Tag Archives: joy

Prayer 292: The Pathway

Dear God

Thank You that You provide a safe pathway for us to walk with You through our lives. Yes, there will be danger and pain, as well as joy, on the way, but Your presence makes the road that we tread a good one. Thank You.

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Prayer 220: Don’t panic!

Dear God

Even though I find Acts rather irritating, at least I can see the power the disciples had by remaining calm and joyful in the midst of great trials. Help me to have something of that same ability instead of doing what I usually do in the middle of even the most minor of trials: panic and get very stressed out. Please remind me of this prayer when I’m next about to panic. Thank You!

Prayer 207: Answers to prayer

Dear God

I don’t know why it’s always so astonishing, at least to me, when You do actually provide an answer to prayer. I’m not quite sure if this shows my deep-seated lack of faith or just how pessimistic I am – but either way help me to deepen my understanding of Your power and willingness to act without losing my sense of joy in Your good-heartedness. Thank You.

Prayer 170: When the Bible gets boring

Dear God

I’m sorry to have to say this, but quite honestly, I find reading a good novel far more gripping and exciting than reading Your Bible. I know that probably makes me a Bad Christian, but then again, that’s always been the case so I suppose You won’t be too surprised by my confession.

Even though I find the Bible more of a chore than a pleasure, I pray that Your generous Spirit will work to Your glory in me as I read it anyway. And thank You also for the joy of reading a good novel, which is surely part of your glorious creation too.

Prayer 87: the happiness of birds

Dear God

Thank You for birds. It was a joy a couple of days ago to glance out of the kitchen window and see a flock of long-tailed tits and a nuthatch on our bird-feeders. It made me stop in the midst of all the one hundred and one things I was trying to get done, and gaze instead at one of the glories of Your creation. Thank You.

Prayer 47: Real riches

Dear God

Help me to remember that how You view riches is very different from how I view them. So help me to spend less time on the things that matter to me, such as money and being noticed all the time, and more time on the things that matter to You, such as love, joy, patience and kindness, and grow rich in them instead. Thank You.