Thanks for Quiet Days

Oak Tree in Oakton, VirginiaBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Oh dear Lord,

Thank you for quiet days,

when nothing needs to be done,

when the rain seems endless,

and when we can recover from the turbulence of life.

Be especially close.

Guard our worn out hearts.

Keep us from sinning.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

heal our wounds.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Thanks for Quiet Days

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer for the Silent People

Art by M. Naris Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

All praise and honor be yours, Lord, for bringing caring people into my life.

For I am not an island, much as I would like to be.

For my freedom in Christ is to live within your healthy boundaries,

not to do everything that my sinful nature might desire.

I confess, Lord,

that I forget to raise my concerns up in prayer and to pray over the many decisions that I face each day;

that my desires would destroy me, were I to yield to them;

that I am totally dependent on your goodness and mercy every day of my life.

But I give thanks for your Holy Spirit’s guidance, provision, and placing of many saints in my life.

Help me to remember the silent people–

those forgotten because their social status,

those unseen because their work masquerades in products and services that I barely understand,

those that I am simply too busy or proud to recognize and honor.

Bless them. May I learn to honor them daily.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for the Silent People

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer for Presence and to be Present

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

 

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father,

I praise you for your quiet presence,

sustaining all creation and provisioning it with your love.

Though darkness cover us and we fear the death that is ever-near,

you cover us with the blood of Christ, your hedge of everlasting protection.

Cover my sin–the times that my judgment lapses,

and I cannot even admit my transgressions to myself.

Thankfully, you do not share my weaknesses and we can rejoice in your goodness,

even when we are alone and walk in the dark night of the soul.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

grant us the strength to model your presence to those around us,

the grace to model your goodness,

and the peace that passes all understanding.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen

Prayer for Presence and to be Present

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer for Elderly Parents

Four Doctor Hiemstra
The Four Doctor Hiemstras

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Holy Father,

All praise and glory be to you for providing us faithful parents,

role models to guide us through the wilds of life

before we could tell our left hand from the right.

Thank you for their care, sacrifice, and wisdom—

may we be so caring, so willing to sacrifice, and so wise,

and forgive us when we are not!

Be with them when we are unable that they would never be alone.

Protect them from those that prey on the elderly, from unexpected accidents, and from needless worry.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us the strength and wisdom to be worthy children and loving caregivers—

that we might enjoy our remaining times together and provide a role model to the young.

In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Elderly Parents

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Family Prayer 

Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer for Teachers

Math teacher at Lee_HS
Math and Chemistry Teacher

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father:

We praise you for bringing good teachers into our lives.

Teachers that care, are well-trained, and work tirelessly to help us learn—

teachers better than we deserve!

Help us to listen to advice and accept instruction (Prov 19:20) and

teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom (Ps 90:12)

because we confess that we often tire of learning and spend too little time on it.

Thank you none-the-less for those that labor to instruct us

that we might mature into people of wisdom and faith, and

not stumble through life in ignorance for lack of guidance.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds and open our hearts

that we might grow more like you day by day.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for Teachers

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer for the Kids

Mr Personality, Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra
Mr Personality, Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty father,

We praise you for creating us, male and female, in your image (Gen 1:27)

so that in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female. (Gal 3:28 ESV)

We confess that we have not always lived into your image promise or even wanted to.

We give thanks that you have not given up on us, but sent Christ to show us how to live,

ransomed us from our own sinful folly, and given us the hope of salvation and eternal life with you.

We pray that our kids will remember the lessons that we so painfully learned,

but mostly that we learned to trust in you.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, grant us the strength to continue living another year,

the grace to reach out to those around us, and

the peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:7).

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for the Kids

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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New Year’s Prayer (2)

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father, Light of the World, Spirit of Truth,

Thank you for the gift of life, time to enjoy, and the many blessings that we take for granted.

Forgive us for our wasting of your gifts, for the sins that we willfully commit, and for the good things that we forget to do.

Have mercy on us.

Cast out the demons that torment us, the desires that demean us, and spirits that hide us from the truth.

Be especially near.

Help us to reflect on our weaknesses, our sinful behavior, and our neglectful hearts.

Grant us strength to meet the challenges of the new year and the grace to extend our blessings to those around us.

In Jesus’s precious name, Amen

New Year’s Prayer (2)

Also see:

Christmas Prayer 

How do Christians Connect with God? (2) 

Blackaby Expects Answers to Prayer 

Christian Spirituality 

Looking Back 

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Christmas Prayer

Nativity
Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Father of all mercy,

Thank you for sending Jesus Christ into our world

while we were yet sinners (Rom 5:8).

Though our world was filled with darkness,

you sent us light to overcome this darkness (Gen 1:3; Luke 1:4).

You and you alone have given us faith, hope, dignity, and an example of love.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

restore in us the joy of your creation,

as you did that day with the birth of a baby,

In the name Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

Christmas Prayer

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How do Christians Connect with God? (2) 

Blackaby Expects Answers to Prayer 

Christian Spirituality 

Looking Back 

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Winter Prayer

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

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

I praise you for your loving kindness,

which you demonstrated on Calvery with the sacrifice of your son, Jesus Christ,

and your goodness,

which we witness each and every morning in the warmth of the rising sun.

I confess that my own kindness flags too often for mention

and I am neither warm or bright in the morning and sometimes all day.

Thank you, Lord, that I am not the center of the universe and

I am not reminded constantly of my weaknesses and cold disposition.

Thank you, Lord, for the warm house that I live in and the warm people that keep safe.

I pray for warmer weather and the new life of spring,

which heals the body and refreshes the soul.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 Winter Prayer

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Confessional Prayer

Road closed
Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

Forgive me for my many sins, iniquities, and trespasses.

For I have fallen short of your goals for my life,

I have failed to do many things that I should have,

and I have broken trust with your gracious laws.

Have mercy on my through the blood of your son, Jesus Christ,

who lived a sinless life yet was crucified on the cross,

that I might find forgiveness through him.

Hear my prayer. Have compassion on me though I am undeserving.

Fill my heart with your Holy Spirit,

that I might be saved and rest with you eternally.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Confessional Prayer

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Giving Thanks 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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