Prayer Note #48 — A Preachers Prayer to Be Used Rightly by the Word of God

[Yes, that's what I meant to say: "to be used rightly by the word of God."] Your word, Lord, is alive and powerful in the ears of faith. Grant me believing ears, so that I will hear your word clearly and welcome your word warmly into my mind, my heart, and my life. My calling … Continue reading Prayer Note #48 — A Preachers Prayer to Be Used Rightly by the Word of God

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Prayer Note #47–A Prayer for Pure Pleasure

Lord, my Shepherd, shepherd my wayward will.  Keep prodding me back onto the right path.  You see my mind -- how it wanders after pretty, poisonous pleasures.  I beg your help.  Keep me from pursuing those enticing, envenomed enchantments Capture my heart with visions of your true joy, the powerfully pure pleasures of your kingdom.  … Continue reading Prayer Note #47–A Prayer for Pure Pleasure

Prayer Note #46 — A Channel of Blessing: a Pastor’s Prayer

[Although I have called this a "Pastor's Prayer," with a slight adjustment of the language, this prayer might well work as a prayer for any Christian who wants to be a channel of blessing to the people in their lives.  And what Christian wouldn't want to be a channel of God's blessing in the lives … Continue reading Prayer Note #46 — A Channel of Blessing: a Pastor’s Prayer

Prayer Note #45 — The Arithmetic of God

  Where do I find hope, except in you, Good Father?  Yet, I continue to look in other places.  I continue to behave as if I expect to find something better, more pleasing than you.  Of course, I never find anything remotely approaching you.  Everything I find is cotton candy, sugar water, candy corn.  You … Continue reading Prayer Note #45 — The Arithmetic of God

Prayer Note #44 — Longings

    Lord Jesus, you are King and Lord.  There is life nowhere except in you.  Apart from you is the abyss, the nightmare, the acid fog that corrodes my flesh and my spirit and my life itself. In you, Good Savior, is freshness.  In you is soothing sunshine and richness and life overflowing.  In … Continue reading Prayer Note #44 — Longings

Prayer Note #43 — Fleeing My Pursuing God in the Dark Before Dawn

Lord Jesus, I'm scared.  I'm far from you in my heart, and I persist in the things that will keep me far away from you.  And yet, I feel you pursuing me. Your pursuit both comforts me and scares me.  I know that because you still pursue me, you have not given up on me. … Continue reading Prayer Note #43 — Fleeing My Pursuing God in the Dark Before Dawn

Prayer Note #42 — A Prayer from Matthew 4:12-23

Read:  Matthew 4:12-23            It must have been really hard, Lord, for Peter and Andrew, James and John to get up, leave their stuff behind, and follow you.  I say that because I know how hard it would be for me to do that.  But, Lord Jesus, why do I say … Continue reading Prayer Note #42 — A Prayer from Matthew 4:12-23

Prayer Note #41 — An Advent Devotional Prayer — Isaiah 47:1, 3b-15

  The Death of Evil, the Birth of Hope   Isaiah 47:1, 3b-15               O Lord, your anger frightens us.  When we read such passages of scripture as this one, we are made uneasy.  We move on quickly to happier lines and brighter verses.  Through your prophet Isaiah here … Continue reading Prayer Note #41 — An Advent Devotional Prayer — Isaiah 47:1, 3b-15

Prayer Note #40 — On Dangerous, Desperate Prayers — Nehemiah 1:1-2:9

On Dangerous, Desperate Prayers Nehemiah 1:1-2:9  Nehemiah presents us with a picture of a practical, detail-oriented, can-do sort of man who is also a man of deep, dangerous, desperate prayer.  For some reason, we can sometimes think that the practical and the prayerful can't function in the same heart.  Nehemiah demonstrates that that kind of … Continue reading Prayer Note #40 — On Dangerous, Desperate Prayers — Nehemiah 1:1-2:9

Prayer Note #39 — On Not Being All That I Could Be

Let me have ears to hear you clearly and a heart and mind to understand you deeply and a strong inclination to go as you lead me and to use what you have given me, and so to glorify your name. You have given me many gifts, many resources, many tools.  But mostly I squander … Continue reading Prayer Note #39 — On Not Being All That I Could Be