Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

as we look forward

As we look forward Lord,

We proclaim your faithfulness in hope.

We forgive as we have been forgiven.

We persevere knowing that you are with us.

We love knowing that we are loved.

We are patient and understanding of others.

We look to your example of abundant life.

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a prayer to receive

Dear Lord,

We confess that we are lost and in need.
We open our hearts and welcome you in.
We pray for wisdom and discernment as we go.

Help us Holy Spirit to hear your voice.
Give is soft hearts that we might sense you.
And understand what you are doing in our lives.

Come into our hearts Lord Jesus.
Conform us into your compassionate image.
In your name we pray and say amen. 

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Walk by FAITH

May we walk with our GOD by faith. 

May we keep our focus on Him each step of our journey. 

If we desire to be victorious Christians, we must develop powerful PRAYER lives! 

Our spiritual growth is directly related to the time we spend in prayer. 

Don’t neglect it. Cultivate it. And then watch the power of God begin to move mightily!

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new wine


You are pressing us. We can feel it. Either a lot of pressing or maybe just a little, we feel it. You press because you are making something new. 

Bring us to the place of being ready to be new. Being ready for what is coming, what you are preparing us for. Prepare us for the journey and give us the provisions you have promised in the journey. We humbly submit to your will, ready to be your vessel. But we know it will be hard.

So prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies for the new things you are doing and for the new power that will come. Prepare us in our weakness, and restore what sin has broken and make us new wine. 

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Give me, O Lord, a steadfast heart,
which no unworthy affection may drag downwards;
Give me an unconquered heart ,
which no tribulation can wear out;
Give me an upright heart,
which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.
~Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

Change my heart, Oh God,
Make it ever true,
Change my heart, Oh God,
May I be like You.

You are the Potter,
I am the clay,
Mold me and make me;
This is what I pray.
~Eddie Espinosa (1982)

Maranatha Worship Bible

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Father we are often in a quandtay as to how to restore what has been destroyed. Especially when it is the very foundation on which human society is founded, designed and determined by You. 

Father, the family structure and foundation, which is in accordance with Your Word, is clearly recorded throughout the Bible. Therefore, to renew what has been destroyed means we must return to the first principles and the divine origin of human relationships. These are clearly spoken of in Genesis and Ephesians. 

Genesis 2:18 & 22-24 (NLT) 
18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. 23 “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’” 24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. 

Father the New Testament reaffirm this foundational relationship: ",..... each man must love his wife .......and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:33 (NLT)  1 Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. 2 “Honor your father and mother.” Ephesians 6:1-2 (NLT

Father you have shown that the nobility of a husband is established by his love for his wife. The dignity of his wife is seen in the respect for her husband as his suitable helper created for this extraordinary purpose.  And the value their children is vindicated by their obedience to their parents in honoring them and passing on Biblical faith to coming generations.

Triune God you are the center of these relationships giving humanity and the family balance and significance. This is the foundation upon which human and divine relationships can be renewed and restored. This is made possible through the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins who alone will reconcile God and man through faith in Him. 

Thank you, Father for Your marvelous love, matchless grace, and glorious plan. In Jesus name. Amen.

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to release our past to heaven

Help us Dear Lord,

To leave past pain and hurts behind us.
To release difficult memories into your hands.
And to commit these things into your hands.

Teach us Father of light,

To forgive and find joy in our present days.
To see our lives through your eyes.
And be content in every moment.

Holy Spirit, give us hope for the future.

In the name of Jesus we say amen.

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for our friends

Lord we pray for our friends, 

That they may be filled with the knowledge of your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that they may walk worthily of you, please you in all respects, bear fruit in every good work, and increase in divine knowledge. 

We ask that they be strengthened with all power, according to the might of your glory. And that they will endure and persevere with joy. Amen 

-adapted from Colossians 1

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because of Jesus

I invite you to put yourself in the posture of listener rather than intercessor for the following prayer. Spend your time in prayer in silence, listening to the voice of God. 

The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing. (Zeph. 3:17)

Of course you find it hard to believe that I could possibly love you like this. it's easy to feel unworthy and undeserving. But I don't want you to look others and compare, but intend look to my Son in adoration. Jesus is the Author and Perfector of your faith. He is your righteousness, holiness, and redemption. I am mighty to save you, because he was fully obedient for you.

Right now, in this very moment, I am rejoicing over you with gladness - great gladness and delight - for you not as you should be, not as you will be, but as you actually are.  I will quiet all the restless places in your life with my love - your wounds and fears, your worries and tears. I am singing over you loudly and joyfully in the gospel. Listen carefully, and may the sound of my voice mute the noise of your doubt, the roars of the dark lion, and the clamor of the world. 

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Psalm 9:10 "Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You."

Heavenly Father, how wonderful to know Your name, to have put my trust in you by faith and been adopted into your family!  What is amazing is You know MY name.  You knew me before I was formed in my mothers womb and you wrote name in Your book and numbered my days.  This is to marvelous to understand, so I just love and accept it becausse Your Word is always true.  We can trust from this verse that if we seek You, You will never forsake us!  I love You.  Amen

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The Divine Invitation

The Divine Invitation

Father, the divine Invitation delivered by Your Son and sealed by the Holy Spirit is the most gracious and kind opportunity ever given to the human race.   "The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price."  Revelation 22:17 (ESV) 

Father this is such a generous and priceless gift given to all who believe in Jesus. It is so personally and powerfully given by Jesus: " On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."  John 7:37-38 (ESV) 

Thank You Father that our thirst for a meaningful and eternal life is forever satisfied as we freely partake of the Water of Life offered to us through Him who is the Living Water. Amen.

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dealing with anxiety

These words from a Godspell chorus seems especially appropriate for me today ...

    Day by day
    Oh Dear Lord
    Three things I pray
    To see thee more clearly
    Love thee more dearly
    Follow thee more nearly
    Day by day

Help me Lord to take things day by day. Teach me how to deal with the anxiety that fills my body. Cause be to remember to breathe and to trust in you rather than myself. Amen.

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accepting each other

Dear Lord, We confess that we judge each other rather than accept and love our neighbors. We often reject our brothers and sisters because they think differently than we do. We are deeply saddened when we see friends rejected because of their skin color.

Come Lord Jesus. Change our hearts and minds. Help us to have inner vision and singularity of heart. Encourage us to have open arms that we might embrace the unlovely and those rejected by society. And cause compassion to grab hold of every part of us. In the lovely name of Jesus we say amen.

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