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

God is the center


Saving and wondrous God,
In the time You walked upon this earth, and in Your time became one of us to show what we could become. Remind us always as we look at our lives in comparison with Yours that at the center of all things is Your saving grace.
In your time, Mighty God You will come in glory. And in your time gather the harvest from one end of this earth to the other. Remind us always, in times of plenty and in times of famine that at the center of all things are Your mercy. 
There is a transformation that takes place within the warmth of your embrace. We acknowledge that You are our refuge, shelter, fortress and stronghold, against which no army can succeed. 
You give a love that knows no bounds.
Remind us that You are God, and that we are lost outside of Your embrace.
You are the center of all things.
Amen

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A HEART LIKE JESUS



Words of Wisdom from John Baillie ~ The Diary of Private Prayer

This little book has been a source of encouragement, inspiration, and conviction in my spiritual journey.  I've been reading it for years upon years and it always speaks to me.  It's written in the old English style and a little harder to read, but oh the joy that comes from meditating on it.  Next to my Bible, this has been a wonderful devotional companion.

"Today, O Lord -
let me put right before interest:
let me put others before self;
let me put the things of the spirit
before the things of the body,
let me put attainment of noble ends
above the enjoyment of present pleasures:
let me put principle above reputation;
let me put Thee before all else.
 
O Thou the reflection of whose transcendent glory did once appear unbroken
 in the face of Jesus Christ,
give me today a heart like His -- a brave heart,
a true heart,
a tender heart,
a heart with a great room in it,
a heart fixed on Thyself;
for His Name sake
Amen


Amen

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unspoken prayers

The scriptures tell us that the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. When we do not know what to pray for, the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

It encourages me Lord that you hear my inner groanings and heartbreaking emotions. When I am at the end of myself you are there upholding me and transforming me.

Help me Lord to be at peace with the idea that I am unable to pray at times. Cause me to understand how precious my tears are to you. Strengthen me when I am too weak to pray.

In all things Lord, help me to trust that you are working in my life and helping me even when I do not have the words to pray. Thank you for the grace that you extend to me even when all I have are unspoken prayers and times of prayerlessness.

To you Father, I surrender my life again knowing that you love me and are for me.

Amen


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spiritual oaks and diamonds

Our Father, remove from us the sophistication of our age and the skepticism that has come, like frost, to blight our faith and to make it weak. Bring us back to a faith that makes men great and strong, a faith that enables us to love and to live, the faith by which we are triumphant, the faith by which alone we can walk with Thee.

We pray for a return of that simple faith, that old-fashioned faith, that made strong and great the homes of our ancestors who built this good land and who in building left us our heritage. In the strong name of Jesus, our Lord, we make this prayer.

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

Amen.
-Peter Marshall, past Chaplain of the US Senate

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to be a living sacrifice

I think that the entire life of Christ was a beautiful example of a living sacrifice. A life that cleansed the ones who heard his teaching and experienced his compassion. A life that calls us to deeper sacrifice and compassion. Would you pray with me?

Our desire Lord is to please you.
To sacrifice what we want for what you desire.

Help us Lord to recognize the ways that we can be like lambs.
Ones who bring healing and compassion to a broken world.

Teach us Father to be like Jesus in the ways that we live.
Ones with loving hearts and healing hands.

Fill us Holy Spirit that we might bear your light in utter darkness.
That the earth may be a bit brighter because You live. Amen


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Intimacy in prayer


We will never have TRUE peace in the midst of all our trials and hard circumstances until we develop an intimate life of prayer with God.

Intimacy in prayer is vital to our spiritual walk. 

Intimacy in prayer is vital to the strength of our fight. 

Intimacy in prayer is of the utmost importance in cultivating a deep and powerful relationship with Christ. 

Nehemiah had come up against fierce opposition. He knew there were some people plotting against him and the people of God. He didn’t fight back. He didn’t get angry and retaliate. The Word tells us that he prayed...

“So we prayed to our God...” (Nehemiah 4:9)

When things look bleak...when things look grim... the answer is to cry out to God in prayer. And let the peace that passes all understanding flow from that intimate time spent on our faces before Him.



Amen

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walking with the Spirit



Heavenly Father,

We praise You, good and gracious God, for You are trustworthy. You keep Your promises, and Your love never fails. We lift Your name on high for being One worthy of our worship, our love, and trust. Your Spirit speaks to us, and what a gift this is!

There are so many things in this world we cannot trust. We can't trust our own hearts, as they are broken with sin and point us to the wrong things. Guide us and protect us, Lord. Keep us from the sin that we often prefer. Guide in Your way alone.Keep our ears open to the whispers of Your Spirit. Open our hearts to the truth of Your Word. Free our minds from the bondage of distractions.

Show us what the desires of our hearts should be, O God. Give us the boldness to walk in step with Your Spirit, so that we may proclaim Your goodness and Your glory to the world.

Amen

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Weather Prayer

Father, you are the one who controls all things. The weather is in your hands. We pray that you would grant relief to those who have been affected by the unusual weather in many parts of the country. Please provide help and comfort for those who have lost possessions or family. Grant them strength and grace. Amen

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IN HIS TIME





In His time, In His time
He makes all things beautiful
In His time.
Lord, please show me every day
As You are teaching me Your way,
That You do just what You say
In YOUR TIME.
 
 
Ecclesiastes 3:10-14
 
Father God, You have set eternity in my heart. Even as I drink deeply from the cup of human happiness poured for me from Your hand, I yearn for a more profound thirst.  You good gifts -- of food and drink, of work and rest --provide temporary delight. Yet they also give me a longing for that which will never pass away.  Through the joys of my life I hunger for an even greater joy; to revere You all of my days and to dwell in Your house forever.  Nothing compares to YOU, everlasting Lord.  Nothing satisfies as YOU along can satisfy.  I love You.  Amen!!




Amen

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help me to discern

Grant me, O Lord,
To know what I ought to know,
To love what I ought to love,
To praise what delights Thee most,
To value what is precious in Thy sight,
To hate what is offensive to Thee.
Do not suffer me to judge according to the sight of my eyes,
Nor to pass sentence according to the hearing of the ears of ignorant men;
But to discern with a true judgment between things visible and spiritual,
And above all, always to inquire what is the good pleasure of Thy will. Amen.

... a prayer of Thomas à Kempis

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a prayer for leaders and the healing of our land

The divine injunction expressed in this image was directed at the children of Israel but it is good advice for us today. Keywords for us are humility, seek and repentance. If God is to heal our land then those of us who name Christ as Lord must humble ourselves, repent and seek the Lord. It is not up to our leaders to bring healing. It is up to us. Let us pray.

Father of all creation, we seek you today and turn from the ways that have divided us. We confess that we have been proud - bring humility to our hearts as we repent. Please cause each of us, in prayer, to uplift our leaders at every level and in every place. We ask for Your healing to come. Amen


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for peace within

May today there be peace within.

May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance.

It is there for each and every one of you.

Amen.
-a blessing from Teresa of Ávila

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This is easy...


Sweet LORD, today my prayer is for those who are doubting in their circumstances. For those who are tired and worn out. For those who don’t see a solution to their problem.

My prayer is for those who need a miracle. A touch from You. A healing. An intervention. 

My prayer is that they will be instilled with a fresh encounter of Your Spirit. That they will be filled with a restored BELIEF and TRUST in You. That they will know that You are the God of the impossible! 

For truly, all things are easy in Your sight! 




Amen

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a prayer for hiding


Father,

Your’re love for us is infinite, far deeper than we could ever fathom, and yet we know You love us. Despite what we know, we struggle to move that knowledge into our hearts. And so we hide. We hide from others, ourselves, those we love, those we want to impress... all because we are afraid of being seen for all the worst that is in us. We are afraid to show our true selves, because we think we will never measure up.

Help us to stand boldly in the truth of Your love for us. Dig deep into our souls and plant the truth that we belong to You, and nothing and no one can ever separate us from You. You are calling us to step out into the light and remember who we are:

Yours.

Amen

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