Prayer Guide

I will seek the lost and bring back the strays; I will bandage the injured and strengthen the sick, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them – with judgment!

[Ezek 34:16 NET]

It is not much

To give a gentle word or kindly touch

To one gone down

Beneath the world’s cold frown,

And yet who knows

How great a thing from such a little grows?

O, oftentimes,

Some brother upward climbs

And hope again

Uplifts its head, that in the dust had lain,

Gives place to morning’s light.

~ E. H. Divall ~

Prayer

My Father, may I not sorrow so that I fail to comfort the sorrowing, and may I not be so happy that I fail to see that others need to be glad. I thank thee for thy providences. May I serve thee in helping others to brighter lives. Amen.

Prayer Guide

Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God.

[1 John 4:7 NET]

Oh! little loveliest lady mine,

What shall I send for your valentine?

Summer and flowers are far away;

Gloomy old Winter is king to-day;

Buds will not blow, and sun will not shine:

What shall I do for a valentine?

I’ve searched the gardens all through and through

For a bud to tell of my love so true;

But buds are asleep and blossoms are dead,

And the snow beats down on my poor little head:

So, little loveliest lady mine,

Here is my heart for your valentine.

~ Laura E. Richards ~

Oh rank is gold, and gold is fair,

And high and low mate ill;

But love has never known a law

Beyond its own sweet will!

~ John G. Whittier ~

Prayer

Loving Father, may I not fall to nodding in the balmy air of luxury and miss the messages of love. Arouse me, that I may give and take in the treasures of love as they come my way, and that they may not pass unnoticed. Amen.

Evening Prayer

TRUST AND GIVE THANKS

[1 Chronicles 16:8; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18]

I pray that you will never stop thanking God for His goodness, even in hard and trying times. May you give thanks to the Lord even when you do not understand His ways, because the Lord cares for you deeply. I pray that you will be confident that He understands your needs and the desires of your heart, even before you tell Him. I encourage you then, to lift up a sacrifice of thanks, even if your heart is downtrodden. May you think of all the goodness God has shown in your life, and remember His faithfulness. I pray that you will trust that His goodness never changes, so give Him thanks!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

TRUST AND GIVE THANKS

[1 Chronicles 16:8; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18]

I pray that you will never stop thanking God for His goodness, even in hard and trying times. May you give thanks to the Lord even when you do not understand His ways, because the Lord cares for you deeply. I pray that you will be confident that He understands your needs and the desires of your heart, even before you tell Him. I encourage you then, to lift up a sacrifice of thanks, even if your heart is downtrodden. May you think of all the goodness God has shown in your life, and remember His faithfulness. I pray that you will trust that His goodness never changes, so give Him thanks!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer Guide

Indeed you will go out with joy; you will be led along in peace; the mountains and hills will give a joyful shout before you, and all the trees in the field will clap their hands.

[Isa 55:12 NET]

Few, in the days of early youth,

Trusted like me in love and truth.

I’ve learned sad lessons from the years;

But slowly and with many tears;

For God made me to kindly view

The world that I was passing through.

And all who tempt a trusting heart

From faith and hope to drift apart,

May they themselves be spared the pain

Of losing power to trust again!

God help us all to kindly view

The world that we are passing through!

~ Lydia M. Child ~

Prayer

Lord God, I pray that I may not rest my hope in self alone, but know that the greatest joy is in the hope of the world. Help me to have faith in mankind; and with a loyal heart and a brave spirit be as kind to the world as I can. Amen.

Prayer Guide

Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love him.

[Jas 1:12 NET]

A man’s own observation, what he finds good of, and what he finds hurt of, is the best physic to preserve health. But it is a safer conclusion to say, “This agreeth not well with me, therefore I will not continue it”; than to say, “I find no offense of this, therefore I may use it.” For strength of nature in youth passeth over many excesses, which are owing a man till his age.

~ Francis Bacon ~

Though man a thinking being is defined,

Few use the grand prerogative of mind.

How few think justly of the thinking few!

How many never think, who think they do!

~ Jane Taylor ~

Prayer

Almighty God, I would learn that while thou art a forgiving Lord, nature has no mercy on them that break her laws. Forgive me for all my neglect, and help me to see the way in which thou hast through mercy led me. Give me the power to endure and the strength to resist temptation. May I seek to understand thy laws, that I may not fail through ignorance. Amen.

Evening Prayer

RESPECT FOR OTHERS

[Romans 12:3, 10; Titus 3:1-2, 8]

I pray that you will always respect other people’s dignity. Honor others above yourself. Do not think more highly of yourself than you should. I pray that you will see yourself the way God sees you, and that you will think of yourself with sober judgment, according to the measure of faith God has given you. Always be ready to obey authorities and slander no one. May you be peaceable and considerate, showing true humility toward all men. I pray that you will devote yourself to doing what is good, excellent and beneficial to everyone. May God be glorified through your humility.