PALM SUNDAY




No pomp, high-flying banners or red carpet for You, my King.  Your retinue were peasants; Your banners were palm branches;  Your welcoming carpet was coats strewn on a dusty road.  So You entered Jerusalem; God on a donkey.  Here is humility that will imprint itself on my heart forever.  Here is the character of God.  Lord, remove every trace of arrogance from my soul.  Make me like You.  I love You.  Amen.

Mark 11:7-8 "When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.  Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread palm branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,

"Hosanna!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David!
Hosanna in the highest!"



Prayer from Maranatha Worship Bible
Amen

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Rejoice Greatly



Zechariah 9:9 (NIV)
   9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.


Father your ancient promise became a glorious event on the streets of Jerusalem when Jesus rode in triumph and humility on a donkey. It was an unprecedented opportunity, unequalled in Jewish history, with unimagined consequences. Before them was their long awaited King and Savior. It was a time to rejoice, to dance, to celebrate with overflowing joy. And yet tragically it turned into the sorrow of the ages. The King rejected, the Savior denied, the day of salvation thwarted. How could such a day of triumph turn into such soul numbing grief?

But Father we know that through the failure and rejection of the human race you still achieve your sovereign purpose of salvation for all who will believe. Thus we have the greatest event in history, the resurrection of your Son Jesus the Messiah. In those fateful days all of the events were used in your divine will to fulfill your plan motivated by your great and eternal love.

Yes Father, we will rejoice because our King has come and he is coming again!

Amen

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Prayer for Migraines

I have been battling headaches and migraines for two months now. Please pray with me.

For everyone who is suffering from headaches and migraines I pray.

Lord, release them from stress and muscle tightness.

Touch and heal the source of their pain and discomfort.

Give them wisdom and help from concerning medical professionals.

Bring encouragers and comforters to alleviate their pain.

In all things be glorified in those who suffer from headaches and migraines.

Amen
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What is prayer?



My blogging buddy Mike wrote a good (and short) piece on prayer [here] on his blog yesterday.
Here is something that I wrote in response to his post.
"I frankly struggle in this area Mike. Especially in the areas of petition and intercession. I agree with what you write but wonder if prayer is simply a word we use to describe our relationship with God? Perhaps praying without ceasing is a way to describe our walk with God? I am not saying that we should not intercede or offer petitions but wonder if those are just small facets of what it means to pray?"
I wonder how you might describe the concept of prayer. Maybe you can share a few sentences in the comments?


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Persistent Sin

I think all Christians struggle with persistent sins. The sins we seem to fall into over and over again, that never seem to go away. I know that I do. I would like to pray for help with those sins.

Father,

I thank You that you sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to forgive our sins. Help us to remember that. Help us to trust You for forgiveness for our persistent sins. But help us to trust You to eliminate those sins from our lives. Help us not to become so discouraged that we simply accept them. Help us rather to trust in You for the power to keep on fighting them until they are finally gone.

In Jesus' name,
Amen

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REWARD ME




REasons to REad God's REvelation


So God can REward Me.

Psalm 119:1,2   "Blessed are the undefiled in the way;  who walk in the law of the Lord!  Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart."

Dear Lord, the desire of my heart is to walk in Your ways and keep your testimonies.  Your Words are more valuable that silver and gold, a better REWARD than money can by.   They bring more pleasure than the sweetness of honey.  They satisfy my soul.  Father, I give you my whole heart.  Search me and see if there is any thing in my life that displeased you.  Help me to walk every day in You ways.  I love You, and I love your Word.   Amen.


This is the last of this series in Reasons to Read God's Word.Amen

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Pray for Your Enemies


Luke 6:27-28 & 36 (NLT)
   “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you…..36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.

Father this is something I really need help with. It is certainly beyond my own human ability or inclination to treat the enemies of humanity in this way. I shudder at the thought of showing any mercy toward those who violently victimize the innocent to the extermination of all who would oppose their evil genocidal intentions.

Father I need to remember that you are not only a God of loving compassion but also Holy Judgment as Paul so clearly wrote in Romans 12:19-21 (NLT) Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD. 20 Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” 2 1Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”

Father for those who oppose You and all that is righteous “There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. Hebrews 10:27 (NLT) Indeed Father as the Scripture boldly says: “It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:31 (NLT)

So Father I pray for the conversion of the enemies that are so fierce in their hostility to you and the world You created and love. May they somehow perceive the evil of their ways, the mercy of God that is available for all and turn from their sinful hatred to Christ alone who is the only Savior and yes died even for them. Father your grace is unlimited and your judgement unrelenting and eternal. I pray they will choose grace.

And I ask this Father in the Name of Jesus who changed Saul of Tarsus from an agent of hate to an instrument of grace.

Amen

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A Prayer to Let Go and Move On

Lord, I commit my failures as well as my successes into your hands, and I bring
for your healing the people and the situations, the wrongs and the hurts of the past.

Give me courage, strength and generosity to let go and move on,
leaving the past behind me, and living the present to the full.

Lead me always to be positive as I entrust the past to your mercy,
the present to your love, and the future to your providence.

Amen
... a prayer of St Augustine     

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Saint Patrick's Breastplate Prayer

I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me:
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me.
...
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Amen.
... an excerpt from Saint Patrick's Breastplate.

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Desire For Sensitivity

Sometimes I feel like I blunder through life, insensitive to the needs and struggles of the people around me. I also can be insensitive to their need to know and follow Christ. It is easy to shrug this off by saying I am shy or I just do not know what to say. Or to feel like I am being nosy or pushy if I say anything. But I have to admit this is a real weakness of mine.

Father,

I pray for myself and all your children, that we might be sensitive to those around us. That you will give us the wisdom to know what to say or what not to say. That you will help us to be bold enough to help, without being obnoxious enough to drive people away. Help us to be those who care about others and do not just rush about on our own business, oblivious to those around us who are hurting.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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