Prayer for Elderly Parents

Four Doctor Hiemstra
The Four Doctor Hiemstras

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Holy Father,

All praise and glory be to you for providing us faithful parents,

role models to guide us through the wilds of life

before we could tell our left hand from the right.

Thank you for their care, sacrifice, and wisdom—

may we be so caring, so willing to sacrifice, and so wise,

and forgive us when we are not!

Be with them when we are unable that they would never be alone.

Protect them from those that prey on the elderly, from unexpected accidents, and from needless worry.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us the strength and wisdom to be worthy children and loving caregivers—

that we might enjoy our remaining times together and provide a role model to the young.

In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Elderly Parents

Also see:

Family Prayer 

Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer for Teachers

Math teacher at Lee_HS
Math and Chemistry Teacher

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father:

We praise you for bringing good teachers into our lives.

Teachers that care, are well-trained, and work tirelessly to help us learn—

teachers better than we deserve!

Help us to listen to advice and accept instruction (Prov 19:20) and

teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom (Ps 90:12)

because we confess that we often tire of learning and spend too little time on it.

Thank you none-the-less for those that labor to instruct us

that we might mature into people of wisdom and faith, and

not stumble through life in ignorance for lack of guidance.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds and open our hearts

that we might grow more like you day by day.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for Teachers

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer for the Kids

Mr Personality, Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra
Mr Personality, Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty father,

We praise you for creating us, male and female, in your image (Gen 1:27)

so that in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female. (Gal 3:28 ESV)

We confess that we have not always lived into your image promise or even wanted to.

We give thanks that you have not given up on us, but sent Christ to show us how to live,

ransomed us from our own sinful folly, and given us the hope of salvation and eternal life with you.

We pray that our kids will remember the lessons that we so painfully learned,

but mostly that we learned to trust in you.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us the strength to continue living another year,

the grace to reach out to those around us, and

the peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:7).

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for the Kids

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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New Year’s Prayer (2)

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father, Light of the World, Spirit of Truth,

Thank you for the gift of life, time to enjoy, and the many blessings that we take for granted.

Forgive us for our wasting of your gifts, for the sins that we willfully commit, and for the good things that we forget to do.

Have mercy on us.

Cast out the demons that torment us, the desires that demean us, and spirits that hide us from the truth.

Be especially near.

Help us to reflect on our weaknesses, our sinful behavior, and our neglectful hearts.

Grant us strength to meet the challenges of the new year and the grace to extend our blessings to those around us.

In Jesus’s precious name, Amen

New Year’s Prayer (2)

Also see:

Christmas Prayer 

How do Christians Connect with God? (2) 

Blackaby Expects Answers to Prayer 

Christian Spirituality 

Looking Back 

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Christmas Prayer

Nativity
Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Father of all mercy,

Thank you for sending Jesus Christ into our world

while we were yet sinners (Rom 5:8).

Though our world was filled with darkness,

you sent us light to overcome this darkness (Gen 1:3; Luke 1:4).

You and you alone have given us faith, hope, dignity, and an example of love.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

restore in us the joy of your creation,

as you did that day with the birth of a baby,

In the name Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

Christmas Prayer

Also see:

How do Christians Connect with God? (2) 

Blackaby Expects Answers to Prayer 

Christian Spirituality 

Looking Back 

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Winter Prayer

Winter Trees by Sharron Beg
Winter Trees by Sharron Beg (www.threadpaintersart.blogspot.com)

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

I praise you for your loving kindness,

which you demonstrated on Calvery with the sacrifice of your son, Jesus Christ,

and your goodness,

which we witness each and every morning in the warmth of the rising sun.

I confess that my own kindness flags too often for mention

and I am neither warm or bright in the morning and sometimes all day.

Thank you, Lord, that I am not the center of the universe and

I am not reminded constantly of my weaknesses and cold disposition.

Thank you, Lord, for the warm house that I live in and the warm people that keep safe.

I pray for warmer weather and the new life of spring,

which heals the body and refreshes the soul.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 Winter Prayer

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Confessional Prayer

Road closed
Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

Forgive me for my many sins, iniquities, and trespasses.

For I have fallen short of your goals for my life,

I have failed to do many things that I should have,

and I have broken trust with your gracious laws.

Have mercy on my through the blood of your son, Jesus Christ,

who lived a sinless life yet was crucified on the cross,

that I might find forgiveness through him.

Hear my prayer. Have compassion on me though I am undeserving.

Fill my heart with your Holy Spirit,

that I might be saved and rest with you eternally.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Confessional Prayer

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Advent Prayer 2017

Nativity
Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Most Merciful Father,

Draw me near to you, oh Lord, of joyful times!

Let me bless you and praise your name—

“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa 9:6).

For you have written your law on our hearts (Jer 31:33) and

given us a new song, a marvelous thing of your own creation (Ps 98).

In what other season have we so much joy?

For such, we give thanks through the power of your Holy Spirit and

in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Advent Prayer 2017

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Discernment Prayer

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Loving Father,

I praise you for your loving presence in my life during this year.

For you alone are holy and stand outside time and space,

and I cannot approach you on my own,

but only through your love, covered by the blood of Jesus and in your willingness to seek me out.

I confess that I have not been the perfect son–

my faith is weak; sins are many;  weaknesses seem limitless.

Forgive me; teach me to be a more perfect son.

Thank you for the many blessings of this year–

for work completed, relationships deepened, healings received,

and the opportunity for greater service.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, give me the mind of Christ,

that my heart will be opened, my mind touched, and my hands strengthened

that I may more perceive your will more fully and draw closer to you day by day.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

 

Discernment Prayer

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Autumn Prayer

Fall Leaves 2014
Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

We praise you for being the alpha and the omega,

the beginning and the end of things seen and unseen.

Thank you for letting us enjoy the breath of life,

spring and summer, autumn and the winter to come.

Thank you especially for your presence,

for in your presence is healing and life and joy.

Show us how to be your disciple in each and every season of life,

in its newness and fullness, in its setbacks and joys,

for alone we would perish as many do, day after day.

For in each day is new life and joy, learning and maturity, condemnation and judgment, sickness and death,

but you shelter us in each day in your infinite wisdom,

that through the power of your Holy Spirit, we will someday see you face to face.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Autumn Prayer

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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