My Prayer

May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. – Psalm 141:2 NIV

 

Lord, I talk too much. My prayers don’t leave room for breath and reflection. I petition without praise. Even as I pray right now, I can let my mind wander to things that need to be done or requests I want to make while I have Your attention. Lead me to a deeper prayer life, Lord. Let me come to You in silence and with a spirit of worship. May my words wind their way to You like tendrils of burning incense. Hear my prayer, O Lord. Amen.

 

[from One-Minute Prayers by Hope Lyda]


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God’s Provision

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. – 1 Timothy 6:17-18 NIV

 

You are my Provider, Lord. I should not question this, yet I have been in situations where financial uncertainty caused me to doubt the plans You have for me. I questioned what tomorrow might bring, rather than counting on what my Lord might bring. I turn my circumstances over to You today. Help me to put my hope in You, God, not in my bank account. Let this step of faith encourage me to take bigger leaps tomorrow. Amen.

 

[from One-Minute Prayers by Hope Lyda]


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God’s Purposes

For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. – Philippians 2:13 NIV

Lord, I was ready to shirk my responsibility and distance myself from a commitment. And then You prodded my soul to act wisely and in a godly way. I didn’t fully understand it at the time, but I see now that You were leading me toward a higher purpose. Just when I think all circumstances come down to what I want versus what other people want, You step in and remind me that there is indeed a good purpose to be fulfilled. Thank You for this new perspective. Lord, work in me. Work through me. Use me for Your purposes. Amen.

[from One-Minute Prayers by Hope Lyda]


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True Light

Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.- James 4:4 NIV

Forgive me, Lord, for the times when I choose the world over You. With all You have done for me, I cannot believe I am still tempted by worldly things. Forgive me for leaning toward the artificial light of the world when I have the brilliance of Your glory in my heart. Lead me back to You, Lord, to Your true light. Amen.

[from One-Minute Prayers by Hope Lyda]


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Gifts

So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church. – 1 Corinthians 14:12 NIV

God, grant me spiritual gifts that serve Your body. In the past I have prayed for gifts that would help me succeed in different areas of my life. I wanted to give You glory, but I did not understand how the gifts I receive are meant to be given back to You and the family of believers. Give me vision to recognize the spiritual gifts of other people so that I may encourage them and see You more clearly in the body of Christ. Amen.

[from One-Minute Prayers by Hope Lyda]


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Grace

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. – Philippians 4:23 NIV

Wherever I go, Your grace goes with me. I cannot be hidden from grace because it is within my spirit. You could have kept such a hold on Your gift, Lord, allotting it to those who are deserving on a daily basis. Instead, You fill our spirits with Your forgiveness and mercy. I give You my actions today, Lord. May I reflect your gift of grace through my words and deeds. May I develop a heart of compassion that does not hesitate to extend grace to others. Amen,.

[from One-Minute Prayers by Hope Lyda]


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Weary

You were wearied by all your ways, but you would not say, “It is hopeless.” You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint. – Isaiah 57:10 NIV

Lord, refresh my spirit today. Infuse my body and soul with Your limitless strength and might. When my legs are about to buckle from the weight of real and perceived obligations, remind me to embrace the plan You have for my life. I need to give You what is on my plate every day. Only then will my steps be strong enough to carry me on the right path. Amen.

[from One-Minute Prayers by Hope Lyda]


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Refreshment

You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance. Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, O God, you provided for the poor. – Psalm 68:9-10 NIV

I grow weary on my journey sometimes. You have carried me often, Lord. I have felt used and useless when going through a rough spot—a dry existence that lacks nourishment and substance. I look back on these times of my journey and realize that You have sent showers of refreshment in many ways—opportunities appeared when I doubted their existence, kindness humbled me and my bad attitude, and abundant love flooded through me. Your provision has brought me back to life. My path continues, and I am no longer afraid of the droughts I may face along the way. Thank You, Lord! Amen.

[from One-Minute Prayers by Hope Lyda]

 

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Contentment

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:12-13 NIV

Lord, Your hand has guided me through times of want and times of plenty. I thank You for being my source of strength and guidance. Teach me about contentment, Lord. When I have material wealth, may I still long for spiritual direction and nourishment. As I experience difficulties, lead my thoughts and prayers to You for direction and hope. I can do all things and survive all circumstances through Your strength. Amen.

[from One-Minute Prayers by Hope Lyda]


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A New Direction

Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. – Psalm 25:4-5 NIV

Father in heaven, You see all that takes place in my life. Knowing this gives me peace as I face this transition. Remove the blinders from my physical and spiritual eyes, Lord. Open my eyes to the wonders of every turn, tangent, and seeming detour I encounter. As I face a new direction, I am eager to see what You have in store for me with this new opportunity. Show me the way, Lord. Amen.

[from One-Minute Prayers by Hope Lyda]

 


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