Prayer Guide

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

[Phil 3:13-14 NET]

Whoever is not with me in the essential things of life, him I no longer know—I owe him no consideration.

~ Henrik Ibsen ~

Only he who lives in truth finds it. The deepest truth is not born of conscious striving, but comes in the quiet hour when a noble nature gives itself into the keeping of life, to suffer, to feel, to think, and to act as it is moved by a wisdom not its own.

~ Hamilton Mabie ~


Lord God,

I thank thee for the silent ways of revelation which bring hopeful communion with thee. Help me to be composed, that my life may not create a noise and my soul miss the messages that come from the depths of truth and love.


Prayer Guide

These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up.

[Deut 6:6-7 NET]

What is really wanted is to light up the spirit

that is within a child. In some sense and in some

effectual degree there is in every child the material

of good work in the world; and in every child, not

only in those who are brilliant, not only in those

who are quick, but in those who are stolid, and even

in those who are dull.

~ William Gladstone ~

If you make children happy now, you will make

them happy twenty years hence by the memory of


~ Kate Douglas Wiggin ~


Lord God, may I be diligent for the progress of little children. Show me how I may minister unto them; and grant that I may be able to see the necessity of giving, more than I do the pleasure of receiving. Amen.

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As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God!

[Ps 42:1 NET]

Rivers to the ocean run,

Nor stay in all their course;

Fire ascending seeks the sun;

Both speed them to their source;

So a soul that’s born of God,

Pants to view his glorious face,

Upward tends to his abode,

To rest in his embrace.

~ Robert Seagrave ~

As the bird trims her to the gale

I trim myself to the storm of time;

I man the rudder, reef the sail,

Obey the voice at eve obeyed at prime;

Lowly faithful, banish fear,

The port well worth the cruise is near

And every wave is charmed.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~


My Father, I pray that if I meet with difficulty, I may not go backward, nor stand still, and fear to go forward. Unfold to me the depth and breadth of the ideal and beautiful, that I may not be content to succeed in the shallowness of life: but may I aspire to the height of the soul, even if I fail to acquire great things. Amen.

Prayer Guide

Send your grain overseas, for after many days you will get a return.

[Eccl 11:1 NET]

If stores of dry and learned lore we gain

We keep them in the memory of the brain;

Names, things, and facts—whate’er we knowledge call,

There is the common ledger for them all;

And images on this cold surface traced

Make slight impressions and are soon effaced.

But we’ve a page more glowing and more bright

On which our friendship and our love to write;

That these may never from the soul depart,

We trust them to the memory of the heart.

There is no dimming—no effacement here;

Each pulsation keeps the record clear;

Warm golden letters all the tablet fill,

Nor lose their luster till the heart stands still.

~ Daniel Webster ~

I often wonder why it is that we are not all kinder than we are. How much the world needs it! How easily it is done! How instantaneously it acts! How infallibly it is remembered!

~ Henry Drummond ~


My Father, thou hast taught me through the gifts of life, that there is no labor or price too dear to pay for love. I pray to love thee more that I may have more love to bestow on others. Amen.

Prayer Guide

Since you are precious and special in my sight, and I love you, I will hand over people in place of you, nations in place of your life.

[Isa 43:4 NET]

Among the happiest and proudest possessions of a man is his character. It is a wreath, it is a bank in itself. What is the essence and life of character? Principle, integrity, independence.

~ Bulwer Lytton ~

No great genius was ever without some mixture of madness, nor can anything grand or superior to the voice of common mortals be spoken except by the agitated soul.

~ Aristotle ~

Handsome is that handsome does.

~ Oliver Goldsmith ~


Lord God, forbid that I should try to supplant character with manners and worldly goods. May I remember that thou seest me, and knowest me, and I need no shield from thee. Help me that I may be found acceptable while thou dost search me to the depths of the soul. Amen.

Prayer Guide

Can your heart endure, or can your hands be strong when I deal with you? I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it!

[Ezek 22:14 NET]

Yet nerve thy spirit to the Proof, and blanch not at thy chosen lot; The timid good may stand aloof, the sage may frown—yet faint thou not; Nor heed the shaft too surely cast, the foul and hissing bolt of scorn; For with thy Side shall dwell, at last, the victory of endurance born.

~ William C. Bryant ~

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself into one.

~ James Anthony Froude ~


Loving Father, search me, and if there be any evil ways in me, correct them, and lead me into the ways everlasting. I pray that I may not be deformed from selfishness, but with a lowly and expectant heart run with patience and triumph the race that is set before me. Amen.

Prayer Guide

even for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

[1 Tim 2:2 NET]

O boundless self-contentment voiced

In flying air-born bubbles!

O joy that mocks our sad unrest,

And frowns our earth-born troubles!

The life that floods the happy fields

With song and light and color,

Will shape our lives to richer states

And heap our measures fuller.

~ C.P. Cranch ~

One may secure and preserve that repose in the turbulence of a great city—as Shakespeare surely found and preserved it in the London of the sixteenth century. For repose does not depend on external conditions; it depends on sound adjustment to tasks, opportunities, pleasures, and the general order of life.

~ Hamilton Mabie ~


Gracious Father, help me to understand that peace cannot abide in misery, nor can it stay with every mood. May I be able to overcome the depression that may keep me in sadness and isolation, and have delight in the gladness of friends, and live in the peace of strong resolutions. Amen.