Daily Prayer Guide

He brought me out into a wide open place; he delivered me because he was pleased with me. — Ps 18:19 NET

The sun withholds his generous beam;
Athwart my soul the shadows stream;
The weird winds boisterously blow,
And drift the melancholy snow.

When I, in sorrow and despair,
Expect the storm, with tender care
He rends the clouds and through the blue
The glorious sun breaks forth anew.
— M.B.S.

So with the wan waste grasses on my spear,
I ride forever seeking after God.
My hair grows whiter than my thistle plume
And all my limbs are loose; but in my eyes
The star of an unconquerable praise;
For in my soul one hope forever sings,
That at the next white corner of the road
My eyes may look on Him.
— G.K. Chesterton

Loving Father, if I may be discouraged to-day, strengthen my faith. May I not weary of waiting for thee, but trust in thy promises. Amen.

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Do not fret because of evil people or be envious of wicked people,

[Prov 24:19 NET]

The heart which boldly faces death
Upon the battlefield, and dares
Cannon and bayonet, faints beneath
The needle-points of frets and cares.
The stoutest spirits they dismay—
The tiny stings of every day.

Ah! more than martyr’s aureole
And more than hero’s heart of fire,
We need the humble strength of soul
Which daily toils and ills require.
Sweet patience, grant us, if you may
An added grace for every day.
~ Adelaide A. Procter ~

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea.
~ Alfred Tennyson ~

My Father, I pray that I may not be dismayed over life, and its trifles. Help me to master difficulties great and small, and give me patience through all until I reach the untroubled way. Amen.

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But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind. since he is a double-minded individual, unstable in all his ways.

[Jas 1:6,8 NET]

Unless there is a predominating and overmastering purpose to which all the accessories and incidents of life contribute, the character will be weak, irresolute, uncertain.

~ Frances E. Willard ~

Life is not an idle ore,

But iron dug from central gloom,

And heated hot with burning fears,

And dipt in baths of hissing tears,

And battered with the shocks of doom

To shape and use.

~ Alfred Tennyson ~

O God, help me to be positive. May I not want to be in so many places, and in so many things, that I can never be found in anything. Help me to know that a purpose secured is worth many attempts, and that to have a character I must build it. Amen.

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He does not slander, or do harm to others, or insult his neighbor. He does not charge interest when he lends his money. He does not take bribes to testify against the innocent. The one who lives like this will never be upended.

[Ps 15:3,5 NET]

Get the truth once uttered, and ’tis like

A star newborn that drops into its place,

And which, once circling in its placid round,

Not all the tumult of the earth can shake.

~ James Russell Lowell ~

If you would be well spoken of, learn to speak well of others. And when you have learned to speak well of them, endeavor likewise to do well to them; and reap the fruit of being well spoken of by them.

~ Epictetus ~

Lord God, I bless thee for the lives of men and women who are willing to be led by the truth, and who are worthy to follow thee. I pray that thou wilt make me truthful, and keep me steadfast, that none may go astray by the uncertainty of my way. Amen.

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Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not enter your brother’s house in the day of your disaster; a neighbor nearby is better than a brother far away.

[Prov 27:10 NET]

In the hour of distress and misery the eye of every mortal turns to friendship; in the hour of gladness and conviviality, what is your want? It is friendship. When the heart overflows with gratitude or with other sweet and sacred sentiment, what is the word to which it would give utterance? A friend.

~ Walter Savage Landor ~

The hurried quest of some people to get hold of new friends is so perpetual that they never have time to get acquainted with anyone.

~ M.B.S. ~

My Lord and my Friend, I pray that my sympathy may be sincere and comforting, and with a glad heart I may bring rejoicing to my friends. May I learn from thee how I may be a permanent friend. Amen.

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“Arise! Shine! For your light arrives! The splendor of the Lord shines on you!

[Isa 60:1 NET]

Yes, to this thought I hold with firm persistence—

The last result of wisdom stamps it true:

He only earns his freedom and existence

Who daily conquers them anew.

~ Goethe ~

For thee hath been dawning

Another blue day;

Look how thou let it

Slip empty away.

~ Goethe ~

Happy the man, and happy he alone,

Who can call to-day his own:

He who, secure within, can say,

“To-morrow, do thy worst, for I have lived to-day.”

~ John Dryden ~

Gracious Father, help me to be alert this morning and select the noblest that is in to-day. May I be diligent and not find in the evening that I have been unworthy of the day. Amen.

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The one who steals must steal no longer; rather he must labor, doing good with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with the one who has need.

[Eph 4:28 NET]

Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires, but according to our powers.

~ Amiel ~

How good is man’s life, the mere living! how fit to employ All the heart and the soul and the senses for ever in joy!

~ Robert Browning ~

Do something! No man is born with a mortgage on his soul; but every man is born a debtor to Time. Meet this obligation before you find too late that your life is impoverished and you cannot redeem it.

~ M.B.S. ~

My Father, what I have left out of my life I know I cannot recover now. I pray that I may give the best to what is left. Make me deliberate, that I may prove my earnestness. Make me industrious, that I may use my best resources to develop my life and further thy kingdom. Amen.