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

Let Peace begin with Me

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

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

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

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earnestly.....

My prayer for all of us today and everyday:

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

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

Amen

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YOUR LOVE



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

To speak as You would speak.

To live as You would live.

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

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

(Doug Holck 1982)


 

Amen

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Confident Hope


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

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

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

The Song “Simply Trusting” express it so well:

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

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

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


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Shine Jesus Shine

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






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the valley of vision

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,

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

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

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

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

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Focus

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

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BEAUTIES OF NATURE



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






Amen

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Perfect Peace


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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Living Letters

Father God,

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

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

Amen

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a transforming prayer

Father, your kingdom is all about transformation.

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

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

Amen.

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Remember

Father,

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

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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