The Bread of Life…

(an acrostic prayer)

To You, O Lord, we come in repentance and adoration to worship and adore You. We want to be in Your presence as we come aside today.

Hear our pleas, O God, as we humble ourselves before You and ask for forgiveness and cleansing today.

Enter into this time and place and interrupt our routines and the usualness of our plans and teach us to worship, Father.

Break down the barriers we have built up to keep ourselves from really seeing You and the good works you have ordained for us to do in this place and community, O God.

Reveal Yourself in Your Word, Father, and cause us to be filled with You as we listen and read and wait on Your Spirit in worship.

Envision in us who You are and who You want us to become as we seek You each day that we live.

Allow Your Holy Spirit to fill us with the needed wisdom, knowledge, humility, and love to do Your will among us, dear Father.

Defenseless we come as we confess our prideful sins before You this hour, Father. We ask for mercy, O Lord.

Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord, that we may indeed see You as You speak from Your Word and as You bid us to come and dine with You.

Forever we seek to be filled with You as the bread of life, O Lord. We know we need all of You in all of us.

Look upon us as Your children, Father, and mold us into Your hands, Your feet, and Your voice that we may share the bread of life with this world.

Infuse us with Your power by the Holy Spirit that we may be known as Your people living in the way we should as we follow Your words and way.

Fuse us with Your Spirit to the pathway that You lead us into and give us the wherewithal to be Your servants to be used by You to bring others to Yourself.

Enter now into this worship time and may we be as a sweet savor to Your nostrils as we praise You, adore You, and love You through our words, our silence, and our actions, dear “Bread of Life.”

We pray in the name of the one who called us to himself, even Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior! Amen.

The Path Continues…

Do Not Be Afraid…

(an acrostic prayer)

Dear Lord, Heavenly Father, we come in adoration and praise to worship You in spirit and in truth.

Open our eyes to see You in the storms of life as You come to us to still the torrents and the waves by Your presence, Father.

Never alone are the least of His children, we believe what You have promised, O God. We praise You for Your presence with us today.

Over and above the pressures of this world, we seek Your forgiveness and ask that You cleanse us with Your grace and extend Your mercy to us as we worship today.

Today, O Lord, we long for Your Holy Spirit touch on our lives as we tread the deep waters and powerful waves of Satan’s influence in our lives today.

Beside us to guide us, we believe Your promises, Father. We praise You for You coming to us even in the darkness of the days in which we live.

Enlighten us with the power of Your Word today, Father, as we search it for the light to live and the power to forgive those who sin against us.

Align us to Your commands and to Your precepts and help us to live in them and allow You to show through us daily.

Forgive us, O Lord, for we have sinned against You as we have lived in this world this week. We have been too much of the world and not enough of You.

Remove the dross that this world’s fog has left on us this week, Father. Wash us with Your mercy and grace.

Allow us to shelter under Your wings for a while today, Father, before we go back into the drudgery of this world’s labor.

Instill is us the will to want to be more like You even in the darkness of the world in which we live.

Deliver us from temptation, O God, and keep us from the evil one as we seek to live for You this week.

We pray in the only name that has the power to save us and to renew us, even Jesus Christ. Amen!

The Path Continues…

I AM…

(an acrostic prayer)

Immortal, invisible, almighty God, we come to worship You today as we study Your Word to learn more of You.

Attune our minds and hearts to Your Spirit’s leading as we seek to know who You are and who we can become in You, Father!

Make us new in Your will and help us sit at Your feet as You teach us to see You in everything we read in Your Word and in every place that You lead us and the good works You have for us to do.

We pray in Your name and for Your sake we seek forgiveness and restoration from the great I AM. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Do The Next Thing…

toby mac turn the page

(an acrostic prayer)

Dearest Lord and Savior, we come with praise and adoration as we enter into worship in this New Year that You have given us.

Open our hearts and minds to hear Your Word given to us in the form of Your Son, Jesus and in the power of Holy Spirit.

Take away our bent to sin, Father, and cleanse us from unrighteousness and we long to become more of what You have made us to be.

Hear the longings of our heart even when our lips do not make them known to You, Father. We long to be able to express our love for You and our daily need for Your presence in our lives.

Enter into minds and help us to see what it is that Your Spirit is trying to get us to see, to do and to be in this year, Father.

Needy, we are so needy, Father. We need a renewing touch of Your Spirit’s healing of our brokeness in these days.

Examine our spirit, Oh Lord, and see if there is anything worthy of being called Yours. We long to be made over in Your image, dear God.

Xenos we are, strangers in this land in which we live, Father. We long to be home with You as Your children.

Take us from this place of strangeness into Your place of the very familiar, the familiarity of Father to son and daughter.

Turn us from the comfortableness that has engulfed us in our selfishness and remind us of Your purpose for us, dear God.

Hear our prayers seeking forgiveness and also our prayers of praise and adoration for You, O God. We love You, Father!

Infuse us with Your will for us and this place where You have called us to live and work and share Your Son Jesus Christ.

Nothing that we have or hope to have will ever be more than what You want to give to us, Your children. How can we not give You thanks and praise, Father?

Grant to us now a new realization of You, Father, and Jesus, Your Son, and Your Holy Spirit. We ask for the gift of more of You today!

In the name of Jesus Christ, Your gift of salvation to us, we pray! Amen!

The Path Continues…

 

Simeon and Anna…

(an acrostic prayer)

Savior, blessed Lord, Holy Child and dearest Father, we come to renew our worship of You and to praise You for our very lives.

Interrupt our comfortableness in these lives of ours with the uncomfortableness of many who live close to us. May we share You with them and also our comfortableness that You have blessed us with.

Move us from this worship place, Father, to the places in our community where needs exist, people are hurting, and Your grace is needed to be displayed.

Empty us of our self serving, selfishness and help us to see the brokenness that lies around us, dear Lord.

Open our ears that we may hear You calling us to “come and dine” with You as You prepare us for the days and weeks ahead in Your kingdom’s work here in this place.

Nearer to You, Father, we long to be, that we may be able to share You with the broken in our midst.

Atune us to the melody of Your music in this world. Help us to sing Your praises even in the midst of death and sorrow.

Nothing can separate us from You, O Lord. We hear and believe Your promises and we long to share them with others. Show us how, Father.

Descend upon us again in the power of Holy Spirit today, Father. May we sense and believe that Your presence is with us and goes before us in all things.

Accept our begging for forgiveness this morning, Father. We know we have sinned and as need Your cleansing touch. We know we are nothing without You!

Notion us with Your Word today, O Lord. we know You are Your word and You are the light into Your Word. Shine Your light on us today.

New people, we long to be made new in You, dear Jesus. We look back and see how old and sinful we have been and we seek You remaking us daily.

Again, O Lord, we thank you and praise You even in the midst of this broken world and we ask that we may be made helpful to You in the healing and cleansing of our world today.

It is in the name of the only one who came to Save us, even Jesus Christ, our Lord, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Shepherds and Angels…

(an acrostic prayer)

Savior, Lord and Master, we come to celebrate the announcement of Your birth in Your Word today.

Hear our prayers of Thanksgiving for Your coming to us to save us even when we were in sin.

Empty us of our selfish materialism and impart to us Your grace and mercy and allow us to be part of Your plan to save all who will come to You, Father.

Protect us from this world’s influence as it seeks to bring us into its sinful ways and keep us from Your love and forgiveness, O Lord.

Help us today, O God, to see those people who are not like us, don’t live like us, and who pay no attention to You, that we may share You with them, that they may come to know You as we know You.

Enfuse us with Your Holy Spirit that we may be powerful in our witness of Your call to all to be saved through Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Return us to the path that You want us to walk and help us to tell others about Your coming to save us, dear Jesus.

Descend upon us again in Your Holy Spirit that we, too, may leave this place to tell others of Your love for them in ways that they can understand, Father.

Shape us on the anvil of Your word as we long to be more like You for having been in worship and Bible study today, O Lord.

Accept our praise today, Father, as we bow in humility of spirit and with contrite hearts to worship You in spirit and in truth.

Negate our foolish thoughts and replace them with the truth of Your Word that we may share them with our families, our neighbors, and our communities in which we live.

Defend us in the court of this world’s sinfulness and cover us with Your blood of redemption and salvation.

Align us with Your thoughts, even though they are greater than our thoughts, instill in us the “want to,” to know Your will for us, dear God.

Nearer to You, O God, we want to stay near to You and to know the comfort of Your Holy Spirit as we live and breathe here today.

Guide us to Your light again today, Father. We sometimes lose our way and fall back into this world’s darkness. Forgive us, Lord!

Engage us with Your Word again today as we hear the story of Your birth and as we wonder how much You love us, dear God.

Lead us back to the stable and help us see You there as we begin again the path You took to save us, even the path to a cross. Thank You, Lord!

Send us from this comfortable place of worship to the uncomfortable places where we need to take You this week. Even so, Lord, come quickly!

In the name of the one who came to seek and to save, even Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Jesus’ Birth…

Cindy Hennigh Sunrise-Feb 3 2015

photo: Cindy Adams Hennigh

(an acrostic prayer)

Jehovah, Lord, God Almighty, we come to worship You today in the spirit of joy, peace and hope.

Enter into our presence this hour as we wait in anticipation of celebrating Your first advent very soon, dear Jesus.

Shine the light of Your presence into the darkness of this world and illumine us to reflect You to those in our paths, Father.

Use Your Spirit to cleanse us from our unrighteousness and instill in us the spirit of hope, peace, joy, and love as we move in our world today.

Show Your love through us to those who are broken and in need of grace to heal and power to live in this world this week, Father.

Begin a new work in us, Your children, O God. We are Yours, Father. We want others to know that we are Yours and You are ours. Help us to live that others may know You.

Infill us with Your presence so much that others will see and hear and know You as they see and hear and know us, dear Lord.

Remove the sadness of heart that we sometimes exhibit and replace it with the joy of Your forgiveness, O Lord.

Touch us, Lord, with Your hand of grace and remove the dross of sin that attaches itself to us as we sin against You and Your word, Father.

Hear our plea for mercy, O God. We know You are the judge and ruler of our lives. May we be worthy of Your grace today, Father,

We pray in the name of the one who is hope, peace, joy, and love Himself, even Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior! Amen and Amen!

The Path Continues…