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Paul’s Prayer for You


If the Apostle Paul were here, this is how he might pray for you and share God’s blessings with you.  I know this because he prayed this to a church bursting with Ephesians.

May God, out of his glorious riches, strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
May Christ dwell in your heart through faith.
May you be rooted and established in love,
May you have power,
May you dwell with all the Lord’s holy people,
May you grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
May you know this love that surpasses knowledge
May you be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
– based on Ephesians 3:16-19

Now that’s a benediction!

And I will add,
May the beauty of Christ be seen in you,
May you be with Christ
May you become more like Christ
And may you live for Christ

And again from Paul, but this time from Ephesians 1:

He chose us.
He adopted us.
He predestined us.
He gave us His grace.
He redeemed us.
He forgave our sins.
He lavished God’s grace on us.
He made known His will to us.
He marked us with a seal.
He guaranteed our inheritance.

That, brothers and sisters, is how much favor we have with God.

May the beauty of Christ be seen in you!

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A Beautiful Prayer from Ephesians 3:15-19


A Beautiful Prayer from Ephesians 3:15-19
Epiphany 2 (Year C)

Father,

Strengthen me by your Spirit
With a glorious inner heartfelt strength
Plant both of my feet firmly on love
Allow me to reach out and experience your breadth
To test your length
To plumb your depths
To rise to new heights
To live a full life
Filled in the fullness of God.
Amen.

-based on Eph 3:15-19 (MSG)

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A Prayer to Multiply Your Faith


“How grateful we should be that faith exists.”

Lord, 
help me to:
make every effort to add goodness to my faith; 
and to goodness, knowledge; 
and to knowledge, self-control; 
and to self-control, perseverance; 
and to perseverance, godliness; 
and to godliness, mutual affection; 
and to mutual affection, love. 
– based on 2 Peter 1:5-7

The Fruits of the Spirit Prayer


Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where all the fruit is! – Jackson Browne

The Fruits of the Spirit Prayer
based on Galatians 5:22–23, 

Lord, 
help me to be warm and loving,
contagiously joyful,
actively peaceful,
compellingly patient,
respectfully kind,
always good,
unwaveringly faithful,
humbly gentle,
vigorously self controlled,
and always aware of the Holy Spirit within,
because the Holy Spirit does not want to hibernate inside me,
He wants to shine God’s light through me.
This is the person I want to be.
Amen.

“I don’t want to say another empty prayer.” – Josh Wilson

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The Love Prayer


An example of how to pray through the Scriptures:

Lord, Please help me to be patient,
Help me to be kind,
Help me to shake this envy, and not be boastful,
Help me to be humble and not proud,
Help me to honor others and not to be self-seeking,
Help me be very slow to anger,
Help me to banish all records that I keep of wrong,
Help me to rejoice in truth and shun evil,
Help me to always protect those whom you have entrusted to me,
Help me to always trust,
Help me to always have hope,
Help me to persevere,
Because love never fails.
This, I know, remains – faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.

– based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13

May These Words Of My Mouth


May These Words of My Mouth

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. – Psalm 19:14
 
My Pastor uses these words to open up almost all of his sermons. You may call it ritual, recitation, or tradition; I call it beautiful! Just read it again. What a beautiful tiny prayer! It has it all, it is a humble asking that his words, both spoken and those kept silent in his heart, be pleasing to God and it acknowledges his savior as his Lord, his Rock and his Redeemer. I just know that a heart-felt, timely, truth-filled, Christ & gospel centered message is about to follow when I hear this prayed.

If you think about it, this is also a wonderful thing to pray for a musician just prior to accompanying or singing a piece. This is one piece of scripture that every worship leader should memorize and commit to their hearts and souls.

“Thus every child of God will pray and sing with mouth and heart, in true faith in the Gospel, in firm trust in the redemption earned by Christ, in whom we have both forgiveness and strength for a life of true sanctification.” – Paul E. Kretzmann

So I will repeat it again:
May these words of my mouth 
and this meditation of my heart 
be pleasing in your sight, Lord, 
my Rock and my Redeemer. Amen.
– Psalm 19:14

There is a wonderful contemporary song based on this passage. It’s called “May the Words of My Mouth” and was written by Tim Hughes. I have used this song in worship either as a pre-service piece or during the offering.

Just out of curiosity, I would be interested in knowing if you are a Pastor who also uses this scripture passage  during your sermon. Please leave a comment!

Jesus’ Prayer


Matthew 6:9-13 “This, then, is how you should pray:“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without heart. – John Bunyan

The Lord’s Prayer can be a model for your own prayer.

A man is powerful on his knees. – Corrie Ten Boom

First. To address God by name and to honor His name!
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

Second. To proclaim God’s sovereignty!
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Third. To submit your needs before Him.
Give us today our daily bread,

Forth. To ask for forgiveness.
And forgive us our debts,

Fifth. To help us forgive others.
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Sixth. To ask for God’s protection.
And lead us not into temptation,

Seventh. To ask God to rescue us from the grips of Satan.
but deliver us from the evil one.

Amen.

The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying.
He fears nothing from prayerless studies,
He fears nothing from prayerless work,
He fears nothing from prayerless religion,
He laughs at our toil,
Mocks at our wisdom,
But trembles when we pray.
– Samuel Chadwick

A Prayer for Your Church


A Prayer for Your Church

For personal reflection:

(kneeling) I kneel before the Father,
from whom his whole family in heaven
and on earth derives its name.
I pray that out of his glorious riches
he may strengthen you (the church)
with power through his Spirit
in your inner being,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you (the church),
being rooted and established in love,
may have power,
together with all the saints,
to grasp how wide
and long
and high
and deep
is the love of Christ,
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge
that you may be filled
to the measure of all the fullness of God.

– Ephesians 3:14–19

And here’s the exact same prayer for responsive reading in worship:

M:        I kneel before the Father,
C:        from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

M:        I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
C:        And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Almost takes your breath away it’s so beautiful, doesn’t it?

This is a good prayer for Pastors to use for their church and their people.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society