Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Monday, November 29, 2004
Pray without ceasing. (1 Thess. 5:17)
We miss very much devotional joy, by the neglect of fragmentary prayer. In the intervals which separate periodical seasons of devotion, we need a habit of offering up brief ejaculatory expressions of devout feeling. The morning and the evening sacrifice depend very much upon these interspersed offerings, as these in return are dependent on those. Communion with God in both, is assisted by linking the "set times" together by a chain of heavenward thoughts and aspirations, in the breaks which occur in our labors and amusements. Sunrise and sunset may attract our attention more strongly than the succession of golden rays between them, but who can say that they are more cheering? (Austin Phelps, found in "Daily Meditations for Prayer, 17 May)
Sunday, November 28, 2004
"I will direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up." (Psalm 5:3)
If we merely read our English version, and want an explanation of these two sentences, we find it in the figure of an archer, "I will direct my prayer unto Thee." I will put my prayer upon the bow, I will direct it toward heaven, and then when I have shot my arrow I will look up to see where it has gone.
But the Hebrew has a still fuller meaning than this -- "I will direct my prayer." It is the word that is used for the laying in order of the wood and the pieces of the victim upon the altar, and it is used also for putting of the shewbread upon the table. I will lay it out upon the altar in the morning just as the priest lays out the morning sacrifice. "I will marshall up my prayers," I will put them in order, call up all my powers, and bid them stand in their proper places, that I may pray with all my might and pray acceptably. "And will look up" or as the Hebrew might better be translated, 'I will look out,' I will look out for the answer.
(Charles H. Spurgeon quoted in, "Daily Meditations for Prayer, 17 January)
Saturday, November 27, 2004
O Lord, let me treat others with the same consideration that I expect them to show me. (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 9, 26 November)
Thank you, Lord, for the beauty of creation, the fragrance of flowers, the singing of birds, the warmth of the sun, and the savor of good food. (Larry W. Wilson, Daily Fellowship with God, 26 November)
I pray for each one of those near and dear to me, and ask that You keep them, and defend them from all evil. (God's Minute, 26 November, adapted)
Friday, November 26, 2004
Thursday, November 25, 2004
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Lord, when I seek to become centered, let it be in Thee, not in my "self". (John Baillie, A Diary of Private Prayer, 15th day, adapted by REH)
Let me keep in mind how uncertain is my hold upon my bodily life. (John Baillie, A Diary of Private Prayer, 15th day)
Give me strength to be patient with those4 I meet today.
Monday, November 22, 2004
Lord, help me to make the most of this day. Teach me to live a full life, and to do everything in my power to please you. Bless my life, Father, and make me a blessing in the lives of others. (Wisdom from the Bible, 13 November)
I pray to remember to attend to first things first. (One Day at a Time, 19 November)
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. (Proverbs 27:1)
Sunday, November 21, 2004
Saturday, November 20, 2004
Friday, November 19, 2004
Lord, help me to make the most of this day. Teach me to live a full life, and to do everything in my power to please You. Bless my life, Father, and make me a blessing in the lives of others. (Wisdom from the Bible, 13 November)
Lord Jesus, heal me from the inside out. Get to the heart of the matter in my life, and show me the better way. ... the best way! (Joni Tada, More Precious Than Silver, 18 September)
God, thank you for each moment of quiet and reflection in my life. (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 38, 15 November)
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Thank you, Lord, for the valuable lessons of life that usually result after periods of intense inner struggle. (Larry W. Wilson, Daily Fellowship with God, 27 October)
Lord, hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away.
Lord, forgive me day by day, debts I cannot hope to pay, duties I have left undone, evils I have failed to shun.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
O Lord, You are my all. Guide me through the dark valleys of my life; lead me to Your verdant pasture. (Minute Meditations from the Popes, 11 November)
When physical afflicitions come into my life may they draw me closer to You. (Billy Graham, Day by Day, 1 November)
Thank you, Lord, for the power available to me through prayer. (Larry W. Wilson, Daily Fellowship with God, 12 October)
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
May all remnants of negativity be burned from my heart so that the purity of love can burst forth in joy. (Joan Borysenko, Pocketful of Miracles, 2 November)
Grant unto us the strength we need to overcome temptation, and to be brave and cheerful amid the trials and sorrows of life. (God's Minute, 8 November)
Dear Lord, what would You have me do? What would You have me say? (Iyanla Vanzant, Until Today! 7 November)
Monday, November 15, 2004
Lord, help me to meditate upon my own death. Let me do so not in a morbid fascination or fatalism, but rather in recognition that in death I come home to You. (Minute Meditations from the Popes, 14 November)
Lord, teach me humility and grace. Put my life into perspective, so that I might live as I ought to.
Thank you, Lord, for Your loving kindness to such an undeserving person as myself. (Larry W. Wilson, Daily Fellowship with God, 13 November)
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
My faith is small, but God, You are my strength. (Billy Graham, Day by Day, 10 November)
Lord, make me patient, loving, thoughtful and helpful. (God's Minute, 10 November)
Friday, November 12, 2004
For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.
For the wonder of each hour of the day, and of the night, hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light; Lord of all to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
America the beautiful
May it always stay that way --
But to keep "Old Glory" flying
There's a price that we must pay...
For everything worth having
Demands work and sacrifice,
And freedom is a gift from God
That commands the highest price...
For all our wealth and progress
Are as worthless as can be
Without the faith that made us great
And kept our country free...
Nor can our nation hope to live
Unto itself alone,
For the problems of our neighbors
Must today become our own...
So in these times of crisis
Let us offer no resistance
In giving help to those who need
Our strength and our assistance --
And the stars and stripes forever
Will remain a symbol of
A rich and mighty nation
Built on faith and truth and love.
Helen Steiner Rice
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
May Your peace, O Jesus Christ, dwell within us, be expressed in our daily lives, and bring us closer to one another. (Moravian Daily Texts 2001, 4 November)
May I be satisfied with enough.
Lord help me to keep my wits about me in every situation. Help me to avoid doing things which make me less than You want me to be. (Wisdom from the Bible, 5 November)
We thank You for the day that is before us, with its opportunities, its privileges, its unexpected pleasures, and its disappointments as well. (God's Minute, 7 November)
Tuesday, November 9, 2004
Guideposts, The One Year Bible (TLB)
Iyanla Vanzant (Any book by this author. Her books are written mostly for African American women. There are two of her later books, which I am aware of, which are addressed to African American men. No matter whether you fit the intended audience for the books or not they should work for anyone, that is to say, whenever she says "woman" just substitute "man" and where she mentions "race" just plug in your own ethnicity. It works for me and I think it will work for you.) I particularly like: Until Today!; Faith in the Valley; and Acts of Faith. If you know anyone with relationship problems I recommend, In the Meantime.
Melody Beattie (Most books by this author.) The Language of Letting Go; Codependents' Guide to the Twelve Steps
Norman Vincent Peale (Any book by this author) Positive Thinking for Every Day of the Year
Hazelden Series (Any book in this series of daily devotion/meditation books.) Food For Thought is particular good if you have problems with overeating or obesity.
H. Norman Wright, Quiet Times for Couples; Quiet Times for Parents
The One Year Book of Personal Prayer
The Catholic Church, Shorter Christian Prayer
John Baillie, (A small book with a page of prayer for morning and evening of each day of the month.) A Diary of Private Prayer
Oswald Chambers(A Christian classic), My Utmost for His Highest
William C. Creasy (He is the translator of this version of this Christian Classic. There are other versions. I found his translation to be easy to read and comprehend.) The Imitation of Christ - A Timeless Classic for Contemporary Readers, written by Thomas 'a Kempis.
Monday, November 8, 2004
Sunday, November 7, 2004
I give thanks to God that I am still alive. (Joan Borysenko, Pocketful of Miracles, 31 October)
In all things give me the guidance of the Holy Spirit, so that I may serve and please You, Heavenly Father. (God's Minute, 8 October)
Strengthen my faith! (God's Minute, 11 October)
Be with us this day, O God! (God's Minute, 8 October)
Saturday, November 6, 2004
Friday, November 5, 2004
May I always appreciate Your gift of good health, Lord. (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 38, 4 November)
Give me the strength to resist, patience to endure, and constancy to persevere. (Thomas a' Kempis)
Thursday, November 4, 2004
I delight in knowing, Lord Jesus, that there is nothing in my life that is incapable of being changed through Your redemptive power. (Billy Graham, Day by Day, 4 November)
Lord, I'm really concerned about this problem, but I'm going to give it to You. I will rest in the confidence that You are working even though I don't know the outcome. I give my problem to You, and I anticipate Your peace in my life. (H. Norman Wright, Quiet Times for Couples, 4 November)
I pray that I may be ready to accept Your spiritual gifts. (Food For Thought, 31 October)
Enlighten me, O Holy Spirit, so that I may recognize and overcome my own shortcomings. (Three Minutes a Day, Vol . 9, 31 October)
Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Monday, November 1, 2004
Lord, when I do all that I can make me secure in that knowledge. When I am doing less, help me to see ways to improve and grow. Help me to handle insults with grace, and let me not be troubled by comments which are not true. (Wisdom from the Bible, 1 November)
We come to you, our Father, with thoughts and thanks and praise, for your abundant mercy, and all your love and grace; we praise you for your goodness and for your loving care, for daily showers of blessing, for answers to our prayers. (Moravian Daily Texts 2001, 1 November)