Labor Day Prayer

Father, we thank you for those who have labored to build this nation, who have worked long and hard. Thank you for the strength you gave them and for the opportunities you provided. We pray for those who are without jobs currently, and for those who are underemployed. Provide for them. Encourage them and lift them up. Amen

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LAME HANDS OF FAITH...



"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,
I stretch lame hands of faith, and grope.....

Dear Lord, I do not know the author of these pleading words, but I have many time felt this way when I try to pray and the weight of my cares take my words away, and the stairway to You seems dark ~ so I do stretch my lame hands of faith and grope for words to say.  Then I remember that You said when my words won't come ~ the Holy Spirit groans my feeble words and shares my deepest heart with the Father.  Thank you Lord.  I love You.  Amen.

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Persecution

Matthew 5:43-44 (HCSB)
   43 “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,


Romans 12:14&17&19 (HCSB)
  14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil.….19 Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord.
Father I am distraught, disturbed and disquieted over the persecution of all people. The horrific reports and pictures of such inhumane suffering are overwhelming. My reaction is to do to them what they have so mercilessly done to the innocent and those of another faith.

However, Father you have called us and commanded us to be of another attitude toward the enemies of humanity and of yourself. You have called us to pursue peace, pray for our enemies and be patient for the sure coming of justice. Again you remind us: “Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay. In time their foot will slip, for their day of disaster is near, and their doom is coming quickly.” Deuteronomy 32:35 (HCSB)

Father you tell us that: “….government is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason. For government is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong.” Romans 13:4 (HCSB)

I pray Father for the persecutors, as Saul of Tarsus was once, to see the truth of your Light, repent of their evil ways and trust in Jesus. Because I know your day of justice is coming and may it be soon for the sake of your suffering people.

And Father I am reminded to: “Remember …… those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Hebrews 13:3 (NIV)


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Save us from Cynicism

Our Father God, who dost overarch our fleeting years with thine eternity and dost undergird our weakness with thy strength, in the midst of the pressures of another day, as we face its vast concerns. Above all else save us from succumbing to the tragic temptation of becoming cynical. Amen

... a prayer of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Teach us, LORD





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God's Grace and Healing


Dear Lord ~ today I saw a miracle, and I want to thank you.  A family member was facing stage 4 cancer, and with your love and grace and the skills you give doctors, and your will that our cousin is now cancer free and will have some more time on this earth with his family, we thank you.

We never know from day to day what it will bring.  I want to thank you for a second miracle.  Our dear friend that had a stroke a couple of weeks ago, went home today.  His complete recovery will take some time, but you are with him every step of the way. 
Our hearts are full of thankfulness today for answers to our prayers for these two.  

Lord be with all those who have loved ones fighting cancer, strokes and all kinds of sickness.  Bring comfort and healing.   I love you.  Amen.


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Father, we lift up to you those who are feeling the weight of depression, those who feel as if they have no one to turn to. Be their strength. Encourage them with your grace and love. Bring them the help they need and restore them. Amen

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LET ME STAND ~




Dear Lord ~ Let me stand today ~
for whatever is pure and true and just and good.
for the right of the weak and the oppressed.

Today O Lord ~
let me put right before interest.
let me put others before self.
let me put things of the spirit before the things of the flesh.
let me put principle above reputation.
let me put Thee before all else.

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

~A Diary of Private Prayer ~ John Baillee


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First Love

Ephesians 1:15 (NLT)
  Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere,


Revelation 2:4 (NLT)
   “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!

Father how is it that in a mere 35 years there could be such a change from when Paul wrote to the Ephesian Church of “your love for God’s people” to the startling  words of Jesus to the same Church “You don’t love me or each other as you did….!” How could such a heart on fire for Jesus become the ashes of indifference and worse, a cold heart?

Yet, did not Jesus warn us: “Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.”  Matthew 24:12 (NLT)

Father I pray that none of us will ever be part of the many who have forgotten and forsaken the ecstasy of our first experience of your love for us and our love for you. This love does not grow old or cold in hearts that are stirred with fire of your presence. It is the love spoken of in 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NLT)Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

Loving Father help us to so love You and each other!!!


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Revive what has died in me ...

Dear God,

Enlighten what is dark in me.
Strengthen what is weak in me.
Mend what is broken in me.
Bind what is bruised in me.
Heal what I sick in me.

And lastly, revive whatever peace and love has died in me.

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