God The Father…

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photo: Hammond Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

God our Father, we come in humble adoration to worship You in this place given to You as a symbol of our love for You!

Order our lives in the correct pattern that You have chosen for each of us, Father. Strip away the excesses of our lives and make us again in Your image.

Distinguish us from the ways of this world as we strive to live for You in ways that are true and plain, dear God.

Turn us from the sirens of this world’s pleasures to the truth that You and Your word whispers in Your still small voice, dear Lord.

Hear our prayer today, Father, and visit us with Your Holy Spirit as you forgive and rain Your mercy on us.

Establish the work of our hands, O God. May we be Your hands, Your feet and Your voice in Your kingdom’s work today.

Fade the stain that this world’s temptations have left on us so that the world may see us as different in Your love, O God.

Affix Your countenance on us, Father. Help us to walk in the light of Your face as we live our lives today.

Temper Your judgement of us through the shed blood of Your Son, Jesus, Christ, so that we may stand in Your presence, Father.

Heal our brokenness with the touch of Your Spirit’s presence, Father. We are without hope with Your presence, O Lord.

Enter now into our worship to hear, to see, to enjoy Your children today, Father. May our worship be pleasing in Your sight.

Remove whatever is hindering our worship, Father; be it pride, be it laziness, be it inattention. We long to know You in worship today.

We pray in the name of the one who shows us the Father, even Jesus, the Christ. Amen!

The Path Continues…

When We Come to the Lord’s Table…


(A Pastoral Prayer)

We come to Your table, Lord, not because we am worthy, not for any righteousness of ours. For we have sinned and fallen short of what, by Your help, we might have been.  Father forgive us.

We come to Your table, Lord, not that there is any magic in partaking of the symbols of Christ’s body and blood, but we come because You bid us come. It is Your table, and You invite us. Father, we thank You for the invitation.

We come to Your table because it is a memorial to Your Son, Jesus Christ…as often as it is done, we do it in remembrance of Him. And we remember Him…His life, His sufferings and death. We want to humble ourselves in His presence and bow before Him in worship. Father, accept us as we come.

We come to Your table, Lord, because here is portrayed Christian self-denial, and we are taught very forcibly the virtue of sacrifice which has salvation in it. Father, accept us as we come.

We come to Your table, Lord, because here we have the opportunity to acknowledge our unworthiness and to make a new start. Father, give us Your strength to carry on.

We come to Your table, Lord, because we find comfort and peace. Father, grant us the peace that passes all of our understanding.

We come to Your Table, Lord, because here we find hope.  Father, we hope only in You.

We come to Your table, Lord, because we rise from this place with new strength, courage and power to live for You who died for us.

In the remembrance which only You can bring, we pray, in the name of Jesus, Your Son, our Savior.  Amen.

(A compilation of prayers from my personal prayers and others)

The Path Continues…



photo: Hammond A. Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Coming now to You, dear Father, we choose to worship You by the power of Your Spirit and in Your truth today!

Hear our prayer, O God! Receive us, Your children, as we consciously wait before You.  We bring our “want to” to You in something of a sacrifice of praise to You today.

Over all that we say and do in this hour, Father, we lay our love for You and ask that you remake us to show Your love for us to all we come in contact with today.

Intercept our selfish choices and replace them with Your will for us, even today, O Father.

Control our going out and our coming in, Father, that we may go where You go and do what You do.  We long to be more like you, Father.

Eternal are Your choices, dear God! May we learn to think like you think, to decide as You decide and to love like You love!

Send us from this place, O Lord, that You word may live in and through us. May the world see our choices and want to know why we chose to do what we do. Help us to tell them about Your Son, Jesus, our savior.

In the name of the only choice for eternal life, Jesus Christ, our Savior, we pray.  Amen!

The Path Continues…

Words Spoken in Deeds ~

Amen and Amen!

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann


Acts of kindness,
words of hope
we all need them
to help us cope.

Acts of compassion,
words of forgiveness
we should all make
our daily business.

Acts of love,
words of encouragement
helps us through
our own discouragement.

Acts of gentleness,
words of appreciation
seen in our actions
and communication.

Acts of generosity
words of helpfulness
leaves no room
for our own selfishness.

Acts of kindness,
words spoken in deed
we all should give . . .
but, we also need!


Ephesians 4:32

“And be ye kind one to another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, even as God for
Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

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Glory to God…

Bennie Adams-Sunset-West Springfield, VA

photo: Bennye Adams

(an acrostic prayer)

Glory to God in the highest and to the Father of all who call on His name and to the Son and the Spirit! We come to worship You today.

Longing to be more like You, Father, we come to gather in Your name and seek Your Spirit’s leading as we come.

Order our lives by the power of Your Holy Spirit, O God! May our courses lead to You, Father, as we walk in the paths You choose for us.

Remake us in Your intended image, Father. May we bring glory to You as we live as Your children in this world.

You alone as worthy to receive whatever honor we can give, O Lord. Accept us today as we humbly bow in worship and praise to YOU.

Take us from this place into the places that need You, Father. May we be willing instruments of Your kingdom.

Open our eyes, Lord, that we may see Your kingdom work needing to be done and open our hearts that we may be willing to do it!

Grace and mercy flow from You to us, dear God. May we be an unobstructed channel that allows you to flow through us to others.

Overshadow this world’s influence on us, Lord, with the light of Your word as we strive to live in Your Spirit!

Develop the picture of our lives that we may become the people that You desire in order that we might bring glory to You, O God!

In the name of the only one worthy of glory and honor and praise, even Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray.  Amen!

The Path Continues…



Dark to Light

photo: Hammond Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Remembering past actions by others causes us to drop to our knees to worship You because of Your mercy and Your love, Father.

Eternal in the heavens, You are, O God, yet You see and feel our distress and You shower us with Your grace.

Move us to forgiveness for sins committed against us, Father, as You have forgiven sins we have committed against You.

Envelope us in Your mercy, Father. May we be and become more merciful, O God. May we be Your instruments of peace in this world.

Mountains of hate and evil seem to prevail in our land, dear Lord. Help us to disarm that hate and evil with Your love in Your grace.

Before we were created, You had a plan for us, Father. May we seek Your will and Your plan for us as we worship and as we allow Your Spirit to live in and through us each day.

Empty us of our selfish, hurtful, prideful attitudes and actions, Father. Fill us with Yourself, that the world would know You through us each day we live.

Remember us, even as the dying thief on the cross, we ask You to remember us as we live and breathe and have our being, dearest Father.

In the name of the one who neither slumber nor sleeps, but remembers His children. Amen.

The Path Continues…

Living Sacrifices…

Jennifer Williams Paschal Photo

photo: Jennifer Williams Paschall

(an acrostic prayer)

Lord God Almighty, we come to worship You with all that we have and all that we are today.

Invest in us Your Holy Spirit, Father. Come and cleanse us from our sin, O God!

Verify Your mercy given to us through Your Son, Jesus Christ, by the covering of His blood.

Instill in us the wonder and awe of Your love for us, dear Father.

Nearer to who You are, Father, we long to come to sit at Your feet and learn of You!

Grant us forgiveness, O Lord, for those things, thoughts, feelings, that regularly tempt us to sin against You.

Share Your grace through us to this world as we live and breathe in this life, O God.

Afflict us with the urgency to share Jesus Christ with this world in which we live.

Correct our misunderstandings and lead us into all righteousness for Your name’s sake, Father.

Remove the stain of sin from our light so that we may shine brightly for You, O God.

Instill in us Your love and mercy so we may be Your instruments of peace in our world today, dear Father.

Forgive us for not being more loving, more forgiving, more merciful to those we live with and to those You bring into our life path.

Involve us in Your Spirit’s work, Father. May we see where He is working and come alongside to help in Your kingdom’s work.

Continue to use Your children to bring Your kingdom in this place, Father.

Enter now into our worship, O God, and may we be a pleasing, sweet savor to Your nostrils today.

Save us, Lord! May we indeed be living sacrifices unto You and Your Kingdom, dear Father!

We pray in the only living sacrifice who saves us, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

The Path Continues…