O’ Our God: Day Sixteen, Forty Days of Prayer

Posted March 16th, 2017 by Glenn Davis
Categories: Lent, Prayer

I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy (Psalm 116:1). 


We love You, O our God, and our only desire is to love You until the last breath of our lives. 
We love You, O our infinitely lovable God, and we would rather die loving You, than live without loving You. We love You, Lord and the only grace we ask is to love You eternally. Our God, if our tongues cannot say in every moment that we love You, we want our hearts to repeat it to You as often as we draw breath. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

–Prayer of St. John Vianney (modified to plural pronouns)

Light of the World: Day Fifteen, Forty Days of Prayer

Posted March 15th, 2017 by Glenn Davis
Categories: Lent, Prayer

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life (John 8:12, NLT). 

Dear Father in heaven, our refuge for this day and for each day to come, touch us with the finger of your power. Be our protection and strong defense against all attacks of darkness. Where people look to you out of the darkness, let their eyes grow shining bright with the light from your eyes. Let your light shine within us and around us. Let your light bring your cause to victory, to the final great day of Jesus Christ. Amen.

–Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Lift Thine Eyes

Jars of Clay: Day Fourteen, Forty Days of Prayer

Posted March 14th, 2017 by Glenn Davis
Categories: Lent, Prayer

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us (2 Cor. 4:7 ESV). 

Precious Jesus, Lord of grace and mercy, we pray flood our souls with your Holy Spirit that we might minister your abundant life. So penetrate our hearts and fill our spirits that our lives may utterly and completely be yours. Lord, we love you and praise you for working through weak jars of clay like us. Pray, convict us of our stubborn ways and selfish actions. Forgive us for being insensitive to others’ needs and for disregarding your holy will and express commands. Lord Jesus, we pray you, come and transform us into your image. We desperately need your power. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

~~Fr. Glenn E. Davis

Tired and Weary: Day Thirteen, Forty Days of Prayer

Posted March 13th, 2017 by Glenn Davis
Categories: Lent, Prayer

 

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak (Isa. 40: 28-29).

Lord, we are tired and weary. Some days, we groan in our weakness. Our financial battles, daily responsibilities, and worn-out bodies weary us to the bone. But you, O’ God, do not grow tired and weary. Your Holy Spirit is always with us. You do not sleep or slumber. Your eye is always on us and your presence is always with us. You are never absent.  You never forsake us.

Lord, you give us strength and courage to face our on-going struggles.  You bring us great joy in our darkest hours. O’ Lord our God, we pray for your joy today in knowing that your strength will carry us through our trials. We declare that our hope in you will never be found wanting. In Jesus’s name. Amen!

–India B. Davis

Creation Joy: Day Twelve, Forty Days of Prayer

Posted March 12th, 2017 by Glenn Davis
Categories: Lent, Prayer

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse (Rom 1:20 ESV).

Father, we thank you for your creation. You spoke the heavens and earth into existence by the Word of your mouth. Thank you for stars and planets and moons. Thank you for the warmth of day and the cool rest of night. You are good, and you made your creation good. Thank you for the sea and the land and for all the delightful, frightening, and adorable creatures that inhabit them. Thank you for establishing order and structure and beauty. You have not left us without a witness to your power and presence.

Forgive us for ignoring and desecrating your witness through our wasteful consumption of creation. Thank you that you have not abandoned this world to bondage and corruption, but that you will one day redeem both it and us. Pray, make us more appreciative of the good things of creation and more careful in how we use them. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

~ ~Nicholas Beckham

Spirit Boldness: Day Eleven, Forty Days of Prayer

Posted March 11th, 2017 by Glenn Davis
Categories: Lent, Prayer

 

“’And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.’ And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:29-31 ESV).

Father, you know I am afraid of rejection, of being seen as one of those weird Christians, but I know that so many around me need Jesus as I need Him. Open my eyes to opportunities to tell people about Him, to share how He has been my help in times of need, my healer and friend. Give me boldness and words to speak when these opportunities come. And show yourself strong on their behalf by healing, providing, encouraging and meeting them in their deepest needs. In Jesus’s name, Amen

~~Fr. Scott Howard

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Precious Jesus: Day Ten, Forty Days of Prayer

Posted March 10th, 2017 by Glenn Davis
Categories: Lent, Prayer

And [Jesus] is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent (Colossians 1:18 ESV). 

We praise you precious Jesus, glory and honor be to you. Blessed Christ who for our sake condescended from your heavenly throne, you came into our fallen misery and became God incarnate in human flesh–one with us. We seek you, make our hearts a precious dwelling place for your presence, adorn our lives with your fruit, replenish our ministries with your gifts, and possess our hearts fully and completely.

You are Jesus our Savior, be our complete and total deliverer and rid us of the sin that so easily ruins the sweet fellowship of your presence. Grant us committed hearts full of affection and devotion, give us compassion for others’ pain, trials, and struggles. Pray that we may love others as you have loved us, that we may forgive as you forgave us and that we may show mercy to the merciless. In your blessed name, we pray. Amen.

~~ Fr. Glenn E. Davis

Sustain Us: Day Nine, Forty Days of Prayer

Posted March 9th, 2017 by Glenn Davis
Categories: Lent, Prayer

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22 ESV). 

Lord, we cast our burdens upon you for they are heavy. Our hearts are broken and downcast. Our spirits are burdened over loved ones who are sick, lost, and dying. Please come and sustain us as you have promised. Please heal and save those we fervently love and diligently serve. Let us not be moved from steadfast faith and complete trust in your all-mighty power. Do not allow Satan to come and steal our hope in your faithfulness. We thank you, Lord, that you hear our prayers on behalf of our loved ones. Come and have mercy on us, we pray in Jesus’s name. Amen!

~~India B. Davis

God of All Grace: Day Eight, Forty Days of Prayer

Posted March 8th, 2017 by Glenn Davis
Categories: Lent, Prayer

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people (Titus 2:11 NLT).

Almighty God, God of grace and God of glory, whose Son, Jesus, is full of grace and truth. Thank you that your grace relentlessly pursued us and never stopped pursuing us until you won our hearts by your great love. Your grace was undeserved and unmerited, You rescued us from a just judgment of our own making. Your grace called us to trust Jesus Christ as our Savior, the one who took all our sin upon himself. Your grace lifted us out the pit of our sin, renewed us, empowered us, and elevated us into Your presence.

Assist us, Lord, to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Assist us to know that your grace is available at all times, in every need, and for every good work (2 Cor. 9:8). Assist us to experience your grace enabling us to say, “no,” to ungodliness and to upright and godly lives (Titus 2:12); through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

~~ Cn. Glenn E. Davis

Approval: Day Seven, Forty Days of Prayer

Posted March 7th, 2017 by Glenn Davis
Categories: Lent, Prayer

For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels (Mark 8:38 ESV).

Lord, I confess making an idol of what other people think. I am a slave to the fear of man. Too many times I am reluctant to be associated with you, the cross, and the gospel. Too many times I keep silent when I know I should share your good news with others who desperately need it. Forgive me for accepting things that you disapprove in order to be accepted by the world that disapproves of you. You chose to be rejected as the worst criminal rather than be accepted by the wealthy and influential. Forgive me for valuing the approval of my friends and co-workers more than your approval. I thank you for the blood-bought forgiveness of Jesus. Amen.

~~Nicholas Beckham