Showing posts from May, 2016

A prayer for blessing our nation

Lord of heaven, the God of the whole earth and of America, We are a smug, selfish people. Forgive us, Lord, for asking for you to move in our nation merely because we want spirituality to be popular and sanctification to be easy. Forgive us for wanting laws that accommodate our spiritual goals rather than laws that motivate our spiritual fervor. Bless us with your conviction and the power of your spirit! Manifest your patience and lovingkindness for our weaknesses! Continue to bless us--not with material wealth and extravagant living--but with the reality of your presence. May your presence go before us, go with us, and shield us from behind, as we deliver your message to a lost nation of peoples. Give us the courage to share your word, as it lives and breathes among us, transforming us to become more like you. Make us into missionaries within our own borders! Bless us with courage and determination to share Christ rather than impose morality. Give us patience and lovingkindnes

Prayer for Perspective

Dear Lord God, whose will is too complex for me to comprehend-- I praise you. "You have preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For you tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance." Give me the faith and courage to trust you and your will like that!-- That regardless of my circumstances and my fears, I will believe that you are doing a mighty work unknown to me, in and around me. And even through me, even when it feels like you are hurting me or persecuting me or ignoring me. I may never understand what you are doing, but that's okay because you don't answer to me, and I am not entitled to know the ends of your plans for this world in which I live. "I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to you. Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me

Thank you for my children

Lord of mercy and love, Thank you for my children. Thank you for their successes. Thank you even for their hardships because it builds the character that I want them to have and the character you want me to have. (Because parenting always leads me back to you.) I can't love them without your love or lead them without following you. I need you more than they need me or I need them. Just you. Help me to trust you with their lives, through joys and sorrows, triumphs and pain. You have already shown yourself to be trustworthy-- They are your love language to me. Your whispers of hope, healing, and heaven. They are my greatest blessings. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love you. And loving them gives me a glimpse of who you are. Amen.

A prayer for the freak-out moments

Lord of heaven, I am freaking out about everything I need to get done today. Slow my heart rate. Give me peace in my anxiety. Nourish my soul. Strengthen my faith in your plan for me. Calm my mind and focus my thoughts of you. You are Lord of my world and all eternity. You amaze me. Why do I let my list of responsibilities and expectations rob me of the peace you long to bring? My obsession over the demands of this life is idolatry. It is self-focused. It is worship of an altered life, one that centers on the earthly realm instead of on your kingdom. Center me. I was not created for my to-do list. Amen.

A Prayer for Knowledge and Faith

A God who is omniscient is the reason I pray. You create and impart all knowledge, even those who choose to believe You don't exist. I am awed by Your patience and Your grace in allowing each of us to search, resist, or find You as we will. You don't push. You don't cajole. You don't condemn. You just love. You must know that Your love is irresistible to me. Your love persuades me to see You and experience You for who You are, somehow a deity who knows everything about me and yet is not repulsed by me. You aren't afraid that more knowledge of life and science will turn me away from You. Indeed, more knowledge ought to produce more faith. An omniscient God knows that knowledge and faith are congruent and complimentary. You invented science--You designed its intricacies. I'm sure much of science is yet to be discovered. And yet my ignorance doesn't anger You. You smile and wait, like a patient father, for this over-confident human to grasp even a tou