Daily Prayer Guide

My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: My heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

~ Job 27:6

God is never so far off as even to be near
He is within: Our spirit is the home he holds most dear.
To think of him as by our side is almost as untrue
As to remove his throne beyond the starry blue.
~ F.W. Faber

Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!
E’en though it be a cross
That raiseth me;
Still all my song shall be
Nearer, my God, to thee,
Nearer to thee!
~ Sarah F. Adams

My Father, may I consider the place in which I stand: and may I not be deceived in thinking I am near thee while I am living far away. Teach me the way to draw nearer to thee each day, until my spirit may continually dwell with thee. Amen.

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He that slandereth not with his tongue, Nor doeth evil to his friend, Nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbor; He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

~ Ps 15:3,5

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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Remember his covenant for ever, The word which he commanded to a thousand generations.


~ 1 Chr 16:15

Go forth at eventide,
The eventide of summer, when the trees
Yield their frail honors to the passing breeze,
And woodland paths with autumn tints are dyed;
When the mild sun his paling luster shrouds
In gorgeous draperies of golden clouds,
Then wander forth, mid beauty and decay,
To meditate alone—alone to watch and pray.


– Emma C. Embury

O ye, who proudly boast,
In your veins, the blood of sires like these,
Look to their lineaments. Dread lest ye lose
Their likeness in your sons. Should mammon cling
Too close around your heart, or wealth beget
That bloated luxury which eats the core
From manly virtue, or the tempting world
Make faint the Christian purpose in your soul,
Turn ye to Plymouth Rock, and where they knelt
Kneel, and renew the vow they breathed to God.


– Lydia Sigourney

Educate children without religion, and you make a race of clever devils.


– Duke of Wellington

O Lord of wisdom, kindle me with a love for true knowledge, that I may strive, in the moments I have now, to culture my life. Not by might, not by power, but by thy spirit, O Lord, may I learn and teach thy children. Amen.

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Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.

~ Isa 26:3

How comes it to pass, then, that we appear such cowards in reasoning, and are so afraid to stand the test of ridicule?
~ Earl of Shaftesbury

He that of such a height hath built his mind,  
And reared the dwelling of his thoughts so strong,  
As neither fear nor hope can shake the frame  
Of his resolved powers; nor all the wind  
Of vanity or malice pierce to wrong  
His settled peace, or to disturb the same:  
What a fair seat hath he, from whence he may  
The boundless wastes and wilds of man survey?
– Samuel Daniel

O Lord, it is not that I am ashamed to ask thee for the truth that I do not more diligently seek it, but it is because I fear the sacrifice that may follow in obtaining it. I would that I could understand that thy strength is given in the sacrifice. Make me braver as I seek to live in the truth. Amen.

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Render therefore unto Cæsar the things that are Cæsar’s.

~ Matt 22:21

When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself public property.

~ Thomas Jefferson

We hold these truths to be self-evident—that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

~ Declaration of Independence

Breathes there the man with soul so dead  
Who never to himself hath said,  
This is my own, my native land!  
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burned  
As home his footsteps he hath turned  
From wandering on a foreign strand?

~ Sir Walter Scott


My Lord, I thank thee for the wisdom and love that is spoken through the lives of strong men and women. Grant that I may be willing to learn of them, and gladly serve where I am needed, remembering that thou art Lord of all. Amen.

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Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will take refuge.

~ Ps 18:2

A mighty fortress is our God,  
A bulwark never failing:  
Our helper he amid the flood  
Of mortal ills prevailing.  
For still our ancient foe  
Doth seek to work us woe;  
His craft and power are great:  
And, armed with cruel hate,  
On earth is not his equal.
~ Martin Luther

Let us stand by our duty fearlessly and effectively. I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light that I have.
~ Abraham Lincoln

Lord God, help me to lay my life in the rocks of thy foundation, and not in moving sands which are tossed from shore to shore. May I cling to the rock that was cleft for me and trust for thy care. Amen.

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The lip of truth shall be established for ever; But a lying tongue is but for a moment.

~ Prov 12:19

Never let the most well-intended falsehood escape your lips; for Heaven, which is entirely Truth, will make the seed which you have sown of untruth to yield miseries a thousandfold.
– Charles Lamb

We cannot command veracity at will; the power of seeing and reporting truly is a form of health that has to be distinctly guarded, and as an ancient rabbi has solemnly said, “The penalty of untruth is untruth.”
– George Eliot

The bat hangs upside down and laughs at a topsy-turvy world.
– Unknown

Lord God, give me the will to hold to the truth and the strength to help keep the world true; and may I help others to look up and catch the truth from the purest light. Amen.

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And thy gentleness hath made me great.

~ Ps 18:35

How like a mounting devil in the heart  
Rules the unreigned ambition! Let it once  
But play the monarch, and its haughty brow  
Glows with a beauty that bewilders thought  
And unthrones peace forever. Putting on  
The very pomp of Lucifer, it turns  
The heart to ashes.
~ Nathaniel P. Willis

Temperance, in the nobler sense, does not mean a subdued and imperfect energy; it does not mean a stopping short in any good thing, as love or in faith; but it means the power which governs the most intense energy, and prevents its acting in any way but as it ought.
~ John Ruskin

Gracious Father, I pray that I may be willing to profit by the experience of great teachers, and appreciate the value of strong principles. May I too live for the higher ideals of life, and through a sympathetic response add power and virtue to other lives, while gaining strength for my own. Amen.

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And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works.

~  Heb 10:24

A cold wind stirs the blackthorn  
To burgeon and to blow,  
Besprinkling half-green hedges  
With flakes and sprays of snow.  
  
Through coldness and through keenness,  
Dear hearts take comfort so:  
Somewhere or other doubtless  
These make the blackthorn blow.
~ Christina G. Rossetti

There are some men and women in whose company we are always at our best. All the best stops in our nature are drawn out by their intercourse, and we find a music in our souls never there before.
~ Henry Drummond

Prayer

My Father, I thank thee for life. Make me sensitive to the unseen influences that bring thy messages. May I be led where great riches may be found through small kindnesses, and where I may learn from the meek the beauty of earth. Amen.

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In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.

~ Prov 3:6

Keep me, I pray, in wisdom’s way,  
That I may truths eternal seek;  
I need protecting care to-days
My purse is light, my flesh is weak.
~ Eugene Field

No one could tell me where my Soul might be,  
I searched for God, but God eluded me.  
I sought my brother out, and found all three.
~ Ernest H. Crosby

My Father, may I not face the going down of the sun to-day, looking at life, in a mirror that reflects my own privileges and prejudices, but may I see it as it is, known to those who are living to make it better. May the days to come prove my sincerity in wanting the truth that I might live by it, and help to do good with it. Amen.