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

THE LOOKING GLASS


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 PROVERBS 27:19 "As water reflects the face of a man or woman, so a man or woman's heart reflects them."

Oh Lord, You do not look at our outward appearance ~~ You look at our hearts.  So how can I see the condition of my heart?  By looking into the mirror of Your Word.  Your Word reveals to me my own thoughts, motives and values.  It exposes the content of my heart and shows me the kind of person I truly am.  But Lord, it is my deepest desire that my heart reflect the heart of Christ so that those who see me will catch a glimpse of His reflection.  I love You.  Amen.

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Gratitude



Psalm 92:1 (NLT)
     It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.

Father, as prone as we are to first approach You with our own concerns, needs, questions and fears, today we just want to thank You!  Thank you that we can relate to you as our heavenly Father. Thank you for your heart felt way of understanding our weaknesses and failures.  Thank you for your gracious and merciful forgiveness. Thank you for your patience as you encourage us to share our heart with you.

Somehow we feel akin to the Psalmist when he wrote in Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT)  "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! ……”

So Father we just want to thank you for your grace, generosity, kindness, and the many ways you show your love for us. Yes, today we just want to Give Thanks!!! We do this in the Name of Your beloved Son and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


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praying for those in authority

Father God,
Thank You for the gift of civil authority structures that You have appointed in this world. Use me for Your good purposes in the restraint of evil and for the encouragement of good. May we rightly honor them, and joyfully follow them. We would cooperate with them as conscience permits, but may we not be distracted from seeking first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. Teach us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. Grant us the incomparable blessing of the Spirit in us, that we would make no provision for the flesh to satisfy its desires. In all these ways may we relate honorably with all those around us and pray that Your will is done here on earth and that many will hear the truth and place their faith in Your Son for salvation.  Amen

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Let Peace begin with Me

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.

Amen
... from a song by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller

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earnestly.....

My prayer for all of us today and everyday:

"O God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water." (Psalm  63:1)

Are we seeking? Are we thirsting after Him in desperation? I pray that He will become the most important part of our lives. I pray that we seek His face with expectancy and desire. May we praise Him with all our breath.....

Amen

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YOUR LOVE



 Your love compels me, Lord
To give as You would give.

To speak as You would speak.

To live as You would live.

Your love compels me, Lord
To see as You would see.

To serve as You would serve.
To be what You would be.

(Doug Holck 1982)


 

Amen

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Confident Hope


Father, from a human perspective, it seems that the only thing certain in this life is that nothing is certain. So our hearts turn to You as the only source of our confident hope because of You are trustworthy. Indeed Father, as Jeremiah said: “…..blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. Jeremiah 17:7 (NLT)

Father, how wonderful it is to have this hope as an anchor for our soul. Though we don’t always have the answers to the uncertainties of life we can always have hope in life. This is true because in our despair you give hope. In our loneliness you give comfort.  In our fear you give assurance. In all the aspects of life you give us Yourself. We say with the Psalmist: “When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:19 (NLT)

So then Father we are encouraged to: “……hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)

The Song “Simply Trusting” express it so well:

       Simply trusting every day,
Trusting through a stormy way;
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Refrain:
Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Thank you Father for this Confident Hope, in Jesus name, Amen.


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Shine Jesus Shine

Father, We thank You that as our eyes are open to the truth of who Truth is, our hearts are open and the light of Jesus shines forth in these vessels of clay. Thank You that we are transformed and Your Spirit continues to transform us into the image of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We have gone from the glory of the Old Covenant to the glory of the New Covenant, Christ in us, the Hope of Glory! Praise Your Name for giving us Your Light to shine in this dark world which so desperately needs You. Amen






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the valley of vision

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,

Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold they glory.

Let me learn by paradox,
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit;
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.
Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter they stars shine;

Let me find thy light in my darkness,
thy life in my death,
thy joy in my sorrow,
thy grace in my sin,
thy riches in my poverty
thy glory in my valley.
Amen

... from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

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Focus

Father keep our focus on Jesus. It is far too easy to set our sight on the things of this world. Temptations pull us away, and even good things can skew our vision. Set our eyes on Christ and let him beoour life. Amen

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BEAUTIES OF NATURE



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 "Now I pray our Lord to grant that by the blessed Spirit we may always be sensitive of the presence of God wherever we are.  His are the beauties of nature, His the sunshine which is bringing on the harvest, His the perfume which loads the air from multitudes of flowers, His the insects which glitter around us like living gems, and yet the Creator and Sustainer of all these is far too little perceived."      ~~Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834~1892)






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Perfect Peace


Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
       ”You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you……”


      Father someone has said that: “Everybody is either heading into a storm, is in a storm or is coming out of a storm. Storms are a part of life. All of us face storms in our lives from time to time.”

     Father we know that whatever our situation or environment, Your presence with us is a greater source for our peace and tranquility than anything else could possibly be. We so identify with the love for You spoken of in Psalms 18:1-2 (NLT)1I love you, LORD; you are my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.

     Father this wonderful peace transcends all understanding and is ours because we trust You. We take You at your word. We have full confidence in Your promises. And we take great continued comfort in what Jesus said: “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 (NLT)

     Father thank you for this priceless gift that brings perfect peace to our souls. Therefore we can sing in the words of Horatio G. Spafford: “It Is Well with My Soul”

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Thank you Father, in the name of Jesus, our Peace. Amen.


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Living Letters

Father God,

You have made the church a living letter in Christ. May we be a letter full of true spiritual life. We are thankful to You for the blessing of the New Covenant and the gospel ministry.  Because of the surpassing glory and righteousness of Christ, we have a great hope and are very bold. You have removed the veil from our eyes that we might see. Fill us with Your Spirit and enable us more and more to behold the beauty of Jesus Christ and grow from glory to glory. 

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me
All Your wonderful passion and purity
Holy Spirit divine
All my nature refine
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.

Amen

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a transforming prayer

Father, your kingdom is all about transformation.

Lord Jesus, you showed the transforming power of love and faith.

Holy Spirit, shape me into a person of love and faith that can transform our world.

Amen.

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Remember

Father,

You have called your people from earliest times to remember Your great deeds. Help us to remember Your great works in history and Your great works in our lives. Particularly help us to remember how You sent Your Son to save us. Help us not to be distracted by the pressure of the present moment or the present trial so that we forget what You have done for us in the past.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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ACCEPTANCE



 Proverbs 3:11~12 "My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in."

Father, how you cherish Your children!  Your love for us is relentless and undeserved.  Even Your discipline is motivated by compassion.  Teach me to ACCEPT Your correction with humble gratitude.  I do not ask You to withhold Your discipline.  I only ask that You grant me the wisdom and humility to learn the lesson quickly.  I love You.  Amen. 


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Joy in Life



Inexpressible Joy

 Psalm 40:4 (NLT)

        ”…….Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD……”

Romans 15:13 (NLT)
      I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you Father for this joy which is beyond words to describe. And amazingly is the simple result of our trust in You. Father, no one says it better than the Apostle Peter: “You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 1 Peter 1:8 (NLT)

Thank you Father for this joy that sustains us, encourages us, enlivens us, and is the exquisite fragrance of your presence in our lives. Indeed “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11 (NIV)

Thank you Father for this inexpressible joy. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Peace

Dear Father,


Our world is a noisy, troublesome, and cruel place. Its offers of peace are shallow and temporary. We know that our only true and lasting peace comes from You. Our Lord Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” How thankful and reassuring it is to read and let Your promise go deep into our hearts. I pray that in light of this promise, we won’t be anxious or fearful when tribulations come, but that we take heart knowing You have overcome the world.


 So, as much as possible, help us to make every effort to do what leads to peace in our corner of this world, and we ask You to fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in You, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let Your peace rule in our hearts as we give thanks to You for that peace which transcends all understanding and guards our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.
Amen

Our peace

Jesus, the Rock we can cling to


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New hearts

"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36:26)


Lord, today, give us hearts of flesh. New hearts that only you can put within us. Hearts to love you deeper. To serve you more readily. Hearts that cause us to shout your name with boldness. To share your Truth with courage and excitement. May our hearts be ever changed by You and Your compassionate and infinite love for your children. You are worthy of all that we are.

Today, Lord, touch those in need. Minister to hearts. Heal brokenness. Bind up wounds. Whether the need be physical, spiritual or mental, do what only You can do in the lives of those that are seeking restoration. We ask believing and trusting and expecting. You are the God who can do miracles.....

In the mighty and powerful and beautiful and wonderful name of Jesus.....
Amen

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for those who are grieving

Last Wednesday we lost Mike Erich our dear friend and prayer blogger. We rejoice that he is at home with the Lord as we grieve this loss. Please join me in praying this prayer for his wife, his family and his friends. And for all who are grieving today.

You are our shepherd Lord. You meet all of our needs.

We lift those grieving to you today.

We thank you for meeting all of their needs.

We pray that you would comfort them and hold them close to your heart.

We praise you that their need for rest is met in you Lord.

Please lead those in pain in ways that would restore their soul and help them grieve.

We are confident of your presence with those who are grieving.

May your love be felt by those who travel through this dark valley of sorrow.

And this we ask for our friends - that goodness and mercy will follow them all the days of their lives and that they will live in your house forever.

Amen

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In Christ

Father, remind us of who we are in Christ. Remind us of our position as dearly beloved children, and of our union with Christ. Help us to live out the reality of who we are and of whose we are. Amen

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DIRTY CARPET

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Dear Lord, sometimes a pretty scatter rug covers a stained and dirty carpet.  The dirt is pretty well hidden, but it's still there.

  There are times in my life, Lord, that I put a pretty good deed over an attitude I'm trying to hide, or a sin unconfessed.   I know you see everything, so how silly of me to try to hide something from you. 

 Forgive me for having spiritual scatter rugs... Cleanse and clean my heart, wipe away every unkind attitude and make me clean.  You are my gracious Lord, and I love You.  Amen.







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Blessings


Psalm 16:11 (NLT)
      ”You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.”

Father your blessings are so graciously lavished on us and are so well stated in this Psalm. You show us the way of life, you give us the joy of your presence and you encourage us with the pleasures of living with you forever. Little wonder David would say: “…..My cup overflows with blessings.” Psalm 23:5 (NLT)

Thank you Father for the quality of life you provide for us that gives us such purpose, meaning and hope. We are truly blessed and it is all because of your goodness. God is good! Thank you that we know that as a fact, we experience that as a reality and we share that with others out of gratitude for all you do.

Indeed, praise God from whom all blessings flow. Amen!




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Turn to Him

What is something you can release to God today? Don't let the chaos of stressing about something or someone make you forget to turn to the only One who holds every answer.

Dear Father, 

Thank You,  that we have Your word to turn to and Your promises to rely upon. You promised never to leave us. Your Spirit is in us who believe interceding when we don't know how to pray, to lift us up, to give peace in times of anxiety or discouragement. We rejoice and celebrate Your love and goodness to us. In distress, we can call to You and You fill us with Your hope and courage and strength to keep going. Just take one more step. And one more step.

Your Spirit guides us into all truth. Lead us in the way we should go. We seem to try to get ahead of ourselves and You. Help us when we do that - lead us. We need Your wisdom for the days ahead in the decisions we make, and draw upon You for each new day. 

In Jesus name we pray, Amen

"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

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The Mad Theologian's Final Prayer Post

Lord,

May you receive Mike into your arms based on your Son's sacrifice in Love. May you comfort those Mike left behind, particularly his wife Sonia. May Sonia be ministered to by you in a special way now and in the coming years. Lord we thank you for your brilliant servant Mike and all the things he has taught us about living and dying well serving you.

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Amen

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This week, Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, just a little after noon, the Mad Theologian's faith became sight. 

Mike Erich passed away at home after a long battle with cancer with his wife at his side. Mike was a brilliant man that will truly be missed at home, at church, and by all those who knew him. Mike was man of deep conviction about the things of the Lord and particularly God's Word which he diligently studied and wrote about. For Mike it has always been about the love of God shown to us in Christ's death on the cross and resurrection where we can find salvation. This is salvation offered freely. The Grace of God in Christ says come give me your sins and I will give you my righteousness. It has never been about what we can do to please God, but rather what God has done to save us. Mike's deepest desire for all people would be that they find salvation in Christ.

Now Mike is with the Lord and I think he would want us to be of good courage. In fact, if he could, he would probably tell us about his move from earth to heaven with A Touch of Humor. I know he would definitely want us to "see" the Bible to understand his absence. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 "6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil."

Since becoming a believer in Christ Mike has had it as his highest value to follow and please Christ. And he has done well. Mike is now with the Lord, -and that is a good thing. If you are a follower of Christ then be of good courage, the absence is painful and yet short. Soon we all will get a chance to join Mike and please the Lord. Yesterday Mike's faith became sight.

Finally, if you are not a believer in Christ, Mike would tell you "Come." Come and follow Christ today.

Mike, we love and miss you and look forward to our reunion with you in heaven standing in the Grace of Christ.

Jared Jenkins


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He loves us....

Father, It is so humbling that You love us and that You care about our joy! May we fully appreciate that You love us in this way. Help us to understand just how much You love us so that when others see us, they see You! Help us to live in such a way that they see Your love in us and through us. Help us to guard our joy and not allow others to steal the joy that Jesus died to give us. Thank you for showing us the Father's love!

"For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and believed that I came from God" (John 16:27)

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that the dignity of all may be restored

God of the lowly and outcasts,
your Son chose to be with the rejected,
the unclean and the despised.

May your foolishness,
which is wiser than human wisdom,
confront us with truths unseen,
puncture our overinflated pride
and sharpen our our distorted vision,

that the dignity of all may be restored
and your face be seen
in those the world considers to be of little worth;
through Jesus Christ.

Amen
...a prayer of Ian Black    

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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS


Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Oh Lord, we live in a world that is constantly moving.  Being still almost feels wasteful.  But I know that downtime is exactly what You want from us.  But You say, be still, pray, listen instead of jumping into action and hoping things will work out.  Spend time with Me and let me direct your next move.  Lord, let this be my daily prayer.  I love You.  Amen.


Amen

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Christ Loves the Church


Ephesians 5:25-27 (NLT)
     25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.

Father today I just want to thank you for the Church. The people who have responded to your call to trust in your Son to be their Savior. Those who believe in him, love him, and serve him. As the Church we know that we are a work in progress, a faith that is growing and lives that are becoming more like Christ. Father it is your grace, mercy, wisdom and power that makes this possible, for which we are eternally grateful.

Father I also want to thank you for the triune love of God, (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). And that your love has been so gloriously revealed in the sacrificing, serving and sanctifying love of Christ who suffered, died and rose again for us. And I pray with the Apostle Paul that: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (NLT)



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Our Good Shepherd





Dear Father, How thankful I am that You are my Shepherd. You take care of me and satisfy all my needs. You make me lie down in green pastures and give me rest. You lead me beside still and calm waters where I can drink from the springs of living water. Even though I walk through the hard places, the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid because I know You are with me. Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. You have prepared a table of the very best for me in the midst of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. In Jesus' name, Amen


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Transformed

Father, help us to seek deep transformation in our hearts today. May our actions speak boldly of You and Your never-ending and unconditional love for us. Help us to be patient with those who do not know You. Help us to recognize throughout our day that You abide in us, and we abide in You. Help us to comprehend this amazing relationship with You and to put it into action in our relationship with others. Help us to seek Your face in all we do.

"And you will seek Me and find Me 
when you search for Me with all of your heart " (Jeremiah 29:13)


Amen

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Peace

Father,

Give Your people peace. Even in the chaotic place our world has become, help us trust in You. In the midst of our struggles and difficulties, lead us to peace. Help us not to look at circumstances but to look beyond them to You.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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Prayer for the Struggling

Father, bless this struggle in their faith. Strengthen those who have a hard time praying because they aren't sure you hear them. Be with those who are hanging on to you by their fingers and hold on to them. Give them the courage to tell you how they feel, as the Psalmist did. Turn their faith from what they want or expect you to do to yourself. Let them know, in the midst of their pain and questioning that you are their loving Father and they are your beloved children. Build their trust in you through their doubts and fears. Prove yourself faithful even if they feel they have lost faith. Amen

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PRAYER OF CHOICES


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 Max Lucado has a small devotional book called Grace for the Moment. It has changed my attitude as I have made the "choice" to live out the Fruit of the Spirit.  I hope these few choices will encourage you as much as they have me.  PRAY these choices every morning..and see how different your day goes.

I CHOOSE LOVE ~~
No occasion justifies hatred:  no injustice warrants bitterness.  I choose love.  Today I will love God and what God loves.

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.

I CHOOSE PEACE ~~
I will live forgiven.  I will forgive so that I may live.

I CHOOSE PATIENCE ~~
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world.  Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll invite him to do so.  Rather complain that the wait was too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray.  Instead of clinching my fists at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I CHOOSE KINDNESS ~~
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone.  Kind to the rich, for they are afraid.  And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I CHOOSE GOODNESS~~
I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one.  I will be overlooked before I will boast.  I will confess before I will accuse.  I choose goodness.

I CHOOSE FAITHFULNESS~~
Today I will keep my promises.  My debtors will not regret their trust.  My associates will not question my word.  My wife will not question my love.  And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.

I  CHOOSE GENTLENESS ~~
Nothing is won by force.  I choose to be gentle.  If I raise my voice may it be only in praise.
If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer.
If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I CHOOSE SELF-CONTROL~~
I am a spiritual being....
After this body is dead, my spirit will soar.  I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal.  I choose self-control.  I will be drunk only by joy.  I will be impassioned only by faith.  I will be influenced only by God.  I will be taught only by Christ.  I choose self-control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
To these I commit my day.  If I succeed, I will give thanks.  If I fail, I will seek his grace.  And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.
                       ~~Max Lucado

Dear Lord, I know I can do none of this in my own strength.  Only you, through the Holy Spirit, can make this a reality in my life.  I will make this my prayer every day!!! I love You.  Amen.


Amen

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A Glorious Truth




Psalm 19:1-4 (NLT)
    The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.  2 Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. 3 They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. 4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.

Father, what a great witness the silent night sky reveals. In the heavens we behold your glory, craftsmanship, knowledge, power and wisdom.  And though the stars of innumerable galaxies are so distant from us You are not. Your presence is with us and through faith in Your Son You live in us.

Father, we behold Your witness, not only in the heavens but also in the Scripture where You tell us: Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)

Father, thank you, not only for the wonder of your creation, but especially the wonder of Your presence with and in us. You are truly Immanuel.

We praise You in the Name of Your beloved Son and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Amen

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His work in us

Abba Father, sometimes I may feel discouraged to have reached this place in life and wonder that I haven't arrived to greater maturity and faith. Sometimes I feel I should be farther along in my walk with You than I am. When I think this way, You always encourage me to remember that You are the One who is working in me for Your pleasure and good will. It is You who began this work in me and You will continue this work until Jesus returns or I go to be with you. Until that day, my prayer is that I grow in love and the knowledge and understanding of Your love. Help me and strengthen me to walk in what I know, as I trust Your grace and mercy to see me to completion. Amen. 

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Stressed Out Prayer

Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. [Psalm 55:22]

So often this verse, and the New Testament version of it in 1Peter 5:7, is used in an almost cliché-like manner. I sometimes nod my head in a religious-like manner when I read it and totally miss that it is an invitation to prayer.

With that in mind I invite you to pray with me.

I am so burdened Lord. I feel shaken to my core. Little things seem to throw me into stress. The traumas of my life have worn on me. It is difficult for me to trust you in these difficult times even though I know that I should. My life seems so full of small crises and so out of control. Even so, I invite you into my stress Lord. Help me Lord to:
  • know how to let go and cast my burdens on you;
  • remember past times of peace and comfort;
  • know that you are ruling over my trials;
  • put difficult circumstances in perspective;
  • respond in trust and faith instead of in fear.
There is no one like you Lord. I release control and commit myself to your grace again.

Amen


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Patriotism

Father,

I pray that you might give Your people the right kind of patriotism. Give us the kind that loves our country, but can still see its faults. Give us the desire not to think our country perfect, but to work to make it better. Let us look to You to understand what is true and right. And let us work for those principles. But let us not work as those who are hostile, but as those who are helping something we love. So that we might make this country a better place to live for all the people in it.

In Jesus' Name, 
Amen

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 Dear Father ~ On this 4th of July weekend, we celebrate our freedom as a Nation, but far greater today, I want to celebrate my personal freedom, when I accepted the gift of salvation, forgiveness and the freedom from the penalty of my sin.  Thank you for freedom in it's many forms.  Let us never forget that freedom always comes at a cost.  Thank you for paying the price for me.   I love You.  Amen


Amen

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FREEDOM

Leviticus 25:10 (NLT)

“…..proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there…..”

Father as citizens of this great nation, the United States of America, we are privileged to have many freedoms guaranteed to us by our constitution.  We have been exceptionally blessed by your grace, protected by your providence and guided by your wisdom. We are not without fault, failure or frustration. But, thankfully, we remain free. Free to pursue to life, liberty and happiness.

Father, help us to use our precious freedom for your greater glory, the good of our fellow citizens, and the benefit of those who seek refuge in the words of Emma Lazarus: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…..”

And Father, may we ever be mindful that the greatest, most joyous and priceless freedom of all is that spoken of by Jesus: “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. John 8:34-36 (NLT)

Therefore Father, in the words of the Apostle Paul: “…we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. Ephesians 1:6-7 (NLT)

Thank you Father in Jesus name.

Amen

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Bless the Lord

O my soul, come, praise God with all that is in me, body, emotions, mind, and will, every part of who I am, praise His holy name! Sing a song from a grateful heart; sing and never forget all the good He has done! 

Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,
With His blood, He purchased me.
On the cross, He sealed my pardon,
Paid the debt, and made me free. 

Gracious God, I want to bless Your holy name every day, for Your loving and kind heart is great! Thank You for taking all my sins and removing them, as far as east is from the west. You are a good, good Father and the incredible love that You lavish on me melts my heart and redeems and rescues me from the pits that I stumble into. Thank You, Father, for my entire life, every single day, that You have never, ever taken Your eyes off me. And you, O my soul, bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits every day. In Jesus' precious and holy name. Amen.


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Day by Day

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,

For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,

Love Thee more dearly,

Follow Thee more nearly
Amen
... a prayer of Richard of Chichester.

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Joy

Father,

I pray You will give Your people joy. I pray that despite the troubles in this world, we may rejoice in who You are and what You done for us. Help us not to be so caught up in the problems of the present problems that we forget the greater truth of the destiny that You have prepared for us. Help us to even in the blackest night, rejoice in a great God who saves.

In Jesus' Name,

Amen

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Prayer for Protection

Father, as we go into the summer please protect your children as they travel and as they take part in all the activities of the season. Amen

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COME IN ~~

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Oh Lord, You are always knocking on my heart's door ~~always waiting so patiently, so lovingly for me to let You in.  Forgive me for making you wait.  Forgive me for putting off any precious chance to share my life with You.  Don't let me miss another moment.  I give you the keys to my heart, Lord.  Come and make it Your dwelling place.  I love you.  Amen.  (Rev. 3:20)






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Peace


Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
     6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 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.
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Father in these stressful times, when so much uncertainty grips our minds, I thank you for the peace you make available to us. Your peace is stronger than our fears, and greater than our finite understanding. Your peace is more comforting than any anxiety that may attempt to assail our faith. You guard our hearts and minds with the security of your wisdom and the power of your love. You say to us “fear not” and so we will not fear because of our trust in Your Word.

Thank you Father that through Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, we can relax in a restless world. It is truly the peace that passes all understanding.

Amen

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Praise and Thanksgiving

I love this prayer. 

O My God,
You fairest, greatest, first of all objects,
My heart admires, adores, loves You,
For my little vessel is as full as it can be,
And I would pour out all that fullness before You in ceaseless flow.
When I think upon and converse with You
Ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
Ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,
Ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
Crowding into every moment of happiness.
I bless You for the soul You have created,
For adorning it, for sanctifying it,
Though it is fixed in barren soil;
For the body You have given me,
For preserving its strength and vigor,
For providing senses to enjoy delights,
For the ease and freedom of limbs,
For hands, eyes, ears that do Your bidding;
For Your royal bounty providing my daily support,
For a full table and overflowing cup,
For appetite, taste, sweetness,
For social joys of relatives and friends,
For ability to serve others,
For a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
For a mind to care for my fellow-men,
For opportunities of spreading happiness around,
For loved ones in the joys of heaven,
For my own expectation of seeing You clearly.
I love You above the powers of language to express,
For what You are to Your creatures.
Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.
Amen

Praise and Thanksgiving from the Valley of Vision

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for those who preach without words

Lord Jesus, bless all who serve us,
who have dedicated their lives to the ministry of others:

All the teachers of our schools who labor so patiently with so little appreciation;

All who wait upon the public, the clerks in the stores who have to accept criticism, complaints, bad manners, selfishness at the hands of a thoughtless public.
Bless the mailmen, the drivers of streetcars and buses who must listen to people who lose their tempers.

Bless every humble soul who, in these days of stress and strain, preaches sermons without words.

Amen.
...a prayer of Peter Marshall

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Prayer in any language....

So thankful that when we lift our voices to God, He hears our prayers. It doesn't matter what language we are speaking, He knows. The Holy Spirit knows.

The words we utter are simply our words... The power of those spoken words comes from our God. The Spirit of God within us will resonate with the Spirit of God in those we pray for.

There is no need for interpretation.... no need for explanation..... the only need is a heart of trust, belief and faith in the One who is Healer of all.....

Thank you Jesus for the faith of this Nicaraguan man who requested prayer yesterday.... May he be healed and restored in Jesus Name.....

"The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." James 5:16


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Decisions

Sometimes things would be easier if I were not given a choice.  I have been told that there are only three types of chemo-therapy that work for my type of cancer, and they have all proved inadequately effective in dealing with it. This leaves me with two choices. I can go off treatment and let nature take its course and trust God to accomplish what He wants to in my life. Or I can try to get on a clinical test in the hopes that it might help. It does not help in all of this that it looks like my wife's cancer may have come back. It would be easier to trust God with one option or the other than to have to choose. But I must choose.

Father,

I pray for all those who face difficult decisions, including me. I pray that You will give us wisdom to know which decision to make. I pray that we may approach the issue with calmness and trust in You. I pray that we may not be stampeded one way or the other out of fear. And I pray that whatever decision we make, You will overrule and work things for our best.

In Jesus' Name, 
Amen

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PRAYER FOR FATHERS




 Howard Dill ~ my father (me on the right)

Dear Father, You are the perfect father, our Heavenly Father.  You are the model.  However in our fallen world, not everyone has experienced a good or wonderful father.  Today we pray for those, that your love and compassion will embrace them, and they can know a loving father by loving You.
For those of us who were so fortunate to have godly fathers, like mine, I thank You.  He was human, he was flawed, but he loved me deeply and was devoted to You.

Today we celebrate and pray for all Fathers, everywhere.

 

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Praying for You


Romans 15:13 (NLT)
     13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Apostle Paul’s prays for the Christians in Rome, and really for Christians everywhere, that in their hardships, difficulties and challenges of living for Christ they will experience the joy, peace and hope only Christ can give. And this comes as a result of their trust in God and the power of the Holy Spirit at work in their life.

I pray dear friends and fellow believers that you also “will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” That the joy and peace of God will sustain you in your daily walk with Him.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT)
     7 “But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

God bless you in the name of Him who gives us abundant and eternal life, Jesus our Lord. 

Amen

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Steadfast faith and love

Father God, we thank You for Your church everywhere. We are especially grateful for Your grace to our brothers and sisters who are being afflicted throughout the world. We know that their pain is not the end of the story. Your Son is coming again. He is our hope. Grant to us steadfastness, faith and love in every difficulty. Build us up in our faith and help us to build one another up in love. Make us worthy of the wonderful calling that we have received. Amen

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Be Still

Be still and know that I am God. -Psalm 46:10

I do and do
and strive and strive
and try to figure things out,
forgetting that life
was meant to be lived
in reliance on you.

Help me to still my body
and my mind
so that I can rest
in your presence,
so that I can know again
that you are God.

Amen

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