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

For Those Without Homes

Father,

I pray for the refugees, for the homeless, for those who have no settled dwelling upon this earth. I pray that they may turn to You in their need. I pray that You may comfort them in their distress. I pray that You may lead them to a safe dwelling place. I pray that You will provide their needs. I pray that You may take away the causes that lead to their condition. And I pray that Your people may do what they can to help them in their need.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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Almighty God,
whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world:
Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacrament,
may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory,
that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen
Book of Common Prayer
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GIVE ME A HEART LIKE JESUS



 O Heavenly Father, give me a heart like the heart of Jesus Christ, a heart more ready to minister than to be ministered unto, a heart moved by compassion towards the weak and the oppressed, a heart set upon the coming of Thy Kingdom in the world of men.

I would pray today, O God, for all those sorts and conditions of men to whom Jesus Christ was wont to give special thought and care;

For those lacking food or drink or raiment;
For the sick and all who are wasted by disease;
For the blind;
For the maimed and lame;
For prisoners;
For those oppressed by any injustice;
For the lost sheep of our human society;
For the worried and anxious;
For all those who are living faithful lives in obscurity;
For those who are fighting bravely in unpopular causes

In mighty name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen

*Taken from "A Diary of Private Prayer" by John Baillie (1949)



Amen

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Choices to Live By (JOY)

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
     22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.


     “I choose joy. I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.” Max Lucado

Father it is in your joy that we will live today with a positive perspective as we encounter the realities of life. May your joy overflow through us so that we will be a source of blessing, hope and peace to others in whatever struggles they face.

Thank you Father for the reminder of Max Lucado that we can choose joy. May we ever remember: “…… the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (ESV)

In the name of Jesus through whom the good news of great joy has come.

Amen

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The Warrior’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Your warrior prepares for battle
Today I claim the victory over Satan by putting on the whole armor of God!

I put on the GIRDLE of TRUTH!
May I stand firm in the truth of YOUR WORD so that I will not be a victim of Satan’s lies.

I put on the BREASTPLATE of RIGHTEOUSNESS!
May it guard my heart from evil so I will remain pure and holy, protected under the blood of Jesus Christ.

I put on the SHOES of PEACE!
May I stand firm in the Good News of the Gospel so Your peace will shine through me and be a light to all I encounter.

I take the SHIELD of FAITH!
May I be ready for Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, denial, and deceit so I will not be vulnerable to spiritual defeat.

I put on the HELMET of SALVATION!
May I keep my mind focused on YOU so that Satan will not have a stronghold on my thoughts.

I take the SWORD of the SPIRIT!
May the two-edged sword of YOUR WORD be ready in my hands so I can expose the tempting words of Satan.

By faith your warrior has put on the WHOLE armor of God!

I am prepared to live this day in spiritual victory!

Amen
-written by David Jeremiah

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Lost in Limbo

Sometimes I feel lost in limbo. I have pancreatic cancer, and it has spread. The doctors cannot do any more than give me chemotherapy to slow the cancer growth. I do not discount the possibility God could  heal me, but I have no assurance He will do this. If God does no,t I am told my life may be measured in months, or years, and no one is really sure which or exactly how many. So I wait, and sometimes this seems the hardest thing to do.

Father,

I pray for all of us who wait and who do so, not knowing what will happen next. Fill us with Your power to be able to trust You. Be with us in every twist or turn in the way. Strengthen us to face whatever it is we need to face. And be with us every step of the way.

In Jesus' Name,
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Epiphany

Father, as you revealed the promised King to the Magi from the east, so reveal Jesus to us anew. Let us see our Savior in our day-to-day so we may know where he is working and join with him. Let us see the kingdom come one earth as it is in heaven. Amen
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