“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you.” -3 John 1:2
Harvest of Simplicity
Nothing soothes your soul quite like spending time in a garden. The rhythms of sowing and reaping, watering and weeding, planting and plucking renew your heart as they occupy your hands. With each task, your mind becomes clearer as you let go of your burdens and cares. Hurried, harried moments make way for quiet reflection as you delight in flourishing plants, and you realize that your garden is a...
Making New Places for God
Change is inevitable, Lord. Teach us to accept: If we view each transition as an opportunity to experience Your faithfulness, then we make new places in our lives for spiritual growth. —- Dearest Heavenly Father, I deeply thank You for the gift of communication that brings each and everyone of us closer to our friends and family. As I go to sleep, look upon me and hear my thoughts. I pray...
Unity in Prayer
Praying together brings us together. When we gather in Christian community, God is with us, and suddenly we are not separate individuals but one in Jesus’ name. For me, the most powerful part of our worship service is the prayer time when we begin by sharing joys (causes for thanksgiving to God) and concerns (specific requests for God’s presence and power). The congregation so firmly...
“And this is the boldness we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of Him.” -1 John 5:14-15
For a Friend
People can often sense when someone is in need of prayer - even if that someone is miles away. If the thought of a friend should come into your mind, why not stop to say a little prayer on their behalf? A prayer by Marianne Farningham: I cannot tell why there should come to me A thought of someone miles and miles away, In swift insistence on the memory, Unless a need there be that I should pray....
Do "Great Things" for us
Ever Loving God, I humbly pray You to do “great things” for those people who cannot forgive or asks forgiveness, who are afraid to share or hesitant to give, who cannot give up their vices or mend their wicked ways, who are unwilling to change for the better. Ever Loving God, I humbly pray You to do “great things” for me that I may get rid with those whom I have ill...
Let us tell the world of His love The greatest...
For Everyone in Times of Trouble
Lord, hear my prayer for all who are in trouble this day. Comfort those who are facing the loss of a loved one. After wrenching grief, let their lonely hours be filled with fond memories of days gone by. Also comfort those who are passing their days without work. During this time of financial stress, give them energy to make their employment the job of finding new work. Encourage those who are...
For my Family
Bless my family, Lord. They are gifts from You, evidence of Your unwillingness for me to be alone. Until I see You face to face, the faces of those I love will be to me as Your own.
Between the humble and contrite heart and the majesty of heaven there are no...– Hosea Ballou
I Pray for Her
Dear Loving God, I pray for this person so that she may look for You, search for You and find You. I pray for her that You may touch her, lead her and renew her. I pray that she may work for You serve and live for You. Lord, please let her discover You and give up everything to possess You. Please let her encounter and experience You and risk everything just to embrace You. I pray that she may...
Dearest Heavenly Father, Thank You for my friends who stand beside me in all situations. They are always there when I need them to listen, laugh, and cry. They are so special to my life. May they realize what their friendship means to me. This time, teach me to see with new eyes - especially the burden of care that others harbor within them. Grant me insight to see beyond smiling faces into hearts...
A Forgiving People
Victor Hugo’s classic tale Les Miserables testifies to the power of forgiveness. Early in the story, Jean Valjean is forgiven for stealing silver from a bishop, and he’s given a chance to start a new life. He never forgets it as he grows into an influential businessman. Through the rest of his life he displays a giving, forgiving spirit. It’s a fact: Forgiven people forgive...
A Little Means a Lot
Dearest Heavenly Father, Healing of mind, heart, and soul takes a long time. Bless me with faith to sustain me, step by small step. You do miraculous things with faith as tiny as mustard seeds that, in time, blossom into awesome growth. I hold that picture as I make mustard-seed progress along the road to healing. Today, I’m resting in Your steadfast love and in Your arms. Amen. Love,...
Dearest Jesus, Before I go to sleep, I thank You...
December 1, 2011 — by Julie Ackerman Link →
Rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. —1 Peter 1:13
A Christmas Prayer for the 1st Day of December
O caring Almighty God, Thank You so much for Your gifts of life, forgiveness and love. Thank You for saving us, for giving us Your unfailing trust, for giving and forgetting our past, for giving us another chance. Thank you for giving us a fresh start, a new direction, better opportunities. Thank you for this day. It is the Season of Christmas once again. Happy birthday, Lord Jesus. Amen. Love,...
Biblical Theme of Forgiveness
Because none of us will ever be able to live a perfect life, we need to be understanding and practice forgiveness in our daily lives. Forgiveness is a theme that runs throughout the pages of the Bible. When we confess our sins to Jesus Christ, we are promised that He will forgive (1 John 1:9). Then, in the Lord’s Prayer, we are instructed to forgive others just as Christ forgave us (Matthew...
Binding up a Broken World
You created Your world as a circle of love, God, a wonderfully round globe of beauty. And You create us still today in circle of love: families, friendships, communities. Yet Your circle of love is repeatedly broken because of our love of exclusion. We make separate circles: inner circle and outer circle; circle of power and circle of despair; circle of privilege and circle of deprivation. We need...
Prayer for Generosity
Teach us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deserves. To give and not to count the cost: To fight and not to heed the wounds: To toil and not to seek for rest: To labour and not to ask for any reward Save that of knowing that we do Thy will. -St. Ignatius of Loyola
A New Day
Everything looks much brighter than it did before. My prayer for strength has been answered. My cries for help have been heard. My pleas for mercy flew directly to Your Throne. Now, I’m ready to help my neighbor, Lord. Let me not delay.
Prayer is a participation in willing God’s will. While God’s ultimate will cannot be thwarted, the strategy God uses to reach that Goal may be infinitely variable. The prayers of committed people become part of this cosmic reality God has to work with. God can use them to “tip the balance” and change the shape of distorted reality in our world. -Marjorie J. Thompson Soul...
Let me do it now.. and Faithfully
Oh sweet loving God, We firmly believe that whoever we are and whatever we are, You have empowered us. We have so much to share, to impart and contribute to your people. We have duties to fulfill, responsibilities to perform. We have to work and continue Your mission. We have received Your love and want to give it to others. We are called to be at Your service, and we have a specific role to play....