Praying for Courage

Stephen W. Hiemstra, Photograph of Boxing GlovesBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty father,

Blessed be your name oh God of the universe, because you display the courage to create and sustain this world. You are not afraid to be the first or the only one to love and participate in this dangerous world.

I confess that I do not often display such courage and have not followed your example in Jesus Christ.

I give thanks for your patience with me and for the many times that you have forgiven my weakness and rebellion.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant me the strength to follow your example and become the courageous person that you created me to be. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

Praying for Courage

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Prayer for Perspective

Fence
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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty father,

All praise and honor are yours for you listen to us, guide us, and treat us equally as sons and daughters in Christ.

We confess that we do not always listen to your Holy Spirit or treat each other as brothers and sisters in the faith.

Thank you for your fatherly patience with and care for us. You are the God of second and third chances even as we are abrupt and impatient and unworthy of your devotion to us.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us eyes that see and ears that listen that we might grow closer to you each passing day. Remember those that suffer among us. Save us from destructive divisions and from ethic and class pride. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Thanks for Listening Prayer

Red Roses

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Ever Present Father,

All praise and honor be to you for you listen to my prayers, comfort me with your words, and are ever-present in my life.

I confess that I have not always properly understood and valued your friendship and love.

Thank you for giving me the perfect example of love in your son, Jesus Christ, who lived for others, died for our sins, and rose again from the dead to give us the hope of everlasting life.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant me the strength to face each new day, the grace to follow your example, and the peace that passes all understanding. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Purple Prayer

Iris

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful and loving father,

All praise and honor be to you because you forgive our sins and heal us of every disease and plague that afflicts our bodies, minds, and souls.

We confess to you that we do not confess our every sin, but frequently cling to sins that besets us and prove too painful to admit even to ourselves.

We thank you for the gift of your son, Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for our sins so that we don’t have to and who remains our role model in season and out.

We ask you now for healing. In the power of your Holy Spirit, turn our broken lives into lives that honor you and give us the strength to live into the model that you have provided. Give us a hope and prayer that our besetting sins would afflict us no more. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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Equality Prayer

Stephen W. Hiemstra, Twins
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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Loving father,

All praise and honor be to you for you look on us as your sons and daughters with equal delight (Gen 1:27; Gal 3:28) and love our kids even more than we do (Ps 8:4).

We confess that we have trouble living into your example. We fuss and toil to get our way displaying maturity not befitting our ages.

But we thanks you for your loving example in Jesus Christ and your patience with us when we are difficult and sin with abandon.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, transform our hearts that we might love each other without discrimination or abuse. Bring heaven to earth through us, even when we are reluctant servants. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Centering Prayer

Clouds

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty and loving father,

Your name radiates above all created things and your honor exceeds any in earth or heaven.

Even tiny babies know you and demonstrate your strength in weakness, silencing your enemies and ours.

Heaven itself displays your creative artistry and leave us in awe. Why do you even bother with us or care for our childen?

Yet, you honor us more than angels and openly display your love for us, giving us title to your estate and trust us to care for it.

All of creation is under our supervision, creatures tame or wild, birds, fish, and even the worms in the earth.

Almighty and loving father, your name radiates above all created things. (Psalm 8)

In the power of your Holy Spirit, bless us the wisdom to care for your creation. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Prayer for Life

Stephen W. Hiemstra, Twins
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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Loving Father,

All praise and honor be to you for you created us in your image and sustain our lives in the ups and downs of daily life. Blessed be your name above all names.

We confess that we have not always honored your name and acted in the manner of your sons and daughters. Forgive our selfishness focus on ourselves that we might cherish human life as priceless the way that you do.

Thank you for your gracious and merciful patience, for your covenantal love and faithless in spite of our lack of patience, inattention to your care, and spitefulness as sons and daughters.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us strength to meet the day, grace for those we meet, and peace. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Easter Prayer

Tulips 2018

Merciful Father:

All praise and honor are yours for you place eternity in our hearts and sent your Son Jesus to save us from our sins.

We confess our foolishness for presuming on your grace and thinking that mercy through Jesus is cheaply available without true devotion and faith.

Thank you for the love that you demonstrated in the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, our savior and eternal role model.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, dwell in our hearts that Christ’s salvation will nourish our faith daily. Wipe away the despair of loneliness and doubt. Grant us the strength to be faithful stewards of your grace to those around us that your peace may remain our peace, now and always. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Eternal Prayer

Tulips 2018

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Eternal Father:

All praise and honor are your for you place eternity within our vision and gives us souls that save us in your eternal embrace.

We confess our foolishness for presuming on your grace and thinking that mercy through Jesus is cheaply available without true devotion and faith.

Thank you for the love that you demonstrated in the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, our savior and eternal role model.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, dwell in our hearts that Christ’s salvation will nourish our faith daily. Wipe away the despair of loneliness and doubt. Grant us the strength to be faithful stewards of your grace to those around us that your peace may remain our peace, now and always. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Invocation

Stephen W Hiemstra, 2018
Stephen W Hiemstra, 2018

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father,

All praise and honor are yours, because you hear our prayers, comfort us in our afflictions, and rescue us from death itself.  

We confess that we are unworthy of your affections and we thank you for teaching us to love. 

Draw us now to yourself.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, open our hearts, illumine our minds, and strengthen our hands in your service. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Invocation

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