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

Thanks

Dear Lord,
Thank you for this moment of quiet in the middle of an otherwise busy day. Thank you for You unending love that follows me through my life. Weave it deep into my inner being, Lord, that I may be unmistakably Yours.
Amen

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let Him lead the way

"And the LORD went before them by day
in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way;
and by night in a pillar of fire, to give
them light; to go by day and night"
(Exodus 13:21)

Father God, go before us this day as a pillar of cloud and of fire. Help us to keep our eyes on You and to fully comprehend and  understand that You are with us always. Guide us each step of our journey as we endeavor to walk in your ways and do your will. Let us be aware of the leading of the sweet Holy Spirit in our lives and follow hard after You.
Amen

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Prayer for those who Battle Cancer

My family is dealing with cancer in a major way these days. My brother (he is 70) discovered that he has lung cancer this summer and he has been going through chemo. And my niece, aged 43, has been battling cancer for three years now. She has been on a ventilator the past month. All I could do was cry when my sister (her mom) called and shared the recent events with me. So please join me in praying these prayers for my brother, niece and all who are battling cancer.


One of the names of God is "Jehovah Rapha", the Lord that heals. Knowing that, we pray that cancer roots will dry at the command of our great Lord and malignant cells will stop spreading at the command of God. We intercede and ask that His Word will restore health to victims of cancer.

We pray for all those taking chemotherapy and other medicines to treat cancer. We ask that the Lord will work out His perfect will in those situations and bring about healing. We ask that The Great Physician will heal all those that have undergone surgery and radiation therapy and pray that all the cancer cells will be destroyed.

Finally, we intercede for all those, patients and family members, who are too weak to pray. We ask that they would be supported by friends, families and neighbors in their battle against cancer. In the midst of deep despair and suffering we ask that a fragrant hope would rise toward heaven. And in a very fearful time we ask that faith, not fear, would not rule the day.

Amen

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o my soul

why do you worry, o my soul?
the master will do his work.

already, he is moving in you
driving that first step forward.

why are you anxious, o my heart?
the lord is shaping you, even at night.

already, you are becoming
the same person all of the time.

why do you despair, my flesh and bones?
when you fall, simply get up.

rejoice, for your trainor is the
cleansor, the provider of freedom.

he will make you invincible.

Amen
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Faith: Your Link to Promise and Victory


"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
 
The life of Joshua in the Old Testament is an illustration of Jesus. As a matter of fact, Joshua is the Hebrew name of Jesus. The Lord Jesus is our heavenly Joshua who leads us into the land of promise and victory.
And what is this victory? It is a victory of faith. There is nothing more, nothing less that will achieve the victory in our lives but faith. Victory is not achieved by fighting. Victory is received by faith.

You see, when God has a gigantic task He wants us to perform, He gives the contract to faith. Your faith links your nothingness to God's almightiness and victory is yours for the taking! ~Adrian Rogers


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no record of sins

"Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.
Lord, hear my voice; let thine ears be attentive 
to the voice of my supplications.
If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, 
who shall stand?
But there is forgivness with thee, that
thou mayest be feared.
I wait for the LORD, my soul
doth wait, and in His word do I hope."
(Psalm 130:1-5)

Thank you sweet Lord , that you keep NO record of our sins. Thank you that when we humbly confess and repent of our sins, you wipe the slate clean. You give us a brand new start. New mercies every day. Our sins are forgiven and forgotten. Cast as far as the east is from the west. We give you praise and honor for this. You are mighty and you are powerful and we love you with all of our hearts.


Amen

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Prayer of Abandonment

Father, I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
and in all Your creatures -
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands,
without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,

For you are my Father.

--Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916)

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bask in the light

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

The first recorded words of our Lord and God… “Let there be light”.

Light separates truth from darkness, provides a source or warmth and comfort, adds depth and dimension to our lives. Let us give thanks and praise for light. Let us be children of the light. Let us bask in the beauty of God and his kingdom that is visibility to us only through the gift of light.

How powerful and mighty is our God – how loving and giving is He – that he can save us from darkness. That he chose to save us from darkness. With his first words. He chose us. He chose light.

Bask in the truth, in the warmth, in the beauty and fullness that is light. Bask in the grace and love of our Lord.

All praise and glory to God.

Amen
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Knowing Him!


"Of old hast Thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of Thy hands." Psalm 102:25. Do you know what Paul said at the end of his ministry? That he may know God (see Philippians 3:10). Did he know God? Yes, but he knew so little about Him.

Let me ask you a question. Did Christopher Columbus discover America? Well, he touched on the shores of America. But even today there are thousands of unnamed lakes, forests, and more where no one has yet completely explored. There is so much in Christ. You may have "touched on" Christ, but God's plan is that you know Him more and more each day. ~Adrian Rogers


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"the Name"

As I was studying old testament history a few weeks ago, I learned that when the priests were saying the prayer in the temple, they never uttered the name for God. They didn't say "YHWH" or even "Jehovah". They so reverenced His Name that they referred to the Almighty God as "Hashem". That literally meant "the Name".  This practice of respect still takes place today in the Jewish world.




God is to be so highly feared and reverenced that even His Name is considered Holy. Hashem.... the Name.... worthy to be honored and worthy to be praised. Let our prayers reflect this in a mighty way.

Oh, mighty God, may we reverence Your Name with such honor! As we utter our prayers let your name be held in the highest regard. You truly are Jehovah. El Elyon - the God most High. The great I AM. Let our hearts fully embrace the knowledge of who you are. You are 'the Name'. You are 'Hashem'. You are God. We give you all honor and praise that is due your name. We bow down and worship you with all that we are and all that we have. 


Amen

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Prayer for Grandchildren


Grant to my grandchildren your grace, most merciful Jesus, that it may be with them and in them now and to the end of their lives. Grant that they may always desire and will those things that are most acceptable and most dear to you. Let your will be theirs, and let their will ever follow yours and agree perfectly with it. Let their willing and not-willing be in complete unison with your will, and let them not be able to will anything but what you will, nor will not what you will not, in Jesus’ name, amen.


Adapted from a prayer of Thomas Aquinas by Bob Hostetler.

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Prayer Lets the Arrow Fly!


In Old Testament days, when a tribe commenced war, they would sometimes hurl a spear into enemy territory. It made no difference whether the enemy was there or not. It really wasn't for the enemy to see. It was an attitude of faith that was a declaration of war. Some would call it a throwing down of the gauntlet.

You may be reading this, wanting the victory in something today, and yet you haven't let your arrow of faith fly into the enemy's territory. Faith that acts will bring the enemy to his knees.

We don't fight our enemy with actual bows and arrows, instead we fight him with the weapons of prayer and the Word. When we pray, we face the foe. By letting the arrow of prayer fly, God moves in, and our prayer becomes the Lord's deliverance. God does business with those who mean business. ~Adrian Rogers


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9/11 thanksgiving

It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. Rev 21: 6-7

On September 11, 2011 more than 47,000 people were safely evacuated from two burning towers. It probably ranks as one of the greatest rescue operations in the history of the world.

Yet salvation comes at a cost. On that day, 403 firefighters, police officers and paramedics sacrificed their lives.

A few millennia earlier, one man gave his life to save a people. And when he breathed his last, he looked to heaven and declared, “It is finished.”

Tonight’s prayer is one of thanks, for the victories of 9/11. And the life everlasting these heroes now enjoy.

Amen
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I've Got It

Dear Lord,
May I never be so blind as to think I have it all together.
Amen

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Thankful in Chicago

My wife Ann and I will be heading back home to Kansas City from Chicago on Thursday.
It has been a very difficult summer for us. Even so, I want to take a few moments to give thanks.



Lord, for all of the encouraging notes and prayer from friends and family I give thanks.

For that day when the tube came out and Ann was taken off the ventilator I am so grateful.

For the doctors, nurses and medical staff who showed such expertise, care and compassion I give thanks.

For a wife that is a world class fighter and an amazing disciple of yours I praise you.

For the opportunity to return home to a life of modified normalcy I am very grateful.

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen

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could we be those shepherds?

A few weeks ago, some teens and young adults got together for a night of worship and testimony. Tina Colon sang a song that night... a song that I would like to make our prayer for this Monday.

Look at the poverty in this city--how could we let it get so bad?
While they dig through trash cans for their dinner, I walk right by.
Kids will be sleeping on the subway floors tonight.

Look at the brokenness in this city, outstretched hands begging for change.
I ask, 'am I my brother's keeper?' I don't know...
But if we don't keep, then won't they be left alone?

Where are the shepherds, where are the shepherds? you ask.
Many are scattered, who will gather?
Many are sick, many are weary, many are wandering.
Where are the shepherds, where are the shepherds? you ask.

He knows the violence in this city. Just out of jail, only 14.
He steals from the rich to buy some drugs to dull his pain.
But for his delinquency he's not the only one to blame.
See when he was younger, his father would hurt him
Until he ran away from home.
out in the cold, only the streets would take him in.
And out on the streets, they'd teach him he needs violence to live.

Where are the shepherds, where are the shepherds? you ask.
Many are scattered, who will gather?
Many are sick, many are weary, many are wandering.
Where are the shepherds, where are the shepherds? you ask.

But you will search for the ones we've forgotten, you will rescue.
you will bring them into their own land where they will feed.
And we will join you, we'll bind up the injured and strengthen the weak.
'Cuz we are the shepherds, we are the shepherds you seek.

So where are the shepherds, where are the shepherds? you ask
My sheep are still scattered, it's time to gather...
To heal the sick, comfort the weary, walk with the wandering.
Could we be those shepherds, be the shepherds we need?

Peace,

Amen
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Smooth Sailing

God has not promised you smooth sailing, but He has promised you a safe landing. He has a purpose in allowing every circumstance into your life. You can bank on this: He’ll see you to the shore in every storm of life. Andrew Murray said, “God is willing to assume full responsibility for the life totally yielded to Him.” One of these days your destiny will be fulfilled. And soon and very soon, He is going to step down from the
mountain of His glory, and the trumpet will sound. Our little ship will leave the sea of time and immediately we’ll be on the shores of eternity. If you are a child of God, when He comes, He’s coming for you! He’s coming for me! ~Adrian Rogers

Philippians 1:6 - “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Amen


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