Over the last few months I've spent some time composing a prayer based on various sources, that I've used in the mornings to jumpstart my daily walk with God. It's a launching pad for me that guides me into the areas I really want to give attention. I'm posting it in case you might want to use it or tweak it for your personal needs.
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Prayer of Adoration
LORD, I lift up my soul to you. Help me to understand your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation. My heart says, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I now seek. I will watch for you all day long. Give ear to my words, O God; listen to the sound of my cry as I pray to you.
Confession of Sin
Lord, please bring to my mind my failures of faith and holiness. I acknowledge that I am a sinner and in need of forgiveness. Both consciously and unconsciously, I fail to live up to your truth and righteousness. Trusting in the sacrifice of Jesus as the atonement for my sin...
- I confess both what I’ve done wrong and what I should have done differently:
- I confess my struggles with weakness and temptation:
May your mercy and grace, purchased through the eternal blood of Jesus my Savior, wash me of all my guilt and renew in me the joy of your presence.
Prayer for Spiritual Formation
Lord, grant me the ability and grace to keep you before my mind at all times. Help me to replace destructive thoughts with thoughts that are pleasant to my soul and allow me to apply my thinking to the Word of God and experience the renewing of my mind.
Father, help me to realize that my feelings do not have to be fulfilled. Help me to turn quickly from feelings that lead to temptation and sin. May my feelings be my servant, not my master, and may I cultivate feelings of love, joy and peace and extend those feelings to others.
Father, help me to have a will that is single-minded and joyously devoted to you. Help me to constantly be aware that my heart is open and transparent to you. May I find contentment with the will of God and in the circumstances that have fallen to me, and may this produce gratitude and joy in my life.
Father, I present my body to you as a living sacrifice and act of worship. My body belongs to you. Therefore, I will not worry about sickness, aging or death— for those things are in your power. I will not use my body- my hands, voice, eyes and feet, to satisfy the desires and sins of the flesh. Cause the peace of your Spirit to bring true rest to my body throughout the day.
Father, help me to love my wife and family physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Help me to find and nurture deep connections with others that nourish my soul. Through humility, lead me to abandon all practices of trying to “look good” to others and instead seek ways to serve them. Keep me from being indifferent to the well being of others and help me to remember that all my relationships affect my relationship with you.
I acknowledge my soul as the inner stream of water giving strength, direction, and harmony to every other element of my life. I acknowledge its wounded condition through sin and disobedience, yet I pray that my mind, body, feelings and will can be coherently drawn together by my soul to form a life that is whole and devoted to you. Teach me to hear the cries of my soul and to nurture it wisely with humility and the Word of God.
Intercession for Others
Father, I know that you are committed to me and you’re concerned about my life and world. As I keep company with you, help me to have your perspective on the world around me and the people in it. Help me to listen to your Spirit as I intercede, and I trust that my imperfect words will be filtered through the Holy Spirit. As I pray for people and their needs, I picture myself bringing them to you and leaving them in your care.