Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Arrow Prayer ABCs

Almighty Creator of the Universe;

Beloved Father, Mother, God;

Create in me a clean heart this day.

Deliver me from the limitations of the ego.

Exalt Your presense in my mind.

Forgive all that I have held against You, myself and others.

Grant me peace this day.

Hold me steadfastly within the boundaries of Your truth.

Inspire my heart to know You, my ears to hear You and my eyes to recognize You.

Justify me in the presence of all enemies.

Knead my heart with words of kindness.

Let no harm befall me or my loved ones.

May all I do this day glorify You.

Nourish me with Your wisdom.

Open my eyes to know Your truth.

Purge my heart of all things that are offensive to Your law.

Quiet my soul in the midst of confusion

Renew my connection to You.

Save me from my secret fears

Teach me to trust You at all times.

Use all that You have given me to serve You.

Victory for Your cause is my desire.

Walk with me so that my strength will never be diminished.

Xamine my heart continually.

Your love and grace are my good fortune.

Zealously I commit myself to Your will for my life.

Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today!, March 31st


I praise You and give You thanks for all blessings You have bestowed on me.

I put my trust in Thee Lord!

I praise and bless Thy holy name.  John Baillie, 27 day

I know that I can depend on the Holy Spirit within me.  Iyanla Vanzant, Faith in the Valley, p. 92

I can do this!  Iyanla Vanzant, The Value in the Valley, p. 27

I have tried my best to find You - don't let me wander off from Your instructions.  Psalm 119:10

I caste all my concerns on the Lord.

I need Thee every hour.

I await, with faith, the time when I will be with You forever.

I will  praise my God all the days of my life.  Psalm 146

I need a life with meaning.  Guide me, God.

I trust the Lord to be my companion as I face whatever this day has in store.

I will do what You desire.

I am in pain and distress; may Your salvation, O God, protect me.  Psalm 69:29

I want to forgive, Lord, but it's so hard.  Please help me.

I pray for thoughtfulness today.

In You I hope all day long.

Incline my heart according to Your will, O Lord.

I will direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.  Psalm 5:3

I'm listening carefully to all the Lord is saying.

I believe, O God, help my unbelief.

I am determined to obey You, until I die.  Psalm 119:112


Tuesday, March 30, 2004

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 KJV

Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing.  In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 KJV

2 Timothy 4:7-8

I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful...  2 Timothy 4:7-8

Psalm 119:145

I call with all my heart; Lord hear me.  I will keep Your commands.  I call upon You, save me and I will do Your will.  Psalm 119:145

I lift my thoughts in grateful prayer.

I lift up my heart to You, O Lord, and You will hear my morning prayer.

In every need let me come to You with humble trust, saying, "Jesus help me!"  Day by Day with Jesus, 15 June

I know that God, will guide me through it.  Iyanla Vanzant, Faith in the Valley, p. 164

It is good to give thanks to the Lord.  Psalm 92

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

Increase in us, Lord, the faith You have given us.

I put my trust in You, O God.  Psalm 143

I will not be disheartened, O God.

I am willing to do whatever it takes.  Iyanla Vanzant, Acts of Faith, 10 June

In confusion and fear, I turn to You, Lord, for guidance and for hope.  Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 36, 10 June

I accept God's diamond, "Jesus," the Rock of Ages.  Robert Schuller, June 6

I ask that You lift this fog from me.  Give me clarity of mind and spirit.  H. Norman Wright, Quiet Times, June 6

I believe, if I believe, "it's possible."  Robert Schuller

I know all will be well with me in death.  Acts 2:26

I know God hears and answers my prayers.  Robert Schuller, 5 June

I am nothing without Your spirit guiding from within, shine through me, O Lord.

I accept this new day as Your gift.  Rita Snowden

I surrender this very thought to the spirit of God in me.  I trust God to perfect this situation right her and right now.  Thank You, God!  Iyanla Vanzant, The Value in the Valley, p. 260

I will listen closely.  I might hear something I need to learn.  The Promise, June 3

I pray for a loving heart.  Free me from bitterness.

I pray for those who can see no way through their problems.  For whom it is all too much.

I rest in Thee, content to know only Thy love and care in this present hour.  Peter Marshall

I trust You, to bless me!

I bless You for the gift of good health.  I commit myself to taking better care of the temple You have given me.  Joni Tada, May 30

Monday, March 29, 2004

How can I discern my own errors?  Lord, clear me from hidden faults.  Psalm 19:12

Help me always to handle the lives around me with gentle loving hands.  Sue Monk Kidd, Daily Guideposts, 10 May 1989

Help me to resist, procrastination.

Help me to entrust my life to Your care.

Help us to appreciate what we have, O Lord.

Help me to live confident of Your constant presence.

Help me to keep Your commandments.

Help me to be grateful and thoughtful.

Heavenly Father, bring peace and quiet where there is stress and turmoil.

Heal me of my hidden torments and set me free.

Help me, Lord Jesus, to have time today for the things that are truly important.  Daily Guideposts, 10 Feb 1998

Help me to see through the flaws of others as You see through mine.

Help me give generously to others.

Help me to avoid lies.

Hear our humble pray, O God.

Have mercy on me, O God.  Psalm 51

Help me always to act in loving ways.

Help me to be obedient to Your will, Father.




Heavenly Father, guide me this day as I consider new directions in my life.  Madge Harrah, Daily Guideposts, 25 Jun 1998

Help us, Lord, to manage change wisely.

Holy God, rid me of anything that blocks my relationship with You.  The Upper Room Disciplines, 29 Jun 1999

Holy Spirit may I treat my body as Your own dwelling.  Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 36, June 21

Help us to face troubles and to struggle through it.

Help me keep Your commandments, God our Father, hear my prayer and let the radiance of Your love scatter the gloom of my heart.

Help me to strive for progress today.

Holy Spirit bring the light of new belief.  Iyanla Vanzant, Faith in the Valley, p. 165

Holy Spirit, dwell in me, that I may become prayer.  St. Isaac the Syrian

Help us spend this day for Your glory and our neighbors good.

Heavenly Father, as I grow older, permit me to keep my enthusiasm and zest for living and remind me to emphasize the joys of the experiences gained through the years rather than the number of years lived.

Hear my prayer and have mercy on my soul.

Help me to do things, "on purpose," Lord.  Iyanla Vanzant, The Value in the Valley, p. 237

Hear the prayers of Your servant. Ecc. 36

Help me to feel Your presence in my life today.  This New day, 26 May

Help me to follow the Good Shepherd, Father, instead of the herd.  Elizabeth Sherrill, Daily Guideposts, 22 May 1995

Hear me, O Lord, as I confess the wrongs I have done.

Help me to do what is right to do.

Heal me, Lord, and give me strength.

Help me respect myself and others as together we age, Lord.  3 Minutes a Day, Vol. 31, 29 Jan



Sunday, March 28, 2004

Give me a stout heart to bear my own burdens.  Give me a willing heart to bear the burdens of others.  Give me a believing heart to cast all burdens upon Thee.  John Baille, 27th day

God be at my end, and at my departing.

God be in my heart, and in my thinking.

God bless our friends!

God, I know that You are and always will be, capable of making something out of nothing.  Louis Farrakhan, in Iyanla Vanzant, Acts of Faith, 26 March.

Grant me wisdom that I might know my limits.

Guard me from entering into debt that I cannot hope to pay.

Give me patience, Lord, to wait for Your decisions and to trust in Your judgment.  Brigitte Weeks - Daily Guideposts, 9 May 1998

Give me the courage to make the right choices.

God, help me to give generously today, in thanksgiving for all You have given.  Mary Jane Clark, Daily Guideposts, 30 Apr 1998

Give me grace to trust Thee with an undoubting faith.  Charles John Vaughn (1816-1897)

Give me courage and strength Lord, to follow through and finish the job.  Gina Bridgeman, Daily Guideposts, 28 Apr 2001

Give us peace, O Lord, within ourselves and with our neighbors.

Guide me in this life, Lord, and in the life to come.  Rick Hamlin, Daily Guideposts, 28 Feb 2003

God, help me apply the lesson of daily obedience to all areas of my life.  Sharon Foster, Daily Guideposts, 10 Jan 2003

God, help me to be a person of integrity.

God, be in my mouth and in my speaking.

God, you lead!  I'll follow.

God give me strength and courage that I may not be fearful or afraid.

Grant us a peaceful day.

Grant us such health of body as Thou knowest to be needful for us.  John Cosin (1595-1672)

Guide the minds and hearts of those who govern us.

Grant me patience.


God, I pray that You bring order out of the chaos in my life.

Give me strength to mold my heart in Your true likeness.

Give me strength to bear the fatigue of the coming day with all it shall bring.

Give me strength in temptation, endurance in trial, and gratitude in prosperity.

God, today, help me to make responsible decisions in all my daily affairs.  Linda Neukrug, Daily Guideposts, 9 Jun 1999

God, thank You for the blessing of Your word, the antidote to personal pollution.  H. Norman Wright, Quiet Time, 9 June

God, come into my life! Robert Schuller, 8 June [Jesus Christ or Holy Spirit can be used as the first word in the prayer.]

God, grant me the courage to do what needs to be done.  Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 36, 5 June

Grace my tongue with the ability to speak wisely and concisely, never being a bore, and help me to be ever mindful of the things other people might wish to share.  Wisdom from the Bible, 5 June

Give me the courage, the stature to say, "I'm sorry!"  Frank Topping

Guide me to the understanding that I am the solution to all my problems.  Iyanla Vanzant, The Value in the Valley, p. 90

Guide me in my wondering and away from my wandering.  Joni Tada, 31 May

Give us peace.

Give me strength for my stumbling feet.  Helen Steiner Rice

God, teach me to be patient.

God, I seek Your guidance.

Give me grace to understand the meaning of such afflictions and disappointments as I myself am called upon to endure.  John Baillie, day 27

Saturday, March 27, 2004

John 12: 27

Jesus prayed, "Father save me from what lies ahead."

Father God, guide each step of my healing, but may I never feel so "cured" that I stop leaning on You.  Scott Harrison, Daily Guideposts, 5 Feb 1998

Fill me with joy and gladness.

Fill my mouth with only words of kindness and love.

Fill my mouth with words of gratitude.

For health and strength we praise Thy name, O Lord.

Free us from all evil.


Father, I ask that You guide my words.  Guard that I may never speak proudly of the things I have done wrong, but let me repent totally, and be clean.  Wisdom from the Bible, 16 June

Father, help me to be faithful in little things, so that with Your help I might accomplish greater things.  Harold Hostetler, Daily Guideposts, 17 Jun 2003

Free my mind of turmoil.

Father, teach me to listen. Elizabeth Sherrill, Daily Guideposts, 5 Jun 1998

Father, teach us how to respect one another.  Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 35, 31 May

Father God, I'm listening to You now.  Joni Tada, 29 May

Father, You prepare a table before me; my cup runneth over.  Thank You.

Fill my thoughts with satisfaction in You and in whom You have fashioned me to be. Joni Tada, 27 May

Father, by Your mercy, may I turn the habit of criticizing others into a habit of praying for them.  Carol Kuykendall, Daily Guideposts, 24 May 1994

Father, help me to realize that "the best I can do" is good enough, "for the time being." Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 36, May 23

Forgive me when I fail to live up to Your expectations.

Forgive our failures.

For Your Holy Spirit, God, I'm thankful.

Father, help me appreciate others' feelings as well as my own.

Father, help us to make wise choices.

Father, when the time comes, help me to relinquish the stuff in my life graciously and with thanks.  Marion Bond West, Daily Guideposts, 20 may 2002

From the depths of my heart I cry to You; hear me O Lord.

Look kindly upon my weakness and hasten to my aid, for without You I can do nothing.

Father, help me to determine my priorities, to realize that less can be more and more can be less.

Father, let me forgive so completely that prayers of kindness come naturally to my heart.  Pam Kidd, Daily Guideposts, 9 Apr 2003

Father, help me to stop and think, and pray, before I act.

Father, thank You for helping me become conscious of the small blessings You pour into my life each day.  Roberta Rogers, Daily Guideposts, 11 Feb 2003

Father, this stormy journey is awfully dark.  Help me to know that You are really there.

Fill my mind with thoughts of truth, justice, and love.

Father, may I never pray to You without believing that You are listening.  Kenneth Chafin, Daily Guideposts, 17 Apr 1995

Friday, March 26, 2004

Dear God, may I embrace the moments when I can be still and know that Your are God.  Scott Walker, Daily Guideposts, 7 Jun 1995

Dear God, help me to remember what's really important in this life.  Brock Kidd, Daily Guideposts, 3 Jun 1999

Dear Lord, right now I give this worry to You: ___________.  Lee Webber, Daily Guideposts, 31 May 1989

Dear Lord, help me to keep my eyes on the prize.

Direct my life in accordance with Your word.

Dear God, thank you for the blessing of Your forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

Deliver me from all fretfulness.  John Baille, 27th day

Don't let me forget that I can do it, because I believe I can do it.

Dear Lord, help us to stay aware that You are at work in our lives in a powerful and real way.

Direct our lives in accordance with Your word.

Divine Father, inspire us to reach out to those in need.

Dear God, thank you for the friends and family that love us.

Dear Lord, please let all the words I write, or speak, be a source of joyful healing for others.  Marjorie Holmes, Daily Guideposts, 15 Mar 1998

Dear Father, thank you for the many ways in which I may lift my heart and spirit though prayer.  Susan Schefflein, Daily Guideposts, 15 Apr 1998

Do not let us wag our tongues without thinking of what we are to say and how to say it.  Irish Gaelic Prayer

Direct my thoughts, feelings and actions this day.


Psalm 71:9

Do not cast me off in time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.

Psalm 71:9

More Prayers per Entry

I think including several Arrow Prayers on each page might be a better way.

Dear God, give me the courage to live out my commitments.  Scott Walker, Daily Guideposts, 25 Jun 2000

Dear Lord, help lighten my burden by showing me how little I truly need, to serve you.  Bill Irwin, Daily Guideposts, 12 Jun 1995

Do you want me to make some changes in my life? Guide me!  Robert Schuller, 8 June

Dear God, thanks for letting me know when to shut my mouth.  Brian Doyle, Daily Guideposts, 10 Jun 2002

Deliver me from despair and doubt, in the name of Jesus.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Cast out from our hearts the darkness of sin.

Revelations 22

Come Lord Jesus!

John Baillie

Control all my thoughts and feelings.

Psalm 51

Cleanse me from my sin.

Create a clean heart in me.

Psalm 51

John Baillie, Day 30

Creator Spirit, I rejoice in Thy creation.

John Baillie, Day 30


Calm me down, gracious Lord.

Consecrate my life, this day, O Lord.  Make me new, inside and out.  Please be the ruler of my heart, dear Jesus.

Christ, son of the living God, have mercy on us!

Joni Tada, 2 June

Cleanse me today of the sins I confess.

Joni Tada, 2 June

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Wisdom from the Bible, 25 June

Christ Jesus, Let me feel Your presence within me. Guide me, protect me, stay with me, I pray.

Wisdom from the Bible, 25 June

Bless me with serenity in all my plans and pursuits.

Joni Tada

Before a word comes off my tongue, may I first check it out with you, Lord.

Joni Tada, 18 April

Bring us to the light of Your truth.

Psalm 22

Be not far from me, for trouble is near.

Psalm 22

By the grace of God I will do it.

Bless me with the ability to admit my mistakes, God.

Be my strength and courage God.

Bless those who work for us, Lord.

Be with me today and guide me.

Psalm 119:12

Blessed Lord, teach me Your rules.

Psalm 119:12

Psalm 68:19

Blessed be the Lord, who bears our burdens and carries us day by day.

Psalm 68:19

Wisdom from the Bible, 29 May

Be with me through the rest of my days, in good times and in bad, so that I am never alone.

Wisdom from the Bible, 29 May

Bless me this day and protect me from dangers.

Be with us, Lord, throughout this day.

By the might of Thy Spirit lift us, we pray Thee, to Thy presence, where we may be still and know that Thou art God.

Helen Steiner Rice

Psalm 119:149

Because You are so loving and kind, listen to me and make me well again.

Psalm 119:149


A kind word can do so much, Lord.  Help me to know when to say a kind word or offer a compliment.

Wisdom from the Bible, June 6th


Almighty God, help me to find the meaning of my life.

Always You are there to help me, O Lord.

The Purpose of This Journal

Arrow Prayers are short prayers, usually only one line, which can be said anytime, anywhere.

When I got interested in Arrow Prayers I did a search of the Internet looking for some Arrow Prayer examples.  I found definitions of Arrow Prayer but very few examples of actual Arrow Prayers.

I owned a Rolodex file which used 2 1/8" x 4" cards.  In April 2003 I decided to use the Rolodex to create my own file of Arrow Prayers.

Ever since I learned that AOL offers space for keeping a journal I have been thinking about using it to share some of the Arrow Prayers from my collection.

Let's begin.

Little things, on little wings, bear little souls to heaven.  Anon.