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May 20, 2009

My personal daily prayer

by Dave Malnes

Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, I come to You again with my personal prayer. By repeating this prayer day after day I want to transform within me a right attitude toward You, deliberately placing You, not myself, as the Center of my universe.  I want your will to be my will.  Your purpose to be my purpose.  If my attitude or motives behind this prayer is insincere, or my words and actions are bearing bitter fruit or no fruit at all, use whatever means necessary, harsh and severe if necessary, to prune and correct me.

I want to first acknowledge that You are the one and only God, great and majestic beyond expression. Your creation alone shows that You are a genius beyond all human understanding, and Your love expressed in my salvation is so awesome, not even the angels can fathom. With my whole being I want to praise and glorify You.

Thank You again for saving me.  I recognize the tremendous cost of Your suffering and death.  My sins, no matter how many or how great, have been all washed away.  As far as the east is from the west, they are gone. Thank You for bringing me to believe that You are the Lord of all, my own personal Lord, the One who is in complete charge of my life.

Your love for me is everlasting.  Like a father has mercy on his children, you continue to have mercy on me.  You have adopted me to be Your very own child.  My very life is in Your hands.  Train me and discipline me as a father would, so I may never turn from You.  You have granted me the grace as being your called servant in this life.  It is a thought that is still unbelievable to me and like Sarah, it causes me laughter.  If it is Your desire and will to touch others through me, may I understand that some will reject you and your message of grace.  May I not take it personally or become discouraged, by continue to love and pray for those whom you place in my midst.

My Lord and God, You know far better than I my weaknesses and failings.  Yet, You called me by name, have justified me, sanctify me, and even glorify me.  You chose me to bear fruit that would bring You pleasure. I stand in awe of that.  All my life is filtered through Your will.  My utmost desire is to be placed at the center of Your will, not mine. Because my mind is so apt to be selfishly absorbed with myself and my circumstances, may it please You to grant me a strong sense of Your constant presence with and within me. Help me to repeat this solemn vow day after day that I will seek to honor You in all my life, dying to myself, living for you, whether circumstances be good or bad. And then help me to keep that vow unbroken as long as I am on this earth for I cannot keep that vow by relying on myself.

Your enemy and mine is seeking whom he might devour. Give me spiritual discernment to detect his presence in every matter and also give me discernment to do or say the right thing and the courage to follow through no matter what others might think or say.  May I realize that my words and actions might be Yours.

Lord Jesus, strengthen my faith and desire to share Your life and love with others.  Help me to daily remember my covenant I gave before you to be the loving husband to my wife.  Give me strength to fulfill my vows and place her needs ahead of mine, keeping her a top priority in my life as we strive to create a oneness in flesh, a marriage that is pleasing in Your eyes.  May I also take full advantage of the season in life you have placed me in to be a loving and active father to my children whom You have graciously given to me.  Give me the strength to daily teach and model Your love to them on a consistent basis.  May I limit my regrets and despite my many mistakes, bless them and always keep them very close to You.  Of all my prayers, O Lord, please answer this request above all.

Help me, Lord, to always remember that I am placed here to be a servant and at the same time, a servant filled with your Spirit.  Continue to lay Your hand upon my life and fill me daily with the Spirit, so my cup is always full.  May I pursue excellence in all I do, no matter what or how humble it may be.  Let me never become a slave to my flesh. Teach me self-discipline.  Heal my soul of carnal ambitions and deliver me from my intense desire for fame and attention.  Save me from bondage to material things. Let me grasp onto each day as a gift from You and not waste my days just frittering away my time. Place the proper awe and reverence of You in my heart, O God, yet acknowledge the close relationship I have in You.  Create within me the gift of prayer, so I look upon it not as a necessary burden, but a time of close communion so that I may come before You in a manner that pleases You.

Grant me a proper attitude that joyfully and sincerely accepts the tasks You lay before me without expecting thanks or recognition from others. If there is opposition or great difficulties outside my control, help me to follow Your example and endure it quietly. Or if I should have times of blessing and abundance, stay closer to me then ever before and save me from my self. Teach me to use whatever I receive in such a way that it will not injure my soul nor diminish Your glory. And if some honor should come, let me never forget the many times I have been severely humbled and the grace of your mercy, so I may clearly see that any honor is simply a result of You living in me.  Do whatever it takes, O Lord, to keep my humble and centered on giving you all glory.  Let me never forget that I am only human created out of dust, a man crippled by the sin that dwells within me, and possessing a nature that is capable of unthinkable evil. I pray therefore, my Savior and Redeemer, save me from myself and from all the injuries I might do to myself or to others. Please keep me from gross sins that would cause others to stumble in their relationship to You.

And now, my Lord and God, I consecrate my remaining days to You.  Let them be many or few, as You will. My times are in Your hands. I will go where you want me to go.  I will do what You desire me to do, according to the play you promised me years ago.  I exist for you, Lord, and finally, when I am old and weary and too tired to go on, have a place ready for me in heaven according to Your promise.  I live for the day when you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant, well done” and include me among Your saints in glory. Then with all saints and angels I shall praise and magnify Your name eternally. Amen and amen.

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