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Douglas MacArthur Prayer

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Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be; a son who will know Thee and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge. Lead him to pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

Build me a son whose heart will be clean, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master others, one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep, one who will reach into the future, and yet not forget the past. After all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor so that he will always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of greatness, the open mind of true wisdom and the meekness of true strength. Then I, his father, will dare to Whisper, “I have not lived in vain.”

Hebrews 13

praying hands 3Father, we bow before You in humble adoration; You are the righteous Judge, the infinite giver of both law and grace. You are the faithful One who keeps all promises and incapable of telling a lie. You are a helper to the helpless; our grace provider, our source of peace and our great Shepherd. We praise You for Jesus who suffered humiliation and disgrace in our place. He bore our guilt and shame so that we would not have to. He even ratified the covenant of grace with His own blood and made it legal and possible for us to go to heaven. We do praise You that this world is not our home and we have something to look forward to in heaven. We ask that you grace us to do good to all men and to especially share with those in need. We pray that You will grant us the grace and humility to honor our spiritual leaders, to respect them, to pray for them so that they work might be less difficult not more. We pray for a clear conscience so that we may be able to stand against this barrage of lies that is bombarding us. We ask You to equip us with everything we need to do your will and that You working through the Holy Spirit in us, lead us to do every good thing that pleases You. All glory and praise to our LORD Jesus Christ; in His matchless name we pray. Amen!

Thanksgiving For Christ

Father we thank You that we live on this side of the cross; that the agony of Christ is pass and no more sacrifices are needed. We are very thankful that the blood of Christ grants us the right of access which enables us to worship and pray. What a relief to know that Christ has paid for all our sins in full. We further thank you that Christ made Himself an offering for our sins by laying down His life. We thank you that in Christ one offering made us forever perfect in Your sight. We thank you for the privilege and right to enter Your very presence because of the blood of Jesus. Thank you for this fresh, new, life-giving way that Christ has opened up for us by tearing the curtain—his human body—to let us into Your holy presence. Thank You that we have a great High Priest who rules over Your household, which allows us to be near You to enjoy the bliss and blessedness of Your presence. We thank You that we have something to look forward to and that we no longer have to be tormented with doubt. As a gesture of our gratitude, we commit to being kind and gracious to others. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
 
[Hebrews 10, selected]

Jeremiah’s Prayer

Jeremiah“O Lord God! You have made the heavens and earth by your great power; nothing is too hard for you! You are loving and kind to thousands; you are the great and mighty God, the Lord Almighty. You have all wisdom and do great and mighty miracles; for your eyes are open to all the ways of men, and you reward everyone according to his life and deeds.  You have done incredible things in the land of Egypt—things still remembered to this day. And you have continued to do great miracles in Israel and all around the world. You have made your name very great, as it is today.

Barclay’s Prayer

William BarclayO LORD make me victorious over every circumstance; patient with every person and grant me, I pray Thee, the joy which no circumstance or person can take from me.

[William Barclay was a Scottish author, radio and television presenter, Church of Scotland minister, and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow.]

Honor Begets Honored

child-prayer-pdFather, thank You for accepting us into Your family by virtue of the life, death and resurrection of Christ. We pray that You would make us worthy by gracing us to suffer in behalf of Christ and His glorious kingdom. We pray for Your power to enable us to do all the good things that You have put in our hearts to do by increasing our love for Jesus so that we want to do His will more than our own. Father, You are good and kind. Help us honor Christ by being good and kind to others in our words and deeds. If we bring honor to the LORD Jesus, He will bring honor to us when He returns in glory. Nothing is more important to us than to hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” May the name of Jesus be glorified by the power of His indwelling presence. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

[Based on Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians. II Thess. 1:11-12]

Ronald Knox Psalm 139

prayerAll knowing Father, I lie open to Your scrutiny. You know me as no one else knows me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up. Night or day, near or far; You can read my mind. You know all my thoughts and even before I articulate a word, You know what the word is going to be; such knowledge is more than my little mind can fathom. Father, You are my rear guard and my vanguard and you also have me flanked. Where could I go to escape Your presence, not that I want to. You are greater than Your creation; You are beyond it and You inhabit it–Wherever I go, You are there. Nothing can be hidden from You; You see through the deepest darkness and the most subtle pretense. You fashioned me in the sanctity of my Mother’s womb; You made me some complicated and complex that the brightest minds cannot comprehend my ways. You know me Father and You can help me know myself. Please reveal me to me so that I can be what pleases You and glorifies Your Son Jesus Christ.

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