Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
Looking for General Prayers of Thanksgiving
Since my daily Bible reading resolution this year has met with significant success, I plan to add a daily prayer resolution in '09. I'm putting together something that I think will work for me, based on the acronym ARTIST. It's my expansion of the ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) acronym. ARTIST stands for Adoration, Repentance, Thanksgiving, Intercession (for others' needs), Supplication (for my needs), and Trust (committing it all in faith to God). I'm collecting ready-made prayers for the project -- seven prayers in each category. I've pretty much harvested what I can from the Book of Common Prayer, and have also selected some Scripture passages and found a few things from other sources. But I still have a few gaps. Most particularly, I'm short on general prayers of thanksgiving. If anyone can think of any, and point me to the source or send me the prayer, it'd be much appreciated.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 8:07 PM
On December 29, 2008 8:19 PMValerie (Kyriosity)wrote... Nope...I claim all dumbness on this one. I read your comment as "What do you think of these prayers?" and thought you were trying to point some out to me, but had forgotten the link. Now I see you were asking a question about my post. D'oh!
I'm making myself a little prayer guide to help me structure a daily prayer time. If I'm using words already on paper, I find my mind wanders less. I think setting it up with these various categories will help me keep my prayers balanced and complete (sounds like nutritional information from a breakfast cereal, doesn't it?) rather than my typical random hodgepodge of mostly self-centered drivel.
On January 5, 2009 11:17 PMValerie (Kyriosity)wrote... Lewis was an Anglican. They kick you out if you don't like ready-made prayers! Seriously, I don't know what Lewis might have said about the subject. Do enlighten us!
Just wanted to add the note of levity that I like your acronym ARTIST...then thought that I'd like to keep the "C" of Confession (which I see as different from Repentance)...and by the time I was done, I was on the way to the acronym ACROBAT...and then my daily prayers would take until noon!
On January 6, 2009 11:46 AMValerie (Kyriosity)wrote... Thanks, Kevin. I'm using "Repentance" to encompass both confessing sin and expressing faith that I've been forgiven. I should probably include resolution to obedience, as well, but my "S" includes extended prayer for sanctification, so the desire to live a more holy life shows up more there.