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

Ransom

 Lyrics from the song:“How Deep The Father's Love”   by Stuart Townend

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
And make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

1 Peter 1:18-20 (NLT)
     18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began…….”

Father it is impossible for us to grasp the depth of your love for us. But we know that you love us. We know the greatest expression of your love for us was the sacrifice of your son on the cross for our sin. We know the joy the Psalmist spoke of in: Psalm 32:1-2 (NLT) 1 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! 2Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt….”

Father thank you for the confirming words of Jude: “….I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:1 (NLT)

Father I pray that everyone will come to know your love as their own personal experience through faith in your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen


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Heavenly Father, We don't always understand the world that we live in today. It can be confusing, frustrating, and terrifying.

Your Word says "Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you." We ask that You would move in the midst of the darkness and chaos and turn it around for Your purposes. We pray that the victims of terror would draw near to You in the midst of the tribulations they are facing. We pray for those who are seeking the Truth through the turmoil. Deuteronomy 4:29 says, "But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul." And we pray for those who are enemies of the cross. No one is out of Your reach. Your Son Jesus came to seek and save the lost. We pray for those who persecute You that they would find You and know the peace of God.

Help us to remember that You are always in control. When all else fails, You never will. You are faithful and steadfast through trials and tribulations. May we never forget that. We call upon Your power and grace today and ask for You to bring peace, healing, and justice in the midst of the chaos happening around the world today and pray this in Jesus' name. Amen


Adapted from Praying for Peace in Times of Terror at Leading the Way

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prayer for empathy

Lord, grant me the wisdom to see the good in each person I meet.

Grant me the empathy to understand their life situation and respect them enough to extend loving support, while sharing God's love with dignity.

Allow me, Lord, to recognize opportunities to stand with others, friend to friend.

Amen.
John Wenger | Andersonville (IN) Church of the Brethren

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Fear for Tomorrow

Father,

We live in a dangerous world. Between earthquakes in Nepal and ISIS in the Middle East and so many other things, it is easy to live in trepidation.  Comfort and help those who are genuine sufferers in these events. But help those of us who witness them from a distance also to trust in You. And encourage us who are Your people to do what we can to help. Help us not to be overwhelmed, but to be concerned. And help us not to become calloused by so much suffering, but to look at what, if anything, we can do to alleviate it.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen
... originally posted by Mike on May 5, 2015

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Prayer for Victims of Natural Disasters

Father, we pray for those who have lost property or loved ones in the recent groanings of a broken creation. Please heal bodies and hearts and provide relief. Let your people show love and compassion to their neighbors and show the truth, goodness, and beauty of Jesus. Amen

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GIVE ME......



GIVE ME AN OPEN EAR ~O God, that I may hear Thy voice calling me to high endeavor.  Too often have I been deaf to your appeals.  Give me courage to answer "Here am I, send me."

GIVE ME AN OPEN MIND ~ O God, a mind ready to receive such new light of knowledge as it is Thy will to reveal to me.  Give me courage to change my mind when that is needed.

GIVE ME OPEN EYES ~ O God, eyes quick to discover Thine indwelling in the world Thou hast made.  Forgive all my past blindness to the grandeur and glory of nature, to the charm of little children, to the sublimity's of human story, and to all the intimations of Thy presence which these things contain.

GIVE ME OPEN HANDS~ O God, hands ready to share with all who are in want the blessings with which Thou hast enriched my life.  Deliver me from all meanness and let me hold my money in stewardship and all my worldly goods in trust for Thee, to whom now be all honor and glory.  Amen.

Taken from a man, John Baillie, who new God is a time era in the past, who words hold so true today.  His Diary of Private Prayer speaks to me each time I read it.  

Father, give us open ears, minds, eyes and hands to serve you every day with thanksgiving for the life we have and the life you sacrificed for us.   I love You.  Amen.













Amen

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Four Pillars of LifeFour Pillars of Life

 

Proverbs 23:23 (ESV)
     “Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”

Father you have given us four pillars for a sane life and a safe society: “truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding.

Your truth will stabilize us in turbulent times. Your wisdom will guide us in chaotic times. Your instruction will direct us in uncertain times. Your understanding will enlighten us in foreboding times.

Father, help us to apply these principles or pillars to our lives, and to remember the admonition of Your Word: “For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. 8 He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.” Proverbs 2:6-8 (NLT)

Father, may we all enjoy the benefits of these surpassing values.
Amen!


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