Saturday, November 29, 2014

Wisdom and Joy in Trials (from James 1:2-6)

Lord Father in heaven, I try to be joyful, even when I am tempted.
I try to remember that when my faith is tried, I'm developing patience.
But many times I get upset, thinking it is a punishment to have to go through trials and temptations.
I am not like Psyche in _Til We Have Faces_. She faced her trials with calm curiosity and industry.
I want to be like that, Lord.  Help me be like that?
Give me wisdom, Lord. You are a God who loves to be asked.  I am asking for wisdom.  I need lots and lots of it. I need action-oriented wisdom and wisdom that knows when not to act.
I believe You will give it to me.  The only doubt I have is regarding my accepting of it.  Lord, please help me to want what You want.  Help my desires to match Yours.  If You say it, I go along.  
What is better than being in the center of Your will?  
What is worse than being outside of it?  
Shout Your will to me; etch it in stone; carve it in my heart, so I cannot ignore it.
Make me strong for you, Lord.  Make me strong and patient and wise for You.
In Jesus's Name,
Amen

Friday, October 17, 2014

From Ephesians 4

Lord Father in Heaven, I pray that you would guide me and all of us to walk worthy of our vocation as your children.
Help us to deal patiently with troubling situations and people, to be restrained in our responses. I pray you would keep us all quiet, gentle and humble.
Let us each walk according to the gifts you have given us, and use them wisely. Help us to edify your children and glorify you with our gifts until we all agree in faith and understand true doctrine and grow more fully into Christ.
Lord, please forgive me for walking in my own vanity, for thinking I can figure everything out.
Open our hearts to your wisdom and help us to accept and act upon it. Save us from the temptations of this world, from perversions and unclean things. Save us from people who would tempt us to those things. Protect our hearts and minds from the things we see every day that would lead us into lust and greed.
I pray Lord that you would renew our minds and give us your new righteous and holy Spirit.
Give us peace and wisdom regarding financial things.
Help us be honest. Help us to be slow to anger and quick to forgive. Help us identify the devil and put him behind us. Show us useful work we can do to help ourselves and others, and give us gumption to do it. Control our tongues, that we only speak words that build up and edify the hearers. Keep from us bitterness, wrath, anger, confusion.
Lord, help us to please you and not to grieve you.
Help us to be like you who love us for your own Son's sake-- kind, tenderhearted, forgiving.
And Lord, please especially guide me today and every day, that I would not place a stumbling-block in front of any of your children.
In Jesus's Name,
Amen

Friday, June 20, 2014

Psalm 127

Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.