and never forget my alien status in this world of grief and woe. May my love for you shine ever bright until I arrive in the city not made with hands. Amen.
A Prayer About
What To Do with My Life
(by Howard Thurman)
Give me the courage to live! Really live not merely exist. Live dangerously, scorning risk, live honestly, daring the truth--particularly the truth about myself! Live resiliently- ever changing, ever growing, ever adapting. Enduring the change of pain as though it were the travail of birth. Give me the courage to live, give me the strength to be free and endure the burden of freedom and the loneliness of those without chains; let me not be trapped by success nor by failure, nor by pleasure, nor by grief, nor by malice, nor by praise, nor by remorse! Give me the courage to go on! Facing all that waits on the trail-going eagerly, joyously on and paying my way as I go without anger or fear or regret taking what life gives spending myself to the full, head high, spirit winged, like a god on and on till the shadow draws close. Then even when darkness shuts down and I go out alone as I came naked and blind as I came even then gracious God hear my prayer: give me the courage to live. Amen.
The Cry of the Human Heart
(by Peter Marshall)
Lord Jesus, thou knowest the things that are trembling upon our lips, stirring in our hearts and along the corridors of our souls, walking on tiptoes across the cloistered spaces of our consciousness, conforming to the distant pealing of an angelus, looking expectantly upward, making prayers without words, breathing aspirations that have only wings. Hear us we pray thee as we call upon thee for help, for strength, for peace, for grace, for reassurance, for companionship, for love, for pardon, for health, for salvation, and for joy. Hear us, Lord Jesus. Amen.
(by Saint Augustine)
Come O Lord in much mercy down into my soul and take possession and dwell there. A homely mansion, I confess for so glorious a Majesty, but such as thou are fitting up for the reception of thee, by holy and fervent desires of thine own inspiring. Enter then and adorn and make it such as thou canst inhabit since it is the work of thy hands. Give me thine own self, without which, though, thou shouldst give me all that ever thou hast made, yet could not my desire be satisfied. Let my soul ever seek thee and let me persist in seeking, till I have found and am in full possession of thee. Amen.
A Prayer of Gratitude
(by John F. Kennedy Thanksgiving, 1963)
Let us therefore proclaim our gratitude to Providence for the manifold blessings. Let us be humbly thankful for the inherent ideals and let us resolve to share those blessings and those ideals with our fellow human beings throughout the world. On that day let us gather in sanctuaries dedicated to worship and in homes blessed by family affection to express our gratitude for the glorious gifts of God and let us earnestly and humbly pray that he will continue to guide and sustain us in the great unfinished task of achieving peace, justice, and understanding among all men and nations and of ending misery and suffering wherever they exist. Amen.
A Child’s Prayer
Lord Jesus I thank you for the gift of this new day. When you came to earth for us you grew as a child in wisdom and grace. As Lord you received children in your arms. You blessed them and said that your kingdom belongs to them. Dear Jesus receive me also on this day and hear my prayer. Bless my family, teachers, and all those who love and care for me. Keep me safe from danger and guide me to be truthful, honest, kind and helpful. Amen.
A Prayer for Peace
(by Abraham Lincoln)
Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet if God wills that it continues until every drop of blood drawn from the lash shall be paid another drawn with the sword so still it must be said that the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. With malice toward none with charity for all with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for the widow and for his orphans, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and a lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
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