Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June 30

"O God of reality, save us from all pretense of religion. May we never substitute form for sincerity. Give to us the silence of worship, and utterance which is real. May we say what we mean or remain silent. In Christ's name. Amen."

Monday, June 29, 2009

June 29

"Our Father in heaven, help us to live today for you from the very outset. May every duty be a task for you in which joy and service blend. Help us to be our own genuine selves, believing in your wonderful power and trusting you in the mere incidents of life. For Jesus' sake. Amen."

Sunday, June 28, 2009

June 28

"O You who gives us every good and perfect gift, teach us to pray rightly. As we bow before you may we gain the spirit of your life and learn the lessons of your love. Help us, our God, to overlook the faults of others by gaining the vision of the faultless Christ. In his name. Amen."

Saturday, June 27, 2009

June 27

"May we consider, our gracious God and Father, your infinite patience to us, and teach us the 'patience of unanswered prayer.' May we know that with you all things are possible, and,believing, may we persist in petition. May we not ask once or twice, but constantly, persistently, until we learn the power of prevailing prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen."

Friday, June 26, 2009

June 26

"O you who are a God of action, help us to do your will day by day, and show that we love you by our Christian activity. May we never be listless hearers, but listening doers. May receiving mean responding with every one of us. For Jesus' sake. Amen."

Thursday, June 25, 2009

June 25

"Deliver us, our Father in heaven, from pretense in any form whatever. May we never do anything in order to be considered good, but may we act because we believe in doing right. When we profess you publicly, may our acts confess you privately. For Jesus' sake. Amen."

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

June 24

"May we, our gracious Lord and Master, be interested in all the great efforts which are being made to meet the needs of suffering humanity. May we not err in considering charity heartless because it is sensible and systematic. Help us to meet the pressing problems of poverty with wise and constructive sympathy and help. Amen."

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

June 23

"Dear Lord, lift us out uf ourselves today, that we may have the vision of the Unseen as our pure ideal and governing motive. May your Holy Word instruct us and your Holy Spirit guide us. In your name we ask it. Amen."

Monday, June 22, 2009

June 22

"Dear, loving Father, no gift from you equals the gift of yourself. We thank you for what you are. We thank you for what you have done. But we thank you more that you give yourself so freely to us that we are not only yours, but that you are ours. In Jesus' name. Amen."

Sunday, June 21, 2009

June 21

"Our loving and gracious Father, as you do look into our inner lives may our character reveal our sincerity. May we esteem all else as secondary to the work you have given us to do, and may the value of your estimate minimize all other judgments. For Christ's sake. Amen."

Saturday, June 20, 2009

June 20

"Our just and true God, we thank you that fearless men have ever been chosen in every generation to remedy wrong. We thank you that you are speaking today to us. May we hear and heed. Faithful and firm in you may your servants today convince our age of the evil of self-indulgence and dishonesty that men may turn to righteous living. In Jesus' name. Amen."

Thursday, June 18, 2009

June 19

"Help us, our Master, to testify of your presence and power in a forceful and personal way. May we speak with power because we speak with conviction. Help us to walk daily with the vision of yourself before us, and thus point others to you constantly. Amen."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

June 18

"Our loving Lord, may we so live that you may be able to speak well of us. Within the inner realm of our lives may we be pure and true, great in the things which appeal to you, and loyal to your own truth. Amen."

June 17

"Our loving Lord, grant us your peace today. Give us your confidence and strength that we may have all needed reserve and force. If unexpected changes come, may we rely upon you for help and wisdom, that we may honor you in all things we do. Amen."

Monday, June 15, 2009

June 16

"Help us, God of the harvest, to see into the future in the days of planting. May we prepare our heart ground carefully and thoughtfully, that the wicked one may not snatch away the seed, nor the sun scorch it, nor the thorn choke it, but that our lives may be fruitful. In Christ's name. Amen."

June 15

"Give to us, O God, a sense of obedience at all times. May we be willing to answer with the child Samuel, 'Speak, Jehovah; for your servant hears,' and then may we obey you implicitly, never fearing consequences. Help us also to obey those those who are our superiors in life. For Jesus' sake. Amen."

Saturday, June 13, 2009

June 14

"Gracious Lord and Master, grant that we may take the place of the humblest of your servants and break the alabaster box of love upon your feet. May we never glory in our external surroundings, but rejoice that you have given to us your mercy and forgiveness in view of our many failures and sins. Amen."

June 13

"Our loving Saviour, may our homes entertain you constantly. Will you be the guest about our table day by day. May the very rooms of our souls be filled with the odors of the precious ointment, the ointment of sacrifice, self-forgetfulness and love. Amen."

Friday, June 12, 2009

June 12

"O you who are an all-seeing God, you who are no respecter of persons, look into our hearts, and may we humble ourselves that you may counsel us. And in our prayer life may we never let vain repetition take the place of genuine petition. In the Saviour's name. Amen."

Thursday, June 11, 2009

June 11

"Our Father, the Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we praise you for your constant presence with us. We thank you that you are with us not only as we confess you, but when we are alone in life's wilderness, and when we, like our Saviour, are severely tempted by the adversary. May we, in Christ, be worthy of your words of approval, 'In you I am well pleased.' Amen."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June 10

"O You who have quieted the ambitions of men by your voice, will you speak to us. May we come down from every mount of transfiguration and privilege with your counsel ringing in our ears, and the reflections of the Face Resplendent in our faces. Amen."

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

June 9

"May our hearts, dear Lord, break forth into song and joy in the victory of faith. May we recognize in our children your gifts, and, dedicating them to you, see their constant growth in grace and strength. Amen."

Monday, June 8, 2009

June 8

"Most merciful God, our Father, may we heed your voice calling us to repentance. May neither sacrifice nor religious ceremony take the place of sorrow for sin. May our sorrow lead us farther than sorrow for sin: that we may turn from sin. Be merciful to us, O God, even as you have forgiven our sins. For Christ's sake. Amen."

Sunday, June 7, 2009

June 7

"Our Father, we thank you for the Bible-training which many of us had when we were children. May the boys and girls of today receive similar patient instruction at home and in school. Teach us as a nation and as parents God's place in the training of the mind and character. Amen."

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Communion Sunday

"O merciful and loving Father, grant to us a vision of life's real values, that we may not overestimate the present, nor underestimate the future. Grant that we may never let an idle excuse hinder us from the invitation of Christ to sit with him at his table of privilege. In his name. Amen."

June 6

"May we, O God, learn to obey promptly and joyfully. May we learn to do your will without questioning. May our wills and wishes be sensitive to your Word, and may we yield instantly to duty and command. Teach us that obedience is better than sacrifice. In Jesus' name. Amen."

Friday, June 5, 2009

June 5

"Help us, divine Leader, to spend our days in unselfish obedience. May we be fearless for truth and firm for righteousness. May we ever lose ourselves in service, and direct others to you by the pathway of our own lives. Instead of seeing and honoring us, may others see and honor Christ. Amen."

Thursday, June 4, 2009

June 4

"We thank you, O God, for men of great, unselfish purpose, men known for their utter disregard of self; men of noble retirement and humility. We thank you that in such men the religion of Christ has been made strong and inspiring. May we thus live and witness for you, our Lord. Amen."

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

June 3

"O God, you have told us to love you with all our hearts, and souls, and might. May we obey this command. May we never tempt you by selfish indulgence. May we find delight in obedience to your precepts in the little things of everyday life. In Jesus' name. Amen."

Monday, June 1, 2009

June 2

"O Light of Life, come as the bright and morning star into our lives. Dispel our fears, and overcome our darkness as we behold you. Lead us out into the coming light of the new day, as we behold your glory. And as the day dawns, may it bring cheer, warmth and pure air, joy, sympathy and light. For your name's sake. Amen."

June Sundays

"O God of the temple, help us to enter your courts with praise. May we early gain the spirit of worship. May we never feel the obligation rather than the blessing of church attendance. Make the services reverential and inspiring, in praise, in prayer, and in preaching. We ask in Christ's name. Amen."

June 1

"Our all-wise Father in heaven, so teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. May we grow gentle and strong day by day. May we be wise enough to be silent at times, and use low tones when we speak. In Christ's name. Amen."

May 31

"Give to us, our heavenly Father, a desire to help others. We have entered upon a new day for you. As we bow before you at this family altar may we remember that there are those in the world who have not had our privileges of knowing you. If we are stronger in faith or character, may we use our strength to help those who are weak, and do it joyfully for Christ's sake, denying ourselves. Amen."

May 30

"God of wisdom and might, we pray you to make us wise unto salvation. May we sit at the feet of Christ and learn of him. May we search for wisdom as for hidden treasure. As the Christ-child grew in wisdom daily amid life's common tasks, so may we. In his name. Amen."

May 29

"In seeking to multiply your work, our loving Father, may we learn that no fruit can grow where the life is separated from you by keeping your word in our hearts. May it be our wish to know your will, and may obedience become our natural inclination because your life is within us. In Jesus' name. Amen."