102 Devotional Prayer for Meditation

Dr. Brian Allison

No. 1

Father, penetrate our spirits, and discern our thoughts; thereby exposing us in Your presence in order that we may be changed. To that end we ask for the ministry of your Spirit. Teach us, Father, what it is to abide in the Vine in order that we may bear much fruit. Grant that through the reading of, and listening to, Your Word, we may know that deep sense of fellowship with Christ; that we may know communion with Him, and feel His presence; in order that we may glorify His name. Father, we thank you for this opportunity again to turn to You; for yet another day of grace in which we can hear from You. We pray that You would prepare our hearts indeed to hear and to respond. To that end, our Father, we pray that You would grant to us a humble spirit, a gentle spirit, a teachable spirit, in order that we may 'buy the truth and sell it not,' so that we may 'run the way of your commandments.' We do indeed humble ourselves before You. Have mercy upon us, O Lord; and remember us, your people, in these days; and we shall praise you, our Father; we shall bless Your holy name. Hear us, Lord, in your Son's name. Amen.

No. 2

Father, we want to confess to You our sins as a people. We want to confess to You our sins of pride and arrogance; our sins of selfism, anti-authoritarianism, and hedonism. We want to confess to You our sins of self-centredness; and our sins of sometimes despising your Church, and even despising Your appointed leadership. Father, we want to confess our sins of worldliness, complacency, indifference. We want to confess to You our sins of failing to fulfil our responsibility to our brothers and our sisters; of being so self-absorbed that we expect people first to meet our needs and to touch our lives. So, Father, we do confess our sins to You, and ask you to heal us. Speak to each one of us, Lord, and change us. Father, have mercy on us. We pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 3

Father, we know that in this life (though we try to deceive ourselves), a blissful utopia is not coming; that there will never be a time when we will be totally free from the worries and stresses of this life; and yet we thank You for the hope of your Word. We thank You for the times of sipping from that spiritual oasis; the periodic moments of joy and peace and relief. Father, may we look beyond this life, and beyond our circumstances, and may we see that hope that will bring us ever closer to You; being encouraged and strengthened by the fact that 'there yet remains a rest for the people of God.' Grant that by Your grace we may even now enter that rest and be at peace. O Father, we pray that you would arrest that unbelieving person whom we may meet this day; and may they have an incredible sense of the toil and burden of life, and hear You say, 'Come unto Me, all you are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.' Lord, we give you thanks. We praise You for Your Word and for Your Spirit. Bless your Word by Your Spirit, and may there be fruit spring up unto life eternal in order that we may praise Your holy name. Hear us, our Father; for we pray in your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 4

Heavenly Father, speak to us, O Lord, in order that we may not be 'weighted in the balances, and found wanting.' Hear us, our Father, in order that we may hear you. Amen.

No. 5

Father, we confess that Your Word spiritually devastates us. Often, the searching truth of Your Word crushes us, and we feel so deflated, so unworthy, so unclean. We would cry out, 'Woe is me! For I am undone. We are a people of unclean lips, and we dwell among people of unclean lips, for our eyes have seen the Lord, by His word, even the Lord of hosts.' Father, we pray that Your Word would continue to work in each one of us. We pray for that one who, as of yet, is not challenged, or confronted, or convicted by Your Word; who yet remains in his or her sin, content with how their life is going, unaware of the final judgement to come. We pray that you would awaken that one through your Word, by your Spirit, that 'the light of the knowledge of the glory of God may shine into darkened hearts, giving the knowledge of Christ.' You say that You will exalt Your Word above Your name. May we too give the honour and glory to Your Word, Your holy Word, that is 'ever settled in heaven.' Speak to us, our Father, and give us ears to hear. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 6

Father, we hear Your truth through Your Word and our hearts long to embrace that truth and to know its power. Teach us, our Father, what we have in Christ our Lord, knowing that in Him we are 'blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Him.' We thank you for your encouragement; that you really care for us. We thank you for Jesus, the Son of God, 'who has passed through the heavens.' Hallelujah! We praise you, Lord. In your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 7

Father, how much we thank you for Christ. In the days of His flesh – fully identified with the human condition, sin excepted – He proved Himself to be duly qualified to represent us and to die for us; to save us and to intercede for us. Help us to understand this great truth, our Father, and to be thankful proportional to that understanding. We thank You that He has rent the veil in two; that He, even our Christ, has conquered. We praise you, our Father, we praise you. Hallelujah! O blessed be the Name of the Lord; and blessed be Jesus, 'a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.' Hear us, our Father, in your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 8

Father, we hear messages of salvation, of worship, and of service, and they so quickly slip away from us. Make us less busy and more attentive. We pray that we may not dishonour Your Name and forget about the Christ, Your Son. May that which motivates us be the sense of Your goodness and Your love to us; and the wonder of the glory of Your Son, who 'died for us in order that we might live.' Father, if our focus is wrong, convict us. Lord, if we have been misled, retrieve us. Grant that we may be more concerned about Jesus and about others, than about ourselves; more concerned about what we give to Jesus and to others, than what we may receive from others. Father, help us; and grant that we may worship Your Son. Hear us, our Father. In Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 9

Father, we pray that by Your Spirit You would come and 'convict of sin and of righteousness and of judgement to come.' May we hear the voice of our great God, who commands everyone, everywhere, to repent. Father, have mercy upon us, and continue to enlighten us, drawing us more into Yourself, in order that we may glorify You and present Christ more. Hear us, our Father, in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 10

Our heavenly Father, we pray that You would take our stony hearts and make them hearts of flesh. We pray that You would open up our spirits to Your Spirit; that Your Word may enter us, and move us, and challenge us. We pray that You would deliver us from coldness, indifference, and insensitivity, so that we may receive your Word gladly. Father, give ears to hear and hearts to understand so that we may rejoice in your truth. Lord, how many times do we have to read your Word before we respond? How many times do we have to hear your Word before it makes a difference? Father, do a work of grace in our hearts, we pray, before it is too late; and grant that each one of us will make our 'calling and our election sure.' Help us, our Father, and 'revive us in the midst of the years.' Grant that we may 'see Jesus only,' and worship Him. Hear us, O Lord, in your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 11

Father, we thank You for Your light. We thank You for the convicting work of Your Spirit. Grant that we may not resist, but rather respond, 'while it is still called, Today.' We thank you that today is still the day of salvation. Hear us, our Father. In Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 12

Father, may we enter your rest. May we 'examine ourselves to see whether we be in the faith lest we be reprobate.' May we be honest with You, and honest with ourselves lest we fail to enter that rest. We thank You for Your Word, O Lord, and for Your faithfulness. We thank You for Your goodness to us, and for the ministry of Your Spirit. Hear us, our Father; for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 13

Father, how we thank You that You are a God of new beginnings. This day, in some area of our lives and in the different aspects of our lives, we need You to make all things new. Father, help us, we pray, for Your great Names' sake; and we shall praise You. Hear us, Lord, in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 14

Father, we pride ourselves on being busy and active; and sometimes we like to let others know that we are busy and active – because of that same pride – wanting the approval of people. Yet, Lord, we know that You ask us to be faithful, as well as to be loving. Grant us the grace to be humble; and may we hear Your voice, our God, and turn to You again. Father, we think back to the time when we first became a Christian, and the enthusiasm and the excitement which characterized our lives. How our whole hearts were consumed with You and Your way; and the passion of our spirits that could not get enough of Your Word and fellowship with Your people. Our hearts hungered and thirsted after You, Your kingdom, and Your righteousness. Father, we pray that You would restore us; that You would recover us. Deliver us from self-deception lest You come and remove our lampstand. Hear us, our Father. In Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 15

Father, I know that even though we hear Your Word and our hearts confirm its truth, for some of us, the teachings of Your Word seem so remote, so unreal. Father, give us understanding, and prepare us for the day when You shall call us to suffer. May we stand strong, resolving in our hearts to persevere until the end in order that we may stand before You unashamed and with exceeding great joy. We think of Your church in the West – a church that has become complacent, indifferent, and lazy; and we wonder indeed whether the time has come – because of our appalling moral state – for You to test and determine who are the true people of God. Father, does Your church need to be purged? Father, in judgement, remember mercy, and preserve us unto Your heavenly kingdom. We pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 16

Father, by Your grace we have counted the cost; we have paid the price; and if we have to stand alone, by Your Spirit we shall stand alone. We thank You, Father, for the grace in our hearts that puts Your honour and Your glory before all else; whereby You take delight in us, resulting in the further praise of Your Name. Father, grant that we may indeed be faithful in our personal testimony to Christ, not shrinking or being embarrassed or being fearful when those around us challenge us because of our faith. May we not cower, pretending that we do not know You, feeling fear; but rather knowing assuredly that we should speak out, especially in our day. Father, forgive us if we have been cowards this past week, rather than the courageous. Forgive us when we failed to speak that word of truth, that word of righteousness, that word of justice when we have been given the opportunity to 'rub shoulders' with those of this fallen world; those who have blasphemed Your Name, talking filth and smut; and yet we have found ourselves condemned because of our silence. Father, help us to be that bright shining light, which 'shines in the midst of a perverse and crooked generation, holding forth the Word of truth,' and running well; not compromising, but standing strong to the end. We ask You for the infilling of Your Spirit. May He help us, O Lord, 'that we may stand before You in that day unashamed and with exceeding great joy.' Hear us, our Father, for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 17

Father, You are impressing upon our hearts that You are looking for a strong and courageous people in these days; people who have counted the cost, have taken a stand, and are committed to be faithful for Your great Names' sake. Father, grant that we may have done with lesser things; that we may have the grace to know that serious-mindedness; that we may understand Your ways; that we may follow Your Spirit. Father, forgive us for our times of indifference, our times of complacency; our times of sin; and grant that we may know Your restoration and Your renewal; that we may be revived by Your Spirit so that we may take a bold stand for the Name of Christ. You are looking for a mighty people, an army, to the glory of Your Holy Name. May You find that people here, in our day, our Father; and may Your Son be praised; for we pray in His Name. Amen.

No. 18

Father, grant that we may awake, if we are asleep; that 'Christ may shine on us.' Grant, our Father, that we 'may not sleep the sleep of death.' Amen.

No. 19

Father, You say to our hearts that 'it is required of a steward that he or she be found faithful.' We think of the testimony of the apostle Paul, that he painstakingly tried to live with a conscience void of offence. May we have that same attitude and that same commitment. Father, You say to our hearts that 'if we are found faithless, You remain faithful, for You cannot deny Yourself.' May we understand what Your Word calls us to. May we take pains to be found loyal to Your Holy Name, adhering tenaciously to Your Holy Word, counting the cost and paying the price; endeavouring only 'to do the will of Him who sent us.' Father, forgive us for our faithlessness, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Have mercy upon us, and grant that when Your Son does come, He may not find us sleeping so that our 'portion will not be with the wicked, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' May we be those 'faithful and true servants who will be found watching' for the Lord's return. Hear us, our Father. In Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 20

Father, we are reminded of Your servant John Wesley who received hundreds of thousands of pounds and redirected that income to meet the needs of the poor and the homeless; who gave away more than he kept because he understood the real meaning of the Gospel. Father, we are also reminded of George Mueller who also gave away more than he kept because he too understood the real meaning of the Gospel. Father, do we have a right understanding of what it means to serve our fellow man, especially those of the household of faith? Do we need more instruction? Father, have mercy upon us, we pray, and may we truly walk in love, willing to give, willing to sacrifice; 'labouring with our hands in order that we may provide for those who do not have,' in order that there may be equality. Give us understanding, our Father, on this side of Glory, in order that we may be guaranteed and assured of a place on that side of Glory. Help us to understand the real meaning of the Gospel – 'that though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty may become rich.' In Your Son's Name. Amen

No. 21

Father, You teach us that our present life is fleeting away fast. You remind us, O Lord, of the reality of death through the aches and pains that our bodies experience, through the greying of our hair, and through the increasing wrinkles of our skin; by the greater tendency to become exhausted and tired, feeling feeble and undone. And yet in our remembrance of these things, we thank You for the hope of the resurrection. We confess that even now our minds cannot fully imagine, nor fully appreciate, that because Jesus rose from the dead, one day – Hallelujah – one day we shall rise too. We bless You. We praise You. We worship You. And we too would say, just as the apostle John, 'even so come, Lord Jesus.' Amen.

No. 22

Father, we thank You for the hope of the Gospel, and for the glory of Christ, our Great High Priest. We worship Him. We praise Him. We bless Him; for He has saved us, and that forever. Father, bless Your Word to us. Bring someone into Your Kingdom this day and glorify Your Son. O Father, we worship You and we praise Your Holy Name. Hear us, O Lord, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 23

Father, we thank You for the depth of Your wisdom, as well as for the simplicity of the Gospel. We pray for those who are yet outside the fold. We pray that they may see Your Son, the Great High Priest, the One who loved us and died for us so that we may no longer live for ourselves, but for Him. Father, continue to speak. O Lord, draw a people to Yourself and save; and glorify Your Holy Name. Have mercy, we pray. Continue to prepare us to come to the Communion Table in order to remember our High Priest and His sacrifice for sinners unclean. Lord, we pray in His Name. Amen.

No. 24

Father, we know that the teachings of Your Word can be difficult to understand, and so we ask for the help of Your Spirit. Make us faithful 'workers who need not be ashamed, rightly interpreting the Word of truth.' Bless us, our Father; for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 25

Our Father, we praise You. Grant that we may not resist Your Word, seeking to justify our actions, but rather may we humble ourselves before You; and expose our hearts before You in order to receive Your healing. We thank You for Your goodness to us. May we respond in obedience to You. In Jesus' precious Name. Amen.

No. 26

Father, we thank You for the great Christian women who have changed the course of history; who have been able to inspire people and lead them in order that there may be change, victory, and blessing flowing out to the nations. Father, we thank You for our mothers. We thank You for the investment of time and of energy which they have poured into us. Grant that we may remember them fondly, and 'give honour to whom honour is due;' 'to esteem them highly for their works' sake,' and to give You thanks at every remembrance of them. Father, bless them and keep them; strengthen and preserve them. Lord, we worship You. We praise Your Holy Name. Father, hear us, for we pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 27

Father, You are teaching us what it means to submit. How is it that we are still inclined to go our own way and to do our 'own thing,' giving You lip – service, though our hearts may be so far from You? O Father, have mercy upon us, we pray, and continue to 'make us willing in the day of Your power;' and we shall praise You. Lord, we thank You that Christ reigns, and that He reigns supremely; and that by Your grace He reigns over us. Our prayer is that He may reign over our community; that every family, every husband, every wife, every child may acknowledge Him to be Lord, to the praise of God the Father. Father, instill Your vision in us; propel us; and send us forth. May we take up the work at hand. May we have done with our own interests and our own preoccupations, as legitimate as they may be; and may we fulfil in our lives, and in this place, Your great commission. Hear us, our Father, for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 28

Teach us, our Father; and change us, we pray. In Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 29

Father, we examine our lives and we discover how miserably we have failed You, and have failed our loved ones, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Father, we ask You to heal us and honour the little faith that we have. We ask You to restore us, and to give back to us 'the years which the locusts have eaten.' Have mercy upon us, our heavenly Father; for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 30

Father, can You find a strong and courageous person? Can You find one that has counted the cost and has paid the price, and is willing to stand? Father, we want to be that strong and courageous people in our day and for our generation, so that we may leave our mark on those whom we leave behind; that those who remain may know that we ran well, that we served You well, that we glorified Your Name. Father, I pray that You will encourage Your people, and that You would grant them grace. In their times of loneliness remind them of Your presence and keep them. I pray that You would keep them in the 'hour of testing – that hour which will come upon the whole earth' – and I pray that You would 'preserve them unto Your heavenly kingdom.' We give You thanks, our Father; and we pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 31

Father, how we thank You for the truth and reality that Your Son lives in our hearts. We thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit through whom You make Your abode plain and manifest within. We thank You that Your Son leads us by His Spirit and guides us by His grace. And so this day, our Father, we worship You. We praise Your Holy Name. You are worthy of praise and of blessing. You have conquered our spirits. You have captured our hearts. We belong to You. And Father, we come to You as Your people, rejoicing, mindful of Your great salvation; mindful of Your kingdom and the fact that we are citizens in that kingdom. We come with thanksgiving, O Lord. We come to exalt You and to glorify You. O Lord, You are worthy. O God, assist us to proclaim Your Name. May we magnify Your Name. Draw near to us, our Father, and set our spirits free. May we lay hold on You by faith. O God, may we see You in Your Glory and worship. Fill us with Your Spirit, and grant that we may 'see Jesus only.' Grant that we may hear His voice and follow Him. Grant that we may come into Your Temple, being led by Your light and Your truth, and find refreshment in Your presence and power by Your nearness. O Lord, hear us, we pray. We humble ourselves before You. Strengthen us for this hour, our Father; and may Jesus Christ be praised; for we pray in His precious Name and for Your sake. Amen.

No. 32

Father, we confess that often we do not always understand the impact and significance of Your Word. Often we discover that our hearts have deceived us, making us think that we are running well. We realize that we often appear not to be out of the starting blocks; and when we are out, often we discover that we are running backwards and not forwards; and so we ask You to forgive us. Awaken us from our sleep, 'lest we sleep the sleep of death,' and so eventually waking up, we discover that we are 'weighed in the balances and found wanting.' May we understand the high road, the steep road, of discipleship. May we recognize that it is a road of sacrifice and suffering; that it is simply a road of self-abandonment to You. Father, we are affected and influenced by the age in which we live, though we would pride ourselves as being unaffected and separated. Help us not to drink in (for it is a subtle thing) the spirit of this age, but set us free, and grant that we may follow Your Son wherever He leads us and however He leads us, so that we may always walk in the footprints of Jesus. Father, give us ears to hear, and hearts to understand, and grant that we may bow before Your Son this day and worship Him. Hear us, our Father. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 33

Father, do we yet understand what Your Word says to us? Do we yet hear You? Lord, forgive us and heal us; and help us, we pray. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 34

Father, again we bow in Your presence and we acknowledge that You are our God. Grant that we may know the sacredness of this moment; that in Your presence we are 'standing on Holy ground.' Fill us with Your Spirit, our Father. Help us to hear You. Help us to respond to You. Help us to follow You. Minister the eternal Gospel to our hearts and change us, Lord. Grant that in this day which You have set before us, we may 'see Jesus only.' May we become lost in awe and wonder and praise, and may we worship Your Son. Father, we ask You to hide us behind His cross, and grant that we 'may glory only in that cross.' We thank You that 'through that cross the world is dead to us and we are dead to the world.' May we understand more of this truth on this day and worship. Father, forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Lord, again we humble ourselves before You, and we ask You for Your mercy. We ask You for Your 'grace, even in time of need.' Guide us now. Glorify Your Son; magnify His Name; and we shall praise You; for we pray in His Name. Amen.

No. 35

Father, how much we thank You for Your faithfulness to us; and how much we thank You for Your love. We thank You that You grant to our spirits strength and courage, resolve and determination, knowing that one day we shall have 'to stand before You and give an account.' We thank You that You remind us that it is a very little thing that we should be judged by anybody, in fact we don't even judge ourselves, but even so, we are not acquitted. We thank You that You are the One who judges us. Father, may we judge nothing until the Lord should come, 'before Whom the secrets and intents of people's hearts will be revealed, and then we shall receive our reward from You.' Father, grant that we may be found faithful as You are faithful. Guide us by Your Spirit, Lord. Having given us a vision of purpose, we ask You to stir up Your people to action. We ask You to equip and empower Your people for action. We pray that You would help us, our Father. We pray that You would glorify Your Son. Hear us, O Lord. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 36

Father, we know that You ordain all things that come to pass. Therefore, Lord, we worship You; we praise Your Holy Name. You have granted us grace and mercy this past week, and even on this day. Therefore, we turn to You and we acknowledge Your goodness and Your love. Continue with our spirits. Continue to strive with our spirits. Minister to us, our Father, and grant that we, in turn, may minister to one another. 'Show us Your glory.' Speak deeply that our hearts may hear, and that our minds may respond. 'Lord, speak, for Your servants hear.' Show us Your Son this day. Show us Him 'high and lifted up, and His train filling the temple.' May we acknowledge Him as Master and Lord. Father, again we humble ourselves before You. Hear us when we cry unto You and bless in power. O Lord, 'rend the heavens and come down,' and leave behind a blessing, we beseech You. Hear us, Lord, in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 37

Father, You understand our hearts, and thus You know that we want to do things Your way. Yet, we recognize the folly of the flesh; that sometimes we can be deceived. In one sense, we are a product of our own age and society. Help us, Father, to understand Your will and Your way, and to understand Your Word. Help us to ask ourselves the question: What would Jesus do? And to have the courage to do it. Father, have mercy upon us and may we, in our minds and through our lives, indeed acknowledge Christ as Lord – the authority over all that we are and have and do. Give us grace to that end our Father; for we pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 38

Father, we want to do things Your way; and by Your grace. We would neither fear man, nor cater to man, because to You alone we must give an account. You continually speak to our hearts, saying, 'Be strong and courageous. Be not afraid, nor dismayed; for the Lord Your God is with You wherever You go.' Father, help us to be faithful. Help us to be 'willing in the day of Your power.' You tell us that 'the fear of man brings a snare;' therefore, we fear You alone, and before You we stand and fall. Speak to Your people. Grant that we may have 'one heart and one mind,' and may understand what Your Word is saying to us; and bow the knee and heart, not to a man, but to the God who has saved us, and by His grace will keep us. Continue Your good work; and we thank You for working in the lives of Your people to stir them up unto good works. We praise You, our Father; and we bless You. We thank You that 'faithful is He who has called us who also will do it.' Hear us, O Lord. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 39

Father, You know our hearts and the intents of our hearts. We pray that You would help us in these days; in these days in which the pressures of this society squeeze us on every side. Help us 'not to be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.' Help us to bow the knee to You, and to remember the Servant King who calls us to walk in His train as bond-servants of the Lord, in all humility, 'serving one another.' Help us, our Father, for Your mercies' sake; for we pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 40

Father, how much we thank You for 'the joy of the Lord, which is our strength.' We just thank You that we can indeed praise You at all, and give to You 'the glory due to Your Name.' We worship You. We exalt You. You sustain us by Your favour and Your grace. We pray that in this day we may indeed have our spirits set free; that we may be filled with gratitude and true thanksgiving, giving You glory. O Father, 'You have done great things for us of which we are glad.' Make us truly thankful. Magnify Your great Name. Show us the love of the Saviour, and may we worship You. O Lord, we humble ourselves before You. Remember our frame. Remember that we are but dust. Be our aid and our help. Be our strength and our glory. 'Lift up our heads,' O Lord, and grant that we may 'see Jesus only;' for we pray in His Name. Amen.

No. 41

Father, we are beginning to appreciate Your lovingkindness. O God, wonder of wonders that You are pleased to 'be there' for us; that when all else fails and all other people fail, You are 'there' for us. Never can it be said, Father, that You do not 'come through' for us. The problem is often that our hearts are in unbelief. Our hearts are too self-pre-occupied. Therefore, we do not come to You. We do not drink from the fountain of life. We do not receive the light which comes by being in Your light. Forgive us, our Father. Forgive us for trusting more in the wisdom and expertise of people than in the grace and simplicity of Your truth. Forgive us for being creatures of self-dependency and self-reliance, rather than creatures of God-dependency and humility. Forgive us for despising the simplicity of the Gospel, and priding ourselves on our sophisticated thinking; that we think, in some sense, we have 'come of age;' that we can acknowledge You, and yet live as if we really don't need You because we have learned to cope on our own; we have learned mechanisms by which to overcome and deal with our difficult situations. So often You allow us to go our own way, and we stumble, and we fall; and thus again we discover that we really do need You. Father, forgive us for our sins, we pray, and grant that we may come to You in childlike faith, trusting You. May we understand Your word and hear Your voice, and give to You the thanks and 'glory due to Your Name.' Hear us, our Father, for Your great Names sake. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 42

Father, we desire to understand Your Word and its requirements for our lives. Help us to see. Help us to respond. O God, be gracious to us, and be glorified. Hear us, our Father. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 43

Father, again our hearts exclaim, 'Who is sufficient for these things!' And yet, we thank You that You do know our hearts. You do understand our hearts; and You say to us that 'if our hearts condemn us not, then we have peace with You.' Lord, we pray that You would grant us grace and mercy. May You lead us, Your undershepherds, as we would lead Your people, while they follow You. Grant that Your fold, even Your sheep, may be blessed. We thank You that You are our Shepherd; therefore 'we shall not want.' Hear us, O Lord. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 44

Father, how much we thank You for Your Word. Make us 'willing in the day of Your power.' Be gracious to us and teach us; and have mercy upon us. Strengthen Your people, and save sinners. Grant that we together may rejoice in Your power, for You are a miracle-working God. We marvel at You, our Father; and we pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 45

Father, forgive us for our times of ingratitude and self-preoccupation. Forgive us for our stubborn and hard hearts; and soften us, Lord, by Your Spirit. O God, have mercy upon us, for we are a needy people. Be gracious to us, for we are sinners. Open up our hearts now, and grant that we may give You 'the glory due to Your Name.' Help us, our Father, for our eternal good and for Your glory. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 46

Father, we thank You for the simple message of the Gospel. We thank You for the simple message of Christmas. We pray that our hearts indeed may be right before You, and that we may truly know the true spirit of Christmas – that we may truly worship and praise Christ. Father, may we see Him as Your gift to us – that eternal blessing, even salvation – and may we truly celebrate Him this year; and may Your Name be praised. Father, seal Your Word to our hearts and minister to our spirits. We pray that You will bring souls into Your kingdom. Remove the darkness from their minds, and grant humility to their hearts; and may these souls bow the knee to King Jesus, even the Lord of Glory; for we pray in the Name of Your Son, even Jesus. Amen.

No. 47

Father, we ask You to pour out Your Spirit, and to minister in a deep and powerful way in the lives of Your people so that they may rejoice before You. We pray that, this day, we may 'see Jesus only;' that He may indeed be our only vision. Help us to see Him. Give us hearts, O Lord, that we may behold Him. We pray that we may be focused on You. Help us indeed to say unto You, 'Speak, Lord, for Your servants hear.' We pray that You would fill the hungry soul, and quench the thirsting heart. O Father, draw near to us, and minister to us. May Your Word run, have free course, and be glorified; and may we be changed. Father, we humble ourselves before You. We thank You for Your tender mercy. We thank You for Your everlasting love. O God, be gracious to us. Speak, Lord; for we pray in Your Son's Name, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 48

Father, bless Your Word and make it real to us, and grant us the strength and courage to do what we know Your Spirit is calling us to do. Help us. And may we, this year, in a new way, 'go forward.' In the Name of Jesus Your Son. Amen.

No. 49

Father, we confess that we often wrestle with the pride of our hearts. You abase us and bring disgrace into our lives when we are proud; and You honour us and cause us to be esteemed when we are humble. Father, teach us this basic principle to which we seem to return again and again; and grant that we may once and for all learn the lesson; so that we may know the blessing of God. Hear us, O Lord, in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 50

Father, grant that we may never grow tired of Your Word. Grant that we may never become arrogant toward Your Word. Grant that we may receive the 'engrafted Word in meekness, which is able to save our souls.' Father, grant that we may feast on the Word, and thus feast on Christ, eating of His flesh and drinking of His blood, and thus knowing His life in us and flowing through us; that we may praise You. O Lord, we thank You for Your love. We thank You for Your patience. Minister to us, O Lord, and teach us; for we pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 51

Father, I pray that You would grant us ears to hear and hearts to understand. May we 'be not only hearers of Your Word, but doers.' Father, how many sermons have we sat under? How many readings from Your Word have we read and listened to? How many times have we been exhorted? How many times have we been challenged? And for all these times, we know that we shall have to give an account. We realize that we are not ignorant, but we have been enlightened; and we shall be judged according to our light and what we do know. Father, in our hearing, grant faith and conviction; and in that faith and conviction, grant empowerment and energy so that we may 'do the works of Him who sends us;' which are really His works to be completed in the earth. Use us, our Father. Awaken us to righteousness and to Your will. Awaken us while there is still grace; for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 52

Father, You are our strength and our glory, the One who graciously lifts up our heads; and we would 'lift up our heads, O Lord, unto the coming King.' You are the Lord of Hosts, the King Almighty, and we worship You. We thank You for guiding us this past week, for keeping our feet from stumbling, and us from falling. We thank You for Your preserving grace, O Lord; for the ministry of Your Spirit. We thank You that He continues to 'convict of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement to come;' and that He continues to glorify Your Son, in Whom shall be summed up all things; for unto Him belongs the pre-eminence, and we worship Him this day. Father, we thank You for Your faithfulness to us, for 'Your lovingkindness which is from everlasting to everlasting.' We thank You for Your mercy, O Lord. You have been our help in time of need. You have been our strength, our high tower, our refuge, into Whom we have run; and so this day we give You thanks and praise. Father, we pray that as we worship You, that You would make Yourself known to us; that You would minister to our deepest needs. May we know that 'perfecting of Your strength in our weakness;' and may Jesus Christ be praised. Lord, grant us the grace to forget about ourselves, and to be delivered from distractions and diversions, to the end that we may give ourselves to You. Father, may we close in with You. May You minister to us, and may we 'see Jesus Christ.' Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and grant that we may 'abide in Your Word.' O Father, we would humbly pray and plead. Be merciful to us, O Lord. Give us ears to hear and hearts to understand, and may we know that power that sets free. Hear us, O Lord, for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 53

Father, we believe Your Word. We thank You that the 'Son sets us free.' May we 'stand in that freedom with which Christ has set us free and not become slaves to bondage again.' O God, we pray that You would set the slaves of sin free by Your Word through Your Spirit, and may we know what it is to conquer, to really be victorious in Christ Jesus; to know indeed His reigning in our hearts, His kingdom in our souls. Lead on, O King Eternal! We praise You. Hear us, our Father In Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 54

Father, we do pray that You will draw lost souls to Yourself. You say to us that in any given church, there are wheat and tares. You tell us that there is one seed, but four kinds of soil. The good soil is he or she who has receives the Word and brings forth thirtyfold, or sixtyfold, or a hundredfold – those who demonstrate the reality of grace in their hearts. Father, we pray for those who have been self-deceived; those who have been religious, but not spiritual. We pray that You would 'awaken them to righteousness' this day and draw them to Yourself. Remind them of Your salvation, full and free, and grant them Your grace. Save, our Father, we pray. In the Name of Jesus Your Son. Amen.

No. 55

Father, You cause our hearts to sing Your praise and You set our spirits free. We exalt You, O Lord, You who 'inhabit the praises of Israel.' You who are pleased to dwell in the hearts of Your creatures. We worship You. We 'give You the glory due to Your Name.' Father, we humbly bow before 'You because You are God and beside You there is none else.' Assist us to proclaim Your worth; that we may indeed exalt You and give to You majesty and dominion and power; that we may praise You. Lord, we thank You for Your goodness to us. We thank You for Your love. Open up our spirits that we may receive that love, and, in turn, love You. Be gracious to us, O Lord. Come in Your mercy. Grant us grace that we may give ourselves to You. Deliver us, our Father, from self-centredness; deliver us from self-preoccupation; and grant that You and Your Son may fill all our vision. We know too well the down-pullings of the flesh. Lord, may we not be distracted this day, but may we give ourselves to You, as You, by grace, give Yourself to us. 'We would see Jesus.' Grant that we may see Him this day, 'high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple.' Help us to worship, Lord. We humbly pray before You. Remember us for good, O Lord, and speak to us. Hear us, our Father; for we pray in Your Son's Name and for His sake. Amen.

No. 56

Father, help us to be those who truly love, who know sincere love, who are honest to admit their feelings and attitudes. If there is in any of us some seed of discord, some seed of hatred, some seed of bitterness or resentment, we ask You, our Father, to uproot it, to ferret it out, and to set us free. We thank You again that 'if the Son sets us free – hallelujah – we shall be free indeed.' O Lord, we praise You; we praise and worship Your holy Name. Hear us, Lord; for we pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 57

Father, You know the motives of our hearts. You know the intents of our spirits; and by Your grace we thank You that we have sought to keep our motives clean and our intents pure. You are our judge. We know that there are those who judge us, thinking that we have a personal agenda, that we use holy things to accomplish personal ends; that rather than speaking Your Word, we endeavour to speak our own word. Father, we commit our hearts and our situation, and our judgement, to You. We thank You that You try us every moment, You examine us every day, and You know what is in us; and we praise You for that. Be gracious to us, O Lord, and have mercy on our souls; for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 58

Lord, we do want to serve You, although we confess our that at times our attitude is not right. We look around for approval and affirmation. We look around for a pat on the back; for someone to recognize our labours. We ask You to forgive us for that. Father, help us to be focused. Help us to recognize that 'whatever we do, whether in word or in deed, we are to do heartily as unto You,' knowing that 'we serve the Lord Christ.' Father, we pray that this week You would etch more indelibly upon our spirits the fact that we are bond-servants, that we are slaves, of Christ, and that we belong to Him; that He 'purchased us with a price, and therefore we are to glorify Him in our spirits and in our bodies which are His.' O God, have mercy I pray. Grant that we may labour, O Lord, for 'the night is soon coming when no one will be able to work.' Help us, Lord; for we pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 59

Father, again You cause our hearts to rejoice in You, and for You, and because of You; and we praise You for that. O Lord, You have granted gladness to our spirits and joy to our hearts. We thank You that You fill our vision with Christ Your Son. O Father, may we rejoice in Him and praise His holy Name. We thank You for the grace apportioned to us. We thank You for that grace that comes to us and enlightens us and awakens our hearts that we may sing Your praise. We pray that You would continue Your grace toward us. May it flow evermore abundantly, O Lord, and may we stand firm in it, so that we may know that freedom and liberty in Christ Your Son. O Father, we marvel at Your grace; we marvel at Your love. We bless Your holy Name, for You are worthy. May we indeed see Your goodness this day. May we rest in Your love this day. May we give You the 'glory due to Your holy Name.' Father, 'the lines have fallen out into pleasant places; we have a good heritage from You.' So, we would come to Mount Zion; we would 'ascend Your holy hill.' We want to praise You, our Father; we want to give You thanksgiving. Grant that this day we may become lost in awe and wonder and praise, that we may 'see Jesus only.' O Father, grant that our hearts may be satisfied as they burst forth with joy. Release our souls, and grant that we may know Your presence, so that we may praise Your Name. Deliver us from ourselves, we pray, and from the deeds of the flesh, so that we may 'walk in Your Spirit,' and may fulfil Your works, and thus glorify Your Name. We humble ourselves before You, our Father, confessing again that 'we are what we are by Your grace.' Grant that we may 'not receive that grace in vain.' Draw near to us, O Lord. Do something wonderful for us this day. Manifest Your glory, and may Your Son, even Jesus, be praised; for it is in His Name that we pray, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 60

Father, how is it that You have promised us such wonderful future blessings? A simple word from You would have been sufficient to assure us of them, but You, knowing, the feebleness of our hearts and the instability of our spirits, sealed Your promises with an oath; 'with two immutable things, in which it is impossible for You to lie;' that we may have a sure hope, even that which is anchored in Christ who has passed through the veil. So, we worship You this day; we praise You. We bless You our Father. We thank You for what lies ahead, and how wonderful it will be when we stand on glory's shore and shall 'see You face to face,' and shall embrace You. Yes, our hearts believe that we shall embrace You, and You shall hold us, and we shall hold You; and we shall rejoice. O Father, our hearts run out to You. 'Satisfy us early;' for we pray in Your Son's Name, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 61

Father, we do thank You that we can worship You and we ask that You would grant us grace so that we may know that liberty of spirit, so that we may give You 'the glory due to Your Name.' May we close in with You, and enter into Your worship in order to bless Your holy Name. Lord, we thank You for saving our souls, for putting a new song in our hearts, even praises to Your Name. Therefore we cannot but worship You. 'O blessed be the Name of the Lord.' We would ask You to grant us grace in this day so that we may both see and hear You. Father, forgive us for our sins. Forgive us for our folly. Forgive us for our waywardness; and 'cleanse us from all unrighteousness.' We pray that You would renew our spirits this day; that You would revive our hearts; that You would refresh our minds. We pray, O Lord, that You would draw near to Your people, especially those who are hurting and struggling, and grant them Your peace and Your joy. Father, 'rend the heavens and come down.' Touch the souls of Your people. Encourage them. Strengthen them, and cause them to rise and stand. Help them 'to stand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.' Fill us with Your spirit; reveal to us the realities of Your kingdom and the 'powers of the age to come.' Grant that we may 'see Jesus only,' and worship Him; that He may captivate our hearts and our minds and our souls. May we know a renewing of faith this day. We do humble ourselves before You, and we ask You to be gracious to us. O Lord, having come to You, having drawn near to You, we ask You to come and draw near to us. Hear us, O Lord, granting us strength; for we pray in Your Son's Name, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 62

Father, we confess that we do not like the times of suffering. At times, we recoil at suffering, and yet we know that You have appointed us unto suffering so that in our bodies we may 'fill up the sufferings of Christ.' Father, teach us the mystery of suffering, and may we know what it is to resign and 'entrust ourselves to You, as unto a faithful Creator.' We think of Your Son who, 'when He was reviled, reviled not again, but entrusted Himself to You who judges faithfully.' Help us to understand; and give us that mature attitude that will set our spirits free so that we may be free indeed. By Your grace we will know this freedom, not simply in our heads, but in our hearts, so that we may 'count it all joy, and nothing but joy, when we fall into various trials and tribulations.' Teach us, our Father, and grant us grace; for we pray in Your Son's Name, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 63

Father, prepare our hearts to hear Your Word. We ask You to deliver us from a proud, arrogant, and judgemental spirit. We ask You to set us free. Grant us the grace that we may humble ourselves before You, for You know our hearts, O Lord. We ask You to examine our hearts and try our spirits. Grant that we may walk in Your Spirit and 'not fulfil the lusts and deeds of the flesh.' Father, grant that we may 'see Jesus only,' that we may worship Him. Forgive us for our sins. Deliver us from distractions, so that we may be focused on You; that we may give ourselves to You; that we may know Your blessing. Help us to see Christ's glory filling this place and our souls; to the end that we may worship Him. Cleanse us from all unrighteousness that we may hear You; and may Jesus Christ be praised. Father, have mercy upon us. Teach us to pray; teach us what it means to wrestle with You until You bless us. Teach us what it means to be in the quiet place and to be encountered by the Living God. We ask You this day to revive our hearts, to instruct our minds, to encourage our spirits. We ask You to minister to us, as we have come to praise You. May we give You the 'glory due to Your Name.' May we exalt Your holy Name. May we bless the Name of the Lord. Fill us with Your Spirit. Lord, we humble ourselves before You, our Judge, our King, and our Saviour. Hear us, Lord; for we pray in Your Son's Name, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 64

Father, teach us to pray, and grant that we may know Your comfort and Your deliverance; that we may know Your peace. Grant unto each one of us the grace of persistent prayer. You know our constant struggles. You know our good intents, our well informed desires; and so we pray, O Lord, that You would give to each one of us the gift of prayer; and through that may we see Your glory. Hear us, Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen.

No. 65

Father, forgive us for our sins of covetousness. Forgive us for being squeezed into the mold of this world. Forgive us, O Lord, for our selfishness and being too concerned about our own comfort and our own convenience. Forgive us for not giving more sacrificially. Forgive us for not giving out of our abundance. Forgive us, our Father, and teach us what it means to be like Christ whom we claim to see and know, and yet seemingly deceive ourselves. Have mercy, O Lord. In Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 66

Father, we thank You for the grace which You have given to us for this day. We thank You for Your mercy, O Lord, which is from everlasting to everlasting. We thank You that You have sustained us by Your Spirit. We thank You that You have guided us this past week; that You have ministered to our souls; that You have searched our hearts; that You have revealed us to ourselves; and, more importantly, that You have revealed Yourself to us; and we praise You for that. Father, we thank You that 'it a very little thing that we should be judged by another; but our judgement comes from You' and before You. 'For we shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ to receive from Your hand for the things that we have done in our bodies, whether good or bad.' Therefore, we fear You; and we bow before You and worship. Father, continue to minister to our hearts, making Your Son known to us. You have reminded us that 'if we love You, then we will keep Your commandments; and then You will love us, and Your Son will love us; and You will come and make Your abode in us; Your Son will disclose Himself to us;' and we praise You for that. Father, we pray that we may 'run the way of Your commandments;' that we may know that deep, wonderful, and sweet fellowship with You. We pray, Lord, that as we read Your Word, Your Holy Word, that You will minister to us; that we may know that spiritual fellowship; that we may hear Your voice; that we may follow the shepherd. May we close in with You this day. May we discover again the wonder and the glory of Your presence and thus, Lord, may we be changed. We humble ourselves before You. We ask for Your forgiveness of sins, and Your cleansing from all unrighteousness, that we may be used of You. Draw near to us, and grant that we may 'see Jesus only.' Minister to our needs, O Lord, as we minister for Your glory. Hear us, our Father, for we pray in Your Son's Name, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 67

Father, teach us and remind us that all that we have is Yours, and that You have entrusted these things to us for a season; and that 'it is required of a steward that he or she be found faithful.' Help us to be faithful with Your possessions so that in that Day we may give a good account in order that You may be pleased with us. Father, I pray for grace lest we be squeezed into the mold of this world. Deliver us from that mindset of suspicion, mistrust, and selfishness, and teach us the way of humility, the way of acceptance; and grant us grace that we may show the love of Christ. Teach us, our Father, for we need to be taught; and we pray in Your Son's Name, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 68

Indeed, our Father, 'amazing love! How can it be that Thou, my God wouldst die for me?' We praise You and we bless You, O Lord; and we thank You for the hope of glory. You continually remind us that this world is not our home; we are simply passing through. You remind us that we are destined for glory; that our place is with You. Father, continue to inspire our hope. Continue to reveal Your light. Continue to prepare us for glory. And as we wait, grant that we may be found faithful; grant that we may be about Your business. Father, we recognize that the days are evil. Grant that we may 'redeem the times,' O Lord; that we may not be given over to partying and carousing, but rather that we may be given over to the Lord's work, for the Lord's glory, for the sake of the Lord's people. Father, have mercy upon us, we pray, for we know 'that now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.' Grant that we may 'put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfil its lusts;' that we may bear much fruit in these days. May You be pleased with us when Your Son returns, breaking through the clouds to gather His Church unto Himself; 'and so we shall ever be with the Lord.' May we labour with eye to the reward, and may we be found faithful in that Day. O Father, we humble ourselves before You, and we ask You for grace in this hour that we may 'see Jesus only.' Show us His glory and help us to worship His Name. May we 'decrease and may He increase,' and may He fill all our vision. Grant that we may close in with You this hour; that we may simply behold You and worship. O Father, minister to us that we may minister in return. Come, Lord, pass by and leave behind a blessing. Glorify Your Son, Your only begotten Son, that He, in turn, may glorify You. Have mercy upon us, we pray. Speak to us, O Lord, and grant us grace to hear. Undertake by Your Spirit and may we see Your kingdom come. Hear us, our Father, as we pray with thanksgiving; for we pray in Your Son's Name, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 69

Father, we ask You to forgive us for the sins of our tongues. This past week many of us, if not all of us, have sinned with our tongues. We have sinned through criticism and being judgemental. There are those who have even sinned through cursing, desiring the hurt or harm of another. Father, I ask You to forgive us and to heal us and to make us whole. Have mercy on our souls, we pray, and save us while there is yet time, for the day will come when no one can work. Father, grant that we may be 'delivered from the wrath to come,' from the judgement of the Lamb; for it is in His Name we pray. Amen.

No. 70

Father, we know that eventually our weary days will be over and that by Your grace we will fly away; we will leave this world and enter into Your presence. O Lord, then we shall 'see You face to face.' Prepare us for that day, and encourage our hearts as we look forward to that day. Grant that we may be found blameless, spotless, and 'with exceeding great joy.' We know that those who 'sow in tears shall doubtless come again rejoicing, carrying their sheaves behind them.' Father, we pray for those who may be weeping this day; those who may be disturbed in spirit and troubled in mind; those who need a touch from the Master; those who need the comfort of Your Spirit. Lord, we pray that You will draw near to them and encourage them. Father, we pray for those who may be rejoicing this day. We pray that You will grant them grace so that they may share that joy with another; to the end that they may strengthen and encourage Your people. Father, teach us what it means to be the body of Christ, to minister the grace of Christ, to know the healing of Christ. Draw near to us now and minister to our hearts, O Lord; minister to our deepest needs. May Your Spirit move, bringing to us the power of the Gospel and the love of God. Grant that we may 'see Jesus only.' Give us grace that we may abandon ourselves to You; and give us grace that we may humble ourselves before You. Lord, we do humble ourselves before You; and we do thank You for Your grace. Glorify Your Son, our Father, that Your Son may glorify You; for we pray in His Name. Amen.

No. 71

Father, how much we thank You that Your Word is simple, plain, and practical. Sometimes we read Your Word, and rehearse its concepts; and at other times, we feel Your Word and are impacted by those concepts, so that we not only know the truth, but we also feel that truth. Father, teach us to be sympathizers. The world is full of hurting and broken people; and though we cannot change their circumstances, at least we can enter into their pain and offer them some help and support as they endeavour to endure, persevere, and overcome. Father, grant through our sympathizing that we may help, even in some small way, to lift up the heavy walls that have fallen on Your people and are crushing them, in order that for them there may indeed be a brighter tomorrow. Teach us to love, our Father, and may we do what Jesus would do; and may He be glorified. In Your Son's Name, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 72

Father, we thank You for our mothers and the great and tremendous impact they have been on our lives. Father, forgive us for not acknowledging and confessing this fact as we should. We do thank You for every remembrance of our mothers, and we praise You for them. Thank You, Lord; in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 73

Father, how we thank You that 'in judgement You remember mercy;' and we praise You for that. We thank You that it is 'because of Your mercy that we are not consumed. Your compassions, Your lovingkindnesses, are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.' Therefore we worship You and we praise Your holy Name. We ask You to grant us grace in this hour that we may direct our focus and our concentration away from ourselves, and put them squarely on You, so that we may see You in all Your glory, and worship. Father, grant that we may know what it is to die to ourselves to become lost in Your awe and wonder and praise; so that we may see You as You are and thus discover afresh who we are; to the end that we may worship You. We thank You for the time of celebration of Your Name which You have ordained for us; and the time of worship which You have appointed. We ask that You grant unto us the continuing ministry of Your Spirit so that He may minister unto our deepest needs; to the end that Your Name may be glorified. Father, teach us what it means to fade, 'to decrease, in order that You may increase,' and shine through us in all Your glory. Help us; be merciful to us, we pray. We humble ourselves before You. Remember us for good, O Lord, for again, by Your grace, we have remembered You. Hear us, our Father, as we pray with thanksgiving, and in the Name of Your Son, even Jesus. Amen.

No. 74

Father, we do confess that You are a 'great God, and greatly to be praised.' We thank You for the times of humbling, Lord, even in our service to You, so that we may continue to remember that we are but mere people, filled with weakness and infirmity; so that we may come to see You more clearly and understand Your greatness and Your immensity more deeply, in order that we may realize that 'without You we can do absolutely nothing.' Father, You quicken the heart, You quicken the mind; You bring down the heart and You cloud the mind; and in all this You are God; and so we worship You. We praise You. We bless You. And Father, how much we thank You for the times of brokenness through which we have discovered Your healing; to the end that we may minister to others and help them in their healing. Your ways are beyond finding out. Your path is deep in the sea. Yet, we thank You that, at times, we discover even the borders of Your glory and realize more clearly Who You are and what You have become to us. We pray for those souls who may be bleeding and wondering when their trouble is going to end; when the pain is going to be over; when God is going to 'come through,' or if there is even a God. We pray that You would remove their despair and grant them hope, and may they trust in You, O Lord; and may they persevere. May You surprise them at Your appointed time. Great is Your faithfulness, our Father. Therefore, we praise You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 75

Father, how we thank You for Your Word, Your holy Word, Your instructive word, Your searching word, Your convicting word, Your life-changing word. Grant that we may ever be open to Your Word; that we may know its truth; that we may feel its power; that we may be changed in Your presence. Draw near to us, O Lord, and minister to our needs, and may we reflect more of the character and image of Christ. We humble ourselves before You, and ask You for grace and mercy in our time of need. 'Glorify the Son so that the Son may glorify You.' Hear us, O Lord. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 76

Father, we thank You that You are willing to move mountains, to change the course of rivers, even to 'rend the heavens and come down,' in order to help and minister to one soul; and we praise You for that. We ask You to take Your Word and seal it to our hearts, and grant that there may be fruit. Father, we give You all the praise; we give You all the glory; and we pray in Your Son's Name, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 77

Father, how much we thank You for this day and for Your grace which has already come to us. We acknowledge our weakness; we acknowledge our sin. Each day we are confronted with our frailties. Each day we see our poverty; and yet we thank You for the confidence of Your Word that reminds us that we are simply earthen vessels; so that the glory may be all of You and not of us. O Father, we come to You, 'nothing in our hands we bring, simply to Your Son's cross we cling.' We come to the fountain, though we be foul. Wash us, cleanse us, change us, and make us fit for the Master's use. Grant us grace that we may give ourselves to You; that we may cast off sluggishness, inattentiveness, and indifference; so that we may hear You speak to us in clear tones of joy; that we may 'buy the truth and sell it not.' Minister to us, our Father. We cast ourselves upon You. Be gracious to us. We humble ourselves before You and ask for Your mercy. Father, we pray in Your Son's Name, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 78

Father, help us, and grant that we indeed may be servants of change. Help us to be honest with ourselves; honest with what is going on in our lives; honest with that sinful behaviour, that sinful habit, that sinful practice, that spirit of indifference and complacency; trying to cover up our tracks and to appear spiritual, when, at best, we are simply being religious. Father, may the light dawn 'lest we sleep the sleep of death,' and so when You return, You find us napping. Grant that we may be ready for Your return for we know not when it shall come. You shall come 'as a thief in the night.' Grant that our 'lanterns may be trimmed and filled with oil,' and that we may be ready for the return of Your Son. We give You thanks, our Father; we praise You. We bless You. In Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 79

Father, how much we thank You for the sweet hour of prayer. Our hearts acknowledge and confess that we do need You; we desperately need You. And how often have we found a recourse, a haven for our souls, in the place of prayer. You have seen the way that we have taken thus far this day. You see the various aspects and details of our lives, and the various matters to which we have had to attend. We ask You, Father, now to pass by and clear our minds. We ask You to guide our hearts. We ask You to grant us grace that we may focus on You so that we may 'see Jesus only.' We ask You for mercy that we may worship Your Son. Help us to 'be still and know that You are God;' and to know that confidence welling up within our hearts; and to know in Spirit the casting of ourselves upon You; so that we may know Your blessing and Your peace. Father, our heart's cry is that we may worship and praise Jesus. Minister to us; draw near to us, O Lord. Glorify Your Son, we pray. Be gracious to us. We ask You to speak this day; and in the mystery of the Your speaking through Your Word, we pray that we may hear the voice of Christ. Hear our cry. We humble ourselves before You, and we give You all the praise and all the glory, for You alone are God. Hear us, our Father, for we pray in Your Son's Name, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 80

Father, we confess that often we have gone on our own and we have sought to do our 'own thing.' We confess that we have deceived ourselves at many points. We examine our hearts and we discover that our motives have been wrong. We realize that we have sought to boost our reputation. We have sought to gain approval. We have sought our own happiness and satisfaction; and we have been deceived because we claim to know You. Father, we ask You to forgive us. We ask You to help us to truly understand our hearts; to be honest with our hearts, not resting on our profession of faith, nor on our years of service; and to see whether they be good or bad. We thank You that 'by our fruit we shall be made known' to others, to ourselves, and to You. Grant us grace that we may produce good fruit. Have Your way with us, our Father, for we pray in Your Son's Name, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 81

Father, we realize that too often we are unthankful or, at least, oblivious to the need and our obligation to be thankful. Forgive us for taking things for granted. Forgive us for flippantly giving thanks to You out of mere or rote duty, and not as a deep heart expression. Forgive us for our hardness and our coldness. Forgive us for our indifference and our complacency. Forgive us for hoarding Your goods; for selfishly keeping Your goods. Help us to understand in a fresh way Your goodness to us; and help us to worship You, Lord; and to live in hope; and, if need be, to turn again to You, for You are a good God, a great God, and are to be greatly praised. Praise You Lord! We pray in Your Son's Name and for His sake. Amen.

No. 82

Father, we thank You for Your grace. We thank You for Jesus, and for the wonder of Him. Indeed, Father, rekindle that fire that used to burn so brightly for You. Give us again that sense of aliveness to the things of Christ and to His Person. Grant that we may be filled with awe and wonder and praise. Do this for us, our Father. Forgive us for the times when we have nonchalantly and complacently approached Your Word, Your Holy Word. Forgive us for the times when we have been indifferent and unmoved in our consideration of Your Son. Encounter us afresh; yes Lord, encounter us afresh, and grant that we may truly see Jesus and worship Him. Hear us, our Father. In Jesus Name. Amen.

No. 83

Father, we thank You for the gift of song. We recognize that our singing is simply the outworking of our joy. We praise You that we are able to sing to You in 'psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody in our heart.' We thank You for this opportunity. We thank You for this outlet by which we may glorify Your holy Name. We worship You, our Father. You have captured and conquered our hearts, and they belong to You. By Your grace, we see Your glory. By Your mercy, we worship Your Name. We thank You for Your goodness to us this day, O Lord. Indeed 'we would have fainted unless we had known that we would see Your goodness and Your glory in the land of the living;' and so we praise You. We bless You. We thank You. Father, we ask for more grace that we may think less of ourselves and more of You. Help us to close in with You. Help us to see You as You are. Continue to wean us of all pride and self-centredness; and grant that we may 'see Jesus only.' May we take in Your light. Bear us along by Your Spirit and teach us the ways of Your kingdom. Visit us, O Holy Spirit. Come to us in power and do Your good work of glorifying the Son, because for this purpose You have been sent. Teach us, Lord. Father, we give You all the praise and all the glory, humbling ourselves before You; and praying in the Name of Jesus, Your only begotten Son, to whom be glory and majesty and honour. Amen.

No. 84

Father, we thank You for the simplicity of Your Word, Your truth. May its simplicity not create in us an arrogance or a spirit of rejection, but may we subject ourselves to Your Word, Lord, in order that we may be wise. Teach us what it means to 'buy the truth and sell it not.' Teach us what it means to truly believe. We may deceive ourselves in thinking that we really believe when we have only give intellectual assent. We may have merely acknowledged the soundness or the correctness of these facts or propositions. Teach us what it means to truly believe that through us, the world may possibly be changed. Father, give us something worth living for and something worth dying, so that we may stand before You 'with exceeding great joy' at the return of Christ Your Son. Bless Your Word to our hearts. Water it by Your Spirit, and bring forth fruit. We give You thanks, our Father. We praise You, Lord. In Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 85

Father, how we thank You for Your joy, Your encouragement, and Your inspiration and hope. O Father, our heart's cry is: 'Nearer still nearer.' O God, grant it to us. Satisfy us daily. Come in Your fullness and in Your glory, and grant that we may see Jesus Your Son. O Lord, we hunger and thirst after Him this day. We 'hunger and thirst after His kingdom and His righteousness.' Grant that we may be filled. Come by Your Spirit and fill us; fill us to overflowing. O God, how much we thank You that we can worship You; that we can praise Your holy Name. You fill our hearts with singing and give to us that gladness of spirit. How much we thank You that we can be in Your presence, extolling Your great and wonderful Name. O we praise You our Father; we bless You Lord. You are worthy of worship. We pray that we may increasingly know that spirit of worship in order that we may give You 'the glory due to You.' Continue to grant us grace and set us free. Father, may we 'lay hold of You for You have first laid hold of us.' Come to us. Grant that we may close in with You; that we may behold Your glory, and worship. Grant us Your power. O Father, do a new work of grace in our hearts. Minister to us by Your Spirit. Change us, Lord, and make us new. We thank You for Your faithfulness. We thank You for Your love. Father, we humble ourselves before You and ask that You grant unto us our heart's desire of seeing Jesus only. Hear us Lord, as we pray with thanksgiving; for we pray in Your Son's Name, and for His sake. Amen.

No. 86

Father, may we not despise the simplicity of Your Word, but may we be encouraged by it. We do thank You for the simple teaching of the Gospel. May we truly know the power of the compassion of Jesus. Help us to understand the Son, O Lord, and revel in our great God and Saviour, even Jesus; for we pray in His Name. Amen.

No. 87

Father, we thank You that You teach us the ways of the Kingdom and how we may be better people in Christ. We ask You to grant us the grace that we may take these matters of the Kingdom seriously and 'work out our salvation with fear and with trembling.' Help us to change, Lord; for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 88

Father, we pray that we may know the power and the deep influence of Your Word; that we may know 'the entrance of Your Word that brings light' – that light which sustains us and keeps us. We pray that You will focus our minds on Your Son so that we may 'see Jesus only.' Father, draw near to us and make Your Word real to us; and may we indeed walk in the light of it, praising You and exalting You, blessing Your holy Name. Father, we thank You indeed for Your indescribable gift, even Jesus; for it is in His Name, we pray. Amen.

No. 89

Father, how we thank You for Your grace and Your goodness to us this day. We ask You to be very near to us. We ask You to guide us by Your Spirit. We pray that we may 'see Jesus only' and worship Him. We thank You for joy and gladness. We thank You for Your every provision. Father, grant that we may magnify You. Grant that we may cast off our lethargy and our laziness; and may we come to You with new vigour, with greater strength, with more energy; and give You 'the glory due to Your Name.' Come, Lord, fill us with Your Spirit. Grant that we may be solely focused on You, wholly taken up with You. Father, have mercy on our souls; be gracious to us. Teach us Your ways, our Father, and minister to our deepest needs. Draw near to us and may each of our hearts be an altar of the Lord; and may the Spirit send His fire and may our worship – our sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving – be pleasing and acceptable in Your sight. Father, reveal Yourself to us and come to us in a new and fresh way. May we behold Your glory, and worship. Grant us grace, Lord. We humble ourselves before You and ask You to be merciful to us. Father, pass by and leave behind a blessing; for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 90

Father, we thank You for Your practical, simple counsel, and we ask You to help us to change. We talk a 'blue streak.' We utter nice words. We speak the right language. When really, we simply are playing a role. Lord, we talk about commitment to Your church; we talk about involvement in Your service; we talk about participating in Your work; we talk about growing in godliness; we talk about the need to be spiritual, and so on; but often that is all it is – talk, just plain talk. Father, we ask You to grant us grace that we may mix action with our talk; that we may be committed to action, and thus really change. Lord, grant that we may throw away our veneer; and help us to mean business with You and with those around us; for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 91

Father, we confess that so often we complicate our Christian experience when we become absorbed with our moods and our feelings; and yet Your Word is plain. Help us to walk in that path which is straight and to enter into the fullness of Your blessing. O Father, how much we thank You for the legacy of Christ left to us, His peace that sustains us in the very midst of crisis, pain, and suffering. We thank You for that 'peace which passes all understanding' and causes our hearts to rejoice, and keeps us focused, stable, and confident. We confess, O Lord, that we stumble and begin to sink when we rely upon ourselves. Forgive us for this, and help us to trust in Your Son. Father, hide Your Word in our hearts. As we enter into those trials which You have apportioned for us this coming week, and in the months ahead, help us to be able to stand, resting in you and knowing Your love. O God, how wonderful it is to know You. How wonderful it is to rest in Jesus. Praise You, Father, praise You! We just worship You, Lord. Hear us; for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 92

Our heavenly Father, we worship You. We praise You. We bless You. How much we thank You that we can come to You in Spirit. Guide us by Your Spirit; and grant that we may pray in Your Spirit and not by the flesh; that we may glorify You and not ourselves. We humble ourselves before You. We fear Your Name. We ask You to forgive us of our sins and our transgressions, and to cleanse us afresh, O Lord. Our confidence is in You. We trust in Your Name. Minister to our deepest needs, O Lord, and 'show to us again Your salvation;' and grant that we may 'see Jesus only.' Father, we confess that we have not always followed Your ways; that we have gone astray; that our flesh has misled us. We confess, O Lord, that You have not always been the centre of our lives; that we have been preoccupied with our own needs and our own concerns; and we ask You to forgive us. We confess, Father, that we have not given to You 'the glory due to Your Name' through holiness of life and purity of heart; and we ask You to forgive us. We confess that we have not evidenced the love of Christ, ministering in deep compassion and in true humility, with the meekness of the Saviour; and we ask You to forgive us. Father, we pray that this day, as we have come into Your presence, that we may know Your renewing grace. We pray that You would restore us by Your Spirit. We pray that You would make us whole. Father, we know that You have heard us as we have prayed to You. You have seen our hearts, Lord. We have poured out our spirits before You. We ask You to be gracious to us. We ask You to forgive and to pardon and to bless; and we shall bless You; we shall praise Your holy Name. Minister to us, our Father, that we may minister as unto You. Reveal to us Your Son that we may declare Him and make Him known. Grant us grace, O Lord, that we may be empowered to serve You and to do Your will. O Father, we come before You. We cast ourselves upon You. Lord, we would roll our burdens upon You, knowing that You care for us. We humble ourselves before You, and we ask that You may remember us for good, O Lord. Draw near to us and reveal to us our hearts. Strengthen our spirits and cause us to trust in You. Meet with us, O Lord, and show us Your glory. Hear us, our Father, as we pray with thanksgiving. We do pray in Jesus' Name. Amen.

No. 93

Father, we worship You this day and we praise You. We thank You for Your Word and for its encouragement to our hearts. May we take this Word and run with it; and may it sustain us and keep us. You know the anxieties of our heart and concerns of our mind. Teach us, Father, to rest in You, to trust You; and by Your grace to press on and persevere, knowing that 'faithful is He who has called us who also will do it.' Thank You, Father; and hear us; for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 94

Father, we confess that we understand not Your mind; therefore we must walk in faith. Forgive us if we have tried to bring You down to our level, implicitly expecting You to give us an answer that is appeasing and acceptable to us, asking You to give an account of the things You do in our lives, and falsely believing that the suffering and pain in our lives are a result of Your disfavour or Your punishment. Father, forgive us for not walking in faith and saying again, even as Abraham, 'Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right.' Father, forgive us for becoming angry and embittered when our marriages have not gone well and when our children have been rebellious; when we have experienced seasons of dryness of soul; when we have felt the burden and pressures of life in working with various co-workers who are irritating and obnoxious. Forgive us, Father, for becoming upset and questioning Your goodness when our dreams have not been realized and our desires have not been fulfilled or met; questioning You, and in the self-deception of our minds, thinking that our anger and our upset, in some sense, will cause You to respond; as if You need our love and our allegiance. Forgive us, our Father, and by Your grace, and through Your grace, grant that we may understand Your sovereignty in our lives; and teach us what it means to accept the dark moments of life, bowing to Your dark providence, and knowing that 'You are God, and beside You there is none else.' Give us some understanding, our Father; and short of understanding, strengthen our faith; for we pray in Your Son's Name, and for His sake, Amen.

No. 95

Father, how much we thank You that You are our comfort and our joy. You lift up our hearts, O Lord, and cause us to hope in You. How much we thank You that we can come aside and worship You. We thank You for the reminder, O Lord, that Your people in days of old worshipped You with cymbals and clashing timbrels. We thank You that we can worship You in a variety of ways, and thereby exalt Your holy Name. You help us to behold Your Son, and to worship Him. We ask You to minister to our deepest needs, O Lord. We ask You to draw us unto Yourself so that we may behold Your glory. Revive our hearts, and encourage our minds; and cause us to stand before You. Lord, we pray that we may go 'from faith to faith;' that we may know the 'goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.' Fill us with Your Spirit. Grant that we may 'see Jesus only.' Father we humble ourselves before You. We recognize afresh that without Your Son 'we could do absolutely nothing.' Comfort us, O Lord, comfort us with Your deepest comfort. Hear us, our Father; and speak to us, O Lord. We pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 96

Father, we pray for those souls who, by Your appointment, are enduring a wilderness experience; those who now are wandering, not even knowing where they are going or whence they have come. We pray for these struggling ones who know not Your peace, nor Your joy at this time. We ask You to encourage them. We ask You to strengthen them. We ask You to help them to hope in You. Father, have mercy upon them, we pray. Father, minister to the needs of Your people. Be gracious and help them to stand. Comfort them, Lord; for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 97

Father, Your Word is too high for us; we cannot attain to its height; and yet You remind our hearts, by Your Spirit that we are to walk by faith, and not by sight; and that faith can swim and wade where reason only sinks. Teach us, our Father and grant us mercy in these days. Fulfil the longing of our hearts; and grant that we may see and hear You only; for we pray in You Son's Name. Amen.

No. 98

Father, You exercise our souls by Your grace. Your hand is upon us, O Lord, we cannot get away. You draw us near to Yourself and You place a burden in our hearts so that we must turn to You. You have granted us grace, Lord, and we have 'tasted and we have seen that You are good.' The 'work that You have began in us, we pray that You will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.' May we not despise Your Word. May we not despise the calling of Your Spirit. Father, may we indeed come to You in the honesty of our hearts and truly give ourselves to You. 'Teach us to pray.' You remind our hearts that we 'have not because we ask not;' and that we do not ask enough. You remind our hearts that we are to continue to pray, and not faint, for You will answer us. Father, grant us grace to examine our hearts again this day and see where we stand before You. You know each of our hearts Lord; You know 'our thoughts afar off.' You know whether we are real or phony, sincere or hypocritical. You know all things, and we commend our hearts to You. Grant us ears to hear and hearts to understand; and may we follow You. Hear us, our Father; forgiving us of our sins; for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 99

Father, how we thank You that our thoughts have been directed toward You and Your Son this day. We thank You that we have been able to praise You. How we thank You for the opportunity to praise You. Father, grant us grace that our hearts may be riveted on Your Son; that we may see in Him all beauty and all glory. Help us to worship Him. Help us to praise Him. Help us to exalt His holy Name. O Lord, draw near to us and set our spirits free. Grant that Christ may fill all our vision so that we may see Him only, and praise Him. We thank You for what You are doing in our hearts in these days. We thank You for the grace that You dispense to us; that grace that draws us to You; that grace that causes us to gaze upon You and to marvel. We pray, O Lord, for more grace. We pray for more grace that we may have more light. Lord, we long to see You in Your glory. We long to worship Your Son. Draw near to us, O Lord. Touch our souls and lift us up. Father, our heart's cry is that we 'may see Jesus.' Bear us up by Your Spirit even now and bring us unto Your presence, O Lord; even unto Your throne that we may gaze upon the Son and worship Him. Come, Lord, fill us with Your Spirit, Your Holy Spirit. We humble ourselves before You. Remember us, our Father, for we have remembered You; and be merciful. Hear us, Lord; for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 100

Father, we pray for that one who may need a spiritual awakening; who still feels no need to draw near to You; who still feels distant, unmoved, and untouched; who has not even begun to 'enter in.' We pray for that soul, and we ask You to be merciful. Father, for those who are 'entering in,' we pray that You will help them. We pray that they will be no confusion. We pray that they may not begin in the Spirit, only to finish in the flesh. Guide them, O Lord; and grant unto them a fresh infilling of Your Spirit. Hear us, O Lord; for we pray in Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 101

Father, help us in our unbelief to believe that we may know and approach You; that we may know Your power Lord so as to effect change for time and eternity. Father, give us ears to hear and hearts to understand. In Your Son's Name. Amen.

No. 102

Father, how much we thank You for Your Word. Instruct us and keep us. Guide us by Your Spirit. Father, strengthen us this day; and give us something to hope in; something to draw us into the future, in order that we may press on. We give You thanks, Lord; and we give You all the praise and all the glory. In Your Son's Name. Amen.