Sunday, October 31, 2004
Saturday, October 30, 2004
I fully am persuaded and joyfully declare, I'm never left unaided, my Father hears my prayers.
Thank you, Lord, for the assurance that the past is settled and the present and future are in Your hands. (Larry W. Wilson, Daily Fellowship with God, 8 October)
Thank you, Lord, for enabling me to be at peace with myself and with others. (Larry W. Wilson, Daily Fellowship with God, 23 October)
Friday, October 29, 2004
What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our ev'ry weakness, take it to the Lord in prayer!
Thursday, October 28, 2004
The things, good Lord, that we pray for, give us the grace to labour for. (St. Thomas More)
Lord, ... I am discouraged, take away the blindness of my wavering faith. (Billy Graham, Day by Day, 25 October)
God, help me be emotionally present in the relationships I choose to be in. (Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go, 25 June)
O Lord, give me the courage to use tough love when that is what loved ones need. Help me to challenge them when I see they are involved in self-destructive behavior. (Minute Meditations from the Popes, 28 October)
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Help me to see beyond the negatives in my life. Allow me to nuture a positive attitude so that I may be truly and honestly grateful for the good in my life. (This New Day, 21 October)
Help me today to be gentle, considerate and courteous -- not only with others but with myself. Help me to grow into a mature and thoughtful person. I am willing to change. (This New Day, 25 October)
Help me to be more aware of Your presence every day, as I take time to quiet my mind, praying for Your strength and guidance. Help me to feel the spiritual changes within and grant me the peace that comes through prayer and meditation. (This New Day, 30 November)
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Holy Spirit, guide me into all truth when I read Your word this week. (Joni Tada, More Precious Than Silver, 24 October)
Today, I pray for the courage to be who I am, true to myself, in the presence of my [friends] and family. I also pray for the courage to ask for what I need. (Perry Tilleraas, The Color of Light, 23 October)
Monday, October 25, 2004
Help me, O God, to show imagination in coming to grips with problems that I would prefer to avoid. (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 9, October 25)
Lord Jesus, move the hearts of those who lead our country. May Your Spirit guide them. (Minute Meditations from the Popes, 22 October)
God grant me the sense of proportion to judge the difference between an incident and a crisis. (One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, 19 October)
May I not let a day go by, O Father, without thanking You for the ordinary joys I may take for granted. (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 9, 24 October)
Sunday, October 24, 2004
May I be what You intend.
Lord, help me to realize the power of my words. (Minute Meditations from the Popes, 5 October)
Let my word be just and charitable, always building up and not tearing down. (Minute Meditations from the Popes, 5 October)
O Lord,, grant me insight into the choices I make. (Minute Meditations from the Popes, 8 October)
Thursday, October 21, 2004
O God, incline my heart to follow in Jesus' way.
Protect me from every evil way.
Let me keep my body fit and healthy.
Lord, touch my life today in the personal yet powerful way You have touched people through the ages. (Joni Tada, More Precious Than Silver, 21 Oct)
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Let me accept my family and friends as they are, even when they do not understand or approve of my program. Help me to detach with love, always remembering that you are guiding me to become more content with myself and others. (This New Day, 12 Sep, adapted)
If I feel overwhelmed today, remind me that You will carry me through. I am learning that good things take time. Show me how to slow down. (This New Day, 15 Oct)
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Show me new ways to appreciate the gift of family, Lord. (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 38, 12 October)
Teach me to deny my selfish desires and obey Your commandments.
Let me keep in mind how uncertain is my hold upon my bodily life. (John Baillie, A Diary of Private Prayer, 15th day)
Oh God, enable me to discipline my will so that in hours of stress I may honestly seek after those things for which I have prayed in hours of peace. (John Baillie, A Diary of Private Prayer, adapted)
Monday, October 18, 2004
Lord, help me to set a good example for others. (Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 38, 1 Oct)
Help me, God, to be open to feeling whatever I need to feel to be healed and healthy. (Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go, 3 Oct)
Comfort me in time of distress.
Help us, Lord, to understand where we can make change and help us to have the courage to do so. (Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 38, 5 Oct)