Prayer of Adoration

Almighty God,

We will sing to you a new song, spreading out your praise throughout the world.

spreading out your praise throughout the world.

praising your name and telling of your salvation every day.

For you are most glorious and have done marvelous things that none can deny.

Your greatness abounds and we praise you for it,

none can compare and respect for you exceeds all things.

Your beauty and endless majesty form a temple for your worship.

Tell of God’s beauty and majesty, if you can.

Tell of God’s glory, if you can find the words.

Worship him and him alone for his glory and majesty and strength!

Tell the nations what is most obvious: God reigns!

Let heaven be glad, rejoice, let the waters rush and the sea foam; let it rage–

Let the fields praise you; let the forests sing of your glory.

Before the Lord, there is none other

For he will judge the earth in righteous and the people in truth (Ps 96).

Amen.

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Summer Prayer

Sand Dune in Ocean City, Maryland

Summer Prayer

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Holy Father,

I praise you for quiet summer days.

Days when I do not need to work.

Days when time stands still and is a joy to experience.

Days when my only worry is about how to enjoy them.

Be ever near. Guard my heart and mind. Teach me to number my days aright (Psalm 90).

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Also see:

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer for Father’s Day

Four Doctor Hiemstra
The Four Doctor Hiemstras

Prayer for Father’s Day

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father:

We praise you for being a loving father,

who is a good provider,

who is always present,

who loves us when we are unlovable.

We confess that we are frequently none of these things,

not especially loving,

not present when we should be,

not able to see beyond our own needs.

We thank you for the example of Jesus Christ,

who demonstrated sacrificial love,

who remained fully present at the cost of his own life,

who loved the many unlovable people that we typically ignore.

In the power of your Holy Spirit give us the desire and the ability

to love, to be present, and to see beyond our own needs.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Also see: Prayer for Moms

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Prayer for the Persecuted

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Eternal and Compassionate God,

We thank you, Lord, for visiting us when we are afflicted and suffer unjustly.

For you are a God who cares, who understands our grief, our wounds, our sorrows, our diseases.

We lay our afflictions before you for we cannot bear them alone.

Heal our wounds, comfort us in our griefs, and purge us of disease.

Restore us; redeem us; save us; in doing so teach us to bear the wounds, griefs, and diseases of those around us and to point them to you.

Teach us to intercede for the people around us in action and in prayer.

For you are our God and we are your people.

You are with us; you are for us; and you have given your name to us.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, let our security reside only in you, now and always.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

Also see:

Grief Prayer 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer for Authors

Almighty father, Author of our Faith, Spirit of Truth,

All glory and honor are yours, Lord,

for you have shown us who you are:

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

and taught us all things, as the Psalmist writes:

“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” (Ps 25:5 ESV)

We confess, however, that we are slow learners and none are righteous before you (Ps 143:2).

But we rejoice and give thanks for the salvation that is ours through faith in Jesus Christ and confession of sin (Rom 10:10).

As the Author of our Faith (Heb 12:2 KJV) and the Spirit of Truth (John 15:13),

we ask for your guidance as we write that we might bear your image (Gen 1:27) brightly, boldly, and truthfully

each and every day.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, guard our hearts and minds as you guide our hands.

Through Jesus Christ, Amen

 

 

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Relief Prayer

Sand Dune in Ocean City, Maryland
Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

Relief Prayer

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty father,

All praise be yours for you are holy, set apart, and righteous

and you have created us in your image,

with the potential to do great things in your name.

We confess that we do not desire to be called Christians,

for we have tarnished your image,

and remain unholy, polluted by the world, and unrighteous.

Yet, we give thanks for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,

and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

We ask for strength to resist the besetting weaknesses and sins

that rob our prayers of power and limit the fruit of our ministry.

Guard our hearts and minds in Jesus Christ

that we might run the good race and be victorious in this life

through Jesus Christ in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Also see:

Summer Prayer

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer to Increase Faith

Oak Tree in Oakton, Virginia

Prayer to Increase Faith

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

I praise you for the gift of another day,

let the newest of the day (Isa 43:1) be expressed in new faith.

I confess that I have to  frequently blocked your access to my heart

in despair, in self-pity, and in cynicism not worthy of your love.

Thank you for not giving up on me (Eze 37).

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

give me instead a stronger, more vibrant faith (2 Cor 4:8-9),

where I am able to make you Lord over increasing parts of my life (Acts 4:36-37)

and drain the despair, self-pity, and cynicism by laying my griefs at your feet (Ps 31:9-14).

In Jesus’ name, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Heb 12:2), Amen.

 

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Prayer for Strength

Holy Father,

I praise you for creating me.

For giving me life and health and all the many blessings of family.

I confess that I have not always used time wisely and not always made the best lifestyle choices.

Thank you for another day–I have learned not to take them for granted.

The gift of time is precious to me; help me to make good use of it.

and, above all, to be a faithful steward of it.

Thank you for good health–I have learned not to it for granted.

The gift of health is a prerequisite for everything else that I do;

help me not to abuse it.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, I ask for strength.

Strength to make good choices.

Strength to be a witness, a good father, and a loving spouse.

Strength just to deal with all the many challenges of this life.

Strength like an oak that grows straight and tall and sturdy.

Strength in Jesus’ name, for “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13 ESV)

Amen.

 

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Prayer for Moms

Hazel Hiemstra in 1954
Mom and I, 1954

Prayer for Moms

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Dear heavenly father:

Thank you for moms.

Mom, the one who always came running when I got into trouble as a child

and has modeled your presence in my life ever since.

The one who always listens to me,

even when I make no sense and go on and on.

The one who says nice things about me,

even when I feel just awful and beat myself up.

Watch over and protect my mom,

especially when I am not around.

Teach me to remember her patience,

especially when I don’t want to be.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

help me to be a better son,

like your son and our savior, Jesus Christ. Amen

 

Also see: Prayer for Father’s Day

 

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Prayer for Vindication

Clouds

Prayer for Vindication

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father:

Vindicate me.

Argue my case before committees that I cannot attend and protect me from judgmental people who look only for weakness and spin goodness into evil.

You are my refuge; my trusted friend; why does my testing go on and on?

Defend and deliver me cause from the doubts and anxieties that trouble me and leave me weak open to temptations and sins that I choose on my own.

Shower me in your light and truth, led me to your presence, the safe house where I can find rest.

Then, I will commune in your church and find sanctuary for my soul.

Trust in God,  the one who saves and is worthy of praise. (Psalm 43).

Bless me with your vindication that I might vindicate those around me (Genesis 12:3).

In the power of your Holy Spirit and in Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Also see:

Prayer for the Persecuted.

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