Memorial Day

Father, we give you thanks for the freedom you have given us. We think of those who have given their lives for our nation and we long for the return of the Prince of Peace and the end of war. Comfort those who have lost loved ones, we pray. Amen

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AMAZING LOVE, HOW CAN IT BE?




No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head;
And clothed in righteousness divine.
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown
Through Christ, my own.

Amazing Love!  How can it be,
That Thou my God, should die for me?

Charles Wesley (1738)

Dear Lord, how wonderful that I can boldly come into Your Throne Room because of my position through Jesus Christ.  That I can come like a child to Father and ask anything, know how much you love me.  Father, help me seek you many times during the day.  I love you.  Amen

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Vulnerability

2 Corinthians 12:10 (NLT)
   “….I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”


Father, for Paul to find pleasure in his vulnerability is surprising if not amazing. Weaknesses usually expose our frailty, fear and potential failure, yet Paul found the words of Christ more than sufficient and so can we. Jesus says to all of us: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ 2 Corinthians 12:9a (NLT)

Father, how wise was Paul to understand that at his greatest moments of vulnerability was the opportunity to experience the greatness of Christ’s strength. So he could optimistically say: “So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9b (NLT)

Yes Father, because of your grace, we can say with Paul: “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
 
Father how wonderful that our weaknesses do not have to inhibit us from doing your will and accomplishing your purpose, even in the most difficult circumstances and hardships of life. Our vulnerability is no match for the grace and power of Christ at work in us.

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No Quick Fixes

Father,

I pray for your people. I pray that we may not trust in gimmicks and simplistic formulas, but trust in You. That we might trust You through the long and sometimes laborious process of living for You and doing Your work. That we might not spend our time on the endless search for the right celebrity to follow and the right method to live by. But that we might live our lives one step at a time in obedience to Your ways.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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Father, make us sensitive to your voice. Calm our hearts and tune our ears to hear the guidings of your Spirit. Make us attentive and give us the faith to trust you when you speak. Amen

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A HEART LIKE HIS




Today, O Lord ~~~
let me put right before interest;
let me put others before self;

let me put the things of the spirit
before the things of the body;

let me put the attainment of noble ends above the enjoyment of present pleasure.

let me put principle above reputation:  let me put Thee above all else.

Give me a heart like Jesus Christ today ~~ a brave heart, a true heart, a tender heart, a heart with a great room in it, a heart fixed on Thyself; for his name's sake.  Amen

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Praying for Others


 
 
1 Timothy 2:1 (NLT)
   I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.

Father in this short verse you have given us the passion, priority, purpose and perimeter of our most effective ministry, prayer. You have given us the wonderful privilege of participating with you in the lives of others through our prayers for them. Help us to consider once again how much can be accomplished as we pray about the needs of others, speaking on their behalf and being grateful for them.

You tell us Father to: “…. come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”  Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)  Father we understand this verse is not just for us but also for those we pray for. Thank you Father that prayer is big enough to embrace the whole world and small enough to touch each heart. Help us to be faithful in this unique opportunity of praying for others.


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A Birthday Prayer

May our God bless you today
and each day that follows
May you hear his voice
Follow His footsteps
Be comforted by His care
And live in His grace
Now and forever
Amen


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Loving People

Linus Van Pelt of Peanuts once said, "I love mankind, it's people I can't stand." Sometimes it is easy to love people in the abstract, but lack love for particular individuals we cannot get along with.

Father,

Help us to love people. Not just some imagined ideal, but the real people we meet every day. Help us to get along with the people we have trouble getting along with. Help us to remember that they are made in your image and should be treated as such. Help us to go the extra mile to live in peace.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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Beauty

Father, thank you for the gift of beauty. You have created a world that has an overabundance of glorious beauty. We look at the magnificence of creation and see you. We look at the people you have made and see your image. We thank you for the creativity you have given us as we imitate what you have done. In all these things we see your glory and your love for us. Amen

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