Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:25–26, NIV
Dear God and our Father, if only we have You, we desire nothing more in heaven or on earth. Body and soul may fail, but You, O God, are the strength and comfort of our hearts and You are ours forever. May we live in Your Spirit and may Your light shine over us. Touch our hearts and help us understand the greatness of what You call us to. Help us and free us again and again so that we are not bound by fear, even when we must pass through intense suffering. For Your hand shall be with us and shall rescue us. Your hand shall bring about good for us and for all the people around us. Our hearts go out to them and we plead for them too, “Lord, send Your Savior to all.” Amen.
My prayer for you is that you may have still more love – a love that is full of knowledge and wise insight. I want you to be able always to recognize the highest and the best, and to live sincere and blameless lives until the day of Christ. I want to see your lives full of true goodness, produced by the power that Jesus Christ gives you to the praise and glory of God. Philippians 1:9–11, (Phillips)
Lord our God, we thank You for filling our hearts with such great trust. We thank You for all we are given in our lives, above all that we can come to know Jesus Christ. We thank You that over and over we can draw strength and life from his life. Praise to your name, for our life has a goal and we may find strength and certainty during our time on earth. You will reveal what we hope for, and even now You allow us to keep something of this goal before our eyes. We praise You that your name may become great in our midst and that again and again new life can well up from us, who are poor and weak. May your name be praised for setting this goal before us to strengthen us. Amen.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17–18, NIV
Lord our God, our Father in heaven and on earth, we are thankful that You have a people to whom You say, “You are mine.” Grant that we too may belong to this people. Strengthen us in the faith that we belong to You, so that we can come to know your rule and your justice. Protect us on all the paths we follow during our time on earth. The times are evil, but come what may, every single one of us has in his heart the certainty, “We are yours.” You have long watched over us and kept us safe. Again and again we affirm, “We are yours, Lord our God, through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Amen.
God of the universe, heaven and earth, we hold fast the promise Jesus gave his disciples that he prepares a place for those who follow him. Help us honor the memory of those who have fought the fight and won the prize — eternal life with You. We look forward to a reunion with You and those we love. In Jesus name. Amen.
Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, RSV
Dear Father in heaven, give us childlike hearts so that we may understand everything in the right way. Grant us work that bears fruit in spite of our faults and weaknesses, because we want to work with the understanding given by love. Father in heaven, You know that we are faced day and night with many difficulties and setbacks. But You see us, and You will help us so that your name may be honored, your kingdom may come, and your will may be done on earth as in heaven. Amen.
Dear Lord, don’t let us miss You this Christmas season. Help us to simplify our activities and traditions so we can focus our celebration on Your birth. Thank You for being the Prince of Peace, and I ask You for that supernatural peace to reign in our hearts. Thank You for the simple but life-changing message of Your love for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
For this new morning with its light, Father, we thank Thee. For rest and shelter of the night, Father, we thank Thee. For health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends, Father in heaven, we thank Thee. … Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day we bow our hearts to You and pray. Amen.
Dear Lord, we lift to You our concern for people who are more likely than others to become severely ill from COVID-19 — the elderly and people with chronic health conditions. Protect them from harm and be their comfort in this time of uncertainty and, for many, preventive isolation from loved ones. Amen
Righteous Father, though the world does not know You, I know You, and they know that You have sent me. I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them. John 17:25–26, NIV
Lord our God, our Father, give us your Spirit, we pray, for You have ruled over us at all times and loved us with a love that guides and leads us, that helps us go forward in body and soul. Reveal your hand. Grant that we undertake nothing in human strength; may everything come from You for each one whose heart holds true to You and who does the work intended for him. Then everything we do on earth can be a service to You. Protect us through your great goodness and faithfulness, which have been with us to this day and will go with us into the future. Amen.
People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” Mark 7:37, NIV
Lord our God, you fill heaven and earth with your Spirit and allow us to share in your gifts. We thank You for all You have given us, for all You are giving and will give. We are poor and needy; all people are poor and needy in spite of their striving, longing, and seeking. Only You, through your Spirit, can awaken something in us to help us go toward your goal. Keep us from being caught up in what men do. The greatest help for our hearts is what You do, and each of us can tell something about it. Each of us has received help beyond anything we had hoped or thought of. How much You have done for us! How much You are doing for the nations! Yes, we thank You for this present time. Although our lives often seem hopeless and full of sorrow, your powers are still living among men, working for their good and awaking them to new life. The time will surely come when our hearts will be released from their hunger and we can be filled with the life from above, which You give us in Jesus Christ. Amen.