Category Archives: Prayers

Prayer for My Grandson

On December 24, 2012, our daughter gave birth to a 6 pound 15 inch, healthy baby boy. She named him Kash. I am beyond thrilled to be a grandmother, or as I want to be called, “Oma.” I am awed by the love I already have for this little life. I thought  my days of loving and caring for babies were gone forever, but no, God has blessed me with another opportunity to do so. I am so looking forward to being a part of my grandson’s life as he grows. I’m so excited about teaching him about Jesus! What an amazing grace this is!

Praying Hands (Dürer)

Praying Hands (Dürer) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, Your power to all those who come.  Psalm 71:18

Heavenly Father,
You already know everything about this new baby boy who is now a part of our lives. You knew the precise moment he would make his appearance and the exact number of days he will live on this earth. His personality will not come as a surprise to you. You know what his strengths and weaknesses will be, whether he will prefer carrots or peas, Oreos or chocolate chip cookies. This precious boy has been in your mind and heart for all of eternity. You have formed him and knit him together!

If we could count your thoughts toward him, they would number more than every grain of sand on every shore and in every ocean. Every hair on his head is numbered. This little baby is fearfully and wonderfully made.

Father, my prayer above all is that Kash would come to know You at a young age. Please give  him an awareness of your amazing love that stops at nothing for us, a love vast enough to include the sacrifice of Your only Son, that whoever would call upon His name would be saved.

Lavish your grace on my grandson, Lord! Equip him to be a mighty man of faith, loving and serving You for Jesus’ sake all the days of his life. Make evident to Kash the certainty of your care for him in this very uncertain world. Lord, bless Kash with understanding and wisdom beyond his years and with an early appreciation for the truth of Scripture. Let him see beyond temporary pleasures to the everlasting treasure of an inheritance that will never fade away. Let him taste the freedom that comes through a life lived in obedience to your Word. Grant Kash the adventure of walking by faith and not by sight, trusting in Jesus for everything he needs.

Father, it is a misplaced hope that Kash will live out his days free of heartache and difficulties; we know real life is not that way. So, I place my hope for Kash squarely on you. In humble expectation, I trust that whatever trials he may face; he will never face them alone. Thank you for your promise to work all things together for good for those who love You and are called according to Your purpose.

I pray that in times of joy or times of trouble, Kash would be found grateful and trusting in his Heavenly Father who loves him more than I could ever imagine and who is able to do far more abundantly than I could even ask or think.

Thank you Father for hearing my prayer.
In Jesus Name, Amen!

The Simplicity of One Thing- A Prayer for the New Year

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after;

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,

to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in His temple.

Psalm 27:4

My Beloved Heavenly Father,

This new year I ask one thing, that I may have but one goal, one pursuit, one focus that sets the foundation for everything else I do. Help me put aside distractions, temporal things that would divide my interests or weaken my resolve, and grant that from this one simple resolution much good would come, and that good for Your glory.

This have I asked of you Lord, and make it so, that should I diverge from this path because of the weakness of my flesh, that you would pull me back on course. You are the One I come to, Lord, trusting in Your grace and kindness, resting in Your mercy and love, hoping in Your power and promises.

That one thing will I seek after, directing all my desires toward one holy passion; searching for it as if for lost treasure and following no matter the cost is this: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord in sweet communion and humble accord with You. Oh how great and undeserved a privilege it is to be part of the household of God! What better way to spend the upcoming new year than serving You, Lord, the One who loved me when I was unloveable and adopted me when I was unadoptable! Please, Lord, allow me this, to practice for my future vocation in heaven by fulfilling my joyous duty here on earth, loving You and obeying You all the days of my life.    

Oh, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and behold the perfect loveliness of God! A longing only partly here fulfilled, but someday completely so when I shall see You face to face! Father God, give my mind a holy curiosity, a daily desire to inquire in Your temple. Let my heart be intent on following hard after You, let my will find gladness in complete submission to Your Son, and allow my life to be characterized by a sanctified yieldedness to Your Holy Spirit. Make me a humble inquirer, a listening inquirer, a thinking inquirer, an obedient inquirer, and grant me the simplicity of this one thing, that I might live for You.

For Jesus’ sake,

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

This prayer was taken from The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. This little book is filled with beautiful words of praise to God. I’m sharing this one with you in honor of Thanksgiving.

Oh my God,
Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects,
my heart admires, adores, loves thee,
for my little vessel is as full as it can be,
and I would pour out all that fullness before thee
in ceaseless flow.

When I think upon and converse with thee
ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,
ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
crowding into every moment of happiness.

I bless thee for the soul thou hast created,
for adorning it, sanctifying it,
though it is fixed in barren soil;
for the body thou hast given me,
for preserving its strength and vigour,
for providing senses to enjoy delights,
for the ease and freedom of my limbs,
for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding;
for thy royal bounty providing my daily support,
for a full table and overflowing cup,
for appetite, taste, sweetness,
for social joys of relatives and friends,
for ability to serve others,
for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
for a mind to care for my fellow-men,
for opportunities of spreading happiness around,
for loved ones in joys of heaven,
for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly.

I love thee above the powers of language to express,
for what thou art to thy creatures.

Increase my love, Oh my God,
Through time and eternity.

(From The Valley of Vision, p. 26)


By His Grace and for the Gospel,

I am a Needy Sinner

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Today, I stand in need of God’s Grace.

That it would be free, for I cannot merit it.

That it would be great, enough to cover a multitude of sins.

That Grace would proceed from God (source), through God (medium), and be found in God Himself, for I have none of it in and of myself .

That it would be sufficient to deliver me from what I deserve, to be cast into outer darkness!

That it would be mighty to save, because I am helpless to save myself.

That it would seal me and keep me, for I am prone to wander.

That it would be triumphant, for I have failed.

Oh, the kindness of your Grace, oh Lord! Oh, that you would lavish your Grace on me, a needy sinner!

“…set your hope fully on the Grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”   I Peter 1:13b

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

A Quick Catechism – Philippians 1:9-11

Catechism: instruction by a series of questions and answers

I keep a journal where I write down thoughts, prayers, sermon notes, Bible study notes, and morning meditations, etc. Every so often, I find that using a catechism format is a good way to slow down my thought process and think about what I am reading. Here’s an example:

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.  -Philippians 1:9-11

Q. Who is speaking and what is the purpose of this section?
A. Paul is praying for the Philippians that their love may abound more and more.

Q. In what way does Paul pray that love may abound more and more?
A. Paul prays that love may abound more and more in knowledge and discernment.

Q. To what end may love abound in knowledge and discernment?
A. So that the Philippians would be able to approve what is excellent.

Q. What is the result of being able to approve what is excellent?
A. The Philippians would be pure and blameless and filled with the fruit of righteousness for the day of Christ.

Q. Where does the fruit of righteousness come from and how does it fill us?
A. The fruit of righteousness comes from and through Jesus Christ.

Q. What purpose is accomplished when the Philippians are filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes from Jesus Christ?
A. All to the glory and praise of God! 

Christian love is more than sentimentalism (not to say that the emotions are totally uninvolved), but is based on knowledge and discernment resulting in our being able to embrace what is excellent. In this way we are able to (gladly!) put aside the things that would hinder our relationship with Christ and keep us from living joyful, fruitful lives until the day when our blessed Hope is realized, the appearing of Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). And how is all of this made possible? Enter the Gospel! We love because He first loved us (I John 4:19). It is because of and through the Lord Jesus that our love is able to abound more and more. It is because of and through the Lord Jesus and His loving sacrifice for us that we can know and mirror His true and lasting love.  There is a connection between abounding love and the glory and praise of God.

Make this (Philippians 1:9-11) a prayer for yourself and your loved ones.

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

New Year

O Lord,

Length of days does not profit me
except the days are passed in thy presence,
in thy service, to thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,
          sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
but may rely on thy Spirit
     to supply every thought,
     speak in every word,
     direct every step,
     prosper every work,
     build up every mote of faith,
     and give me a desire
          to show forth thy praise;
          testify thy love,
          advance thy kingdom.
I launch my bark on the unknown waters
     of this year,
  with thee, O Father, as my harbour,
          thee, O Son, at my helm,
          thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
          my lamp burning
          my ear open to thy calls,
          my heart full of love,
          my soul free.
Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
          thy comforts to cheer,
          thy wisdom to teach,
          thy right hand to guide,
          thy counsel to instruct,
          thy law to judge,
          thy presence to stabilize.
May thy fear be my awe,
          thy triumphs my joy.

From The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions (p. 206-207)

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