Thursday, September 30, 2004

I pray for the tolerance and wisdom to avoid reacting to what other people say and do.  (One Day At a Time in Al-Anon, 15 Sep)

I'll stay in the right, relaxed and hopeful frame of mind.  (Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 38, 27 July)

Lord, I do know what to do.  Help me do it!

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Thanks to You, O God, for all the blessings I have so readily accepted.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 9, 25 Sep)

Thank You, Lord, for helping me focus on blessings instead of troubles.  (Larry W. Wilson, Daily Fellowship with God, 25 Sep)

I ask that you remove my character defects according to Your will.  (Food for Thought, 26 Sep)


Thursday, September 23, 2004

Help me to see my priorities clearly today so that I may achieve balance in my life.  Guide me in the practice of these principles.  (This New Day, 19 Dec)

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Today God, help me let go of my need to control outcomes by influencing the belief's of others.  (Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go, 19 July)

O Lord, give me the courage to choose the good and to resist temptation.  May my conduct never be a source of temptation to others.  (Minute Meditations from the Popes, 22 Sep)

Thank You, Lord, for the power to control my thoughts and make decisions.  (Larry W. Wilson, Daily Fellowship with God, 21 Sep)

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

O Lord, teach me how to pray.  Enable me to lift up to You the ordinary events of my day, so that what I say and do may be filled with Your love.  (Minute Meditations from the Popes, 20 Sep)

I commit myself today, O Lord, to kaing this a better world, a place where all prejudice and all hatred disappear and Your love reigns.  (Minute Meditations from the Popes, 19 Sep)


Monday, September 20, 2004

Today I am devoted to acknowledging my responsibility for every aspect of my life!  (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today!, 28 June)

Loving God, help me focus on my true priorities.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 38, 27 July)

Lord, help me to avoid unnecessary crisis and trauma in my life.  (Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go, 18 Sep, adapted)

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Show me God, what it is I am learning.  Guide my growth and me.  (Melody Beattie, Codependent's Guide to the Twelve Steps, p. 169)

Help me to be all I ought to be as a parent, teaching by example as well as precept.

Deliver me from the power of  Satan and wicked people.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

O Lord, teach me to be honest with myself.  Help me to recognize my strengths as well as my weaknesses, and to allow You to transform both of these in Your love.  (Minute Meditations from the Popes, 17 Sep)

Give me a heart to pray and praise You during all of my waking hours.  (Moravian Daily Texts 2001, 18 Sep)

Guide me, O Holy Spirit, to lighten the burdens of others as far as I can reach.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 9, 16 Sep)

Friday, September 17, 2004

With every breath, with every heartbeat, I give You thanks, Father, for Your gift of life and for Your love.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 38, 11 Sep)

I pray for the wisdom to not involve myself with the personal lives and beliefs of others.  (One Day At a Time in Al-Anon, 14 Sep)

Inspire me, O Holy Spirit, to improve my own character.

Deepen my spiritual roots, O Holy Spirit.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

O Lord, ease the pain of those who have lost loved ones to substance abuse, cults or violence.  Console those whose children are rebelling and ungrateful.  (Minute Meditations from the Popes, 15 September, adapted)

Give me courage to change my mind, when that is needed.  (John Baillie, A Diary of Private Prayer, 14th night)

Be with me Lord, so that I may know Your healing, saving presence this day.  (Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 38, 13 September)

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Iyanla Vanzant, Faith in the Valley, p. 186

Dear God,
Please remind me that my days are numbered.  Teach me that my time here in this life is precious so that I will not waste it.  Help me to recognize how precious every moment is so that I spend it doing those things that will bring me closer to You.  In the time I have left, please teach me how to serve You, Dear God.  Teach me how to give joyously, share willingly, and love totally.  Remind me that I cannot serve in greed, doubt, fear, or anger.  Fill my soul with Your light, so that Your bountiful blessings will shine through my soul into the world.  Each day that I awake, I pray that You will be present in my thoughts, my words, and all of my deeds.  I ask that every moment that I have left in this life be a channel through which some measure of Your love and light may reach those with whom I come in contact.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

John Oxenham

Through every minute of this day,
Be with me, Lord!
Through every day of all this week,
Be with me, Lord!
Through every week of all this year,
Be with me, Lord

So shall the days and weeks and years
Be threaded on a golden cord,
And all draw on with sweet accord
Unto Thy fullness, Lord;
That so, when time is past,
By grace I may at last
Be with Thee, Lord!

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Dear Father, make me the human channel, so far as in me lies, through which Thy divine love and pity may reach the hearts and lives of a few of those who are nearest to me.  (John Baillie, A Diary of Daily Prayer, 10th night)

Even when I am afraid, I keep on trusting You.  (Psalm 56)

God, make me grateful for all the good things I have been taking for granted.  (One Day At a Time in Al-Anon, 9 Sep)

Thursday, September 9, 2004

Thank You for keeping me straight yesterday.  Please help me stay straight today.
For the next twenty-four hours, I pray for knowledge of Your will for me only, and the power to carry that through.
Please free my thinking of self-will, self-seeking, dishonesty, and wrong motives.
Send me the right thought, word, or action.  Show me what my next step should be.
In times of doubt and indecision, please send Your inspiration and guidance.
I ask that You might help me work through all my problems, to Your glory and honor.
I trust that You will do for me what I cannot do for myself.
(Based on a section of the "Big Book of Alcoholics Annonymous," found in "The Language of Letting Go," by Melody Beattie, 1 May)

Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Show me where I am falling short, Lord, and lead me to higher ground.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 38, 7 Sep)

Guide my steps.

God of all, inspire us to weather life's storms with grace.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 38, 5 Sep)

Grant that, as the days go by, Your spirit may more and more rule in my heart.  (John Baillie, A Diary of Private Prayer, 4th Night)

Help me let go of feeling excessively responsible for those around me.

Tuesday, September 7, 2004

Son of God, who did marvellous things of old, be favorable in our day also.

Dear Lord, I pray for the faith and courage to think postiviely in all situations.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 38, 7 June)

Guide me in these challenging times.

Clear me from apparent and hidden faults.  (Psalm 19:12, adapted)

O Lord, forgive my slowness to see the goodness in others and to see the evil in myself.  (John Baillie, A Diary of Private Prayer, 2nd day)



Friday, September 3, 2004

Lord, whatever burdens come my way I ask for the strength and grace to live my days as well and bravely as I am able.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 38, 15 June, adapted)

O Lord, forgive my hardness of heart towards my neighbors' faults and my readiness to make allowance for my own. (John Baillie, A Diary of Private Prayer, 2nd day)

Thank You for teaching us that work is a blessing.  (Day by Day, Billy Graham, 3 Sep)

Father, send us Your healing love and grant us Your peace.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 38, 13 June)

Thursday, September 2, 2004

Many words do not a good prayer make; what counts is the heatfelt desire to commune with God, and the faith to back it up.  (Anonymous)

Thanks to You, O Father, for the precious gift of free will.  May I always use it wisely.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 9, 1 Sep)

Show me the way in which I should walk. (Psalm 142:8)

Thank you, Lord, for enabling me to accept things I cannot change.

Wednesday, September 1, 2004

George Macdonald

Like others, I have prayed for healings, for miracles, for guidance, and for assistance.  Frankly, there were times I was sure God would answer me because I had mustered strong feelings of faith.  But many of those times nothing happened -- or if it did, it was entirely unlike what I had anticipated.... The fact is that my prayer life cannot be directly tied to the results I expect or demand.  I have had many opportunities by now to see that the things I want God to do in response to my prayers can be unhealthy for me.  I have begun to see that worship and intercession are far more the business of aligning myself with God's purposes than asking Him to align with mine.