Prayer for the Poor in Spirit

Life_in_Tension_revision_front_20200101By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Oh dear Lord,

I give thanks that you are ever near to me—not too proud to linger with your servant and call me friend.

Bless me with your spirit of humility and generosity—generous in time, generous in friendship, and generous in sharing yourself.

Keep me safe from bad company; keep me safe from pious arrogance; keep me safe from my own sinful heart.

Let me always be ever near to you, now and always, through the power of your Holy Spirit.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for the Poor in Spirit

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Believer’s Prayer

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Prayer and Blessing

Life_in_Tension_revision_front_20200101By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace, Spirit of Holiness,

We praise you for blessing us with life, a vision of how to live it, and a family to share it with.

We praise you for your faithful presence on good days and not so good days.

Forgive our pride and willfulness.

Forgive us for sins against you and sins against those around us.

Plant in us the seeds of forgiveness and the patience to watch them grow.

Plant in us the desire to follow you and to prosper your kingdom.

Let us use our blessings to bless others (Gen 12:2–3)—blessing not only those easy to love but also those who need our love.

Grant us strength for the day, grace for those we meet, and peace in all things.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer and Blessing

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Believer’s Prayer

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Prayer for Others

Life_in_Tension_revision_front_20200101By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father, Beloved Son, Holy Spirit,

We praise you for being willfully present in our lives—teach us to be willfully present in the lives of those around us.

We confess our need for holiness—may your example shine through us.

We confess that we are often attracted more to culture and less to you—teach use how to live faithfully in tension with the world around us.

We confess the need to be reconciled with those that pain us and those we pain—teach us how to live sacrificially in your name.

We thank you for the life and sacrifice of your son, Jesus Christ, and for many spiritual gifts showered on us by your Holy Spirit.

Grant us strength for the day, grace for those we meet, and peace.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Other

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Believer’s Prayer

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Prayer for Godliness

Life_in_Tension_revision_front_20200101By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Father God,

Thank you for sending your son, Jesus Christ, into our lives to draw us closer to you.

Save us from our own evil thoughts and feelings.

Unstop our ears; open our eyes; and flood our hearts with the promptings of your Holy Spirit.

Forgive our sin; redeem us from our transgressions; and cleanse us from our iniquities.

Give us a heart for your word and grant us the mind of Christ.

Teach us to lean on your law and to share your grace that we might become true disciples: honored to hunger and thirst for your righteousness; honored to be merciful; honored to pursue godliness.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit and the grace available to us through Jesus Christ.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Godlines

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Believer’s Prayer

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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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