Anyone who is having troubles should pray. ... When a believing person prays, great things happen. -James 5:13,16 NCV

prayer thoughts

"Prayer is as natural an expression of FAITH 
as breathing is of LIFE"
(Jonathan Edwards)

"satan tries to limit your praying because 
he knows your praying will limit him"

"Praying must come out of a cleansed heart and be presented and urged with the 'lifting up of holy hands'." It must be fortified by a life aiming, unceasingly, to obey God, to attain conformity to the divine law, and to come into submission to the divine will."
(E. M. Bounds)
Amen

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Unity in Diversity

Father,

I pray for unity and diversity in your church. May we truly be Christ's body, many different organs in one body. May each member, within Your clear boundaries, become the unique  member You intended it to be. May we not be simply repetitious clones or total chaos, but Your body doing Your work in Your way. May we stop dividing over personalities and methodologies and learn from each other, that we may unite behind Your purposes.

 In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

Father, make us patient people. Help us to bear long with others, and help us to be patient in waiting on you. Let us not run ahead of you and try to do your work in our own strength. Keep us trusting when things don't go as quickly as we want. Help us to also be patient with ourselves, knowing that you are patient with us. Amen

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Prayer for KC Bob



Colossians 1:3 (NLT)
 We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Though I have not had the privilege to meet or visit with KC Bob, I count him as a collogue in Christ's service. To me he is a brother,  a friend and sometimes a counselor through his blogs. I  find him to be honest in his comments, fair in his evaluations and sensitive to the concerns of others. He is truly a good man.

So brother Bob I pray for God's healing grace on you body, injured by your fall. I pray for strength for you spirit during the time of your recovery. I pray for joy you will experience in the trial of your suffering, knowing how true God's promise is: "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." Romans 8:28 (NLT)

So Father may you comfort and bless your servant Bob, and enrich his life with the peace of your presence and the healing power of your great compassion. Thank you for your love for him and your love for us all.

Through Jesus our Lord

Amen

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Grant Us Your Salvation

Show us your mercy, O Lord;
And grant us your salvation.
Clothe the country leaders with righteousness;
Let your people sing with joy.
Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
For only in you can we live in safety.
Lord, keep the nations under your care;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
Let your way be known upon earth;
Your saving health among all nations.
Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And sustain us by your Holy Spirit.

Amen

Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer, 1979




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Prayer for Teachers

Almighty God,

We come to you today and give thanks for all our teachers.

Thank you for the way in which they give of themselves each day in the classroom,
    serving and instructing the next generation of this land.

We thank you for them all now.

Father, please fill their hearts with courage now by your mighty Spirit.

Fill them with your strength,
    so they may rise to every challenge and not grow weary.

Fill them with your wisdom,
    so that they may be able to make good judgement when guiding and helping others.

Fill them with your peace,
    so that when stress and anxiety comes it would not overwhelm them.

Fill them with your joy,
    so that the passion they have for their subject may
    become an infectious passion that spreads.

We ask all this in the wonderful name of Jesus.

Amen.

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God's Power

Father,

Help Your people trust in Your Son and His power to build His church. Not in our organizations and programs. Not in charismatic leaders and spiritual gimmicks. Not in political power or societal clout. But may we trust in You even in the dark times, when things do not seem to be going our way. May we rest in you and not in our own ability.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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