A Prayer for People in Public Office

May Those generations whose faces we cannot yet see, whose names we may never know, say of us here that we led our beloved land into a new century with the American Dream alive for all her children; with the American promise of a more perfect union a reality for all her people; with America’s bright flame of freedom spreading throughout all the world. From the height of this place and the summit of this century, let us go forth. May God strengthen our hands for the good work ahead–and always, always, bless our America.

Bill Clinton, Second Inaugural address, January 20, 1997

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

7 Days of Prayer

SUNDAY

A Heart Free From Pride

MONDAY

Prayer for Expressing Gratitude

TUESDAY

Prayer for Strength

WEDNESDAY

A Prayer for My Wife

THURSDAY

Prayer for a Worthy Family

FRIDAY

Praise to the Father

SATURDAY

The General Thanksgiving

Prayer for Strength

Heavenly Father,

In this time of need, strengthen me. You are my strength and my shield; You are my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

I know, Father, that Your eyes go to and fro throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts long for You. The body grows weary, but my hope is in You to renew my strength.

I do not fear, for You are with me.

I am not dismayed or overwhelmed, for You are my God.

I know You will strengthen me and help me; that You will uphold me with Your righteous hand. Even as the shadows of illness cover me, I feel the comfort of Your strength, Oh Lord.

Amen.

Say a Little Prayer: Religious People Less Anxious

Research from the University of Toronto found that those who believe in God have less anxiety and stress than those who are not as religious.

To test the theory, the university’s assistant professor of psychology Michael Inzlicht conducted two studies in which he hooked participants up to electrodes to test their brain activity.

The result indicated believers and non-believers have significant differences in their brains.

According to Inzlicht, the religious participants had a lot less activity going on in the portion of the brain that signals when attention or control is needed because a person is producing anxiety.

“You could think of this part of the brain like a cortical alarm bell that rings when an individual has just made a mistake or experiences uncertainty,” Inzlicht said, who teaches and conducts research at the University of Toronto Scarborough. “We found that religious people or even people who simply believe in the existence of God show significantly less brain activity in relation to their own errors. They’re much less anxious and feel less stressed when they have made an error.”

Inzlicht’s report appears online in the journal Psychological Science.

Prayer for a Worthy Family

Heavenly Father, I pray today that you may count my family worthy of your calling.

Enable us to become increasingly holy, self-denying, loving, full of integrity, steeped in the knowledge of you and your Word, ever delighted and eager to trust and obey you. We are not strong enough or disciplined enough to live up to your calling on our own. But I ask that you will so work in our lives that we may grow in all things that please you so that you ultimately judge us to be living up to the calling that we have received.

Help us to establish and pursue only those plans, goals, and purposes that are in keeping with your will and intent for our lives and by your power cause every good purpose and faith-prompted act of ours to bear abundant fruit.

Father, thank you that you are transforming us into your likeness with ever increasing glory by your marvelous grace. It is only by your grace that we can become fruitful. It is only by your grace that we can persevere. It is only by your grace that we can mature. It is your grace that enables us to love others more. It is your grace that enables us to cherish holiness and a deepening knowledge of God.

Therefore I ask all these things on the basis of your grace, Amen.

Prayer for My Buddies

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness and protection. You guard us always and defend us, for we have no hope apart from Your grace.

I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and buddies. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power.

I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment.

Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy.

Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace.

Bless their homes, family, finances, their goings and their comings.

In the name of Your Son, and our Savior, Jesus Christ,

Amen.

Praise to the Father

Praise to You, Father, because You are a God who loves to answer prayer and who begins to answer even before I pray. (Isaiah 65:24).

Praise to You, Father, for You made the heavens and all their starry host, even the highest heavens, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. (Nehemiah 9:6)

Praise to You, Father, because You are a loving God, Your very nature is love. (1 John 4:16)

Praise to You, Father, because You are a faithful God, keeping Your covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love You and keep Your commands. (Deuteronomy 7:9)

Praise to You, Father, for Your great mercy, You are a gracious and merciful God (Nehemiah 9:31)

Praise to You, Father, because You are a generous God, who gave even Your own Son. (John 3:16)

Praise to You, Father, for You have always been and forever will be; the ‘Ancient of Days’, the ‘Everlasting Father’, who lives forever and ever. (Daniel 7:9, Isaiah 9:6)

Amen.