Your love is unfathomable. How can You love us so deeply and completely? You love us when we hurt. You love us when we are stubborn and rebellious. You love us when we are proud and self-righteous. Even when You see all the sin and weakness in our hearts, you still love us.
You love those who have mental disabilities and those who think they can do anything. You love those with physical handicaps and those who push their bodies to the limit. You love those who have self-confidence and those who hate who they are. You love the newborn baby and the old man who wets himself. You love the fireman who gives his life for another as well as the murderer who plots to kill.
How can You love us so? You loved Hitler, each of the terrorists who killed so many and Osama Ben Laden enough to send Your beloved Son to die for them. You loved me enough to have Jesus die in my place so I could choose to accept Your love. So I might know what real love is.
Father, thank You for such a gift! Help us to comprehend Jesus’ death for us. Thank You for the eternal life that we have even now as we give our lives to You. Father, forgive us for taking so long to ask You into our lives. Help us never forget or take for granted the high price You paid for our freedom. Let us never grow tired of spending time with the greatest love of our life. Let us love You because You first loved us!
Lord, we pray for those who have not accepted Your gift of Jesus in their hearts. Lord, we remember what it’s like to try to live without You. We choose You. We choose life. We pray for those who are still groping in the darkness without You.
Father, please soften their hearts. Use us to introduce them to You. Lord, we know You desire for each one to be brought into Your love. Remind us to love those who are still searching. Help us to pray for them. Help us to forgive them when they mock us or hurt us or misunderstand us. Help us to never give up loving them just as You never give up on us. Father, help us to tell them what You have done in our lives. Let them see us filled with Your love. Let them see the peace and joy that You give us. Let them want You for themselves. Let them know life let them know You!
How different things must look to You than they do to us. You have the most high Heavenly perspective. It is awesome to come to You, knowing that You have all the answers and know what is perfect and best for every situation. Lord, forgive us when we only come to You to tell You how to do things in our lives. Instead help us to come, knowing that Your way is best. And for every problem, when we ask the way it is Jesus.
Father, we come now into Your holy presence to seek You and Your will for our lives. You have promised that when we seek You and put You first in our lives, everything else will fall into place. We come to You now, for You are the way. You are the truth. You are our life.
You long to give us so much, but we are busy worrying, running here and there and trying to fit in all this world has to offer. Lord, help us just be still with You right now. Quiet our minds and hearts so we can hear Your still small voice.
Father, help us be still and know that You are God. Help us to trust You with all our worries and concerns. Father, we give everything to You right now. We know that You are at work and will accomplish Your will as we quit trying to do it all on our own. We surrender to You.
Thank You for the sweet peace that comes, as we trust You.
Good afternoon! We praise You for always being available to us no matter what time of the day or night. You are always waiting always hoping we’ll come into Your presence and spend some time with You. Lord, it is unimaginable that You can see so intimately into each of hearts. You know and love each of us more than we’ll ever know. Your deepest desire is for us to love you back. Father, keep us coming into Your Holy presence. We will naturally grow in our love for You as we spend more and more time with You.
Lord, today we ask that You help us be the mates you want us to be. Father, help us to love, honor and cherish the one that You put in our lives. We thank you for the blessing of the special relationship between husband and wife. Let us not ever take it for granted. Father, help us to speak to them and about them in a way that shows honor to them and honor to You. Father, help us think of all their best qualities instead of their faults. Let us be ever thankful for this person You have given us to love. Lord, this evening help us to truly enjoy their company and let them know that we truly love them. Help us to continually hold our spouse up in prayer before You. We thank you for them and pray that You show us how we can help them to be all that You see in them. Lord, help us be patient with their weaknesses just as we hope You will help them with ours.
Lord, please help our marriages to become stronger as we begin to center our hearts and homes on You. We love You and we thank you for the sweet gift of marriage so we don’t have to be lonely or face this world alone.
You are so faithful. You are always here, always loving us, always seeing something better for us. Father, You are here in the sweet coolness of this fresh morning. You have been with us all night long and all weekend long. You see the innermost parts of our very souls. You see every hidden crevice where secret thoughts lie. You alone, know our every thought and fear and hope. You have fearfully and wonderfully made useach with a unique personality and combinations of gifts no one else in the world has.
Father, we come to You so we might become all You created us to be. We know You have made us in Your own image. Does that mean we have the ability to love and honor as You do? Lord, we ask that You continue to show us how to love. We want to be able to show You our love. We want to make You smile as You watch usYour children learn to live in love.
Lord, we ask for You to forgive us when we fall short and give in to selfish desires demanding our own way. Please show us those hurtful attitudes You want us to get rid of. Make them very apparent to us. Let us see the dark sin in our own lives so that we might turn to You, seeking the cleansing You have offered us through Jesus. As we discover it and seek Your forgiveness, help us go and sin no more.
Father, as we start this workweek, help us to enjoy the work You have given us to do. Let us offer our work to You as a pleasing gift. Help us to do it well and with a deep desire that others will see You living in us. Work in us and through us today. Let us continually be in prayer through our work. We invite You into our work place right now.
To our most Holy God and Father,
We praise You for the rain. Thank you for the sweet refreshing rain, which quenches the dried up grass. Once again, each blade springs up with new life. Thank you for soaking us with Your living water as we come to You with dry parched souls. We come to You weary, dried up and thirsty. In Your Holy presence, we find cool clean rain, which soothes and refreshes our very souls.
No matter how hot and tired we are from our earthly battle, You are always here ready to give us exactly what we need. You are our spring of life and hope. You are our rock. You are our safe place from the harsh heat of this world. You truly lead us beside still waters and restore our souls. You give us hope. You give us joy!
Father, we ask that You guide us as parents. You gave us an awesome responsibility when You entrusted these young souls to our care. Father, we cannot parent without Your help. Show us when to be firm and when to be patient. Help us to always point to You, as their true guide. Help us never to take this precious job for granted. Father, we lift up parents whose children have died and left them with a heart that longs to nurture and guide. Give them the sweetest comfort that only You can give. Reassure them that we never quit being parents. Sustain them until they can hold their beloved child once again.
Lord, let us take our job as seriously as You have given it. Let each moment from the first cry of their infant years to the stretching of wings of their teen years be treasured to the fullest. We humbly realize there is no way we could ever do this job on our own. Please help us. We know what we do now will impact not only our kids but their children and their children’s children. We thank you for the priceless gift of children and grandchildren. Thank you for the deep love You have given us for each of our kids. Let us see them through Your eyes. Let us raise them and guide them in a way that brings joy to Your heart.
O Lord, our God,
No matter if it’s gloomy or bright, You are with us. You have never left us. You have been with us through every season of our lives. You are with us through the good times and the bad, the pain and the joy. There is nothing we can go through that You do not go through it with us. There is nowhere we can go to get away from You. You were with us when we were still a child. You saw every pain, every fear, every excitement and hope. You have been with us through our teen years and young adult years when we thought we knew it all. You are so faithful to us.
Father, help us to be here for You. Let us come to You no matter what we are going through. Help us share everything in our lives with You the deep hurts and the simple pleasures. How we thank You for this life You have given us. You take every hurt and turn it into good when we love You. Once again, we thank you for our children. What blessings to love those who are created in our image. What joy we feel when they are happy. What pain we feel when they hurt. How proud we are as we watch them grow.
Father, continue to teach us how to be the parents You want us to be. Help us to be there for all seasons for our children. Help them to know they can count on us but even more than us they can count on You. Lord, let them see You so alive in our lives that they will desire more of You for themselves. Show us how to stand beside them cheering them on as they grow through whatever season they’re in right now. Our deepest prayer is for them to come to know You for themselves.
My Lord, my God, my Savior, my King, my Friend,
You are our counselor, our Guide, our Life, our All. Father, we come to You to just be in Your Holy presence. You sit upon Your heavenly throne, hoping and waiting for us to come each day. Father, help us be still and know that You are God. Let us consider the vastness of Your creation. You thought into existence every galaxy that we know of and ones we’ll continue to discover until the end of time.
You are God of the monumental mountain ranges, which stand solid, and majestic for millions of years yet You are also the God of the fluttering Monarch butterfly who only lives one day. It is so difficult to comprehend Your Majesty and power, yet You know and love each of us so intimately and long for us to spend time with You.
Father, we love You. Help us love You more. Remind us to come into Your presence and desire to get to know You as You know us. You have so much You desire to give us if we will only come to You. What You have to offer far outweighs anything else in this world. The peace and joy and wisdom we find in Your presence are more precious than all the money in this world. Lord, we need You. You are our true life.
Father, we continue to pray for our children. You have given us cherished gifts in each child. You know what it is to love Your own child. You know how You long to protect and hold them close to You and keep them free from pain. Yet You sent Your Son to suffer and die in our place so we might know how much You love us. Father, help us to more fully understand the deep love You have given us through the gift of Your Son, Jesus.
Father, let us share in Your love by giving You our lives. Take our lives and mold them. Help us be all You created us to be. Father, we also ask You to help us mold and shape our children to be all You created them to be.
Thank you for this life. Thank you for our children, for this beautiful Fall day. Thank you for saving us from a life wrapped up in sin, selfishness and obsession for things of this world. Thank you for giving us Your Son so we could live our lives eternally with You. Let us begin living our lives in Your Holy presence!
O Lord, our God,
Thank you for the quiet stillness of Your voice. Let us tune out this world and tune You in. There is so much noise clanging around us, yet all we have to do is turn to You and You are there. You are peace and calm. You alone, soothe our souls. You alone calm our fears and restore our spirits. The world clamors for our attention, demanding that we worry about this and that. You call us to lay all worries at Your feet. The world convinces us we need all the latest clothes, gadgets and material things. You reassure us You are all we need. The world tells us to demand our rights. You ask us to give up our rights.
Lord, Your ways are so high above the world’s ways. We stand amazed at Your truth. As we come to You and truly begin to follow Your Son, we can never turn back to the world’s ways. You alone offer us truth and peace and joy and love. The world can only offer cheap imitations.
Father, we ask that You help us keep our focus on You at all times. Bring it immediately to our attention when we are slipping back into our old ways. We long to live in Your light. Keep us under Your heavenly wings. Help us to persevere all the way through this life. Let us be found living for You with all our hearts when it’s time for our last breath here on earth. Father, we want You to be able to say, “Well done, faithful servant” when we stand before You in all Your glory. We love You, Lord, and we long to live with You even now. This day is Yours!!
Lord God Almighty,
You are here when no one else is around. You stay with us when everyone else walks away. We can always count on You. You understand when no one else seems to. It is such a joy to be able to turn to You and come into Your presence. You are our Rock. When we stand on You, the world cannot shake us. There is absolutely nothing we cannot face with You. There is nothing to fear when we have the Creator God of all there is as our best friend, our guide, and our safe place to run to.
Father, how we thank you for preparing a way that we can come straight to You because of Jesus. Jesus, how we praise You for being willing to die for us in spite of our unworthiness so we could come straight to the throne room of God. Jesus, how precious is Your love and our Father’s love to go to such lengths to draw us back to You.
Lord, we humbly come before You, asking that You help us love You in return. Please accept our meager love, which pales in contrast to Yours. Father, fill us with Your love so we might know how to go forth full of Your Holy Spirit. Show us how to shine out for You in this world, which is held captive by darkness. Thank you for our own freedom from the chains of this world. Let us fly free with You. Let us live our lives in a way that brings joy to Your heart. Show us how to bring Your Kingdom here on earth as it is in Heaven.
Father, on this day let us love those around us without reservation. Reveal to us immediately when something other than love creeps into our hearts. Help us to instantly turn away from it and back to Your love. Let us hope for the best for our co-workers and neighbors. Let us have Your eyes to see those who normally irritate us. Show us how to love them the way You do.
I am so grateful that You are so patient with us. Even once we have given You our lives, we fall short of where we hoped to be. We want so badly to do the right thing, yet there are times when we fall down. Father, how kind and loving You are to patiently pick us back up and set us once again on solid ground. You know that we need You. You know there is no way to be good and holy on our own.
Thank You for Jesus in our lives. Thank You for his willingness to take the fall for our mistakes. Father, thank you for hoping for the best for us. You see all we can be. You see all You created us to be and You continually hope that we will ask for Your help to get there.
Lord, we thank You for forgiving us, just as soon as we turn to You with a regretting heart. You have wiped our mistakes away and give us a brand new start. You encourage us and let us know we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Father, thank you for not leaving us alone in our sins and in this harsh world. You are with us. You will lift us up and show us the way.
Father, please help us to have open eyes focused directly on You so we know the way. It is such a blessing to know that Jesus is the way. All we have to do is live with Him. Thank You that You have mercy on us in our meager attempts to be good. You alone are holy, yet You have prepared a way for us to be Holy through Jesus. What a wonderful plan You made for us. How we praise You for Your love and Your mercy for us.
Lord, help us to have mercy on those around us. Show us how to give them a helping hand up when they fall.
October 22, 2002
We praise You for the freedom You give us in choosing whether or not we love You. You didn’t have to give us free choice, yet You did. I guess it wouldn’t be real love unless it was a choice.
We praise You for loving us even when we are unlovable. You are such pure love that You have to love us. You love beyond our comprehension of what it means. Lord, we continue to ask that You help us to love You and those around us more each day.
Father, we pray for our nation today. You gave people many years ago a vision of a country where everyone has the freedom to worship You without fear of ridicule, imprisonment or punishment. We thank you for the people who fought hard to gain this right. We are humbled at the thought of how many died to give us the choice to openly worship You with all our hearts. There is no greater gift than someone who would lay down his life for us. We thank you for those who were willing to do that.
Lord, please help us to never take this blessing for granted. We deeply and humbly pray for our country on this day. Forgive our country for becoming so wrapped up in wealth and selfishness that we ignore You. Lord, it was not that long ago that many men gave their lives so that we could continue to live in a land that was founded on worshipping You freely. Let us not take this blessed inheritance for granted. It could be taken away in an instant like it is in other countries. Father, we desire to kneel in humble prayer before You, asking that You take notice- that we choose freely on this day to acknowledge our great need for You. We kneel on behalf of our country.
Forgive our selfishness, our obsession with worldly things, our pride in thinking we do not need You.
Father, we pray for a great revival, a turning to You. We pray that hearts be changed so greatly that our country is brought back into Your Holy presence. God, let there be a change of hearts as never before and let it begin with me.
October 23, 2002
You see things so much differently than we do. You see everything from an eternal view. We can only see through the fog of this life. Your way is far wiser than we can imagine. Someday we will stand in Your Holy presence and be completely amazed at the wonders of Your plans. You knew from the beginning as You created this earth. You knew from the beginning as You thought us up and placed us in our mother’s womb. You knew from the beginning that this life is only temporary. We really live for a far greater life with You.
Yet this life is important, too. Father, we pray for all those who face death. Lord, strengthen and give courage to those who live in the area where the sniper’s gun could kill them in an instant as they go about their daily life. Strengthen and give peace to those who have illnesses, which will no doubt end their earthly lives. Strengthen and encourage those who are fighting battles on behalf of their fellow men. Give Your peace to those who are left behind when a loved one is suddenly taken.
Lord, thank you for the promise that this life is not the end. Thank You for the hope that there will come a time when death will have no hold over us. Lord, let us be ready.
Father, no one- except You- knows the hour or the day when it will be our time to leave this life. Let us be ready. No matter when that time comes, and it will surely come, let us be living for You and with You. Help us to live for You so completely, that when death comes- we will be ready and eager to go with You.
Help us have no fear over anything this world brings against us for we know that You are with us giving us everything we need. In You, there is no death- only life. Lord, help us to live this life as if it’s our last day on earth. Let us live eternally everyday with You!
October 24, 2002
Thank you for the reassurance that even though the world seems in chaos and out of control- that You are here with us. There is nothing that goes on that You don’t know about and cannot make good blessings come from. Father, help us to come into Your Holy presence often so we can be reminded of who You are. You created all that there was, is and ever will be. You looked at all You created and said it was good.
You knew there would be evil and darkness, but You know that Your love and goodness always prevails in the end. Father, help us to trust You even when we don’t understand what’s going on. Remind us when we doubt or question that You are God and You know exactly what You are doing.
Thank You for the right to run into Your presence when we get overwhelmed, feel weak, don’t understand, question or fear. You never fail to strengthen us and lift us up in Your love. You are our hope, our strength, our answer. You are everything we could ever need. We love You and are so grateful that You care so deeply about us.
October 25, 2002
There are some days we don’t feel like coming into Your presence. We are busy. There is so much to do. Lord, please forgive us for thinking that our agenda is much more important than Yours.
We come to You today to worship You and honor You, for You alone know what is best for us on this day. Even though we may not feel like coming, we come. Once we are in Your presence we remember this is the most important place to be. How could we possibly know how to spend our day until we come to You to be filled and sent out?
We were made to be in Your presence- to be one with You. Anything in this world or anything we might try to do on our own pales in comparison. You are what makes our life rich and full and complete. More than anything, You long for our company. We don’t always realize it, but we long for Yours, too. We need You.
Lord, let our hearts, minds and spirits stop right where they are and rise up to meet with You. Father, accept this time with You as our love gift to you. May it bring joy to Your heart as Your children just stop and are still in Your company. Fill us on this day that we might go out from our time with You and invite others into Your love!
October 28, 2002
Lord God Almighty,
We stand in amazement as we see You at work. It gives us such joy to watch the ways You are constantly moving and molding the lives of Your children. You are so ALIVE and involved in everything we invite You into. The more we spend time with You in prayer, the more we realize how vital it is to live constantly in Your presence. A whole new life opens up as we ask for Your will to be done in more and more areas.
Thank You for using other people to bless us and thank You for using us to bless others. Lord, we ask that You open our eyes to see You more clearly. How exciting and humbling it is to live with You and see You draw people unto Yourself. What a joy to work with You and to see the way You change lives!! Life is such an adventure with You.
You are most Holy and wise. Help us to be patient, yet persistent in praying for others. As we lift them up to You, You immediately begin working in their lives and in their hearts- just as You do in us! Father, what a sweet blessing to be able to share Your love with those around us. You join us together as one in You.
Let us go forward on this day with our eyes open, expecting to see You at work. Let us see You all around us. Let us know that You are God!
October 30, 2002
You did not leave us alone in the darkness. You are a God of love and mercy. You sent Jesus to bring us Your Light! Life never looks the same again once we live in Your glorious Light. You bring us hope, peace, joy, wisdom and guidance. Jesus lights our way. Fear, agony and hopelessness lose their power when we turn to You. The chains are broken and we can live freely with You.
All around us, the world cries out from fear and anguish of life in the darkness. You have saved us from that life and given us the brightness of Your Son. You did not leave us alone to stumble and hopelessly feel our way. All we have to do is turn to You and You fill us once again with even more of Your glory. Lord, how we love life with You. What a secure feeling to know we are in Your holy hands.
Father, we ask You to fill us so full of the Light of Your Son that we radiate to those around us. Let them see You shining through us! Help us be the light of the world. There are so many around us who still grapple in the fear and despair of the dark. Father, we ask that You use us to reach our hand out to them and pull them to a bright life with You. Let us shine so brightly that we help Your Kingdom come here on earth as it is in Heaven!!
October 31, 2002
My Lord, my God,
You are my secret hiding place. No matter what’s going on in my world, I can run to You and find shelter and safety. There is nothing that is so big that I cannot find peace in Your presence.
With You, I find understanding. You know every fear, every doubt, every sin, every secret dream. You know me better than anyone else possibly could. You know me better than I know myself. You knew me even when I was in my mother’s womb. You were the one who thought of me before I even existed and gave birth to who I am. You see each tear before it even spills out.
Even though You see my every weakness and fault, You still love me. You, Lord, see the best in me and long for me to become all You created me to be by living with You. Thank You for your patience, your understanding, Your guidance, the hope You have for me.
Thank You most of all for being my secret hiding place- where I can come into Your presence for all my needs. In this place- in Your presence- You give me eternal life and then You send me back out into the world. I love You, Lord, for always being here waiting for me.