November 1, 2002

Lord, our God,

We come to praise You this morning. You are ALL power and glory. You have always existed! Words cannot describe You. When Moses asked what to call You, You said “I AM WHO I AM.” You are more mighty than we could ever comprehend. We will never be able to see all of You at once. The angels have been praising You night and day forever, for they are still amazed at who You are! The more we come to You, the more amazed we are! Show us Your glory!

Forgive us when we think we are so important. Forgive us when we seek our own way or thirst after power, money and fame. You are who we seek. All creation praises You. The thunder shouts Your name; the flowers turn their whole faces to You, the birds sing of Your glory, the sunset glows with Your gentleness; the sunrise speaks of Your hope…Your Son Jesus draws us back to You!

Lord, we come. We come to You, for You reign above ALL. Let us not be fooled by the lure of this world. You are the One who holds true eternal life. We come to You for You are all we need. As we come to You, we receive so much. You give us an overflowing abundant life. You give us joy, peace and love. In You, we are complete!

November 4, 2002

Father,

You were there when we were first conceived in our mother’s womb. You knew us before we could even think. You have told us that You cherish us- we are the apple of Your eye! You are with us no matter where we go. You know every detail of our lives. You will be with us as we take our very last breath.

Lord, help us to live like it’s our last day. Let us live our lives like it really matters. Let us treat those around us like it could be the last time we see them on this earth. Let us forgive those who’ve hurt us- in case there’s no time to wait. Help us to ask forgiveness from those we have hurt-so there will be no unfinished business when it’s our time to leave. Let us hug our children like it might be the final time- until eternity. Help us show our loved ones how much they mean to us-in case we are gone before they know.

Let us slow down and savor Your fresh air against our face; the puppy rolling over for his warm belly to be rubbed; the comical actions of a squirrel trying to hide a nut.

Father, let us be fully aware of each holy moment. Let us share them all with You. We thank you for this life!

November 5, 2002

Father,

Today is Voting Day. We pray that You help us study and choose wisely as we vote for our leaders. Lord, let us choose leaders who know that ALL true authority comes from You. Let us pick officials who bow down before You in humbleness to receive Your wisdom and guidance as they lead Your people.

Father, we pray that Your will be done on this day across America as officials are elected to office. We thank You that You give us free choice. We use our freedom now, to come before You, asking for Your wisdom in determining our leaders.

Lord, as these people are chosen today, we pray that they not give in to pride and lust for power. Keep them ever mindful that kings, governors, senators and presidents are all only fleeting. You, alone reign forever and ever. Help them to fully realize that You have only allowed such a position for a short time and they have the responsibility to govern wisely and justly.

On this day, we pray for the citizens of our country to really consider and exercise their responsibility to vote as directed by You. Thank You for allowing us to be born and live in a place where we have the freedom to choose our leaders. We pray for those countries where the people live in constant fear of their officials. Help us to never take our freedom for granted.

November 6, 2002

Father,

Today we come to ask You to keep us strong. Please help us be the light of the world that You called us to be. Let us not be afraid to stand out as different in this world. Continue to point out any dark areas in our own lives- so we can be filled with more of You.

Show us how to live in this world, yet separate from it. Transform us to be more like Jesus. Help us to turn away from the temptation to be more like the world.

We thank You for the inadequacy we feel, for it truly does remind us we need You. We know we can do nothing without You. Yet, right in the middle of our weakness, You reassure us that we can do ALL things with Jesus strengthening us. You really can use us, no matter how insignificant we feel, to bring Your Kingdom here on earth!

Father, make us bold, yet gentle, in You! Let everyone around us see less of us and more of You! Shine through us.

November 7, 2002

Holy Father,

On this beautiful Fall day, we stand amazed at Your glory which glows through the rich colors of trees everywhere we go. You have surrounded us with the warmth of Your love. It has so many shades of color. You reveal Yourself continually around us if we only have open eyes to see. Open our eyes, Lord.

Let us see all the sweet blessings You continually shower us with. Keep us from being so focused on the petty things of this world that we miss You all around us. We stand amazed as You reveal more of Your richness through the colors of Autumn. This is only a tiny part of who You are- yet, You know every leaf and cause each one to turn it’s own unique hue. Every tree reflects some form of Your glory!

Your depth is beyond our comprehension, yet we know that You want to share Your glory with us. Thank You for Jesus in our hearts who causes each of us to reflect our own special shade of You. Thank You, Lord, for the delightful gift of the changing colors of Fall foliage!

November 8, 2002

Father,

On such a gorgeous day, it seems You are inviting us to leave everything behind and just take a walk outside with You. What an awesome gift- to be able to walk and talk alone with the Great I AM! You- who rules all that there is -desires an intimate walk with me!

Lord, help us drop everything just to be in Your Holy presence. Let us soak in Your holiness and love. Fill us with Your tender Spirit. Let us come to You, who knows us better than anyone else ever could. Let us spend time with You, who loves us more deeply than humanly possible. Let us walk with You, who understands each sorrow and worry better than our closest friend. Let our spirit mingle with You, who gives wisdom from a heavenly perspective. Let us embrace You and hold the hand of You, who gives us overflowing life in the midst of our journey.

Father, thank You for Your standing invitation to walk alone in Your garden of paradise with You. Let each of us choose to take a walk outside this world with You today.

November 11, 2002

Father,

I am so glad that when there is uncertainty or confusion in our lives, we can come to You. We seek Your wisdom, realizing that Your will alone is perfect. Please give us guidance. Show us the way through this chaos into Your perfect light.

Thank You for the certainty that we should not try to figure things out on our own. We desire Your leadership. You have told us that when we seek You- we will find You. We seek You now.

Help us to be still before You- knowing that You will, indeed, lead us through this trial. We do not want to go anywhere without You. We confidently seek Your will through the Bible and through prayer. We have no doubt that You will reveal the answer to us in Your perfect timing. We wait upon You, Lord.

November 12, 2002

Father,

You alone, know how to comfort us when no one else can. How we thank You for never leaving us alone as orphans in this storm. Lord, today we want to pray for all those who are dreading the holidays which are approaching. Perhaps they have had a loved one die and they cannot bear to think of celebrating without them. Father, we ask that You show them that You are right there with them. Show them that You know their pain and deep sorrow. Give them Your promise of joy and hope ahead.

Father, please reassure them that they will once again be reunited with their loved ones in an ultimate celebration in Your presence. We ask that You give them bonds of love with new people, not to take away from the love they shared with their love one- but to experience the fact that there is no end to how much we can love.

Lord, for those who dread the holidays because of family discourse, we ask that You bring about a sweet healing of relationships. Let there be a newness of love where there has been a lack. Help us all keep our eyes on You for ways we can bring more love to those around us and more opportunities to pray for others.

Take away the dread and fill it with Your hope!

November 13, 2002

Heavenly Father,

Today we come to You in all humbleness, knowing we can do nothing without You. There are some things which are obviously too big for us to try to handle on our own. There appears to be no human answer for the situation we face.

Thank You for leading us to these places. These are the times where there is no where to go- except to You. No one has the answer- except You. There is no way this can be accomplished- except by Your hand alone. This is actually a wonderful place to be. Now we can present it to You. As it begins to resolve- we will know that no one could answer this prayer except You alone.

There is no way for us to take credit for what happens or to declare it a coincidence. Forgive us for the many times we do just that. Let us bring all things to You- not just when there’s no where else to go. Let us see You at work in every situation we give to You- not just the ones we’ve tried every other way.

As we present this problem to You, let us watch with open eyes to see You at work. Let us never forget to thank You for answering our many prayers. The more we bring to You, the more we’ll see answered. You are an amazing God- who delights in delighting us! We love You, Lord!

November 14, 2002

Father,

We come to sit at Your feet- just so we can be in Your presence and soak in Your love. Let us leave the world behind, and all the busy-ness which calls our name and be still before You. You, alone are God Almighty!

You hold everything we need and could ever desire in Your hands and You long to give it to us. Help us to calm our hearts, minds and souls so we can take in all You want to share with us.

You know that Your riches far surpass anything we could ever find in this world. You don’t force it on us. You call us and wait for us to come and sit at Your very throne. When we come to You and spend time with You, all the treasures of Heaven begin to pour into our very souls. How can we ever thank You for loving us so? How can we ever be so stubborn as to turn our backs on You? How can we repay You for the never-ending peace You give when we come to You?

Lord, please help our love to grow. Let us love more like You every day from this day forward!

November 15, 2002

Father,

It is amazing to think that You see way down into our souls to who we really are. You see past the make-up, past the false bravado, past any masks, beyond every fault and weakness. You see the very unique person You created and You said “It is good.”

There’s no doubt we disappoint You with our bad choices, our selfish attitudes, our lack of love, the terrible stubbornness which hangs on to our own silly ways. Yet You know all we can be, when we truly ask Jesus to be absolute Lord of our lives. You know that when He lives in our hearts, we can become holy and pure.

You are so patient and loving with us, yet at the same time You are firm and use Your discipline to correct and shape us to be all You know we can be in You. It is a wonderful life to know we are in Your hands- that You are continually leading us in this life towards Home.

Please keep searching our hearts for all that does not belong there. Bring it to our attention so we can turn away from it and be more of what You see in us!

November 19, 2002

Heavenly Father,

Watching the meteor shower last night, once again Your majesty and endless loving power rained down on us! Your creations are magnificent. It is mind-boggling to consider the way You designed our atmosphere to not only sustain life-giving oxygen for us, but as an unseen blanket of protection, always on guard against whatever is hurled at us.

Whether we are at sleep in bed and don’t even notice; or whether our eyes are so preoccupied with the dazzle of worldly lights- You are always watching over us. There is an absolute security in knowing that nothing gets through Your guard that You are not aware of. You keep so much away from us that we never realize. Thank You for never sleeping. Thank You for reminding us to look up towards Heavenly things.

The more we look at You, the more we see the awesome ways You are constantly working in our lives. We look at the stars and planets and stand amazed at what You have thought into existence. What has been there since the beginning is burned up in a flash to protect Your beloved children. You are far beyond our comprehension, yet right here with us through Your Son Jesus. We love You, Lord. We cannot wait to see the full glory of Heaven from Your side!

November 20, 2002

Father,

You are so patient and loving. You long for us to love and care for others the way You do. Lord, please search every hidden crevice of in our lives and point out what shouldn’t be there. Bring it to our attention so we can get rid of it completely. We want every space to be taken by You. Fill us so completely that Your love overflows to everyone around us.

Father, on this day- we want to lift up those we know who have addictions to drugs and alcohol in their lives. Let us never give up holding them before You in prayer. Let us never underestimate what You can do as we pray them. We choose to bring them before You in prayer when they cannot bring themselves. Father, lead them to the point where they are disgusted of living in the insidious dark prison of substance abuse. Give them a deep desire to want a clean and pure life with You. Give them hope that it truly is possible with You. Help us to hold onto hope for them and continually pray for them. We will not give up this battle.

Thank You, Lord, for those who have already been set free from the hell of substance abuse. We praise You for the seen victories and those to come. Remind us to do our part by praying for those who believe they are trapped with no way out. Thank You that we are FREE in Jesus!! Let us never give up holding Your freedom before others who are being pulled into death itself. Let them come to know the freedom we have.

November 21, 2002

Prayer- dirty laundry

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this massive mountain of dirty laundry! Remind me that it won’t be long before all the kids have left home. Let me do this for my family out of sweet love for them. As soon as I begin to grumble and feel sorry for myself, bring to my remembrance my dearest friend whose child died. She has less laundry to do.

Father, let me praise You for each beloved person You have placed in my family as I sort the colors. Help me to pray for each child as I check their pockets for who-knows what? Let me ask You for Your loving guidance in each life as I search for pairs of matching socks. Lord, please cleanse my heart of all unselfishness just as surely as the dirt is washed away from these smelly gym shorts!

Change my heart, Father. Let me do this out of complete love and devotion to my family and to You. How I thank You for the cherished gift of each person in my family. Lord, I am amazed that You have given me so much in my life. My blessings are as overflowing as this laundry hamper. Let me never grumble or take for granted the chance You have given to me to love so many family members with so many clothes!

Lord, I also pray for my friend who has so little laundry in her life right now. Please give her other blessings that are tailor-made just for her. Thank You for our friendship and the fact that I know she loves me so much- she would come help me with mine in a moments notice!

Father, I also want to thank you so much for washing machines and dryers! I love You, Lord.

November 22, 2002

Holy Father,

You truly are indeed the Master, King, and Creator of love. You must be so pleased when we finally “get it” and really love You and those around us. Help us to “get it” even more!

Thank You for the precious friends You have given us. Thank You for the ones we barely know and those who are closer than a sister or brother. How rich we feel to be forever bound in Your love with such a wide variety of delightful people. You designed us to need one another and we are so grateful.

What a great idea to make us incomplete without You and without others. We were never meant to stand alone, were we Lord? As a dear sister in Christ pointed out- we only bloom when we are attached with all the other petals. We are all held together with Your love.

Father, we lift before You each of our dear friends. Give us open eyes to see the unique beauty You placed in each of them. Please give them Your incredible peace and overflowing joy as they live with You. Lord, please guide them. Help them to stop and look to You for each step. Let Your fragrance and colors shine through them.

Help us love, encourage, inspire and pray for our friends. Take away our stubbornness and self-sufficiency. Let us see our need for them, also.

Father, above all, we thank You for Jesus being our greatest Friend. He’s never too busy. He’s never too wrapped up in his own self. He sees the worst in us yet expects the best from us. He is much more than a friend. Thank You for loving us so much that You sent us Jesus. Help us be more than a friend to You. We love You, Lord!

November 25, 2002

My Heavenly Father,

You are my Lord God Almighty. I come into Your presence with praise and thanksgiving. Since this is the week of Thanksgiving, my heart longs to express deep gratefulness to You. I know just where to start…

Father, above all I love You and thank You for sending Jesus to die for me so that I can live with You. It is beyond my comprehension that You love me so much that You would send Your only Son to die for me. Who am I that You would care so much? I think back and try to compare my old life without You and my new life with You. It is as different as heaven and hell. Before, I was so lost and fearful, always crying out in anguish. The world seemed so unfair and out-of-control.

Once I finally came to the point in my life that I knew I needed You, I asked You to forgive me for trying to live without You. I asked Jesus to come live in my heart and HE DID! How different it is to go through life with the assurance of You- God Almighty, the Creator of all there is- in my life. There is nothing to fear. I will never be alone. You are all I need. You are my joy, my peace, my hope. You give me strength when I have nothing. You give me hope when I see darkness. You give me boldness when I feel meek. You give me love when I feel hurt or alone. You give me compassion for the unlovable. You pick me up when I fall. You hold my hand and reassure me when the way seems unclear. I trust You to lead me all the way through this life to my Home with You.

Lord, how I thank You for my eternal life with You. How I thank you for saving me from a hellish life without You. Thank You, Father for Jesus!! Thank You for living in my heart. Let my whole life be a gift of thanksgiving to You!!!

November 26, 2002

Father,

Continuing in thanksgiving, Lord… I want to thank You for Your amazing faithfulness. You have never left me alone or given up on me. I can look back on my life and see where You have always been with me leading me on towards You.

You were with me before I was ever born. You had Your hand on me when I was frightened as a child. You rescued me from danger. You kept calling my name. You saw all my mistakes and showed me the way out. You showered me with love when I felt all alone. You’ve shown me joy in the births and lives of my children. You were with me through heartache and suffering. You walked with me through the Valley of the shadow of death. You held me as I sobbed in grief. You restored my soul. You are with me all the days of my life.

You are still with me. Nothing shall ever separate us. You have joined me to You through Jesus and Your Holy Spirit. You surround me with peace and love and joy. How I thank You for Your faithfulness. You still call my name and ask me to follow You. I want to be faithful to You all the days of my life unto my very last breath.

November 27, 2002

Father,

There have been good times and hard times, but You have taught me to be content in all situations. You have shown me there are always things to be thankful for. Lord, I choose not to look at my cup as empty or even half-full. Let me truly sit down and count my blessings so my cup will overflow with gratitude to You- no matter what is going on right now.

Lord, I thank You for a warm house to live in, fresh air to breathe, children to care for, food to cook, a husband to share life with, a car that gets me around, friends to care about, family that cares about me, the birds searching for food, the sun warming my soul, a bed to cuddle up in, precious memories from the past, cherished moments today, hope for the future, freedom to worship You, freedom from the hopelessness of life without You, someone to love, a new puppy to snuggle with, an old dog to sit with, grandkids to play with, teens to watch mature, grown kids to marvel at, hard times You’ve got me through, neighbors to pray for, teachers who give their all, pastors who follow You, a president who prays, relatives who are forever, strangers who smile and visit like they’ve known me forever, check-out clerks who remember me, warm dry socks, good books, bright blue skies, the excitement of new life as a friend gives their life to You, knowing You are God and all is well, sweet prayer time with You…

Father, I pray that our lists go on and on. You give us so much. Let us truly concentrate on what we have and remember to thank You for it. The more I thank You- the more I identify with the Jimmy Dean song my brother-in-law sent me today that says…”I’m drinking from my saucer- cause my cup overflowed!”