Prayer Guide

Do not make friends with an angry person, and do not associate with a wrathful person,

[Prov 22:24 NET]

Hast thou named all the birds without a gun?

Loved the wild rose, and left it on the stalk?

At rich men’s tables eaten bread and pulse?

Unarmed faced danger with a heart of trust?

And loved so well a high behavior,

In man or maid, that thou from speech refrained,

Nobility more noble to repay?

O, be my friend and teach me to be thine!

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

What the superior man seeks is in himself;

What the small man seeks is in others.

~ Confucius ~

Lord God,

May I live for the pure and upright, and have the blessedness of a rejoicing heart. May I yearn for the secrets of nature. Grant that my life may not seek destruction, but tenderly find and protect life.

Amen.

Prayer Guide

For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. — Rom 8:18 NET

Chance cannot touch me! Time cannot hush me!

Fear, Hope, and longing, at strife;

Sink as I rise, on, on, upward forever,

Gathering strength, gaining breath—

Naught can sever

Me from the Spirit of Life.

~ Margaret Fuller ~

But evil is wrought by want of thought, as well as want of heart.

~ Thomas Hood ~

Heavenly Father,

Cause the newness of life to continue to flow through my heart, that I may not be fatigued, as I struggle with discouragements. Release me from hopeless cares that I have made mine, thinking they were thine. May I trust in the boundless limit of thy mercy, and rejoice in the world of living light.

Amen.

Prayer Guide

But he knows the pathway that I take; if he tested me, I would come forth like gold.

[Job 23:10 NET]

Self-love but serves the virtuous mind to wake

As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake;

The center moved, a circle straight succeeds,

Another still, and still another spreads;

Friend, parent, neighbor, first it will embrace,

Its country next, and next, the human race.

~ Alexander Pope ~

A gentleman is one who understands and shows every mark of deference to the claim of self-love in others, and exacts it in return from them.

~ William Hazlitt ~

Lord God,

Teach me how secret actions make or destroy my life. Show me the deep lines made by sorrow and discontent that cannot be effaced. May I look toward the corrections of life and not on my imperfections, that my life may be a helpful influence.

Amen.

Prayer Guide

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct he should show his works done in the gentleness that wisdom brings.

[Jas 3:13 NET]

Nature has written a letter of credit upon some men’s faces which is honored wherever presented. You cannot help trusting such men; their very presence gives confidence. There is a “promise to pay” in their faces which gives confidence, and you prefer it to another man’s indorsement. Character is credit.

~ William M. Thackeray ~

In the heart of Africa, among the great Lakes, I have come across black men and women who remembered the only white man they ever saw before—David Livingstone; and as you cross his footsteps in that dark continent, men’s faces light up as they speak of the kind doctor who passed there years ago. They could not understand him; but they felt the love that beat in his heart.

~ Henry Drummond ~

My Lord, inspire me with kind words and thoughtful deeds, that I may share the yearnings and sympathy of others. May my life show that I am dependable, and may none be left lonely to-day because of my forgetfulness. Amen.

Prayer Guide

So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up.

[Gal 6:9 NET]

Tired! Well, what of that?

Didst fancy life was spent on beds of ease,

Fluttering the rose-leaves scattered by the breeze?

Come! rouse thee, work while it is called to-day!

Coward, arise—go forth upon the way

Lonely! And what of that?

Some one must be lonely; ’tis not given to all

To feel a heart responsive rise and fall,

To blend another life into its own;

Work may be done in loneliness; work on.

Dark! Well, what of that?

Didst fondly dream the sun would never set?

Dost fear to lose thy way? Take courage yet,

Learn thou to walk by faith and not by sight,

Thy steps will be guided, and guided right.

~ Unknown ~

My Father,

If thou wert far off I could not reach thee in time, for I falter so much and need thee so often. I pray that thou wilt keep so near that I can feel thy love and strength breathing within me.

Amen.

Prayer Guide

“Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.

[Luke 13:24 NET]

Longing is God’s fresh heavenward will,

With our poor earthly striving;

We quench it, that we may be still

Content with merely living.

But would we learn that heart’s full scope

Which we are hourly wronging,

Our lives must climb from hope to hope,

And realize our longing.

~ James Russell Lowell ~

Pretexts are not wanted when one wishes a thing.

~ Goldoni ~

Friendship is for all aid and comfort through all the relations of life and death—for serene days and graceful gifts and country rambles; but also for rough roads, and hard fare, shipwreck, poverty, and persecution.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Eternal God,

I pray that thou wilt graciously restore my spirits if I may have settled into despondency over my disappointments. May I have the will to rise above them, and patiently strive for renewed hope.

Amen.

Prayer Guide

Preach the message, be ready whether it is convenient or not, reprove, rebuke, exhort with complete patience and instruction.

[2 Tim 4:2 NET]

Favored of Heaven! O Genius! are they thine,

When round thy brow the wreaths of glory shine;

While rapture gazes on thy radiant way,

’Midst the bright realms of clear mental day?

No! sacred joys! ’tis yours to dwell enshrined,

Most fondly cherished, in the purest mind.

~ Felicia Hemans ~

Genius is intensity.

~ Honore Balzac ~

But what if I fail of my purpose here?

It is but to keep the nerves at strain,

To dry one’s eyes and laugh at a fall,

And, baffled, get up and begin again—

So the chase takes up one’s life, that’s all.

~ Robert Browning ~

My Lord,

My life makes me conscious of weakness, and my memory brings regret; forgive me for the lost strength I neglected to develop. In thy compassion encourage me to be more watchful of my power, that I may usefully increase it, and not willfully deplete it. May I learn the need of constancy in well-doing.

Amen.