It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills.
Thomas Aquinas (1225 - 1274)
We at Christ the Life Lutheran Church emphasize the need in each one of us for a strong Prayer life, whereby we seek God’s wisdom and guidance in our everyday routine.  Each day brings new challenges and temptations unlike any other time in our nation’s history and for us to try and find our way without the Holy Spirit’s guidance would be likened to a ship attempting to sail the world’s oceans with neither rudder nor compass.  Phillip Brooks* once said; if man is man and God is God, to live without prayer is not merely an awful thing: it is an infinitely foolish thing.
*Phillips Brooks -1835–93, American Episcopal bishop

Our Self

Suggested Readings:  Matthew 6: 5-9,   Luke 9:11-13, Luke 18: 1-8, & 1 John 5:14-15

Ask God to grant you the wisdom and the power to live life in accordance with the plan that He has for your life and to trust in Him to lead you through whatever trials may come upon you and your family in life.  Give us Lord the serenity to kneel with Jesus in the Garden at Gethsemane praying thy will Father not our will, be done!

Our Family

Suggested Readings: 1Peter 3:7

Pray that our families would increase in faith by participating together in regular worship and prayer.  Emphasize that we should trust in God for wisdom and discernment in making our plans and asking Him to give us the power to live according to the ethical and moral standards as ordained by our Creator in the Holy Writ.

Our Churches

Suggested Readings:  1 Timothy 2:1-6,1 Thessalonians 5:12-22, James 5:16-18

Pray that God would pour out His Holy Spirit onto our Churches, empowering us with the spirit of prayer in our congregations so that we may surrender our destinies into His merciful hands.  Ask also that we be filled with the courage and Spirit to stand on the authority of Scripture to define our worship, our mission, our evangelism and our Christian lives that His Name would be glorified.

Our Nation

Suggested Readings: Deuteronomy 4:7-8,  2 Chronicles 7:14-16

Ask that God lead this nation to repentance forgiving us our sins and inequities while turning us from our evil ways so that His name will be glorified in all that we do each day.

Pray that He would keep our enemies from victory over us and watch over the men and women of our military, giving them His special blessings and protection.

Pray for our nation’s leaders that the Father may fill them with His Holy Spirit giving them wisdom in their decisions, compassion in their judgments and renewed moral and ethical standards in their lives.  

Help and guide all those in authority to remain steadfast in our relationships with the nation of Israel against all who would attack and destroy her. 

We pray also for our educators that they may once again embrace Christian moral and ethical standards in our schools and encouraged in the minds and hearts of our children. 
Daily Prayer Considerations
Luke 11:9-13

I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
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Matthew 6:5-9

5 "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

7 "And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.  8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
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Luke 18:1-8

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man.  3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Give me justice against my adversary.' 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God nor respect man,  5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'" 6 And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says.  7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night?   Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
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1 Peter 3:7

7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
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A Personal Prayer

Come Holy Spirit; speak to my heart.
Dwell richly within me as this new day starts.
Help me to see through the eyes of my Lord,
So I can withstand all the sin in this world.

Teach me compassion for my fellow man,
And if I should stumble, help me to stand.
Help me to love when it is so easy to hate,

When fear overcomes me, strengthen my faith.
When I lack understanding, speak wisdom to me,
Should pride creep in, throw me down on my knees.
When I need some direction, show me the way,
And take full control of all that I say.

Come, Holy Spirit; reflect Christ life through me,
Help me to honor His name faithfully.
I have made my choice; I have counted the cost,
Come lead me once more, as I take up my cross.

1 Timothy 2:1-9

2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2  for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6  who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
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1 Thessalonians 5:12-22

12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16  Rejoice always, 17  pray without ceasing, 18  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19  Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.
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James 5:16-18

16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.  17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18  Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit
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2 Chronicles 7:14-16

14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15  Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
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Deuteronomy 4:7-8

For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? 8 And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so righteous as all this law that I set before you today?
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1 John 5:14-15

14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
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Pray Without Ceasing

...for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 English Standard Version
All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired, although not in the hour or in the measure, or the very thing which they ask; yet they will obtain something greater and more glorious than they had dared to ask.
Martin Luther