A prayer for the world

Almighty God,
We thank you for the gift of all the continents of the world;
Thank you for the different people
And different races;
We pray for all people
Of the world,
Especially the people
Of America;
This great country
That is facing trying times
Like many other countries;
Injustice, and racial discrimination are having their toll on them;
We have seen violent demonstrations
Which have placed the country in very bad shape;
And people have lost their lives;
Insecurity is rife;
We pray you O Lord,
To help this country;
We commit her poor leadership into your hands;
Grant them the wisdom
To be just,
To get rid of racial discrimination;
To inspire her leader to rule with love and fairness;
The corona virus pandemic
Has not spared this country;
Thousands have been infected;
And the statistics keep rising;
Many have already died;
Many more are expected to die;
You alone have the solution to this problem;
We pray O Lord that you save the people of America from this deadly disease.
We pray for our brothers and sisters in this country;
They are facing tough times
Because of the incompetent leader the country has;
They have an important election coming up;
They will be going to the polls;
They will be voting
To choose someone
To lead them for the next four years;
We know the two candidates
Contesting for this position;
Father, you know everything;
You know the one that is better
Than the other;
You know the danger
That one poses;
You know the trouble
That this country is passing through;
For four years, she has had the poorest leadership in her history;
We pray you to give them a leader who will save the country from going deeper into trouble.
Because what happens here affects other countries;
As we pray for them,
We also pray for all other countries;
We oray for all people
Who are suffering from bad leadership;
Remove bad leaders from power;
And put good ones who will rule according to your will;
Save the world
From covid 19;
We also pray for ourselves;
Our problems are many;
We pray you to help us overcome them;
They are many and more than us;
But with you, nothing is difficult;
Only say the word and we will have what is good for us;
Wipe our tears;
Make us stop crying;
Remove greedy people from power
Wherever you find them;
Make truth and justice prevail;
Put an end to hunger,
All the trouble caused by poverty and greed;
Wipe out evil and let good reign;
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord,
Amen!

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How to thank God for today

How marvelous it is O Lord!
That you have offered me another day! Teach me how to thank you.
Before I get out of bed,
Let me thank you fo blessing me with another day;
More blessings, surely,
You have in your abundant store house.
How many of such blessings will I have today?
If I start to count them one by one,
I will never finish;
Who will help me do the counting?
You have kept me alive;
You have given me good health;
Protected me from danger;
Prepared food for me today;
Provided a roof over my head;
You have kept me water to drink;
You have breakfast waiting for me;
You have given me a family;
You have given me neighbours;
Given me a community;
Given me a head;
Given me hands;
You have given me a bed to lie on:
You have equipped me with a thinking cap. How do I thank you?
You didn’t call me to yourself
This night as you have done many.
Have I asked why you left me here?
I can’t take it for granted;
You didn’t do it for nothing;
You kept me for a purpose;
You found me good
To accomplish that purpose for you;
I must thank you, O Lord;
For choosing unworthy me.
Here I am, down on my knees;
My eyes lifted up to you;
My hands raised;
Give me a voice to shout it out to you;
To praise you, O Lord!
To glorify you, Lord of Lords;
King of kings;
King of the universe;
Almighty God,
Creator of heaven and earth;
You are almighty;
You have all the power;
You can do anything
And all things; and everything;
You can do whatever you want;
I come to you on bended knees, mighty living God;
To thank you for your great glory;
Your are love and kindness;
You who are so merciful;
You, whose ways are not our ways;
I thank you!
And pray you!
Make me strong in my faith
In you this day;
Grant me
And my loved ones,
My friends,
My neighbours,
My colleagues,
And my entire community,
My Parish,
My Diocese,
The grace
To love you as we should;
To be faithful to you;
And put you before everything;
May all who do not know you be converted this day;
And may they be strong in their faith in you;
Bless all those in leadership;
Both in the Church and in politics,
Enlighten them to lead as Jesus Christ led,
Not attached to earthly power and glory,
But to do your will;
Make peace reign in the world;
That peace may replace
The violence and wars tearing us apart;
Make us united;
Help us to love one another,
In accordance with our Master’s command;
Be our guide;
Our provider and protector
This day;
May all that we do
Be good in your eyes,
And bring great glory to your holy name;
This, we pray, through Christ our Lord, Amen!

You are the final O Lord

When you say yes O Lord,
No one can say no.
I am still to see
Who can counter your decision;
Your word is final;
Your yes is your yes;
An unchangeable decree
From your heavenly kingdom;
The Devil is a liar,
A specialist in deceit
And failure;
Who labours in vain;
Day and night, he labours;
But for nothing;
No matter how hard he tries,
He always fails like Goliath,
To pull down the young David
Who put his trust in you;
He goes home empty handed
From all his hunting expeditions;
You stand strongly by them
Who rely on you;
Who are faithful to you;
Who are loyal to you;
Who surrender their lives
To you;
Those who depend fully on you,
Make a wise choice;
They are safe – divinely protected;
That is why I depend on you;
I rely on you;
I count on you;
Let the whole world see O Lord,
That all those who put their trust in you do laugh.
That they do laugh and loudly;
They do laugh from jaw to jaw.
You are the final, O Lord.

Prayer for a successful day

Almighty God, whose power
Has no limit,
We pray O Lord
For a successful day;

We pray for courage
To face the tough challenges
Of today.

Grant us the wisdom we need
To successfully sail through
All the stormy waters.

Help us to know and do
All that is required of us
And not to shy away
From our responsibilities.

Be a light to our path
During the dark moments
Of this day.

Be the source of our strength,
When our feet begin to fail us
And we can no longer walk.

May your word energize us
Every step of our journey!

May we have reason to boast
To our enemies about
The power of the God we worship.

Make us a source of inspiration
To many who do not know you
To seek and find you.

We make our prayer
Through Christ our Lord,
Amen!

A Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer. The United States Congress asks people “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” Though praying should be an everyday occurrence in our homes, on this day, many faiths will take part in the annual event. Rev. Billy Graham initiated this day in 1952, so please join me in prayer.

Dear Lord,

Our Father in Heaven, we come together in humility, asking you to bring salvation to all those who are in prayer today.

Please guide our clergy, missionaries, and others blessed to spread Your Word. Comfort the souls with broken spirits and cast out the germs that try to infiltrate their hearts. Many walk our land with little or no faith, and they desperately need led to Your spiritual being before leaving this life.

Lord, lead us to the still waters and green ferns during this tumultuous time of upheavals around the world. We pray for the safety, and immeasurable responsibilities of our leader, President Donald Trump. Father, please endow him with Your wisdom and comforting arms. Speak to all the members of our congress and other political positions. Guide them to make better decisions based on the country’s needs and not their own. Help America to once again come together in unity.

Many families have suffered job losses and deaths because of COVID-19. Lord bless them with Your peace and reassure their souls. Keep us healthy and shield us from harm, Lord.

We pray, Father, for the churches in America to unify under Jesus Christ’s name. Help us see all religions in the cross’s light. We pray to be more humble, gentle, and patient with one another. Bless us, Lord, with the unity of the Holy Spirit through the bond of peace.

Lord, please be our shepherd! Jesus Christ is the Only Savior, and our only hope in this world.

Amen

Strength of Faith

Shall I send you a card with best regards, or should I pray for Christ to defeat your battles in life? This world is our enemy, but God warns us not to cecum to the evil spirits lurking at every threshold. The Bible tells us God’s eternal power is the only strength to ward off those who offend us. Fighting battles on different fronts allow us the privilege of knowing Jesus Christ is our strength of faith.

During insurmountable battlefronts, Jesus protects us by being our shelter and protector. Psalm 91:4 tells us, “Under His wings, shall you trust and find refuge.” No matter the circumstances, He makes us inaccessible to the enemy. Many people walk unharmed through all kinds of dangerous situations today. Here are some biblical examples, too:

  • Paul, the Apostle, was brutally beaten and jailed, yet he could walk fifteen thousand miles to spread the word of Christ.
  • Daniel survived the lion’s den by his strength of faith in God.
  • When Moses was born, his mother set him afloat down the Nile river to stop the Pharaoh from killing him. God protected his life because He had higher plans for the infant.
  • God saved Noah and the ark from the greatest flood on earth. Noah’s strength of faith was rewarded with many future generations.

Often, I’ve struggled in a bitter war as enemies tried to impede my ability to move forward in life. The almighty Lord came to my rescue every time! Believers are temples of the living God. He goes everywhere we go when we are filled with His strength of faith. Your shield must be the Word of God – this is your part to receive His protection.

Ask God to direct your path each day, and in all circumstances, not just in the bad times. Let the joy of the Lord be your power of faith, for the only way to win life’s wars is by the strength of Jesus. Trample down the gates of evil and watch God take over the battle. His power is higher than any man who walks amongst us!

Let us pray –

Dear Father, I pray You will save me by Your precious grace so I may have everlasting life with You. Give me the fortitude to conquer the evil of everyone who seeks to harm me. I pray Your strength will be my fortress. Let me walk in Your footprints before me, so as not to falter or be misled into devilish corners. Bless me with a greater strength of faith, Your armor, so I am not held captive by the enemy. Thank you, Lord, for the battles Your awesome power has seen me through in life. Let my love in You now be my strength in faith and my forever fortress. Amen.



Thanks a million times

Father in heaven,
Thank you a million times;
Thank you for blessing me!
You have blessed me
With another day
In this world;
It is a difficult world;
But I am happy to be
A part of it;
I pray you, O High God,
To grant me wisdom
To live as you want;
Provide my needs;
I cannot help myself;
I depend on you;
And trust you will help me;
You always help
Those who put their trust
In you.
I put my trust in you;
I will put again and again;
Thank you a million times.

An Eternal Flame

I wake in deep thought… dear God, save me as my life is riddled with missing parts. An eternal flame burns for my father whose life was cut short, fifty-five years ago today, by carelessness. Though I am a product of divorced parents, no one can take the place of your biological Father.

I think of all those special moments in life I wasn’t afforded the luxury of my father. We couldn’t build a model together, fly a kite, or throw a ball. He couldn’t teach me to hunt or fish. He never taught me to drive, yet it I became the chauffeur to his own loving mom and dad. My dad never experienced my graduation day, though I pray he looked down upon me from heaven. He didn’t meet my important first date. Late at night, I cried myself to sleep for the many times I missed his love.

The void I tried to fill was grander than a canyon. Nothing can fill the shoes left behind of my six-foot-two, father. This morning, an eternal flame still burns inside me, and I memorialize the father, I did without, in my entire life.

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Seeking God, I know it is He that connects the bridges of all the days of our lives. My time on earth is limited, too, as I look at my own son and ask God to watch over him. Someday, maybe, he will understand the meaning of picking up the phone and giving his dad a ring. Our moments are too short to waste on regrets.

I listen to the busy world as it is getting underway, but I feel the warmth from the Son shining down from heaven. It is God who has saved me in all my lonely days. Many children grow up in a happy home, and I, too, wish I could claim the same.

The sun is now covered by a swirling storm system. Still, an eternal flame for my father will forever endure whatever weather arrives today. I pray God grants me the moment I can stand by my Father again someday. I’ll give him a hug, he so richly deserves, for making me the son I became in his honor.

It was once said, “You can’t miss something you never had.” I strongly disagree! You can’t imagine what it’s like to walk a mile carrying your own father’s shoes. Yet here I am… throughout my life, without him here, beside me.

“God, my Father, I so pray Your holy hands will guide me all the rest of my weary days alone. Never lead me astray. I pray that not another child will experience the pain I’ve suffered and endured by the loss of my Father. Lord, let me be an example of Your love to other children who has had a parent pass to be with You. Hear my thoughts, on this day of memorial, and tell my father I said hello.”

I love you, Pop. May you rest in peace till the day we will walk in God’s light together.

God’s Intervention

Before July 2009, my life was trials of tribulations that polluted my inner soul. But today, I’m making wonderful memories under the watchful eyes of the Lord Jesus. How did a miracle save my life? How do miraculous incidents occur, and are they real?

As I go into uncharted territory, let’s look at those involved in near-fatal accidents. Perhaps a soft voice told the victim to hold on, or an unknown soothing touch of a hand cradled their head while assuring help is on its way. This happened to my wife in her car accident. Some people proclaim they met a man in the light of a tunnel. Others are pronounced dead when someone told them to go back because it wasn’t their time. Was this a man, or an angel, or the same person in all the above cases? Was it God’s intervention in these lives?

I often hear deists, and even some Christians say, “There is no such thing as miracles. Is it just something written in the Bible, or only performed when Jesus was alive?” How many unexplained events happen in the world today? Who made them happen? Was it just a fluke, or do you think you have a better scientific explanation?

Miracles didn’t stop after the Bible was written! They happen every day, and we read about them in the newspapers and social media. God can only perform these supernatural acts, not humans.

The New Testament translates miracles as signs that God uses to point to Himself. Some examples in the Bible include:

The blind were made to see (John 9:1-7), and the lame to walk (Acts 3:1-10). They became followers of Jesus.

The resurrection of Christ became the basis of Christianity.

Jesus turned water into wine (John 2:1-11).

Jesus’ light blinded Saul of Tarsus and became God’s Apostle.

Jesus calmed a ferocious storm on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:23-27).

The miracles of Christ were never denied during early Christianity. Even ancient enemies admitted that Jesus did certain extraordinary deeds as an intervention. John said Jesus did so many “works” that the world could not contain the number of books should all of them be recorded (John 21:25).

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Miracles are God’s way of communicating with mankind, and they remain so in today’s times. He puts in place a miraculous act to draw you closer to Him. I know it’s hard to conceive, but the Lord can rescue the insignificant, such as myself, and make him His servant. Many people share their personal experiences of being anointed to do God’s holy work, especially after He worked a miracle in their life. Yes, miracles still happen!

We are nearing Easter, the holiest event in Christianity. Jesus hung on the cross, accepting our sin, but he rose from the dead three days later. This was the greatest miracle because, against all the odds, He rose from the dead. His disciples and others encountered Him during His ascension of forty days. His resurrection gives all people hope their suffering will lead to joy.

Are you so focused on the problems of this world, or your life, that you are missing out on the greatest joy you will ever receive – one of His miracles? Maybe the Lord sees you floundering and knows you need a sign. Do not close your eyes, for He is always watching and there to protect you.

A Special Prayer:

Today, as a nation, we pray to you, Father, for an intervention. We’ve come to pass where an Ebenezer is our hope, and only Your grace can save us, Lord. Though the storm clouds deter the heavens, we know in our heart You hear us calling for help. We need a miracle, Lord Jesus! Give us a miracle and protect us from the pandemic spreading across the world. Amen.

God’s intervention is our hope today.


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House of Prayer

The bobbing little heads are so thankful to see me this morning. They’re grateful for the seed I throw their way. It is amazing they know it’s safe to fly out of the trees and eat, so long as I am there. Perhaps I am… a house of prayer for all my feathered fowl.

In my house of prayer, my humbled heart guides my conscience. I cannot list the blessed gifts God sent my wife and me in our short few years of marriage. But many people are not so fortunate…

Some families lost their finances, especially over the past few weeks. Others gambled their money, and even life savings, instead of reading the laws of God. In a Christian’s house of prayer, the Bible dictates this distinction:

Many abodes are filled with “prized possessions” from floor to ceiling. We can witness this sad condition on TV, such as “Hoarding: Buried Alive” and even “American Pickers.” Or, shoppers fill their carts with unnecessary items after each paycheck to fill a void in their heart. I must ask, “How can you love two Gods if you are a true Christian?” This ill-fated, psychological condition promotes money and the love of physical items. In this house of prayer, the Bible states:

We can easily find the standard salary of clergymen on the internet. It is far below the national average income. But some televangelists, who I call “false prophets,” steal from the poor to live in their dynasty. They build multi-million dollar lifestyles, believing they can buy into heaven’s gates. In their masonry house of prayer, the frigid winds blow through the cracks and crevices.

So, what kind of house of prayer is your residence? Is your home blessed, or does Satan appear to send signals of acceptable sin? If Jesus walked in your house today, would He feel the warmth of love and graciousness? Could He easily place His hands on your Bible?

Just like the little feeding birds, they eat only enough to fill their bodies. They, too, come to me for comfort. We should turn to God for life’s blessings. Share your bread, for it is His will you are supplied with His love, including the little birds that feed in your backyard.

I pray your life and home is a sanctuary, filled with God’s blessings and love. Be content with your basic needs being met and avoid materialism. It is only the flesh that yearns for the security of money. Our wealth belongs to God – and it’s a gift. Make Him first in your life. Only faith, prayer, and your walk in the light of God will bring you to His house of prayer.



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