Prayer for Perspective

Fence
Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

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.

Prayer for Perspective

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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.

Thanks for Listening Prayer

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Prayer for Life

Stephen W. Hiemstra, Twins
Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

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.

Prayer for Life

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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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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.

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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 Against Entropy

Doldrums, Sand Dune in Ocean City, MarylandBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful Father,

I praise you for your unchanging character,

your immutability in the face of erosion, pain, and death

for your love conquers all foes,

from the sting of war to the impurity of common dust

that brings disease and biting insects and filth.

I confess that I pale in the present of even tiny obstacles

and fear is a constant companion.

Forgive my timidity, my cowardliness as strength fails me.

In the power of your Holy Spirt,

Instill in me your wisdom and strength to face the day

that I might minister to those around me

and grant me courage to live the life that you intended.

In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Prayer Against Entropy

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Collect for a God Who Listens

Stone Fence, Photograph by Stephen W. Hiemstra
Art by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Ever attentive father,

We praise you that you  care enough to listen,

that you concern for the immigrant, the orphan, and the widow is foremost (Exod 22:21-27),

even when we focus on our own concerns and play politics with the welfare of others.

We confess that we are cold-blooded and hide behind walls and rules and policies

that we blame on others even as we seek our own benefit before offering relief.

Forgive us our deaf ears; rid us of our addictions; and heal the wounds

that we have needlessly provoked.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, give us listening ears

that we might learn from your example even as your wrath pours out on us

and that in our learning we might also share in your salvation.

Through Jesus Christ and in his name, Amen.

Collect for a God Who Listens

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