From Handbook to Prayer
Father, using Your Word as a guide, I offer You my prayers concerning the things of the world.
May these beatitudes be a reality in my life:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3–10)
May I seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness, and all these things will be added to me. (Matthew 6:33)
When I have found one pearl of great value, may I go away and sell all that I have and buy it. (Matthew 13:46)
Incline my heart to Your testimonies
And not to selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things,
And revive me in Your way. (Psalm 119:36–37)
May I keep my life free from the love of money and be content with what I have, for You have said, “I will never leave you, nor will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
May I not be like those among the thorns on whom seed was sown, who hear the word, but the worries of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and pleasures, and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it immature and unfruitful. Instead, may I be like the good soil on whom seed was sown, who with a noble and good heart hear the word, understand and accept it, and with perseverance, bear fruit, yielding thirty, sixty, or a hundred times what was sown. (Matthew 13:22–23; Mark 4:18–20; Luke 8:14–15)
As a servant of Christ and a steward of His possessions, it is required that I be found faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:1–2)
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. I cannot serve God and wealth. (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13)
By Your grace, I want to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Matthew 25:21)
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14)
Lord, make me to know my end
And what is the measure of my days;
Let me know how fleeting is my life. (Psalm 39:4)
Teach me to number my days,
That I may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)
May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us—
Yes, confirm the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:17)
Pause here to express any additional requests, especially concerning growth in wisdom:
- Developing an eternal perspective
- Renewing my mind with truth
- Greater skill in each area of life
I pray also for:
- My activities for this day
- Special concerns