Feb 16 2009

A Prayer for Presidents’ Day

(Dear God)

Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet if God wills that it continues… until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid another drawn with the sword… so still it must be said that the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and for his orphans, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and a lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.


– taken from Abraham Lincoln’s address on the occasion of his second inauguration, March 4, 1865. “Dear God” and “Amen” have been added to make the above excerpt into prayer form.

Feb 12 2009

A Prayer for Today

You are God and there is no other, as it is written You “…look to the ends of the earth, and see everything under the heavens,” (Job 28:24) nothing escapes Your notice dear Lord. You “…sit enthroned above the circle of the earth”, as the prophet Isaiah wrote, and You “…stretched out the heavens like a canopy and spread them out like a tent to live in.” (Isa. 40:22) I praise Your glorious name.

I repent for greed; I repent for ill-gotten gain; I repent for the love of money and agree with Your Word that says the “love of money is the root of all sorts of evil.” (I Tim 6:10) Forgive me Lord for any and every selfish thing I have done in relationship to money; for coveting someone else’s things, for jealousy, for identity rooted in possessions rather than in Your presence and for every single way I have sinned against You. I am sorry Lord and ask for Your forgiveness and healing.

As You forgive and heal me, I also ask that You would do the same for our nation in this area of commerce. I stand in the gap for Your healing light and presence. I thank You God that those who trust in You will never be disappointed. I thank you Lord for hearing my heart cry, for Your forgiveness and for your help in Jesus name. Amen.

Feb 6 2009

A Prayer for Today

Oh Lord, help me to grow up in You. I want to hear Your voice and I want You to use my life to bring others to You! Teach me to take my prayers as seriously as You do and help me to remember that the power of life and death is in my tongue. Lord, as Your disciples asked You, I now ask You, teach me how to pray. 

In addition I ask You, Lord God, to protect all students, staff and parents who will be traveling to and from extra-curricular events today. I ask You to keep them healthy and from injury as they participate in these events.  May they glorify You in all they do. Refresh me, my co-workers and each student over the weekend. Protect the teenagers from themselves and keep them from evil. I pray a hedge of protection around them and give them wisdom in their dealings with other teenagers. In the name of Jesus I pray.  Amen.

Feb 4 2009

A Prayer for Today

I praise You, Lord, that it is not an accident or coincidence that You have me working where I work.  I know that it is You, Lord, who opened these doors and have placed me for this season of my life right where You want me to be.  I praise You that You trust me to be here in this place in service to You. 

I want to never forget that my greatest witness for You, Lord, will always be how I live my life before others each day. I know that people notice.  I know, also, Lord, that the greatest thing I can share with someone is how they can be saved and what Your Son, Jesus, has done in my life.  I welcome the opportunity and the privilege to be Your living testimony to my students, their parents, people that I meet during my daily activities, and to others with whom I work.  I realize, Lord, that nobody is in my life by accident. 

I thank You, Lord, that I have a clear mind and good health, the mental and physical ability to do great things for You, and that I have to take advantage of them. So, today I commit myself to serve You, Lord, in those activities that I will do because of where I work, and to any other activity that I may be called on to do today that will Glorify You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

Feb 3 2009

A Prayer for Today

Gracious God, at times my life seems to be too much, too full, too demanding and too consuming. Everything feels necessary, even important, but weariness creeps across my body and soul like storm clouds gathering in an open sky. As my body is depleted of energy, my mind loses interest in what normally stimulates me. My tired soul sags as if it were a balloon losing its air. Sometimes I feel so spent that even restorative sleep seems to elude me. Help me sort the truly important from what only seems important. Give me courage to say “no” to what drains rather than what feeds me. Help me find brief moments to sit in perfect stillness while You, Lord, massage my soul. And, when I go to my nightly sleeping place, wrap Your peace around me like the softest cloak, so that I may rest in Your loving embrace. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Feb 3 2009

A Prayer for Today

Father, I pray that those who look at my life will see what they can’t live without. I pray that they see You in me for I am Your workmanship. I pray that they see Jesus alive in me and that I am an example of Your love to them. I thank You, Lord, that I am Your advertisement and that people will be drawn to You because of what they see in me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Feb 1 2009

A Prayer for Today

Jesus, I know I sin. I know I’m far from perfect, but Your promise is to be with me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. Scripture tells me that where sin increased, grace abounded all the more. (Romans 5:20)  Please meet me where I am, here and now, and help me to experience Your gracious presence more profoundly than ever before. I desire to live the victorious life You promised me through You, Jesus. I desire to walk in Your victory. I desire to give You my life again today so that I will walk in the “Spirit” and not in my “flesh”, so that it is, You, Jesus who lives in me and not myself.  In Your name I pray. Amen.

Jan 28 2009

A Prayer for Today

Dear Father, I thank You for this day. I know that today was not promised to me, but it is a gift from You. Dear God, You know the pain I have today from what has happened in my life. I am tired of carrying this pain with me day after day. It is robbing me of my joy, of my peace, of knowing the abundance that this life can offer. I trust Your Word today that tells me that I can give this burden to You, that You will take it from me. I trust Your Word today that tells me to cast my cares on You because You care for me. In the name of Jesus, I give You the pain of my past today. In the name of Jesus, I surrender it to You. Take it from me, and fill me right now with Your joy, with Your peace, and let me live from this day forward in FREEDOM FROM MY PAST!  Amen!

Jan 22 2009

A Prayer for Today

As I pray today, “Let me hear what God will speak, For God will speak peace to the people…To those who turn to God in their hearts.” (Psalm 85:8-13) Lord God, I am aware that there is nothing in my life beyond Your seeing eye.  There is no inner conflict, fear, stress, loss, or despair beyond Your heart. There is no moment when Your arms are unwilling to take me in.  God of Compassion, I ask that You would renew, rebuild and redeem every heart that has been broken by abortion.  I ask You to provide one-on-one care to those struggling after involvement in an abortion.  I ask You to heal any pain associated with abortion and I ask that You wrap Your arms of grace around them, until they are safely held in Your embrace.  And, I pray, that you will fill my heart with the same compassion, and give me eyes to see how I can lovingly be a part of their healing. I ask this for the sake of your great love and in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jan 20 2009

Rick Warren’s Inaugural Prayer, January 20

Let us pray.

Almighty God, our Father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you. It all belongs to you. It all exists for your glory.

History is your story. The Scripture tells us, “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is One.” And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.

Now, today, we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time. We celebrate a hingepoint of history with the inauguration of our first African American president of the United States. We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.

Give to our new President, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.

Help us, O God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race, or religion, or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all. When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us. When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us. And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes, even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all. May all people of goodwill today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day all nations and all people will stand accountable before you. We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, ‘Isa, Jesús, Jesus, who taught us to pray:

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”