Pithy Prayer August 14th, 2018
Where God, Life, & BSF Communities Meet
Please remind me through your Spirit of your nearness and your care. In my moments of struggle and doubt, please make your presence known. It is so comforting to know that my words, thoughts, and emotions are all presented to you through your Holy Spirit. Father, there are times that I feel inadequate and unworthy to approach you. Thank you for giving me the assurance that you will always hear me even when I can’t find the words to say.
Father, I know you love me. You have done so much to bless and save me. I deliberately place the cares, the worries and concerns of my heart in your hands… Father, I also want to thank you for the many ways you have blessed me over my life…Now, dear father, please fill my heart with your Spirit and my mind with the sense of your presence and peace.
Search me, O God, I know that my heart is not always pure and my ways are far from perfect. Search me, O God, for I need your purifying presence. Search me, O God, for I want you to set the course and the destination of my life.
Almighty God and Abba father, over these last several days I have tried to understand your love for me and my fellow humans. I don’t profess to understand your love, but I do know that you have blessed me in ways I could not have imagined. So please, dear father, help me remember your great love for me when I am faced with temptation, led to doubt your love, or wonder about my worthiness. I want your love to be reflected in my daily life. Thanks for loving mightily. Thanks for loving sacrificially. Most of all thanks for loving first.
Father, your love is so vast, so gracious and so life changing. I ask that you, Holy Spirit, would help change my heart to more perfectly reflect and glorify the Father.
Dear Lord, please help us tear down every wall that divides and separates your people. Forgive each other. Prejudice towards each other. Stir in us a deep longing to share the unity of heaven in our world today.
How can I ever thank you for your love and mercy demonstrated in the sacrifice of your Son for my sin? Please forgive me for those times that I have not shown my appreciation for your grace in the way I live my life.
Please forgive me, O God, for the times that I have hedged on my commitment to you and flirted with the darkness. I want to live for you with passion, joy, and fulfillment. I want to be transformed to be like Christ.
What joy fills my heart, Father, when I anticipate what it will be like in your presence— to have you wipe each tear from my eyes and to have you introduce me again to those I love and to those I’ve only known by reputation. Please never let me outlive that sense of anticipation and never let that hope dim in my heart, no matter what else may happen in my life here.
Father, I praise you for your holiness, majesty, and power. I thank you for your loving grace. I am humbled by your sacrificial love that has saved me. But today, dear father, I thank you most of all for your Holy Spirit, who lives in me, who empowers me, who cleanses me, who comforts me, and who makes your fatherhood accessible and real to me.
Almighty and Holy God, may my life delight you and bring you joy. However, dear Father, I am aware that my character falls far short of your holiness and righteousness, and the mercy and grace I display to others pales in comparison to the mercy and grace you have shown me. So please, Father, help me know those areas where I most need to grow to be pleasing to you and to bless others with your grace. Thank you for giving me the Holy Spirit to help transform me.
O Lord Most High use your Holy Spirit to purify and cultivate my heart so that it is soft and receptive to your will and compassionate to those in need. Make it a holy place for your Spirit to live. Heavenly Father, give me a passionate desire to know you and your Son. Please stir my heart for this, the greatest of all pursuits, so that I might grow ever closer to you.
Holy God, I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. I believe that he came to earth as a human, lived an exemplary life of grace and power, and died for my sins so I could live for you, and with you forever.
Holy God, I confess that I get discouraged enduring hardships. I sometimes wonder where you are and why you have forgotten me. Deep in my heart, dear Father, I know you are there. But sometimes, O God, it is difficult to keep my faith burning brightly when I don’t hear your voice or see you face to face. Please strengthen my heart with your Holy Spirit and help me “see” you in a fresh way so that I will open myself to you and be tuned more perfectly to your service.
Loving God, Rock and Refuge of my soul, thank you for giving me the experiences I’ve had in my life. Thank you for the abilities you placed in me while you fashioned me in my mother’s womb. Thank you for the gifts your Spirit molded in me when I became your child. Now, dear Father, please help me to know how and where I am to use these gifts in your Kingdom and to bless those in the world, so that I can help bring others to you, help build up the Body of Christ, and bless your people.
Lord, you know me better than I know myself. Search the deepest parts of my heart for anything that is displeasing to you. Cleanse me of my wandering ways and lead me in your good and righteous way.
Please help me have faith that you are there. I confess that at certain points in my life, you have seemed distant and I have felt alone. Please remind me through your Spirit of your nearness and your care. In my moments of struggle and doubt, please make your presence known.
Thank you God for this day. Thank you for all that lays ahead. Thank you that I don’t have to face today or tomorrow with doubts about my basic values and without a sense of your will for my life. Stir in me a love for your will and your word so that nothing can make me stumble. Empower me by your Spirit and guide me by your truth so that I may more perfectly reflect your character.
Precious Father, thank you for always being there and knowing what is on my heart and caring for me in ways that I cannot even imagine. I long to know you face to face and share in the unbridled joy of heaven with you. Until then, I truly rejoice because I know my future is in your hands.
Thank you for being there in my past when all others forsook me. Thank you for being there when I was unaware of your presence until I looked back and saw the evidence of your grace. Please give me courage to truly believe your promises, especially this one about always being there.
Sovereign Lord of all creation, Thank you for your incredible love for me. While I know I don’t deserve your overwhelming and generous grace, I rejoice in it. While I know my best attempts at honoring you fall short, thank you for promising to welcome me into your presence, care for me and comfort me when I come home to you. Your love, O Lord, is beyond my comprehension and exhausts my appreciation while filling my heart with wonder and praise. I thank you dear Father, for your wonderful and extravagant blessings. All that I have, all that I am, and all that I ever hope to be exists only because of the mercy or grace you have lavished upon me. Thank you, Jesus, for your incredible sacrifice.
As I age, I am constantly reminded, O God, of my transitory stay on earth and your eternal reign in heaven. Give me a sense of my place before you as I seek your will.
Thank you for sending Jesus as the demonstration of your love. I love you, Father. I love you for who you are and what you have done. I love you for what you have promised. I love you for the blessings you shower upon me. I love you for giving me hope. I love you because you first loved me. I love you because you are worthy of all love. But I confess that my love is not as strong as yours, so please, fill me with your love by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Almighty and everlasting Father, I believe that because you have adopted me into your family that death will never claim me because I am yours through Jesus, your son and my Lord, risen from the dead.
Lord, I confess that I have not been on fire for you as often as I would have liked. Please kindle in me a renewed zeal and passion for you and your work in the world.
Father, I seek you with all my heart. While I seek to know about you through your Word, I long to know you and be known by you as a tender father knows his child and as a child feels complete trust toward his tender father. Father, not only be my God, but also be real to me in ways that transcend explanation. Help me to sense your nearness and to know your presence.
O Lord, please guard my soul from pride, my heart from callousness, and my mind on too much focus on unimportant things and not enough on your things. Teach me in my heart what it means to be about my Father’s business, especially in the world of my thoughts.
I confess that I know you so much less than you know me. But your faithfulness in my life, your power displayed in history, your grace shared with so many through the cross of Christ, and your promise to bring me home to you one day all help sustain me. I want to know you so that my life can be lost in your will.