by: Robelyn Martinez Yambao
Prayer for Generosity
Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and ask for no reward except that of knowing that I do your will. Amen.
Prayer for Humility
O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, hear me. From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me Jesus. From the desire of being extolled, of being honored, of being praised, of being preferred to others, of being consulted, of being approved, deliver me Jesus. From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me Jesus. From the fear of being despised, of being rebuked, of being neglected, of being forgotten, of being rediculed, of being wronged, of being suspected, of being injured, deliver me Jesus. That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others maybe chosen and I set aside; that others maybe praised and i unnoticed; that others be holier than I, provided that I may become holy as I shoul, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus, we come to you in our need. Create in us an awareness of the massive forces that threaten our world today. And grant us a sense of urgency to activate the forces of goodness, of justice, of love and of peace. Where there is armed conflict, let us stretch our arms to our brothers and sisters. Where there is abundance, let there be simple lifestyle and sharing. where there is poverty, let there be dignified living and constant striving for just structures. Where there is selfish ambition, let there be humble service. where there is injustice, let there be atonement. where there is despair, let there be hope in the good news. where there are wounds of division, let there be unity and wholeness. Help us to be committed to the building of your kingdom. Not seeking to be cared for but to care. Not expecting to be served but to place ourselves in the service of others. Not aspiring to the materially secure but to place our security in your love. Teach us your spirit. For it is only in loving immitation of you, Lord, that we can discover the healing springs of life that will bring about new birth to our earth and hope for the world. Amen.
The Road Ahead
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire and I know that If I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
God, my Father, Create in me a heart that hungers for your will alone, a heart to accept your will, to do your will, to be whatever you want me to be, to do whatever you wnat me to do. When you chose to create this world, you knew the bleuprint and the design of my life: the moment of my conception, the day and hour when I would be born. You saw from all eternity the color of my eyes and you heard the soud of my voice. You knew what gifts I would have and those that I would be without. You knew also the moment and the circumstance of my dying. These choices are all apart of your will for me. i will try lovingly to build an edifice of love and praise with these materials which you have given me. What I am is your gift to me. What I become will be my gift to you. As to the future, I ask for the grace to sign a blank check and trustfully put it in your hands, for you to fill in all the amounts: the length of my life, the amount of success and the amount of failure, the experiences of pleasure and pain. I would tremble to do this except for one thing: I know you love me. And, of course, you know much better than I what will truly and lastingly make me happy. In response to your will, I want my life to be an act of love. Wherever there is a choice, help me to ask only this: What is the loving thing to do, to say, to be? To make the decision that love must. I seek and need your enlightenment. Touch my eyes with your gentle and healing hands that I might find my way along the winding course of love. Strengthen my will and direct my feet to follow that course always. And whenever there is something special your love has designed for me to do in my life let me be found ready and waiting. Help me to become a sensitive instrument of your grace. I believe that you have a providential master plan for this world, and I want to be a part of it. I want to make my contributions to your Kingdom, the contribution you have entrusted only to me. I want you to use me to help love this world into the fullness of life. Finally, my Lord and my God, let me be faithful in my commitment and dedication to your will, faithful until the end. Let "faithfulness" be the summary of my days and of my nights. Let the inscription on my tombstone read: PIETA
Prayer for my Husband
Lord Jesus, bless and preserve my cherished husband, whom you have given to me; let his life be long and blessed, comfortable and holy, successful and free. Let me ever be a blessing and comfort to him, a sharer in all his sorrows, a consolation in all accidents and trials of life; make me forever lovable in his eyes and forever dear to him; unite his heart to mine in fondest love and holiness, and mine to him in all sweetness, charity and submission. Keep me from all ungentleness; make me humble and obedient, that we may delight each other according to your blessed Word. May both of us rejoice in you, having our portion in the love and service of God. Forever. Amen.
Prayer for my Wife
Lord Jesus, bless and preserve my cherished wife, whom you have given to me; let her life be long and blessed, comfortable and holy, successful and free. Help me to be the husband that you want me to be for her. Let me ver be a blessing and comfort to her, a sharer in all her sorrows, a strength in her moments of helplessness, a consolation in all accidents and trials of life. Keep me from all ungentleness, infidelity, ill-temper and hasty judgement. Guard me from words or actions that may hurt, ignore or take her for granted. Let me treat her with honor and respect, tenderness and compassion, that we may delight in each other according to your blessed Word. I place her in your care, Lord, knowing that your love for her is greater than my own. Keep us close to each other in this life and guide us to our true and heavenly home. Amen
For a Happy Married Life
Dear Lord, you well know the sacrifices, problems and hopes which come to all who embrace married life. Give us the grace and love for one another and unite our hearts in unselfish harmony so that, mindful of the needs and wishes of each other, we can live a devoted life serving you by our faithful care for the family which you have given us. Grant us patience that we may help each other to serve and love you here on earth. May we never violate our pledge of love and fidelity. May we accomplish your will in all things so that we may deserve to enjoy together in heaven the happiness of eternity with you. Amen.
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A licensed teacher in the Philippines who shifted her career into another direction to follow her passion to be a blogger. Her blogs are related in traveling and simple living as an expat in a foreign land.