Prayers

  1. God grant me the determination to know your Word, the courage to confront those who distort it and the wisdom to know the difference. - From page 367 of the New Men’s Devotional Bible by Zondervan.
  2. Have mercy upon me, Lord, in my disobedience. I am trying to learn Your will for my life. Help me to grow in all of Your ways. Amen .  - From Wisdom From the Psalms Daily Thoughts and Meditations reading for October 16, 2015 by Dan R. Dick. 
  3. 1 Timothy 1:17: “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
  4. It is unfortunate that so many people are ignorant of the everlasting life that can follow this one. Through God's promise of glory in eternity, we no longer have anything to fear from death. Whatever befalls us in this lifetime, it is nothing in relation to the eternal home that awaits us. We need to focus on the life to come in times of trial and sorrow. In the face of death we can feel secure that everything will be just fine. 
    Prayer: In times of fear, dread, and sorrow, shine Your light of love upon me, God. Help me to remember that I have life everlasting, and nothing that occurs now can keep me from it. Amen - From the September 16, 2016 devotional reading from Wisdom from the Psalms by Dan R. Dick
  5. John 17:1-5 - “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed." - From the commentary on John 17:1-5 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  6. Lord, please make all my days productive ones, Lord. Show me what my ministry is. Open doors so that I might serve You in new ways. Look kindly on my efforts to glorify You, Lord. Amen  - From Wisdom From the Psalms Daily Thoughts and Meditations reading for July 23, 2015 by Dan R. Dick. 
  7. Psalm  51:10-12 - Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a staeadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (NIV)
  8. Psalm 31:5 - I entrust my spirit into your hand. Jesus suffered not so we wouldn’t have to. He suffered to show us how to suffer. He invites us to come to him to learn how to carry our burdens the way he carried his: “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). Patterson, Ben (2008-09-22). God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms (p. 102). Tyndale House Publishers - A. Kindle Edition. 
  9. Psalm 19:14 - May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
  10. Take my life and use it to Your will, Father. If I can be the instrument that leads someone to You, then don't hesitate to bring me into service. Let me give to others a portion of what You have given to me. Amen.  
  11. Psalm 16:11 - You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
  12. Psalm 36:11Don’t let the proud trample me or the wicked push me around. Using these very words, pray against the liars, impostors, and oppressors of the world. Included in God’s goodness is his hatred of every pretense and force that sets itself against him. - Patterson, Ben (2008-09-22). God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms (p. 110). Tyndale House Publishers - A. Kindle Edition. 
  13. Psalm 61:2 - From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.    Prayer: Pick me up, Lord, and hold me in Your loving arms. Protect me from the pressures of the day, and remove the heaviness from my heart. Inspire me with the knowledge that You and I together can handle anything. Amen. - From the May 13th devotional reading from "Turning Points with God, 365 Daily Devotions" by David Jeremiah.
  14. O Lord, I do not know what Your will is for me this day, but I do know that whatever happens to me, it will be the best possible thing. Your love rules my life, and I trust you completely. Amen. - From Wisdom From the Psalms Daily Thoughts and Meditations reading for June 9, 2016 by Dan R. Dick. 
  15. Lord, if ever sin overcomes me, let it be a burden and not a pleasure. - From commentary on James 4:1 from Crossway Classic Commentary - James by Thomas Manton.
  16. “Lord, you are the only hope of the world, and you are my only hope. I admit my share of responsibility for the world as it is. Forgive my injustice. Destroy my idols. Make me the kind of human being that lives up to the name. You alone are my salvation, and I give my allegiance entirely to you.” - Excerpt from a reading about Isaiah 41:21 - 42:17 from Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 vols.) by R. Kent Hughes et al., Crossway publishers
  17.  Golden Rule: Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them. - Matthew 7:12
    Golden Rule Prayer: Guide me by the law of love, Father. Show me new ways to serve others and to do to them the things I would wish done to myself. Grant me the highest kind of wisdom. Amen.
     - From Wisdom From the Psalms Daily Thoughts and Meditations reading for October 3, 2015 by Dan R. Dick. 
  18. The Inability of the Law to Justify - Vows and pledges of personal improvement offer no hope. Asking others how to strive more earnestly provides no assistance. Only faith supplies the necessary remedy. "A man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ." Trusting in our own best efforts leaves us guilty before God. Trusting in Christ's perfect work on the cross makes us justified before God. "The just shall live by faith. 
    1. Lord, my God, I praise You for Your glorious grace poured out upon me in justification. By Your grace alone You have declared me righteous in Your sight. I was totally guilty before Your holy law. I had no excuses and no hope of rescuing myself. Your law rightly condemned me, and I never could have reversed that verdict by my own performance. I trusted in Your Son, and You pronounced me righteous before You. To You, my Lord, I give all honor, glory, adoration, and thanksgiving, through Christ Jesus, my Savior, Amen." - From the DBD 1/10 message in the MacSword Program.
  19. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him” (Ps. 28:7).
  20. Lord, do Your will in my life. If I live but one more day, help me make it the best day of my life. If I live for years, help me to fill them with peace, joy, contentment, and service. Amen.  - From Wisdom From the Psalms Daily Thoughts and Meditations reading for October 31, 2016 by Dan R. Dick. 
  21. Psalm 27:1 - The LORD is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?  The Lord was everything David needed just as He is everything we need today. He is our light, so we need not fear because of darkness; He is our strength (or stronghold; see 18:2; 31:2-3), so we need not fear because of our weakness; and He is our salvation, so the victory is sure. This is the first time in Scripture that light is used as a metaphor for God (see John 1:4, 9; 8:12; 1 John 1:5-7; Rev. 21:23), although in many texts He is associated with the light (4:6; 18:28; 43:3; 84:11; Isa. 10:17; 60:1, 20; Mic. 7:8). - From commentary on Fear of Circumstances (vv. 1-6) from the BE Series Commentary by Wiersbe (50 Vols.) by Warren Wiersbe
  22. I forget how gracious and giving You have been, O Lord. Forgive my lack of gratitude and appreciation. I have no reason to desire more. I have more than I truly need already. Help me to use my abundance for the sake of others. Amen. - From Wisdom From the Psalms Daily Thoughts and Meditations reading for August 22, 2017 by Dan R. Dick.
  23. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower” (Ps. 18:2).
  24. Psalm 52:10-11 - Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. (10-11).  God isn’t interested in outward, superficial obedience but in inward purity. Do you live by that same understanding? If not, pray for the same kind of wisdom. Patterson, Ben (2008-09-22). God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms (p. 135). Tyndale House Publishers - A. Kindle Edition. 
  25.  I want to walk in Your footsteps, Lord. Help me to be willing to share with others what I have been given. Teach me to use my time, my talents, my gifts, and my service to show Your glory. Amen - From Wisdom From the Psalms Daily Thoughts and Meditations reading for July 11, 2016 by Dan R. Dick. 
  26. Prayer:  Take my life and use it to Your will, Father. If I can be the instrument that leads someone to You, then don't hesitate to bring me into service. Let me give to others a portion of what You have given to me. Amen.
  27. The Inability of the Law to Sanctify - What a staggering thought! Just as we could never secure justification by our own best efforts, so it is true that we can never increase personal sanctification by our own best efforts. Yes, "The just shall live by faith," initially and continually! 
    1. "Dear Lord, I praise Your holy name for justifying me by faith in Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. I am so grateful that such a blessing did not depend upon my personal ability or merit. My heart is both convicted and encouraged that sanctification is by faith as well. I am convicted, because I have often thought and acted as though I could effect more practical righteousness by my own resources. I am encouraged that there is a way that actually works, and it depends upon trusting in You. O Lord, please remind me of this glorious, gracious provision day by day, in Jesus' name, Amen." - From the DBD 1/11 message in the MacSword Program.
  28. The General Ability of the Law - The measuring instruments of man are a helpful illustration of the law. When a tape measure is used to evaluate the height of people, it measures growth or reveals the absence of it. It does not produce human growth. So it is with the law of God. The law describes and measures what God wants lives to look like. It does not cause such spiritual growth to appear. Only God's grace at work in our lives is the sufficient dynamic that produces spiritual growth.
    1. "O Lord, my hope, I give You praise for Your holy character, revealed in Your holy law. I agree with Your will, desiring holiness in my life. I also agree with You that I have fallen far short of Your glorious standard. Thank You for cleansing me of all unrighteousness. Thank You for clothing me in the righteousness of Your dear Son. Now I place my hope in You for any and all progress in the path of righteousness. O Lord, have Your way in my life, working Your will, by Your grace, through Jesus Christ my Lord, Amen."  - From the DBD 1/12 message in the MacSword Program.
  29. “Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved” (Ps. 62:1-2).
  30. May each day I live be considered a gift, Father. Guide me, so th at I can live each gift to the fullest. Let others see You through me, I pray. Amen.  - From Wisdom From the Psalms Daily Thoughts and Meditations reading for March 21, 2016 by Dan R. Dick. 
  31. The Law Producing Accountability for Sin - Sin is not a cultural phenomenon. It is a divine revelation of what is absolutely unacceptable before God in light of His holy character. "By the law is the knowledge of sin." Man would have no insight into this matter were it not for the law of God. "I would not have known sin except through the law" (Romans 7:7a). Murder, adultery, stealing, lying, coveting, etc. are all revealed to mankind by God's law. "For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, 'You shall not covet'" (Romans 7:7b). Through God's law we are all accountable to Him for our sins.
    1. "O Lord God of holiness and love and all that is perfect, Your holy law has stopped my mouth. I have no excuse for my spiritual failure before Your perfect standard. What I have read in Your word confirms the convictions of my heart. My life would stand forever guilty in Your sight, if it were not for Your forgiving, justifying grace. Thank You for providing forgiveness of my sins and justifying me, when I could offer no justifying words or deeds of my own. As I look at the world of humanity all around me, please remind me that they are guilty before You, until they come to Jesus as their Lord and Savior." - From the DBD 1/13 message in the MacSword Program.
  32. No one likes to hear gossip and criticism all the time. Gossips are usually avoided, and thus they become outcast from the rest of the world. God will outcast the gossip. There is not room in His Kingdom for those who delight in the shortcomings of others. Christ within us should build up, not tear down. If we give our hearts over to Christ, then we ill never say damaging things against our neighbors. Speak only with the tongue of Christ, and you will be a blessing to everyone you meet. Prayer: Remove from me a malicious and gossiping nature, Lord. Fill me with praise and joy and spiritual thoughts. Let my words bless others with kindness and love. Amen. - From Wisdom From the Psalms Daily Thoughts and Meditations reading for August 7, 2015 by Dan R. Dick. 
  33. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Ph. 4:13).
  34. The Law Tutoring People to Christ - Whereas we once were told by the law to be perfect, now we look to the Lord for all of the perfecting process. "Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6). - "O Lord, my Redeemer, thank You for using Your law as a tutor to lead me to Jesus Christ. Your law was so correct regarding my desperate need of a Savior. Now I rejoice that I am no longer under that tutor. What a delight to relate to You by faith and not by performance. What a precious blessing to humbly hope in the Lord Jesus for righteousness and love and growth. How wonderful to look to a gracious, loving Person, the Lord Jesus, instead of to a perfect unyielding standard, the law. Lord Jesus, please complete in me the good work of Your grace that began when I first believed in You. In Your name, and for Your glory, I pray, Amen." - From the DBD 1/15 message in the MacSword Program.
  35. Creator God, You have made me in Your image, and I sometimes forget how thankful I should be. All that I am, and all that I can be, is a gift from You, and nothing that I have done on my own. Forgive my foolish pride. Amen.  - From Wisdom From the Psalms Daily Thoughts and Meditations reading for January 28, 2016 by Dan R. Dick. 
  36. Jesus Fulfilling the Law - Yes, Jesus fulfills the law comprehensively! - "Dear Father of Glory, what marvelous grace—what marvelous grace! Such a thorough provision is supplied by Your grace. Through the work of Jesus, my Lord, the law is fulfilled. Its holy demands are met on my behalf. My failure before Your law is fully covered by Your grace. Lord Jesus, thank You for paying the penalty for my sins. My desire to grow in the righteous life that You lived, and that the law describes, is fully available by Your grace. O Lord, this is grace upon grace. For this I praise You, and I rejoice with expectation. Lord Jesus, by faith I now look to You to be my life this day. Lord, inhabit my heart and shape my attitudes, my words, my relationships, and my deeds, I pray in Your mighty name, Amen."  - From the DBD 1/16 message in the MacSword Program.
  37. “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower” (Ps. 18:2).
  38. Righteousness through Christ in Justification - "Dear Lord, I am so grateful that Your message of righteousness did not come through the law alone. Otherwise, Lord, I would have been condemned before You forever. Thank You for speaking to us of righteousness through Your glorious gospel of grace. I rejoice in You that I am now righteous in Your sight, through faith in Your beloved Son. Lord, I am learning that the righteousness I need for daily sanctification must also come from Jesus, by that same grace, through that same kind of trust. What good, good news is Your grand gospel! I magnify and praise You through Christ, my Lord, Amen." - From the DBD 1/17 message in the MacSword Program.
  39. Psalms 12:5 - For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord. God will provide for His poorer children through the grace of His richer ones. We are called to give from our blessed abundance, that others less fortunate might live. This is not an option for Christians, but a basic mandate upon which our faith is built. We are the hands, the feet, the eyes, and the voice of the Lord. Let us serve Him well.  
     Prayer: Use me as You will, O Lord. Make me an instrument of Thy glory and will. Send the power of Your Spirit into the world through me. Amen.  - From the January 29, 2016 devotional reading from  Wisdom from the Psalms reading by Dan R. Dick.
  40. Righteousness through Christ in Sanctification - "O Lord of compassion and generosity, what bountiful grace You offer to us; grace that justifies and grace that sanctifies. How foolish and unnecessary have been my futile attempts to fulfill the lofty requirements of Your holy law by my own feeble efforts. Father, how thrilling and encouraging to see that You have provided a gracious and effective way for me to grow in Christlikeness. This day I place my hope for godly progress in the irreplaceable work of Your Holy Spirit in me, in Jesus' name, Amen." - From the DBD 1/18 message in the MacSword Program.
  41. Law and Grace, Old Covenant and New Covenant - "Lord God of truth, help me to rightly divide Your truth. Enlighten my spiritual understanding that I might increasingly grasp the differences between law and grace. Show me the full implications of the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. Your word impresses me with the enormous significance of these issues. Thank You for Your patience concerning my negligence or confusion on these matters. O Lord, I earnestly desire to live a righteous and holy life. Teach me the path of humble dependence upon Your glorious grace, through Jesus, my Lord and my life, Amen." - From the DBD 1/19 message in the MacSword Program.
  42. The Promise of a New Covenant - "Almighty God, the provisions of Your new covenant of grace are staggering in their richness! Forgiveness of sins by You, intimacy with You, and inner transformation from You—all of this is mine through faith in Your Son, my Savior. O Lord, what bountiful grace You make available to us in Christ! I fully and desperately need all three of these wondrous workings that You alone can provide. I praise You for the gift of forgiveness of sins. I seek You for increased intimacy with You. I look to You to be shaping my life according to Your will, from the inside out, all through the grace of my Lord Jesus Christ, Amen." - From the DBD 1/20 message in the MacSword Program.
  43. The New Covenant - "Dear Lord of Glory, I rejoice with great gladness that Your new covenant of grace is the wondrous manner in which I am invited to relate to You. In this rich covenant, I have found forgiveness of all my sins. Praise be to Your name! In this bountiful arrangement, I can grow in intimacy with You. Blessed be Your name! In this generous provision, I anticipate being changed and enabled by You from deep within my heart. Glory be to Your name forevermore!" - From the DBD 1/21 message in the MacSword Program.
  44. The Initial Grace of God - ""I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more"…For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Jeremiah 31:34 and Ephesians 2:8-9)” 
    1. Again, we have the opportunity to compare justifying grace and sanctifying grace, initial grace and ongoing grace. This is always an edifying and valuable exercise, since we tend to forget that we are sanctified through the same means that we are justified. 
    2. The initial grace that impacted our lives forever was the justifying, forgiving grace of God. The prophets of old proclaimed this hope. The writers of the New Testament related it to us today. "I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more" (Jeremiah 31:34; also in Hebrews 8:12). When we repented of our sins and called upon the name of the Lord, we were forgiven and justified, declared not guilty and righteous in His sight.
    3. This saving work of God on our behalf was all accomplished by the grace of God. "For by grace you have been saved." The saving grace of God is applied to lives as they trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. "By grace you have been saved through faith.” None of this process originates in man. All of it comes from God. "And that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God." No aspect of salvation derives from the efforts of man, so no one will ever be able to brag about their contribution in being saved. "Not of works, lest anyone should boast." All glory, now and forever, will go to the Lord Himself. "He who glories, let him glory in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 1:31). - From the DBD message in the MacSword Program.
  45.  Lord, In Your power, and strength, and courage, and wisdom, and patience, I take my refuge. You are the fortress that protects me, and in Your love, I have no fear of anything. I will always praise You. Amen. - From Wisdom From the Psalms Daily Thoughts and Meditations reading for July 24, 2015 by Dan R. Dick. 
  46. Yes, even faith does not source in man. Jesus is "the author and finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2). When we believed upon the Lord Jesus, it was in response to an authoring, revealing work that He was doing on our behalf. Jesus manifested Himself to us through the gospel as One who was able to save us sinners. The Holy Spirit was convicting us of our need. We trusted in His saving work for us. Thereby, He authored faith in us. "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing" (Revelation 5:12).
  47. As we have seen previously (and will have opportunity to examine again and again), the grace of God, of which we partook for new birth and justification, is the same grace that must continually be at work in us for growth and sanctification.  
  48. "O Lord God of my salvation, I clearly see the full extent to which my being saved depended upon Your saving grace! Thank You for this priceless gift of grace. How glorious it is to stand justified in Your sight. Now that I might grow daily in a life of sanctification, I look to You and Your necessary grace, Amen."   - From the DBD 1/26 message in the MacSword Program.
  49. On Grace - "Gracious Father, how bountiful is Your provision for my spiritual growth. How foolish of me to think that I need more for developing in godliness than Your grace supplies. O Lord, I long to grow in the image of Christ. I beseech You, remind me and convince me that Your grace is the only sufficient hope. In Jesus' name, I pray, Amen."   - From the DBD 1/27 message in the MacSword Program.
  50. Request for Courage to Guide Others - Jesus, guide me to those who can instill Christian courage within me, so that I, in turn, can encourage others to persevere in faith.  Amen.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Timothy 1,  pg. 275. 
  51.  Lord, be with me this day. Search my life, and help me to correct the wrong things that I do. Keep me walking in the light, and prevent me from straying into darkness. Amen. - From Wisdom From the Psalms Daily Thoughts and Meditations reading for July 26, 2015 by Dan R. Dick. 
  52. On Grace - "Gracious Father, how bountiful is Your provision for my spiritual growth. How foolish of me to think that I need more for developing in godliness than Your grace supplies. O Lord, I long to grow in the image of Christ. I beseech You, remind me and convince me that Your grace is the only sufficient hope. In Jesus' name, I pray, Amen."  - From the DBD 1/28 message in the MacSword Program.
  53. On Grace - "Lord God of the new covenant, how glorious is the good news of Your grace! I praise You for Your patience when I act as though transforming grace is too good to be true. I want to seek after the Lord Jesus and trust in Him this day, with all my heart, Amen." - From the DBD 1/29 message in the MacSword Program.
  54. Request for Edification through Grace - "My God and Father, I rejoice exceedingly as I think of the inheritance that You are preparing for me by Your grace. O Lord, my strength, I need Your mighty work of grace that I might be edified myself and be edifying to Your children. Please purge my life of any matters that are not edifying, all by the grace of Jesus, my Lord, Amen." - From the DBD 1/30 message in the MacSword Program.
  55. Request for Spiritual Maturity - "Dear Jesus, my great God and Savior, I want to live in eager anticipation of Your return. Meanwhile, I desire to please You by growing in godliness and in applied righteousness. Thank You for Your longsuffering love, patiently teaching me by Your grace—the grace that I sometimes neglect, attempting to produce these realities by the striving of my flesh. From such vanity I turn to hope in You, Lord Jesus, Amen."  - From the DBD 1/31 message in the MacSword Program.
  56. Request for Strength and Courage to Serve - "O Lord of all might and power, I desire to be a faithful discipler, a sacrificial soldier, a disciplined runner, and a laboring farmer. Lord this sounds so right, so good. Yet, You know that I am intimidated by it all as well. I hear the call, and I want to respond; but my strength is so inadequate. So, I look to You and implore You to strengthen me by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, Amen." - From the DBD 2/1 message in the MacSword Program.
  57. Request for Spiritual Strength -  "Lord, You are my only hope and my sufficient strength. On my own I am hopeless and powerless. Thank You for Your gracious patience when I think my human strength is enough. Lord, I am weak; give me Your power. I have no might; increase Your strength in me. I wait upon You. I put my expectations in You. Unleash Your glorious grace in me, perfecting Your all-sufficient strength in my life, in Jesus' name, Amen." - From the DBD 2/2 message in the MacSword Program.
  58. Request to Find and Live by Grace - "Dear Lord, teach me these great matters of accessing Your grace. Remind me often that grace is found in Jesus. I confess my tendency to explain the Christian life by a formula, instead of by a person. Help me to remember that living by grace depends upon Your matchless ability. I admit my inclination to hope in my inept ability. So, Lord, I now look to You to abundantly pour out Your grace upon my life, through Christ Jesus, my Lord, Amen."  - From the DBD 2/3 message in the MacSword Program.
  59. Forgiveness for Self-Sufficiency and Self-Confidence - "O Lord, You are my salvation, from justification throughout a lifetime of sanctification. Forgive me for underestimating my need for You. Forgive me concerning the self-sufficient, self-confident ways by which I have often lived. I humble myself before You. I want to live by trust and confidence in You. I long to live by Your grace, not by my best efforts. Help me to know You, that humility and faith might develop in my life, Amen." - From the DBD 2/4 message in the MacSword Program.
  60. Pride vs. Humility - "O God Most High, I repent of those many times when pride was the despicable attitude I displayed. Lord, teach me to despise pride as You do. Stir in my heart a growing appreciation of humility. I desire to be clothed with humility. I humbly seek You afresh that I might live by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen."  - From the DBD 2/5 message in the MacSword Program.
  61. Request for Humility - "Dear King of heaven and earth, I am convicted of times when I have behaved proudly, just as these two kings did. It has always led to my spiritual defeat and bondage. I thank You for drawing my heart toward humility. I humbly turn to You to pour out Your grace upon me, as You did upon them. Through Christ I pray, Amen."  - From the DBD 2/6 message in the MacSword Program.
  62. Faith - "Dear faithful Lord, I long to live by faith more and more as each day dawns. I see that this is the only way I can access Your glorious grace. Lord, I need Your grace constantly. No other resource will suffice. Too often I am striving by my best performance. What weariness and failure always results. Show me the areas of my life where I am not trusting in You, that I might look to You anew. In Your gracious name I pray, Amen."     - From the DBD 2/7 message in the MacSword Program.
  63. A Prayer of Thanks for Forgiveness and Grace - "Lord God of my salvation, thank You for the glorious message of the gospel. What good news it is to have forgiveness, eternal life, and daily transformation through Your grace. I embrace Your will that I bear much fruit. Lord Jesus, I rejoice that You have taken me out from under the law. I now look to You, the risen Lord, to bring forth spiritual fruit in and through my life, in Your exalted name, Amen." - From the DBD 2/10 message in the MacSword Program.
  64. Request for Reliance on the Lord - "Lord Jesus,You are my life. I have no other hope or source for finding true life. I praise You for Your patience with me when I try to produce a Christlike life by rules and regulations. Lord, just as You gave me life initially, please flood me now with new measures of Your life, as I humbly rely upon Your Spirit, Amen."  - From the DBD 2/21 message in the MacSword Program.
  65. Thanks for My Salvation - "Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for making me Your child through faith in Your Son, Jesus. I praise You for the new life Your Holy Spirit has brought to me. Help me to understand from Your word that the entire Christian experience is to be as supernatural as being born again was. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen."  - From the DBD 2/23 message in the MacSword Program.
  66. Thanks for the New Way - Dear God of my salvation, what a magnificent plan! Thank You for providing a way out of the old life. Praise You for raising me to a new life. How wonderful that this new life is to be Christ living in me. Lord Jesus, please live in me as I depend upon You, Amen. - From the DBD 4/10 message in the MacSword Program.
  67. Request for His Life in Mine - "Lord Jesus, my indwelling Savior, please express Your life in and through me. May there be no area of my life that is just me doing my best or me fulfilling my will. Also, Lord, be my strength, enabling me to share these great realities with others, in Your mighty name, Amen." - From the DBD 4/11 message in the MacSword Program.
  68. Request to Depend on God and His Will - Heavenly Father, I again see that Your grace enriches my life by means of Your beloved Son. Lord Jesus, I humbly depend upon You to fill my life with Your righteous fruit, in Your holy name, Amen.   - From the DBD 4/12 message in the MacSword Program.
  69. Request to grow in Wisdom - Dear Father, I confess that I have often thought and behaved as though eternal life were less than knowing You. Help me to understand and to live the very essence of Your new covenant of grace—Your provisions for allowing me to grow in knowing You, through Christ Jesus, my Lord, Amen. - From the DBD 4/13 message in the MacSword Program.
  70. Request for Forgiving Others - Lord, help me to release all personal hurts and grievances to your care.  May I nail the offenses of others to your cross, just as I have nailed mine there.  Guide me along the path of forgiveness, transforming and blessing all my relationships so that I may be useful in your kingdom.  Amen.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Philemon, Applications,  pg. 415. 
  71. Request for More Reliance on the Lord - Jesus, you are superior to all who would claim to be my Savior and rescue me from the trials and troubles I get myself into. Forgive me when I let you fall down to the bottom of my priority list. Forgive me for the foolish statement, “No, Lord,” that my actions reveal I am so often making. From now on, let my life show that “Yes, Lord,” is my permanent answer to you. Amen.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1394.
  72. Thanks for Proving Rest - Sinless Savior, thank you for providing rest for my soul. May I never take it as rest for my feet. Show me how I can represent your presence to do the work of your kingdom in your world. I trust in your promises and come to your throne seeking the grace and mercy I must have to live today and each day of my life. Amen.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1942.
  73. Request for Courage, Stamina and Endurance - Jesus, I want to face life with courage, faith, and stamina. I cannot do it alone. I trust you as my High Priest who has paid the price for my sins. I want to follow your example even if it means enduring suffering and shame. Help me endure faithfully through all life's trials. Thank you for your presence with me each day. Amen.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 2473.
  74. Request to Focus on Faith - Jesus, my High Priest, I come to your presence because I need God's presence. So many things lure me away from you. So many promise success. I inch along their path, then look back to you. You alone possess true hope. You alone understand my trials and troubles. You alone have eternal answers. I come to you. I trust in you. I will travel no other path. You are my anchor forever.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 6,  V. Prayer, at location 2953.
  75. Request for Forgiveness Through Jesus - Father, thank you again for Jesus, our perfect priest. Jesus, I confess my sins before you. I am imperfect. I need forgiveness. I depend on your prayers before the Father and on your death on the cross to atone for my sins. Now unholy as I am, I can draw near my holy God because you are my holy intercessor. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, V. Prayer, at location 3507.
  76. Thanks for Forgiveness Through Jesus - Father, thank you for knowing our needs and providing a new covenant in Jesus. Thank you that he died for my sins. Thank you that you have forgiven my sins and made me part of your family. Thank you for the joy and hope I find in belonging to your family. I will reverence you and obey you. Amen. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, V. Prayer, at location 3927. 
  77. Request for Strength of Faith and Reliance - Lord, life is hard.  The world never encourages my faith.  It tries everything to make me forget you.  Give me strength and faith to cling to you.  Show me the joy of faith even in the darkness of hardship.  Fill me with your love, so I may love others as you do.  Hold my hand so I will have light in the darkness.  Amen.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, V. Prayer,  at location 4693. 
  78. Help with Spoken Word - "Lord Jesus, Your words are the kind of words I want to speak—words permeated with the grace of God. Please forgive me for the many words I have expressed that were corrupted by my own fleshly wisdom or selfish interests. I humbly ask You to season my speech with heavenly righteousness and godly insight. I long to impart edifying grace to all who hear me speak. In Your holy name, I pray, Amen."   - From the DBD for 11/29 as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac
  79. Grace - "Lord, I want to continue with You and Your grace. I do not want my experience of You and Your grace to consist only of days gone by. I long to know You better and to experience Your grace more—each day!"   - From the DBD for 12/1 as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac.
  80. Grace - "O Lord of persistence and patience, I confess the need to hear of Your grace day after day. I long to be a true disciple, living by grace. Please remind me of the necessity to be in the word of Your grace consistently, Amen."  - From the DBD for 12/4 as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac.
  81. Thanks for Jesus - "Loving Father, I praise You for Your great love, in giving Your beloved Son to die for my sins. I thank You for the assurance this brings that everything else that I need will be freely given with Him!" - From the DBD for 12/13 as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac.
  82. Thanks for Jesus - "Dear Father, my reconciler, I thank You for giving Your Son for me, that I might be changed from Your enemy to Your friend by His death. Yet, much more, I praise You for giving Your Son to me, that I might be saved from spiritual futility day by day by His life. Lord Jesus, live in and through me, I humbly pray, Amen."  - From the DBD for 12/14 as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac.
  83. Peace and Hope - God of peace, give me peace and hope in the midst of life's sorrows, pains, and frustrations.  Let me experience your daily presence in such a way that I praise you no matter the outward circumstances or the inner turmoil.  Lord, I obey you no matter what the results seem to be.  I am confident that you have eternal rewards for me beyond anything I can imagine.  So I praise you for past memories, present hopes, and future blessings. Amen.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 13, V. Prayer, at location 5892.
  84. The New Covenant - "O Lord of life, my heart yearns for this new and living way. O, how I long to dwell in Your presence day by day! Lord, I confess that every attempt to base intimacy with You on my best performance has always become so old and dying, so stale and lifeless. My soul is stirred with hope in You and this better way. O Lord, teach me to walk by this new and living way, in the name of Jesus, my great High Priest, Amen."   - From the DBD for 1/22 as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac.
  85. Obedience - Father God, more than anything I want a religion you accept.  I will endure trials.  I will not complain about temptations.  Help me depend humbly on your wisdom and not on my own resources.  Thanks you for all your good and perfect gifts.  Forgive me when I yield to temptation and sin.  Put your bridle on my tongue so that it always praises and glorifies you.  Teach me to hear and obey your word.  This I pray in Jesus' name.  Amen.  
  86. Obedience - Lord, I thank you that your light shines brightest in dark places.  Let me be a light for you.  I see your work in so many areas.  Sometimes I am not thankful enough.  Sometimes my heart is hardened and I do not recognize your power in my life.  Forgive my ungratefulness and soften my heart.  Help me meet human need with your love, compassion and mercy.  Take my life and let me be the kind of leader who glorifies your name.  And let me lead, knowing that I am still and always a follower.  Amen.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary "Mark" by Max Anders and Rodney L. Cooper, Mark 6, V. Prayer, page 109.
  87. Service - Our great and glorious God, help us to remember when we go through dark and troubling times that we are only seeing part of the entire picture.  Help us always to seek your glory.  Let us remember when we see the outcasts in our society - the weak, the homeless, the suffering - that we may be seeing your face.  Grant us the power to do great things or small things for you, realizing that in your kingdom, there are no small things.  Amen.
  88. "O Lord God, I want to respond to Your promises properly. How gracious that You only ask me to trust in what You have promised to do. I do not want to ignore Your promises or doubt them. I want to live by relying upon every promise You have ever made. In Your faithful name I pray, Amen."  - From the DBD 7/27 message in the MacSword Program.
  89. "Dear Father, the God of promises, I praise You for promising salvation to all who would believe. I rejoice in being a child of promise. Lord, no effort or ingenuity of my flesh could have ever given me a place in Your family. Please teach me to live by Your promises, Amen.”
  90. Offer up your problems to God - As I approach Your throne of grace today, I am grateful that You care about the things that concern me and that You want me to offer them up to You. - From Day 24, Seeking the Walk of Obedience on page 34 of the book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa
  91. Lord, I thank You that You are my strength and my song and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I ask that You guide my steps according to Your wisdom.   - From Day 25, Walking the Covenant on page 35 of the book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  92. Let the words of my mouth produce a joyful noise, acceptable to the Lord and glorifying Him in all ways. Amen - From Wisdom From the Psalms Daily Thoughts and Meditations reading for July 29, 2015 by Dan R. Dick. 
  93. Lord, I thank You for searching and knowing me and for giving me rest in Christ.  I thank you for the indwelling Comforter, who helps me observe Your Word and teach it to others.  - From Day 26, "Resting in Christ" on page 36 of the book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  94. Lord, I want your Word to be deeply implanted in me so that I will know the truth and be able to express it in the way I live.   - From Day 27, "Identifying with Christ" on page 37 of the book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  95. Prayers not conceived in a humble way are not prayers; the prayers of worldly desire are not prayers.- From commentary on James 4:1 from Crossway Classic Commentary - James by Thomas Manton.
  96. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.  What father among you, if a son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!  Luke 11:9-13, ESV   - From location 1580 in the Kindle Book "Fresh Air" by Chris Hodges.
  97. May God bless you with anger At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. May God bless you with tears To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war, So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and To turn their pain into joy. And may God bless you with enough foolishness To believe that you can make a difference in the world, So that you can do what others claim cannot be done To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor. Amen - From location 2082 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  98. “Lord, may my heart be broken by what breaks your heart.” - From location 5003 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  99. To him be the glory forever! Amen. - From location 5038 in the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  100. BENEDICT OF NURSIA O gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive Thee, intelligence to understand Thee, diligence to seek Thee,  patience to wait for Thee, eyes to behold Thee, a heart to meditate upon Thee, and a life to proclaim Thee; through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord.  - From the Kindle Book "Prayer" by Philip Yancey.
  101. Mercy and Grace - Psalm 119:58  - I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. - "Be merciful to me, in the forgiveness of what I have done amiss, and in giving me grace to do better for the future."  The gracious soul is entirely set upon the favour of God, and is therefore importunate for it. I will not let thee go except thou bless me.- From Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible in commentary on Psalm 119:58.
  102. “God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely and our souls have lost courage. Flood the path with light, we beseech Thee; turn our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to Thy honor and glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” —St. Augustine (450 AD)
  103. “Father, we thank Thee that dark and uncertain is our future; because in darkness and doubt we must cling more closely to Thee. Father, we thank Thee that there will be pain; because through pain we are forced to clutch at Thy hand. Father, we thank Thee that there will be loneliness; because in loneliness Thou art more surely our friend. Father, we thank Thee that there shall be death; because in dying we come unto Thee.” —John Hoyland (1830–1894)
  104. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me, and renew a right spirit within me.  - Psalms 51:10
  105. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit, and uphold me with a willing spirit.  - Psalm 51:12
  106. Have mercy on me, O God according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! -Psalms 51:1-2
  107. Our longing is to feel Thy presence, and it is the heaven of heavens that Thou art there. The sick bed is soft when Thou art there. The furnace of affliction grows cool when Thou art there, and the house of prayer when Thou art present is none other than the house of God, and it is the very gate of heaven.  Prayers by C. H. Spurgeon.
  108. "I am totally dependent upon you, Lord. If you don 't speak through me then lives won' t be changed." - Prayer Coach - For All Who Want to Get Off the Bench and onto the Praying Field by James L. Nicodem
  109. Lord, please use me today. Empower my preaching; give me wisdom for my interactions with people - Prayer Coach - For All Who Want to Get Off the Bench and onto the Praying Field by James L. Nicodem
  110. Then it was my turn. Perhaps I 'd choose the belt of truth. I' d pray something like:"We want to be honest men today, Lord. Characterized by your truth. Help us to walk in integrity- to be the same in private as we are in public. Keep us from using deceitful words...." - Prayer Coach - For All Who Want to Get Off the Bench and onto the Praying Field by James L. Nicodem
  111. Lord, I thank You for Your beloved Son and for Your unfailing love. I thank You for Your wonderful thoughts, and I ask that I would follow Your word and walk in purity of heart.  - From the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  112. Lord, I thank You that You are the source of all things and that the resurrected Christ perfectly fulfilled the Scriptures. I thank You for Your deliverance, and I ask that I would be self-controlled and firm in my faith. - From location 2128 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  113. Lord, I thank You for Your beloved Son and for the righteousness which comes through faith in Him. I thank You for loving me with an everlasting love, and I ask that I would act with courage and hope. - From location 2157 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  114. I thank You that You are worthy of all praise and that Jesus became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him. I thank You for the peace and hope I enjoy in Him, and I ask that I would abound in the work of the Lord and hold firmly to the truth. - From location 2186 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  115. I want Your Word to be deeply implanted in me so that I not only know the truth, but also express it in the way I live. - From location 2218 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  116. Lord, I thank You that You alone are God and that the resurrected Christ is the firstfruits of those who will be raised from the dead. I thank You for the inheritance You have given to me, and I ask that I would remain faithful in the good fight of faith. - From location 2246 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  117. O Lord, I am deeply grateful for Your wonderful acts, for Your abundant promises, and for the gift of my relationship with You through the merits of Christ. - From location 2251 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  118. Lord, I thank You for Your greatness and for the indescribable joy of Your new creation. I thank You for the abundance of grace I have received in Christ Jesus, and I ask that I would be faithful and loving in my service to others. - From location 2280 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  119. Lord, I thank You that You are my Redeemer and that You gave me the gift of life. I thank You for making me Your child and heir, and I ask that I would persevere under trials and receive the crown of life. - From location 2315 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  120. Lord, I thank You for Your glorious attributes that have been revealed in creation and most clearly in Your perfect Son. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, and I ask that I would conduct myself before You in godliness. - From location 2378 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  121. Lord, I thank You for Your graciousness and for Your loving provision. I thank You for the gift of Your righteousness, and I ask for the strength to nurture others in the way of Christ. - From location 2405 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  122. I thank You for Your power and greatness and for revealing Yourself through Your Son. I thank You for giving me the right to become Your child, and I ask that I would practice self-control so that I will not be quickly provoked.- From location 2432 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  123. Lord, I thank You that You are clothed with majesty and that Jesus came to set us free. I thank You for Your gift of eternal life through faith in Christ, and I ask that I would instruct others in the way of righteousness and truth. - From location 2461 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  124. Lord, I thank You for the unlimited love and forgiveness that Jesus offers through His work on the cross. I thank You for making me acceptable in Your sight because of Christ’s sacrifice on my behalf, and I ask that I would seek refuge in You and hope for Your salvation. - From location 2496 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  125. Lord, I thank You that Jesus is the resurrection and the life and that every knee will bow before Him. I thank You for the gift of His righteousness, and I ask that I would walk in His power and light. - From location 2525 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  126. I am grateful to You, O God, for the blessing of your forgiveness. I thank You that in Christ, You set me free from the guilt of the past and give me hope for the future. - From location 2530 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  127. Lord, I thank You that You are the God of all mankind and that everyone who believes in Christ will receive forgiveness of sins. I thank You for the richness of Your mercy, and I ask that I would take heed to myself and guide others into the truth of Your word. - From location 2557 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  128. Lord, I thank You that You are the eternal King and that the gift of Your grace in Christ Jesus abounded to the many. I thank You that Christ came to save sinners, and I ask that I would use my spiritual gifts to edify others.  - From location 2589 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  129. Lord, I thank You for Your justice and love and for the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank You for forgiving my sins, and I ask that I would commit my works to You. - From location 2619 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  130. Lord, I thank You for Your wisdom and power and for all the fullness that dwells in Christ. I thank You for being my stronghold and my refuge, and I ask that I would exercise my God-given gifts in the service of others.- From location 2648 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  131. God, I want Your Word to be deeply implanted in me so that I not only know the truth, but also express it in the way I live. - From location 2654 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  132. Lord, I thank You for Your wondrous power and for the greatness of Your salvation in Jesus. I thank You for instructing and teaching me in the way I should go, and I ask that I would be concerned for the welfare and unity of the body of Christ. - From location 2678 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  133. Gratitude for God's Guidance - by Charles R. Swindoll
    O LORD, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes;
    Make Your way straight before me. (Psalm 5:8)
    1. Our Father, for centuries, You have used Your Word in the hearts of men and women in cultures and countries around this world. You have sent to difficult and obscure places faith-filled missionaries with the Word of God tucked away in their hearts. They have declared it, and You have blessed it. Your Word has spread like wildfire, and, as Your children, we are all recipients of Your faithfulness. Many of us had godly mothers and dads who taught us the way from birth. Some of us learned the truth from mentors when we became adults. Others getting up in years discovered what they had been missing all their lives. We have been redeemed, bought by Christ's blood, delivered from a life of bondage and addiction, and relieved of despair and slavery to sin. How grateful we are!
    2. Thank You, Father, for leading us in our own personal exodus—leading us from start to finish; leading us when we didn't even want to know You; leading us even when we were running from You. Thank You for deliverance from the pharaohs of our lives—cruel taskmasters, all of them—and bringing us to the gentle Shepherd of our souls.
    3. And so, Father, we pause at this moment in quiet worship to remember Your leading. We praise You in the name of Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
    4. See also Exodus 13:21; Psalm 25:5; 139:9–10; Isaiah 11:6. - Excerpted from The Prayers of Charles R. Swindoll, Volume 2, Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.
  134. For Strong Families - by Charles R. Swindoll
    Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, 
    So are the children of one's youth. 
    How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; 
    They will not be ashamed 
    When they speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:4–5)
    1. Marriage. A husband and wife coming together as one. Family. Rearing children. These things are so much of what life is about, our Father. They give us hours of pleasure . . . and hours of frustration. There's probably nothing that most of us work harder at and sometimes feel more guilty about than those things. What a mystery! And yet, You have it all figured out. Somewhere between what You wrote and what we do, there's been a breakdown. We need help. We know it won't be easy or quick, but it'll come as we learn from You. Help us unlearn our many habits and patterns that are not in line with Your Word and will. Forgive us for having clung to them.
    2. We like things that make sense. We like things that have a clear ring to them. We like things that help us feel good. But often, Lord, the things You have to say about marriage and family are none of the above. That's tough for us to handle, especially when we feel like salmon swimming against the stream. We work with people who scoff at marriage. We live around people who are unfaithful in their marriages. We struggle in our own concepts of marriage. Help us, Lord.
    3. The family is so important to You. With confidence, we commit our families to You. In Jesus's name. Amen. - Excerpted from The Prayers of Charles R. Swindoll, Volume 2, Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.
  135. For Strength in the Battle Against Evil - by Charles R. Swindoll
    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10–11)
    1. Almighty God, You are our all-powerful and invincible Lord. None can overcome You. None can stand against You. How we need You, especially when the battle against evil rages! Thank You for standing by our side, for being our strong shield and defender. We have no strength in ourselves. We face an adversary far more powerful, more brilliant, and more experienced than we. The enemy stands firmly against us, ready to attack at every weak point. We know that our enemy will not let up, that he will fight to the bitter end. And so, with confidence, we want to put on and wear the whole armor of God . . . and, in Your strength alone, we can resist the wicked forces that desire to bring us down.
    2. Give us new hope, Lord—hope that we can one day get beyond the struggle raging for our lives. We look forward to that day soon when Christ will once and for all win the victory that already belongs to Him because of the cross. Encourage us with the thought that, in Christ, we triumph! In His victorious name we pray. Amen.
    3. See also Luke 4:13; 2 Corinthians 4:16–18; Ephesians 4:26–27; 1 Peter 5:8–10.
    4. Christ will soon win once and for all the victory that already belongs to Him. —Chuck Swindoll - Excerpted from The Prayers of Charles R. Swindoll, Volume 2, Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.
  136. A Prayer for Mothers - by Charles R. Swindoll
    "As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you." (Isaiah 66:13)
    1. We do worship You, our Father, and in our worship we give You our thanks. We thank You, not only for our own mothers and grandmothers but for all women who have filled that role. We remember those who are now deceased, who helped shape our lives, who taught us faithfully, and who enduringly loved us. Thank You for the contribution of fine women all over this world who live lives dedicated to Your service, to their families, to their extended families. Thank You for each. You have written in Your Word that their "worth is far above jewels."
    2. Thank You for the tenderness and compassion mothers contribute to a world that's cold and raw and careless and harsh. Thank You for their affirmation and words of affection in the midst of a society bent on high achievement, self-serving goals, and short-sighted pursuits. Thank You for their hours of investment in others. Thank You for their contribution to You in the work of the church down through the centuries. Thank You for using women through the ages to improve their homes, their families, and other's lives. Thank You for their vision, for their strength of character. Most of all, for their hearts, tender to You and affectionate toward those they love.
    3. Dear Father, so many of these things represent Your wisdom which is, as You have written, more precious than silver—better than gold. In light of that, we rededicate ourselves to Your work, to Your service, and to those who need our love. We commit our future to You for however many months or years You may give us. May we faithfully and relentlessly serve the Master.
    4. In the name of the Savior, we pray. Amen.
    5. See also Exodus 20:12; Proverbs 6:20; 20:20; 30:17. - Excerpted from The Prayers of Charles R. Swindoll, Volume 2, Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.     
  137. For a Fresh Start - by Charles R. Swindoll
    Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; 
    According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. 
    Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity 
    And cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:1–2)
    1. Our Father, in a dry and barren world, where sin is so rampant and society is so filthy, we need a fountain of fresh, clean water full of blessing, truth, and strength. We need water that's never bitter . . . always sweet to the taste. Most of all, we need You. "Come Thou fount of every blessing."
    2. In a world that has no song to sing and whose stories are often coarse and vulgar, we need a song. Teach us to sing Your songs of praise from our hearts, reengaging our minds to things that are pure and holy and good and right and just and lovely and of good report.
    3. We are thirsty today, our Father, for the living water. May it do its work in cleansing us. May it wash our minds. May it cleanse our motives. May it scrub away the shameful secrets of our private world so that You can lead us onto right paths. Admittedly, we are prone to wander . . . prone to leave the God we love. And only Your cleansing, fresh water of the Spirit can make us clean deep within. Make us clean today, our Father. Dig deeply into our lives, and reveal truth. We pray You will find within us no rival, no resistance, no pride, no lies. And we now lay before You our very selves. We give ourselves to Your sacred work, to be set apart for Your best use, for Your greater glory. In the name of Jesus, our "fount of every blessing," we pray. Amen.
    4. See also Proverbs 20:9; Jeremiah 33:8; Ezekiel 36:25; 2 Corinthians 7:1. - Excerpted from The Prayers of Charles R. Swindoll, Volume 2, Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.
  138. Gratitude for God's Guidance - by Charles R. Swindoll
    O LORD, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes;
    Make Your way straight before me. (Psalm 5:8)
    1. Our Father, for centuries, You have used Your Word in the hearts of men and women in cultures and countries around this world. You have sent to difficult and obscure places faith-filled missionaries with the Word of God tucked away in their hearts. They have declared it, and You have blessed it. Your Word has spread like wildfire, and, as Your children, we are all recipients of Your faithfulness. Many of us had godly mothers and dads who taught us the way from birth. Some of us learned the truth from mentors when we became adults. Others getting up in years discovered what they had been missing all their lives. We have been redeemed, bought by Christ's blood, delivered from a life of bondage and addiction, and relieved of despair and slavery to sin. How grateful we are!
    2. Thank You, Father, for leading us in our own personal exodus—leading us from start to finish; leading us when we didn't even want to know You; leading us even when we were running from You. Thank You for deliverance from the pharaohs of our lives—cruel taskmasters, all of them—and bringing us to the gentle Shepherd of our souls.
    3. And so, Father, we pause at this moment in quiet worship to remember Your leading. We praise You in the name of Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
    4. See also Exodus 13:21; Psalm 25:5; 139:9–10; Isaiah 11:6. - Excerpted from The Prayers of Charles R. Swindoll, Volume 2, Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.
  139. Overcoming Fear - by Charles R. Swindoll
    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I fear no evil, for You are with me;
    Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
    1. Lord God, fear threatens to overtake us, to hinder us from trusting You. We often seek to rely on ourselves, trusting in our own strength to accomplish our own desires. Because we recognize the realities and the dangers of this distressed world, we thank You for making Your plan clear to ultimately remove all fear and anxiety and worry. Thank You for communicating the truth about fear in terms we can grasp. Thank You for challenging us to trust You as You unfold Your plan in the teaching of Scripture. Give us a commitment to Your truth, so that we live differently and think differently. Help us to be passionate about what matters so that we care more about the eternal and less about the temporal.
    2. Shake us awake, our Father, with the reality that the world is heading in the wrong direction. Remind us that we have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people, despite the lawless times . . . if we would but trust You. Deliver us from fear that holds us back, that we might magnify the name of Jesus Christ, regardless of our work, our calling, and our involvements. For Jesus's sake we pray. Amen.
    3. See also Genesis 26:24; Deuteronomy 3:22; Psalm 46:1–2; Luke 12:7 - Excerpted from The Prayers of Charles R. Swindoll, Volume 2, Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.
  140. For Willingness to Express Generosity - by Charles R. Swindoll
    Many will seek the favor of a generous man,
    And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts. (Proverbs 19:6)
    1. We stand before You, our Father, as an act of allegiance and submission. And we bow before You in humility and trust. We desire to follow You. Every day, it's an uphill climb. It is often an internal battle to stand firm in what we believe and to model what You have asked of Your people in a world that is self-serving. We ask that we will be stirred from within and moved in our hearts, so that our actions reveal change. May we practice acts of generosity over and above what we have ever considered. We pray that You will convince and convict us deep within and that You will then find us as obedient as the ancient Hebrews who gave to You to the point of having to be restrained from giving more. We are Your people. We are the sheep of Your pasture who belong to You—nothing is too difficult for You. So we pray that we will be able to focus our attention, our thoughts, and ultimately our wills on what You have said, what You have promised, and how You will provide. May we be stimulated to good works in ways we have never known before.
    2. And now, Father, we acknowledge that we have been the recipients of numerous benefits: blessing, healing, forgiveness, grace, mercy, even relief from guilt and shame and long-standing grudges we've held against others. We stand before You in allegiance and in submission, in generosity and joy. In the name of Jesus, our strong Savior, we pray. Amen.
    3. See also Deuteronomy 15:10; Proverbs 11:25; 2 Corinthians 9:7; 1 Timothy 6:18  - Excerpted from The Prayers of Charles R. Swindoll, Volume 2, Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.
  141. Anticipating His Joyful Return - by Charles R. Swindoll
    You will make known to me the path of life;
    In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. (Psalm 16:11)
    1. Father, we are delighted with the sure expectation of Your Son's return. Thank You for telling us Your plan and not leaving us in a hopeless quandary. At the same time, thank You for not telling us everything. If every last detail were spelled out, who would need to walk by faith? What would hold our attention and capture our curiosity, especially in those moments on this earth that suddenly remind us, this could be the day?
    2. Thank You also for giving us instruction that prepares us for eternity with You. Thank You, Father, for Your Son, who completed His mission while He was on this earth and will return for us at any moment.
    3. We thank You for the joy that floods us when we anticipate such an event. The cares of this age finally gone. The crippling diseases, the painful trials, and the clammy fingers of death around our necks will be gone, gone forever! Heartbreaks, broken promises, and afflicting sorrows will all pass away when we are brought face-to-face with the Savior. How wonderful! We exult in this, Lord. And we praise Your wonderful name for including us in Your eternal plans. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen.
    4. See also Psalm 21:6; 98:1–9; Isaiah 26:19; 1 Thessalonians 2:19. - Excerpted from The Prayers of Charles R. Swindoll, Volume 2, Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.
  142. The Value of God's Word - by Charles R. Swindoll
    1.     Your word I have treasured in my heart, 
    2.     That I may not sin against You. 
    3.     Blessed are You, O LORD; 
    4.     Teach me Your statutes. 
    5.     With my lips I have told of 
    6.     All the ordinances of Your mouth. 
    7.     I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, 
    8.     As much as in all riches. 
    9.     I will meditate on Your precepts 
    10.     And regard Your ways. 
    11.     I shall delight in Your statutes; 
    12.     I shall not forget Your word. (Psalm 119:11–16)
  143. How precious is Your Word to us, our Father. The older we get, the more we realize its value and treasure its truths. We thank You for its precepts, clearly delineated and purposefully defined to give us direction. Thank You also for principles that, with wisdom, may be applied even in the twenty-first century, when it seems as though the world's standard for living has gotten fuzzy, making the future intimidating and frightening for many.
  144. We're grateful, Lord, that Your Word gives light, because there's an enormous amount of darkness around us. We want to live on the bright side of life. We want to enjoy what You have for us rather than endure our circumstances. We want to see the beauty of Your purposes and how they all fit together into a divinely designed plan that makes great sense to You. We rest our case there, even though there are times it does not make sense to us.
  145. Thank You, Father, for the way You speak to us through Scripture. May we realize its relevance and appreciate how often Your Word addresses the needs of our lives. In clearly stated words, it talks about where we live, how we are to live, and what life is all about. We desperately need that guidance. So we submit ourselves to You and we commit ourselves to the reading and the study of Your Word. May we be faithful and disciplined to this commitment.
  146. In the name of Jesus, who loved us and gave Himself for us, we pray. Amen.
  147. See also Luke 24:27; John 5:39; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 2:2. - Excerpted from The Prayers of Charles R. Swindoll, Volume 2, Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.
  148. Lord, I thank You that all things serve You and that You and Your works are wonderful. I thank You that I can find comfort through hope in You, and I ask that I do not worry about worldly things, but seek to be rich toward You. - From location 1813 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  149. Lord, I thank You that You rise to show compassion and that Your mighty deeds are incomparable. I thank You for rewarding me for commitment to Christ, and I ask that I would be just and kind to others. - From location 1844 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  150. Lord, I give thanks for Your greatness, your goodness, and your love, and I now draw near to enjoy your presence.  - From location 1849 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  151. Lord, I thank You for Your goodness to me and for the revelation of Your Son. I thank You for the hope of my resurrection, and I ask that I would content with what You have given me. - From location 1874 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  152. Lord, I thank You that Your judgments are true and righteous and that You give life to all things. I thank You for the hope of the resurrection, and I ask that I would delight in Your word and serve the needs of others. - From location 1941 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  153. Lord, I thank You that You are the ruler of all things and that You save the humble. I thank You for Your goodness, and I ask that I would pursue what is in the best interests of others.  - From location 2098 the Kindle book "Simple Prayers - A Daybook of Conversations with God" by Kenneth & Karen Boa.
  154. SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE ADDED TO YOU. —MATTHEW 6:33 - How faithful you have been, our Father, over the many weeks of this past year. We pause to commit our lives to Your Son, Jesus Christ, afresh and anew, as if for the first time. We are thankful for the joy of knowing You and for those occasions during this past year when we have met You in unexpected ways. As we stand on the threshold of a new year, we thank You in advance for the fifty-two weeks that stretch out before us. Knowing that You are in charge, we accept whatever they may include. We will seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness this year, knowing that all the other things we need will be added to these. Help us throughout the new year to stay focused on the eternal, rather than becoming distracted by and anxious over the temporal. As You meet our needs—not our greeds—teach us contentment, joy, happiness, and fulfillment in the realities of life that only You make possible. As opportunities and privileges unfold before us this year, we pray You would find us faithful. After all, our lives are Yours … and so it is right that we commit them to You. We pray in the magnificent name of Jesus, who gave His life for ours. Amen.   - From location 147 the Kindle book "Here Me When I Call" by Charles R. Swindoll.
  155. BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN TO GOD. AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH SURPASSES ALL COMPREHENSION, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS. —PHILIPPIANS 4:6  - We all experience apprehension, Father. How helpful it is to remember we are to celebrate Your name, Your work, Your power, Your character—all day, every day—so we might come to the place where we revel in You. What a grand reminder it is that Your Son could come at any moment. May You find us ready for that, Lord. Yet we cannot be ready for Your return as long as anxiety lives within us, so we pray that You will begin to do a work right now in our lives to rid us of worry. What a waste that we have spent so much of our lives fretting and worrying! Remind us today and in the days to come that prayer can displace our apprehensions. Time with You can become such a magnificent turning point, not only in the moment but in the day—in fact, in our lives—so that we begin to realize the power of Your peace as it calms us. Give us the ability, the discipline of mind, to meditate on and focus our attention toward that which is true and noble, reputable and authentic, compelling and gracious. In the marvelous name of Christ, our Savior, we pray. Amen.   - From location 179 the Kindle book "Here Me When I Call" by Charles R. Swindol.
  156. EVEN IF YOU SHOULD SUFFER FOR THE SAKE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, YOU ARE BLESSED. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, BUT SANCTIFY CHRIST AS LORD IN YOUR HEARTS, ALWAYS BEING READY TO MAKE A DEFENSE TO EVERYONE WHO ASKS YOU TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT FOR THE HOPE THAT IS IN YOU, YET WITH GENTLENESS AND REVERENCE; AND KEEP A GOOD CONSCIENCE SO THAT IN THE THING IN WHICH YOU ARE SLANDERED, THOSE WHO REVILE YOUR GOOD BEHAVIOR IN CHRIST WILL BE PUT TO SHAME. —1 PETER 3:14 - Quiet our spirits. Give us a sense of relief as we face the inevitable facts that life is difficult and there will be moments when life is not at all fair. Erase any hint of bitterness. Enable us to see beyond the present, to focus on the invisible, and to recognize that You are always with us. Remind us that Your ways are higher and far more profound than ours. Thank You for the joy of this day. Thank You for the pleasure of a relationship with You and with a few good, caring, loving friends. And especially, Father, thank You for the truth of Your Word that lives and abides forever. In the strong name of Him who is higher, Jesus our Lord, we pray. Amen.  - From location 245 the Kindle book "Here Me When I Call" by Charles R. Swindol.
  157. FOR OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN, FROM WHICH ALSO WE EAGERLY WAIT FOR A SAVIOR, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. —PHILIPPIANS 3:20 - Father, we are delighted with the sure expectation of Your Son’s return. Thank You for telling us Your plan and not leaving us in a hopeless quandary. At the same time, thank You for not telling us everything. If every last detail of Jesus’ return were spelled out, who would need to walk by faith? What would hold our attention and capture our curiosity, especially in those moments on this earth that suddenly remind us, this could be the day? Thank You also for giving us instruction that prepares us for eternity with You. Thank You, Father, for Your Son, who completed His mission while He was on this earth and will return for us at any moment. We thank You for the joy that floods us when we anticipate such an event. The cares of this age finally will be gone. The crippling diseases, the painful trials, and the clammy fingers of death around our necks will be gone, gone forever! Heartbreaks, broken promises, and sorrows will all pass away when we are brought face-to-face with the Savior. How wonderful! We exult in this, Lord. And we praise Your wonderful name for including us in Your eternal plans. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen.  - From location 279 the Kindle book "Here Me When I Call" by Charles R. Swindol. 
  158. AS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CHOSEN OF GOD, HOLY AND BELOVED, PUT ON A HEART OF COMPASSION, KINDNESS, HUMILITY, GENTLENESS AND PATIENCE; BEARING WITH ONE ANOTHER, AND FORGIVING EACH OTHER, WHOEVER HAS A COMPLAINT AGAINST ANYONE; JUST AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU, SO ALSO SHOULD YOU…. WHATEVER YOU DO IN WORD OR DEED, DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, GIVING THANKS THROUGH HIM TO GOD THE FATHER. —COLOSSIANS 3:12–13, 17 - You have written these words to us today, Father. Though they date back to the first century, they fit the twenty-first century like a well-tailored garment. They touch every aspect of our being. Your words address our position in Christ and our practice on earth. They specify our struggles without overlooking the important, positive side of compassion, love, forgiveness, patience, humility, and gentleness. How we long to live as we say we believe. How far short of that we often fall! We realize it again even this day, as we recognize the straight line of truth so clearly marked in Your inspired Word—God-breathed, preserved, and now provided for us in our language. Help us to live according to Your standards, day in, day out. As You do soul-surgery in our hearts, may we allow the scalpel of the Spirit to pierce whatever area needs to be addressed. Guard us from hypocrisy. Few things are more detestable than a phony Christian! May we speak truth today. More importantly, may we live truth today. May we declare it to others in a way that makes sense. May Your Spirit take it from there and drive it home. May our lives and theirs be changed as a result. In the name of Jesus Christ, we offer our words of prayer. Amen. See also Psalm 1:1; 89:14; Hosea 14:9; Ephesians 4:15; Hebrews 13:8.  - From location 346 the Kindle book "Here Me When I Call" by Charles R. Swindol. 
  159. Our Father, Our tongues are far too often wicked and out of control! We have breached confidences that were meant to be held in trust. We have told several people of the offense we received but have failed to speak with the offender to make things right. And we have spoken jealous and envious words of one who was promoted over us. Many lack the courage to tell us to our face of our error, but You don’t; You command us to get control of our tongues. We’re rebuked by Your indictment: from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing … these things ought not to be this way. Lord, help us to remember that there’s no decision more important than salvation. And on the heels of that, there’s no decision more important than the decision to restore a relationship that has been fractured because of hurtful words. Forgive us for speaking before we knew the facts or before we earned the right to say what we’ve said. Forgive us for hurting a brother or a sister who wasn’t even there to defend himself or herself. Hear our prayer today and vindicate us, Lord, for we, too, have been verbally assassinated and our integrity has been violated. And we ask You to fight our battle for us. We come to You today in faith in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. And with our tongues we say amen. See also Psalm 120:1–4; Proverbs 16:27–28; Luke 6:37–38; James 3:8   - From location 387 the Kindle book "Here Me When I Call" by Charles R. Swindol. 
  160. THANK YOU, Jesus, that because I have received You I am a child of God. Thank You that You have paid the price for me to be cleansed from all sin. Thank You that You sit at the right hand of our Father God and intercede for me because I believe in You and have received Your Spirit into my heart. Thank You that I am now an heir of all that You, heavenly Father, have for Your children. Thank You for giving me authority to pray and to know that You hear and will answer my prayers according to Your will and Your time. Enable me to always hear Your call to intercede. In Jesus’ name I pray. -  - From location 193 the Kindle book "Prayer Warrior Book of Prayers" by Stormie Omartian. 
  161. LORD, teach me to become the prayer warrior You have called me to be. Help me to pray without ceasing so that I can be in constant contact with You. I bring every thought, fear, concern, and longing to You. Help me to “put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering” (Colossians 3:12). Enable me to live, “not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer” (Romans 12:11-12). Help me to be holy by separating myself from anything that is not holy in Your eyes. Teach me to be separate from anything that is not glorifying to You. In Jesus’ name I pray. - From location 233 the Kindle book "Prayer Warrior Book of Prayers" by Stormie Omartian.  
  162. Thank You that You will complete the work You have begun in me (Philippians 1:6). Show me where I have pride so I can repent of it. I don’t want to fall into being prideful and fall out of Your grace (James 4:6). Show me how to resist pride in myself the way You resist those who entertain it. Enable me to love others the way You do. I know that to do otherwise does not please You (1 John 3:10). Give me Your love for others in a way that causes it to overflow my heart and pour out in my actions and prayers toward them.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  - From location 247 the Kindle book "Prayer Warrior Book of Prayers" by Stormie Omartian.  
  163. Enable me to always walk led by Your Spirit so that the fruit of Your Spirit is produced in me. Fill me with a fresh flow of Your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Help me to stop thinking about what I am not, and instead focus on what I can be. Help me to not worry over what I should be, but focus on what You say I am.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  - From location 261 the Kindle book "Prayer Warrior Book of Prayers" by Stormie Omartian.  
  164. Lord, please help me to put on the full spiritual armor You have provided for me so that I can “stand against the wiles of the devil” every day (Ephesians 6:11). Help me to put on the breastplate of righteousness that protects me from the enemy’s attacks. I know it is Your righteousness in me that protects me, but I also know I must not neglect to put on Your righteousness like a bulletproof vest by doing what is right in Your eyes. Show me what I have done, or am about to do, that does not glorify You. I want to see anything in me that violates Your high standards for my life so I can confess it, turn away from it, and be cleansed from all unrighteousness. In Jesus’ name I pray.  - From location 274 the Kindle book "Prayer Warrior Book of Prayers" by Stormie Omartian.  
  165. We are very thankful, Father, that in the process of our spiritual growth You remind us of the importance of gentleness. Your Word not only instructs us in what we’re to do, but it also shows us how to do it. We remember what Paul wrote to the Thessalonians— that he gently dealt with them as a mother with a nursing child. Help us, Father, to have that kind of gracious, gentle spirit, especially those of us who tend to be impatient with others who are not as quick … or those of us who are healthy and lack compassion for others who are not as strong … or those of us who delight in accomplishments but lack empathy for others who are not as productive. It’s so easy for all of us— if not verbally, at least in our minds— to compete, to look down on others, to complain and to compare. May we, through Your Spirit’s power, become more like our gentle Savior, whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light. Like our Master and Lord, may our encounters with others be easy and bring light. Meet our needs in a very special way, especially our need for a gentle and quiet spirit. In the name of Your gracious Son, we pray. Amen. See also Matthew 5: 5; 11: 29– 30; Galatians 5: 22– 23; 1 Thessalonians 2: 7. - Charles (2013-08-13). Hear Me When I Call (pp. 56-57). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
  166. Father, fill me with a joy that remains untouched by the trials of the day. When I hear Your name, Lord, let me respond in jubilation. Be the source of my comfort and peace. Amen.  - From Wisdom From the Psalms Daily Thoughts and Meditations reading for July 17, 2015 by Dan R. Dick. 
  167. O Lord God, You have not left us to wade through murky waters of uncertainty or to wander in a fog of confusion. Rather, because Your Son lives, we have a clarifying perspective on our lives. There is something about Christ’s life that flows like lava beneath the crust of our daily living. How valuable His life is to ours! We fall back on it over and over. We remain grateful, dear Father, that the risen Savior conquered not only sin and the grave, but also disease and death. His death vanquished sin … and His resurrection conquered death. Drawing on the strength of His life causes us to find delight in living our lives. Help us to think straight even though the culture around us has lost its way, believing that right is wrong … and wrong is right. Realign our thoughts, our Father, to the clarifying truth of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Direct our steps in these difficult days. Remind us of our Savior, who conquered the grave, turning tragedy into triumph. We live and we pray in the name of the risen Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. See also John 13: 15; Romans 6: 4– 5; 14: 7– 9; 1 Peter 2: 21.   - Charles (2013-08-13). Hear Me When I Call (pp. 80-81). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
  168. PRAYER FOR PEACE IN RELATIONSHIPS LORDI lift up to You my important relationships. Bless them with Your peace and love. Where any relationship I have does not glorify You, I pray You will show me clearly. I pray for relationship with my family members and friends. Specifically, I pray for my relationship with (name a family member or friend you are most concerned about). Help us to not seek our own well-being, but each other’s (1 Corinthians 10: 24). Help us to “be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” (Romans 12: 10). Help me to be always forgiving and able to show Your love to another . I pray the enemy cannot put a wedge between us because of our own selfishness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. PHILIPPIANS 2: 3-4 - Omartian, Stormie (2013-09-01). Prayer Warrior Book of Prayers (pp. 113-114). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition. 
  169. PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE AND FREEDOM LORD I know the enemy wants us all to live in condemnation , but You set us free from our sins and the consequences of them if we confess them before You. Thank You that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive my sin and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1: 9). “O God, You know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from You ” (Psalm 69: 5). Free me from my sins, for they are a heavy burden that is “too heavy for me” (Psalm 38: 4). I refuse to allow the enemy of my soul to throw guilt in my face. Your blood on the cross , Jesus, has paid the price for my sins. In Jesus’ name I pray. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 CORINTHIANS 5: 17 - Omartian, Stormie (2013-09-01). Prayer Warrior Book of Prayers (pp. 117-118). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition. 
  170. Lord, I thank You that there is no one holy like You and that You show mercy and compassion according to Your perfect will. I thank You that You will never cast out anyone who looks to Your Son and believes in Him, and I ask that I will live at peace and pray for others. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4583-4584). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  171. I praise You, Lord, that You are intimately acquainted with my ways and that You always love me and have my best interests at heart. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4588-4589). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  172. Lord, I thank You for the sacrificial ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, Your Suffering Servant. I thank You that You know and protect Your sheep, and I ask that I would run with endurance the race that is set before me and commit myself to You in doing good. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4622-4623). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  173. God, let me remember someone else's good fortune does not diminish my own. - Editors, Guideposts (2012-10-01). Daily Guideposts 2013 (Kindle Locations 2741-2742). Guideposts Books. Kindle Edition. 
  174. Lord, I thank You that Your Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. I thank You for Your purpose in conforming me to the likeness of Your Son, and I ask that I would speak according to the wisdom of Your word. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4648-4649). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  175. Lord, I thank You for the good news that Jesus is the Savior, the way, the truth, and the life. I thank You for the grace of Your salvation, and I ask that I would walk with You and keep myself in Your love. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4675-4677). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  176. Lord, I thank You that You look at the heart and not at outward appearances. I thank You for reconciling me to You through the death of Your Son, and I ask that I would speak wisdom and call upon Your name. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4730-4731). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  177. Watch over me, oh, my God, to preserve me from the first stirring of my proud heart. Or if I give in to it through weakness, keep me from the prevalence of this presumptuous sin.  - From the book Proverbs, by Charles Bridges, through the Olive Tree Bible app.
  178. Lord, I thank You that Your purposes will be established and that Jesus came to be the light of the world. I thank You for redeeming me with the precious blood of Christ, and I ask that I would not be selfishly ambitious, but consider the interests of others. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4760-4761). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  179. The Lord Himself goes before me and will be with me; He will never leave me nor forsake me. I will not be afraid or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8) - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4779-4780). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  180. Our Guide  - FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS, THE AUTHOR AND PERFECTER OF FAITH, WHO FOR THE JOY SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS, DESPISING THE SHAME, AND HAS SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE THRONE OF GOD. — HEBREWS 12: 2  - We have You, our Father, as our God and Your Son as our Guide. You remind us to turn our attention from where we are … to where we’re going . Thank You for pointing the way emphatically and clearly and in a manner we will not easily forget. How grateful we are that You preserve Your truth in a book that is timeless, ageless, priceless, and true. Lift our hearts above where we find ourselves today— above all the distractions that could break us into a sweat. Keep our eyes fixed on Jesus —the Author and Perfecter of faith— and bring us back to the reliable voice of God, as found in the print on the pages of Your Word. Remind us, whenever we glance at the cross, what it means to live sacrificially, as Your Son lived on our behalf. May Your blessing rest upon our lives, which we offer up to You. Fill us with anticipation, remembering that our best days are yet to come. We give You praise, our God , for the pleasure You bring to us … and for the joy set before us. In the name of Jesus, whom we love, we pray. Amen. See also Philippians 3: 20; 1 Thessalonians 1: 10. Charles (2013-08-13). Hear Me When I Call (pp. 110-111). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
  181. Lord, I thank You that You knew me before I was born and that Jesus saves and intercedes for me. I thank You that You guide and protect me as my shepherd, and I ask that I would be more concerned about pleasing You than impressing people. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4874-4875). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  182. Psalm 18:1-2 - ESV
    I love you, O Lord, my strength.
    The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
    my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold
  183. Living God’s Word - God, I want Your Word to be deeply implanted in me so that I not only know the truth, but also express it in the way I live. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4879-4880). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  184. God as our refuge and strength - God is my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore I will not fear, though the earth changes and the mountains slip into the heart of the sea. (Psalm 46:1-2) - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4893-4894). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  185. Lord, I thank You that You direct my steps and illuminate me with the gospel of the glory of Christ. I thank You for being my refuge and strength, and I ask that I would fear You and never forsake You. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4900-4902). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
  186. O Lord, I am deeply grateful for Your wonderful acts, for Your abundant promises, and for the gift of my relationship with You through the merits of Christ. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4905-4906). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  187. Lord, I thank You for Your goodness and everlasting love and for Jesus’ desire for us to be with Him and behold His glory. I thank You for the discipline You send for my good, and I ask that I would pursue humility and purity in my character. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4931-4933). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  188. Lord, I thank You for Your lovingkindness and truth and for the perfection of Christ’s completed work. I thank You for strengthening and upholding me, and I ask that I would be intent upon justice and righteousness. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4961-4963). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  189. I am grateful to You, O God, for the blessing of your forgiveness. I thank You that in Christ, You set me free from the guilt of the past and give me hope for the future. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4966-4967). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
  190. Lord, I thank You for Your mercy and forgiveness and for exalting Jesus to Your right hand as Prince and Savior. I thank You for freely giving me all things in Christ, and I ask that I would clothe myself with humility toward others. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 4993-4994). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
  191. Heavenly Father, where I see good things in unexpected places, nudge me to give a word of thanks. — OSCAR GREENE Digging Deeper: ACTS 13: 15; ROM. 1: 8; 2 COR. 9: 12–14.  Editors, Guideposts (2012-10-01). Daily Guideposts 2013 (Kindle Locations 3273-3275). Guideposts Books. Kindle Edition. 
  192. Lord, I thank You for the greatness of your love and truth and for the riches of Your kindness, forbearance, and patience. I ask that I would walk in Your ways by loving and serving You and that I would do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus. - Boa, Kenneth; Boa, Karen (2010-03-01). Simple Prayers: A Daybook of Conversations with God (Kindle Locations 5073-5074). Trinity House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition. 
  193. May we rest in You in the quietness of this moment . May we be still and learn anew that You are God. We cast our cares on You. We release our struggles and place them on Your shoulders. We give our worried hearts to You. We rest in knowing You command a multitude of capable angels to watch over us, Your children , because You love us. We rest in the knowledge that Your Spirit empowers us to live a life that is beyond our own ability. Our victory reflects Your power, not ours. That strips away all the pride, all the strain, all the self -effort. You free us to rest in the joy of who You are. We thank You for all these things in the name of Jesus, who is our rest. Amen. - Swindoll, Charles (2013-08-13). Hear Me When I Call (pp. 131-132). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
  194. I forget how gracious and giving You have been, O Lord. Forgive my lack of gratitude and appreciation. I have no reason to desire more. I have more than I truly need already. Help me to use my abundance for the sake of others. Amen. - Psalm 106:7 from "Wisdom from the Psalms - A Daily Devotional” by Dan R. Dick. 
  195. In both good times and bad, Lord, be close by me to help me keep my head about me. Do not let me be swept up in temporary situations, losing sight of Your hand on my life, but let me always feel Your guiding presence. Amen.- Psalm 107:26 from "Wisdom from the Psalms - A Daily Devotional” by Dan R. Dick. 
  196. The Crucible - Father in heaven, as difficult as it is to endure, we thank You for how You transform us in the crucible of pain. You challenge our fears, invade our resentments , change our habits, and crush our pride. These crucible moments fall so hard upon us that it seems You are ruining our lives. Help us understand, our Father, it is just the opposite. You are renovating our whole inner person, not simply by the suffering of our flesh but by the breaking of our wills. Indeed, our Father, You are very much alive and completely involved in our lives during these painful experiences. We ask that as You crush us, reduce us, break us, and mold us, that You will find in us hearts receptive to Your will. By Your grace, on occasion, please reveal to us the reasons for the crucible —those new depths of insight and the new dimensions of spiritual life that only suffering can bring. We’re grateful that You are shaping us into the image of Your Son, who prayed in Gethsemane, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” We pray in the name of our magnificent Savior, who, though Your Son, learned obedience through the things He suffered. Amen. See also Luke 22: 42; James 1: 12– 13; 1 Peter 4: 12– 13; Hebrews 5: 8. - Swindoll, Charles (2013-08-13). Hear Me When I Call (pp. 143-144). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
  197. Father, thank You for life and the gifts life brings. The gift of time. The joy of past and present relationships. The pleasure of building memories that last. We pray that as we grow older we will become wiser. May we learn to keep Your eternal truth close to our hearts, that we might be better women and men in this present world while we await the next one. Whether our days are many or few, and whether Your Son comes in our generation or not, we commit our lives to You. May each and every day be well spent, meaningful , memorable, and all for Your glory. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen. - Swindoll, Charles (2013-08-13). Hear Me When I Call (pp. 149-150). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
  198. Our Father, You instruct us and teach us in the way we should go. Thank You for that. You shine a bright light on our path from Your Word. Thank You for the relief that comes with being forgiven and the peace of mind that accompanies a clean heart. Finally, thank You for Your mercies, new every morning, and Your grace, needed every day. We thank You in the dear name of Jesus. Amen. - Swindoll Charles (2013-08-13). Hear Me When I Call (p. 159). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
  199. O Lord my God, you are awesome and wondrous. Your works are magnificent and your deeds are beyond comprehension. May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart ever declare your praises. May my heart be filled with thanksgiving for all that you have done to save us from sin, shame, law, and death. You alone are worthy of my praise, my songs, and my life. In the holy name of Jesus I pray. Amen. - From Heaartlight.org October 25, 2014 devotional by Phil Ware on Heartlight.org website.
  200. FOR ALL THAT IS IN THE WORLD, THE LUST OF THE FLESH AND THE LUST OF THE EYES AND THE BOASTFUL PRIDE OF LIFE, IS NOT FROM THE FATHER, BUT IS FROM THE WORLD. —1 JOHN 2: 16  
  201. Prayer - Father. we thank You for finding ways to reduce our pride, either through Your Word or through our experiences. I thank You that we can still be who we are while we are engaged in exalting Christ and bringing ourselves in line with Your desires for our lives.  As You rip from our hearts the self-satisfaction that we would love to cling to, Father, and, as we bleed within, remind us that nothing we surrender goes unrewarded. Remind us that as You reduce us and crush us, You make us anew. You help us point our lives to the Savior. Give us satisfaction in the roles You have placed us in, and help us not to worry about being in some place of authority. Ultimately, exalt the name of Christ in our lives. At the same time, use Your Word and Your Spirit to humble us, enabling us to see our pride for what it is. We praise You for Your work through Jesus. Amen. See also Psalm 75: 5; Proverbs 8: 13; 29: 23; 2 Corinthians 5: 12. - From Charles Swindoll (2013-08-13). Hear Me When I Call (pp. 173-174). Worthy Publishing. Kindle Edition. 
  202. Lord, Break my cold, hard, self-centered heart, O God, and replace it with a heart that beats as one with Yours.  Don’t let me be content to be a tourist in this world, just passing through, seeking only to maximize my pleasure and minimize my discomfort.  Rather, allow me to be attentive to what You see, aware of the suffering of those You came to save.  Put within me a heart that is tender and responsive to the needs of Your world, a heart that will never again look at the hungry and the homeless, the sick and the dying, and conclude that they are someone else’s problem.  Give me a heart that will never allow me to consider how little I can get by with but only how much more I can do.And then, Father, with my eyes fixed upon Jesus and the sure and certain hope of heaven before me, give me a willingness to stop and get my hands dirty in being about Your business helping those in need around me.  Amen - From page 198 of the book “He Walks Among Us, Encounters with Christ in a Broken World, by Richard and Renee Stearns.
  203. Use me as You will, O Lord.  Make me an instrument of Thy glory and will. Send the power of Your Spirit into the world through me.  Amen. - From "Wisdom from the Psalms - A Daily Devotional” by Dan R. Dick. 
  204. Everything is Your Gift - Dear Father, Help me to live according to Your Holy Scriptures.  That is why I pray to you in their very words.  I want to be conformed to Your will, for You will what is best for me.  Help me not to be puffed up against my brothers and sisters in Christ.  For who sees any difference in me.  We all have been freely justified by Your grace, forgiven of our sins.  What have I that have not been given?  I cannot boast of anything as if it were not a gift.  Whatever I am or have, Father, you have given.  I would not be addressing this prayer to You if You had not called me to be Your servant, Your child, and Your warrior in prayer.  Thank You for calling me.  Thank You for all Your gifts.  You are so gracious, so kind, so bountiful, so wonderful.  My God, let me walk humbly with You all my days.  In the name of Jesus, who calls us to His own kingdom and glory.  Amen. - From a devotional provided by Heartlight from the book Praying with Paul by Eldon Degge.
  205. Make my life a symbol of Your love and a sign of Your grace. I live my life in Your will, trying to be the best person I can be. Accept my life as an offering of love. Amen. - From the April 20, 2015 "Wisdom from the Psalms - A Daily Devotional” by Dan R. Dick. 
  206. May every word out of my mouth be one that encourages, builds up, or praises. Remove from my heart the desire to hurt others by my words. Fill my mouth with Your thoughts and words, Lord. Amen. - From the April 30, 2015 "Wisdom from the Psalms - A Daily Devotional” by Dan R. Dick.