“A Prayer of Thanks for the Cross”

April 7, 2020

Father, when we survey the wondrous cross; the events that led up to this most important time period in history, our hearts are stirred with a contemplative blend of contrition and joyful gratitude for the sin debt You paid on our behalf. The weight of the cross, so heavy that our beaten Savior fell beneath its heavy load, is symbolic of the crushing debt load of sin He carried on our behalf. So heavy in fact that You, our Father God, had to turn away from Your beloved Son as He alone bore the sin of the world. That supremely dark hour was cringing for the loving onlookers as their beloved breathed His last. Christ’s dead body lay in a tomb while His followers were grievous, fearful, questioning, filled with confusion, doubt, regret and without direction. But that would soon change and their lives, along with millions throughout the centuries – ours included – were forever changed and eternally secured through the blood bought Lamb’s sacrificial death. Thank You, Father, for Jesus in whose name we pray. Amen.

“A Prayer Of Thanks For God’s Grace”

April 6, 2020

Father, the story of Malchus reminds us of those who come against You in their thoughts, words and actions. Yet You respond to them in love as You extend Your saving grace toward them. When we were powerless, lost in our transgressions and sins, You died for us, the ungodly. You made a way for us to be justified through Jesus’ shedding of innocent blood so that we, though guilty, could be saved from Your wrath. We are no longer enemies of the cross, but reconciled to You, our Father, through Jesus’ shed blood on the cross. We want to sow seeds of salvation wherever we go and trust You for the eventual saving of lives.

Our eyes are on You and our hearts are drawn to Your Word especially during this critical peak of the coronavirus. People are fearful and uncertain of what the future holds for them, but we know that You have a greater purpose that pertains not only to our present circumstances but also with eternity in view. Help us to find opportunities this historic week of Christ’s death to direct people’s attention to Your Word and the gospel message of salvation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

“A Prayer For Accepting God’s Plan”

April 3, 2020

Father, we may make our plans and are wise to plan ahead, but in the end You have the final say. Just like the farmer, in planning for an abundant harvest, he must prepare the soil and plant the seeds in faith that You will bring about the rain and sunshine to grow the vegetation. But throughout history there has been famine, pestilence, storms, and other destructive forces that shattered instead of rewarding the worker’s efforts. Yet we also read that You have a greater purpose and so often it is calling people to repentance and reliance upon You. You also tap into the hidden reserve deep within our soul that sustains, energizes, and drives us beyond our normal abilities as we adapt our plans to Your will for our lives. Help us to remain faithful and trusting in the process. Amen.

“A Prayer For An Eternal Perspective”

April 2, 2020

Father, there is so much that we can learn from our temporary problems here on earth that better prepares us for eternity. As we work through these troubles, they enable us to have the mind of Christ so that attitudes reflecting the fruit of the Spirit become a spontaneous response to the difficulties that challenge us daily. Just as light, soil, air and moisture are requirements for growth in vegetation so must faith, prayer, self-denial and persistence in obeying God’s Holy Word be requirements for growth in our Christian walk. Help us not to become so caught up in viewing our daily challenges from an earthly perspective that we lose sight of our future home in heaven where no storm clouds ever gather. We stand in the strength of the Lord Jesus and in the power of His might. Amen.

“A Prayer for the Wise”

April 1, 2020

Father, if it takes a fool to say there is no God, then I want to be numbered among the wise who early on believed this statement from You, “I am God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.” This is a declaration of my faith that’s been thoroughly tested throughout the centuries. During this universally hard time I confidently pledge my allegiance to You, an invisible God, but a visible power in my life, in the lives of others, and in the world. Amen.

“A Prayer During The Coronavirus Crisis”

March 31, 2020

Father, love in any language straight from the heart pulls us all together, never apart. Sometimes our language is not spoken with words but is heard or seen through the acts of kindness we extend to others, especially those who least expect it. Instead of feeling that we are deprived of our freedoms during this most critical health crisis, show us ways we can be creative in our expressions of love and care to those who need it most.

Above all, call to our minds daily those in need of our prayer support such as our governmental authorities, our first responders, the massive numbers of health care workers, those who are managing the hospitals, both temporary and permanent structures and for those who are dealing with the public in various settings. Provide the necessary equipment for protective gear as well as therapeutic treatments for those with the virus and testing for those who are ill. Bring comfort and guidance to those who have lost loved ones due to this insidious virus and above all bring about a mighty revival of salvation to our country and throughout our world. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

“A Prayer Of Thanks For Salvation”

March 30, 2020

Father, You made Jesus who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. Nothing within ourselves or our works could elevate us to such a lofty position nor could it open the door to salvation or obtain for us the eternal dwelling Jesus is preparing for all who follow Him. All our soul’s diseases are submerged in the life giving blood of the Lamb who was slain once and for all for our sins. We thank You for breaking the chains that bound us to an evil taskmaster and setting us free to live an abundant life here and now and even more fully in the hereafter. We thank You for Christ who made it all possible. It is in His name that we pray. Amen.

“A Prayer Of Trust”

March 27, 2020

Father, we don’t always know where our present steps will take us on life’s journey, but we do know they lead us to heaven as we walk with You. Our steps here may lead to steep mountains or deep valleys. Crooked paths and rough terrain may be part of the journey, but ultimately we will rest where the steps of Jesus end at heaven’s throne. There we will no longer have questions about our future, for we know that we will spend eternity forever worshiping You giving You glory, honor, praise, and thanksgiving. Grant us peace and joy for our journey here below, amidst the sickness and suffering, as we anticipate our future eternal inheritance. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

“A Prayer Placing My Life In God’s Hands”

March 26, 2020

Father, many look for quick answers or temporal solutions to life’s difficulties, but as for me I seek after You, and place my cause before You as I wait expectantly for the God of my salvation to hear and answer me. Just as David sought safety from King Saul by hiding in mountains and caves, I seek safety by hiding in You, the Rock that is higher than I.  I have nothing to dread, nothing to fear, when I am leaning on the everlasting arms of Jesus. What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, no matter the chaos of the day when I lean safe and secure on the arms of Jesus. And there I will abide, for apart from You I can do nothing that calms my fears or prepares me for my eternal resting place. Amen. 

"A Prayer For Blessed Assurance"

March 24, 2020

Father, as heirs of Your salvation, we have been purchased with the sacrificial blood of Your precious Son, Jesus. He gave His all that we might be saved from the eternal consequences of sin and have our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. We have the blessed assurance that we are redeemed from sin and saved for eternity in heaven. Thank You for such wondrous love and abundant provision on our behalf. Amen.