Petitions…

Gloria Scott rain photo Jan 17 2013

photo: Gloria Scott

(an acrostic prayer)

Persistent Father, ever-searching God, loving Spirit, we come to bow down and offer praise and thanksgiving to You today.

Engage us in Your worship, Father, as we have come to express our love for You and to experience Your love for us.

Tether us to Your word, O God, as we offer up our petitions to You in prayer, just now.

Interpret to us Your will for us in Your kingdom here on earth as we wait for Your coming again to get us, your children.

Tension us with a sense of urgency concerning Your kingdom coming where we are as we ask for our daily needs as You taught us, Father.

Involve us in the fulfillment of the petitions and prayers that we bring to You, O Lord. Help us to really mean it when we say, “Here am I.”

Overcome the temptations of this world to sin with the power of Your Holy Spirit living here in us as Your kingdom comes.

Nudge us to forgive as You forgive, Father. Help us to be more like You even as we pray to know how.

Save us, Lord! In our brokenness, reach down to make us whole again. Please restore the joy of our salvation as we ask forgiveness in this hour!

We make these petitions in the name of Jesus Christ, as he has instructed us. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Revolutionary Prayer…

Gloria-Gladys-Sunrise-February 2014

photo: Gloria Scott

(an acrostic prayer)

Revealing Father, You who show Yourself to us through Your Son, Your Spirit, and Your Word, we come to worship You!

Evoke in us a renewed sense of Your kingdom in this time and this place and in us today, Father.

Visit us with Your Spirit as we come to praise You, to sit before You, and to hear You today, O God!

Open our overused minds and lead us beside still waters as You bid us come and rest in you, O Lord.

Lead us from building our own kingdoms into Your kingdom that You have built for each of us who worship You, Father.

Use our presence here today, Father, as a springboard for allowing us to be alongside workers with You in Your kingdom.

Transport us from the constant blathering of this world into Your Word and from there into Your truth, O Lord.

Infuse us with the urgency of finding Your will for us and for those we influence each day, Father.

Overflow into us the power of Your kingdom as we seek to be known as Your kingdom here in this place.

Narrate through us the message of Your kingdom as we live and breathe and have our being in this place.

Allow us to be seen as Your children, working in Your kingdom while on this earth, Father.

Release us from the bindings of our selfish pride and bind us by Your love, Father.

Yearning to be more like You for having been in Your presence, Father, show us how to be You to those you bring to us daily.

Pause us, Father, from the busyness of our present lives, that we might be able to distinguish Your voice.

Remind us that You chose not to speak in the whirlwind, or the earthquake or the thunder, but in the stillness and quietness of Your presence, O Lord.

Attune our ears to hear in the stillness, Father. Help us to know that if we listen carefully, the silence is beautiful.

You, O Lord, are to be worshiped and adored. We want to say, “We love you, Lord. Thank You for loving us first.”

Empty us, Lord, of those things that keep us from giving our all to You. Fill us with You, today, Father.

Return to us, Father, the joy of our salvation. Bend Your ear to us and refresh us, Your children today, O God.

We pray in the name of Your Son, our savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Hallowed and Holy…

Chris Adams 2

photo: Chris Adams

(an acrostic prayer)

Heavenly Father, hollowed be Your name! Holy are You and we come saying that we love you. We come now to worship you, Father, God.

Accept us, Your children, as we kneel in reverence and offer ourselves again to You as we pray in Your name, Father.

Lead us away from the temptations of this world into Your presence as we seek You today, O God.

Lower Your outstretched hand to us and take hold of us to keep us from falling further into sin, dear Lord.

Offering to You praise and thanksgiving, we come with adoration and prayer to offer up ourselves to You, Father.

Weariness overtakes us, Father. We confess we grow weary of the sin that besets us and the unkindness we see and feel in this world. May we not grow weary of doing good in Your name.

Examine our hearts, O Lord, to see if there is any good thing in us that may be used for Your glory. Take it and make it Yours today, Father.

Delight Yourself in Your children today, Father. May we be a sweet savor to You as we worship today, Father.

Awaken within us, Father, the sense of urgency to share You with this world. Grant us courage and motivation for the living of these days in Your will, Father.

Nudge us into the path You have for each of us, Lord. May we present Your hallowed and holy name to this world today.

Descend upon us, Father, in the power of Your Spirit and cleanse us for Your name’s sake.

Hear our prayer today to be more like You and less like this world in which we live. We need Your help daily, Father.

Open our hearts and pour Yourself into us as we study Your word and wait on Your coming again, Lord.

Look into our souls, Father. May we know in some measure as we are known through Your Spirit’s grace.

You, O Lord and Father, deserve our highest praise and our solemn worship as we gather. May what we do and say bring honor and glory to You and to Your name, our Father!

We pray in the name of the one named: “Hallowed and Holy!” Amen!

The Path Continues…

Our Father…

Mr. Patsel-Sky at Myrtle Beach, SC

Photo: Ralph Patsel (in memory)

(an acrostic prayer)

Out of a deep sense of wonder and awe, we come into this place to worship You, our Father.

Usher us into Your presence, Father, as we seek to learn from Your word how to pray today.

Rescind Your judgement on us, Lord, for we pray for forgiveness for having been too much of this world.

Forging a life without Your presence, Father, is an arduous, painful and fruitless existence. Come, our Father. Come quickly!

Accept our longing to know You, Father, as our real want and desire as we sit at Your feet today.

Take us from our shallow understanding of Your word into a deeper appreciation for You in Your word, our Father.

Hear our cries to You, Father, as children in need of Your correction, Your mercy, Your love and Your grace. Teach us how to be Your children.

Employ Your Spirit to lead us to all truth, Father. Open our eyes, minds and souls to hear Your teaching today.

Running to Your arms, Father, we come! We need Your wisdom, Your discernment, Your grace and Your will for each of us today. Teach us, our Father.

In the name of the one who shows us our Father, we pray. Amen

The Path Continues…

Desperate for God…

Cherry tree in fog

(an acrostic prayer)

Dearest Father, lover of my soul, I come to say, “I Love You.” Hear my prayer, O Lord, for I seek Your face in worship today!

Enter into my being, O God, for I fear the things of this earth have entered into me. I feel desperate to be cleaned by Your Spirit’s power.

Save me, O Lord, from the tempter’s lies and persuasions. I hear too many voices call me to come after them. O God, calm my spirit.

Please accept my plea for forgiveness of the sins of pride and selfishness, Father. They over-wash me at times, Lord.  Please help me!

Early in the morning, my soul turns to You, O God. Grant me to walk with You in Your mercies that are new each day.

Return the joy of my salvation as I wait on you, Father. Desperation seems close at times, O Lord. Come closer, Lord.

Attune my heart to Your heart, Father. May my wants and desires beat in rhythm with Your wants and desires for me.

Touch me again, my Lord, and make me clean that I might be useful to You in this place and on this path.

Enclose me in Your love’s embrace that all my fears and desperate feelings would be washed away by Your grace and mercy, O Father.

Forgive me, Father, for I long to be Your child, in Your will, in this place, for Your glory, not mine!

Open the windows of Your grace and shower Your love on me, I pray, dear God.

Replace the sin and sorrow of this world with the assurance of Your presence, O God.

Go before me, O God, and make straight the paths you would have me take. Hedge me in, around and about, Father.

Overcome my lack of courage and lead me to help lead others to worship and adore You, Father.

Desperation can be a deadly thing, Father. Thank You that You are life and You overcome death in us. I lift up unholy hands seeking to offer You praise, Father. Thank You for hearing, O Lord!

In the name of the one who hears my desperate cries, I pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Praise You…

Aubrey Wiley photo

photo: Aubrey Wiley

(an acrostic prayer)

Precious Lord, Father of us all, we come in worship to praise You and to give our thanksgiving to You in this place.

Repair our sinful minds and hearts that have been broken by the sins and temptations of this world, O Father.

Allow us to bow in Your presence and to bring praise to You, such as we can, even as we ask forgiveness for the sin in our lives and the lack of realizing that You are the only true God and we are not.

Inspire our minds to remember who You are and what You have already done for us through Your Son, Jesus Christ and in Your Spirit’s leading and comfort in our lives each day.

Send us to this world to be Your incarnation, Your skin, Your witness and Your love, dear Father. We praise Your loving mercy among us, O Lord.

Enclose us in Your mighty grasp and hold us firm, even as we struggle to get loose, Father. Bring us once again into Your close embrace.

Yearning to be more like You and less like us, we want to praise You more, love You more, and show You more, O God!

Offering You praise, Father, is our worship today. Accept this as just a small part of our offering of a sacrifice of praise in Your presence.

Use us, Lord, to witness to this world through our offering of praise to You. May our praise lead to a life lived in You when we leave this place, Father!

In praise to You, O God, we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Your son.  Amen!

The Path Continues…