A PRAYER for the Week | Archives 4
76. He Said Yes! by Christine Wentzel
Almighty God, we praise you for the fact that you are not bound by the past, present or future—you just are. Your name, Jehovah, is “I AM.” Father, you know how much your immortal children struggle living in time. We yearn for the freedom of living in just you. Lord, remind us of the value in the wait, or the protection in being told no. You give us the privilege of showing your glory during the trying times which makes it so much more remarkable than when we rejoice in the “yes”. People in the dark need to know this, and they have us, eye witnesses, to your mighty works right here in the now! Standing in the Light no matter the circumstance, we remain in thankful to be in your service. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
77. Crazy Abundance by Christine Wentzel
Father of all Provision, forgive me for getting caught up in the I want’s, I gotta have its. Every day I have more than I need to live my life and live a life in service to you. I have more than I need to rest secure that it will continue this way. Even if all should be taken away tomorrow I still have You—the God of Gifts, the God of Care, the God of Love! May your Holy Spirit continue to keep my eyes wide open to your immediate working in my daily life walk of faith. Let me never forget how much I need you and how much I love needing you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
78. First Things First by Lori Malnes
Dear God, You are in me and with me always. How I want to truly converse with You – not just one way conversations, but ongoing two-way dialogues. LORD, please show me who I need to forgive and help me to forgive them. You have forgiven every sin in my life—the ones I know about and those I conveniently forget. Plus You have made me Your own daughter! Wow! Words enough cannot express my thanks! And thank You for prayer and for desiring great conversations with me, Your daughter. Thank You for listening and caring with Your patience and Your love. You are my LORD. Amen.
79. The LORD will Provide by Lori Malnes
Dear Jehovah Jireh - Your name means "the LORD will Provide" - and provide You most certainly do! Thank You for providing so many blessings each and every day! No matter what is going on in my life, You continue to just shower me with blessings! Thank You!! Forgive me when I focus is on the negative and do not see the blessings all around me. Remind me that You have a habit of making beauty from ashes - I only need to trust in You - You are amazing! LORD, give me a grateful heart -one that spills over to others. May I share my gratefulness for all You have done. Fill me with Your life - Thank You!!
80. One Approachable Guy by Lori Malnes
My Immanuel, thank You for putting aside Your divineness and becoming one of us. You are God yet You not only put up with a kooky crazy sinner like me, but You want me to draw near to You. Thank You for not rejecting me - thank You for even having a plan and a purpose for me. What an absolutely wonderful time of year this is - celebrating Your birth - Your entry into our little world! LORD, may many others this Christmas season be introduced to the real You - the approachable You - that they, too, may get to know You! Thank You, Jesus! Thank You!
81. Shocks the Conscience by Christine Wentzel
Dear Father in Heaven, we kneel before you in grief over the way we have softened our consciences on sin. Forgive us for the way we weigh each one from not-so-bad to the very bad. They are all worthy of the sentence of death. We fall on the grace you have given us through the life, death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ. By His wounds we are healed. By His resurrection we have eternal life. Increase the shock to our consciousness over all sin for Your name's sake, for our life's sake and for the sake of those influenced by our actions. In Your Holy Spirit's name we pray, amen.
82. Hope by April Cooper
Lord, as we embark upon this new year, let me be reminded daily of your unfailing love, and let my heart sing of your grace and new mercies every day. I thank you for love, peace, and your will for my life. I pray that you would strengthen me in my walk with you and allow me to be a reflection of your love to others. Help me to trust you daily. And, let me quietly wait on you and help me to share with others the hope that I have in You. In Your name I pray Jesus, Amen.
83. The Lord's Sovereignty by April Cooper
Lord, thank you for being Sovereign and for knowing everything about my life's journey. Thank you for never leaving me or forsaking me. Thank you for holding the whole world in your hands, and thank you because that includes me, as an individual. How magnificent is your name in all the earth. In your name I pray Jesus. Amen.
84. Nine a Day by Karen Maio
Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with your love so that we may love others. Thank you for the salvation won by Jesus. May it ever be the source of our peace and joy. May it lead us to be kind, gentle, and patient with others, and always faithful to you. Help us have greater self-control over our sinful natures. We praise you for the grace you’ve shown us through Jesus, in whose name we pray, amen.
85. Love is a Gift by April Cooper
Lord, thank you for love. Thank you for giving us the ability to give and experience love. Thank you for being Love. And, thank you that according to 1 John 4:7, “everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” Help us to live our daily lives as a reflection of your love towards us. Help us to love others not with words or speech, but with actions and in truth (James 2:14-26). In your name we pray Jesus. Amen.
86. Love of the Father by April Cooper (February ASL Prayer)
Heavenly Father, I love you, Lord, my strength. Thank you for loving me. And, thank you for your love that guides, teaches, and corrects me through your Word (2 Timothy 3:16). Help me to love you with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my strength, and with all my mind (Luke 10:27). In your name I pray Jesus. Amen.
87. Love is Grace by April Cooper
Lord, thank you for loving us so much that yet while we were still sinners you died for us (Romans 5:8). Thank you that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things yet to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38). Thank you for such an amazing love that is far greater than what our minds can even imagine (Ephesians 3:18). In your name we pray Jesus. Amen.
88. Love is Marriage by April Cooper
Lord, as we celebrate Valentine's Day, I thank you for the special love and companionship found within marriage. Thank you for the love of my husband and thank you for the institution of marriage. As Proverbs 31 states, help me to be a virtuous wife with worth far above rubies. Help my husband to safely trust in me and lack nothing of value. Clothe me with strength and dignity. Help me to do him good all the days of my life. Help our love towards each other be a reflection of your love towards us. In your name I pray Jesus. Amen.
89. Spring by April Cooper (March 2017 ASL Prayer)
Lord, how amazing is the change in seasons You provide. (Daniel 2:21 KJV) Thank You that my favorite season, Spring, is here! And, thank You for the sense of renewal Spring brings. As we watch the flowers bloom, feel the winter winds change to a warm breeze, and watch the color green become vivid outdoors, help us to be renewed in our love for You. Help us to also recognize, daily, Your hand in the beauty found in all of creation. Lord, everything You have made is very good. (Genesis 1:31 KJV) In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
90. Mother’s Day prayer by Christine Wentzel
Dear Father in Heaven, this week we lift up every mother in prayer you. For every woman expecting for the first time—grant her and her baby healthy growth, a safe delivery, and courage to face her new role as a mother; for every mother raising her children in Your name—grant her your wisdom to make the right choices for her children to follow the path You paved just for them; for every mother who witnesses her adult children veer from your path—grant them a double measure of your assurance that you still hold their lives in your capable hands and to never believe their prodigal’s return is beyond hope; for every mother struggling on her own—grant her the humility to ask for help in places where you are found and move your people to do whatever they can to help her and her children along, and finally, Creator of all Life, we ask for every woman caught in the web of lies that she need not carry her baby to term we ask that you will intervene on the baby’s behalf and give the future mother a heart of overwhelming compassion and love for the life she is blessed to bring into this world that your Son bled, died and overcame from the devil and our own sinful desires. In his name, Jesus Christ, we pray, amen.
91. Dawning of a new day by April Cooper
Lord, I thank you for today, and for every day of life that you give to me, and my family. Thank you that each day is more than just a day to spend aimlessly. Thank you that every new day is a brand new opportunity to worship you, to praise your name, and to live a life that is purposeful and glorifying to you. Help me to walk steadfast in your will for my life. In your name I pray Jesus. Amen.
92. The Lord's Prayer of a new day by April Cooper
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. ~taught by Jesus in Matthew 6:9-13 KJV
93. Purpose by April Cooper
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving each believer specific gifts to build up your kingdom. Thank you that as your disciples, we are all members of one body, and one spirit, even though we all have different gifts. As it is written in Ephesians, please also give us wisdom and revelation so that we may know you better. And, in knowing you better, help us to learn and understand your specific purpose for us so that we can glorify you. Please help us to be faithful stewards of your grace and use whatever gifts we are given to serve others for you. In these things, let our lights shine brightly so that others may see our good deeds and glorify only you. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
94. Lasting Impressions by April Cooper
Heavenly Father, thank you for your continued grace, love, mercy, and kindness. We are humbled and stand in awe of all that you bless us with day after day, month after month, and year after year. As we walk along this daily journey of life, help us to reflect your light. And, just as you have given to us, help us to openly extend grace, love, mercy and kindness to others. Every day, we interact with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even strangers. Regardless of whom we come into contact with, please help us to make lasting impressions on them… that reflect you. For those that do not know you in their hearts, let them truly see your love and light in us. We ask that you allow our interactions with others to encourage, comfort, assist, enlighten, and bring sincerity and joy. Whether our communication with others is in person, on the phone, or digital… or whether it is for hours, or for a few short minutes, help us to keep our minds focused on the things above as we interact. Your word says “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2 NIV) Let us always greet one another with the love of our Father. And, in doing so, let us be pleasing unto you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
95. Sifting by April Cooper
Lord, thank you for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding found in your Word. Help us to apply daily the biblical principles that you have provided. Help us to measure all that we do, say and experience with your Word so that we will know how to walk upright in all things. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
96. Faith by April Cooper
Lord, thank you for this journey called life. Thank you for the ups, and yes, even the downs because your Word teaches us that all things work together for the good of those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. Thank you Lord for giving each of us as believers saving faith. Thank you that even though we can't always see how things are going to work together for our good, we, by faith, know they will. When we face trials, tribulations, hardships beyond belief and surprising twists and turns in life, thank you Lord for being right there. Thank you that your Word says if we seek you with all of our heart, we will find you! Whether there is smooth sailing and all is well... or whether times are tough, we simply need to rely on you. “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV) Thank you for victory, in advance! “Thank you Lord for being my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2 NIV) In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
97. Life’s Road Map by April Cooper
Father God, thank you for instructions on how to walk through this journey called life. Thank you for your Holy Word that teaches us everything we need to know to handle all that life brings. We even thank you for permission to think about pleasant things when troubles weigh heavily on our mind. Philippians 4:8 teaches “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (KJV) Thank you for being a God of love, and thank you that as Believers in Christ, simply thinking of you Lord, and leaning on your Word brings comfort and joy to our hearts and minds. Thank you Lord for the peace that only you can give. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
98. Rejoice in your work by Carolyn Webb
Heavenly Father, Creator of all, you set the world in motion and created a time for all things. There is a time for work, a time for play and a time for rest. With the writer of Ecclesiastes, I find my days are full of sorrow and my work is a vexation; even at night my heart does not rest. I want to rejoice in my work and to share that joy with others. I want to remember there is a time to work, a time to play, and a time for rest and sleep. Give me the wisdom and discipline to do all things at their proper time. Guard my focus during work so I can accomplish what needs to be done that day. Give me peaceful sleep so I am refreshed. In name of Jesus, who knew when to work and when to rest, I pray. Amen
99. Stuff by Christine Wentzel
Father of all Provision, this week of thankfulness will end in the temptation to spend beyond my limits. Forgive me for falling into in the I-want/gotta-have-it blues that will sneak up on me. Every day I have more than I need to live a life of thanksgiving for my redemption through the blood of your one and only Son. I have more than I need to rest secure that it will continue this way even if every bit of my “stuffing” should be taken way. Holy Spirit, continue to keep my eyes wide open to your immediate provision in my daily faith walk. Let me never forget how much I depend on you and how much I love needing you! In the power of Jesus’ name may it be so.
100. Peace by April Cooper
Lord, I want to thank you for your love. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you for being sovereign with all knowledge about our lives. And, thank you for the roadmap you have given to us in the form of the Holy Scriptures. When we are faced with decisions in life, please show us the way. Please let us slow down and be still enough to hear from your Holy Spirit. Just as Philippians 4:9 teaches, Whatever we have learned or received or heard from you Lord, or seen in you, help us to put it into practice, so that as the God of peace, you will be with us. Whether the decisions we face in life are big, or small, help us to make the right choice based on your Word. And, as Philippians 4:7 says, grant us “the peace of God that passeth all understanding” to guard our hearts and minds in you Jesus. (KJV) Through everything, help us to be pleasing unto you, always. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
101. Senior Prayer by April Cooper
Heavenly Father, thank you for today. Thank you for the many yesterdays we have seen. And thank you for the tomorrows you have appointed for us. As we age with each new day, help us to stand firm in the knowledge that you have protected us each day before and you will continue to protect us in days to come. Thank you for the purpose and plans you still have for us, even as our physical bodies begin to show the signs of youth disappearing. You knew us from our mother's womb and today, you know the number of hairs on our heads, even if gray. Lord, help us to be pleasing unto you all the days of our life. Help us to be thankful for what each new day brings. And, please "Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom." (Psalm 90:12 NIV) In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
102. School Prayer By April Cooper
Heavenly Father, thank you for the blessing of children in our lives. Whether the children are born unto us, foster children, adopted children, nieces nephews, neighbors or students - your Word says that children are a heritage from the Lord. We ask Lord that you bless, guide and protect the children in our lives as they begin another school year. Let them flourish in school and most importantly in their knowledge and love of you. We ask that you also bless the teachers so that they may be truly caring, exhibit patience and offer heartfelt encouragement to every student they teach. Thank you Lord for the special gifts, talents and strengths you have bestowed upon each child. Let your light so shine in them. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
103. Prayer for Labor Day By April Cooper
Heavenly Father, thank you for work! Thank you for creating each of us for a special purpose in Your sovereign plan. Ephesians 2:10 tells us "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (NIV) Help us Lord to be mindful that no matter what we are skilled at doing, no matter our job title or position, and no matter our paycheck amount - whatever we do daily, we should do it heartily, for You Lord, and not unto men. In Jesus' name we humbly pray. Amen.
104. In the Storm by April Cooper
Heavenly Father, thank you for being sovereign. Even in the aftermath of the historic hurricane Florence, we know that you are still in control. You know all that we face, before we face the dawning of each new day. Your Word says "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV) Help us Lord to be encouraging and reflect your love and light to those impacted by the hurricane. And for those of us not impacted directly by that particular storm, help us through the other storms of life that come our way. James 1:2-3 says "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." (NIV) Lord, thank you for your love, protection, mercy, grace, and guidance in times of chaos, and in times of calm. Thank you that all we go through is a part of your sovereign plan. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
105. Christmas Prayer by April Cooper
Heavenly Father, this time of year as we celebrate Jesus' birth, as Christians, help us to celebrate differently than the world does. Help us to remember that Christmas is absolutely not about the gifts... it is about the gifter of life. Help us to remember that Christmas is not a magical time of year... it is a time of year to celebrate the Holy Spirit that lives within us. Help us to remember that Christmas is not about Santa... it is about the birth of a Savior. Before we open any gifts on Christmas morning, help us to take time to appreciate the ultimate gifts of hope, love and salvation. "And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." (1 John 5:11 NIV) Help us to spread that message as Christmas cheer. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
106. New Year Blessings By April Cooper
Heavenly Father, as we look towards the start of a brand new year, we want to first begin by saying “thank you.” Thank you for the many ups, and Lord, even the downs because we know that ALL things last year worked according to your plan.Lord, we ask that you bless our new year according to your will for each of us. Help us to grow in, and exhibit to others, the fruits of the spirit even more than in years past."But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV) In this new year, help others to see your light shining brightly in us. Help us to be a blessing to many. In Jesus' precious name we pray. Amen.
107. Baptism by Christine Wentzel
Dear Lord over all people, in the Gospels we are told the accounts of your son being baptized through his (the WORD made flesh) prayer to you in the water of a river, and how you made him the Righteousness of Life through this divine act of grace for the salvation all of sinful humanity. Lord, we are continually tempted to forget we are dead to sin because of the new life created in us at our own baptism. Forgive us when we become so blind. May your Holy Spirit, whom you sent to live in us, keep us alert by strengthening our faith, and to believe unwaveringly the new life in Christ at work in us this minute. Help us bring this news of freedom from sin by the washing of rebirth to everyone around us by following in our Redeemer’s footsteps from the river to the empty tomb. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
108. Growing in Knowledge by April Cooper
Heavenly Father, thank you for forgiveness. Thank you for second chances. And thank you for the ability to be refreshed. Your word says, "Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV) We thank you Lord that you are with us daily and have given us a clean slate every morning. Help us to be pleasing unto you, bear fruit in every good work, and continue to grow in the knowledge of you every day. Help us to be refreshed and renewed with each sunrise. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
109. Restoration by April Cooper
Heavenly Father, thank you for your love and kindness, and for renewal. Thank you for your Word that teaches and models how to walk as a disciple. And thank you that we can ask for fresh starts when we need our spiritual edge sharpened. Psalm 51:10 says "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." (NIV) Thank you Lord also for restoration. Psalm 51:12 says "Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (NIV) Help us Father to desire daily to be pleasing unto you, to be like you, and to model who you are to others. Help us to joyfully and diligently seek your face so that we are refreshed daily. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.