Friday, July 31, 2009

July 31

"Most merciful and ever-loving Father, you never forget the needs of your children; and we pray that we your followers may regard your teaching. May the difficulties in our way never prove an excuse for neglecting the needy, but - relying upon you - may we use what we have with your blessing. In your name. Amen."

Thursday, July 30, 2009

July 30

"O God, you have searched us and known us. Your are acquainted with all our thoughts. Forgive us, we pray you, the unspoken sins of our hearts. Cleanse us from secret faults. May we know your power over the outward life of disease and sin and over the inward life of self, that we may find in you our help and strength. For Christ's sake. Amen."

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

July 28

"Blessed Physician, will you not only enter our homes and hospitals with your healing and restoring power, bur enter our hearts as well, with a living, believeing faith. May we not only value your power but gain that faith which follows your word, 'Be not afraid.' Amen."

Monday, July 27, 2009

July 27

"You have bid us come to you, our loving Lord, for you have said, "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful." Teach us the lesson of trust, and the value of peace. May we know that you are a great Deliverer, and may we take you at your word, and see the salvation of our God. For your name's sake. Amen."

Sunday, July 26, 2009

July 26

"Blessed Master, may our faith be that genuine practical trust which never fears or disbelieves. May we know that somehow, you will provide for us, even if we can see no source of supply. Grant to us, we pray you, a simplicity of faith which knows no murmuring, but is filled with assurance. Amen."

Saturday, July 25, 2009

July 25

"Our great and loving Father, we thank you that life's common experiences and gifts are blessed by your presence and honored by your name. May we take you into our lives daily and feed upon you, that we may grow in diving strength and character. For Jesus' sake. Amen."

Friday, July 24, 2009

July 24

"Our loving Father in heaven, how constant and complete is your watchful care over all your children. May we realize that every severe trial has its compensation of security and blessing in you. May we learn to possess our souls in quietness and confidence, trusting you always. Amen."

Thursday, July 23, 2009

July 23

"Our blessed Lord, may no desire to be great surpass our inclination to be forgiving. May we learn your spirit so that we may fulfill the law of God in your way. May we forgive as you have forgiven us, and may we do and teach your commands daily. Amen."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July 22

"O Lord our God, grant that we may never acquire money or influence at the price of friendship or honor. May the cry of suffering humanity never disturb the conscience of any in this home. May we know the joy of sharing life's profits with those who help us earn them. In Jesus' name. Amen."

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

July 21

"Our loving and merciful Father, may your gentleness make us truly great, and may your greatness make us truly humble. In your companionship may we grow like unto you, and become kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven us. Amen."

Monday, July 20, 2009

July 20

"Our Father in heaven, we are grateful that you are a forgiving God - that you have so freely forgiven and restored your children. May we have the godly sorrow for sin that works repentance, and may our inward affection toward you be aglow. In Christ's name. Amen."

July 29

"May we, our dear Father, so live in Jesus Christ from day to day that we may be conscious of your presence and give to others life in you as well. In this world of sin and death may we be the recipients and distributors of salvation and life. And may we be willing to give ourselves as well as our means to the task. In Jesus' name. Amen."

Sunday, July 19, 2009

July 19

"Will you make us not only courageous, our loving Father, but willing to bear all our disappointments patiently. Instead of aiming to distinguish ourselves by brave work and actions, may we bear our own trials without complaint, and with paitience, ever aiming to help others in their need. For Jesus' sake. Amen."

Saturday, July 18, 2009

July 18

"We thank you, blessed Master, that we are kept by the power of God, and that you will keep that which we have committed to you. As you try our faith, may we prove worthy and valuable metal, and may we have the joy and hope of those who know whom they have believed. Amen."

Friday, July 17, 2009

July 17

"Our Father who art in heaven, will you give us the true estimate of spiritual values. May eternal realities mean more than temporal. May we never love money more than truth and honor, and may we gain and use money aright for you and for our fellows. In Jesus' name. Amen."

Thursday, July 16, 2009

July 16

"Our loving Lord, you went to the cross for us. You gave your life there. Greater love has no man than yours, for you died for us. May we show our love for you by our daily living sacrifice for you. Amen."

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

July 15

"O Master of the winds and waves, sleep in our bark on every troubled sea; and may the calm of your presence and power quell our fears and increase our faith. Speak to our hearts when tossed by doubts and anxieties, and may we be at peace. Amen."

Monday, July 13, 2009

July 14

"O Master of the winds and waves, sleep in our bark on every troubled sea; and may the calm of your presence and power quell our fears and increase our faith. Speak to our hearts when tossed by doubts and anxieties, and may we be at peace. Amen."

July 13

"O God, our blessed Father, may we count all human things as nothing that we may win and keep Christ. May we be found in him, wiht no righteousness of our own, save that of faith. Oh, may we attain and apprehend Jesus Christ. In his name. Amen."

Sunday, July 12, 2009

July 12

"Dear Master, we thank you that you have said, 'Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.' May we have clean hands and pure hearts. Cleanse us from secret sins. Will you help us this very day to put every evil purpose out of our hearts by filling our minds with pure and good thoughts. Amen."

Saturday, July 11, 2009

July 11

"O God of all truth, we thank you for the example you have set us of exactness. We would be like you in accuracy and truth. Forgive our thoughtlessness, and make us careful to speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. In Jesus' name. Amen."

Friday, July 10, 2009

July 10

"Help us in the moment of temptation, our Father, and save us from our own sinful inclination. Fill our hearts with higher motives. May we never lose the blessed heritage of your love by yielding to self-indulgence of momentary pleasure. By your grace. Amen."

Thursday, July 9, 2009

July 9

"Our heavenly Father, we praise you for what you are, and for what you are willing to be to every one of us. Reveal to each one of us the terrible influence of wrongdoing, and its present and ultimate punishment. May no one be influenced by man's wisdom when this is contrary to God's truth, and may the fear of sin and the awfulness of punishment have an influence over men, as well as the winsomeness of love. For Jesus' sake. Amen."

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

July 8

"Help us, O God, to see the true light, and to turn from the artificial light of this world. May we be among those who receive you and not among those who reject you. In Jesus' name we ask it. Amen."

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

July 7

"Unseen and eternal God, you who are silent when others speak, and who speaks when others are silent, help us use our tongues rightly to speak whey you would have us. Help us to control our lips when we are tempted to say the unkind or unnecessary word. For your name's sake. Amen."

Monday, July 6, 2009

July 6

"Deliver us, O God, from the sin of selfishness. May we covet no man's gold or goods, but learn to save or share for you. May we never be more thoughtful of our own posessions than we are of yours. In Christ's name we ask it. Amen."

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sundays in July

"We pray you, O God, that we may know the laws of life and health, and regard them conscientiously, that we may not be so eager to do that we recklessly overdo. May we remember the value of resting one day with you, that we may work worthily six days for you. In the Master's name. Amen."

July 5

"We ask you , O God, for a fearless, faithful spirit day by day. May we be as zealous when away from home on vacation as when at home, to keep up our daily and morning devotions. May our times of rest be times of spiritual growth, and may nearness to nature mean nearness to God. In Christ's name. Amen."

Saturday, July 4, 2009

July 4

"Our fathers' God, we thank you this morning that you have been with us as a nation through all the years. We ask you to give to the United States and to the mother country, Great Britain, added sense of world responsibility in telling the story of Jesus Christ and his cross. In his name. Amen."

Thursday, July 2, 2009

July 2

"Guard our lips, O Christ, from falsity. Keep the door of our lips. May our mouths show forth your praise by being sincere and accurate in our truth-telling. May we realize that a word spoken for effect damages the speaker as well as the hearer. Amen."

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July 3

"As you have borne with us, O God, and freely and constantly forgiven us, may we forbear and forgive one another. May a charitable mind attend us at all times. May we reserve our estimate of others until we know all teh facts adn then withhold unnecessary judgment. May we see the good where others see evil. For Jesus' sake. Amen."

July 1

"Our loving Father, we thank you for your wonderful gifts to us, and more than all for the gift of your Son. Grant to us the joy of giving. May we learn the blessedness of self-denial, that your work and word may be glorified. In Jesus' name. Amen."