Monday, January 31, 2005

Jesus, send Your Holy Spirit to comfort me.  (Three Minutes a Day, 28 January)

May I be content with enough instead of grasping for more.  (Food for Thought, 27 Janauary)

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Lord, make my heart a place where angels sing.  (John Keble)

I pray God to keep me from being proud.  (Samuel Pepys)

Lord, let me cast the beam out of my own eye before I complain about the mote in by brother's.

Friday, January 28, 2005

By Thy grace, Lord, may I follow my food plan today.  (Food For Thought, 26 January)

I pray for faith that my future will be good if I live today well, and in peace.  (Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go, 28 January)

Save me from fretfulness and anxiety.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

May I replace my negative feelings with those of love, compassion and gratitude.

Help me to have realistic expectations today.


Tuesday, January 25, 2005

I pray for the steadfastness to read, every day, something that will help me to gain understanding.  (One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, 23 January)

I pray to remember, every day, every hour, and especially in times of crisis, that hostile behavior on my part will only add fuel to a fire.  (One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, 24 January)

Monday, January 24, 2005

Help me let go of my resentments.

O Holy Spirit of God, visit now this soul of mine, and tarry within it until eventide.  (John Baillie)

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Guide me through the dark valleys of my life until I come home to Your kingdom.

Thank You, God, for helping me do this chore.

May I keep a realistic perspective on myself.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Guide us God, that we may teach our children, to honor their heritage and [that] of others.  (Three Minutes a Day, 15 January)

Lord, I am happy to be able to give back.

Let us now sing the praises of ... our ancestors.  (Sirach 44:1)


Friday, January 21, 2005

Take my anxieties, Lord, I pray that They will may be done.  (Food for Thought, 19 January)

Give me, Lord, a new vision of what You want me to become.  (Daily Guideposts, Floyd & Harriett Thatcher, 15 Jan 1988, adapted)

Thursday, January 20, 2005

I pray for the wisdom to take a rational and tolerant attitude toward whatever troubles I must face today.  (One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, 15 January)

Dear God, inspire me to set a good example.  (Good News Day by Day, 18 January)

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Lord, give me the wisdom to recognize the long-term consequences of my actions.  (Good News Day by Day, 16 January)

Thank You, Lord, for this present moment.  (Food for Thought, 17 January)

My Lord, lead me in seeking Your will, in doing the right thing.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 37, 18 Janauary)

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Direct my thoughts, feelings and actions this day.

Lead me to expect the best of others and myself.

Grant us a peaceful day.


Monday, January 17, 2005

Enable me to focus on what I should do and to do that on which I am focused.  (Lloyd John Ogilvie, The Heart of God, p. 93, adapted)

Sunday, January 16, 2005

The entire day, Lord, has been a celebration of gifts.

Lord, remind me of Your presence throughout the day.  (Wisdom for Women, 15 January)

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Dear Jesus Christ, I believe that You came to give me power.  I hereby repudiate my fears.  I am from this minute on a person of courage.  (Norman Vincent Peale, Positive Thinking for Every Day of the Year, 13 January)

God, guide me to make right decisions and give me the fortitude to cling to them against all pressures and persuasions.  (One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, 13 January, adapted)

Friday, January 14, 2005

Charles Spurgeon

Short prayers are long enough. (Morning and Evening, 14 January evening)

Lord, I know about that and I'm working in it!  (Iyanla Vanzant, Acts of Faith, 14 January, adapted)

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Appetite and Hunger

Lord, today I'll remember if I want others "to put up with me," I must be willing to "put up with them."  (Thomas a' Kempis)

I pray for the wisdom to distinguish between appetite and hunger.  (Food for Thought, 19 November)

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Lord, may I quietly do my best.

Grant that with each day that passes I may more and more be delivered from my besetting sins.  (John Baillie, A Diary of Daily Prayer, 9th evening)

Lord, give me the wisdom to not spoil this day.  (Arthur Gordon, Daily Guideposts, 11 Jan 1988, adapted)

Phillips Brooks

Prayer, in its simplist definition is merely a wish turned God-ward.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Lord, give me the wisdom to face failure and move on.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 37, 10 January)

Grant me freedom from grudges and resentments over hurts in the past, and from double standards that require more of others than, of myself.  (Lloyd John Ogilvie, The Heart of God, p. 67)

Monday, January 10, 2005

Lead me on new paths.

Inspire me today to do my work willingly and eagerly, Lord ... (Joni Eareckson Tada, More Precious Than Silver, 30 December)

Lord, may I find, and share, comfort in small things.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol .37, 6 January)


Sunday, January 9, 2005

May I value the gift of life today and every day, Spirit of God.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 37, January 9)

Free my mind, Lord, from the memory of past failures.

Saturday, January 8, 2005

May I be willing to pay the price today.  (Food For Thought, 8 January)

Father, bring Your harmony into my life... (Ruth Stafford Peale, Daily Guideposts, 5 Jan 1988)

Friday, January 7, 2005

Give me strength to be patient with those I meet today.  (Shorter Christian Prayer, p. 89, adapted)

O Lord, let me not live to be useless!  (Bishop John de Stratford)

Thursday, January 6, 2005

God, save me, from myself.  (Food For Thought, 2 January)

Lord, help me stay faithful to my daily quiet time with you.  (Marilyn Morgan Helleberg, Daily Guideposts 1985, 4 January)

Wednesday, January 5, 2005

God, help me trust that the path I am on has been perfectly and lovingly planned for me.  (Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go, 29 December)

Inspire me to persevere, Lord God.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 38, 31 December)

Tuesday, January 4, 2005

I pray that all goes well for you.  I hope that you are as strong in body as I know you are in spirit.  (3 John 1:2)

Dear God, help us to be mindful of the needs of the people with whom we will interact.  (Moravian Daily Texts - 2001, 19 December)

Dear God, thank you for providing my every need.  (Iyanla Vanzant, Acts of Faith, 19 December)

Monday, January 3, 2005

Grant Your blessing upon every member of this household, and upon all our loved ones, wherever they may be at this hour.  (Rev. Charles George Smith, adapted)

Help me meet the challenges that will move me forward and upward.  (Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go, 27 December)

Sunday, January 2, 2005

Thank you God, for each precious moment of my life.  (Three Minutes a Day, Vol. 38, 21 December)

Help me to stop creating crisis and chaos.  (Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go, 27 December)

Saturday, January 1, 2005

Prayer for the New Year

God we thank you for the year just past,
For the good times and bad,
We thank you for your mercy and your grace,
That tempers memories of the sad.

Now grant us wisdom for the coming year,
Obedient minds that listen still,
Trusting hearts that conquer fear,
Steadfast love to do Thy will.
(Fred Bauer - Daily Guideposts, 31 Dec 1994)