A Prayer for Growing in Christ

Help me live a life worthy of the calling I’ve received from you.

Let me practice humility, patience, gentleness, and forbearance.

Keep me focused on the hope of Christ with single-mindedness.

Through your grace, give me the strength to build others up.

Let me grow in faith each day, learning more and attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Based on Ephesians 3:16-19

Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called ; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Our work

God, establish the work of our hands and confirm it in our hearts. Let your favor be upon us. Give us a new understanding of the work you’ve planned for us and let us use our time for eternal purposes. Renew in us your Spirit!

Based on Psalm 90:17

Breathe in calmness today

As I sat down in prayer this morning, as thoughts poured into my head, I heard… Slow down your thoughts and breathe in my presence. This is my gift to you every day. The pace of your life is quickening, you feel overloaded. But I am your God. Breathe deeply and know that I’m beside you. I’m there with you in regret; when you fail to see things as they truly are, through my eyes. I know your heart. Give me all your anxiety; pour out your fear. Be confident that I’m working in you always. The only “race” to be concerned about is keeping your faith.

(Based on 2 Timothy 4:7)

Parting ways with the world in this heartrending day, a prayer

Let your divine Holy Spirit fall upon me like a watershed… Let your Word sink deep down and resonate in my soul. Help me know its strength like an undertow, enabling me to fight the battles of this fallen world, amidst the sludge, using your ways and those of Heaven’s. Let my heart not be troubled or afraid.

God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in times of trouble.

Psalms 46:1