June 18, 2015
I turned the prayer by Elisabeth Elliot which I posted the other day into a prayer card that I could print out and paste up by my desk. I hope it’s a blessing to many.
The photo is my own work and I give free permission for others to copy and share it without restriction, although credit to Lent & Beyond (@AnglicanPrayer) would always be appreciated.
June 16, 2015
In memory of Elisabeth Elliot, a wonderful mentor & example who died yesterday, a great prayer that she wrote and shared with many over the years:
Loving Lord and Heavenly Father I offer up today all that I am, all that I have, all that I do, and all that I suffer, to be Yours today and Yours forever. Give me grace, Lord, to do all that I know of Your holy will. Purify my heart, sanctify my thinking, correct my desires. Teach me, in all of today’s work and trouble and joy, to respond with honest praise, simple trust, and instant obedience, that my life may be in truth a living sacrifice, by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ, my Master and my all. Amen.
For more background on this prayer, here’s an archived version of the transcript of one of Elisabeth Elliot’s radio broadcasts where she talks about why she wrote this prayer and what it has meant in her life.
June 15, 2015
This WONDERFUL prayer was posted by Trevin Wax at his blog over the weekend. It really resonates with me. So often I assume I can search and understand the Scriptures in my own strength instead of relying on the Holy Spirit.
May Your Spirit, O Christ,
lead me in the right way,
keeping me safe from all forces of evil and destruction.
And, free from all malice,
may I search diligently in Your Holy Word
to discover with the eyes of my mind Your commandments.
Finally, give me the strength of will
to put those commandments into practice
through all the days of my life.
– Bede, 673-735
January 1, 2015
From our 2004 archives, the following prayer, often called The Methodist Covenant Prayer, makes a good prayer of fresh commitment to the Lord for the New Year.
I am no longer my own, but yours:
Put me to what you will,
Rank me with whom you will;
Put me to suffering;
Let me be employed by you or laid aside by you,
Exalted for you or brought low by you;
Let me be full, let me be empty;
Let me be nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
To your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You are mine, and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen
November 5, 2014
An excerpt of a prayer by Charles Spurgeon acknowledging that we need God’s grace even to ask for grace! I forget that all too often….
We would bless Thee for all the mercies with which Thou dost surround us, for all things which our eyes see that are pleasant, which our ears hear that are agreeable, and for everything that maketh existence to be life. Especially do we own this dependence when we come to deal with spiritual things. O God, we are less than nothing in the spiritual world. We do feel this growingly, and yet even to feel this is beyond our power. Thy grace must give us even to know our need of grace. We are not willing to confess our own sinfulness until Thou dost show it to us. Though it stares us in the face our pride denies it, and our own inability is unperceived by us. We steal Thy power and call it our own till Thou dost compel us to say that we have no strength in ourselves.
Spurgeon, Charles. The Pastor In Prayer (Kindle Locations 59-64). GLH Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Note: the book from which I excerpted this prayer is currently onsale at Amazon for only 99 cents (Kindle edition)
July 28, 2014
Just discovered an interesting book by John Calvin among the latest free offerings for Kindle:
Praying through the Prophets: Jonah, Micah & Nahum [Kindle Edition]
It’s part of a series. (Here are the links for each individual book)
There are short prayers compiled from John Calvin’s commentaries.
Here’s an example of a prayer from Jonah 1:
Grant, Almighty God, that though we are here disquieted in the midst of so many tossings, we may yet learn with tranquil minds to recumb on thy grace and promise, by which thou testifiest that thou wilt be ever near us, and not wait until by a strong hand thou drawest us to thyself, but that we may be, on the contrary, ever attentive to thy providence: may we know that our life not only depends on a thread, but also vanishes like the smoke, unless thou protectest it, so that we may recumb wholly on thy power; and may we also, while in a cheerful and quiet state, so call on thee, that relying on thy protection we may live in safety, and at the same time be careful, lest torpor, which draws away our minds and thoughts from meditating on the divine life, should creep over us, but may we, on the contrary, so earnestly seek thee, morning and evening, and at all times, that we may through life advance towards the mark thou hast set before us, until we at length reach that heavenly kingdom, which Christ thy Son has obtained for us by his own blood. Amen
Wow! I’m very excited to have found this book, and the whole series… What a great resource to help us pray through the Scriptures.
May 13, 2014
Thanks to Trevin Wax for posting this fantastic prayer this week. I needed this reminder of who Jesus is… (And hey, it even counts as an Easter devotional prayer since it reminds us that Jesus is the life of those who are spiritually dead. 🙂 )
Who is like You, Jesus, sweet Jesus?
You are the light of those who are spiritually lost.
You are the life of those who are spiritually dead.
You are the liberation of those who are imprisoned by guilt.
You are the glory of those who hate themselves.
You are the guardian of those who are paralyzed by fear.
You are the guide of those who are bewildered by falsehood.
You are the peace of those who are in turmoil.
You are the prince of those who yearn to be led.
You are the priest of those who seek the truth.
– Johann Freylinghausen, 1670-1739, from Prayers for Today