Prefer One Another…

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photo: hammond coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Precious Lord and Savior, God of creation, Holy Spirit among us, we come to worship in praise to You today.

Remember us, Your children, as we humble ourselves, such as we can, in Your presence, in this place, O God.

Empty us of our sinful pride and fill us with Your mercy and grace that we may be useful in Your kingdom, O God.

Free our minds just now that we might hear and understand Your Word for us in this place today.

Enliven our spirits with the presence of Your Holy Spirit this day that we might be known as Yours, Father.

Remove the guilt and stain of our sins today, O God, that we may truly worship You in spirit and truth.

Open the windows of heaven and hear Your children as we offer praises and adoration to You, dear God.

Notion us with the thoughts of grace, mercy, joy and love as we read Your word to prefer one another over ourselves, dear Lord.

Eternally we want to be like You, Father. Help us to realize that You are God and we are not.

Accept our repentance today from those sins that easily beset us, Father. For We cannot make it on our own.

Nudge us from our thrones to help us see others and their interests over and above our own desires.

Over and above our wants, and desires may we allow Your Spirit to lead, guide, comfort and keep us in Your will, dear God.

Take away our selfish attitudes and help us to have the mind of Jesus Christ, Your Son and our Savior.

Heal our brokenness, Father. We are undone and have no other hope except You.

Encircle us with Your merciful hands and protect us from the evil one today, dear Father.

Receive this our prayer today, O God. Hear Your children. Remake us in body, mind and spirit in Your likeness as we worship You today! We thank You, Father.

In the name of the one who preferred us above his own life, even Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

God The Spirit…

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photo: Hammond Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, we come to worship You today with all that we are. Accept us, O God.

Open our minds to comprehend a little more of You and Your will for us, Your children, dear Lord.

Design the instruction of Your commands today to penetrate the prideful hardness of our hearts, Father.

Tend us as Your flock, O Holy Spirit. Use your shepherd’s crook to keep us on the path that leads to still waters and green pastures.

Hear our prayer, O Spirit, to help us to see and remember the words of our savior and allow them to rule in our lives.

Enthuse us with Your truth, Your guidance, and with Your comfort, O Spirit, as You come alongside us.

Save us from our selfish selves, O God! May Your Spirit overcome the sin in our lives and remake us in Your sight.

Preserve us, O Spirit, for the coming day of salvation as we look forward to the homecoming around Your eternal throne.

Interpret Your will for each of us today, so that we may know the what, the where, and the how to love you and to show that love to each we meet.

Remember us to the Father and to the Son, O Spirit. Intercede for us that we may be able to stand in Your presence.

Instill in us the willingness to hear You speaking to us as You are with us and in us each day, O God.

Take us, O Lord, and prepare us to be Your spirit in this world as we live and breathe and have our being.

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

The Path Continues…

God the Son…

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(an acrostic prayer)

God, our Father, in the name of God the Son, we come to bow in worship today.

Offering ourselves to You in the belief that You love each of us and You bid us come to Your salvation.

Descend on us, O God, through Your Spirit, in this time, to make us who we long to be in You.

Take away our sins as we repent, O God. Cleanse us to be useful to You in Your kingdom’s work here in this place.

Help us to renew our commitment to You, Your Son, and Your Spirit as we seek to live our lives for You today, O God.

Enliven us through the filling of Your Spirit in the hearing and doing of Your word.

Salve our wounded souls, dear God. This world has not been kind to Your children. Make us whole again in You.

Overshadow our moments of unbelief with the assurance of salvation to all who would believe in You, O God.

Nudge us Lord, in the direction of Your will for each of us as we look to Your Son, our savior, for Your peace.

In the name of God, the Son, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

God The Father…

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photo: Hammond Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

God our Father, we come in humble adoration to worship You in this place given to You as a symbol of our love for You!

Order our lives in the correct pattern that You have chosen for each of us, Father. Strip away the excesses of our lives and make us again in Your image.

Distinguish us from the ways of this world as we strive to live for You in ways that are true and plain, dear God.

Turn us from the sirens of this world’s pleasures to the truth that You and Your word whispers in Your still small voice, dear Lord.

Hear our prayer today, Father, and visit us with Your Holy Spirit as you forgive and rain Your mercy on us.

Establish the work of our hands, O God. May we be Your hands, Your feet and Your voice in Your kingdom’s work today.

Fade the stain that this world’s temptations have left on us so that the world may see us as different in Your love, O God.

Affix Your countenance on us, Father. Help us to walk in the light of Your face as we live our lives today.

Temper Your judgement of us through the shed blood of Your Son, Jesus, Christ, so that we may stand in Your presence, Father.

Heal our brokenness with the touch of Your Spirit’s presence, Father. We are without hope with Your presence, O Lord.

Enter now into our worship to hear, to see, to enjoy Your children today, Father. May our worship be pleasing in Your sight.

Remove whatever is hindering our worship, Father; be it pride, be it laziness, be it inattention. We long to know You in worship today.

We pray in the name of the one who shows us the Father, even Jesus, the Christ. Amen!

The Path Continues…

When We Come to the Lord’s Table…

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(A Pastoral Prayer)

We come to Your table, Lord, not because we am worthy, not for any righteousness of ours. For we have sinned and fallen short of what, by Your help, we might have been.  Father forgive us.

We come to Your table, Lord, not that there is any magic in partaking of the symbols of Christ’s body and blood, but we come because You bid us come. It is Your table, and You invite us. Father, we thank You for the invitation.

We come to Your table because it is a memorial to Your Son, Jesus Christ…as often as it is done, we do it in remembrance of Him. And we remember Him…His life, His sufferings and death. We want to humble ourselves in His presence and bow before Him in worship. Father, accept us as we come.

We come to Your table, Lord, because here is portrayed Christian self-denial, and we are taught very forcibly the virtue of sacrifice which has salvation in it. Father, accept us as we come.

We come to Your table, Lord, because here we have the opportunity to acknowledge our unworthiness and to make a new start. Father, give us Your strength to carry on.

We come to Your table, Lord, because we find comfort and peace. Father, grant us the peace that passes all of our understanding.

We come to Your Table, Lord, because here we find hope.  Father, we hope only in You.

We come to Your table, Lord, because we rise from this place with new strength, courage and power to live for You who died for us.

In the remembrance which only You can bring, we pray, in the name of Jesus, Your Son, our Savior.  Amen.

(A compilation of prayers from my personal prayers and others)

The Path Continues…

Choices…

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photo: Hammond A. Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Coming now to You, dear Father, we choose to worship You by the power of Your Spirit and in Your truth today!

Hear our prayer, O God! Receive us, Your children, as we consciously wait before You.  We bring our “want to” to You in something of a sacrifice of praise to You today.

Over all that we say and do in this hour, Father, we lay our love for You and ask that you remake us to show Your love for us to all we come in contact with today.

Intercept our selfish choices and replace them with Your will for us, even today, O Father.

Control our going out and our coming in, Father, that we may go where You go and do what You do.  We long to be more like you, Father.

Eternal are Your choices, dear God! May we learn to think like you think, to decide as You decide and to love like You love!

Send us from this place, O Lord, that You word may live in and through us. May the world see our choices and want to know why we chose to do what we do. Help us to tell them about Your Son, Jesus, our savior.

In the name of the only choice for eternal life, Jesus Christ, our Savior, we pray.  Amen!

The Path Continues…

Words Spoken in Deeds ~

Amen and Amen!

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

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Acts of kindness,
words of hope
we all need them
to help us cope.

Acts of compassion,
words of forgiveness
we should all make
our daily business.

Acts of love,
words of encouragement
helps us through
our own discouragement.

Acts of gentleness,
words of appreciation
seen in our actions
and communication.

Acts of generosity
words of helpfulness
leaves no room
for our own selfishness.

Acts of kindness,
words spoken in deed
we all should give . . .
but, we also need!

~~~~~~

Ephesians 4:32

“And be ye kind one to another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, even as God for
Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

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