John 9:25 (NLT)
   “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But
I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”

Father, so much of life is lived in the uncertainty of “I don’t know”.  As much as we may think we do know, there is much more we do not know. In fact, Father sometimes I think life should be spelled with a question mark: L?fe.

I am sure this blind man’s life was lived in a ? mark because of the many unanswered questions that surrounded his life. Yet there was that glorious day when the question mark became an exclamation mark expressing the certainty of a new life through the miracle of new sight. What a wonderful transforming difference Jesus makes in a person’s life. And Father what joy to share in the exuberance of this man who could say with total confidence I know this….

Father not unlike the blind man Jesus gave sight, I am so glad to say with the certainty of the Apostle Paul: “…..I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.”  2 Tim.1:12 (NLT)


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In you do I take refuge | Praying Psalm 7

O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge; save and deliver me from evil, lest like a lion it tears my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver me.

O Lord my God, cause me to do good to others with my hands and help me to encourage all with kind words.

Arise, O Lord, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of the enemies of my soul; awake for me.

Cause your peoples to be gathered about you in sweet worship ... the kind that makes evil run.

O Lord hide me in your righteousness and cause me to live according to the integrity that is in me.

Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous — you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God!

I proclaim that my shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.

I confess that God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.

Thank you for your goodness that leads us to repent and for being patient in mercy.

I ask you to open the eyes of the wicked man who conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. Help him to stop digging a pit of destruction.

I will give to you Lord the thanks due to your righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.


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Two Word Prayers

Calm me, quiet me, settle me...

Steady me, balance me, ground me...

Plant me, root me, embed me...

Support me, sustain me, protect me...

Forgive me, pardon me, free me...

Refresh me, restore me, heal me...

Enfold me, embrace me, hold me...

Lord, hear my prayer today!

... copied from A Concord Pastor Commnets.

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 Father, thank you that are a loving, merciful Father who delights in giving good things to his children.  Thank you that we can know that your heart is good to us. Amen

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Psalms 10:4  "In his pride the wicked does not seek him.  In all his thoughts there is NO ROOM FOR GOD."

Dear Heavenly Father, help me not to be caught in the schemes and devices of the evil one.   Give me wisdom and discernment to know the truth.  Lord, I want you to have room in my life.  I pray for people who can't see you, or won't see you that are victims of Satan's lies and make no room for you in their thoughts or lives.  Help me make a difference where I am.  In my home, with my family, in my church, in my neighborhood.  You are welcome in every room of my heart and life.  I love You.  Amen.

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Hebrews 2:1 (NLT)
     So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.

Father thank you for reminding me that in this noisy, distracting and changing world we must be careful not to lose attention to your Word by ceasing to read, meditate and obey it. Even as you gave a similar word of encouragement through Moses to your people long ago:

   These instructions are not empty words—they are your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life……” Deuteronomy 32:47 (NLT)


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Greatly Troubled | Praying Psalm 6

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.

My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord.. how long?

Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.

For in death there is no remembrance of you; when I die I can no longer live a life of praise.

I am weary with my moaning; I often cry and do not know what to do.

My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my trials.

Depart from me, all you tempters of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.

The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer.


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greatest need

"God forbid that I should sin
against the Lord in ceasing to 
pray for you: but I will teach 
you the good and the right way"
(1 Samuel 12:23)

The Word of God and prayer go hand in hand. The greatest need our nation has is prayer. The greatest need our churches have is prayer. The greatest need of our children is prayer. The Word teaches us over and over that prayer is the key to a right relationship with God. If we keep ourselves in the Word and we maintain an attitude of prayer with our God at all times, we will be strengthened in our faith and able to withstand the wiles of the devil, and we will be victorious in our Christian walk. 

We must read the Truth and we must practice the Truth, but the only way we will be able to be empowered to do so is by talking to our Lord and Savior. It is only by our intimate prayer time that we will gain wisdom and strength.

Lord, help us to keep ourselves in a continual state of prayer. Help us to see that our greatest blessing will come from a relationship with you that is developed in our personal prayer time. Give us the desire to communicate with you and then fill us with your Holy Spirit as we do so.


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Do you pray over "little" things?  Sometimes those little things are the biggest answers.  This past week I thought I lost my cell phone at the Costco parking lot.

"Dear Lord, You know where my cell phone is.  It's a little thing to You, but very important for me.  I'm asking, seeking and knocking as you have told me to in the Scripture.  Please help me locate my phone.  I love you ~ Amen."

This was the prayer I was praying constantly  from Monday when it went missing.  Today my prayer was answered as I found it in a pocket in my slacks that I had hung in the closet, and didn't realize the phone was in the pocket.

God is good all the time...and really is interested in the "little" things in our lives.  Ask, Seek and Knock...and then expect an answer.


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Psalm 23:5 ……… my cup overflows.

Thank you Father that my life overflows with your infinite resources of love, mercy and grace. This reminds me so much of the song that expresses the magnitude of your unlimited care and provision in meeting the needs and concerns of your people.

"He Giveth More Grace"

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.

[Refrain] His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will up bear.



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