Prayer for the Holy Spirit

Almighty father,

Praise be to you, Oh Lord, for your infinite wisdom, mercy, and grace.

We praise you because our limits are ever more pressing and our strength too often fails.

For we are weak kneed and our hearts bleed for every vile manner of evil.

We yield to the slightest temptation and bow before idols that our minds churn out day after day.

But we thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts and calm our hearts

and give us the strength needed to walk in your ways.

Be now our constant companion, a helper in our daily struggles.

Grant us peace in this turbulent world and peace in our hearts,

that we may grow to reflect your image more closely day by day.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for the Holy Spirit

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Mother’s Day Prayer 2018

Hazel Hiemstra in 1954
Mom and I, 1954

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for my mother

who brought me into this world, raised and encouraged me.

Thank you for your ongoing presence and encouragement.

Be especially present in her life today.

Though many years have passed between us,

may each and every day be a blessing.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

may she continue to walk with you

and serve you as well as she has served me.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Mother’s Day Prayer 2018

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Covering Prayer

Silence of Drug Free School Zone, Photo by Stephen W. HiemstraBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father,

Cover me, Lord, with your mercy

like a morning blanket when I am not ready to face the day.

Coffee offers no temptation; the sun’s glare seems yet so distant.

I want to be someone else, somewhere else in some other time.

For my life has too many moving parts

and I feel like scraps of meat being fed into the grinder.

Where has my strength gone?

The tooth paste is out of the tube and its just a mess–no teeth seem any cleaner.

Yet, you, oh Lord, are my hope.

Your story, like so many I have already experienced, has a happy ending.

The grinder does not win; coffee is not my strength; signs do not scare ghosts.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, draw me especially close today

and grant me the peace that passes all understanding,

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Covering Prayer

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer for Reconciliation

Red Candle

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty father,

We praise you for the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus on the cross,

which reconciled us to you and made our salvation possible

even as we have been slow to accept this reconciliation

or to extend it to those around us who do not know you.

For if we refuse to be reconciled to you; we cannot be reconciled to one another.

I confess that I have let feelings of hopelessness and powerless impede

my own efforts to extend your love to those around me.

Forgive my weakness; pardon my sin; do not let my iniquity define who I am.

I give thanks for the example of Christ’s life, work, and sacrifice.

I give thanks for the many blessings of this life–family, work, health, and the opportunity of ministry.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

let the spirit of Easter lie before our eyes, ring in our ears, and resinate in our hearts,

that we might not tarry in inaction but embrace your love and live into it.

be especially near to all that suffer, especially those that suffer needlessly.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Reconciliation

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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A Prayer for Tulips

By Stephen W. Hiemstra Tulips 2018

Merciful Father:

Bring on the tulips; I am ready for spring.

Clear out the cobwebs; open the windows; pull back the currents.

Shine your light into the dark recesses of my mind; let me hide in the shadows no more.

I want to plant seeds; I want to watch them grow; I want to live in the sunshine of your love.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, let me enter the garden of your life.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A Prayer for Tulips

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Giving Thanks 

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Thanks for the Memories

RosesBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Beloved father:

Thank you for placing godly friends in my life,

who share my pain and feel my sorrows

more than I even recall.

Thank you for giving me  a loving family,

who have always been with me

even when I was sick and irratible and no fun at all to be with.

Thank you for countless blessings,

which I mostly took for granted

like the legs that I walk on, the ears that I hear with, and the eyes that let me see.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

help me to be more thankful,

to share other’s pains,

to be more loving, and

to share the many blessings.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Thanks for the Memories [1]

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[1] “Thanks for the memories” is an expression frequently associated with comedian Bob Hope whose theme song had that name.

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Prayer for Church Workers

Ceramic churchBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

Bless the workers in your church with your special presence during this spring season.

Grant them strength to get their work done, grace to extend your blessings to those they serve, and the peace that passes all understanding.

Give them more hours in every day and quiet time to listen for your voice that their work will reflect your glory and more people will come to call you father.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, revive your church; revive us.

In Jesus’ tender name, Amen.

Prayer for Church Workers

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer for Healing

Dried, Yellow Roses, Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra
Dried, Yellow Roses, Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Holy Father, Great Physician, Spirit of Truth,

We praise you, Lord, for you are good

and your mercy extends to us even as we are ungrateful and undeserving.

We confess that your mercy is greater than ours

that we seldom practice forgiveness and are frequently in need of it.

Do not hold our sin against us nor let our iniquity bind us, for Jesus’ sake.

We give thanks for the gifts of family, friends in Christ, and the many blessings in this life.

Break the chains that bind our hearts and minds–

The pain, the curses passed through the generations, and the bad blood that has accumulated in a life of selfishness, envy, greed, and malice.

In our hour of need, may we turn to you, not for our own sake, but for the sake of those around us.

Cleanse our hearts, oh Lord, that our bodies might also be healed.

May the doctors be perplexed in our healing and the nurses shocked by our change of heart.

That your goodness and mercy would be obvious to all that see it.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Healing

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Lenten Prayer 2018

Paining of the crucifixion
The Crucifixion

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful Father,

Have mercy on me, oh Lord, while I observe Lent,

the forty days of preparation for Holy Week and Easter.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, open my eyes as I pray; unstop my ears; may my heart and mind reflect on your infinite mercy.

For mercy, defines who you are and enlivens your other attributes–

“merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” (Exod. 34:6 ESV)

Because your are merciful, you offer us grace.

Because you are merciful, you are slow to anger.

Because you are merciful, you abound in steadfast love.

Because your are merciful, you display your faithfulness.

We especially see your mercy in the death and resurrection of your son and our savior, Jesus Christ.

Bless us now with the strength to abstain from sin and to reflect on Easter.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

 

Lenten Prayer 2018

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Giving Thanks 

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Workout Prayer

Stephen W. Hiemstra, Soccer, 1982By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father,

Thank you for each and every new day.

The chance to witness a new sunrise and to feel the warm breeze of summer afternoons.

The opportunity to participate in new life, to care for the old, and to experience both.

May your Holy Spirit inhabit this temple (1 Cor 6:19) all the days of my life.

May I remain a fit custodian praying to you

even as I workout in the gym, swim my laps, and compete on the field.

Bless my heart that it might be ever open to feel the pain of others.

Bless my mind that it might attend to your commandments and not be seduced by sin.

Bless my legs that they might carry where you would have me go.

Bless my arms that they may carry the burdens of your children.

Teach me to care for your people the way that I care for my own body.

Grant me strength for the day, grace for those I meet, and peace—the peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:7).

In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

Workout Prayer

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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