Have you ever found yourself in a spiritual rut? I know I have. Life gets busy, the church feels like one more thing on your to-do list, and prayer feels both cumbersome and ineffective.
“Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12, 13
The Power of Prayer
There are two kinds of prayer — the prayer of form and the prayer of faith. The repetition of set, customary phrases when the heart feels no need of God, is formal prayer. We should be extremely careful in all our prayers to speak the wants of the heart and to say only what we mean. All the flowery words at our command are not equivalent to one holy desire. The most eloquent prayers are but vain repetitions if they do not express the true sentiments of the heart.
But the prayer that comes from an earnest heart, when the simple wants of the soul are expressed just as we would ask an earthly friend for a favor, expecting that it would be granted—this is the prayer of faith. The publican who went up to the temple to pray is a good example of a sincere, devoted worshiper. He felt and knew that he was a sinner, and his great need led to an outburst of passionate desire,
“God be merciful to me a sinner.”
After we have offered our petitions, we are to answer them ourselves as far as possible, and not wait for God to do for us what we can do for ourselves. The help of God is held in reserve for all who demand it. Divine help must be combined with human effort and energy. But we cannot reach the heights of heaven without climbing ourselves. We cannot reach those heights by the prayers of others when we ourselves neglect to pray; for God has made no such provision for us. The unlovely traits in our characters are not removed and replaced by traits that are pure and lovely, without some effort on our part.
The power of prayer is undeniable to those who pray regularly. True stories of prayer making a difference in a moment, a life, or the world inspire each of us to examine and strengthen our faith life regularly.
“Reach deep inside to access the power of praying to change our lives and change our hearts.”
In our efforts to follow the example set us by our Lord Jesus, we shall make crooked lines. Yet let us not cease our efforts. Temporary failure should make us lean more on Christ.
There it is. The fuel that drives everything: prayer.
Please find a collection of prayers chosen by men, women, and children from multi-denominational Christian backgrounds. Contributors include politicians and royalty, as well as ordinary people.
While I have no scientific measure of how “popular” a prayer might be, nor is popularity to be equated with quality, there is something about the following prayers that make them surely among the world’s most favorite prayers.
Today, may the beauty of heaven come upon you and turn all your hopes into reality. May the good Lord also clothe your days with favor and divine upliftment all the days of your life. The hands of God will establish you today and always. May the Lord silence and humble your enemies till they become your footstool. May He guide you and your household from danger. You shall not be frustrated. Everything you lay your hands on shall prosper. Every seat of your lineage shall witness divine blessings and breakthroughs attached to this month. By His encounter, the heavens will release to you your blessings and joy unlimited. Welcome to another day of multiple victory. Good morning, have a fruitful day. - By Yvonne Jones
The great thing about walking with God in life is that there is always the opportunity to start a new - the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
At the start of the New Year, why not take a moment to thank Him for last year, ask His forgiveness for where you have failed, and dedicate this new year to Him - to serve Him and love Him afresh.
We need You, Lord. Without You, We simply can’t meet the heavy demands of life or the unrelenting pressures that we will face this coming year. We are making a new commitment today, not a New Year’s resolution heavenly father, but a new desire to place You where You belong, first place in our lifes.
Please make the “we will’s” of Scripture become our affirmations: “We will trust You; We will praise You; We will follow You.” We will replace fear with faith, knowing You are always with us. And with You on our side, it will be a victorious New Year. We lay down our broken armor, our rusty tools, our self-defenses, and every excuse we’ve used for not living victoriously. Purge our bad habits; free us from wrong expectations; and fill our heart, soul, and mind with praiseworthy thoughts and actions. We want to exchange our past disappointments for Your divine appointments this year. Our lifes are Yours; our relationships belong to You; everything we have is Yours, Jesus. Set our feet on the right path this year, and grant wisdom so we can the make right choices that will honor You. Let us see others like You see us, as precious ones You created. Renew the gifts and abilities You’ve so generously given us so we can bless others as You’ve blessed us. In Jesus' name.
Lord of God Almighty, I rest underneath your mighty wings of love. I dwell within your gentle heart. I know there is healing in your touch. Through the sufferings of Jesus Christ I ask for restoration And trust in your goodness. By your stripes I ask for healing. You are my Lord, my Saviour, my healer, a shelter in the time of storm and my friend. I dwell within your gentle embrace. In Jesus' name Amen.
Lord God, as we ponder the blessings and challenges of this past year, grant us the serenity of your Spirit and openness of heart to the wonders you have done in us and will continue do in faithfulness to us, your children. Lord, we give you thanks for calling us to serve this School community. By the power of your Holy Spirit, may the seeds of the Gospel you have planted in hearts and called us to water in our school continue to grow. Grant us a peaceful and restful Christmas, that we might be ready to respond with joy to your ongoing call to serve one another in Christ, in whom you make all things new. We make this prayer to you through Christ our Lord. Amen.
We give thanks to God for all the teaching and learning that has taken place in our school, both in and out of the classroom. For the talents and gifts that have been shared and the challenges that have been faced. For the burdens that have been lifted and the hurts that have been healed. For the respect and care that have been given. We give thanks for the friendships that have just begun and for those that have grown. For the faith that has been lived in our daily struggles. For the hope that has lifted our hearts on the dark days and for the love that has kept us going. We give thanks for the community that we are and we ask you Lord – Bless our students as they sit their exams in the next year, may your Spirit inspire them with confidence and calmness. Bless our families as we take our holidays, may our time together leave us with memories to cherish. Pour out your love on us that we may return renewed and refreshed to continue our journey together in 2018. In Jesus' name. Amen
We thank you heavenly father for being with us through this past year. We thank you that you are constantly with your people. You have comforted our hearts, You have heard our prayers, You have come so often to our aid. We pray that you will go with us into this new year. None of us who knows what the new year will bring, but we thank you that every moment of that year is in your hands. We thank you that we can go forward with confidence. We pray that you will help us to be like you in this new year. Forgive us, Lord, for our sins and our backslidings of this past year. Grant to us, as the days of the new year unfold, an ever closer walk with you. Help us to put sin to death, Help us gladly yield our lives unreservedly to Jesus Christ, our Savior, and God that we may regard ourselves entirely at his disposal to be, to go, to do, as he would wish. We pray that it may be our privilege to serve him, to bring glory to his name, to help others to know him better, and to help some, indeed, to come to know him for the first time. Have mercy on us, we pray, upon those connected with us who come to the end of this year and their hearts are still closed against you. Grant that this new year would mark the beginning of new life in Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you with a heart full of thanksgiving recognizing that every good gift and every perfect present comes from You. Lord, I thank You for all that You’ve done and all that You’re going to do. Father, I ask that You place Your hand on my finances. Father, Your word says that You have given us the ability to generate wealth. Therefore, Lord I trust in Your ability to prosper me at this time. Father grab hold of my life and teach me to prosper in this season. Holy Spirit bless the fruit of my hands, heart, and mind that I will be able to find opportunities to prosper in this season. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
All praise be to you, O God, because you have been our shelter through all generations. All praise be to you, O God, because you see all of time in a single moment. Years are like seconds to you. Your wisdom and majesty exceed anything we can imagine. All praise be to you, O God, because you make your presence known to us, even and especially in times of trial. When our years are filled with pain, they are also filled with your love. All praise be to you, O God, because you help us to be wise. You teach us through your living word. You instruct and guide us through your Holy Spirit. All praise be to you, O God, because your unfailing love is there for us each morning. How we sing for joy because of your goodness to us. All praise be to you, O God, because you have been with us in this past year, and you will be with us always! In Jesus name Amen.
O God the author of the beginning and end, we praise and thank you for the gift of this school year. It has been a time filled with grace and many blessings, with challenges and opportunities, joys and sorrows. The days have passed quickly, O Lord Jesus. The weeks, the months, the seasons, the holidays and holy days, the exams, vacations, breaks, and assemblies, All have come forth from your hand. While we trust that your purposes have always been at work each day, sometimes it has seemed difficult to understand and appreciate just what you have been up to in our school. Give us the rest and refreshment we need this Christmas. Let our efforts of this past year bear fruit. Bring all of our plans to a joyful conclusion, and bless us, according to your will heavenly father, with the fulfillment of our end of year hopes and dreams. Watch over us in the weeks of rest ahead, and guide each day as you have done this past year. Help us return to school in the new year with a new spirit and a new energy. May we continue to grow in age, wisdom, knowledge and grace all the days of our lives. In Jesus name amen.
A prayer for peace in our world
Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God, your saving power among all peoples.
Renew your Church in holiness and help us to serve you with joy. Guide the leaders of all nations, that justice may prevail throughout the world. Let not the needy be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away. Make us instruments of your peace and let your glory be over all the earth. Amen
For the peace of the world
Almighty God,from whom all thought of truth and peace proceed:kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth that in tranquility your kingdom may go forward, till the earth be filled with your knowledge of your love;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A prayer for peace in our communities
Gracious God, We pray for peace in our communities this day. We commit to you all who work for peace and an end to tensions, and those who work to uphold law and justice. We pray for an end to fear, for comfort and support to those who suffer. For calm in our streets and cities, that people may go about their lives in safety and peace. In your mercy, hear our prayers, now and always. Amen
Prayer for Peace
God, our refuge and strength, bring near the day when wars shall cease and poverty and pain shall end, that earth may know the peace of heaven through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Peace
O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know. Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm. As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever. Amen.
Thank You Father for your hand of protection; for preserving our going out and coming in from January to these last days of 2017.
Thank You Father, for watching over, supporting and enriching our lives with hope and testimonies, in Jesus’ name.
Thank You, Father, that we aren’t seeing the end of 2017 in pieces but with your peace that surpasses all understanding, in Jesus’ name.
Thank You, Father, for making our joy full from January till now and granting us access to your presence, in Jesus’ name.
Thank You, Father, for your grace that sustained us from the beginning of the year till now, in Jesus’ name.
Father, please forgive every sin we committed knowingly and unknowingly during the year, in Jesus’ name.
Father, please forgive us for every door we opened this year as a result of ignorance, carelessness and compromise, in Jesus’ name.
Father, please forgive us for the times we didn’t decrease for You to increase in our lives, in Jesus’ name.
Father, please forgive us our trespass of unforgiveness towards others, in Jesus’ name.
Thank You, Father, that our help came and continues to come from your hills and not the heels of man, in Jesus’ name.
Thank You, Father, for putting a new song and laughter in our mouths, in Jesus’ name.
Thank You, Father, that our faith in You from January till now is not in vain, in Jesus’ name.
Thank You, Father, for parting the Red Sea that confronted us during the course of 2017. We appreciate You making a way for us to walk on the dry ground of victory, in Jesus’ name.
Thank you, dear God, for bringing us to the end of another year. We do not take this for granted. Thank you for your goodness, mercies, for your unfailing & unending love. Sometimes things happen that just don’t make any sense to us. But we trust that even in the midst of our questions, you are still God. You love us more than anyone can, and more than we could even imagine. We are praying today for everyone all over the world who has been abused, oppressed, persecuted, tormented, and denied justice. It is beyond heart breaking and unimaginable that fellow human beings could be capable of such evil, such horror. We also pray for all those who have lost loved ones one way or another. Dear God, please heal every broken heart in Jesus name. AMEN
O God, the beginning and the end of all things, Who art always the same, and Whose years fail not, we now, at the close of another year, kneel in adoration before Thee, and offer Thee our deepest thanks for the fatherly care with which Thou has watched over us during the past, for the many times Thou hast protected us from evils of soul and body, and for the numberless blessings, both temporal and spiritual, which Thou hast showered upon us. May it please Thee to accept the homage of our grateful hearts which we offer Thee in union with the infinite thanksgiving of Thy divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Amen.
Our Father and our God, as we stand at the beginning of this new year we confess our need of Your presence and Your guidance as we face the future. In the midst of life’s uncertainties in the days ahead, please assure us of the certainty of Your unchanging love. In the midst of life’s temptations and the pull of our stubborn self-will, help us not to lose our way but to have the courage to do what is right in Your sight, regardless of the cost. And in the midst of our daily preoccupations and pursuits, open our eyes to the sorrows and injustices of our hurting world, and help us to respond with compassion and sacrifice to those who are friendless and in need. We pray for our nation and its leaders during these difficult times, and for all those who are seeking to bring peace and justice to our dangerous and troubled world. As we look back over this past year we thank You for Your goodness to us far beyond what we have deserved. May we never presume on Your past goodness or forget all Your mercies to us, but may they instead lead us to repentance, and to a new commitment to make You the foundation and center of our lives this year.
In Jesus' name Amen
Dear God, we have now come to the end of the school year. We gather to thank you for the friendships, laughter and tears and for our learning and our growing. As we come together today, we remember those who will be leaving our School. We pray that as they journey into the future; the love of God, the courage of Jesus Christ and the peace of the Holy Spirit will be with them all as they continue their journey of faith. Amen. Thanks be to God!
At the end of this school year we give thanks to God: For all the teaching and learning that has taken place in schools, both in and out of the classroom, For the talents and gifts that have been shared and the challenges that have been faced; For the burdens that have been lifted and the hurts that have been healed; For the respect and care that has been given. We give thanks for the friendships that have just begun and for those that have grown. For the faith that has been lived in our daily struggles, For the hope that has lifted our hearts on the dark days And for the love that has kept us going. We give thanks for the community that we are, and we ask you Lord - Bless our students as they sit their exams: may your Spirit inspire them with confidence and calmness Bless our families as we take our holidays, may our time together leave us with memories to cherish. Pour out your love on us that we may return renewed and refreshed to continue our journey together .
We make this prayer through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.