Most gracious God, you crown the year with your goodness. We praise you that you have ever fulfilled your promise that, while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest shall not cease. We bless you for the order and constancy of nature, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea, and for the providence that year by year supplies our need.
We thank you for your blessing on the work of those who plowed the soil and sowed the seed, and have now gathered in the fruits of the earth. And with our thanksgiving for these blessings, accept our praise, O God, for the eternal riches of your grace in Christ our Lord; to whom, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, be all glory and honor and worship, for ever and ever. Amen.
Taken from The United Methodist Book of Worship
excerpted from John Baillie's, A Diary of Private Prayer
Give me, O God, this day a strong and vivid sense that Thou art by my side. In multitude and solitude, in business and leisure, in my downsitting and in my uprising, may I ever be aware of Thine accompanying presence. By Thy grace, O God, I will go nowhere this day where Thou canst not come, nor court any companionship that would rob me of Thine. By Thy grace I will let no thought enter my heart that might hinder my communion with Thee, nor let any word come from my mouth that is not meant for Thine ear. So shall my courage be firm and my heart be at peace.
...Hasten the day, I beseech Thee, when all men shall acknowledge Thee as Lord over all. Hasten the day when our earthly society shall become the kingdom of Christ.
...And whatever I myself can do, give me grace this day to begin; through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Lord Jesus, I see it. I see that I have added you to my life, but that I have not subtracted sin as you desire I should. Your gospel is the gospel of addition and subtraction - love and holiness. Deep in my soul I desire to repent, to add you at a new level of full surrender, and to prove my repentance to the world by what I do - by how I behave. Fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit so that I can demonstrate a changed life to a weary world. Amen
by Pat Morley, from Walking with Christ in the Details of Life
PS - Take this for what it is... a plea to God for help in pursuing holiness... and not a false gospel of justification by works.
O God, who hast made of one blood all the nations of the earth, and hast set the bounds of their habitation that they might seek after thee and find thee: Mercifully hear our supplications, and remove from us the menace of war. Guide the rulers with thy counsel and restrain the passions of the people, so that bloodshed may be averted and peace be preserved. And, by the pouring forth of thy Spirit upon all flesh, quicken the sense of our common brotherhood; bring the nations into a new bond of fellowship; and hasten the time when the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Taken from The Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Home, 1965
O God, the King eternal, who dividest the day from the darkness, and turnest the shadow of death into the morning; Drive far off from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep thy law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that having done thy will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when the night cometh, rejoice to give thee thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
by William Reed Huntington
Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, maker of all things, judge of all men: We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine majesty. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto us. Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father. For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honor and glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
from The Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Home, 1965
Our church sent two mission teams to Guatemala this summer. Therefore, I thought I would share this prayer on behalf of missionaries everywhere.
PS – don’t miss the very short video below featuring John Piper talking about missions…
Almighty God, Father of all mercies: Graciously behold these thy servants now on mission. Endue them with thy Holy Spirit, enrich them with thy heavenly grace, and strengthen them for the tasks which lie ahead; that in all their works, begun, contined, and ended in thee, they may glorify thy holy name, and advance thy blessed kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Taken from The Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Family, 1965