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

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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A SERVANT'S HEART



 I John 4:19-21 "We love because he first loved us.  If anyone says, "I love God" yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  And he has given us this command:  Whoever loves God, must also love his brother."

Lord, so many times it's so easy to love You.  You are holy.  You are loving.  You are just.  But loving others can be hard, especially when they are unloving or unkind.  But your command is straight forward...If we say we love YOU, then it has to be demonstrated to those around us.  Only YOU working through us can accomplish that task.  I pray today, that you will so fill my life, that the overflow will touch anyone who comes in my path.  I love you Father, and want to be Your faithful servant.  Amen.

Once you say the yes of faith to Jesus
and accept his blueprint for the fullness of life,
the whole world can no longer revolve around you,
your needs, your gratifications:  
you will have to revolve around the world,
seeking to bandage its wounds,
loving dead men into life,
finding the lost,
wanting the unwanted,
and leaving far behind all the selfish,
parasitical concerns which drain
our time and energies.
~~John Powell (1927-)




Amen

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Prayer written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer while in prison in 1943


Hebrews 13:3 (NLT)    Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.

“O God
Early in the morning do I cry unto thee
Help me to pray
And to think only of thee
I cannot pray alone
In me there is darkness
But with thee there is light
I am lonely, but thou leavest not
I am feeble in heart, but thou leavest me not
I am restless, but with thee there is peace
In me there is bitterness, but with thee there is patience
Thy ways are past understanding,
But thou knowest the way for me.”

Father, as we come before the Throne of Grace, we thank you that in our darkness you give light. 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.

Thank you Father, in Jesus name.

Amen

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Setting our Sights



"To pray is to set your compass on heaven and stay on track through the trackless wastes of the world." ~unknown

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Colossians‬ ‭3:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Father,

As we ponder the great story of Your grace and love which has been revealed to us through Your Son, our hearts are filled with thanksgiving. Thank You that the veil which separated us from You has been torn and we can approach the throne of mercy in our time of need. We draw near to You and thank You for hearing our prayers confident that You will supply the needs lifted up to You in accordance with Your will. You are our hope and it is You who is working in each of us, giving us the desire to obey and the power to do what pleases You. And You haven't finished Your good work in us! You are the one who began this work and You are the one who will complete it until the day that Jesus returns. Until then, we want to keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. We set our sights on You for guidance asking You to strengthen our hearts with Your grace to walk with You and stay on track. 

Amen

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Prayer In Times of Uncertainty

Dear Lord,

You are my Shepherd, you watch over me and tend to the needs of my heart.

Help me to trust your guidance in this time of uncertainty.

It is so hard to look ahead and not see a clear vision for my future.

Please help my heart to trust in your timing.

Let my mind seek your will.

Fill my soul with peace knowing that you are the one true God.

You are,“…my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” (Psalm 91:2, NIV).

Thank you for watching over me and all my loved ones. In your name I pray, Amen.

... a prayer from my niece Maria

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He intercedes

"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." (Romans 8:26)

Our requests flow from our lips to the mighty ears of God who hears and cares and responds to our cries.

But what about those times when we just don't know how to pray? What about those times when we don't even know what to pray for? Those times when things are so rough and we are so defeated in our spiritual lives that we just can't even begin to voice our petition to God.

This Scripture gives us a sweet assurance that He knows. Even when we don't have a clue,  the precious Sprit of God intercedes for us. He becomes our voice. He utters what we can't.

What an amazing picture of the unbounding love that our God has for us. That even in our weakness, He is strong. Even in our inabilities, He is able. Even when we can't, He can....


Amen

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Death of death

Father,

I thank You for this time of year, in which we celebrate the death of death. I thank You even more that You accomplished this. I thank You that sin and death and hell are conquered foes. Help us to always remember that this is not our work, but Your work, and we simply enter in on the benefits. Help us, who are Your people, to live as those who are forgiven, as those who have hope, as those who are victors, not just at one time of year, but all year round.

In Jesus' Name, 
Amen

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Easter Prayer

O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
From Scot McKnight
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HE IS NOT HERE !




Luke 24:5-8  "In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead?  HE IS NOT HERE; HE HAS RISEN!  Remember how he told you when he was still with you in Galilee.  "The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again" ~~~Then they remembered his words."

All praise to You, Jesus Christ, risen Savior. You triumphed over death and hell.  You are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  Forgiveness and salvation are Yours.  You have redeemed us and made us holy in the sight of God.  Grace and peace flow from You.  In You and through You we find strength and blessing and abundant life.  Let all of heaven and earth declare Your praise as the RISEN SON OF GOD, THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD!  We love you, Amen.



Amen

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Twilight Zone

1 Corinthians 15:19 (NLT)
     And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.


Father, on Saturday, the disciples lingered between the gloom of Friday’s hopeless anguish and Sunday’s glorious resurrection joy. For them it must have been an ambiguous twilight zone. Jesus had suffered the cruel death of crucifixion. His body lay in a tomb sealed by the power of Rome. The guards had been stationed at the tomb to prevent any fabrication of a resurrection story. Man had done his worst, sin had taken its toll, and the disciples were in total despair. Indeed they were …”more to be pitied than anyone in the world.”

However, Father, as Peter so powerfully preached at Pentecost: “…God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” Acts 2:24 (NIV) Then, on behalf of all the believers, Peter emphatically proclaimed: “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Acts 2:32 (NIV)

Thank you Father for this glorious fact, this endearing reality and this eternal truth: “…Christ has indeed been raised from the dead…” 1 Corinthians 15:20 (NIV)

He is risen!!!
Amen

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Good Friday

Thank You, Jesus, You demonstrated Your love for us at the cross. You became poor that we might be rich. You became sin for us - You were stripped of Your glory willingly and humbled Yourself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross, and being made perfect, You became the author and finisher of eternal salvation to all who believe and obey.

How great are You, Lord, that Your love and for the joy set before You that You would endure the cross, despise the shame and bear our sins in Your own body on the tree so that we being dead in our sins should live to righteousness and be healed by Your stripes.

Thank You Jesus for giving Yourself for us, to redeem us from all iniquity and purify for Yourself a people that are Your very own. How precious indeed is that crimson flow that makes us white as snow.

Thank You that You declared it finished. The debt we owed was paid in full by the sinless Lamb of God. Amen


O perfect Lamb of Passover,
Let me not quickly run.
Recount to me the blessed plot,
Tell how the plan was spun
That I, a slave of Egypt’s lusts,
A prisoner of dark dread,
Could be condemned unto a cross
And find You nailed instead. ~ Beth Moore


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The Last Supper Prayer

After sharing a last meal with his disciples, Jesus looked up to heaven and said ...

Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. ...

My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. ... I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. ... Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. ...

I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.

Amen
...selected verses from John 17 NLT

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Holy Week

Jesus, as we go through this week and remember your suffering and sacrifice for us, help us to see that we too are called to take up our own cross to follow you. Help us to live lives of sacrificial love that show the world that there is a better way to live and a true King to follow. May others see our lives and have reason to ask about the hope that is in us so we can give them the answer. Amen
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TRUE LOVE





 YOU are a God of great compassion and mercy.  YOU love us with a love that is not rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered ~~ a love that keeps no record of wrongs.  This is the love of Christ.  And it is to this kind of love that YOU call us, because it is with this kind of love that YOU love us.  Lord, help me to love others the way YOU love me.  I love YOU.  Amen.    (I Cor. 13)






Amen

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Triumph in Tragedy



For dear friends who are going through a severe time of suffering and grief.

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)
     For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Father there are days in life that seem senseless, futile and useless. Logic is no help, reason is no comfort and counsel is no hope. It is a pit with no bottom, a room with no door, and a life with no meaning. Such are some of the desperate days in which people struggle to survive.

Yet it is into this gloom of existence that You demonstrate the greatness of Your glorious wisdom and power. It is the wonder of Your grace achieving Your purpose, which so often exceeds mere human understanding. We exclaim with the Apostle Paul: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

And Father it is the assuring certainty of our faith in You that enables us to do more than just survive. It is because of Your promise in Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

We praise You Father for triumph in tragedy, through the name of Jesus, who is the very expression of Your wisdom, power and love. Amen.

Amen

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Prayer in Time of Trouble

Lord, in every need let me come to You with humble trust saying, "Jesus, help me."

In all my doubts, perplexities, and temptations,
Jesus, help me.

In hours of loneliness, weariness, and trials,
Jesus, help me.

In the failure of my plans and hopes; in disappointments, troubles, and sorrows,
Jesus, help me.

When others fail me and Your grace alone can assist me,
Jesus help me.

When I throw myself on Your tender love as a father and savior,
Jesus, help me.

When my heart is cast down by failure at seeing no good come from my efforts,
Jesus, help me.

When I feel impatient and my cross irritates me,
Jesus, help me.

When I am ill and my head and hands cannot work and I am lonely,
Jesus, help me.

Always, always, in spite of weakness, falls, and shortcomings of every kind,
Jesus, help me and never forsake me.

Amen
- posted by Anonymous on Beliefnet

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messy and scary....

In the midst of all that is messy, scary, difficult or unknown  - cry out to Him. Trust in Him. He knows.....


Lift your voice to the One who can heal our wounds, soothe the ache in our souls and bind up that which is broken within us - Christ Jesus our LORD and Savior.


Amen

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Each Day Is a Gift

One of the things that having cancer has taught me is that each day is a gift. I knew this before, but cancer has pressed it home to me in a new way. As far as I can tell, my cancer is growing very slowly (it can take its time, as far as I am concerned), but it is nonetheless advancing. However, sooner or later it will either be healed by God or kill me. But all of us will die, if the Lord does not come first. And I could be hit by a car tomorrow and  be gone. But each day for all of us is a gift.

Father,

I thank you that our times are in Your hand. Help us to remember that. Help us to receive each day as a gift. Help to live each one as if it might be our last. Help to trust You for all the times and directions of our life.

In Jesus Name,
Amen

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Spring

Father, thank you for the rebirth of nature we see around us this time of year and the reminder it gives that we have been raised to new life. Let creation tell us of the truth, goodness, and beauty of  our Savior. Amen
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PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE





Dear Prayer Warriors ~ Please join me in a prayer for a miracle for a dear friend of our, Bret, whose life is hanging in the balance between earth and heaven.  He has been in ICU for over a week with open heart surgery...they cannot stop the bleeding after several more surgeries.  Only God can make the difference.  We are praying for a miracle, but also praying that God's will can be accomplished in Bret's life.  They are a strong family of faith and we join them in prayer.

Dear Lord, we have been in prayer constantly and know You are the great physician.  We totally trust your and your plan for Bret, but we do pray for a miracle if that is in Your plan.  Your will be done.  We love you.  Amen.




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Contentment

Philippians 4:10-13 (ESV)
     ”I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”


Father, thank you that contentment does not come from what I have in life but what I have in Christ. Thank you Father that He is our peace in every circumstance, our sufficiency in every need, and our strength in every trial.

Thank you Father for the truth of 2 Corinthians 9:8 (ESV) “….God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency (or all contentment) in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”

Thank you Father for Steven J. Cole’s reminder that: “The secret for contentment in every situation is to focus on the Lord--as our Sovereign, our Savior, and our Sufficient One.”

 In the name of Jesus who truly is our all in all.

Amen

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A Selfless Prayer

I give you a bit of inspiration to pray today. This is one of my wife's favorite prayers.
The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred let me sow peace;
where there is injury let me sow forgiveness;
where there is doubt let me sow faith;
where there is despair let me give hope;
where there is darkness let me give light;
where there is sadness let me give joy.

0 Lord, grant that I may
not try to be comforted, but to comfort,
not try to be understood but to understand,
not try to be loved but to love.

Because it is in giving that we receive,
it is in forgiving that we are forgiven,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
There is a selflessness communicated in this prayer that I am drawn to. In this Lenten season, let us endeavor to be praying people. God has given us many gifts and we all have much to be thankful for. I pray that we (read that I) will be agents of hope, encouragement and inspiration to those who we encounter in our travels.


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We turn to you Lord

We turn to you Lord as we turn away from the things we idolize.
Help us to embrace the things that you love.

We turn to you Lord as we turn away from selfishness.
Help us to embrace those who you love.

We turn to you Lord as we turn away from pride and ego.
Help us to walk humbly with you and the people you love.

We turn to you Lord as we turn away from the things that distract us.
Help us to focus on things that prosper your plans for our lives.

We turn to you Lord as we turn away from things temporal.
Help us to live lives that prepare us for things eternal.

Amen
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Political Divisions

Father,

I pray that You will heal the political divisions. Show us what is really right and really wrong and what is a matter for compromise. But more than that, take away the deep hatred on both sides. Help us, as far as possible, to understand and respect the others' position. And take away the deep rancor that marks our political discourse.

In Jesus' name,
Amen

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A Diary of Private Prayer



 Almighty God, Spirit of purity and grace, in asking Thy forgiveness I cannot claim a right to be forgiven but only cast myself upon Thine unbounded love.
I can plead no merit
I can plead no extenuating circumstances;
I cannot plead the frailty of my nature;
I cannot plead the force of temptations I encounter;
I cannot plead the persuasions of others who led me astray;
I can only say, For the sake of Jesus Christ Thy Son my Lord.  Amen.

*A Diary of Private Prayer ~ John Baillie ~



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The Gift of a Day


Psalm 118:24 (ESV)
   This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Prayer is always the best way to begin the day at sunrise or conclude it at sunset. It is a perfect bracket to indicate the value of that day as a gift of God and our desire and determination to live it for His glory. So, I offer this prayer for Saturday March 25th.

Father, we thank You for the gift of this day. May its seconds, minutes and hours be filled with purposeful living and meaningful relationships. May your glory be our goal, your will our pleasure and your love the expression of our lives.

Others we encounter may be going through rough times in their lives. Help us to be helpful to them. May we be enabled to lift their burden, ease their pain, comfort their heart and give them a since of hope that only comes from You.

Father, at the end of this day, may we sleep in the peaceful rest of a satisfied life looking forward to sunrise tomorrow and the gift of another day.

We thank you for this Father in the Name of Your beloved Son and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Amen

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Praises of Thy sinless Crucifixion.

Stretching out Thy divine hands upon the Cross,
Thou hast joined together
that which before was divided.

And by Thy mediation
Thou hast offered as a gift to the Father
the nature of mortal man,
that was under condemnation.

Therefore we sing the praises of Thy sinless Crucifixion.

Amen
...a prayer of St. Joseph the Studite

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Dwell in the House of the Lord Forever

(continuing a series on Psalm 23)

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

Father,

I thank that Your goodness and mercy pursues us. And we can trust You for these, even in difficult times. And I thank You that Your people will dwell with You forever. Help us to live in the light of that. Help us to live, not for the things of now, but the things of eternity.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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The Wrong Way





 Exodus 23: 2 "Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.".....

Stand with me, Jesus, when I turn from the crowd and walk the lonely road.  When I break from the group because the croup is going in the wrong direction let me know that You are near.  The easy way, the wrong way, if often crowded with a loud, enthusiastic throng whose excitement is contagious.  Your way is more often traveled alone, or so it seems.  But You, Lord, are with me.  You will never leave me or forsake me.  I am counting on Your Presence, Lord, even now.  I love You.  Amen.


Taken from the Maranatha Worship Bible



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The Reason for Hope

Psalm 71:5 (NLT)
     O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O LORD, from childhood.


Father the day will eventually come when I will say with Joshua: “Soon I will die, going the way of everything on earth. Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the LORD your God has come true. Not a single one has failed!” Joshua 23:14 (NLT)

Dear Father over the years you have proven your faithfulness to your promises time and again. The trustworthiness of your word is beyond doubt and the reason for hope.

Indeed you are the God of hope. So every day you give us is filled with hope and we have no anxiety about the future.

Father I unite my heart with the Apostle Paul’s prayer for all believers: “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.” Romans 15:13 (NLT)

Yes Father, you are the reason for our hope and we praise you for that in Jesus name.
Amen

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Saint Patrick's Breastplate Prayer

I arise today through ...
God's strength to pilot me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Amen.
... an excerpt from Saint Patrick's Breastplate.

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To Be a Living Sacrifice

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.


I think that the entire life of Christ was a beautiful example of a living sacrifice. A life that cleansed the ones who heard his teaching and experienced his compassion. A life that calls us to deeper sacrifice and compassion. Would you pray with me?

Our desire Lord is to please you.
To sacrifice what we want for what you desire.

Help us Lord to recognize the ways that we can be like lambs.
Ones who bring healing and compassion to a broken world.

Teach us Father to be like Jesus in the ways that we live.
Ones with loving hearts and healing hands.

Fill us Holy Spirit that we might bear your light in utter darkness.
That the earth may be a bit brighter because You live.

Amen
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My Cup Overflows

(continuing a series on Psalm 23)

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Father,

I thank You that You give us above and beyond what we need. I thank You that You give us blessings even in difficult situations. Help us to rejoice in these. Help us to recognize them as from Your hand. And help us in whatever situation we are in to recognize You as a Father who delights to give good gifts to His children.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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Weather

 Father, we know that you are in control of this world. We look around us and see the devastation happening in parts of the country due to the weather. We pray that you would grant relief to those who have experienced storms and flooding. We pray that you would help them and provide for them as they rebuild and try to get their lives back to normal. Be with those who grieve and comfort them with the comfort only you can give. Give your children compassion and help them to bring your kingdom come to their neighbors. Amen

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The Little Things




 Dear Lord, Thank you for the little things in my life that bring me joy.  Your sunshine through my window.  A cup of tea, as I think and meditate on your love.  A home, a family, a church.

The rose bud, and the rain drops.  The love of a good and faithful husband.  The phone call from a child who is far away.

The fellowship of neighbors and fresh baked bread.

Thank you Father for my life, and the life you live in and through me.  I love you so.   Amen



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Choices to Live By (SELFCONRTOL)

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
     22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and 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 my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.” Max Lucado

Father there may be no greater challenge in my life than self-control. The exercise of such discipline holds the greatest opportunity for success and its neglect the greatest certainty of failure. The fierceness of this struggle pulls in both directions with a conflict of intense emotions and immense consequences.

Father the Apostle Paul explains this so well in Galatians 5:17 (NLT) “The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other….”

Thank you Father that the indwelling Holy Spirit enables us to desire and choose self-control and thereby demonstrate the power of your grace in our lives. It is a wonderful benefit which brings the great joy of a self-controlled life.

For this blessing I thank You in Jesus name.
Amen

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Help Me to Remember

O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;

When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;

When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;

When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer;

And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency;

Bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;

By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.

Amen.
... a prayer of Samuel F. Pugh

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The Valley of Deep Darkness

 (Continuing a series on Psalm 23.)

Even though I walk through
the valley of deep darkness,
I will fear no evil,
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me.

Father,

I thank You that You are with us in whatever situation we are in, even if we fight death itself. I thank You that You are our protector and that You guide us to the right path. Help us to trust You in difficulties. May we look always for Your leading. And calm the fear in our heart, no matter how difficult things may get.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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 Almighty and eternal God
Thou art hidden from my sight;
Thy thoughts are beyond the understanding of my mind;
Thy thoughts are not s my thoughts;
Thy ways are past finding out.

Yet hast Thou breathed Thy Spirit into my life;
Yet hast Thou formed my mind to seek Thee;
Yet hast Thou inclined my heart to love Thee;
Yet hast Thou made me restless for the rest that is in Thee;
Yet hast Thou planted within me hunger and thrist
   that make me dissatisfied with all the joys of earth.
I love you.  Amen.

Diary of Private Prayer ~ John Baillie





Amen

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Choices to Live By (GENTLENESS)

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
     22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control.





Father, gentleness is such a fragile, sweet and delicate word. It implies a soft touch of comfort. It indicates a caring word of encouragement. It infers a kind deed of compassion. Such is the beauty, wonder and tenderness of gentleness.

And how grateful we are for your gentle heart and for the gracious invitation of Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30 28Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”


Father as we desire to be treated with gentleness may we also be aware of so many around us whose hearts also long for the same thing.  Help us then to be gentle in our dealings and to remember the admonition given us in Titus 3:2 (GW) “Believers shouldn't curse anyone or be quarrelsome, but they should be gentle and show courtesy to everyone.”


Father, today may it be obvious that we choose gentleness. In the name of Jesus our Gentle Shepherd we pray, Amen

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Praying for Miracles

Many feel a need to take an all or nothing approach to the topic of miracles. Some feel that miracles do not exist because they do not regularly occur. Yet others claim that ordinary things like baby births are miracles. Perhaps there is another way to see it?

Perhaps there is a middle ground that embraces the working of miracles without seeing everything as one. Or perhaps we can simply see life itself as a natural miracle that sometimes confronts us with miracles that are supernatural in nature?

Even so. I am praying for miracles. I am asking you Lord that you would work miracles in our lives. Come Holy Spirit. Minister to us in compassion and manifest your power in our bodies, our nations and our world. Thy kingdom come. On earth as it is in heaven.

Amen
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just be still


It's so hard to be still.... 
It's hard to wait. To rest before the LORD.

But when we do, we yield ourselves to be able to listen.
To hear.
To soak up His presence.

We give Him the control that is His already and then He can work. And move.
And do mighty things in our lives.

Be still.

Cry out.

And be expectant in prayer.



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He Restores My Soul

(continuing a series on Psalm 23)

He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

Father, 

 I thank You that You provide not only our physical needs, but our spiritual needs. I thank You that You restore us spiritually and lead us down the right paths to be the people You want us to be. Help us to trust You for that, to trust not in striving, but in Your power. And help us to give You the credit for our spiritual accomplishments and to come to You to be restored when we fall.

In Jesus' Name,
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PERSONAL PRAY OF CONFESSION



 


 Lord Jesus, I have betrayed You in thought, word and deed.  I have denied you in guilty silence.  I have chosen to please others rather than You.  I have behaved in ways that are not fit for Your kingdom.  Gracious Savior, forgive my weakness and restore me to wholeness.  Make me more like You.  I love You, Amen.



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Choices to Live By (FAITHFULESS)

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
     22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control.

 
“Today I will keep my promises……” Max Lucado
 
Father you have given us the example of faithfulness: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 (NIV).  You have also given us the exhortation to faithfulness: ”Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NLT).  And You have given us the joyful expectation of faithfulness: “…..Well done, my good and faithful servant…….” Matthew 25:23 (NLT)


Father your imperative for faithfulness is clearly stated:”…..it is impossible to please God without faith…..” Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)  Therefore Father today may we bring great joy to your heart by faithfully carrying out our promises, faithfully keeping our word we have committed to others, and faithfully living our lives as evidence of our love and trust in You. And help us in our weakness to be strong in faith.

In the name of Jesus your faithful servant we pray.

Amen

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Prayer for the Health of the Earth

Dear Lord,

I pray for the health of the Earth.

With pollution, natural disasters and the countless alterations we make to our rainforests and natural resources, I pray you send restoration and your shield of peace over our land.

I pray for my family and the generations to come, that you can help us to build a more sustainable lifestyle for our Earth.

Place your spirit in our leaders and those who are making decisions of how to handle the resources we need.

Thank you for your creation Lord.

I pray that I can be a good steward of this home You have built.

In your name I pray.

Amen
...posted on Facebook by my niece Maria

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Green Pastures

(continuing a series on Psalm 23)

He makes to lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside still waters.

Father,

I thank You that You are concerned with all the aspects of our lives, including our basic physical needs. Help us understand that all those things come from You. Help us trust You for them. Help us to see You as the first source for all these needs and to bring our requests for them to You. Help us not try to fix these things first by ourselves without You.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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LIVING SACRIFICE




 Romans 12:1 (NLT)  "And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you.  Let them be a living and holy sacrifice ~ the kind he will find acceptable.  This is truly the way to worship him."

O God, Your mercy is overwhelming.  Through sacrifice You have saved us from destruction.  How then shall we respond to this awesome gift?  We will give our very lives back to You in worship.  We offer ourselves to You, Lord, each on a living sacrifice for Your service.  Use us Lord, in any way You will.  I love You.  Amen.


Maranatha Worship Bible ( Exo. 13:2)






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Choices to Live By (GOODNESS)

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
     22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.

 
“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.”
Max

Father when we choose to submit to the control of the Holy Spirit in our lives there will be at least nine obvious results of His presence in us and one of these isgoodness.”  You have defined goodness in Micah 6:8 (NIV)  “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Father, out of the goodness that overflows from our heart we will treat people fairly, with mercy and in humility. This is a goodness that can be seen, felt and shared. It is being like Jesus: “…. Jesus went around doing good…….. “
Acts 10:38 (NLT)


Father today may your goodness be seen in and through us. In the name of Jesus, the very incarnation and essence of goodness.

Amen

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Prayer for Mercy

Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. (Psalm 4:1)

I chose the last part of this verse to subtitle this blog. Throughout the scriptures we see people who know God most intimately understanding the idea that mercy is the heart of prayer.

Be merciful to each of us today dear Lord.. for those hurting come along side of them and comfort them.. please be the great Physician for those needing healing.. have compassion on us Merciful One.

Amen.


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Grace Comes By Prayer

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

I love this passage of scripture. It says that we can present our prayers with confidence. What you may ask is what can we be confident of? The answer is simple. When we pray we can be confident that we will receive mercy and find grace to help us. Notice that it did not say that our prayers would always be answered the way we prayed them.. just that mercy and grace would be given.

I think that there is so little in life to be confident about.. people fail us.. our health fails.. and sometimes it feels that God has failed us. But this verse promises that we will receive mercy and grace when we pray - so what does this look like? It is a great question! It reminds me of Job and how different grace might have looked to him.

For some time Job and his friends were sitting around arguing about the calamities that had beset Job.. he lost all of his children.. he lost his health.. people were laughing at him.. and it seemed that grace was nowhere to be found. Then.. and this is an important then.. something happened.. God manifested Himself to Job and let him know that He had been listening in on the conversation with his friends.

God then proceeded to ask Job some very difficult questions.. to which Job confessed that he was ignorant and then proceeded to repent. After this God healed Job as he prayed for his friends. So.. I am wondering.. what did grace look like in this situation and when did mercy come? It reminds me of this passage:
So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God's judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance? (Romans 2:3-4)
I love how this speaks to what grace is all about.. how it says that because of God's mercy we are not judged.. how God is patient with us.. tolerant of our sins.. and kind to us even when we are unkind and judgmental. Perhaps this is the grace that we can be confident in? Perhaps this is the flavor of grace that will eventually help us.. and lead us to repentance

Perhaps.. for Job anyway.. grace came before he was healed and restored to health.. before his riches were replenished. Perhaps grace looked more like God sustaining Job and helping him to endure.. maybe grace came when he first prayed.. maybe Job just didn't understand the purpose of grace?

Very often we are oblivious to the presence of the grace that comes when we pray because we do not understand that a primary reason that grace is given is to help us to endure - we need grace to endure.. and grace comes by way of prayer. I know that in my own life I feel that I am caused to endure because of prayer.. my prayers and the prayers of others.

Father we come to you.. asking for grace.. needing grace.. needing mercy. Open our eyes to the ways that you are working kindness and patience in our lives. Help us to develop thankfulness for the mercy and grace you pour on us every day. We love you.

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Rise up!


Four simple words. Four powerful words!

Rise up!

And PRAY!

It's time for us to get serious about one of the greatest gifts God bestows upon us. The gift of prayer. The gift of personal communion with Him. The gift of intimacy.

Our lives will take on new direction and new purpose when we get determined and diligent in our prayer lives!

Our God hears our cries! Our God cares about our petitions! Our God listens and responds.

It's so easy!!!

Rise up!

And PRAY!!!

Amen

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

(beginning a series of prayers inspired by Psalm 23)

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not lack.

Father,

Thank You that You are our Shepherd. Thank You that you provide what we need. Not always what we want, but what we need. Help us to look to You for our provision. Not to ourselves or some other source, but to You. Help us to live in the confidence that You have everything taken care of.

In Jesus' Name,
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LOVE THAT GROWS



This is the Month of Love.  What could be better than to grown old with the one you fell in love with so many years ago.

Dear Lord, thank you for my dearest of 55 + years.
Thank you that he is a man of his word
And a man of YOUR WORD.
Thank you for his faithfulness to Me and to You.
Thank you that you have allowed us to 
grow old together.
Thank you that we will both spend 
eternity with You.
I love You,
Amen.

Watercolor Painting by Wanda Slaven
"Growing Old Together"






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Choices to Live By (KINDNESS)

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
     22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!


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

Father it is great that we are not limited to any one selection of the Fruit of the Spirit but that all of them are the result of your influence in our lives. It is a manifold manifestation of Your gracious Spirit’s ministry in and through us.

The Fruit of the Spirit in our lives further displays our obedience to You in taking Colossians 3:12 personally and seriously, “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 (NLT)

So Father today may your gracious Spirit flow through my life to those I encounter that they may experience the kindness I find in knowing You.
In Jesus precious name,

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Prayer for Compassion

Dear God,

As you draw me ever deeper into your heart,
I discover that my companions on the journey are men and women
loved by you as fully and intimately as I am.

In your compassionate heart,
there is a place for all of them.
No one is excluded.

Give me a share in your compassion, dear God,
so that your unlimited love may become visible
in the way I love my brothers and sisters.

Amen
... from With Open Hands by Henri Nouwen

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Miracles


Father,

Give us faith to believe in miracles. But also give us faith to keep trusting You even when the miracles do not come. Help us to trust in Your will, even when things do not go the way we want them to. But help us not make this an excuse not to trust You next time or to think the miracle cannot happen. But help us to submit to what You want, whatever You have decided to do.

In Jesus' Name,
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OPEN MY EYES



 
Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for Thee
Ready, my God, Thy will to see;
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

~Clara H. Scott (1895)

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Choices to Live by (PATIENCE)

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
     22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.



“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 than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.” Max Lucado

Father, I am impressed, a little amazed, and somewhat envious and maybe a little amused at what Paul wrote to Timothy, particularly in relation to his patience. ”But you, Timothy, certainly know……my patience.” 2 Timothy 3:10     

Father I am afraid I would have to write “you certainly know my impatience.” But I pray that this wonderful fruit of the Spirt, patience, will so influence my life and behavior that you will be honored and others will see your grace at work in me. Yes, Father, today I choose patience.

In the name of Jesus who has been so patient with me.
Amen

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