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

THE WISEMEN

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 Matthew 2:9-12  "After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming into the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.  Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.  And having been warned in a dream no to go back to Herod, they returned to their country another route."

Dear Lord, You were protecting you son in every way.  Wisemen journeyed long and hard to follow the star of promise to come and worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  To bring him costly treasures from afar.  And they had ears to hear when they had the dream, and hearts to obey and travel home a different route.  What conversations they must have had as they traveled back to their country.  You came for the Lost...those of lowest estate, and Kings from a far country.  You came for me.  I bow in worship today to my Savior, my Lord, the King of Kings.  I love You.   Amen.





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Incarnation



John 1:1 (NLT)
  In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 (NLT)
  So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

Luke 2:11 (NLT)
 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!

Dear Lord Jesus how great is your love for us! That you would become like us, as the Apostle Paul wrote: “…. Christ Jesus…. 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!”  Philippians 2:6 -8 (NIV)  

Thank you Lord Jesus for your humility through which you came to bear the sin of the world. Thank you that through your grace we have peace, through your mercy we have pardon and through your death we have eternal life. What an infinitely precious and priceless gift is ours through faith in you and your extraordinary loving sacrifice for us.

Thank you Lord Jesus that in this joyful, colorful and musical season of celebrating your birth we can truly sing, “Hallelujah What A Savior!!!”

Amen.


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Lord of justice and mercy, why do we worry about evil men? You are with all who trust in Your power and goodness. We wait for You, oh Lord. You are our Light and salvation. No matter how great the danger, our hope and confidence is in You. We are happy in the assurance that comes from Your Word even today. The wicked have no solid hope, but you will help us in the evil day. Our hope is everlasting and secure. You have ordained our every step and will take us into Your glorious presence. You love justice. You are a God of mercy to those who trust in You. We love You Lord. We know You will never abandon us. We look to You for the future of every good hope. Amen 

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Prayers on the Longest Night

As we prepare for Christmas it is always good to remember that this is a very difficult time for many among us. People are, for the first time, celebrating Christmas without their loved ones. So on this day when the night is the longest, I find myself thinking about this meditation (posted below), written in 2001 by Rev. Diane Hendricks. As you read it please think about and pray for those who are hurting so much this season.

Longest Night Meditation

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Only it's not.

  • Not for everyone.
  • Not when there is an empty chair at the table.
  • Not when your body is ravaged with illness.
  • Not when the depression is too much to bear.
  • Not without her voice joining yours on the Christmas carols.
  • Not when you feel all alone even in a crowd.
  • Not when you are not sure you can even afford the rent or mortgage,
    let alone the presents.
  • Not when they are trying their best to the best of you.
  • Not when another Christmas party means he will come home drunk again.
It's the most wonderful time of the year?

No, it's not.

And trying to smile and say Merry Christmas is more than difficult.

It's pretty near impossible.

C.S. Lewis once wrote:

"No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning..."
It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Only it's not.
  • Not after he has died.
  • Not after the doctor gave you the news.
  • Not after they told you they would be downsizing.
  • Not after... you fill in the blank.
  • Not after September 11.
  • Not when there is so much violence and destruction in the world.
In truth, it has never been the most wonderful time of the year. Certainly not in the days surrounding that first Christmas so long ago. The story of the birth of Jesus is not to be told with a jolly voice and a merry ho-ho-ho.
It is the story of a teenage girl, pregnant with a child that is not her husband's.

It is the story of a child born in a dirty animal stall.
It is the story of a family of refugees who had to flee their homeland so that their child would not be killed.
It is the story of one sent into the world in peace who was condemned to death.
It is the story of a light sent to shine in the darkness, which the world snuffed out.
It is the story of God's never-ending, self-giving mercy which was rejected and condemned.
In the great work the Messiah, Handel quotes the prophet Isaiah, proclaiming that Jesus was "despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief." One great theologian reminds us that we cannot come to the manger without acknowledging that it lays in the shadow of the cross.

It is not the most wonderful time of the year.

Only it is! It is:
  • If we forget about the tinsel and the trees.
  • If we forget about the holly jolly tidings.
  • If we forget about the presents and the ornaments and the trappings.
And remember. Remember the story.
  • Mary was alone and afraid.
    But God was with her and exalted her among women.
  • Joseph was disgraced.
    But God revealed in Joseph's cause for disgrace God's plan to save the world.
  • The world was in darkness.
    But God sent the light of life to shine.
  • The lowly were imprisoned.
    But Jesus set them free.
  • The blind wandered aimlessly.
    But Christ gave them eyes to see.
  • The lame were rejected.
    But through the Holy One they were made to leap and dance.
  • The deaf were confined to the silence.
    But the song of life unstopped their ears.
  • The sorrowful grieved.
    But God wipes away our tears.
  • We were alone.
    But in Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God is with us.
  • The people rejected God.
    But God embraces us.
  • The world crucified Christ.
    But God would not allow that to be the last word, and gave us the sure hope of the resurrection.
It is the most wonderful time of the year, not because you have to be cheery and happy and merry.

But because you don't.

You can have heavy spirits and shattered dreams. Broken hearts and deep wounds.

And still God comes to be with you.
  • To comfort you.
  • To redeem you.
  • To save you.
  • To restore you.
  • To empower you.
  • To strengthen you.
  • To grant you peace.
  • To be raised for you.
  • To hold you in the communion of saints with those whom you have loved and lost.
  • To store your tears in his bottle.
  • To offer you eternal life.
It is the most wonderful time of the year.
For Christ is born.
Love has come.
God is with us!
Thanks be to the Lord our God.


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Prayer for holy boldness

LORD, in the midst of this beautiful Christmas season, we pray for an anointing upon every believer with a ‘holy boldness’ to proclaim the TRUTH of Your gospel! What an opportunity we have to spread the truth of Christ to all those around us. Fill us with courage and strength and help us to speak  The Scriptures with Faith and bring Hope to a dying world.

“Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy.” Luke 2:10

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Bringing Peace


Our Great and Good Father,

We come before today to praise you, to worship you, to acknowledge how you are all-sufficient. Through every time of heartache, challenge, pain, and hurt... you provide peace. You are the God of great comfort, calming our hearts and giving light in the midst of our dark and deepest gloom. You break away the chains that hold us, keeping us from you.

Calm our hearts, Father, as we resist the business of this season. Help us to rest and find peace in this time in-between now and when you come again. Maye this peace forever comfort and even protect our hearts from being overwhelmed. For you are not a God of chaos, you are the God of peace. You are not a God of discord, but the God of unity. You are not a God of turmoil, but a God of reconciliation.

Then they cried out of the LORD in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven. (Psalm 107: 28-30)

Father, thank you for coming to our aide. For calming the storms inside our hearts. We may not know and even understand how you are working during this time, so we ask you to help us trust in your providential care. 

You sending your Son is the greatest act of peace you've ever given, for he brought peace between us and You. He brought together what we separated, Father. Thank you for bringing peace.

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RAGS TO RICHES



"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born  to you; he is Christ the Lord....Suddenly a great company of the heavenly hosts appeared with the angel praising God and saying...."Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests". 
Luke 2:8-14

Shepherds were the lowest on the pay scale.  Living with their animals, smelling like them, wearing stained and dirty clothes far from the lights of the city.  Yet, on this most monumental night, it was the Hosts of Heaven in their royal garments, shining with the Glory of Heaven that appeared to these humble shepherds.  Truly Riches visited the Rags of humanity that night.  The message was for ALL PEOPLE...from the lowly shepherds, to kings on thrones, to YOU and ME.

One day when I said yes to the savior...he took my ragged dirty clothes, and gave me a robe of righteousness.  

Dear Lord, don't ever let us forget how lost we were, and how you looked down and left the glories of heaven to come to earth as a babe, so you could live out Your life, die on the Cross, and save a Lost World.  For all of those that would say yes, You turned our rags to riches.  I love You.  Amen.

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A Beautiful Greeting



Father we understand that peace on earth is inextricably connected to your Son. The joyful announcement by the angel clearly presents this glorious truth.  

Luke 2:8-14 (NLT)
     8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

Thank you Father that through faith in your Son we have the peace of forgiveness, the peace of fellowship with you and each other and one day the peace of being in your eternal presence.

Father I pray for all of our families and friends: “…..may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NLT)

In Jesus name, Amen.


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A Song of Praise to our God

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you;
Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
I rejoice in You, my Savior, for You have done great things for me.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.
Because of Your tender mercy, O God, the light from Heaven shines on me. You have given light when I have been in darkness and the shadow of death, You guide me on the path of peace.
Thank You for the joy You have brought to us through the indescribable gift of Jesus.

Psalm 63:1-8; Luke 1

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The God of Hope



Father,

Hope. The sounds resonates in our hearts as we look back on 2017, which has often felt anything but hopeful. Yet in the first week of Advent, hope is our reminder. The words to focus on, as we consider your coming.

You are the God of all hope, who sent his Son to us, to offer the greatest hope this world could ever know. You are the God of this present hope, as we see the way you are continuing to redeem and heal this world. And you are the God of future hope, as we wait and long for the second coming for your Son, when he will return to take his rightful place as the King of this world.

Help us cling to this hope, Father. Help us to push back despair with the hope that is only offered in your son Jesus Christ. May your hope reign in our hearts as we wait and long for your Son's return.

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First Week of Advent

Almighty God,
Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness,
and put on the armor of light,
now in the time of this mortal life
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility;
that in the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge both the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
Through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God,
now and for ever.
Amen
Book of Common Prayer


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ONE SIMPLE YES



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Luke 1:38 "I am the Lord's servant" Mary answered,  "May it be to me as you have said."   Then the angel left her.

Your plan of redemption was advanced when one simple peasant girl said yes to You ~ a yes that would change the world.  There was no complicated ritual, nor advanced theological training involved.  Just the trusting words, "May it be to me as you have said."  Lord, may it be the same in my life.  Help me to cooperate with Your plan for the world by saying yes to You,  Holy Spirit.  Come upon me so that the life of Christ may be manifested through me to the needy world around me.  I love You.  Amen.


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Light in the Darkness


Isaiah 9:2 (NIV)
     “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

Father what greater metaphor could be given to people living in the despair of darkness and the shadow of death than the glory of your Son, who alone gives joy, hope and light to the world.

Jesus said: “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.” John 12:46 (NLT)

No wonder the announcement to the Shepherds by the Angel was such joyous and glorious news: "10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:8-14 (NIV)

Father, we join the Apostle Peter in saying: “…..declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9b (NIV)
Thank you Father for this glorious good news long ago prophesied by Isaiah: “….. Your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has dawned. Isaiah 60:1 (GW)
Amen.   


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Lead Me in Your Truth

Psalm 25:4-7 ESV
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

Soften my heart, Father, as I hear from your Word. Open the eyes of my heart that I can see wonderful things from your Word and know your will.
Engrave it on my heart.
Come, Holy Spirit, as I seek to understand the Truth of your Word. Sanctify me by Your truth.
Help me, Lord, to encounter You, and with renewed conviction and assurance, introduce myself as one of Yours. Help me to apply and walk in the truth of your Word. Amen

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A Simple Prayer for the Pain of Christmas

This season of Christmas surfaces all sorts of emotions. Sometimes we find ourselves grieving a loss or struggling with all sorts of images from Christmas Past.

In these times God can seem so distant and prayers so hard to say. I find that simple prayers can help to communicate our heart. Here is something we can pray.

I am hurting Lord. I am sad and I am struggling.

I offer my pain to you. I lift up my struggles and my sadness.

I confess that you are my friend, that you care about me and you are with me.

I ask you to help me. To comfort me. To bring joy into my life.

I believe in you Lord and trust you to bring me through this season.

I pray in the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen


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A Beautiful Gift

Prayer is our lifeline.

Our refuge.

Our strong tower.

Prayer is our intimate connection with Christ.

It’s where we pour out. Where He pours in.

It’s where love is born in our hearts for our Savior.

Prayer. Earnest prayer.

Where miracles happen. Where healing takes place. Where spirits are tendered and souls are released.

Where hearts are mended and eyes are opened.

Prayer.....the beautiful gift of God for those who love Him.

“The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16) ESV


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The Lord's Strength


Most gracious and loving Father,

We come before you this morning with praise in our hearts for who you are. For your power, your compassion, your glory, and your strength. Your strength covers our weakness, O Lord, This strength encourages us, inspires us, and makes us fully dependent on you.

Yet Father we still struggle in our sin. We confess to you that our hearts are divided. We make idols out of things and worship what we should not. Our hearts have been hardened by our sin, and from our hearts comes an out powering of sinful ways. We claim your strength over our sin, Father. We claim our weakness in the face of your strength. And we are grateful we can look to you for guidance as we stray, and thankful you see only your Son when you look at us.

From the Valley of Vision Prayers:

Help us to be 
watchful over our ways,
jealous over our tempers,
diligent over our hearts.
When we droop,
revive us, 
When we loiter, 
quicken us, 
When we go astray,
 restore us. 
Possess us with more of that faith 
which is the principle of all vital godliness.

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Christ the King

Almighty and everlasting God,
whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son,
the King of kings and Lord of lords:
Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth,
divided and enslaved by sin,
may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God,
now and for ever.
Amen
Book of Common Prayer

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AN OVERFLOW OF WORSHIP

 

Colossians  4:5-6  "Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone."

"Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks".  O Lord, may my heart overflow with worship.  May my conversation be a feast of life.  May Christ be the bread and Your Spirit the wine, may praise be the fruit and grace the salt, may love be the table and wisdom the candle.  May I always be prepared to feed anyone who hungers for the hope that I have in Christ.  I love you.  Amen.


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Post-Thanksgiving Day


1 Chronicles 23:30 (NLT)
    “….each morning and evening they stood before the LORD to sing songs of thanks and praise to him.”
Father I pray as the sun rises and sets, that each day, will be bracketed with thanksgiving. The words from the song: “Bless the Lord Oh My Soul” expresses the desire my heart:

The sun comes up
It's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name
As the Psalmist says so well:

“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High. 2 It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening,” Psalm 92:1-2 (NLT) 
Thank you Father for this post-Thanksgiving day and that we can continue to give you thanks and praise every day. “I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever.” Psalm 145:2 (NLT)
Celebrating today in Jesus name. Amen.


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Truth

Truth in our culture these days seems to be becoming more and more relative to most. I am thankful that God has revealed to us His truth in His Word, through His Son Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth.

Lord God Almighty, You are the God of all truth. Thank You for the Lord Jesus Christ and Your powerful Word. Thank You for revealing that You are truth and You are love. Thank You for showing me what it means to live out the truth and love others. Help me be faithful to study Your Word and know the truth. Keep me alert to wisely patrol the ideas, sermons and teachings I am encountering to be sure they agree with Your Word and glorify Jesus Christ. Lord, give me a heart that deeply cares and keep me connected to a strong community of believers with a solid affection for Your Word. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Krista Williams 
 

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A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We're slaves to the old factory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I'd like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I'm thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I'm thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they'll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You've blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life's greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I'm ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You've provided
And bless each and every person invited

Amen
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God is on our side

Most gracious and loving Father,

We come before you today thankful you are the God of peace, the  God of love, the God who fights for us. You are on our side, oh, Lord! What a joy! What a surety! Thank you for being good, kind, generous, just, powerful, and faithful. You are sovereign over all and always present with your people.

As many prepare for the Thanksgiving this week, we acknowledge that there is often much pain and hardship during the holiday season. It can be so easy for us to forget who you are and your love as the things of this world overwhelm us. Father, we pray over the challenges of difficult family dynamics, over loneliness and despair. Please cover these with your peace, that passes all understanding. 

Help us to love these family members who hurt us, and to be kind to ourselves as we are hurt by them. 

O God, be not far from me;
    O my God, make haste to help me!
13 May my accusers be put to shame and consumed;
    with scorn and disgrace may they be covered
    who seek my hurt.
14 But I will hope continually
    and will praise you yet more and more.
15 My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
    of your deeds of salvation all the day,
    for their number is past my knowledge.
16 With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come;
    I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.
 (Psalm 71: 1-3)


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It's Your Choice





Mark 8:34 "If people want to follow me, they must give up things they want.  They must be willing even to give up their lives to follow me."

On one side stands the crowd,
Jeering, Bating, Demanding.
On the other stands a peasant,
Swollen lips, Lumpy eye, Lofty promise.
One promises acceptance, the other a cross.
One offers flesh and flash, the other offers faith.
The crowd challenges, "Follow us and fit in,"
Jesus promises, "Follow me and stand out."
They promise to please, God promises to save.
God looks at you and ask, "Which will be your choice?"

Grace for the Moment ~ Max Lucado  (Nov. 18)

Dear Lord sometimes this seems like a hard choice.....but the closer I follow You, and the more I camp in Your WORD, the more I surrender my life completely to You, I want no other choice.  You own me, you paid the ultimate price for my salvation...what less can I do... I will follow You.  I love You, Amen.






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Name Them One by One


Deuteronomy 16:10 (NLT)

     Then celebrate the Festival of Harvest to honor the LORD your God. Bring him a voluntary offering in proportion to the blessings you have received from him.

Father it is always good for us to celebrate your generosity in response to the blessings we have received from you. For this reason Thanksgiving Day is such a special time of the year. A time to remember, a time to rejoice and a time renew our commitment to you and to share with others all you have done for us.

Father may we call to mind the admonition and encouragement of the Scripture: “Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

Thank you Father for all you have done. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, kindness, patience, goodness, forgiveness, spiritual and material blessings.  In reality, Father, more than we could ever express, your blessings are beyond number. As the Psalmist so apply said: “17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!” Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT)

Thank you Father, in Jesus name, for all you have done! Amen.


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Hope in Trials

Thank You, Lord, for the hope we have in You. We can endure the trials of today because we know the truth of tomorrow. You are the Giver and Sustainer of life. All sorrow will one day be erased. All tears will one day be replaced. There will be joy and laughter and singing. And it's all because of You. Help me to remember this truth when the weight of today feels like too much. Help me to become a person of prayer and person of praise, because of everything You have already done. In Jesus' name, Amen

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A Prayer for remaining Grateful when Life is Messy

Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess. 5:18 (ESV)

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isa. 41:10 (ESV)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Rom. 8:28 (NIV)



Dear heavenly Father, there are some days when it’s good (and important) to remember that you call us to offer thanks in, not for, all circumstances. The gospel isn’t about magic thinking or make-believe-living, spiritual anesthesia or circumstantial amnesia. In fact, the gospel is the only place in the universe where we don’t have to pretend about anything. That’s one of the many reasons we love you, and ARE grateful to be your children.

Father, strengthen, help, and uphold us with your righteous right hand, in stories that are recipes for dismay.

For those of us for whom Thanksgiving Day will highlight the brokenness of our family system — grant us grace and freedom to love well in the chaos.

For those of us bearing the weight of health concerns for ourselves, or those we love — grant us grace, peace, and the assurance of your nearness.

For those of us weighed down by some combination of the 6 o’clock news, financial pressures, vocational issues, and relational heartache — grant us grace, and a vision of the occupied throne of heaven.

For those of us who hear the condemning whispers of Satan louder than the consoling voice of Jesus — grant us grace, and fresh assurance that nothing can separate us from your love — that Jesus plus nothing is our righteousness, period.

Father, in these, and other scenarios of difficult circumstances, reassure us that you are very much at work — for your glory and our good. For you have called us — you have subpoenaed us to an eternal life of intimacy with yourself.

You want us, you have us, and you love us. Hallelujah, now and forever we are yours. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.

... a prayer from Scotty Smith at The Gospel Coalition.

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His Loving Kindness



Father God,

We lift your name on high, knowing you are the everlasting God. You are infinite, powerful, and just. Yet you are close to us... and You are gentle, and you are merciful. We praise you because your name is worthy to be praised!

Please search our hearts today. Reveal to us any hidden sin: any idol we have placed above you, and help us to turn away from our sin and toward you. Our sin is grievous, oh, Lord. Yet you are slow to anger and swift to show us grace. May our hearts be filled with gratitude over your loving kindness.

Prepare our hearts for this day, oh Lord. Guide us in the way in which you'd have us go. Show us your will. May we encounter each person today with love and kindness, including ourselves.

Nothing is too hard for you. May we stand in this strength and power, knowing it comes not from us, but from you alone.

In Your precious Son Jesus' Name,

Amen

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Prayer of Thanksgiving

Father, thank you for your love and for your grace to us. Thank you for choosing us to be your beloved children and fellow heirs with Jesus. Amen

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WHAT CAN I GIVE IN RETURN?


 

 A time for Thanksgiving!  A time for praise.  A time to say thank you to a God who loves me, sent His Son to paid my debt, forgive me, and give me eternal life.

What can I give in return?

Dear Lord, I want to proclaim Christ!
I want to portray Christ!
I want to please Christ!
I want to praise Christ.
I want to have a thankful heart, and never forget the sacrifice You made for me!  I love You.  Amen.






Amen

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The Key To Thanksgiving



Psalm 23:5 (NLT)
     My cup overflows with blessings.

Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT)
     6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness

Father at this wonderful season of the year, “Thanksgiving,” we have so much to be thankful for and the greatest of all is our relationship with you.  Little wonder that our cup overflows, not only with your blessings, but especially with your presence. As the Psalmist says: “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. Psalm 16:11 (NLT)

So Father, thank you for all the blessings we remember and celebrate this time of the year. So many joys you give us in life and especially the joy of your presence which is our strength and hope.

With deepest gratitude through Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen!


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Father,

Our world is upside down from the effects of sin. You alone are the solution ... our Savior. This I know, and Your instructions are clear as we live each day surrounded by the storm that swirls around us.

Don't worry about anything.

Pray about everything.

Make your requests known to God.

Give thanks for all You've already done.

THEN we will have peace so great it's beyond understanding.

That peace will guard our hearts AND minds, as we live in Christ Jesus.

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12 (NIV)

Thank You for the hope we have in Christ Jesus.  Amen

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Thankful for You

I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. (Romans 1:8)

So often we all take the ones closest to us for granted. I know that pain has often caused me to neglect the giving of thanks for those who regularly bless me. In this simple verse Paul tells us to not neglect the giving of thanks for the faithful.

Father, I am sorry thank I am so often preoccupied with myself and do not say thanks for those you have placed in my life. Thank you for them and the many others in the world who are faithful to You - even when life is so difficult for them.

Amen


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Do we want victory?




We will never have victory in our lives if we don’t pray. We must cultivate purposeful, intentional and powerful prayer lives if we desire to be properly armed in our fight against the enemy. We will only defeat him and push back the kingdom of darkness on our knees or on our faces.

It is time to fight. It is time to be purposed. It is time to be victorious.


“But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.”                     (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

Amen

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Songs of Thanksgiving



Psalm 28:7 (NLT)
     The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

Father, as we move toward Thanksgiving Day Celebration, remembering all the blessings you have given us through this year, we do so with songs of thanksgiving ready to burst out of our hearts. 

As the Psalmist sang: Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. 5 He fills my life with good things…..” Psalm 103:2-5 (NLT)

Father we can surely say: “My cup overflows.” Thank you for your presence and provision. The Doxology we often sing expresses our gratitude so well:

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen!



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Guard the Legacy


Father God, thank You for the legacy Paul left for us emphasizing the grace and love poured out from You so that we might have relationship with You. Help us to guard the pattern of sound teaching we have received with faith and love in Christ Jesus and protect what's been entrusted to us. We are so rich in Christ Jesus and are so thankful for Your Word and the work of the Holy Spirit that reveals to us Your Son and what He did to purchase our salvation. In Jesus' name, Amen

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-9‬ ‭NIV‬

“Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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entering heaven's gates

Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations. (Psalms 100:4-5)

The theme of thanksgiving and praise is one that permeates all of scripture. It is a way to pray that directs our focus heavenward. The Lord's prayer is a great example of how we should begin our prayers with praise. When we thank and praise the Lord it sets our heart in a good place.. a place of hope and expectation. We open heaven's gates when we praise Him. Please join me in praying these words.

We hallow your name Father and remember that you are worthy of all praise and honor. In unison we say that You are good. You are compassionate. You care for us with a deep love. We confess our love, adoration and worship of You. We offer our lives to you afresh and ask for Your kingdom to come and Your will to be done in our lives.

Amen


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HOPE




Acts 20:35 (NLT)
     And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Father what a privilege we have in helping others and to encourage them with hope because their needs are being met. We can only do this because of your grace, and the resources you provide. As the Apostle Paul said: “…..God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT)

Father may we ever be sensitive and compassionate to those in need. May we do our best to be gracious and generous in praying for them and reaching out to them in their time of need. We know this will give them hope and we also know: “This is good and pleases God our Savior….” 1 Timothy 2:3 (NLT)

2 Corinthians 9:15 (ESV)
     Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

Amen.
 

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Father, thank You for Your church. Thank You for those who work and serve in our churches. Be with our church leaders. Grant them the wisdom and courage to not only set but also uphold high standards, and to allocate resources to care for the least and the lost. May our churches be a beacon to draw more people to You.

We pray for those who lead us and ask that You give them wisdom for their day today, that they have understanding of the times and know how to lead. We ask that you protect them from any strategy planned against them and for strength to match their days. We give thanks that You are meeting all their needs and for provision to fulfill Your vision. We pray that they are growing each day in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; that through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, they carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to them.” In Jesus' name, Amen

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Be Christ's Body

Father,

I pray for Your people, that we might be Christ's body. To do His work wherever we are and to reach out to those around us who are in need. That we may not trust in prominent celebrities or effective organizations or attractive programs, but in Your power. That we may go forth as Your workmanship to do the work You have given us to do.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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A PRAYER FOR SUNDAY




Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty: heaven and earth are full of Thy glory: glory be to Thee, O Lord most high."

"I pray, O God, for all human hearts that today are lifted up to Thee in earnest desire, and for every group of men and women who are met together to praise and magnify Thy name.  Whatever be their mode of worship, be graciously pleased to accept their humble offices of prayer and praise and lead them unto life eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen."

As people all over the world assemble to worship You on this Sunday......Lord pour out your blessings and forgiveness on all who seek you today.  Open my heart to hear you word to me as it is preached today.   I love you.  Amen


 Quoted prayer ~ A Diary of Private Prayer ~ John Baillie





Amen

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