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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Giving Thanks in Prayer

October table setting of praise and thanksBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Oh Dear Lord,

We give thanks for our creation that you as Father have made us–

may we reflect your goodness, cherish family life, and grow as stewards of your creation.

Help us to honor your image and live into it.

We give thanks for the salvation that is ours in Jesus Christ–

his life, his teaching, his sacrifice, his death, and resurrection.

Help us to remember not only to give thanks, but to live thanksgiving each day

that our blessing may be shared with all those around us.

We give thanks for the presence that we have in your Holy Spirit–

that sustains us, provisions us, empowers us, heals our wounds, and grants us gifts to share.

Help us to use these gifts to sustain, empower, heal, and share with those around us

that our joy may be the joy of the world.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Giving Thanks in Prayer

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Cloudy Day Prayer

Photograph of Clouds by Stephen W. Hiemstra
Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Loving Father,

I give thanks for your presence on cloudy days,

when the rain soaks through my clothes and the sun shines dimly.

I cherish your presence most when I am cold and

can’t remember what it was like to be warm.

Maybe the sun really shines, but I can’t see it;

Maybe the clouds don’t so last long, but I can’t see it.

Be especially near.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, protect those I love from my stumbling;

guard my heart from besetting fears and temptations that overwhelm;

cover my mind that I do not sin.

That the sun will truly shine one day.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

 

Cloudy Day Prayer

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Prayer for Silence and Solitude 

Prayer for Shalom 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer for New Churches

Ceramic churchBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father,

We praise you for new churches,

small churches that build the family of God in new places with new people.

Guide our efforts to be your light in a dark world.

Grant us strength, the grace to love the unloved, and peace where conflict reigns.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, bless our efforts with living fruit–

lives changed, hope lifted up in prayer, light in dark places,

joy where there is none.

In Jesus precious name, Amen.

 

Prayer for New Churches

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Prayer for Shalom 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer of Praise

October table setting of praiseBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Lord Almighty,

All praise and honor be to your name,

the name of all names.

Lord of our comings and goings, our beginnings and endings, our good moods and bad ones.

For you have shared yourself with us graciously, the person of Jesus of Nazareth,

who lived as a good example to sinners,

died for our salvation from sin, and

rose from the dead that we might have life and hope eternal.

And in spite of our sinful state,

you gave us the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit,

who provides us with every good gift,

provisions and sustains our world, and

remains with us on good days and bad.

Accept our praise as we give ourselves to you.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Prayer of Praise

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Prayer for Shalom 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer for Evangelists

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Almighty Father,

I pray for evangelists whose words of faith that can be shared, heard, and responded to.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on all those that have yet to hear your name

or have yet to listen to your voice

or have yet to open up their hearts.

Be especially present with those whose ears have been stopped.

Soften their hearts and our own.

May your voice be heard even as we mumble incoherently to one another.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

 

Prayer for Evangelists

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End Prayer Shaming

Prayer for Shalom 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Self-Care: A Prayer for the Little Things

Doldrums, Sand Dune in Ocean City, MarylandHoly Father,

I praise you for the quiet days, when I am able to practice self-care, my world seems peaceful, and my mind is at ease.

Forgive my selfish inability to focus on the noise around me, other people’s pain, wars around me, and the distress of so many others.

I give thanks that the weight of the world is on your shoulders,

because I cannot bear it—not today, not ever.

For you alone are God and I can never be.

In the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to be faithful servant in the ways that you made me to be.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Self-Care: A Prayer for the Little Things

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End Prayer Shaming

Prayer for Shalom 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Beginning and Ending Prayer

Table SettingBeginning and Ending Prayer

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

We praise you for creating us, male and female, in your image, not for our glory, but yours in the beginning (Gen 1:27).

In humility, we confess that we have not always preferred to live in your light or to be good (Gen 1:3-4).

We give thanks that in creating heaven and earth you made your presence abundantly clear (Romans 1:19-20)

and that we might escape perdition through the death and resurrection of your son (1 Cor 15:3-4).

We beg you that we might choose the light and honor your son through the power of your Holy Spirit (John 14:6).

Through Jesus Christ, who is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end (Rev 1:8), Amen.

 

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Prayer for Shalom 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer for the Potter

Remembering the Potter by Stephen W. Hiemstra
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Prayer for the Potter

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty God, Father of our Lord, Spirit of Truth:

Why have you formed me, all-knowing potter, the way that you have? (Jer 18:2-7)

In your creative urge, did you have a special use in mind?

Did you mean me for everyday use, something to hold the baked beans

or maybe a casserole or a tuna salad?

Are my colors plain to all who see me even as I am wholely blind?

Did you mean me for a special holiday, stored away in a special place until the season,

only to be displayed on a particular day, highlighted and remembered and cherished?

Am I brightly colored, festive, memorable even if only for a day?

Thank you, Lord, for veiling your purposes from me.

That I may serve you as you see fit, each and every day.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Also see:

Prayer for Healing, Comfort, and Deliverance 

Prayer for Shalom 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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A Risk Manager’s Prayer

Doldrums, Sand Dune in Ocean City, MarylandA Risk Manager’s Prayer

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

Forgive me for leaning on insurance policies rather than my faith in you.

Forgive me for building barns while children go to bed hungry (Luke 12:18).

Forgive me for a hard heart taking my cues from Pharoah when Jesus has shown us a better way (Matt 6:26).

As the hymnist [1] writes:

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Oh Lord, shape me in your image again in spite of my ignorance, my selfishness, my greed, and my self-pity.

Turn my heart to you, that I might live a better way through the power of your Holy Spirit.

And in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_Thou_My_Vision.

 

Also see:

Prayer for Healing, Comfort, and Deliverance 

Prayer for Shalom 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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