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



Help Your people to be those who forgive. Help us not to be bitter or harbor grudges. Help us to do this not only individually but corporately.  Help us to see those who disagree with us not as our enemies, but as people made in God's image who need to be introduced to Him. Take away our anger on the individual and corporate levels. Help us to  remember how much You have forgiven us and to treat others the same way.

In Jesus' Name,

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A Prayer for Graduates

A prayer for graduates based on the words of wisdom and admonition from King David to his son Solomon: “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 So take this seriously……” 1 Chron. 28:9-10 (NLT)

Father for the graduates of 2017 as they continue life’s incredible journey.

I Pray they will understand life’s greatest discovery - “Know God intimately.”

I pray they will seize Life’s greatest adventure - “Worship and serve Him.”

I pray they will sense Life’s greatest awareness - “The Lord sees and knows you.”

I pray they will achieve Life’s greatest goal: “Seek Him and find Him.”

I pray they will fear Life’s greatest danger - “If you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.”

I pray they will maximize Life greatest priority - “Take this seriously.”

In praying for these graduating young people Father I ask for grace, mercy and peace on them. Guide them in their pursuit of life and may they achieve your purpose for them. In name of Jesus who achieved your purpose in his life. Amen


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Your Guidance

Dear Abba Father,
This is your day,
I am your child,
Show me your way.

“Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. 
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, 
and my hope is in you all day long. 
Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love, 
for they are from of old. 
Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; 
according to your love remember me, for you, LORD, are good.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭25:4-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Open the eyes of my heart that I can see wonderful things from your Word and know your will. 
Engrave it on my heart. Soften my heart, Father, as I hear from your Word. Open my eyes to understand. 

Come, Holy Spirit, as I seek to understand the Truth of your Word. Sanctify me by Your truth. 
Help me, Lord, to encounter You, and with renewed conviction and assurance, introduce myself as one of Yours. Amen

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a prayer of release

Dear Lord Jesus,

For the people who have hurt me,
I release any unforgiveness to the love of God.

For the things I worry about every day,
I release control of my life to the love of God.

For events that cause me to be afraid,
I release my fears to the love of God.

For depression and hopelessness,
I release my afflictions to the love of God.

For the bitterness I carry each day,
I release the past to the love of God.

For each and everything that keeps me from following you,
I release my whole being to the love of God.

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Help Your people to react with kindness. Even to to those whose beliefs and lifestyles we disagree with. Help us find ways to show kindness without compromising our principles. Help us lay aside our self-righteousness and remember we are sinners saved by grace. Help us look on others with Your kindness and compassion. Help us lead them to You, the fountain of kindness and compassion.

In Jesus' Name,

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Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art

High King of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all


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The precious words of God revealed in his Holy Word.

Isaiah 55:11  "So is my word that goes out from my mouth;  It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."

Your Word is alive and creative, Lord.  Like rain and snow, it goes forth from You in productive power, fulfills its destiny and return to You again overflowing with its harvest: the high praises of Your people whom You save, deliver and bless,  Drench us, Father, in your Word.  Nurture us in its instruction and power so that we can discern Your will for our lives.  I love You.  Amen.

 "God did not write a book and send it by messenger to be read at a distance by unaided minds.  He spoke a book and lives in his spoken words, constantly speaking his words and causing the power of them to persist across the years."  ~~A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)


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A Road call Mercy and a Lane called Grace

Exodus 34:6 (ESV)
     ”The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious…”

Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)
     ”So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

Well Father if there is any corner I would want to park my car it is on the corner of Mercy and Grace. And Father how wonderful it is that You have invited us to come into your presence as the Apostle Paul wrote: “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” Ephesians 3:12 (NLT)

So Father, we do come boldly with confidence and the assurance of your love and acceptance through faith in Christ our Savior. And we can come with our faults and failures, with our hurts and needs, with our questions and uncertainties, and with our praise and worship. We come to You our gracious and merciful God whom we have the privilege to call Father.

We love you Father and thank you for your faithful, unconditional and eternal love for us so beautifully portrayed in your mercy and grace.

In Jesus name who is the way, the truth and the life. Amen

He's Watching Over His Own

“The Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. ... We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭33:18, 20-22‬ ‭NLT‬‬

How awesome to know that You Lord, Almighty God, with Your infinite power and glory, are watching us from heaven, filled with love and always attentive to our needs. Your Word says that the eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. Your love is greater than we could ever fathom and we give You thanks for Your unfailing love. Help us to rejoice in and rest in that enough not to worry.  

Our hearts grieve with the people of New York City, for the families of those who have suffered tragedy at the hands of evil, and for those who have suffered as a result of tornadoes and storms this week. We ask that You would be their Comforter, that You would cover them with your grace and mercy, surrounding them in peace during this time. We pray that people would come to know You are our only hope in the midst of any tragedy and that they would run to You and not away from You in times of trouble. May they come to know the Name of the Lord is a strong tower, a shelter, and a refuge in times of trouble. Amen

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for guidance when life is challenging

Lord, I’m here today with open hands and an open heart,
ready to depend on you to help me through the day and all it will bring my way.

Help me be like Nehemiah,
help me come to you for guidance, strength, provision and protection.

As I face tough choices and hard situations,
help me remember my belovedness,
help me remember that I am Your child
and Your representative to the world around me.

Help me live today in a way that brings honor to Your holy name.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
... a prayer by Charles Stanley

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Never unheard

"I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; 
turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
 Show me the wonders of your great love...." 
(Psalm 17:6,7)
I am so thankful that we have a God who hears us! Over and over in His Word, we are assured of this fact. When we cry out, He hears. When we call on His name, He will respond. He cares about all the details of our lives and our prayers don't go unnoticed or unheard by our LORD.

That alone should bring us great joy. Great hope. That alone should fill us with such expectation that we eagerly fall on our faces before Him in sweet anticipation of His voice to our spirits.

He will show us the wonders of His love. Every time.

He is a God who hears us....


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Give us humility. Not the attitude of constantly  putting ourselves down. But the ability to see ourselves in perspective. Help us remember that every good thing we have comes from You. And help us also remember that we were sinners heading for judgment when You redeemed us. Help us to honestly evaluate what our gifts are. And help us find ways to use them in your service. Not to exalt ourselves or impress others. But that we may realistically further Your purposes in our life.

In Jesus' Name,

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 M anifest your love thoughtfully
     I John 3:18
O  bey her counsel faithfully.
     Prov. 1:8-9
T hank God for her daily.
     I Thess. 5:18
H onor her life and labors contantly
     Prov. 31:28-30
                                   E vidence her imprint authentically
                                          2 Tim. 1:5
                                   R ecognize her needs sensitively
                                          Col. 3:12-15
                                   S peak well of her perpetually
                                          Prov. 30:11

                                    D esist from sinful activity
                                          Prov. 3:7-8
                                    A void all bad company
                                          I Cor. 15:33
                                    Y ield to Christ's authority
                                           3 John 4

Dear Lord, you word tells us how to honor our Mothers.  If children are taught the whole counsel of God's Word, and obey it, what a lovely tribute to mother's that would be.

Lord today, bless all the mothers who nurture and love their children.  Bless those mothers who do not have lost children.  Bless mother's that live and teach your world by example.

Thank you for giving me that kind of mother.  Miss her everyday, but know she's in your presence and enjoying heaven.

I love you....Amen


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Father as I think about this Mother’s Day Week end, there are four women, mothers, who have had extraordinarily significant influence to in my life.

First, Eve, the mother of all who live.

Genesis 3:20 (NLT)
     Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live.

Second, Mary the mother of the Lord of life.

Luke 1:42-43 (NLT)
     Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “….. 43 Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me?

Third, Lela Frankie Stanfill Slaven, my mother, who gave me life.

Fourth, Wanda Dill Slaven, who is the mother of our four children and gave them life.

Father, thank you for these women who were uniquely fashioned by you and have made my life possible and purposeful. And I thank you Father that on Mother’s Day we may once again acknowledge the virtue and value you place on motherhood.

For our Mothers we give you thanks in Jesus name. 


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Never Give Up

“...Never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

No matter how things are going at present, we keep praying and don't give up, as Jesus taught. 

Father, open my eyes to see things as they are. Strengthen my heart to pray and not give up, until the world of the seen has passed away and the kingdom of Heaven is here to stay. Come, Lord Jesus. Amen. 

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Help Your people to be those who express Your love. Help us to reach out to those in need, those who are broken and hurting. Help us  to see how, without  compromising Your principles, to help all those in need and lead them to You, the fountain of all life. May we reflect your sacrificial love to a needy world. And may we do so even to the hateful and unlovely.

In Jesus' Name,

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Good Shepherd

O God,

whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people:

Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name,

and follow where he leads;

who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns,

one God, for ever and ever.

Book of Common Prayer

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 "I am content, O Father, to leave my life in Thy hands, believing that the very hairs on my head are numbered by Thee.  I am content to give over my will to Thy control, believing that I can find in Thee a righteousness that I could never have won for myself.  I am content to leave all my dear ones to Thy care, believing that Thy love for them is greater than my own.  I am content to leave in Thy hands the causes of truth and of justice, and the coming of Thy Kingdom in the hearts of men, believing that my ardour for them is but a feeble shadow of Thy purpose.  To Three, O God, be glory forever.  Amen."

This old style of speaking is so different to the way we communicate today, but I've been blessed for too many years to remember by this small but powerful Prayer Book ~ A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie.  It's been my daily prayer journal, and I'm now on my 4th book (Amazon used books) and since they have a blank page on each day, they are filled with my heartfelt prayers and hopefully the legacy to leave to my family.


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I Will Remember You!!!

Psalm 42:4 (NLT)
     My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration!

I remember how it used to be…..”

Father thank you for memories of worshiping You which were so filled with joy, gratitude and celebration. They were and are highlights of life that provide lasting encouragement and hope. Remembering family and friends as we shared together in singing, praying, listening to your Word and greeting each other with love and deep affection.

It reminds me of the model of celebration in heaven: “….you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. 23 You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect. “Hebrews 12:22-23 (NLT)

Father when I think of what worshipping You has meant to me and the effect of celebrating Your love, grace, and mercy, it is at times overwhelming. I never want to stay in a place of “I remember how it used to be…..” but rather to remember the Psalmist when he said: “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you…”  Psalm 42:5-6 (NLT)

Yes Father, I will remember You!!!

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God of Wisdom

Our Father, we praise You that You are the Source of all wisdom and knowledge. We ask that You would give us complete knowledge of Your will and spiritual wisdom and understanding. We desire to live lives that will always honor and please You, and thus produce every kind of good fruit.

We will grow as we learn to know You better and better. We also pray that we will be strengthened with all Your glorious power so we will have all the endurance and patience we need. May we be filled with joy, always thanking You, our Father who has enabled us to share in the inheritance that belongs to Your people, who live in the light, and let Your light shine through us.
We ask for these things in Jesus' name, Amen

Shine Jesus Shine (Graham Kendrick)

(Prayer from Colossians‬ ‭1:9-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

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Prayer for the Rulers of the Nations

Today, O God. I hold before you the rulers of the nations —
Kings, Queens, Presidents, Prime Ministers — all who
are in positions of supreme leadership.

I can be quick to criticize: help me, Lord to first enter
their dilemma. On most issues of state I have the luxury
of withholding judgment, of not committing myself,
of sitting on the fence. Even when I have an opinion,
it has little influence and seldom any consequence.
Not so with rulers of the nations.
To the extent that they really lead, they must
make decisions, even if they are poor ones.

Help these leaders, O God, in the loneliness of their decisions.
Put wise counselors around them.

Take, I pray, the bits and pieces of virtue that are
in each ruler and cause them to grow and mature.
And take all the destructive motives and cause
them to vanish like smoke in the wind.

Lord, I know that many — and perhaps most —
rulers do not know you, nor do they seek you.
But you seek them! Help them see how good right decisions are.
And where decisions must be made that are not in their
own interest, deepen their sense of duty. Having seen
the light, give them the courage to walk in the light.


— Richard J. Foster, Prayers from the Heart

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Today Oh, LORD, bring comfort to those in affliction. Bring peace to hurting hearts. Anoint the sick with your healing power and fill the hopeless with your unfailing love. Turn our eyes to the truth of who you are. Turn our hearts to the reality of your Presence. Walk beside us. Guide our steps. Fill us to overflowing with the goodness and mercy that keeps us strengthened in you.

"But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD's praise, for He has been good to me." (Psalm 13:5,6)


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Help us to trust You even when the world around us seems dark. Help us to believe Your promises even when there is no sign of them having an impact in our life. Help us to wait on You, for Your timing and Your plan, even if it is not our timing and our plan. Help us not to trust in other things in our life to help us without You, but to put our ultimate faith in You alone.

In Jesus' Name,

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Proverbs 19:21  "Many are the plans in a mans heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."

Sovereign Lord, as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are Your ways higher than our ways and Your thoughts than our thoughts.  So I surrender my will to Your will and I pray that only Your purposes will be accomplished in my life." ~~~Not my will but yours be done.


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Father, there are those moments in life when we cry out to You…… “EMERGENCY”.  In those horrible moments when fear grips our frail hearts, tears blind our eyes and shock numbs our minds. It is that dreaded moment when the outcome is uncertain and waiting for an answer seems to linger in one eternal breath.

Father it is in this moment we cry out “EMERGENCY”.  And with the Psalmist we implore: “Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help! 2 Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles.” Psalm 55:1-2 (NLT)

Being an ever faithful Father you hear, answer and provide the grace, courage and strength to sustain us in and through the crisis. Our emergency never takes You by surprise, our weakness never inhibits Your power and our uncertainty never diminishes Your faithfulness.

Thank You Father that our times are in Your hands and that You are more than adequate for and in every emergency. In the name of Jesus who is our comfort.


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Faithful and True

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will bring to pass all that He has promised, for He is faithful. Has He not said and will He not perform? We live in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began; and Jesus Himself said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away."

"Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments ... The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness ...  He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them--he remains faithful forever. ...  His mercies are new every morning; great is His faithfulness. ... God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. ... The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it ... the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. ... if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. ... Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful."

Jesus is the only constant. He never changes and is the same yesterday, today and forever. We can rely on Him to take care of us until the day of His return. Over and over we are reminded of our God's faithfulness. You are the One who is FAITHFUL AND TRUE! May the knowledge and remembrance of that bring us Your peace today.

My heart rejoices when I read the promise
'There is a place I am preparing for you.'
I know someday I'll see my Lord face to face,
'Cause my Redeemer is faithful and true.
My Redeemer is faithful and true.

My Redeemer is faithful and true.
Everything He has said He will do,
And every morning His mercies are new.
My Redeemer is faithful and true. ~Steven Curtis Chapman

Prayers for Comfort and Protection

Comforter and Advocate, we mourn the many injustices that we see in the world today. We know these grieve your heart, and we wonder how long it will be before your justice and your reign is established on earth.

Give us grace to persevere, patience to trust, and courage to keep working with you to see your kingdom come.

We lift up our migrant brothers and sisters, Lord, asking that you would protect them and watch over them, wherever they may be.

We pray that they may be welcomed into loving communities, and find homes and families in the places where you have led them. Where we are able, may we also extend a welcome, just as you extended your welcome to us.

We pray for those who are homeless and hungry this season.

We pray that we would have eyes to see and ears to hear where our neighbors are are in need; and that we would be bold and generous in meeting those needs

God, may we be bearers and sharers of your joy in the world, today and this season.

In Jesus name, amen.
... from the Sojourner's blog

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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,

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 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-)


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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.


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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


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. 


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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....


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Death of death


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, 

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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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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.


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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!!!

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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.

...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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 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)


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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.


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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.

- 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.


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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.


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,

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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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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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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.


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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.

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Political Divisions


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,

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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. 


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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.

...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


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,

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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.

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