Decision Prayer

Route 28, Manassas, Virginia
Route 28, Manassas, Virgina

by Stephen W. Hiemstra

Marvelous Counselor,

I come to you daily on my knees

creator of the universe

for who is like you–

you alone are worthy of all honor and praise.

Draw me into your presence,

though I am unworthy and sin beyond measure,

in the name of Jesus Christ,

who lived a sinless life and yet died on the cross

that we might be saved.

Thank you for another day

for health and family and blessings that I do not deserve,

but cherish greatly.

Grant me the blessing of your wisdom and the strength to act on it,

help me to travel your road when other roads beckon,

help me to share your blessings with others–even when I do not feel like it.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

grant me grace and peace in the midst of anger and chaos,

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Decision Prayer

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G328 Prayer

Diane's Painting

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father, Beloved Son, Spirit of Truth,

All honor and glory are yours

light of our world

in whose image we were created.

Thank you for sending your son, Jesus Christ,

into the world to reconcile us to you

that we might be reconciled to one another.

Forgive our divisions, our ruminations about the past hurts and

our speed in blaming each other for what we ourselves failed to do.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

bring us together

help us to find unity in your community

where there is no ethnicity, no male or female, no class

to divide us any longer.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

G328 Prayer

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Prayer of Faith

Celtic Cross
Celtic Cross

Heavenly Father,

All praise and honor be to you

author of our faith,

the faith in which we find salvation from our sins and

in which we find peace and joy each and every day.

For while we were yet dead in our sin,

Christ died for our sins (Rom 5:8)

that we might have life eternal.

We confess that we have sinned against our neighbors and against you.

Forgive our sin–

turn our heart of stone into hearts of flesh

that we might forgive the sins of those around us.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

open the eyes of our hearts

that we might grow in faith day by day and

confess to the world that Jesus is Lord in our life.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Family Prayer

Maryam and Stephen Wedding 1984
Wedding 1984

Almighty Father,

We praise and honor you as the founder of our faith,

our protector and provisioner,

in whose image we were created.

Forgive us when we forget who we are and whose we are.

Thank you for our family.

Thank you for our time together and traveling mercies when we part.

In the power your Holy Spirit,

draw us together and to yourself

that we might find our rest in you—

now and always,

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Prayer over Culture

Sign
Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father,

All praise and honor be to you our mighty role model who is merciful, gracious, patient, loving, and faithful (Exod 34:6) even when we are not.

We confess our sin too rarely, cling to our idols too tightly, and seldom make room in our lives for your divine intervention–forgive us.

We thank you for your willingness to accept us and blot out our sin in the name of Jesus Christ who lived a perfect life, died on a cross, and was raised from the dead.

Resurrect these dead bones again (Ezek 37) and breathe your breath of life into us again for winter is upon us and cannot save ourselves.

No music, no magic words, no technology can save us from our selves; only you can.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

take pity on us from the depths of your mercy and raise up your church amid the fashions of death that grip us.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Prayer for a Steady Hand

Oak Tree in Oakton, Virginia

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

All praise and honor be to you,

my rock, the foundation on which I stand

in the storms of life when none other will do.

For my own knees are weak and my ankles wobble like a blind man walking on ice,

leaving every step tentative and ungracious when others need my help.

Thank you for the example of Jesus Christ

who boldly spoke the truth and gave his life that we might hear it.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

strengthen my knees and bind up my ankles that I might step out in faith.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Prayer for Clear Thinking

Almighty Father, Beloved Son, Spirit of Truth:

lighthouse

Thank you for the new day

when the sun shines brightly and

I rise fully awake.

I am tired of the clouds and

the dark shadows that persist

even after coffee and a trip to the gym.

Without a doubt, 

I am guilty of working too hard, too long, and with too much intensity

that is neither good for me or for my relationships.

Forgive me. Help my family also to forgive me.

Teach me to relax, to take Sabbath seriously, and

not to find find excuses to swap one intense activity for another.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

grant me strength, grace, and peace one more day.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Prayer Over This Place

Mural of Old CentrevilleBy Stephen W. Hiemstra”

Almighty Father, Gentle Son, Spirit of Truth,

In the name above all names

to whom “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given” (Matt 28:18 ESV)

we claim this time and this place for the Risen Christ–

make our time your time,

make our place your place.

In doing so we confess that we are unworthy of the call and

have need for forgiveness–cleanse our hearts and renew a right spirit among us. (Ps 51:10)

For we have been blessed to bless others (Gen 12:1-3) and

can only claim our salvation by extending it to those around us.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

come Lord, come quickly.

May our eyes only see what you would have us see,

may our ears only hear what you would have us hear,

way our voices speak only what you would have us speak.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Dinner Prayer

Red CandleBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful and Gracious Father,

All praise and honor be to you,

father of our faith and

forgiver of our sins

for you began in creating light (Gen 1:3) and

have sent us yourself, the light of the world.(John 9:5).

Forgive our sin and draw us to yourself this day

that we might enjoy your special presence

among friends and family at your dinner table.

Thank you for your infinite love and tender mercies (Rom 12:1)

that accepted us as we were,

but did not leave us to wallow in our sins.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

bless the food before us and us to your service.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Dinner Prayer

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Prayer for Positive Results

Red RosesBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father, Great Physician, Sustaining Spirit,

All praise and honor be to you

for you know our wishes before we do

and yet

desire that we share them with you,

like a caring parent.

Forgive us for hiding our fears and

thinking that we can live without you.

We thank you for your presence and

health and family that care for us–

for it is a fearful thing to be alone in pain and affliction.

Be especially present as we undergo medical tests and keep our doctors busy.

Guard our hearts and minds when our energy flags and

the tempter comes to visit.

For we know that our only hope is in you.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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