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Saturday Prayer 52

Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. (Psalm 127:1 NIV)

oh, Father,
keep me from failed efforts
and fruitless labors
in this day and the coming year.
I stop and bring all my hopes
and developing dreams
into Your presence.
may my desires and thoughts
be shaped according to
Your desires and thoughts.
may any plans or action steps
come from the overflow
of my will guided by Yours.
Jesus said, “apart from Me
you can do nothing,”
and so I humbly yield to You.
lead me, guide me, and speak to me.
shape, refine, and correct me.
may I step forward under Your light
or not step forward at all.
I lean into Your strong love.
I submit to Your boundless wisdom.
I love You and worship You.

Amen.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2012 in prayers

 

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Saturday Prayer 51

Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. (Psalm 86:1 NIV)

oh, Father,

you see me,
both what I am and what I am not.
because of Your mercy,
open my life more fully to Your power and presence.
grace me with Your goodness
and widen my heart with Your compassion.
ground me in Your truth
and make me active with Your justice.

thank You, Father, for who You are:
forgiving and good,
abounding in love,
a joy-bringer,
a guardian,
trustworthy,
and One who answers prayer.

all my hope is in You. a

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2012 in prayers

 

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Saturday Prayer 49

When I saw Him, I fell at his feet as though dead. (Revelation 1:1 NIV)

Jesus,

You are complete in Your glory -
there is no other who perfectly displays the Father
there is no other whose very life sings forth the perfect mixture of goodness and greatness

You are overwhelming in Your power -
when the world was made, You were there
as the Word of the Father through whom all things were made
when lives are touched with the redemptive work of God,
You are the Word who brings new life and salvation

You are startling in Your humility -
not considering Your glory the sort of thing to cling to
You stripped down into earthy servanthood,
You considered the Father’s will worth living for
and humanity worth dying for.

I praise You.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in prayers

 

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Saturday Prayer 48

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38 ESV)

Lord,
I am Your servant.
I am Yours completely.
I surrender and give to You all that I am.

I offer myself, like Mary, to You:
May it be unto me as You’ve said;
I will follow Your commands.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2012 in prayers

 

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Saturday Prayer 47

But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. (Psalm 94:22 NIV)

Lord God,
In this world with all sorts of promises
and all sorts of troubles,
I run to You for Your refuge.
There is no other so faithful
and no other so true.
I choose to turn from other ‘hopes’
and other promises of satisfaction
In order to seek my best hope
and satisfaction from You.

Bring rest to my soul
and strength to my body.
You are my God

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in prayers

 

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Saturday Prayer 46

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27, NIV)

Jesus,
You said that Your sheep will hear Your voice,
That You would call them out and call them in

During this day,
Open my ear that I might hear Your voice
Give me discernment to hear what is from You
and what is from another source
May I obey Your still small voice
As I listen to You through all today’s circumstances

In my activities today, may I live in Your presence
In my words today, may I speak Your words of truth
In my thoughts, may my meditations flow from Your mind

In You and by You,
Amen.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2012 in prayers

 

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Saturday Prayer 45

All around me in the natural world, I see reminders of who You are, oh God.
Every season reveals Your person and glory.

In the beauty of deep skies,
in the variegated contrasting colors of falling leaves,
in the slanting shadows of autumn’s sunlight

All these things remind me that You are here
ever and always
You are God unchanging
in Your creativity and power

I praise You.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in prayers

 

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