Thursday, January 1, 2015

Prayer: Grant Me The Mercy of Heaven!

Father, my heart is open to Your leading - grant me the mercy of Heaven!
Help me not to trust to, nor trust in, luck!
Help me Father to daily seek Your face 
as I travel along life’s pathways in this New Year.
Help me, Father, not to look with eyes of covetousness 
upon the dainties of those around me, for I do not know 
how the acquired their possessions, nor do I want to know, and
help me to stay contented with Your provision, whatever that may be.
Father, I ask for spiritual blinkers to be placed upon my eyes 
so that I can only see the straight path ahead, 
and help me to not yield to the temptations of the baubles and bounties 
of this dark world as they walk beside me to entice me from Your Light.
Even though I can’t store up earthly sustenance already utilized, 
help me to store Your spiritual food deep in my heart 
against the dark days that shall soon befall all men. 
Father, I am weak! 
Help me to be strong by, and in, Your Light for You say in Your word that 
Your strength is made perfect in weakness!
Father, I ask You to forgive me my sins,  
those I have remembered and confessed, 
and those long-forgotten and unconfessed sins, 
and I beseech You to help me to forgive myself,
 and to walk ever forward in faith. 
Today, Lord, I lay me down on the altar of sacrifice 
and I ask Your acceptance of my offering 
for Jesus' blood has made me clean.
I thank You for the many blessings 
You have already bestowed upon me, Lord, 
those seen and unseen, 
those known and unknown, 
those unexpected, and those unappreciated, 
and I earnestly pray for the soon coming of our Lord, Christ.
Father, I beseech You, by Your Grace, and in mercy, 
to bless me time and again so that I may bless another. 
Help me not to be tight-fisted with Your bounty 
but to open my hand, and my heart, to truly bless others in word, and in deeds,
so that Your Name may be glorified.
Help me, Father, to contend valiantly for the Faith, 
and keep me on the straight and narrow way to Glory.
Through it all, Father, keep me from becoming like Lot's wife.
Help me, Lord, not to look back, 
neither literally, nor figuratively as in my heart for what was.
Help me to look to what is possible to a life lived in You.
Help me to trust You, and in You, especially when I can't see You.
Help me, Lord, to love even as Jesus loves, and please engender
within me an unquenchable longing for ... Home,
for I am a pilgrim, and a stranger, in this vale of tears.
Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer. 
I love You, Lord.