Eternal Mercies…

photo by Linc Taylor

photo by Linc Taylor

(an acrostic prayer)

Eternal God, loving Father, and comforting Spirit, we come to worship You and to thank You for Your eternal mercies shed on us today.

Touched by Your loving kindness through the life of Your Son among us, we praise You for Your eternal mercies given to us through him.

Enter into our worship and praise to receive glory through us Your children and to hear us as we pray in Your spirit’s mercies.

Renew our mind as we live in Your grace. May we show Your eternal mercies to each we meet, dear God. May Your mercies through us beget more children for You.

Newness of spirit, O Father, we seek Your newness of spirit. May our spirit of grace and mercy reflect Your perfect love to this world.

Accept us, once again, dear Father. May Your eternal mercies overshadow our guilt and shame as we come to worship You today.

Lift us from the miry environs that we find ourselves in, Father.  May Your mercy and grace wash us clean in Your presence today.

Make us one, Father God, with You and with Your children everywhere on this earth.  May we seek Your presence in the presence of Your children.

Explore our hearts, our minds, our very souls, as we surrender them to You in this worship time, O Lord. We pray for more mercy and grace today.

Remove the scale of hardness from our hearts, O Lord. May we be pliable in Your hands of mercy today.

Come quickly, dear Father. We need Your mercy for our world today. May we be more of what You want us to become for having been here today.

Instill in us as sense of urgency even in the midst of Your eternal mercies, Father. May we sense You telling us to go to our world today.

Enlighten our darkened minds and hearts with the truth of Your word and with Your presence through Your mercies again today, O God.

Save us, Lord! In the midst of this sinful world, we cry out for Your continued eternal mercies, O God!

In the name of the one who showed us Your mercy, Father, even Jesus Your Son, we pray.  Amen!

The Path Continues…

Jubilee…

Photo: Hammond Coates

Photo: Hammond Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Jesus, our savior and Lord, we come to praise You in the awareness that You are our reason to celebrate as we worship today!

Ushered into this time of joy and jubilee by Your coming to us to save and bring Your kingdom to us, we bow down in Your presence, dear Lord.

Before we were formed You had planned this jubilee age for us to know You and all Your love for us.  We thank You!

Inspire us by Your Spirit’s presence to take this jubilee to the world in which we live, dear Jesus.  May we share You and not ourselves.

Lead us, Lord, to realize and to believe that You are our jubilee! Help us to know that it is not a singular event, but rather it is a person, You, O Lord!

Expose our unbelief, Lord, that we might grow to understand Your kingdom here on this earth, living in and through Your children.

Expand our application of Your kingdom through our living, lived in Your will, O Lord. Thank You for being our jubilee, now, and forevermore!

In the name of our jubilee, even Jesus Christ, we pray, with thanksgiving. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Holding On…

photo: Hammond Coates

photo: Hammond Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Heavenly Father, You who hold out Your hands to us through Your Son, Jesus, we have come to worship and praise You today in a spirit of adoration and thanksgiving.

Out of our sinfulness we reach out to You and thank You for holding on to us Your children.  Thank You for Your cleansing forgiveness and Your overwhelming mercy, Father.

Let the loving grasp of Your hands pull us closer to You, dear Father. We need to be held on to, O God.

Deliver us from the grasp of the world’s clutches, O God. The world’s hold on us is so powerful at times, that we fall into it’s influence. Forgiveness through Your grace is what we plead for today, O God.

Issue to us, again, the assurance of Your holding on to us, Father. Our minds wander as we see and hear the sirens of this sinful world.

Naïve we are, Father, for we think we can stand on our own.  We think we need no one holding on to us to keep us from falling further into sin.

Grasp us tighter, Father, when we struggle and sink deeper into our prideful selves. We need Your firm hold on us.

Open our eyes that we may see our sinful selves so that we may allow Your spirit to guide and to teach us Your will, O God.

Notwithstanding our sin, Father, save us in Your hands of grace and mercy.  Thank You for holding on to us. We praise You! We love You! We worship You, O Lord!

In the name of the one who reaches out and holds us in the palm of his hand, even Jesus Christ, we pray!  Amen!

The Path Continues…

Desirable Desires…

photo: Hammond Coates

photo: Hammond Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Dear Lord, into Your house we run today to seek Your presence in our lives anew and afresh.  We long to worship you!

Excise the sin from our lives with the sword of Your word as we hear it today. May we surrender our wills to Your will, Father.

Supplant our desires with Your desires for us, Father. Help us to see Your desirable desires for each of us, today, O God.

Instruct us through Your Spirit, Father, as we read Your word today.  May we be doers and not hearers only.

Remove the fear from our hearts and minds as we approach You today, Father. Help us to know Your love casts out our fear.

Align our hearts, our very beings, with Your desires for us today even in this worship time and space, dear Lord.

Begin in us again, the newness of life that you have for each of us through the death, burial, and resurrection of Your son, Jesus Christ, our Lord!

Lean into us today, O Lord, that we may learn the value of leaning ourselves into you!

Examine us, Father, through the prism of Your grace and mercy. May we be found useful as a reflection of You today!

Develop us into the likeness of Jesus, Father. May we become more like him for having been in this place today.

Envelope us, around and about, with the power of Your Spirit to forgive as we have been forgiven and to show mercy as You have been merciful to us, O God!

Save us from our selfish desires, Father. We know that left to ourselves, we are sinful and our desires are wrong-hearted.

Infuse us with the power to be Your love in this world, Father. May what we do be an instrument of Your love and peace, O God!

Replenish the joy of our salvation, dear God. We confess our sinfulness has stolen parts of us. Please restore Your joy to us!

Empty us of ourselves and fill us with Your Spirit.  May we be a shining beacon to draw people to You, Father.

Send us from ourselves unto those who need You, O God. Open our eyes to see where You need to be shown as we reflect you today, O God.

         In the name of the most desirable desire, even Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray.  Amen!

The Path Continues…

Bless the Lord…

photo: Cindy Adams Hennigh

photo: Cindy Adams Hennigh

(an acrostic prayer)

Blessed Savior, Son of God, savior of us all, we come to pray in Your name, to worship You, to bless Your holy name.

Lead us from the sinful path that we have walked, into Your path of grace and mercy, Father.

Enthuse us by Your Spirit, that we might encourage those we meet, to trust in You, dear Father.

Saturate us with power of Your Spirit that we might allow You to bless others through us, O God!

Segregate us from Satan as we strive to show You to this sinful world, Father. May we allow You to be our defense and stay.

Temper us by the fire of Your word, O God! May we come through Your purifying love and mercy and be found useful to You!

Hallowed be Your name, O Lord. We want to be a blessing to You as You seek to save and restore those who do not know You through Your Son.

Exhibit through us Your love, Your mercy, Your forgiveness, and Your grace, O God.

Longing to see you face to face, Father, we seek to be with You and to be used in Your kingdom’s work, even here, even now!

Occupy our minds today, Father. May we be ever conscious of Your Spirit’s leading in our everyday lives.

Rain Your cleansing mercy and grace down on Your children today, O God. May we reflect You to our world today.

Defer Your judgment on those who do not accept You today and give us the courage to go to them that You might save, even as You use us to share Your love to them!

In the name that is blessed above all other names, even Jesus Christ, Your Son, we pray.  Amen

The Path Continues…

On My Knees…

Dismal Mountain, Amherst County, VA.

photo: Hammond Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Omnipotent Father, You alone who hear our prayers in the name of Your Son, Jesus, we come to worship You in this time and place.

Newness of life is what we seek, Father. We come in prayer to offer ourselves again to You. Hear our prayer, O Lord!

Move us from self-reliance to full reliance on You and Your word as Your Holy Spirit guides us to Your understanding today, dear God.

Yearning for the freedom of full-release from the guilt of our sins, Father, we seek Your forgiveness in Your mercy.

Known by You, Father, we are sometimes frightened by that knowledge. Help us to realize, anew, that You only want what is best for us in Your will. Father, forgive our fearfulness before You!

Needing to be cleansed, we come seeking Your cleansing stream of forgiveness, love and mercy, dear Father.

Envelope us in Your grace, Father. Help us, even as we pray, to understand something of the love it takes to show Your grace to others we meet here on this earth.

Even in the midst of praying, we want to praise and worship You, Father, for You alone are worthy to be praised!

Save us, Lord! We kneel before You in earnest prayer and adoration. May our prayer today be a sweet savor raised to You.  Thanks You Father, for hearing us today.

         We pray in the name of Your Son and our Savior, with thanksgiving. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Jesus, My Friend…

Red Maple alongside Crabtree Falls

photo: Hammond Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Jehovah God, ruler of the universe, we come to worship You and only You today through Your Son, Jesus Christ and in the power of Your Holy Spirit.

Envious of the stillness You require, we come to lay down our busyness and constant motion to be still and know You, Father.

Save us through the blood of Your Son, Jesus.  He calls us friend, Father. May we be friends to You as we worship today.

Usher us into Your presence, Father, by the leading and urging of Your Spirit.  May we sense Your love, mercy and grace, even now, O Lord.

Send us in the same power that calls us to show Your love to this world in which we live. We need your “alongside-ness,” Father.

Move us from selfishness to friendliness, Father. A friendliness that looks after those in need and helps those who need You.

Your requirements of love, justice and mercy are ever before us, Father. Help us to allow You to live them through us today.

Forget our sins, Father. We know Your Son’s blood will cover us if we repent. May we be seen through His sinless life as worthy to be called Your friends today. Father forgive us!

Remove the darkness from our eyes that we may see the who, what, when and where of Your will for us today, O God!

Instruct us again through Your word today, O God. May our hearts, souls and minds be attuned to You today.

Enter into our consciousness to awaken us to Yourself as we strive to be still and know as we are known.

Nailed to a cross, forsaken by His earthly friends, yet Your Son called them friends, Father. May we somehow come to understand just a portion of that kind of love, Father, as we live for You in this world.

Damnation is what we deserve, O Father.  Help us as we examine ourselves today in the light of Your word to fall on Your Son’s blood and be covered to rise pure in Your sight, Father.

We pray with thanksgiving for Your forgiveness and mercy, Father and in the name of our friend, even Jesus Christ. Amen!

The Path Continues…