THE LORD'S PRAYER


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True Freedom


 
 
True Freedom originated with God, is revealed in Holy Scripture, incarnated in Christ, expressed in through Church, shared with the world, and enjoyed by all people and nations who embrace its values and honor its traditions. True freedom always implies responsibility which responds to the higher authority, God.
 
Genesis 2:16-17 (NLT)
     But the LORD God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—17  except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
 
Galatians 5:13 (NLT)
   For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
 
Father help us to express our gratitude for your gift of freedom by living in a way that honors you, demonstrates respect for all people, and values the sacrifice of Christ that makes freedom possible: “ So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” John 8:36 (NLT)
 

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A prayer for peace in our communities ...

Gracious God,

We pray for peace in our communities this day.

We commit to you all who work for peace and an end to tensions,
And those who work to uphold law and justice.

We pray for an end to fear,
For comfort and support to those who suffer.

For calm in our streets and cities,
That people may go about their lives in safety and peace.

In your mercy, hear our prayers, now and always.

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... a prayer from The Church of England  

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You are my refuge!

"But You are my strong refuge.
Let my mouth be filled with Your praise 
and with Your glory all day."
(Psalm 71:7b,8)

What a beautiful prayer to our LORD! He indeed is our refuge. Our STRONG refuge. Run to His arms and let Him be everything we need. Our peace, our joy, our comfort, our rock and our strong tower.  Let our mouths be filled with His Name and usher forth glory and praise to Him all the day! He is so worthy!!

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Breaking the Cycle

We as a nation seem to be caught up in an escalating cycle of violence. We need the help of God to get past this.

Father,

I pray that the violence may cease. I pray that it may cease in a way that brings about greater justice and fairness in our society and leads to reconciliation between all parties involved. I pray for Your comfort and peace for those who are who have lost loved ones and are mourning. And I pray we may one day reach a place where we judge people by their character and not the color of their skin.

In Jesus' Name,
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Prayer for Grace and Love

Father, in the midst of what seems like a firestorm of controversy, keep us mindful of the mission you have given us. Help us to focus on the gospel and love those around us with your love, no matter what their views on different things. Help us to look past the things that really don't matter and focus on our unity in Christ. As we deal with those outside Christ, help us keep in mind that we are called to invite them to follow Jesus, not to make them better people. Help us to remember that we cannot change an individual's heart, that only you can do that. Let us be known more for Who we are for than for what we are against. Amen

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SEARCHING FOR WORDS TO PRAY



I falter where I firmly trod,
And falling with my weight of cares
Upon the great world's altar-stairs
That slope thro' darkness up to God,
 stretch lame hands of faith and grope...
for words to pray.

Eternal God, who hast been the hope and joy of many generations, and who in all ages hast given men the power to seek Thee and in seeking to find Thee.  Grant me I pray a clearer vision of Thy truth, a greater faith in Thy power, and a more confident assurance of Thy love.

When the way seems dark before me, give me faith to walk trustingly.

When much is obscure to me, let me be all the more faithful to the little that I can clearly see.

When insight falters, let obedience stand firm.

What I lack in faith let me repay in love.  Amen


Image taken in Brooking OR
Prayer from John Bailee's A Diary of Private Prayer
















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54

 
Well Father, few will remember and far less know where car 54 was. But you know and you also know that Wanda and I are celebrating 54 years of marriage. What we know is that during these many years of marriage your grace has sustained us. Our love for each other has nurtured and strengthened us. Our family and friends have encouraged us. And your Word has guided us. It has truly been the trip of a life time. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is more than just the title of a movie; it is the summary of our journey together.

So, thank your Father that you gave me a woman who loves me and whom I love with all my heart. Thank you for your kind and generous wisdom that made 54 possible and I trust with many more to be added.

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early will I seek

O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for you;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
(Psalm 63:1)

Do we thirst and long for our God like David did?? Are we seeking Him early? Are we seeking Him at all? Let's purpose to draw near to our God and long and thirst for a relationship with Him. Let's purpose to seek Him first each morning and get ourselves and our day started right! He is the thirst quencher. He is the answer to our longings. He is water to the dry spirit and food to the hungry soul. Let this be our prayer daily and we will begin to see Him manifested greatly in our lives!

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To Be Forgiven and Forgive

God commands us to forgive as we were forgiven. This is often a difficult thing to do. We need God's power to do it.

Father,

I thank you for the forgiveness that comes from putting our faith in Christ. Help us to live in the light of that forgiveness. Give us the power to forgive others as you have forgiven us. Help us to put aside anger and bitterness and live in the freedom that comes from putting these aside,

In Jesus' Name

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