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

Prayer for Protection

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

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

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

Father in these stressful times, when so much uncertainty grips our minds, I thank you for the peace you make available to us. Your peace is stronger than our fears, and greater than our finite understanding. Your peace is more comforting than any anxiety that may attempt to assail our faith. You guard our hearts and minds with the security of your wisdom and the power of your love. You say to us “fear not” and so we will not fear because of our trust in Your Word.

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


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Praise and Thanksgiving

I love this prayer. 

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

Praise and Thanksgiving from the Valley of Vision

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for those who preach without words

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

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

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

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

...a prayer of Peter Marshall

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Prayer in any language....

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

In Jesus' Name, 

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 Howard Dill ~ my father (me on the right)

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

Today we celebrate and pray for all Fathers, everywhere.



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Praying for You

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

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

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

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

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


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Steadfast faith and love

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

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Be Still

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

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

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


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He remembers...

My prayer today is that we all remain mindful of the power of God's Word. That we fall face first into the scriptures and lose ourselves in Him. I pray that we long for the Word. That we hunger for it. Thirst for it. That we would read it and study it and let it change us. 

There is so much to learn from the pages of the written word. God shows us that even in our rebellion and disobedience, we can still find Him faithful! What a powerful and loving God we serve.....

Today, purpose to open the pages of our bibles and let Him speak. 

"Yet He took note of their distress when He heard their cry;
for their sake He remembered....." (Psalm 106:44,45)

He will always remember His children.....


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Give Your people patience. Help us to trust You when faced with trying people and circumstances. Help us to remember Your great patience with us. Help us to put things in perspective that we may not be irritated by little things. Help us to lay aside the unrealistic expectations that so often lead to impatience.

In Jesus' Name, 


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 Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only light.
Son of righteousness arise,
Triumph over shades of night;
Dayspring from on high be near,
Daystar, in my heart appear.

Visit then this soul of mine,
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, radiancy divine,
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more yourself display,
Shining to the perfect day.

~Charles Wesley 1740


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A person’s last words and prayers give deep insight into their heart and faith. Such is the perception that King David’s last words and prayers reveal to us.

1 Chronicles 29:17a & 18 (NLT)
     “I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there……”  18 “O LORD, the God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, make your people always want to obey you. See to it that their love for you never changes.”

Father I echo David’s prayer for all of us that we will always obey you with our hearts overflowing with love. There is no greater command you have given to us and there is no greater obedience that we can render to you than to love and obey you out of the integrity of a faithful life.

And so Father I would also pray with David: ”  Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)

In Jesus loving and faithful name.


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Our gracious heavenly Father, 

How thankful we are for the freedom we have in Christ and that we have been freed from the bondage of the Law. Give to us true faith that works in love and help us to hold to the truth of the freedom we have through the victory of Christ. We've been set free to be free. We ask You to protect the Church from false teaching and help us to be discerning as we teach and as we listen. Thank You for Your Spirit who guides us into all truth. Teach us to walk by Your Spirit and not by what feels good or sounds good. We turn away from all godlessness and ask that You grant to us the fruit of the Spirit in increasing measure. We belong to Jesus Christ and are thankful for Your everlasting love that drew us to You. 

In Jesus name we pray, Amen

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"The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today." -HB Stowe

Lord help me to live in the now.

Remind me that the past is only useful when it teaches me about how to live today.

Help me to let go of past failures and successes.

Cause me to live in freedom and to not fear the future.

Help me to know that you are the Lord of my future and that all I need to do is trust you today.

You have given this day to me - in that I will rejoice!


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I pray for Your people to exercise self-control. I pray it particularly because of this present age, which is hostile to any sort of self-control. Help us resist everything that is set against us to tempt us to follow our  impulses. Help us to go against the flow of our culture. But let us not exercise self-control merely for self-control's sake, but to exhibit love for God and our neighbor. So that our self-control may not be a cold, aloof  thing, but a warm, loving thing that can attract others to You.

In Jesus' Name,

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Proverbs 19:21
"Many are the plans in a man's 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.~  I love You.  Amen.


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1 Chronicles 27:33 (NIV)    ”Hushai the Arkite was the king's friend.

Father as I think of King David and how he was surrounded by a great variety of people who sustained him on the battle field and in city life. All played their strategic roll from servants to counselors. None were more important to him than Hushai.

Father, to be singled out and distinguished as the friend of King David was not only a great honor but also an acknowledgement of his personal value to David. We can be many things to people but to be their friend is truly special.

And Father you gave Hushai to David as a gift to express your love and kindness to him. A friend who was both wise and honest. What a blessing and encouragement he must have been to David.

Father, how thankful I am for the gracious friends you have brought into my life. My wife, children, extended family, friends near and far, all incredibly important to me and without whom life would be a void too lonely to imagine. Thank you, Father, for all of my beloved friends, and especially for Jesus the friend of all who will embrace him. 


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Pour Out Your Heart

Help me trust in You at all times; help me to pour out my heart to You, God, for You are my refuge (Ps. 62:8). O Lord, help me not be afraid to speak to You what's on my heart. Your Word says You know my thoughts and my actions, and You know what I'm going to say before a word forms on my tongue (Ps. 139:1-4). You will never be offended when I pour out the earnest despair and bitterness that wells in my heart. You desire for me to cry out in my agony, and You can take my feelings of anger, dismay, and confusion. In pouring my heart out to You, I rid myself of soul-cancerous bitterness. I also make room for You to pour in Your healing.

Praying God's Word Day by Day (Beth Moore)

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Prayers for Passages

June is a time of passages. Young adults graduate and some marry in this month. Many take some time off and vacation in far off places. So, in this month of passages, I thought that it would be a good idea to intercede for these. Please join me in prayer.

For those who have remained faithful to their studies and worked with diligence in hope of graduation day we give thanks Lord. We ask that you would guide them and direct them with regard to employment and future studies. Cause them to seek you in prayer as they mature in life. Cause them to grow in grace and wisdom.

For those who will marry we join them in their celebration Lord. We pray that Godly foundations would be laid in their relationships. We ask that you would help them to live responsibly and to not go in debt. Cause marriages all over the world to radiate your love and husbands and wives come together in prayer.

For those who will take time off this summer we pray that their vacations will not be tiring but will be times of refreshing. We ask that you watch over families as they travel and keep them safe. Cause families to heal and come together in love as they spend time traveling and enjoying life. Help to create precious memories.


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He has heard

"...for the LORD has heard my weeping.
The LORD has heard my cry for mercy;
the LORD accepts my prayer."
(Psalm 6:8,9)

In our desperation, we can have confidence in our LORD. This passage clearly shows us that God hears the sound of our weeping. He hears our plea for mercy. Our God listens for our voice and in His unlimited and unfathomable compassion for us He responds to our deepest need.

We serve an attentive God. We don't have to be afraid. We don't have to cry out in vain. We can know that the One who created us hears our cry and accepts our prayer.

Hallelujah! He is our refuge. Our strong tower. And in Him we can place our trust.


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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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Memorial Day

Father, we remember those who have given their lives in the defense of our country. We thank you for their willingness to sacrifice, and we thank you for the blessings of freedom you have bestowed on us. Amen

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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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