Gospel Prayer

Life_in_Tension_revision_front_20200101By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father, Beloved Son, Ever-present Spirit,

We give thanks for the work of Jesus Christ, who lived, ministered, suffered, died, and rose from the dead that the Gospel might live in us. May we know him and his power; share in his suffering and his death; that we might also be resurrected with him into new life (Phil 3:10–11). Break the power of sin in us; empower us to live in reconciliation to one another; and grant us words to lift up in prayer all the days of our lives.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Template Prayer

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Believer’s Prayer

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Believer’s Prayer

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Lancaster PA
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Lancaster PA

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father,

I believe in Jesus Christ, the son of the living God, who died for our sins and was raised from the dead.

Come into my life, help me to renounce and grieve the sin in my life that separates me from God.

Cleanse me of this sin, renew your Holy Spirit within me so that I will not sin any further.

Bring saints and a faithful church into my life to keep me honest with myself and draw me closer to you.

Break any chains that bind me to the past—be they pains or sorrows or grievous temptations, that I might freely welcome God, the Father, into my life, who through Christ Jesus can bridge any gap and heal any affliction, now and always.

In Jesus’ previous name, Amen.

Believer’s Prayer

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Prayer for Healthy Limits 

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Prayer from a Christmas Heart

LPC_Christmas_tree_208By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful and Loving Father,

All joy and thanksgiving begin with you “for while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8).

Our hearts need not remain broken for with you, there is hope.

Pity those who have no confessor, for whom every day is gray and every night brings terror and guilt and shame.

In confessing Jesus is Lord and releasing our sins, our hearts can rejoice and be filled with praise.

Thank you, Lord, for Christmas! May we celebrate the birth of the Christ childthe unwanted baby born in poverty and obscurity who saved the world.

In the power of the Holy Sprit, may we be ever ready to share your Gospel of love for the healing of hearts and minds.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer from a Christmas Heart

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Prayer for Healthy Limits 

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Prayer to Deepen Faith

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

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Blessed Lord Jesus:

Cover me with your blood again today that I my mind would not wander and my heart not chase after foolish things.

Forgive my indulgences, the little foxes that trample the vineyard of my soul and consign my spirit to deserts dry and far away.

Thank you for faithful friends and devoted family.

In the power of the Holy Spirit, remind me again of my baptism, the promises made on my behalf as a child, and the fellowship of the saints. Guard my heart and mind during winter’s discontents. Deepen my faith even as I cannot walk the journey of faith without you.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer to Deepen Faith

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Prayer for Healthy Limits 

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Prayer for Parents

seeds_12162013By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Loving Father,

For loving us as your children, showing how to live, and providing us human parents, we give you all honor and praise.

Forgive us for being imperfect parents, who forget birthdays and cannot love like you.

Thank you for loving parents who share our lives and teach us your ways.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, teach us to honor our own parents (Exod 20:12) and to become better parents to our children. Help us to care enough to be present our children’s daily struggles, just like you.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for Parents

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Prayer for Healthy Limits 

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Praying for Strength

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Lansing, Michigan, 1983

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty and Merciful Father,

For the strength you give us, the healing you lavish on us, and the shelter you offer us from many storms, we give you glory and honor.

We confess that we are weak, sin-sick, and blind to many fiascos of our own making.

But we thank you for your healing presence day and night. We thank you for modeling strength in the midst of chaos and wisdom in the midst of all foolishness. In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us strength for the day, grace for those we meet, and peace that our hearts would never be troubled.

In Jesus’s precious name, Amen.

Praying for Strength

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Prayer for Healthy Limits 

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Prayer for Closure

Flowers_Georgetown_South_20190711By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father,

For marking the seasons of our lives in meaning and honor, we offer our praise and give you the glory.

We confess that we often treat life as one continuous and burdensome moment, like a sleepless night, when the passage of time has no meaning and our anxieties run wild.

Forgive us for refusing to rest and be joyful for the many gifts that you have given us, from life itself to simple things like enjoying a rainbow or a snowflake.

Still, we give thanks that you for the forgiveness that you offer in Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead to set us free.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, show us how to mark the time aright, honoring its passage, and rejoicing with all creation that we are your sons and daughters.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen

Prayer for Closure

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Prayer for Healthy Limits 

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Gospel Prayer

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Lancaster PA
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Lancaster PA

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful Father,

For your guidance in life’s choices, your grace, and infinite mercy, we praise and glorify in your name. There is none like you and you have given access to yourself in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Forgive our perpetual failings, for we fail ourselves and you daily under law and can only be justified through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

Thank you for his example and for the many blessings that you have lavished on us through loving family and friends. Let us never forget.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, extend faith to our loved ones in spite of themselves and in spite of our weaknesses in witness.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Gospel Prayer

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Prayer for Healthy Limits 

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Prayer for Those Confused

snow_bushes_2019By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father,

All praise and honor be to you, Lord most high, because you created us in your image and have adopted us as your children in Jesus Christ giving life meaning and purpose.

Forgive us for losing our way, forgetting our heritage, and giving into the Spirit of the Age.

We give thanks for your presence in our lives, for health, for family, and for the many blessings.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us strength, clear our minds, and focus us on your will for our lives. May we remember who we are and in whose image we are created.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Those Confused

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Prayer for Healthy Limits 

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A Worship Prayer

Nativity
Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty God,

All majesty and power are yours for you touch our hearts and calm our nerves, refreshing life as none other.

Forgive our  sleepy eyes and irreverent attitudes, draw us closer to you with wonder and beauty and awe.

Thank you for blotting out the passions of the week. Lay bare our souls that we might be healed; excise wandering spirits that might never again be tormented.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, teach us to sing a new song, one of power and grace, that our joy may be complete and we more fully reflect your image to those around us.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A Worship Prayer

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