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August 31 Devotional

Lord God, may your will be accomplished in and through my life this day. By the power of your Spirit and in the name of your Son I pray. Amen....

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August 30 Devotional

God unto whom all hearts are open and unto whom every will speaks, and from whom no secret thing is hidden, I pray You cleanse the intent of my heart with the ineffable gift of Your grace, that I may perfectly love You, and worthily praise You. Amen. - "The Cloud of the Unknowing"...

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August 29 Devotional

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalm 139:23-24)...

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August 26 Devotional

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless...

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August 25 Devotional

O Lord, allow your word this day to open us up to whatever you long to do within us. Let it cut us to the heart and make us more into the people you desire us to be. Amen. ...

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August 24 Devotional

Lord Jesus, help us hear your words this day: “The time is fulfilled, the kingdom is at hand; repent and believe the gospel.” And give us the grace and the strength to do just that. Amen....

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August 23 Devotional

Lord Jesus, help us to see our lives today as you see them. Help us to see what you celebrate and help us to see what breaks your heart. Give us the courage and the strength to come face-to-face with the whole truth. And help us to turn away from our sin and turn towards you. Have mercy on us. Amen....

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August 22 Devotional

Lord Jesus, help us to never lose sight of the one thing because of the many things. We get so distracted and anxious at times. Help us always to choose the better part; the part that will not (and cannot) be taken from us - you! Amen....

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August 21 Devotional

O God, center our lives ever and always only around you. In the name and power of Jesus. Amen....

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August 20 Devotional

Father of all humanity, you call your children to walk in the light of Christ. Free us from darkness and keep us forever in the radiance of your truth, until we come at last to live with you on high. We pray this in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. ("The Little Book of Hours")...

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August 19 Devotional

Lord, I am yours; I do yield myself up entirely to you, and I believe that you do take me. I leave myself with you. Work in me all the good pleasure of your will, and I will only lie still in your hands and trust you. Amen. ("The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life" by Hannah Whitall Smith)...

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August 18 Devotional

Lord God, place a fire deep down in my soul, a fire that constantly makes me yearn for more and more of you. Help me to never settle for any less than that. Help me never to settle for a boring, mundane, half-hearted, lukewarm spiritual existence when you desire so much more for me than that. Through Jesus. Amen....

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August 17 Devotional

Holy and Infinite God, full of mystery and the source of all life and love, let me walk with you this day in all that I do. Give me the grace and the strength to move toward you in any and every way possible; both in faith and in practice. And, at the end of this day, may I love you more intimately, know you more deeply, and follow you more closely than I did at its beginn...

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August 16 Devotional

Late have I loved you, O Beauty, so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! And behold, you were within me and I was outside, and there I sought for you, and in my deformity I rushed headlong into the well-formed things that you have made. You were with me, and I was not with you. - St. Augustine...

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August 15 Devotional

Here, Lord, I abandon myself to you. I have tried in every way I could think of to manage myself, and to make myself what I know I ought to be, but have always failed. Now I give it up to you. Do take entire possession of me. Work in me all the good pleasure of your will. Mold and fashion me into such a vessel as seems good to you. I leave myself in your hands. Amen. ("The...

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August 13 Devotional

Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters. Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed. Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us. Renew in us your spirit. Lord, free us and make us one. Amen. - Mother Teresa...

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August 12 Devotional

Spirit of Wisdom, may we bear your love for humanity by bringing good news to the poor. Acting according to your will, we will come to know your reign, where all will be seated at your heavenly banquet. Let us bring food to the hungry, healing to the violated, and presence to the lonely. Teach us to shine like the stars in our relationship with God, with our neighbor, and...

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August 11 Devotional

Dear Jesus, Help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with your Spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through us and so be in us that every soul we come I contact with may feel your presence in our soul. Let them look up and see no longer us but only You. Stay with us...

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August 10 Devotional

Dear Jesus, Help me to realize the many voices of hunger, the many sounds of thirst, the many cries of loneliness, the many callings of sickness and nakedness and imprisonment. Help me to hear in all of them something of You calling to me to become more than I am. More understanding. More compassionate. More involved. More like You. ("Reflections on the Word" by Ken Gire)...

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August 9 Devotional

Loving Father, teach me to love and care for those that need you today. Those who are passed over and do not feel love unless I love them for you. May Christ’s love for others be felt through me today. In your name and by your power I pray these things. Amen. ("Disciplines for the Inner Life" by Bob Benson)...

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August 8 Devotional

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity and in our...

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August 7 Devotional

O heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray thee so to guide and govern us by thy Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget thee, but may remember that we are ever walking in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. - The Book of Common Prayer...

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August 5 Devotional

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks to me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Sa...

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August 4 Devotional

Most High, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart, and give me right faith, certain hope, and perfect charity, wisdom and understanding, Lord, that I may carry out your holy and true command. Amen. - St. Francis of Assisi ...

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August 3 Devotional

Steer the ship of my life, good Lord, to your quiet harbour, where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict. Show me the course I should take. Renew in me the gift of discernment, so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go. And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course, even when the sea is rough and the waves are high,...

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August 2 Devotional

Help me, Oh God, to listen to what it is that makes my heart glad and to follow where it leads. May joy, not guilt, Your voice, not others, Your will, not my willfulness, be the guides that lead me to my vocation. Help me to unearth the passions of my heart that lie buried in my youth. And can help me to go over that ground again and again until I can hold in my hands, hol...

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August 1 Devotional

O gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive You, intelligence to understand You, diligence to seek You, patience to wait for You, eyes to behold You, a heart to meditate on You, and a life to proclaim You, through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. - Benedict of Nursia...

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