Anyone who is having troubles should pray because great things can happen when a believing person prays.

hope in uncertain times


I heard and my heart pounded,
    my lips quivered at the sound;
decay crept into my bones,
    and my legs trembled.
Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
    to come on the nation invading us. 

 Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls, 

 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.

 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights.

                                                   -Habakkuk 3:17-19

Amen






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Monday after Palm Sunday

Jesus, turn over our tables. Drive out those who would sell your truth for profit. Turn over the tables of political power and cultural influence that split your people. Remind us that we are your temple, your dwelling place. May we worship you only as our King. Amen

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PALM SUNDAY



 "Jesus at the climax of his ministry was making a statement.  This was an object lesson that proclaimed who he was ~~The Son of David, the King of kings, the one who conquered sin and sickness.  Conquering generals at that time were given a "triumphal entry" upon their return to their home city.  Palm branches were often waved during times of celebration and victory.  The procession caused the city, crowded with people for  Passover, to consider Jesus' claims!!"*

Father God, as we come to Palm Sunday, the world is not the same.  Churches will not be filled with worshipers wanting to celebrate Palm Sunday and there will be no children waving palm branches to King Jesus in the streets.  But YOU are doing a new thing this year, a year like no other ~~ So Father, we pray that there will be a spiritual awaking like we have never seen before, and thousands will come to You for the gift of grace and salvation.  Father we do celebrate You today.  In our hearts we are waving those branches and shouting to the world that you are the Victor.  The King of Kings and the soon coming Lord.  I love You.  Amen!


 *Taken from the Quest Study Bible



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Peace




Peace Be With You
John 20:19 (HCSB)
19 …. Jesus came, stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!”

The Key to True Inner Peace

John 14:27 (HCSB)
     27  “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.


Thank you Jesus that your peace gives strength in the midst of trouble and tranquility when anxiety bangs at the door. I pray for a world that is overwhelmed with the uncertainty of the future that they will find rest and hope by trusting you, who alone, has the answers to all of our needs.

Hebrews 4:16 (CSBBible)
     16 Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.


We pray in Jesus Name, who is our peace and hope. Amen




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one word prayers

come | invite the Lord into your life

help | acknowledge your need of him

mercy | for you and for others

grace | to empower you to live for him

forgiveness | when you have fallen short

forgive | when others have hurt you

thanks | to show appreciation

miracle | when facing the impossible

yes | to all he wants for you

amen | to his will and his promises


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Don’t be blinded


My prayer today is that we will NOT let FEAR blind us to the Presence of the LORD.. That we will open our eyes to the TRUTH of who God is. To the TRUTH of His Power and His Strength. 

I pray that we will NOT be blinded and distracted by what the enemy is doing around us but that everything that is taking place will only serve to make us more aware of CHRIST and that it will draw us closer to His side. 

I pray that we begin to desire RELATIONSHIP with Jesus above all else...



Amen

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Prayer for Mercy

Father, have mercy on us. Many are sick, while others are grieving. We are at a loss as to how to react. There is much information that is untrue, and there are many who are using tragedy for their own purposes. Help us to seek your wisdom. Show us how to love others through this. Strengthen our faith. Amen

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I MUST TELL JESUS



I must tell Jesus all of my trials
I cannot bear these burdens alone;
In my distress He kindly will help me,
He ever loves and cares for His own.
 
I must tell Jesus all of my troubles;
He is kind, compassionate Friend;
If I but ask Him, He will deliver,
Make of my troubles quickly an end.
 
Tempted and tried I need a great Savior,
One who can help my burdens to bear;
I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus;
He all my cares and sorrows will share.
 
Father God, how the words of this old hymn comfort my soul.  We all need someone to tell our troubles to, especially in this time of isolation.  Who better than Jesus Himself.  Only You have all the answers for a troubled and fearful world.  Lord, reach down and comfort your people, and those who don't believe, open their eyes to see that You alone can calm those fears and bear our burdens.  We love and trust You.  Amen.



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I Know Who Holds My Future


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Lamentations 3:22-24 (HCSB)

22  Because of the LORD’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. 23 They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! 24 I say: The LORD is my portion; therefore I will put my hope in Him.

Psalm 16:5 (HCSB)
5  LORD, You are my portion and my cup of blessing; You hold my future.

Thank you Father that, as I face the uncertainty of tomorrow and the anxiety that often accompanies it, there also comes a peace that defies human frailty and reality. Your faithful love and mercies never end and give hope and assurance for the future, for all who trust in you. So I can joyfully sing with Alison Krauss, and The Cox Family:

“I don't know about tomorrow
I just live for day to day
I don't borrow from the sunshine
For it's skies may turn to gray

I don't worry o'er the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I'll walk beside Him
For He knows what lies ahead

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.”

Thank you Father for your faithful love and mercy that comes with each new day. Thank you also that with each new day comes the promise of a wonderful future. In the name of Jesus, our Hope and Savior, Amen!




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a blessing for those who serve

Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another.

Send down your blessings on these your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others.

Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in all their work.

When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor. Amen

– adapted from the Book of Blessings by Diana Macalintal

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a prayer in times of crisis

God who made us all,

Our healers are exhausted, God.
Give rest to those who care for the sick.

Our children are bored, God.
Grant extra creativity to their caregivers.

Our friends are lonely, God.
Help us to reach out.

Our pastors are doing the best they can, God.
Help them to know it is enough.

Our workers are jobless, God.
Grant us the collective will to take care of them.

Our fellow parents are losing their minds, God.
Bring unexpected play and joy and dance parties to all in need.

Our grocery workers are absorbing everyone's anxiety, God.
Protect them from us.

Our elderly are even more isolated God.
Comfort them.

We haven’t don’t this before and we are scared, God.

I don’t even know what else to pray for.

Amen
-a prayer from Nadia Bolz-Weber

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a prayer of trust


Father,

Great story maker, story creator, story writer, we long to know what You are up to right now.

We are wrecked by the ravages of the Fall, for sickness and death were never part of Your plan when You created this world. We sit in extreme brokenness right now. Broken systems, broken lives, broken hearts, and cry out, because we know this is not how it's supposed to be.

What are You doing, Father?

When we don't know, guide us to what we do. Your word tells us the truth of who You are:

You are faithful.
You are powerful.
You are personal.
You are present.
You are truth.
You are holy.
You are merciful.
You are just.
You are all-knowing and all-seeing.
You are love.
You are eternal.
You are good.

Help us say these things all day long, O Lord. These things we know to be true. And it's because we know these truth that we must learn to trust. You've never failed us yet.

Teach us to trust.

Amen

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Prayer for Those on the Front Lines

Father we pray for health care workers. For doctors, nurses, first responders, and those who work as support staff. Protect them from the Corona Virus. Boost their immune systems so it has no effect on them. Grant them strength as they battle this plague.  Amen

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