Prayer For Renewal
Father, I long for You more than gold or silver. Nothing else could ever satisfy my soul. Reorient my affections toward You and what You choose to provide. May my nearness to God be my Chief Good. Show me the beauty of Your holiness so that in worshipping Your loveliness, I exalt You. Empower me to enjoy You so that the universe marvels in amazement at how fulfilling You are. Silence all the clamoring of false lovers of the soul who would seek my attention. I want to worship You with everything I am, with undivided adoration. Give me a heart for You. A constant longing after you. Incite within me a deep passion for You.
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.
He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
He renews my life; He leads me along the right paths for His name's sake.
Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff--they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.
You are the God of abundance and You offer Yourself freely to us. Renew my faith and joy in my daily tasks, knowing Your presence is there with me, ministering to my heart. You are never far, Lord. Realign my heart to walk with you each moment, drawing on the strength that you give. Thank you, Lord, for your promises and for fresh grace today. Thank you for Jesus.
Jesus, gentle Shepherd,
Bless Thy lamb today;
Keep me in Thy footsteps,
Never let me stray.
Guard me through the daytime.
Every hour, I pray;
Keep my feet from straying
From the narrow way. Amen.
O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty:
Open our eyes to behold Thy gracious hand in all Thy works;
that, rejoicing in Thy whole creation, we may learn to serve Thee with gladness;
for the sake of him through whom all things were made,
Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
All praise to Thee, my God, this night
For all the blessings of the light:
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
Beneath Thine own almighty wings. Amen
Lord, no matter what I need, the wisdom that will enrich my life and make me whole is found in Your word. Renew me with Your love and strength so that I may grow closer to You. My life is Yours, Father. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
Dear Lord and Savior,
Thank you for the comfort of Christmas, when you came to us sinners as a helpless baby, born to save the world from sin. Help us remember the sacrifice you made to become one of us and suffer and die on the cross so that we might be forgiven and have the promise of eternal life with you in heaven. When we struggle, remind us of your love and the hope we have in you.
Forgive us for the times we have turned away from you this past year. Forgive our selfishness, our recklessness, our lies, our hurtful words and actions, and our disobedience. As we look forward to the New Year, help us put you first every day, so that we may follow your guidance and live a life of purpose.
We pray this year for renewal of the body. Whether we have gotten caught up with drugs, alcohol, self-harm, or other reckless behaviors, help us see the danger in our old ways, and turn from them to you and your holiness. Through the help of caring professionals, medical staff, and family and loved ones, help us cleanse our body from the toxins and substances we have been feeding it, and show us how to live a sober, healthy life once again. Renew our tainted bodies so that we may use all our abilities to serve you and your kingdom.
We pray also for renewal of the mind. Lord, you know how harmful things like drugs, stress, and conflict are to the mind, and we pray that you would not only help us clear away all the things that would harm us, but also heal our weak minds. Make conflict cease, erase our doubts, and comfort our thoughts so that the chaos and turmoil of this life would not weaken our sense of hope or happiness. We know you are the author of our lives, and you are always here to console and reassure, even in the midst of addiction, dysfunction, and illness.
Finally, we pray for the renewal of spirit. It is so easy for us to stray from you and your word, and we ask for forgiveness for the times we have failed to put you first in our lives. As we begin a New Year, help us make time for Bible study and prayer, and use those around us to motivate and encourage us to stay connected to you. As we turn back to you, Lord, we know you will guide all areas of our lives as well, so that we will experience a full renewal of body, mind, and soul. We are nothing without you, and we ask that you gently remind us of your love and forgiveness and your willingness to grant us a new life.
Lord, we pray especially for all those who are struggling with addiction right now and their loved ones. Thank you for providing compassionate men and women who have dedicated their lives to helping others overcome drug and alcohol addiction. Send your healing to those who are being controlled by this disease, so that they can experience sobriety, health, and a clear mind, and can begin living a life that serves and praises you. Be with the families of addicts and provide them with patience, wisdom, and hope, that their interactions with loved ones may be beneficial, and that they may trust your will to be done in their lives.
We ask all these things with confidence, remembering your promise to always be with us with your love and forgiveness. Thank you for being true to all your promises and for being a perfect example of how we are to live. In our Savior's name, we pray, Amen.