If – Then…

(an acrostic prayer)

Into Your presence we come, O Lord God. We want to worship You in spirit and in truth as You instruct us today.

Forgive our foolish ways as we are way too much of this world and not enough of You, Father!

Take us from our totally selfish ways into Your ways of love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace that transforms us from ordinary to extraordinary children of Yours.

Hear our prayer, O Lord. We humble ourselves before You and wait to hear Your healing word!

Envelope us in Your forgiveness as we repent of our sins and seek to be more useful to You in this land.

Never alone are the least of Your children, O God. Please heal our land and set us on the right path to righteous desires for us and our country.

We humbly pray and seek Your face earnestly in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Path Continues…

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Wayne Whitaker…

(an acrostic prayer/lament)

Why? I ask why, O God! Why would my friend die and I remain? I know he loved You and had a tremendous faith in You. I know he is with You now, but I miss him, Father!

Accept our sincere thanks for allowing us to have known this good man, O Lord! We are more like you for having known him.

Yielded to You, he was in all that he did. He loved working for You in Your church and in his community!

Nearness to You, Lord, we seek to be near to You as You provide comfort and care to these family members and to us, too.

Envelope his family today, Father, and wrap them in the folds of Your garment to protect and provide the comfort they so desperately seek!

Weary we become, dear Lord, when friends of long years die and are no longer physically here with us.

Hear our prayer, O Lord, we want to hear from You as we grieve and remember our loved one.

Instill in us a sense of Your presence as we honor this good man, O God. We long to know You are here with us.

Take the sorrow and grief of this day and help us give it to You as a sacrifice of our deep sense of loss, Father.

Attend to our great need for comfort, O God. We want so much to love You more and thank You for this good man.

Keep us in your mighty power that we may indeed share You with this world as we show our faith in You as we live and breathe and have our being.

Empty us of our fear that death brings to us and fill us with the assurance of Your presence to save and to heal.

Remember not our sin and selfishness as we come into Your presence to worship You and to celebrate the good life of this good man, our friend, Wayne Whitaker! Thank You, Lord!

We pray in the name of the only comfort in these times, even Jesus Christ, our Savior! Amen

The Path Continues

Fit for Faithful…

(an acrostic prayer)

Father God, we just want to say, “We love You.” We come to remember Your grace showered on us for this day. Thanks You, Father.

Instill in us the graciousness of Your love and care for each one of us. We long to be in Your presence, so we come together to worship you today!

Take us from where we are to where You want us to help bring Your kingdom in this community. Help us to obey as You call us to come beside where You are working.

Forgive our sins, Father, we need to be cleansed for we have been in and, yes, of the world too much this week.

Open the inner recesses of our hearts and fill them with You, O God! We want to be more of You and less of us.

Remind us Your eternal grace today, dear Father, as you cause us to remember those who have gone before us and paved the way for us to be Your children in this community!

Forever, O Lord, we look to You to show us the path You have for each of us as You lead those have gone before us.

Attune our minds to hear You speak as we read Your Word, sing Your songs and preach Your message today, Father.

Inspire us through the power of Your Holy Spirit to obey Your word as well as hear it, O God.

Take our hands, Father, and lead us through the wilderness that is this world into the land flowing with milk and honey that is our Heavenly home.

Heal us Lord, from the afflictions that our sin has imposed on us. We as for forgiveness from those sins that all too easily beset us.

Find us fit for Your faithfulness as we seek to be more like You for having been in this place today, Father.

Unfold Your will for us as we listen and as we walk in this world, Lord. We need to remember that You are God and we are not.

Lovingly, O God, we ask that we may be found a faithful to You by those who come behind. May what we do today further Your kingdom in this community.

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

The Path Continues…

Oh Yeah? So What?…

(an acrostic prayer)

Oh, dear Lord, we fall before you today in adoration and praise as we worship You.

Hear our prayer, Father, as we lay down our selfish selves at Your feet pleading for mercy and forgiveness.

Yearning to overcome our doubt and unbelief, we seek Your face for the assurance of Your presence as we wait on You just now, O Lord.

Enthuse us with Your Spirit, Father, as we seek to walk the path You have for each of us. May we hear Your call to come and dine with You.

Allow Your children to see You in the faces and lives of those that You bring to us daily. Help us to not overlook You as You work in them and us.

Help us, dear Father, to not be arrogant of spirit, but rather to be tender in spirit and in heart, so that You may mold us into Your hands and feet in this world.

Send Your Spirit today to wash us and to cleanse us that we may be useful utensils in this Your place, O Lord.

Open our ears to hear You calling us to be You in this place that we might spill out to the places we live and breathe and have our being, Father.

Wrap us in Your love, O God, so that others may see You in us as we call them to come and eat with at Your meal, daily.

Heal the broken spirits and souls that are among us, Father. Only You can heal the brokenness we see and feel today.

Alone in Your hand, O God, we come to feel the caress of Your love as You hold us close to You in the bonds of love.

Teach us again, Lord, to yearn for Your presence, to look for Your presence, to see You wherever we are, and to listen for Your call to “Come.”

 We pray in the name of the only one who can answer our questions of “Oh Yeah?” And “So What?”, even Jesus the risen Christ. Amen!

The Path Continues…

He Is Risen…

(an acrostic prayer)

High and Holy God, Father of Your risen Son, Jesus Christ, we come to say thank you for this day, the day we once again celebrate Your love and grace for us.

Emerging out of the fog of our sin-filled night of denial before Your resurrection, we long for eyes to be opened so that we may see You in Your glory, O God.

Imperishable You are, Father. You have promised that we can put on imperishableness as we come to You in repentance and humility.  O Lord, we come today!

Support us in the overwhelming flood of sin in which we live and are exposed to each day in this world, Father. We sink without Your hand to save us.

Remake us in the mold of Your Son, Jesus Christ, O Lord! We long to be like You in this resurrection day, O God. We know we are not gods, but You are the one and only God and You have the power to remake, to cleanse and to renew us.  Thank You, Father.

Individually we ask for forgiveness even as we view Your love for us in the risen Christ. May we show Him to this world through the life You call us to live and to lead in the light of His resurrection.

Story us, Father, with Your will and Your way. Put into us Your story for the people You have for each of us to share You with today.

Empty us of our selfishness and our desire to be number-one and indwell us with Your Spirit that we may seek Your face on this resurrection day and each day that you leave us here on this sod.

Number us among those who believe in You through Your Son, Jesus Christ through the power of Your Holy Spirit, dear God. He Is Risen! He Is Risen, Indeed! Amen and Amen!

We pray in the powerful name of the resurrected Jesus Christ! Amen!

The Path Continues…

No More Night…

(an acrostic prayer)

No more night, dear Father, we awake this morning to the thought of You making Your way to the cross as You enter the city of Jerusalem.

Open our eyes to see You taking our place on this day as You willingly sacrifice Yourself for us, as You walk toward the cross.

Move us from our selfishness to Your grace, O God. We love You, help us to help others to see You today.

Over and above our wants and concerns, help us to share Your overwhelming love, grace, and mercy for all people as we worship today.

Remove the dross of our sin and replace it with an enduring peace that others see and want to know about!

Empty us of the pride that says, “look at us,” and replace it with the graciousness to point everyone to You, instead of us.

No more sorrow, no more pain, Father, we look forward to being in Your presence as we remember today Your for sacrifice for us.

Ignite within us a fire that burns hot to help others see Jesus, Your So, Father, in the power of Your Holy Spirit.

Give hope, O God, as we look around in our world, we sometimes feel hopeless. Forgive us of those feelings, Father. Hope us to live in Your hope provided through Your Son!

Hear us today, O God. refresh our hearing of Your Word as we worship in prayer and song.

Take us on Your journey to the cross and help us to see again Your sacrifice and grace poured out for us, dear Lord! Send us from this place into this world to be You to someone today.

We pray in the matchless name of Jesus, today! Amen!

The Path Continues…

Till He Come…

(an acrostic prayer)

Together in this place, we come to remember and to worship You, O God!

Instill in us the wonder and awe of Your calling us to come to Your table to sit and remember You, Father.

Lead us, once again, into Your presence that we might celebrate You as we come in worship, till you come again.

Loving, Lord Jesus, You have asked us to be faithful in our eating Your supper to remember and to obey You.  We bow in worship, here at Your table.

Heal our brokenness, dear Lord, as You healed the broken bodies when You were here with us. Your word brings the healing balm that we desperately need. Help us to understand!

Enter into our spirits, Father, as we eat this bread and drink this cup in obedience to You, till you come!

Come, Lord Jesus! Even so, come quickly to receive Your children as we wait and worship, till you come.

Open our eyes and our minds to see what You would have us do in Your kingdom’s work, till You come, Father.

Move us from the apathy of our world to a renewed sense of Your purpose for us as we wait, till you come.

Envelope us in Your love again, Father, that we may go from this Your table to envelope others in Your love as You lead us to them, till you come.

In the name of the one who is coming, even Jesus Christ, we pray!  Amen!!

The Path Continues…