My Purpose

The LORD has made everything for its purpose. – Proverbs 16:4 NRSV
 
Lord, what am I supposed to do? I’m not sure why I’m at this job. Or am I not to have a career but be a stay-at-home parent? Have I made the wrong decision? Am I walking in Your will or have I been led by my own desires? Show me, Lord, which way You want me to go. If there is some new challenge You want me to undertake, please tell me. Let me hear Your voice. Renew my mind this morning so that I can know Your good and perfect will for my life. Amen.
 
[from Prayers with Purpose by Donna Maltese]

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Jesus in Our Midst

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. – Matthew 18:20 KJV
 
Lord, it’s so amazing that when we come together with other believers—even when just two believers are together—You show up! You are in the midst of us! You love us that much. Be with Your body of believers today, Lord, whenever and wherever they are meeting around the world. Show them Your power, Your presence. Answer their prayers today, Lord. All to Your glory! Amen.
 
[from Prayers with Purpose by Donna Maltese]

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Emergency Call

A hostile world! I called to GOD, to my God I cried out. From his palace he heard me call; my cry brought me right into his presence—a private audience! – 2 Samuel 22:7 MSG
 
This trial, this thing I’m going through, Lord, I don’t know how to handle it. I don’t know what to do. But I am certain of one thing and one thing only: You can handle it. You hear me when I cry out to You and You bring me directly into Your presence. You are ready to listen to me, to my groanings and my pleas. Help me, Lord, to find the strength to carry on. Amen.
 
[from Prayers with Purpose by Donna Maltese]

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Love One Another

[Jesus said], Love one another; as I have loved you. – John 13:34 KJV
 
What an example of love You give us, Jesus! You laid down Your life for everyone—even while we were still sinners. Fill me with that kind of love, Lord, that self-sacrificing love. So often, my thoughts seem to be all about me and what I want. Help me to change that by following Your example. I want to be like You, serving others with compassion, understanding, patience, and kindness. Give me that power, that longing, to love those who love me, those who hate me, and those who are indifferent to me. Amen.
 
[from Prayers with Purpose by Donna Maltese]
 

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Strength for the Work Ahead

If you start thinking to yourselves, “I did all this. And all by myself. I’m rich. It’s all mine!”—well, think again. Remember that GOD, your God, gave you the strength to produce all this wealth so as to confirm the covenant that he promised to your ancestors—as it is today. – Deuteronomy 8:17-18 MSG
 
You’ve promised to bless me and mine. I thank You for all the spiritual, physical, and financial gifts You have showered upon me. You give me the physical strength to go out every day to work and support myself and my family. Your Word gives me the spiritual strength to battle the schemes that the evil one throws into my path. Thank You for hearing my prayers, morning after morning, strengthening me for the work ahead. Amen.
 
[from Prayers with Purpose by Donna Maltese]

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Obedience and Blessings

All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of GOD, your God. – Deuteronomy 28:2 MSG
 
I hear Your voice, Lord, and I thank You for the blessings that You have showered upon me. Sometimes I feel so unworthy. You love me so much that at times I cannot understand it. All that You have blessed me with goes beyond me, as I respond to Your voice, do Your will, and work to serve others. Speak to me, Lord. Tell me whom, what, and where You want me to bless. I am Your servant, Lord; speak to me. Amen.
 
[from Prayers with Purpose by Donna Maltese]

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Renew My Strength

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. . . .Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:29, 31 NKJV
 
I didn’t get half the things I needed to do accomplished yesterday, Lord. And today I feel as if I have no energy. I am flagging, Lord, and I don’t know what to do. So I arise early and come here to spend time with You. Calm my nerves. Remind me that the world is not going to fall apart if I don’t accomplish everything on my to-do list today or even tomorrow, yet show me how to use my time wisely. Give my heart peace, and as I spend these moments with You, give me strength so that I may walk in Your power. Amen.
 
[from Prayers with Purpose by Donna Maltese]

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Never Alone

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Joshua 1:5 NIV
 
Your Word says that You will never leave me, but right now I feel all alone. I am afraid of what lies before me. Help me to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that You are with me. You are my good Shepherd. With You by my side, I need not fear. Fill me with Your presence and Your courage as I greet this day. Amen.
 
[from Prayers with Purpose by Donna Maltese]

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Prayer for Healing

Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. – James 5:14-15 NASB
 
Lord, I am feeling so poorly. You know what is attacking my body. You can see everything. I ask You in prayer, right now, to fill me with Your healing light. Banish the sickness from my body. Fill me with Your presence. Draw me unto You. Amen.
 
[from Prayers with Purpose by Donna Maltese]

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Serving from the Heart

As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. – Ephesians 6:6 NLT
 
I want to work for You, Lord, using all my heart, soul, and talent. I want to be your tool, serving You with passion. And as I do so, help me to keep my eye and focus on You and not on the gift You have given me. Help me to understand what You have shaped me to do. Amen.
 
  [from Prayers with Purpose by Donna Maltese]

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