SHORT PRAYERS FROM FAMOUS MEN OF CHURCH HISTORY

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PRAYER OF ADORATION:

---We bow down in grateful adoration before Thee Lord Jesus; Thee who bowed so low that You might lift us up to be with Thee forever. -S

---O Thou Who only are worthy of all our love, cause us to not only know Thy precious Word, but retain it in our hearts that it might fuel the fires of our Divine affection and kindle in us lively sentiments of faith and love and rapturous joy and adoration. (Proverbs 4:4,21; Jeremiah 15:16) -S

---O Father, Father, at least at times may we be permitted to lose ourselves in a rapture of adoring ecstasy before Thy throne. (1 Peter 1:8) -S

---Lord, we desire to overflow with endless praise and adoration to Thee for having called us, because we know that Thy calling is but the first golden link in the endless chain of eternal mercies. (Ephesians 1:4, 1 Peter 5:10) -S

---Triune God, instill in Thy people a deeper sense of wonder and awe, adoration and worship, as we more keenly perceive Thy presence among us. (2 Corinthians 13:14) -S?

 

PRAYER FOR BLESSINGS:

---Father, prepare us for the height of blessing to which You have called us. Help us to receive gratefully the painful preliminaries necessary to fully receive Thy highest good for us. -S

---Holy Father, how we praise Thee that Thy delays are delays of love; delays according to the possibilities of restoration and recovery, or, infinitely greater blessing which Thy Divine eye discerns. (Psalm 37:4; 37:34 The Living Bible) -ML

---Come Holy Spirit, set our hearts on fire, express through us thunders of hallelujahs for the incomparable blessings in Christ the Father has bestowed upon us. (Ephesians 1:3) -S

---Receive all little ones into the circle of Thy blessing. -J

---Help us to see Thy name on blessings that we never before recognized. -J

 

PRAYER FOR FAITH

---Blessed Spirit of God, cause our faith to increase in fullness, constancy, and simplicity. (Luke 17:5) -S

---Lord, grant us that faith which draws energy out of splendid ideals and incorporates it in our present and immediate life. (James 1:22) -J

 ---Lord Jesus, long and often draw our hearts to believingly ponder Thy Divine attributes, and thus increase our faith. (Luke 17:5) -S

--- O Father, the precious faith You give is the root of all our graces, the channel of communion, the weapon of prevalence, the shield of safety, the evidence of eternity and the passport of glory. Grant us O Lord, more of this inestimably precious faith. (2 Peter 1:1-4) -S

---Sweet Holy Spirit, spur us on to more continual and earnest intercessory prayer and mightily strengthen our faith because we know that faith is the aqueduct along which Thy floods of mercy flow down to refresh the thirsty sons of men. (James 5:16; Luke 17:5) -S

 

PRAYER FOR FELLOWSHIP (Communion)

---How we praise Thee Lord Jesus, that fellowship with Thee is the unfailing fountain of our joy. (John15:17,11) -S

---Father, how we praise Thee that the holy glory of Divine communion breaks into our most commonplace circumstances and colors and transfigures them. (1 John 1:3-4) -J

---Our hearts overflow with gratitude and joy when we meditate upon Thy Word which says: "Truly our fellowship is (not was or will be) with Thee and Thy Son the Lord Jesus." (1 John 1:3-4) -S

---Father, our passionate heart's desire is that THY joy may be full, as the result of our fellowship with Thee. (1 John 1:3-4) -C

---Father, may fellowship with Thee, and Thy Son, by Thy Holy Spirit permeate the entire communion of saints so completely, resulting in a transport so Divine, that tongue could never tell, not lips describe the sacred rapture. (1 John 1:3-4) -S

 

PRAYER FOR GRACE

---Thou gentle Dove, teach us that high palaces need deep foundations, and that it takes a long time to excavate a human soul so deep that Thou art able to build a beautiful palace of grace therein. -S

---O Father, teach us that eminence in grace can only come by affliction. -S

---Praise Thee Our Father for the awesome stoop of Thy condescending grace, that caused You to number us among Thy redeemed ones to whom Christ spoke when He said "It is finished." (John 19:30) -S

---O Loving Father, be pleased to use our poor, broken, stammering speech to convey the wonder of Thy grace to the weary, sinful souls of men. -J

---O Thou Blessed Master, grant us that holy reasoning of love that draws no license from grace, but rather feels the strong constraints of gratitude leading it to holiness. -S

 

PRAYER OF GRATITUDE

---We bow down in grateful adoration before Thee Lord Jesus; Thee who bowed so low that You might lift us up to be with Thee forever. -S

---O Father, Christ's Substitution in our behalf has been called the greatest marvel in the universe, the miracle of earth, the mystery of heaven, the terror of hell. Cause us to ponder it often till it works in us an intense enthusiasm of gratitude, love and praise. (Psalm 84:9) -S

---God of Sovereign Grace, how grateful we are to Thee, that in Thy fathomless, boundless love to us, You carry every chosen vessel of mercy from grace to glory. -S

---God of Truth, we are grateful that You have taught us that the full glory of truth only breaks upon us when we proclaim it. (Psalm 119:27) -J

---Father, our gratitude to Thee is boundless because in Christ we see Thy holiness consummated in tenderness. (John 1:1,14) -J

 

PRAYER FOR HOPE

---Father, may the eyes of our understanding be flooded with Divine light that we might know the hope to which we have been called and how rich is Thy glorious inheritance in Thy saints. And may this Thy glorious inheritance, consisting of Thy set-apart ones, bring unutterable joy to Thine infinite heart of love. (Ephesians 1:18 AMP) -C

---May we ever O Lord, carry the glory of mighty hope into our common duty and into the cross-bearing of the dreary day. (Romans 15:13) -GM

---O God of Hope, fill all Thy people with all joy and peace in believing, that they may abound in hope through the power of Thy Blessed Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) -C

 

PRAYER FOR JOY

---Thank You, Father, for Thy unspeakable Gift, The Lord Jesus. We know that all the unknown joys He gives were bought with agonies unknown. -S

---How can we praise Thee enough Lord Jesus for becoming peerless in misery that we might partake in the fullness of joy. -S

---O Father, our constant longing desire is that through the sanctifying ministry of Thy Blessed Holy Spirit, Thine inheritance, Thy precious communion of saints, might bring continual and unspeakable joy to Thy heart. (Ephesians 1:18) -C

PRAYERS OF LOVE

---Thou All-Sufficient Helper, if severe trials are ordained for us, strengthen us in our infirmities and enable us to rest in Thy love. -S

---Ever surround us with a sense of Thy boundless love and infinite wisdom. - S

---O God, because the vision of Thy Divine Presence ever takes the form which our circumstances most require, we are moved to grateful praise and ardent love. (Matthew 3:16, 17:2) -ML

---O, Thou Refiner, how we thank Thee that you still persevere with Thy people with settled resolve of ceaseless love till Christ be formed in us. (Romans 8:29) -S

PRAYER FOR OBEDIENCE

---Ever grant us O Lord that submissive faith that breeds wholehearted obedience. (Hebrews 11:5-6) -C

---Lord, our souls break for longing to be knowers and doers of Thy Word. (Psalm 119:20) -C

---Holy Spirit, create in us a strong passionate desire to accept and obey God's Word in everything, and to be conformed to it in thought and life. Then Blessed Spirit, may that passionate desire ultimately get the victory. (Psalm 119:20) - S

 

PRAYER DURING SORROW

---O Father, what are our shallow griefs compared with the infinite sorrows of Immanuel? -S

---Grant us, Thou Spirit of the Living God, greater likeness to Christ by vastly extending the range of our sensitiveness to the world's sorrow and pain. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5, Romans 12:15) -J

---Father, how it gladdens our hearts that Christ's actions when on earth were either the spontaneous expression of His true participation in human sorrow, or, the merciful veiling of His glory that our sense-bound eyes might see the better. (John 11:35; Matthew 3:16; 17:2) -ML

 

AUTHOR CODE:

-S Charles H. Spurgeon -ML Alexander MacLaren -GM G.H. Morrison

-J John H. Jowett -C The Compiler