Chapel Thanksgivings: Guide My Ways


by Tricia Hitchcock

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray thee, Lord, my soul to take
If I should live for other days
I pray thee, Lord, to guide my ways.

And while thou guidest, Lord I pray
That close beside me you will stay
For I don’t understand your will
And though I know your power, still
Sometimes I question what I see
And during trials ask, “Lord, why me?”
And when I see some others blessed
I wonder if life is my test
For life’s plan hasn’t gone my way
And though I know you with me stay
I find I’m single and alone
Without a love to call my own
And children, Lord, I only share
I teach, I love, I try to care
In ways I can from where I’m at
While others are discouraged that
They cannot do just what they wish
They cannot travel, tour, and fish
They cannot sleep in, rest all day
For then their children want to play
And ask them questions, ask for food
And they don’t see these things as good

I guess that what I know I’ve seen
Is “over there” the grass is green
For where we are, on our own side
The fence seems only to have lied
The “others” seem to be well blessed
And “me”, I only feel I’m stressed.
So help me, Lord. Transform my mind
That I may not be quite as blind.
Help me so that I can see
The ways that you have so blessed me.
Help me see your will is good
And that my knowledge always should
Remind me that your will is best
That all your children have been blessed
In different ways, of course that’s true,
But all to bring the glory to
The One who made us, guides our way
And paid a debt we could not pay.

A debt to God, too big for me
And my job is to grateful be
For every blessing that you give

From an old Chapel Bulletin

(from a 1980’s Wiser Lake Chapel Bulletin during Pastor Bruce Hemple’s ministry days)
saved by Russ Unrein


A personal quiet time is that measure of time given to meditation, prayer, Bible reading and sharing with god through Jesus Christ. It’s precious time for it is sacred time with God.

The Christian spends this time with god to know his God. “It’s quite natural that if we spend 16 hours daily of our waking life in thinking about the affairs of the world, and five minutes in thinking about God, this world will seem 200 times more real to us than God.” ~Dean Inge

The problem with the average Christian’s prayer life is that it lacks consistency. Yet, a look at Scripture reveals that a prayer habit is essential to power with God. Daniel prayed three times a day from his chambers, David prayed morning, noon and evening. Jesus sought the solitude of the hills for prayer.

God’s fine servants are persons of great prayer.

  • Prayer will make you more like Jesus.
  • Daily prayer will lead to a glimpse of God’s glory.
  • A daily prayer habit will nourish your spirits.
  • Prayer will teach us wise use of our time. Prayer, in the truest sense, does not really take time, it saves time.


Good habits to develop

  • When you awake, let God’s presence fill your thoughts. Successful is the day whose first victory is won by prayer. Holy is the day when dawn finds you on the mountain. Health is established in the morning. The light is brightest in the morning. (Joseph Parker)
  • Find a specific time for prayer daily. We need time for prayer, unhurried time, daily time, time enough to forget about how much time it is. The one who does not make time for prayer will never find time to pray.( S.D. Gorden) World Literature Crusade suggests a minimum of 15 minutes per day. And strongly recommends an hour or more.
  • Use a prayer list. Perhaps your most important list. It keeps before you, needs, concerns, people, projects and causes worthy of prayer. It’s a tool which helps make prayer more intelligent. As you pray for all these specific needs, god’s love for them will; fill your heart.
  • Continue to pray though out the day. Pray momentarily (short prayers) for people who come into your thoughts during the day. Offer praise to God though out the day. Pray immediately for anyone or any cause that has need. The Bible says: “Pray without ceasing.” I Thess. 5:17 it means to pray spontaneously.
  • Spend enough time praying to really meet God.
  • At times pray out loud.
  • Pray for a moment every hour. It will keep you in the spirit of prayer throughout the day.


  • Develop the Prayer Habit.

Daniel was most faithful in prayer.

  • Develop a prayer program.


Praise – 5 minutes

Be Still – 5 minutes

Confession – 5 minutes

Read the Word – 5 minutes

Asking – 5 minutes

Pray for others – 5 minutes

Pray the Word – 5 minutes

Thanksgiving – 5 minutes

Sing – 5 minutes

Meditation – 5 minutes

Listen to God – 5 minutes

Praise – 5 minutes

(complete prayer)


“I looked for a man among them, who would build up the wall, and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land, so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.” Ezekiel 22:30


  • “ Ye are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and I will walk in them; and I will be their God.” I Cor 6:16
  • “God answers prayer.” Matt 7:8
  • “Greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world.” I John 4:4
  • “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
  • “I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.” Acts 10:34
  • Do everything that Jesus would have you to do. Learn from Him and pray daily.
  • “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matt 6:33
  • Trust God completely. Proverbs 3:6




PERSONAL NEEDS                       FRIENDS, LOVED ONES           WORLD NEEDS













Praying Fervently

Jesus and the disciples are in the Garden of Gethsemane:  “And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like drops of blood falling down to the ground.  And when he rose from prayer,  he came to his disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, and he said to them ‘ Why are you sleeping?  Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.’ “
Luke 22:44-46    

Jesus is praying fervently (to the point of sweating blood), concerning his upcoming Crucifixion, which will appease God’s wrath against  all of OUR sins.  We might assume that he is praying that he might not be tempted to turn aside from God’s plan.  At the beginning of  his ministry, he was tempted and resisted three times. (Mt. 4: 1-11).  Now he is to face, not only an excruciating death, but also the final and most severe temptation: denial and disobedience.

Over the course of three years, he has spoken to his disciples many times about what is to happen: his death, and the pressure to fall away from Him and belief  of God’s words.   He has asked the disciples to pray with him.  Yet the tired disciples sleep and can not pray for even one hour. (Mt. 26:40).

What can we learn from this encounter?

Are we like the disciples, who having heard God’s word and warnings, do not understand, and are in denial? (Mk. 16:21-23)

Are we caught up with short prayers for our own immediate needs, ignoring God’s warnings?

Like the disciples, do we not understand Jesus, that WE, too,  will be persecuted, even to death,  for standing for God’s Truth in Christ, and can fall away and betray each other and Christ?  (Mt. 24:9-10)


Are we like the men of Issacher who seek to discern and understand  the times?  (2 Chr. 12:32)

Do we pray that we might not enter into temptation?

Do we pray fervently that we might stand firm in / on Christ, in the armor of God (Eph. 6:10-20)  and boldly declare the gospel –  no matter the penalty?
~Pam Herbert

The Ordinary Small Things

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 6:5-6

I used to be a part of a farce. When I was new to the world of social media, I would post messages to people; making personal compliments, or recounting some shared memory or inside joke. There was a problem with this, though. I made those posts on a public forum, so any passerby could read them. That in itself wasn’t bad; what was bad was that I knew I was doing it, and that I was doing it in part because it drew more attention to my supposed wit and virtues. I could have sent more private messages, but I sometimes allowed my desire for publicity to override intimacy in my friendships. When I read Jesus’ critique of “religious” prayer in Matthew 6:5-6, I realize how easily I do the same thing with God.
Humility in a relationship is naturally disinclined to draw attention. It finds its delight in intimacy, in honest recognition of the aches and delights found in every relationship this side of heaven. Profoundly, humility also fosters thankfulness; because humility is the opposite of entitlement, it causes us to see things and relationships as gifts rather than earnings.
That’s why Jesus urged us to pray in humility, to avoid the entrapments of pride that had beset the hypocritical religious leaders of the day. Prayer without humility is ritualistic superstition; it’s merit-based religion, believing that God will hear because you’ve done enough good. 
Pride is a cloud that obscures the gifts of God and leads us to forget the “little” things he is constantly giving us. With pride, we make God our debtor. In humility, he is our great Benefactor, and nothing is too small to be a gift from him. 
~Breanna Randall
on the theme of “Prayerful Reflection”
– “We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.”
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer