Pray to your Father secretly


When you pray, go away by yourself, all alone, and shut the door behind you and pray to your Father secretly, and your Father, who knows your secrets, will reward you. -Matthew 6:5-6 TLB


Much of life is done secretly. Our unvoiced thoughts. Things done when no one is around. Cries of our hearts offered to the One who knows our secrets. In truth prayer is so much more than the words we utter out loud. In a very real sense it is an inner (and secret) expression of our love and worship of the One who speaks to us in the secret places.

So today I offer a challenge to anyone reading here. Find moments to pray in secret. Be aware of secret places. Pray in your car. Offer praises in the shower. Cherish your moments of solitude. Be still and know that the Holy Spirit is with you when you feel alone. Cry out to God in your still moments. In dark times invite his light. And offer thanks to God.

Grant us grace Lord that we might make time to go away. To be all alone. To shut the door to all and open a door to you.

Amen
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Christ Triumphant

Father,

I thank You that Christ has triumphed and will triumph over the powers of evil and the powers of darkness in this world.  It is easy for us to be discouraged by all the bad things going on around us. Help us to trust You when things look bad. And help us to follow Your principles and stand for Your truth and work Your will in  a world that commonly rejects it. And help us to reach out to do what we can to help those who are victims of this evil.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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Abba, Father


When we live in a spirit of slavery and fear, we cry, “Abba, Father!”
When we live by the power of death, we cry, “Abba, Father!”
When your church has lost its way, we cry, “Abba, Father!”
When we’ve forgotten your truth, we cry, “Abba, Father!”
When we model ourselves after the world, we cry, “Abba, Father!”
Where men and women and children are for sale we cry, “Abba, Father!”
When human life is cheap we cry, “Abba, Father!”
Where people are desperate and violent, we cry,  “Abba, Father!”
Where we see with eyes of mistrust and hate, we cry,  “Abba, Father!”
Where families are torn apart, we cry, “Abba, Father!”
Where cities are in distress, we cry, “Abba, Father!”
Where those in power abuse the needy, we cry,  “Abba, Father!”
Where food is withheld from the hungry, we cry,  “Abba, Father!”
Where we have destroyed the beauty of your creation, we cry, “Abba, Father!”
In every way we are small, afraid, broken, alone, and desperate, we cry, “Abba, Father!”
Let your Spirit testify to our spirits that we are your children.
Amen
From Mandy Smith, Missio Alliance

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A PRAYER FOR OTHERS




I would pray, O Lord, not only for myself but for all the household to which I belong, for all my friends and all my fellow workers, beseeching Thee to include them all in Thy fatherly regard.  I pray also ~~

 for all who will today be faced by any great decision
for all who will today be engaged in settling affairs of moment
 in the lives of men and nations.
for all who are moulding public opinion in our time.
for all who write what other people read;
for all who are holding aloft the lamp of truth
in a world of ignorance and sin.
for all whose hands are worn from too much toil,
and for the unemployed whose hands today fall idle;
for those who have not where to lay their head.

O Christ my Lord, who for my sake and my brethren's didst forgo all earthly comfort and fullness, forbid it that I should ever live unto myself.  Amen

~A Diary of Private Prayer ~ John Baillie

Benecidtion




2 John 1:3 (NLT)
     Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.”
 

Father in this verse you give us the source, substance and standard of your benediction on our life. You are the source. Grace, mercy and peace are the substance. Love and truth are the standard. It is when we live in your love and live out your truth that your benediction rests on us.   
 

So Father, may we be mindful of what the Apostle John wrote:  “…let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth…” 1 John 3:18-19 (NLT) Then Father your blessings will overflow in our lives and bring benediction to others.
 

We thank you Father for all you give us through your Son, Jesus.

Amen

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A Short Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus,
I don't fall on my face before you near as often as I need to, but I am here today begging for wisdom. You know my heart, You know the situation. Your love is never ending and You know the beginning from the end. Thank you, Lord, for hearing my heart's cry even when I don't know how to form the words.
Amen

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evening and morningpr

As for me, I will call upon God,
And the LORD shall save me.
Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.

Psalm 55:16-17

Amen

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Our Sufficiency

Father, help us to remember that our sufficiency is only in Christ. Let us not put our trust in any thing or person but you. Help us to find our identity in our adoption as your children and not in anything else. May Jesus be our all-in-all. Amen

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FOR SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN





"I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.  I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God, how vast is the sum of them.  Were I to count them they would out number the grains of sand.  When I awake I am still with You."   (Psalm 139:14-18)

Oh Father, with the heartbreaking news this week that there are those who would not only disregard human life through abortions, but cold heartedly talk about selling body parts of a little baby.    Oh God, help these in our Country that has no regard for You or these precious little ones.  Convict their hearts, turn their calloused minds to seek You.  How Your heart must grieve that so many have turned from the plan you had for man.   Have mercy on all of us.  Amen


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Pilgrim Prayer

Father,

Help Your people to live in the light of eternity. Help us remember that we are pilgrims and sojourners here and this is not our ultimate home. But also help us to bring the light of that eternity to bear on the problems and needs of the people around us. Let us reach out to meet those needs. Help us to find the right balance of reaching out to the present world without simply being conformed to it. And help us to live for eternity without distancing ourselves from those who need our help around us.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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