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The importance of every day

(Jane Austen, 1775-1817)

Another day is now gone,

and added to those,

for which we were before accountable.

Teach us Almighty Father,

to consider this solemn Truth,

as we should do,

that we may feel the importance of every day,

and every hour as it passes,

and earnestly strive to make a better use

of what Your Goodness may yet bestow on us,

than we have done of the Time past.

Eph 5:15, 16 NIV Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 

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Lord, be with us this day...

(Patrick c389-461)

Lord, be with us this day,
Within us to purify us;
Above us to draw us up;
Beneath us to sustain us;
Before us to lead us;
Behind us to restrain us;
round us to protect us.

John 15:4 BSB Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.

Apostle Paul's prayer for the believers in Ephesus

Eph 1:16-19 NLT

I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. 

Eph 3:16-21 NLT

I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to Him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

Heavenly Father, 

Even though we live two thousand years after the Apostle Paul, we pray with him for all Your people.

We thank You that Your Beloved Son intercedes for us and with us at Your throne of grace.

In the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Lysa Terkeurst's Morning prayer:

A Morning Prayer for God's Presence 

Lord, may nothing separate me from You today. Teach me how to choose only Your way today so each step will lead me closer to You. Help me walk by the Word and not my feelings. Help me to keep my heart pure and undivided. Protect me from my own careless thoughts, words, and actions. And keep me from being distracted by MY wants, MY desires, MY thoughts on how things should be. Help me to embrace what comes my way as an opportunity... rather than a personal inconvenience. And finally, help me to rest in the truth of Psalm 86:13, 'Great is your love toward me.' You already see the ways I will fall short and mess up. But right now, I consciously tuck Your whisper of absolute love for me into the deepest part of my heart. I recognize Your love for me is not based on my performance. You love me warts and all. That's amazing. But what's most amazing is that the Savior of the world would desire a few minutes with me this morning. Lord, help me to forever remember what a gift it is to sit with You like this. Amen.
- Lysa Terkeurst

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