Please, LORD, hear my prayer and give me the understanding and insight that comes from studying Your word. Please give my request Your personal attention, save me by the power of Your word. Let praise cascade off my lips; after all, a part from You I would not know what life is all about. I have every confidence that Your word is true so give me the boldness to share it with others. I am getting homesick for Heaven LORD. I want to see You clearly– a part from the clutter of my sinful flesh and the cares of this world. Invigorate my soul LORD. Revive my spirit with Your Spirit. And should I wonder from the path like a sheep–seek me LORD because I will recognize the sound of your voice. Amen!
O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, “Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.” Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long. Amen!
A. W. Tozer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Father, I want to dwell in Your presence. I want to take refuge under the shadow of Your wings. I do not question the presence of evil in this world. When I look out, I see it and when I look within, I see it. Father, I look to You for protection. You are my protector. You save me from the evil I see and for the subtle traps that I don’t see. I know beyond a doubt that if your protection were lifted but for a moment, evil would consume me. LORD, You and only You have the power to deliver us from evil. I praise You that in Christ we have complete and ultimate victory over all the evil forces of this world. Father I cling to You as a little child clings to his parents. I feel safe in Your presence but I am terrified of being separated. I am not concerned with long life so much as with not wasting the life you have already given. In Jesus name I pray. Amen!
Please listen LORD and answer my prayer! I am poor and helpless. Thank You for being my Savior and Protector. I am Your servant. Your will is my command: teach me to understand Your commands correctly and to obey them promptly, with complete trust. Help me to demonstrated Your great kindness by the way I treat others. Give me a spirit of gladness as I serve You. Help me to be real in all that I do: no pretense, no faking. Thank You LORD for the forgiveness of my sin and for loving me first and in every circumstance. I do worship and honor You as the infinite and omnipotent Creator of all things. Your creation is an awesome witness to your incredible power. You are worthy of praise. Your love is so powerful that it can snatch us from the grave; wow, what a Savior! Save me from my enemies O LORD, especially from my self, my fleshly nature. You are a merciful God and that alone allows me to have a relationship with YOU! Thank You for Your mercy and grace. LORD, Your love is deep, pure, perfect and completely trustworthy. I rejoice in Your love; it is my source of peace. Help me to be loving and kind; especially to the hateful and unkind. In Jesus name I pray. Amen!
“Majesty and Peace”
Praise the LORD who has given His people peace, as He promised He would. He has kept all the generous promises He made through His servant Moses. May the LORD our God be with us as He was with our ancestors; may He never leave us or abandon us; may He make us obedient to him, so that we will always live as He wants us to live, keeping all the laws and commands He gave our ancestors. May the LORD our God remember at all times this prayer and these petitions I have made to him. May He always be merciful to the people of Israel and to their king, according to their daily needs. And so all the nations of the world will know that the LORD alone is God—there is no other. May you, His people, always be faithful to the LORD our God, obeying all His laws and commands as you do today.
Sunrise on Mount Manslu
Father, I want to live life to its fullest. I want to be full of joy so I can brighten the path of others. I want to be kind to others. I want to tell others about Christ and I want to go on Mission Trips. I want to be bold. I want to change the world without the world changing me. I do not want to cause trouble: I want to help those who are in trouble. I want to be significant. I want to remember the good and forget the bad. I want to be an example setter and a difference maker. LORD Jesus, I want to obey your every command. I want to follow in Your steps. I want to give You my best because You gave me Your best. In Jesus name I pray, amen!
Shortly after she wrote a brief essay from which I extraced this simple prayer, Brook Bronkowski, age 14, died in an automobile accident. Brook had spent her time and money giving bibles to kids at school who did not know Jesus. Over 1500 attended her Celebration of Life Service and 200 young people prayed to recieve Christ. More details of her story can be found in Francis Chan’s book CRAZY LOVE [p.47].
Father, praise is fitting for You because You have done so much for us. It is impossible for us to recount all that You have done. We know that You removed the burden of our guilt from our shoulders by allowing Jesus to die in our place and that alone calls for endless praise. Father, we do not want to be faithless; we do not want to tempt You or exhaust your patience. You are the LORD our God and You deserve our respect and our prompt obedience. O LORD God deliver us from our stubborn ways; take away our spirit of disobedience. Deliver us from our rebellious selves. Please Father, do not give us over to the counsels of our own heart for we acknowledge that You way is infinitely better and our way is ultimately bitter. We know this to be true from our own experience. Deliver us from our selves and give us obedient hearts. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Father, I stand before You on the solid foundation of the grace of Christ Your beloved. Had it not been for Your grace, I would have been destroyed long ago. Father, I have been guilty of envying the wicked, the rich and powerful. They don’t seem to be plagued with the problems that we common folks endure. They are like fat cats licking their chops after a delicious meal. They have everything that money can buy. They wear pride like it was a necklace and they don’t seem to care who they crush. Their wealth and influence has even charmed fellow believers who listen to their every word and follow their advice. These people do not believe in accountability; they do not see the day of reckoning coming. On the other hand LORD, I have more needs than I do resources. My life is in a mess, I have problems galore and trouble could very well be my middle name. Some times I think about the fact that Your servants seem to struggle just to survive while those who do not give You the time of day seem to thrive. But when I really think about it, I would not exchange places with them. I realize that no matter how well things seem to be going for them, it only takes an instant for everything to change. Their life and legacy can collapse overnight. Who do I have in heaven greater than YOU? Is there anything here on earth that I need more than YOU? My mind and my body are growing old and they are beginning to fail but Jesus will never fail. Jesus is the strength of my life and my inheritance forever. Father, I love the wonderful feeling of being in your shelter protective custody. Thank You for Your constant care. In Jesus name I pray. Amen!