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

Peace

Dear Father, you are the Prince of Peace and the great I Am. You are my helper and my redeemer. I need your help today. I am weak and frail and tired. Give me the strength to get through just this day and the desire to work as if I am doing it all for your glory. Help those who are carrying especially heavy burdens right now. They need your power and peace that goes beyond our understanding. I am so grateful that I can come to you and present my requests at any time. Thank you for giving me peace and rest even in the hard times. In the name of the Prince of Peace, I pray, Amen


"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

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MAKER AND HEALER


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 Jeremiah 17:14  "Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed;  save me and I will be saved, for You are the one I praise."

Lord, you are more than my Maker.  You are also my Healer and my Savior.  My life is secure from both the powers of darkness and the judgement of You hand.  You are, indeed, everything to me: health and salvation, hope and sustenance, wholeness and strength.  I lift grateful praise to You from a heart of growing faith.  I love You.  Amen.

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Comforting Others




2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NLT)
     3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

Father one of the ways you use us to comfort and encourage others is to share with them what you have done for us. By sharing our vulnerability, losses, and grief we can identify with those going through very difficult and even dark days.

Father help us to be sensitive, compassionate and honest as we endeavor to comfort others as you have comforted us. May they feel your loving presence, experience your peace and receive the strength of your grace. May they know they are not alone and that above all others you are with them. May they understand that you are the God of all hope and that their future is secure in your hands. May they know the truth and reality of the song: “Through It All” by Andrae Crough.

I’ve had many tears and sorrows,
I’ve had questions for tomorrow,
there’s been times I didn’t know right from wrong.
But in every situation,
God gave me blessed consolation,
that my trials come to only make me strong.

Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
I’ve learned to trust in God.

Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

I thank God for the mountains,
and I thank Him for the valleys,
I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.
For if I’d never had a problem,
I wouldn’t know God could solve them,
I’d never know what faith in God could do.

Thanks be to God, our merciful Father and the source of all comfort, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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Committed to Christ

Merciful Lord,

We think of the great story of grace that You have revealed to us in Christ, and we give ourselves again to You. Teach us how to be Your people, not as imitators of the world, but as members of one another within the glorious body of Christ. Grant us genuine love for one another and true goodness and affection. Teach us to serve You with energy and gladness in accord with the calling You have given each of us. Teach us to live in this world by the power of Your Son as those who are committed to goodness and love.

Help us to guard carefully the gift You have entrusted to us and live a life worthy of our calling. Amen

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Day by Day

The words to this Godspell chorus seems especially appropriate for me today ...

Day by day
Oh Dear Lord
Three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day

Open the eyes of my heart Lord that I might see you more clearly.


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without ceasing



“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Prayer.....it is the answer to every problem, every situation, every conflict, and every crisis. God promises to never leave us. He never slumbers nor sleeps. He is for us...


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Dealing with Guilt

I am convinced that one of that biggest thing many people struggle with, including Christians, is guilt. I would like to pray that God will break the chains of guilt for all who are bound by them.

Father,

I pray that we might put our faith in You and trust You for forgiveness of all we have done wrong. That You would help us to change if we need to change. And help us recognize it, if we we are carrying  guilt unnecessarily over things where we have done no wrong. But that we would be able to put our guilt behind us and go forward in Your forgiveness. We cannot do this, I cannot do this, on our own. Strengthen us to remember the cry of your Son, "It is finished." And to live by that.

In Jesus Name,
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Community

Jesus, form your Church into communities into places where there is love. Form us into families filled with love, where there is trust and openness, where even leaders can be honest about their struggles and doubts.  Let us show a watching world that true love is redemptive and life changing. Amen.

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FISHERS OF MEN




 Our little grandson is aspiring to be a fisherman.  I'm sure he will be successful ~ But more important than learning to catch fish, our Savior tells us he wants us to be "Fishers of Men".

Dear Lord ~ How easy it is to get wrapped up in our own lives and priorities and forget there is a sea of men, women and children who need to know Your love and salvation.  

Father, give us a longing and desire to fish for men, women and children and be faithful witnesses until You return to take us home to be with You forever.   

I love You.
Amen


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God Cares


Isaiah 63:9 (HCSB)
     9 In all their suffering, He suffered, and the Angel of His Presence saved them. He redeemed them because of His love and compassion; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of the past.

Father with all of the anguish, pain, violence, chaos, disasters and suffering that people are going through, in America and around the world, we lift them up in prayer today.

Father may they feel your presence and that it is your desire to encourage them, lift them and carry them in your arms of love.

Father may they be comforted by the truth that because Jesus “….himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.” Hebrews 2:18 (NLT

Father may they understand that Jesus identifies with them in their suffering and loss and that he is “touched with the feeling of their infirmities” Heb. 4:15

Father may they know that Jesus sympathizes with them because he was “…..a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief….” Isaiah 53:3 (NLT)

Father may they take the counsel of your word “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

And Father as Audrey Mieir’s reminds us in her wonderful song: “It Matters to God About You.”

It matters to him about you
Your heartaches your sorrow he shares.
Regardless of what you may do
He wants you, He loves you, he cares.
Oh yes, it matters to him about you.
Believe it because it is true.
Cling to his hand, He'll understand
For it matters to Him about you.

We ask this in Jesus holy and matchless name. Amen

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Our Good Hope

Lord of justice and mercy, why do we worry about evil men? You are with all who trust in Your power and goodness. 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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Praying Psalm 46

Dedicated to those who are suffering in the aftermath of recent shootings and storms.



God you are my refuge and my strength - the one I turn to in times of trouble.

I am turning to you today. I need your presence in my life.

I will not fear though the earth gives way.

I will trust you though the mountains be moved.

I will cling to you though the waters roar.

I will run to you.

Father have mercy on me.

My soul is refreshed by a river whose streams make glad your holy habitation.

My spirit soars to know that your are in the midst of that city.

Because of that, the city is unshakable and full of light.

Even though the nations rage and kingdoms fail, you are God.

In you I will be still and I will find rest.

You are with me. You are my fortress and my hiding place.

Lord Jesus have mercy on me.

When I consider the works of your hands, I remember how you have moved in history.

I am comforted and I take heart by the ways that you have moved in my life.

You bring peace and cause wars to cease.

You will bring our weapons to destruction.

In Jesus you have brought peace to the earth.

I rejoice that you have said:
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Help me to be still. Help me to trust you.

My heart sings knowing that the eternal Lord of hosts is with me.

The God of forever is my defender and you will fight for me Father.

Holy Spirit have mercy on me.

Amen
- originally published in June 2009.

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A Prayer for Our Churches

Father, please make our faith communities bodies that are quick to repent, quicker to forgive, who seek reconciliation and restoration at every turn. Fill us with your Spirit and empower us to believe the Gospel, to speak the Gospel, and to live out the Gospel. May all those around us see Jesus. Amen

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TRUTH





 TRUTH

O Lord help us to
SEEK the truth
LISTEN to the truth
TEACH the truth
LOVE the truth
ABIDE by the truth
AND DEFEND the truth

UNTO the death.

What is Truth?  Jesus Christ the Holy One.




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The Peace of His Presence



Psalm 145:18 (GW)
     18 The LORD is near to everyone who prays to him, to every faithful person who prays to him.

Psalm 34:18 (ESV)
     18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Philippians 4:4-6 (NIV)
        4 ”The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything….”

Father these verses comfort us with the wonderful knowledge of your presence with us and especially of your personal concern and care you for each of us. The hope and peace we have from the awareness of your presence is surely blessed assurance.

Thank you Father that we need not fret, worry or be overcome with anxiety in relation to life’s troubles. May we ever be mindful of the words of Jesus: “27 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.”  John 14:27 (NIV)

Therefore Father: “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. “Psalm 4:8 (NIV)

Thank you Father for the peace of your presence, in Jesus name, Amen!


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Prayers for Hurricane Survivors

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come before You today and each day for those who are suffering as a result of the recent disasters. The losses are great, the sufferings impossible to imagine. To be without fresh water, to be without the simplest things that we take for granted each day. We who have not been affected by these horrific disasters are called upon to give and pray for the survivors. To pray that each day they will have assistance, that each day they will find hope and that You are providing them what they need to keep going and not give up.

We pray that You are breaking whatever obstacles are standing in the way of help getting to them. We pray that they will see that they are not forgotten and we care. We pray that financial aid is reaching them, that laborers are sent to help, that they are protected from those who would take advantage of their circumstances. Would You, Father, help them to look to You for their help? And would You Father, put people in their paths who can help them physically and spiritually as they cope with the losses they have faced in these past few weeks. Loss of family, loss of homes, possessions, jobs and loss of income. We pray for healing of those who are affected adversely health wise. For those who are feeble, the widow, the orphan, all those who mourn. Would you give courage to those who trust in You. And finally, would You keep these people in our prayers before You and help us not forget as we get involved in our daily routines?

And Father, would You keep us in remembrance to be thankful for every blessing that we enjoy each day? We ask these things in the name of Jesus.

Amen

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Praying Stephen's Prayer

While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep. -Acts 7:59-60 NIV

Help us dear Lord to forgive those who sin against us.
We release them from our anger and frustrations.
We pray for your best in their lives and ask you to bless them.
Cause us to see past the offence and help us to see them through your eyes.
We praying believing in the merciful name of Jesus Christ.

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do we leisure??

I love the power behind this question from the book How to Pray by R. A. Torrey:

Do you take enough leisure for prayer to actually get into God's presence?

Are we rushing through our prayer time just so we can check it off our list for the day? Are we hurrying up to get it done so we can get on with our daily agenda?

Our time of prayer with the Father has to be priority in our lives. It is the key to spiritual growth. It is the key to intimacy with God. It is number one on the list to spiritual survival.

We must begin purposing to spend intentional time on our faces or on our knees in communion with Christ.

It is essential.

It is of the utmost importance.

 It is vital to our Christian walk.

Prayer is about getting into the Presence of God. Lingering with Him and filling ourselves up with His power and His might.

Prayer will change us and fill us with joy. So let's leisure in Him today and begin tapping into all that He has for us!

"In Your presence there is fullness of joy." (Psalm 16:11)


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Our Great God

Father,

Give Your people a glimpse of Your greatness. As we look at the heavens, as we see the majesty of nature in the world around us, help us to remember that we are seeing only a very limited picture of how great You are. Help us to recall this, when the things of life close in on us or just the tedium of living seems to wear us down. Help us measure all of our problems by Your greatness. And may it put them all in perspective.

In Jesus' Name,
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MY HEART NEEDS THEE





 My heart needs Thee, O Lord, my heart needs Thee.
No part of my being needs Thee like my heart.
All else within me can by filled by Thy gifts.
My hunger can be satisfied by daily bread.
My thirst can be allayed by earthly waters.
My cold can be removed by household fires.
My weariness can be relieved by outward rest.
But no outward thing can make my 
heart pure!
~George Matheson 1842-1906

Lord make this the pray of my heart.  Only YOU can change my heart.  Only YOU can make it pure. 
 




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Ransom

 Lyrics from the song:“How Deep The Father's Love”   by Stuart Townend

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
And make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

1 Peter 1:18-20 (NLT)
     18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began…….”

Father it is impossible for us to grasp the depth of your love for us. But we know that you love us. We know the greatest expression of your love for us was the sacrifice of your son on the cross for our sin. We know the joy the Psalmist spoke of in: Psalm 32:1-2 (NLT) 1 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! 2Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt….”

Father thank you for the confirming words of Jude: “….I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:1 (NLT)

Father I pray that everyone will come to know your love as their own personal experience through faith in your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen


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Heavenly Father, We don't always understand the world that we live in today. It can be confusing, frustrating, and terrifying.

Your Word says "Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you." We ask that You would move in the midst of the darkness and chaos and turn it around for Your purposes. We pray that the victims of terror would draw near to You in the midst of the tribulations they are facing. We pray for those who are seeking the Truth through the turmoil. Deuteronomy 4:29 says, "But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul." And we pray for those who are enemies of the cross. No one is out of Your reach. Your Son Jesus came to seek and save the lost. We pray for those who persecute You that they would find You and know the peace of God.

Help us to remember that You are always in control. When all else fails, You never will. You are faithful and steadfast through trials and tribulations. May we never forget that. We call upon Your power and grace today and ask for You to bring peace, healing, and justice in the midst of the chaos happening around the world today and pray this in Jesus' name. Amen


Adapted from Praying for Peace in Times of Terror at Leading the Way

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prayer for empathy

Lord, grant me the wisdom to see the good in each person I meet.

Grant me the empathy to understand their life situation and respect them enough to extend loving support, while sharing God's love with dignity.

Allow me, Lord, to recognize opportunities to stand with others, friend to friend.

Amen.
John Wenger | Andersonville (IN) Church of the Brethren

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Fear for Tomorrow

Father,

We live in a dangerous world. Between earthquakes in Nepal and ISIS in the Middle East and so many other things, it is easy to live in trepidation.  Comfort and help those who are genuine sufferers in these events. But help those of us who witness them from a distance also to trust in You. And encourage us who are Your people to do what we can to help. Help us not to be overwhelmed, but to be concerned. And help us not to become calloused by so much suffering, but to look at what, if anything, we can do to alleviate it.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen
... originally posted by Mike on May 5, 2015

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Prayer for Victims of Natural Disasters

Father, we pray for those who have lost property or loved ones in the recent groanings of a broken creation. Please heal bodies and hearts and provide relief. Let your people show love and compassion to their neighbors and show the truth, goodness, and beauty of Jesus. Amen

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GIVE ME......



GIVE ME AN OPEN EAR ~O God, that I may hear Thy voice calling me to high endeavor.  Too often have I been deaf to your appeals.  Give me courage to answer "Here am I, send me."

GIVE ME AN OPEN MIND ~ O God, a mind ready to receive such new light of knowledge as it is Thy will to reveal to me.  Give me courage to change my mind when that is needed.

GIVE ME OPEN EYES ~ O God, eyes quick to discover Thine indwelling in the world Thou hast made.  Forgive all my past blindness to the grandeur and glory of nature, to the charm of little children, to the sublimity's of human story, and to all the intimations of Thy presence which these things contain.

GIVE ME OPEN HANDS~ O God, hands ready to share with all who are in want the blessings with which Thou hast enriched my life.  Deliver me from all meanness and let me hold my money in stewardship and all my worldly goods in trust for Thee, to whom now be all honor and glory.  Amen.

Taken from a man, John Baillie, who new God is a time era in the past, who words hold so true today.  His Diary of Private Prayer speaks to me each time I read it.  

Father, give us open ears, minds, eyes and hands to serve you every day with thanksgiving for the life we have and the life you sacrificed for us.   I love You.  Amen.













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Four Pillars of LifeFour Pillars of Life

 

Proverbs 23:23 (ESV)
     “Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”

Father you have given us four pillars for a sane life and a safe society: “truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding.

Your truth will stabilize us in turbulent times. Your wisdom will guide us in chaotic times. Your instruction will direct us in uncertain times. Your understanding will enlighten us in foreboding times.

Father, help us to apply these principles or pillars to our lives, and to remember the admonition of Your Word: “For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. 8 He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.” Proverbs 2:6-8 (NLT)

Father, may we all enjoy the benefits of these surpassing values.
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Living in Light

Almighty Father,

We need help in our homes. Forgive us for our many family sins. We have not done what Your Word has clearly commanded. Bring the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the hearts of the children back to their parents. Show us how to live in the light of Your Son that the darkness of the world would be exposed. Teach us how to live in our marriages as followers of Jesus. Bring about a fruitfulness through  the church that will overflow into the world with a yield of much love and righteousness. We commit ourselves to prayer, seeking Your power for Your purposes. Grant boldness to your servants who bring Your Word in truth to Your people. Help us to walk in that truth. We love you with an undying love.
In Jesus name, Amen

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prayer in a time of disaster

Loving and Compassionate God, you are our comfort
and strength in times of sudden disaster, crisis, or chaos.

Surround us now, O Lord, with your grace and peace
through storm or winds, fires or floods.

By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen,
sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild,
and fill us with the hope of your new creation;
through Christ, our rock and redeemer. Amen.
... a prayer of the Franciscan Friars

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The sound of our weeping



What a beautiful passage of scripture. To know that God hears our cries. He hears the soft whimpers that echo forth out of our hurting hearts...our wounded spirits....our aching souls. Our weeping doesn't go unnoticed by our loving and compassionate God. He hears. He responds. He accepts our prayers.....

There is nothing too small and there is nothing too big to take before the Father in prayer. He is always attentive. Always listening. Always available to His children. Cry out. Look up. And receive blessing and healing from the Creator of all.


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No Quick Fixes

Father,

I pray for your people. I pray that we may not trust in gimmicks and simplistic formulas, but trust in You. That we might trust You through the long and sometimes laborious process of living for You and doing Your work. That we might not spend our time on the endless search for the right celebrity to follow and the right method to live by. But that we might live our lives one step at a time in obedience to Your ways.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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THE CROSS




 In the cross is health, in the cross is life
in the cross is protection from enemies.
In the cross is heavenly sweetness,
In the cross is strength of mind.
In the cross is joy of spirit.
In the cross is the heights of virtue,
In the cross is perfection of holiness.
There is no health of soul, no hope of eternal life
save in the cross.
~~~Thomas A. Kempis (1380-1471)

Oh Father, may I always keep my eyes on the cross.
I love You.  Amen. 





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Unprecedented



     "In my vision that night, I, Daniel, saw a great storm churning the surface of a great sea, with strong winds blowing from every direction." Daniel 7:2 (NLT)  

Father, we are all intimated by the monstrous power and devastating effects of hurricanes. Their force is irresistible, their reach is overwhelming and their destruction lasts for years. We flee in fear of their ominous danger and the death they bring.  So we pray for those upon whom Hurricane Irma is bearing down. We pray for their safety and protection.

Father I am reminded of the ancient sailors and their horrific experience in the storm.
     23 Some went off to sea in ships, plying the trade routes of the world. 24 They, too, observed the LORD’s power in action, his impressive works on the deepest seas. 25 He spoke, and the winds rose, stirring up the waves. 26 Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. 27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end. 28 “LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 29 He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. 30 What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! 31 Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. Psalm 107:23-31 (NLT)

Father we pray for deliverance, peace and grace for all who have been and will be crying out to you for help, in their time of trouble, as they encounter the fierce winds and waves of Hurricane Irma.

In Jesus strong name, Amen.


 

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Our Strong Tower

Father, there is so much chaos in our world right now and we would so love to see Your return. But  as long as we remain here, we thank You for Your presence and the opportunities we have to share Your love and comfort during these times. So many people have questions about You. Why does God allow these things? It is so hard to understand the destruction from natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, or the fires that rage out of control leaving many without homes and bereft of their possessions. How much harder it is to comprehend the hate and the evil that surrounds us. Help us to be the salt and light needed in this dark world. Help us to comfort those who mourn. Help us to reach out with loving and generous hearts to those who have been left desolate. My prayer is that those who know You are remaining steadfast in their faith and that those who do not know You would see the love being poured out to them and their hearts would be open to know that there is One who cares for them and longs to be gracious to them. May the trials that have come their way cause them to open their hearts to know You and rely upon Your grace and love to see them through these times. "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13) "The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and they are safe."(Proverbs 18:10) Amen

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Calm me, O Lord, as You still the storm.

Calm me, O Lord, as You still the storm.

Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.

Let all the tumult within me cease.

Enfold me, Lord, in Your peace.

Father, bless the work that is done
and the work that is to be.

Father, bless the servant that I am
and the servant that I will be.

Thou Lord and God of power, shield and sustain me this night.

I will lie down this night with God, and God will lie down with me;

I will lie down this night with Christ, and Christ will lie down with me;

I will lie down this night with the Spirit, and the Spirit will lie down with me;

God and Christ and the Spirit, be lying down with me.

The peace of God be
Over me to shelter me,

Under me to uphold me,

About me to protect me,

Behind me to direct me,

Ever with me to save me.
The peace of all peace be mine this night

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.
... from Celtic Daily Prayer

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reflect His love

Father God,

Our desire is to honor You in every way. We pray that our thoughts, our words and our actions will show that we are set apart in You. Help us to be bold and courageous in sharing the gospel. We pray that Your joy will be made full in us so others see You and Your love in our lives. Help us to use our gifts for Your glory. Help us to serve in Your Kingdom and seek Your purpose. May our lives bring You honor and glory and praise.

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love." John 15:9

Amen

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for those in authority

We are told to pray for those in authority. This is true whether or not we agree with their policies. If they are following the wrong principles, they need our prayers even more.

Father,

I pray for all those in government, whether at the national or local level. I pray You will give them wisdom. I pray You will give them wisdom to do, not just what is expedient, but what is right. I pray they will take into consideration Your will when making their decisions. And I pray they may lead us down the right and best paths.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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A Prayer for Trust

O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love and your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to you. we shall see your hand, your purpose, your will through all things. Amen
Ignatius of Loyola

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FLOODS AND FIRES



Dear Lord ~ There are floods and fires across the United States.  People are in distress.  You know every name, you see every tear, you hear the cries for help.  You answer in so many ways.  Part of your plan is to use people.  Every status, color and race are coming together to help those in need.  Oh Lord, if only we could do that in times of blessing.  I pray for every one helping, and those who have lost every earthly possession.  Give comfort, peace and help to all of those in need.

Thanks you that today has been called out for a Weekend of Prayer....Lord I pray all your people will call on You this weekend and in the days to come.

Heal our hearts and our land.
I love You.  Amen.



Amen

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Through Deep Waters

Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)

     “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown…..”

Father, your ancient promise to Israel is true for all who trust in you. Your promise: “I will be with you,” is as comforting and reassuring today as it was to them then. So I pray for those suffering now the massive effects of Hurricane Harvey and the overwhelming flood waters that have inundated them, I pray that your peace will calm their weary hearts and your grace will sustain them in the weeks, months and even years of recovery.

Father I pray they will take hope and courage in your faithful word: Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”  Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT)

Father grant them the great confidence of your presence with them. And thank you for faithfully fulfilling you precious promises.

In the name of Jesus our gracious Lord and Savior. Amen.


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Prayer for Houston and Surrounding Areas


Dear Father,
As I reflect on the One whom I am asked to trust, my soul finds rest. You are our Great High Priest who understands. You are well acquainted with grief. Suffering. You understand by personal experience what it feels like to leave Home and be stripped of everything. You, too, were homeless with nowhere to lay Your head.

So please. Look on all those in the Gulf region who are now homeless, too. Stripped of everything. Please. Draw near to them. As they become more focused on the reality of their stark situation, I ask You to balance their feelings of devastation and loss with the comfort of Your presence. Your peace. Your love.

Thank You for every single one of the first responders … the professionals as well as friends and neighbors who are risking their own safety to help others. Give them supernatural strength. Energy. Stamina. And deep satisfaction as they receive the rich, priceless blessing of knowing their efforts are life-saving and life-changing.

O God. You have been our help in ages past. You are our hope for years to come. And You alone are our shelter from this stormy blast. Our refuge and our strength. You are our Good Shepherd who will lead us safely through this Valley of the Shadow that has fallen over a weary land.

So … wipe the tears from our eyes. Turn our faces to Yours. Cause us to choose to look up. To look to You. With trust.

In the name of the One who has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we may say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid … Amen

*adapted from http://www.annegrahamlotz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Printable-Prayer_I-Look-to-You.pdf

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a prayer for people in Houston

Loving and gracious God,

All love and mercy compels us to the side of people in Houston.

In our charity, and in our compassion, help us stand with them.

In our solidarity and in our sharing, help us stand with them.

In our advocacy, and in our prayer, help us stand with them.

And as we turn to them in their peril, we ask your grace go with us:
To feed the hungry: give us your grace.

To give drink to the thirsty: give us your grace.

To clothe the naked: give us your grace.

To shelter the homeless: give us your grace.

To care for the sick: give us your grace.

To reach the trapped and the stranded: give us your grace.

To mourn the dead: give us your grace.
And in reaching out, may we find you in them.

And may they find you in us.

Amen

- Adopted from a prayer of Catholic Relief Services following Typhoon Haiyan, Nov 2013

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Just do it

Too often, the phrase "I'll pray for you" is tossed around like a toy. We banter it about with no intention of actually doing what we said we would do. There are times that we have the intention to do so, but still fail to act upon it.

How many times have we seen someone in the grocery store or at the post office or even at church and after they have expressed a need to us, we simply say, "I'm praying for you...."

And yet...

We walk away leaving them in the same needy condition they were in just moments before,

When we encounter someone with a need, let's be intentional about praying right then. Whether we are in the grocery store, or the mall, or the post office, let's stop right then and pray for our brother or sister in need. Let's get purposeful in our prayer lives!

How do we expect to hear if we don't petition? God wants us to bring our prayers to Him. He desires to do mighty things in our lives and in the lives of those around us. But we have to voice our prayers. We have to be obedient to His Word. We have to speak in faith and expect answers.

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




Amen

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Hope

Father,

I thank you that in Your Son we have hope. Hope that  this life is not the end. Hope that death has been conquered. Hope of eternal life together with You. Hope of Your presence now in our lives. Help us who are Your people remember that hope. Help us take it to a hopeless world, which so desperately needs it. Help us be a beacon of hope to those in trouble or anguish.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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CHRIST ~ THE ONLY WAY



 Christ is not one of many ways to approach God, nor is he the best of several ways; he is the only way~~   A.W. Tozer (1897-1963

I believe You're the Lord of all,
The only righteous One;
You're the mighty Creator.
Great are the things You've done.
I believe You died for me,
That You live,
That you live and death is overcome
You' re the way to the Father,
You're the Truth, the Life, The Son,
The Truth, the Life, The Son.

~Sven Gunnarsen (1994)


Amen

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Imagine This…..



Psalm 104:33 (NLT)
        I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath!

Oh Father, to imagine that even with my dying breath I would be singing your praise. What a way to leave this frail temporal life and to enter my eternal home with you in heaven. The glory of it is beyond imagination.

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)
      “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”

I Can Only Imagine (MercyMe

I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk, by your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When you face is before me
I can only imagine

Surrounded by You glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus
Or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
     “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine……”

 Thank you Father that our singing your praises doesn't end at death. We will be singing throughout endless ages. In the Name of whom we sing, Jesus, Amen!






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Heavenly Father, I don't always understand the world that I live in today. It can be confusing, frustrating, and terrifying. Help me to remember that You are always in control. When all else fails, You never will. You are faithful and steadfast through trials and tribulations. May I never forget that. I call upon Your power and grace today and ask for You to bring peace, healing, and justice in the midst of the chaos happening around the world today. 

We also lift up to you those who are in the path of the Hurricane on the Gulf of Mexico, asking that no lives be lost and for mercy upon the helpless. Help those who are in its way to reach safety. Open our hearts in generosity to all who need help in the coming days. In all things and in all times, help us to remember that even when life seems dark and stormy, you are in the boat with us, guiding us to safety. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

“Never will I leave you; 
never will I forsake you.” 
So we say with confidence, 
"The Lord is my helper; 
I will not be afraid."
‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬



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God to enfold me ... to surround me ...


God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.

God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.

God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.

God in my sufficing,
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in mine eternity.

Amen

... an ancient Celtic prayer

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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.

*Maranatha Worship Bible
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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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