Daily Prayer Guide

Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations; spare not: lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.

~ Isa 54:2

Labor is life! ’tis the still water faileth;

Idleness ever despaireth, bewaileth:

Keep the watch wound, or the dark rust assaileth;

Flowers droop and die in the stillness of noon.

Labor is glory! the flying cloud lightens;

Only the waving wing changes and brightens,

Idle hearts only the dark future frightens,

Play the sweet keys, wouldst thou keep them in tune.

~ Frances S. Osgood

KEATS

Palled death, with kisses ghostly,

Wooed and won him while too young,

And the world reveres him mostly,

For the songs he might have sung.

~ Samuel A. Wood

Prayer

Almighty God, I pray for the will to do my finest work. Disclose to me if I am being detained by serving selfishness in myself or in others. Lead me to what is right for me to do; and may I diligently tarry in it. Amen.

Daily Prayer Guide

Ye shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come unto the mountain of Jehovah.

~ Isa 30:29

So mine are these new fruitings rich,

The simple to the common brings;

I keep the youth of souls who pitch

Their joy in this old heart of things;

Full lasting is the song, though he

The singer passes; lasting too,

For souls not lent in usury,

The rapture of the forward view.

~ George Merideth

All deep things are Song. It seems, somehow, the very central essence of us, Song; as if all the rest were wrappages and hulls! the primal element of us; of us, and all things.

~ Thomas Carlyle

Lord God, help me to feel the power of praise. “As words without thoughts never to heaven go,” so the highest praises are never sung alone, but rendered with service and love. May I have the heart to sing thy praises far and near, and rejoice in him from whom all blessings flow. Amen.

Daily Prayer Guide

We are pressed on every side, yet not straitened; perplexed, yet not unto despair; pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed.

~ 2 Cor 4:8-9

My soul is sailing through the sea,

But the past is heavy and hindereth me.

The past hath crusted cumbrous shells

That hold the flesh of cold sea-mells

About my soul.

The huge waves wash, the high waves roll,

Each barnacle clingeth and worketh dole

And hindereth me from sailing.

~ Sidney Lanier

To stand with a smile upon your face, against a stake from which you cannot get away—that no doubt is heroic. True glory is resignation to the inevitable. But to stand unchained, with perfect liberty to go away held only by the higher chains of duty, and let the fire creep up to the heart—that is heroism.

~ F.W. Robertson

Gracious Father, thou knowest what I am and the condition of my life. May I seek thy will for me. Grant that I may never struggle for consolation through indulgence and indolence, but in my sorrow and failure may I reach out for thy enduring comfort. Amen.

Daily Prayer 🙏 Guide

The night is far spent, and the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

~ Rom 13:12

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

The flying cloud, the frosty light:

The year is dying in the night;

Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,

Ring out the narrow lust of gold:

Ring out the thousand wars of old,

Ring in the thousand years of peace.

~ Alfred Tennyson

Let every dawn of morning be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.

~ John Ruskin

My Father, as I look to the past days, I feel much of my happiness and much of my misery has come from my own choice. May I be more watchful of my standards and less wasteful of my time, and keep a poise in life that will leave a memory of well-spent days. For the year that has passed and for its blessings I thank thee. Amen.

Daily Prayer 🙏 Guide

Be of good courage, and let us play the man for our people, and for the cities of our God: and Jehovah do that which seemeth him good.

~ 2 Sam 10:12

The government might be serviceable for many things. It might assist in a hundred ways to safeguard the lives and the health and promote the comfort and happiness of the people; but it can do these things only if they respond to public opinion, only if those who lead government see the country as a whole, feel a deep thrill of intimate sympathy with every class and every interest in it.

~ Woodrow Wilson

The hearts of men are their books; events are their tutors; great actions are their eloquence.

~ Thomas B. Macaulay

Lord God, I pray that my estimate of life may not be as I take it, but as thou hast given it for peace and prosperity. Teach me my duty to my country, and make me useful in uplifting and serving humanity. Amen.

Daily Prayer 🙏 Guide

Try your own selves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves.

~ 2 Cor 13:5

Yet frequent visitors shall kiss the shrine,

And ever keep its vestal lamp alight;

All noble thoughts, all dreams divinely bright,

That waken or delight this soul of mine.

~ F.B. Sanborn

One small cloud can hide the sunlight;

Loose one string, the pearls are scattered;

Think one thought, a soul may perish;

Say one word, a heart may break.

~ A.A. Procter

Self-scrutiny is often the most unpleasant, and always the most difficult, of moral actions. But it is also the most important and salutary; for, as the wisest of the Greeks said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.”

~ – J. Strachan

Gracious Father,

Help me that I may not be thoughtless and unkind. May I be gentle and sympathetic. Forgive me for any unhappiness which I may have made, and may it be mine to know the rejoicing that comes hi lifting a discouraged life in time.

Amen.

Daily Prayer 🙏 Guide

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-day—

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.