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by Gary Lynn

These 2 prayers are very special to me.  While I was working as an English teacher I went through them every morning or early afternoon, but daily in any case.  Now that I am retired and I guess not as mentally challenged, I am still able to go though them at least 3 to 5 times a week.  They just help me get my day started out right with God by covering all the important points that I want to touch bases with Him on. And going through these printed copies line by line helps me to make sure that I don't forget something important.

Then throughout the day I constantly and alternately pray the two following short prayers over and over again but always trying to think about what I'm saying:

Help me/us get everything done today that You want me/us to get done in the way that You want me/us to get them done.
May Your will be carried out in my life/all our lives (just as it is in heaven).

I am publishing these prayers here not as a "one size fits all prayer".  They are merely a possible starting point for you. I have made many changes over the years adapting the authors' (see below) original prayers to me and my life situation.

Note 1: The personal pronouns I and we, me and us are interchangeable depending on what is most appropriate for your life situation. 
Note 2: The picture is of me, Gary Lynn, as a very happy young boy, in Inglewood, California in the year 1949. Aren't I cute in my suspenders, ha-ha?

Today is a new day, Lord, and I’m glad
Yesterday was not so good
I said some things I shouldn’t have said or
I wrote some things I shouldn’t have written or
I read some things I shouldn't have read or
I looked at some things I shouldn’t have looked at or
I thought of some things I shouldn’t have thought of and
I did many other things that I shouldn’t have done
Including having the faith of much less than a mustard seed
And not loving my family enough
Or accomplishing enough

But in Your Word, You promise that
The old has passed away
And the new has come
And when we confess our shortcomings to You
You forgive us
So here I am, Lord
At the beginning/middle of this (new) day
Asking for Your forgiveness and
At the same time humbly forgiving everyone who has sinned against me

I surrender myself to You, right now
Recognizing my total dependence on You moment by moment for each decision I make today (James 4:10)
So as I go forward from this time of prayer
And walk through this day
Help me carry the reality of Your loving presence (picture yourself being lovingly carried by Jesus)
Your ability & readiness to forgive, Your wisdom, Your understanding, and Your love
Into all that I say . . . all that I do . . . and all that I think
Starting right now

Original Basic Prayer by Carol Kuykendall in
Daily Guideposts-2001, page 22
Carmel, New York 10512

by Gary Lynn

I am available Lord to be used by You today.
Guide me, Father, and lead me in all that I say, do and think.
May my words and actions be a witness that You are indeed living in me.
To the one that is lonely, may I be a friend.
To those with heavy loads, help me to meet their needs.
And continue to strengthen us today dear heavenly Father, so that we can withstand and successfully deal
    with whatever mental or physical pain, sickness or other kind of difficult experiences come into our lives.
And thank you dear heavenly Father for everything that You have done for me, my family and the other
    important people in my life over the years, today, tomorrow and far into the future.
And I thank you for always turning my problems into opportunities to become one with You in prayer.

1) Father, guide, protect and shower Your blessings upon the following people (mentally picture each person you want blessed in your mind's eye)
2) _____________________ [Current Prayer Need]
3) _____________________ [Current Prayer Need]
4) _____________________ [Current Prayer Need]
5) _____________________ [Current Prayer Need]
6) _____________________ [Current Prayer Need]

Lord, I do not want fame or fortune.
My prayer is that You will use me to glorify Your Name because Your true name is Love.
And it is my prayer that Your will be carried out in my life and everybody’s life that are on my daily prayer
    list, including all our loved ones, today and forever, just as Your will is carried out in heaven.
And also please give us all Your grace for this one day; maybe not for a lifetime, maybe not for this week, 
    and maybe not for tomorrow, but at least for this day as we try to live one day at a time.
I know I don’t have much to offer, but I will give You my all.
So guide me today in what You want me to think, do, say and most of all, just plain old be.

P. S. - 1 Also help me/us not to forget or lose anything important today.
P. S. - 2 And continue planning and organizing our lives today, tomorrow and forever.
P. S. - 3 And continue helping me/us get everything done today that you want us to get done in the way that 
            you want us to get them done.
P. S. - 4 And help me to relax completely in Your love while I give all my worries to you.
P. S. - 5 And please have mercy on __________ and __________’s Souls for eternity. (for the dear departed)


Original Basic Prayer by Johnnie Dowdy RNC in
Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul”, page 229
Health Communications Inc.
Deerfield Beach, Florida

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My Seven All Time Favorite Daily Guidepost* Devotionals


Monday - Gratitude can take away our fears


What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee. 4In God I will praise
His word, in God I have put my trust.
- - Psalm 56:3–4

"Mom, what is it?”

Her voice trembled. “I don’t want to upset you, but I think I had a stroke. I’m going to the hospital.”

My siblings and I met at the emergency room. “Oh, look at all of the trouble I’ve caused,” Mom said from her hospital bed. “You all look so worried. I’m all right.” We sat down, crowded in the small examining room.

In moments, a technician wheeled in a large machine. “Just an ultrasound,” she said. “Won’t hurt a bit.” She dimmed the lights and positioned a wand on Mom’s chest. A monitor lit up with beautiful swirling colors. The technician looked at me. “This is your mom’s heart.”

My mom’s heart. I felt my throat tighten the same as it had when I was pregnant and saw the miracles of my sons’ hearts beating for the very first time. The array of colors danced in front of me. Please, God , I prayed, please let Mom be okay.

As the technician froze different phases of her heartbeat and measured arcs of movement, I thought about all of the love that’s come out of that heart—the blessings, the laughter, the thousands of reassurances and kind words, the wisdom and guidance, all the joy she’s given me—and my prayers changed from pleading to thanking. As the amplified thumps of Mom’s heart echoed in the small room, all I could think was Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Heavenly Father, even in the scariest moments, when I focus on love,
You take away my fear and replace it with gratitude.

--Sabra Ciancanelli


Digging Deeper: Psalms 71:23, 120:1; Jeremiah 33:3

*Taken from Daily Guideposts - 2015 for Friday, December 4, 2015.  Copyright © 2014 by Guideposts. All rights reserved.



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Tuesday - Taming fears about future plans by trusting our Fathers.

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and

says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.   --Isaiah 41:13  (NIV)


My friend Linda needed to talk, so we walked over to the park and sat down on a bench. "Business is slow, and I'm considering returning to school to finish my degree," she confided. "I'm full of fear about it though. I really think it's God's plan for me, but I can't seem to move forward on it. I don't know why. God has always been there for me. Yet . . ."  Her voice trailed off.


"Let's pray about it, okay?" I offered.


We sat in silence for a moment and then both looked over in the direction of the playground. A father was coaxing his little girl down the slide---she at the top, clutching tightly to the rail, and he at the bottom, his arms outstretched to catch her.


"Honey," he said, "I'm right here."


"I'm scared," she replied.


"But, honey," he said gently, "have I ever let you fall?"


 She shook her head.


"Then give it a try, okay?" he asked.


"Okay," she said reluctantly. With that, she let go and slid right into his arms.

"Daddy, that was fun!" she exclaimed. "Let's do it again!"


Linda looked over at me with a big smile. "Looks like I just got a perfect lesson in faith," she said, laughing. "Okay, Lord, here I come!  Just make sure You catch me, okay?"


Father, help me to let go of the fear in my life

that stops me from following You. Amen.
--Melody Bonnette Swang


Digging Deeper: Psalm 56:3, Luke 7:50


*Taken from Daily Guideposts - 2015 for Sunday, June 14, 2015.  Copyright © 2014 by Guideposts. All rights reserved.



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Wednesday - Alzheimer's - Love is not forgotten.


Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion
for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will
not forget you.
—Isaiah 49:15

I walked into the special-care unit to see my grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s. “Hi, Grandma Caryle,” I said, stooping to hug her.

She looked up, but there was no recognition in her face. She didn’t even hug me back.

“How are you feeling today?” I scooted close to her on the couch, speaking in an exaggerated, enthusiastic tone, attempting to cheer her up—and maybe myself too.

“Oh, fine,” she said automatically.

I made small talk about the weather, our family, and the antics of my daughter, her only great-grandchild. “Remember the time you and I went to California?” I asked. “It was my first plane ride.”

Grandma listened with interest as if hearing about the trip for the first time. “Of course, you’ve traveled all over the world: to Spain, Switzerland, Greece. Portugal was your favorite country.”

“I don’t remember.” My heart ached because this woman, who’d been a major part of my formative years, couldn’t remember her life.

Standing to go, I got up my nerve. “Grandma, do you know who I am?” My voice quivered.

Her brown eyes looked hard at my face. “I don’t remember your name,” she answered, “but I know you’re someone I love.”


Lord, others may forget, but you always remember.
--Stephanie Thompson

Digging Deeper: Psalm 71:9, Isaiah 46:4, Romans 8:38-39



*Taken from Daily Guideposts - 2015 for Tuesday, October 31, 2015.  Copyright © 2014 by Guideposts. All rights reserved.


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Thursday - Pray away your worries with a Worry Journal.


6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends
all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:6–7

"Worry is temporary atheism,” writes author Randy Alcorn.

Funny how a simple quote could result in an overwhelming flood of conviction. You see, I’d been worrying a lot, especially about adopting a little girl from the Congo. Everything that could go wrong was going wrong.

Despite God’s many commands not to, I was letting worry reign in my heart. I knew it was time to wage war on my worry. If I wanted to experience that all-surpassing peace Paul talks about in Philippians 4:7, I had to live out the verse that came before it.

So the next day, I started a worry journal. Every single morning, for four months, I wrote a list of my worries. Then I got on my knees and, out loud, I not only gave each worry to Jesus, but I asked Him to deposit peace and joy in the empty space that my worry left behind.

I wish I’d started this a long time ago. I’m no longer wasting energy and emotions on things I can’t control. I’m truly living out Philippians 4:6, and in so doing, I’m reaping the rewards of joy and peace and an ever-increasing trust in God.

Father God, thank You for the truth of Your Word and for
the reward that comes when I live out those truths.
--Katie Ganshert

Digging Deeper: Psalm 55:22, I Peter 5:7



*Taken from Daily Guideposts - 2015 for Tuesday, November 17, 2015.  Copyright © 2014 by Guideposts. All rights reserved.


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Friday - Thanksgiving and gratitude for each day we are given in this life. 

“Do not be anxious about tomorrow . . . .”
- - Mattew 6:34

My dermatologist removed a skin lesion from my arm and sent it to a lab to be tested. He was worried about its appearance, and the fact that he was worried scared me.

Through the fog of deep sleep, I heard my phone ring this morning. Grabbing it, I saw that the call was from my doctor. My heart lurched and my blood pressure soared. I croaked a weak hello. “Scott, I’ve got good news. Lab report says it’s a pre-skin cancer. It’s nothing to worry about. Glad we got right on it and things look good.”

Now, several hours later, I am taking it all in, profoundly grateful for life. But I am sixty-two years old and no one lives forever. I will face a day when the news is not good, when my fears are real, when health breaks down, when mortality grasps my hand and will not let go. So I ask, “What has this new lease on life taught me?”

Above all, I affirm that each day I live will be acknowledged as a pure gift, a moment of time that is unique, unrepeatable, and must be savored. Second, I resolve to live each day with one primary purpose: to show love to at least one other child of God, animals included! And, finally, the greatest gift I can offer to God is my heartfelt thanksgiving. For it is simple gratitude that is the most healing medicine known to humankind, and it is thanksgiving that transcends all time and death.

Father, fill this day with love and gratitude. Amen.
--Scott Walker

Digging Deeper: Proverbs 17:22, Colossians 3:15



*Taken from Daily Guideposts - 2015 for Wednesday, July 29, 2015.  Copyright © 2014 by Guideposts. All rights reserved.


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Saturday - Dealing with our fear of death.


“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be

discouraged, for the Lord your god will be with you

wherever you go” - - Joshua  1:9 (NIV)

Tomorrow I'm going in for one of my regular cancer tests, and today I'm fighting my "What if" fears.

What if my cancer comes back?


I'm nearly seven years out from being diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer when I was given a two-year life expectancy. I've beaten all odds.  But a couple of doctors told me that "stage IV ovarian cancer always comes back." So far, I've proven them wrong, but every time I make an appointment for a checkup, the "What if" fears start creeping in.

What if my test is not good?


"Don't go there," a friend advices me.  But I have to go there.  My way of dealing with my fears is to look the worst-case possibilities square in the face.  I've even created my own scenario for this fear-facing exercise.  I imagine my fears stuffed into an imaginary room.  It's a scary but sacred place, because I know that nothing in that room surprises God - and He invites me to "go there" because Jesus is there too.  He walks alongside me as I explore each fear, imagining what my life would be like if that worst possibility became a reality.


What if my cancer comes back?


I picture Jesus answering, "If your cancer comes back, I will still be with you.  I will still give you what you need, one day at a time.  I will still love you with an everlasting love.  And I will still give you a future with hope."

Soon, I know that even if my worst fears become reality, Jesus' promises are still true. That gives me courage as I go off to my cancer test once again.   

Lord, Your promises sustain me. Always.
--Carol Kuykendall

Digging Deeper: Proverbs 1:33; Philippians 4:19; 2 Peter 1:1-11



*Taken from Daily Guideposts - Copyright © 2014 by Guideposts. All rights reserved.


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Sunday - I want 'Thank You' to be the last words from my lips.


Seven times a day I praise You. . . .
--Psalm 119:164 (NKJV)


A couple of months ago, my friend Kay passed away. At the end of her life, she had to have a leg amputated. But even so, praising God was forever on her lips. Later she hemorrhaged to death. At the funeral home, Kay's caregiver related how the last thing Kay said before drawing her final breath was "Thank you."


Those words made me take a trip back in time to the last day I saw Kay. We were both at a hair salon getting perms, when Kay suddenly remembered being at my house many years before and admiring my purse. "I'll never forget it," she told me. "You unloaded the contents on the spot and insisted I take it home. I just want to say thank you again Roberta."


Several years passed, and I lost contact with Kay. So I was surprised when her brother called to say that Kay had mentioned me in her will. She wanted to be sure I was given a picture I once needle-pointed for her and a sweet little diamond cocktail ring as well.


I had a jeweler mount Kay's ring on my charm bracelet. Each time I look at it, I promise God that praise will forever be on my lips and ask that the last words I utter be "Thank you."


To God be the glory, great things He hath done. . . . . 
Thank You. Thank You. Thank You
--Roberta Messner


Digging Deeper: I Chronicles 16:9; Psalms 7:17, 16:7



*Taken from Daily Guideposts - 2015 for Saturday, November 21, 2015.  Copyright © 2014 by Guideposts. All rights reserved.


I also recommend the Wesley Covenant Prayer as a mental starting point for self renewal as found Here

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