Daily Prayer Guide

Be urgent in season, out of season.
~ 2 Tim 4:2

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

Prayer

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.

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That their hearts might be comforted, they being knit together in love.
~ Col 2:2

Have love! not love alone for one,  
But man as man thy brother call:  
And scatter like the circling sun  
Thy charities on all.
~ Johann Schiller

He spoke, and words more soft than rain  
Brought the Age of Gold again:  
His action won such reverence sweet,  
As hid all measure of the feat.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gracious Lord, I pray that I may not only be known to those who are my own, but may I consider all mankind. May those who need me find me through my gentleness, and may they be assured by quiet confidence and faith. Amen.

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All chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit unto them that have been exercised thereby, even the fruit of righteousness.
~ Heb 12:11

Never yet was a springtime,  
Late though lingered the snow,  
That the sap stirred not at the whisper  
Of the south wind, sweet and low;  
Never yet was a springtime  
When the buds forgot to blow.  
  
Ever the wings of the summer  
Are folded under the mold;  
Life that has known no dying,  
Is Love’s, to have and to hold,  
Till, sudden, the burgeoning Easter!  
The song! the green and the gold!
~ Margaret E. Sangster

In tracing the shade, I shall find out the sun.
~ Owen Meredith

Prayer

Almighty God, grant that as the fulfillment of the green comes to the withered grass, so thy restoring may come to me with the glory of life that comes in the resurrection of the soul. I trust thee to bring me out of winter’s seal, that I may help make the spring. Amen.

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Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are diversities of ministrations, and the same Lord. And there are diversities of workings, but the same God, who worketh all things in all. 
~ 1 Cor 12:4-6

How strange a chequer-work of Providence is the life of man! and by what secret different springs are the affections hurried about, as different circumstances present! To-day we love what to-morrow we hate; to-day we seek what to-morrow we shun; to-day we desire what to-morrow we fear; nay, even tremble at the apprehension of.
~ Daniel Defoe

Now don’t do nothin’ which isn’t your Fort, for ef you do you’ll find yourself splashin’ round in the Kanawl, figgeratively speakin’.
~ Artemus Ward

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Rest in Jehovah, and wait patiently for him: Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way.

~ Ps 37:7

My crown is in my heart, not on my head:  
Not decked with diamonds and Indian Stones,  
Nor to be seen. My crown is called content.  
A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy.
~ William Shakespeare

At the heart of the cyclone tearing the sky  
And flinging the clouds and the towers by  
Is a place of central calm:  
So here in the roar of mortal things,  
I have a place where my spirit sings,  
In the hollow of God’s Palm.
~ Edwin Markham

Prayer

Almighty God, my heart beats quicker and the desire for thy care grows stronger when I remember thy promises are given for all eternity. May I be grateful and contented with thy love and care. Amen.

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Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
~ Isa 5:21

Shall I ask the brave soldier who fights at my side,  
In the cause of mankind, if our creeds agree?  
Shall I give up the friend I have valued and tried,  
If he kneel not before the same altar as me?
~ Thomas Moore

I met a little Elf-man once,  
Down where the lilies blow.  
I asked him why he was so small  
And why he didn’t grow.  
  
He slightly frowned, and with his eye  
He looked me through and through.  
“I’m quite as big for me,” said he  
“As you are big for you.”
~ John Kendrick Bangs

Loving Father, grant that I may not barter love with formalities, nor sacrifice love for customs. But, may I have a fellowship that is true and sincere, and that may be counted on, though all and for all. Amen.

Daily Prayer 🙏 Guide

I spread forth my hands unto thee: My soul thirsteth after thee, as a weary land.
~  Ps 143:6

Every quivering tongue of flame  
Seems to murmur some great name,  
Seems to say to me “Aspire!”  
No endeavor is in vain;  
Its reward is in the doing,  
And the rapture of pursuing  
Is the prize of vanquished gain.
~ Henry W. Longfellow

Never be sad or desponding  
If thou hast faith to believe;  
Grace for the duties before thee  
Ask of thy God and receive.
~ Fanny Crosby

Almighty God, make me conscious of my weaknesses, and make me ashamed of my indulgences. Give me a victory over self; and may I consider more what I put in my life. May I be eager for that which will inspire me for greater aspirations. Amen.

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Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God.
~ Phil 3:13-14

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. Amen.

Daily Prayer 🙏 Guide

Trust in Jehovah, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on his faithfulness.

~ Ps 37:3

’Tis weary watching wave by wave,

And yet the tide heaves onward;

We climb, like corals, grave by grave,

That pave a pathway sunward.

We’re driven back, for our next fray

A newer strength to borrow;

And where the vanguard camps to-day,

The rear shall rest to-morrow.

~ Gerald Massey

Be like the bird, that, pausing in her flight

A while on boughs too slight,

Feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings,

Knowing that she hath wings.

~ Victor Hugo

Eternal God, help me to realize that life is not only endless but, whether I live in love and obedience, or wait in neglect and indifference, that I can never separate myself from thee. May I be diligent in worthy endeavors to do my best for thee. Amen.

Prayer 🙏 Guide

And the glory which thou hast given me I have given unto them.

~ John 17:22

All truly wise thoughts have been already thought a thousand times; but to make them truly ours we must think them over again honestly, till they take firm root in our personal experience.

~ Gothe

The light that fills thy house at morn

Thou canst not for thyself retain;

But all who with thee here are born

It bids to share an equal gain.

The wave, the blue encircling wave,

No chain can bind, no fetter hold;

Its thunders tell of Him who gave

What none can ever buy for gold.

~ Jones Very

Father of love, I thank thee for thy daily love and for thy daily bread. May I feel that thy gifts are for all, and not mine to keep and store from those who are in need. Help me as I say, “Thy will be done to me,” to so will it to others. Amen.