Sunday, July 24, 2016

A prayer of protection for the world's believers

Lord Jesus, Protector and Provider--

I pray your powerful hand of protection of the believers of the world. I pray for their souls to be full with the knowledge of You. I pray for boldness and protection as they share the gospel in hostile territories. I pray that their lives will radiate the love of Jesus as they go about their daily business. Give them fierce angels to wage warfare on their behalf, to cover them with protection, and to guide them to the battles You want them to fight. Give them victory against their spiritual enemies! Fill them with peace as they fulfill their calling. Protect their spouses and children with Your loving hands; let them live victorious and impactful lives on this earth and for eternity. Bless them, oh Lord! Give these warriors heaven's eyes--help them see with Your perspective and act for Your glory!

In the mighty name of Jesus,
Amen.

image by Jean Beaufort

Monday, July 18, 2016

What will You do for me today?

Dear Lord,

I will praise You.
Your blessings are new every morning.
Great is your faithfulness.
I wonder what You will do for me today?
Whatever You decide, it will be incredible,
gracious, and for my benefit.
Maybe I should be asking,
what will I do for You?

Amen.

"Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." (Lam. 3:22, 23)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Lord, Take my hand

Precious Lord,
Take my hand,
lead me on,
let me stand.
I am tired,
I am weak,
I am worn.
Through the storm,
through the night,
lead me on
to the light,
take my hand,
Precious Lord,
lead me home.

When my way grows drear,
Precious Lord,
linger near
when my life is almost gone.
Hear my cry
Hear my call,
Hold my hand,
lest I fall,
take my hand,
Precious Lord,
lead me home.

Amen and amen.

Lyrics by Thomas Dorsey


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I'm lost without You

Lord, my Hope and Healer--
Give me words when my thoughts are jumbled.
Give me peace when I am overwhelmed.
Give me community when I feel alone.
Give me comfort when I am grief-stricken.
Give me Yourself, the only one who satisfies.
Help me see You in the world,
like hope on the horizon.
Help me see You in Your people,
who put their arms around me.
Help me see You at work in my life,
even when my heart feels hopeless.
I'm lost without You.
Amen.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Praying my mother into eternity

Dear Lord of heaven and Lover of our souls,

My soul is grieving, my heart is heavy.
My tears are many.
Yet you stir the truth in me.
You urge me to have perspective about life and death.
Death is not the enemy; it's the pathway into your presence.
Give me the faith to not lose heart.
while my mother's earthly body wastes away;
help me feel your renewal day by day.
Our present troubles are light and momentary compared
to the greatness of living eternity in your presence.
Your glory outweighs the heaviest of earthly pains!
Show us your glory by leading us through this valley of longing and loss.
I will fix my eyes on the unseen because it is eternal,
rather than on the things I see here:
the pain, the deterioration, the separation.
These are temporary;
they are joy-robbers and faith-robbers.
I was not made for this earth,
and neither was my mother.
Eternity calls her, and she deserves to go there.
Give her peace, joy, and eternal satisfaction.
There she will radiate your glory,
even more than she did here on earth.
Give me the courage and faith to believe this process is glorification, not destruction.
You are merely completing your master plan.
You crave her company, as I do.
But she was made for your company, not mine.
You may have her.
I will praise you in all things.

Amen.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18



Friday, July 1, 2016

Praying to the One who already knows what I need and why I didn't pray sooner

Lord, God, Who knows all,

You know who I am. You know what I've been doing.
I've been super busy,
but obviously, not as busy as You've been.
You know, running the world and all,
reading billions of people's hearts and minds,
listening to billions of prayers.
And yet, You still wait to hear from me.
Here I am, frantically running my life and confusing my own heart and mind,
when a little time with you would set all the confusion straight.
I've been too busy to pray the prayers I should be praying--the agonizing prayers of the soul--
the ones that will touch Your heart and cause You to answer me
with love and grace.

I'm not sure why I haven't been praying more.
You already know everything I'm going through.
You already know how everything will turn out.
But those aren't good reasons not to pray.
The truth is--
I stop praying because I'm lazy and self-absorbed.
I stop because I feel defeated from the beginning.
I'm too busy taking in the world around me and deciding that life is overly hard and unjust--
and I rule prayer out of my daily routine.

That's when the discouragement sets in.
And then the longing.
And then the anxious prayers.
I stop believing that I know what I'm doing down here;
I stop busying myself, trying to fix everything,
And I pray.
Pray, pray, pray.
Ahh!
That's more like it.

Thanks for listening and loving and waiting.
I need You desperately.
You also know that.

Amen.

image by Mick Lissone