Oh, The Blood of Jesus…

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photo: Gloria Scott

(an acrostic prayer)

Overseeing Father, infinite supplier of grace and mercy, we come to Thank You for saving us through the blood of Your Son, Jesus.

Hear our prayer of grateful love and appreciation as we come to worship You today.

Take us from where we are to where You want us to be in Your grace, O Father of us all.

Help us to be so aware of You that we do not accept this world’s presence as our authority, but live to please You!

Erase the stain of our sin as You remake us, in this place, and in the world where You have called us to live.

Blot out the stains of the sins that easily beset us, Lord! Though our sins be scarlet, make us white as snow, Father.

Lead us into repentance of our sins by the hearing of Your word, in the guidance of Your Holy Spirit!

Open us to Your refining process, ever how painful, Father, that we may be useful for Your kingdom’s work.

Overflow us with Your cleansing water of grace and mercy and Your joy and forgiveness.

Deliver us from the evil one today, O God. May we not be lead into temptation, as we live and breathe and have our being, for Your name’s sake.

Overspread the path You have for each of us with the light of Your presence as we stumble along in our light.

For You, our souls long, dear Jesus. We thank You for giving Yourself that we might live.

Justified by You, Father, help us to live as we are Yours. May our pride be overshadowed by Your life shining through us.

Enthuse us with the joy of Your Spirit living in us so that this world may want to know why we are different and we can tell them.

Send us people in our paths who need to know You, Father, and shine Your Spirit on them through us.

Unify us in one accord; to tell the world about Jesus Christ, Your Son and our Savior.

Sing my soul, and tell all He’s done, ‘til the earth and heavens are filled with His glory!”1

In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

1 “My Souls Longs For Jesus” song lyrics by Ed Cash

The Path Continues…

Hope…

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(an acrostic prayer)

Heavenly Father, giver of peace, joy and hope, we bow in reverence to worship You as we come into this place today.  Hear our prayer, O Lord!

Open the very recesses of our hearts, our minds and our souls and flood them with Your presence, Father. Our beings long for Jesus to overtake and to restore us. Our hope is in You, O Lord!

Protector of Your children, Father, we seek to know You more and to love You better today. May Your word dwell richly in us, O Lord!

Eternal God, may our faith in Your Word and in Your Son Jesus, be accounted to us as righteousness in Your sight, O Lord!

In the name of our hope we pray, even Jesus the Christ! Amen!

The Path Continues…

My Faith…

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photo: Randy Knepper

(an acrostic prayer)

My Father, who art in heaven, yet living in me through Your Spirit, I come to worship You in spirit and in truth.

You have called me to Yourself, through faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ. I come seeking to grow because of Your faith living in me, O God!

Forgive my unbelief and unfaithfulness in times past and set me on Your path of righteousness and grace, dear Father.

Allow me to enter into Your presence, even now, dear God, as I seek to be more like You today and less like past expressions of me.

Instill in me again, the trust that You gave as You called me to Yourself. I need Your faith exposed in Your Son, O Father.

Take me from where You find me to the place You want me to be, O God. May my faith be enough to follow where You lead, Father.

Have thine own way, Lord, in me today. May faith, now planted, bring forth fruit in Your season, O God!

I pray in the name of the only faithful one in whom I can trust, Jesus Christ, Your Son and my Savior. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Grace…

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photo: Randy Knepper

(an acrostic prayer)

God, our Father, we come in adoration with praise to You for Your grace to us in this worship experience today.

Remind us of Your great love for us today, Father, as we seek Your face.  May we know Your presence once again.

Attune our hearts and minds to Your word for us today, Father. May attentiveness to You be our focus.

Correct our leanings to our pride and set us upright again in Your love, for we long to be more like You, O God!

Enter into our worship, dear Lord, to make it into a celebration of only You.  Thank You, again, for loving us in Your grace.

In the name of the one who is grace to us, even Jesus Christ, we pray.  Amen!

The Path Continues…

Ever Faithful…

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photo: Hammond Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Eternal Father, savior of us all through Your Son, Jesus Christ, we long to worship You today through the power of Your Holy Spirit.

Vast is Your mercy and grace and we come humbly before You seeking forgiveness and cleansing today, Father.

Effusive is Your faithfulness to us, Your children, Father.  We want to stop and say, “Thank You, Jesus.”

Reactivate our sense of wonder and awe as we seek to be known as Yours in this world in which we live, O God.

Faint, we are from the temptations of this world, Father. Lead us not into temptation and please deliver us from the evil one.

Agitate us, Father, through Your faithfulness, when we become too comfortable in the sins that beset us!

Incite us to be instruments of Your faithfulness as You use us to seek and to save those who are lost without You, dear Lord.

Teach us to be more like You; to be more loving, more forgiving and more faithful as we walk this sod today, Father.

Hear us, O Lord, for we have become undone in our unfaithfulness to Your word and its dwelling place in us.

Forgive us Lord. May we seek Your face early in the morning when we rise and late in the evening as we rest. May You be the object of our praise, daily!

Unequalled is Your grace, Your mercy, Your love and Your faithfulness, Father. Help us grow in You as we worship.

Live among and through us, Father, as we seek to be show Your faithfulness to all generations!

We pray in the faithful name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!

The Path Continues…

To Dwell…

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photo: Anne Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

(To dwell: to live with…to take up residence with…to stay with…to linger over…to give a period of control over actions, such as the dwell of an internal combustion engine through its distributor or electrical ignition system)

To You, O God, we come to dwell with You in this time of worship, asking that Your word dwell in us.

Offering You control of our lives as You dwell in us and we dwell in Your word, Father, we surrender to Your word today.

Deliver us from our felt need to control everything in our lives without the influence of Your word, O God. I believe You have called that attitude, “Pride.” Please forgive us, Lord.

Without Your word dwelling in us, we become undone, O God. We are broken and have no way of being made whole again. Dwell in us, Father, to restore and to remake!

Examine our hearts, Father, to see where Your word is dwelling and where it needs to be replanted that we may be more like you each and every day.

Look on us to strengthen our faith in You and the power of Your word living in us, O God!

Let us see Your working in this world through Your children to renew, to forgive, to love, to challenge the sinner and to save, O Lord.

In the name of the one who dwells in us and lives through us, even Jesus Christ, we pray!  Amen!

The Path Continues…

Watch Me, Dad!…

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photo: Gloria Scott

(an acrostic prayer)

Wondrous heavenly Father, we bow before You today in worship, praise, and adoration.

Attracted to Your goodness and mercy, we long for You Jesus! We want to live in Your presence. We invite You to watch over us!

Today is Your day, Father. You have made it for us. We acknowledge Your creation with all of its beauty and order given to us, Your children.

Come and watch over us, we pray, O God. We really do want Your watch care. Sometimes we don’t respond well to being watched, Father, but we need You to watch over us, please?

Hear our prayer, Father. During this season of life we remember past things and, perhaps we laugh, perhaps we cry, and sometimes we are numb to the remembrances. Hear, O Lord.

Mend our skinned knees from the times we have run ahead of or away from You and have fallen in our sins, Father.

Empty us of our selfish pride that tends to keep us in a broken state of mind and body, O God.

Dilute the sinful influences of this world’s allures with the power of Your word and the leading of Your Holy Spirit, Father.

Allow us to be “watch-worthy” imitators of You, Father. May others see, feel, and know Jesus in us each day.

Delay Your judgement for Your name’s sake, Father, as we strive to tell others of Your saving grace and help us to be watch-worthy witnesses daily.

We pray in Your name, Jesus. Thank You for watching Your children. Amen!

The Path Continues…