Today’s Prayer for Missionaries

As I mentioned in yesterday’s “prayer for missions,” our church sent a team of thirty folks early this morning (including my sweet daughter) on mission to Guatemala. I thought I would share a prayer for them, and for missions in general, each day that they’re gone. Today’s prayer is for missionaries…

PS – don’t miss the very short video below featuring John Piper talking about missions…

Almighty God, Father of all mercies: Graciously behold these thy servants now [on mission to Guatemala]. Endue them with thy Holy Spirit, enrich them with thy heavenly grace, and strengthen them for the tasks which lie ahead; that in all their works, begun, contined, and ended in thee, they may glorify thy holy name, and advance thy blessed kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Taken from The Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Family, 1965

Prayer for Our Country

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.

Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that  through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Taken from The Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Home, 1965

Prayers for Father’s Day

I found the following prayers in a book of prayers called, Prayers with Purpose for Men. I thought the following little prayers were worth sharing.

Happy Father’s Day,
Dale

Father, help me steer my children to pursue righteousness. Help me develop their courage, endurance, and good judgment. My desire is to establish in their hearts the right choices so they will follow them despite adversity. Help me encourage them to be gallant in upholding the values that reflect your holiness. Let them understand that you’re beside them so they can overcome their fears when pursuing a noble purpose. Amen.

Father God, how my children perceive me, their earthly father, will influence how they view you, their heavenly Father. I pray I will be the proper example of you in their lives by showing affection, benevolence, and consideration. I know your love is unchangeable and filled with power and wisdom. Bless me as I strive to develop the same unchangeable love for my family. Strengthen my resolve to illustrate your devotion to those in my life. Amen.

Lord, a family friend planted fruit trees, although years would pass before anyone benefited from his action. I realize that it takes a special individual to plan for the next generation. Develop an obligation in me to pass on what I have received and add to it. Let me plant seeds in my children’s hearts. May I nourish them so they grow into honest and upright citizens who reflect their Creator. Amen.

Heavenly Father, I pray my children will understand that they can make a difference through prayer. May they recognize your power and what they can accomplish when they pray in your will. May they pray daily so that they will grow in faith and become the Christian leaders this country needs. I ask you to anoint them with wisdom and give them strength and protection. My desire is that they choose to walk in your ways all their days. Amen.

Lord Renew Our Spirits (A Prayer for Today)

O God our Father, renew our spirits and draw our hearts to thyself, that our work may not be to us a burden but a delight; and give us such love to thee as may sweeten all our obedience. Help us that we may serve thee with the cheerfulness and gladness of children, delighting ourselves in thee and rejoicing in all that is to the honor of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

from The Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Home, 1965

A Prayer for the Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday)

Almighty God, on this day your Son Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem and was proclaimed King by those who spread their garments and palm branches along his way. Let those branches be for us signs of his victory, and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our Lord, and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life. In his name we pray. Amen.

from The United Methodist Book of Worship

Prayer for the Second Sunday of Lent

Thou forgiver of sin, healer of sorrow, vanquisher of death: Draw us unto thyself, who are our salvation and our all-conquering hope. Make us citizens of thy kingdom, men of invincible good will, builders of a world where righteousness shall reign and the law of love shall triumph over hate and strife. Hasten the day when thou shalt take unto thyself thy great power and reign. Increase in us true devotion unto thyself; nourish us with all goodness; and of thy great mercy keep us steadfast; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Taken from The Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Home, 1965

Prayer for First Sunday of Lent

O Lord Jesus Christ, give us in all our life the discipline which will enable us to walk in your footsteps, and which all your true followers should show.

Help us to discipline our passions and desires, that we may never in an unguarded moment do that which we would afterwards regret.

Help us to discipline our appetites, that greed and gluttony and self-indulgence may have no part in our lives.

Help us to discipline our speech, that no false or untrue word, no soiled or impure word, no bitter or angry word may ever pass our lips.

Help us to discipline ourselves in our work, that slackness, idleness, laziness and carelessness may find no place in our lives, that we may not try to find how quickly we can do a thing but how well we can do it, that we may be more concerned with how much we can put into a task than with how much we can get out of it.

Help us to  discipline ourselves in our pleasure, that no pleasure may ever so master us that it takes away the will-power to resist it.

Help us to discipline ourselves in our devotion, that we may faithfully share in the public worship of your people, and that no day may ever pass when in the silence we do not speak and listen to you.

Help us to discipline even our thoughts, that they may never move in any forbidden pathways or linger on any forbidden thing, so that we too may be pure in heart and so see you.

This we ask for your love’s sake. Amen.

Taken from A Barclay Prayer Book