Prayer For Spiritual Direction
Good morning God!
I greet the new day by realizing that I am breathing and in that breath recognizing your spirit moving in me.
I praise you and am filled with gratitude for another day.
Please help me be aware of your presence with me throughout the day so that I may live a life that reflects your greatness.
Let me be a positive addition to your creation of a new day.
Help me to make good choices, to love and respect others and see your light in them, and to face challenges head on knowing you are with me always.
Loving God, we see all the hurt and struggle in the world.
People are suffering from want of food, shelter, and water.
Babies cry out but no one is there to hold them.
Children see their parents gunned down before their eyes.
The mountain comes falling down on them, Another bomb explodes.
A woman is sold into slavery. Oil pours out into the river.
Crops are lost to drought. Fires burn and consume homes.
There are so many needs around the world. Corrupt individuals take advantage of their power.
Greedy ones lose respect for life. We know you are mindful of all Your creation.
Help us open ourselves to these needs and make a difference.
Help us to know how to love one another in these trying times.
Open our hearts to share the many gifts you so abundantly give so that everyone has what they need.
Break open our hardened hearts to be your presence in the world of hurt.
We know that we cannot solve all the problems of the earth alone but with Your love and grace we can each care for people so that the care for one becomes care for many and your love will be spread exponentially, loving one another as you love to give comfort, aid, and the basic things needed to survive in a world full of pain.
In winter we we are reminded of great potential as we look on dormant trees with abandoned nests.
Soon spring will come but deep down there is stored for that time when all will be made new.
O Holy one help us to see that potential in ourselves when we are in a state of dormancy or lacking energy in this season of cold and low light.
Renew us, let us be filled for what is to come and not rush the process.
If we pause to be filled we might be more attentive to what you might have in store for us. Amen
Oh God in Your mercy free us from ourselves.
Let us love. Let hatred leave our thoughts.
Let forgiveness come to us and from us.
Open our hearts wide to embrace rather than shun.
Open our minds to understand that we are all human beings with needs.
Open our hands
To let go of some things that control us and
To grab on to things that make the world a better place.
Open our mouths to speak the truth to ignorance and injustice
To give voice to those who currently have no voice
To encourage others to care
To offer words to uplift and support and not diminish or shame.
Open our ears and eyes
To see the needs
To hear those who cry out for help
To witness the good in the world and make known the cruelties
To acknowledge and accept people in their desire to live their life freely.
O Holy One, give us a sense of self worth that dictates our treatment of others.
Let us live our lives as if we know that each action matters.
Let us behave as if every life on earth matters
And Let it explode throughout humanity.
Good morning, Lord! Today's a new day, a chance for a new start. Yesterday is gone and with it any regrets, mistakes, or failures I may have experienced. It's a good day to be glad and give thanks, and I do, Lord. Thank you for today, a new opportunity to love, give, and be all that you want me to be.
Today I want to start the day with you on my mind and in my heart. As I dress, let me wear the armor you've provided daily: the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, the shoes of peace, and the sword of the spiritwith prayer on my tongue: praise for you and petitions for those around me and those I meet.
Feed me today with your daily bread. As the Bread of Life, your food, like manna, will sustain me throughout any trials and hungers. Help me to set my thoughts on things above and to speak only what will help and encourage others. Keep me from putting my foot in my mouth, and help me guard the affections of my heart today, Lord. Make whatever work I do be marked with excellence rather than perfectionism, as I seek not to make a name, but to make a difference. Help me to treat each person I encounter as you would, with respect and love, forgiving others and asking for forgiveness myself when needed.
As I start this day, help me remember that I belong to you, and my desire is to act accordingly. Keep my feet from stumbling and my mind from wandering into distractions that could steal precious time and energy from the most important things you have designed for me. I'm proud to be your child, Lord. And I'm so grateful that you died for merising again on your own new morningso that every day could be filled with the wonder of your love, the freedom of your Spirit, and the joy of knowing you.
I know earthly life is short and fleeting, Lord. But I want to live today as if it were the first or the last day of my life, giving thanks for every good and perfect gift you choose to give. Today, and every day, I want to live my life for you, Jesus. In your precious name, Amen.
Lord, I'm here today with open hands and an open heart, ready to depend on you to help me through the day and all it will bring my way. Help me be like Nehemiah, help me come to you for guidance, strength, provision and protection. As I face tough choices and hard situations, help me remember my belovedness, help me remember that I am Your child and Your representative to the world around me. Help me live today in a way that brings honor to Your holy name. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Lord, I pray you would move the Spirit more boldly in my life. I know that any sin can grieve and diminish the voice of the Spirit, and I pray against the temptation to sin. Help me crave your presence more than I crave sin. Help me grow in the fruit of the Spirit and so walk closer with Yourself. I pray for guidance from your Spirit- let your will and promises always be a meditation of my heart. In Jesus' Name, Amen
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your guidance. Forgive me for getting ahead of Your plans, and help me know when to stop and listen for Your direction. Your ways are perfect, Lord. Thank You for offering gentle grace. In Jesus' Name, Amen.