Second Fiddling…

fiddle and bow

(an acrostic prayer)

Savior and Lord of all of us, master and creator, we come acknowledging today that You and You alone are the first of all else in our lives.

Encourage us by Your Word and by Your Holy Spirit, Father. May we know more about You and how to live in that knowledge for having been in this place today.

Come and rule over us as king and lord as we find our place in Your kingdom’s order and will today, O God.

Order us according to Your will and way, Father. May we “be” before we do, O Lord. We need Your leading and light to go before us as we walk with You.

Negate our feelings of superiority with Your grace and mercy, O Lord. Help us in humility to bow before Your presence today.

Defend us from the world’s spirit that encourages us to believe that we need no one else except ourselves as primary in our lives. Help us Lord, to know You as Lord of our lives and not ourselves.

 

Find us faithful, Father, as we seek to show You to this world. Give us courage to walk for You as king of our lives.

Instill in us the “want to” to allow You to lead us daily, O God. It is so hard to lean on our own wisdom, Father. Grant us Your will and wisdom today, O God.

Deliver us from our self-righteous spirits and arrogant words that hurt and divide Your children, dear Father.

Descend upon us in a way that we will know that You are Lord and Savior, O Lord. May we be still and know that You and You alone are God!

Lead us to the words, the thoughts, and the actions that will exhibit to this world that You are Lord of our lives, dear God.

Invite us, again, Father, to share in Your love and mercy and grace for this world. May we be channels through which You pour Yourself out for all peoples.

Nearer, still nearer, draw us to Yourself, not only in times of public worship, O God, but in those places where we work, places where we have our leisure, and places where we live our lives. O God, we love You, help us to show that wherever we find ourselves.

Guide us today, O God. May we submit to Your authority and love today. Thank you, Father for listening to Your children today.

         In the matchless name of our Lord and Savior, even Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

The Lord’s Supper…

communion

(an acrostic prayer)

Today, Father, we come to remember You and the sacrifice of Your Son for us. We humbly bow in Your presence, O God.

Hallowed be Your name, O Lord, as we come to worship You and to sup with You around this table of remembrance.

Enter into us, Father, to renew and to forgive. May we be reminded of Your love for us as we sing and pray and enter into Your word today.

Leaning into You, Father, we would ask for Your strength to stand against the wiles of Satan in this world today.

Open our minds to understand the meaning of having this meal of remembrance with You, Father, and these Your children.

Reveal to us the meaning of this bread and this cup. Help us to see You in these symbols of remembrance, O God.

Disjointed we feel at times, Father, when we come to Your table. Put us back together with Your mercy and grace, dear God.

Sacred, is this time with You, Father. May we understand all that the word means for us today.

Salve the wounds that this world has inflected on us, dear God. Help us to allow Your healing in our lives today.

Unequaled is Your touch on our lives, Father. Help us to distinguish Your love from this world’s so-called love.

Provoke us to love, Father, even as we remember Your love as we gather around this table today.

Prompt us to allow Your love to live through us to all who see us and know us, Father. May we allow You to answer their questions of why? who? How? and when?

Execute in us Your will for our lives. May we exhibit Your Son’s sacrifice for all to see, O God.

Return us to the path that You have for each of us as we remembered. May You forever reign as Lord and Savior in us, O God.

               We pray in the remembered Lord’s name, even Jesus. Amen!

The Path Continues…

O God, My God…


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(an acrostic prayer)

 O God, my God, I come to worship You this day in the beauty of Your holiness and in the referential awe of who You are.

God, above all of the so-called gods in our lives, we come to confess You with our mouths and believe You with our minds and hold You near to our hearts as we praise You today.

Open our eyes, as we look around our world, that we may see You as You show us the path You have chosen for us today, O God.

Diffuse the doubt that Satan would plant in our minds with the truth of Your word that You have given to us in Your Son, Jesus.

Move us from our selfishness to Your outpouring love to each person You have created. May we see them as You see them.

You are the source of all our freedom, Father. Help us to live in Your high and holy name, O God.

Grant us Your spirit of forgiveness and grace that we should have as we see Your people and live among them in this world, Father.

O Strong God, help us, here in this place, to know and believe that You love us even more than we love ourselves. Sometimes we forget, O God. Please forgive.

Descend upon us today, in the power of Your Holy Spirit, as we worship, O God, our God.

In the power of Your Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen!

 

The Path Continues…

 

The Number of My Days

Hammond Coates:

Excellent! Read on…

Originally posted on Wings of the Dawn:

summer flowers 018So very short my life does span,
Along with every mortal man,
Across tomorrow’s future vast –
Across all history and past.

Just like a blossom’s fragile frame,
Just like a fire’s fickle flame,
Just like an insect’s life is brief,
My life on earth will end in grief.

Though oh so short my life on earth
And while all worldly treasure’s worth
Will fade as grass in passing fields
My Savior’s blood from death me shields.

My breath I take to sing to God.
My song, when raised, though sounding flawed,
Gives praise to Him Who made the stars –
For my life hides within Christ’s scars.

summer flowers 009So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
(Psalm 90:12 ESV)
~~~
(Poem and Pictures by Heidi Viars, June 2014 – In loving Memory of Linda)

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The Name of the Lord…

Rocky Sunset-Shellie Ridenhour

(an acrostic prayer)

Tender Father, loving God and powerful Spirit, we come in adoration and praise to worship You, today.

Hear our prayer, O Lord, and forget not Your mercy as we seek forgiveness and cleansing from our unrighteousness.

Elevate our heads that we might, once again, keep our eyes on You and not this world’s allures.

 

Naked we stand before You, O God, clothed only in our sin. We seek new clothes at the mention of Your name, O Lord.

Accept our pleas for forgiveness and mercy as we call on Your name, Father.

Move us from calling on the name of this world and our own name to calling on Your name, Heavenly Father.

Enter into our lives anew today, O God. Make us come to reflect Your name and all that it means, to those we meet.

 

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth. We come to praise Your name in worship today.

Forge in us the certain impression of who You are as you fire us in the oven of Your will.

 

Temper your judgment with the grace of Your Holy Spirit as You know us, O God.

Help us to be moldable into the people you want us to become. May we be known by Your name.

Enable us to stand before You, O God, as You cleanse us and show us where we are to go, what we are to do and to whom we are to go.

 

Lord, we ask you to listen as we beg for mercy and forgiveness. Listen to Your children praying, Father.

Open our eyes to see You in our times together, Father. May we shift our focus from ourselves to only You.

Rebrand us with the holiness of Your name and with the mercy of a loving father.

Display Your mercy, love and grace in us that this world may know that You are Lord of all.

                In the Name above all names we pray. Amen.

The Path Continues…

Judges…

window-light

(an acrostic prayer)

Jehovah, almighty God, everlasting King, ruler over all and Father to Your children gathered here, we would worship You with all we are in this moment.

Use these precious moments of silence and attention, on our part, to break into our busyness and lay waste the world’s hold over us, O God. Judge us through the blood of Your Son, Jesus!

Develop in us a deep sense of love for You as You look at us through the lens of Your forgiveness, mercy, and grace in Jesus Christ.

Gather us to Yourself, dear Father, as You see us scurrying around with all our plans and perceived importance and hold us in Your arms, less we fall without the possibility of getting up.

Enthuse us by the power of Your Holy Spirit to return to Your path where You are presently walking ahead of, beside of, and with us, dear Father.

Save us from our fears and anxieties of this life, that we may be useful for Your kingdom’s work here in our world today, O God. Judge us by Your love, Father and help us to be more like you to this world today. 

         In the powerful name of the everlasting judge, even Jesus, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…