all things

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, 
or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God"
(1 Corinthians 10:31)

Father God, our prayer today is that we will do all things for Your glory and Your glory only. Hide us behind the Cross. Help us to deny ourselves and keep you as our priority and our first love. Help us to live Holy and pure and godly lives. May we bring honor and glory to Your Name in all that we say and all that we do and all that we are. We love you, Oh, Lord, and our desire is to praise you and worship you for all eternity.


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Focus

Jesus, help us to remember that it is all about you. In the middle of all that we do to build our own kingdoms, remind us that if you are not in it, it will mean nothing. Keep our focus on you. Amen

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Help us to be Faithful

Father, help me to recognize that you have called me to be faithful not successful.

Cause me to focus my efforts in pleasing You alone and not people.

Aid me in not taking on more responsibility than You intend for me.

Give me opportunities to humble myself as a faithful steward whatever the outcome.

I ask these things in the glorious name of Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord.

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Journey


Romans 15:29 (NLT)
   And I am sure that when I come, Christ will richly bless our time together.


Father, we are on another journey. We will be seeing family and friends and enjoy the delight of fellowship with them. How grateful we are that in life’s journey you provide the encouragement, the joy, and the support of such a loving circle of life.  Above all that we thank you for your friendship and care that makes all these others blessings possible. What a wonderful life.

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be watchful

"We must be as watchful after the VICTORY
as we were before the battle."
(Andrew Bonar)

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Let's remember that our prayer lives aren't just for our times of crisis. Our prayer lives are to be a continual and intimate outpouring of our love for and our relationship with God. Prayer is intended to be an attitude that we possess every second of the day. Let's remember to spend time praising and thanking him and be diligent to spend as much time in prayer during the good times as we do during the bad times.

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Prayer for Autumn Days

God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process.

God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.

God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.

God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your power-filled presence. May we gain strength from this.

God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.

God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.

God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.

God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful.

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Prayer for the Church

Father, we pray for your Church. Defeat the evil that seeks to destroy it. Encourage, comfort, and strengthen your people as they carry out your mission of reconciliation. Hold our leaders up and give them your strength. Keep us in unity in Christ. We thank you that your kingdom will come and your will be done on this earth as it is in heaven. Amen

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NOTHING, NOTHING

You washed our hearts, sealed us with Your Spirit
We are now secure, held in Your hands
Your blood has covered, purchased, ransomed
The cross can never be undone
The cross can never be undone

Nothing, nothing can separate us
The gates of hell, You have overcome
Nothing, nothing can separate us 
From the Father's love.

We have a hope found in You, Jesus
There's no other name by which we are saved
Your grace has spoken kindness, favor
Your mercy's already won
Your mercy's already won.

We were dead, but ow we're living
We were outcasts, now forgiven
The Son has set us free
And we are free  indeed
We were ruined, now we're righteous
Through the sacrifice of Jesus
You have set us free
And we are free indeed.

Song and words by Rachel Barrentine




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DECEPTION

Mark 13:5 (NIV)
     Jesus said to them: "Watch out that no one deceives you.


2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (NLT)
     13 These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness……

Father, these are strait forward, stark and startling warnings about the greatest challenge people face, that is, simply being lied to. No one is better at this than Satan. That’s why Jesus said of Satan: ……He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 (NLT)

Father, understanding and being aware of the false tactics Satan uses, help us to be devoted seekers of truth as you have so well give it to us in your Word, the Bible. And help us to “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11 (NLT)

Thank you Father for the truth that always defeats deception.

For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground.” Ephesians 6:13 (GW)

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perfect submission

Is our prayer submissive?

Why do we typically bow our heads in prayer? We do it as a sign of submission. It is a physical representation of the respect, awe and holy fear we have for our Creator and our God.

We certainly don't have to bow our heads to talk to God, but our physical posture can greatly affect our experience with prayer. There is just something so emotionally altering in our hearts when we bow in reverence, get on our knees or even on our faces in prayer. It is humbling. It is surrendering. It is acknowledging His holiness and His authority and His worth and acknowledging our absolute dependence upon that.

We are to submit our will to His. We come seeking and expecting His will to be done and His kingdom to prevail. The act of prayer places us in a position where He can work in us and on us if we are willing to submit totally to Him.

Our submission to Him comes before our petition begins. When we approach God's holy throne in prayer, we are not approaching Him based on our authority. We come only through the authority of Christ. So even though our submission comes before the prayer begins, the most important moment of submission comes at the end of our prayer. When we come to the close of our prayer, we must say, "In Jesus' name". We are then yielding ourselves, our will and our prayers to our Father and we are hallowing His name. Jesus gave us the perfect illustration of submission during His prayer in the garden of Gethsemane.

"He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done"
Luke 22:41-42
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