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

PEARLS AND PRAYERS

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 We watched Barbara Bush's funeral Saturday, and was so pleased that the gospel was given in many different ways through Scripture, reading from grandchildren and others.  Mrs. Bush's final words to her son when he ask moments before she passed if she was ready to go, answered that she was trusting in Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord and was ready to go.

Dear Lord, thank you for the testimony of a woman who shared that her faith was in Jesus Christ alone, and that she knew Him as her personal Savior and Lord.  I pray today for all those in attendance at the funeral, and all those watching by TV that the truth of You Word will reach into the hearts of those listeners.  Father help us to live a life that honors you, and even in death give witness to your saving love and power.   Father we pray for Pres. George W. Bush as he will miss his lovely Barbara so much.  Give him grace in these difficult days.  May your Word always go forth and accomplish what You want.   We love You.  Amen.


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Soar




Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
      But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Thank you Father that though we may be limited by our frailty, weakness and lack of energy, we are unlimited by our trust in you and your power that enables us to soar above and beyond earthly circumstances.

And thank you Father for the testimony of the Apostle Paul: 8Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NLT)  

We praise you Father in the Name of Jesus who is our strength and who enables of to soar like an eagle. 
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Giving Thanks for Your Gifts

Gracious Father, You have given to us from Your extraordinary riches. We thank You for the gift of Your Son. May we excel in all gifts of grace. Make us willing people to sow bountifully in every gift of service. You have distributed very many blessings so freely to us through Your Son. As we consider Your kindness, we are thankful to You. May many others glorify and worship You as we serve them in love. We magnify Your Name on account of Your inexpressible gift. In Jesus Name we come, Amen

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Grace


Heavenly Father,

We come before you today trying to understand more deeply the profound nature of your grace.

Everything about our lives is based on what we earn. Except for your grace. And it's so hard for us to live in the reality of this grace when all we want to do is help out... participate... earn it.

But we can't, Father. We may know this, but we struggle to live like we really believe it. And so we come to the foot of your cross.

We come before you today filled with hope that you can reach deep without our minds and bring the truth of your freely given grace into our hearts.

It cost Jesus everything. But costs us nothing. 

May this undeserved favor, unconditional love, and powerful forgiveness always be at the center of our faith.


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THE PATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS






 Proverbs 4:18  "The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day."

Thank you Lord, for your light of truth that makes my way both safe and pleasant.  With the light of Your presence You warm my heart.  With the light of Your wisdom You enlighten my mind.  With the light of Your Word you illuminate my path.  How I long for the full light of that great and glorious Day when we Your people, will reach our destination around Your throne.  There we will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for You, O Lord, will give us light and we will reign with You forever and ever.  I love You.  Amen.

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We Win


Galatians 5:16-18 (NIV)
      “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other…..”

1 John 2:16 (NIV)
       16 For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world.”

Father, help us to be consciously aware and alert to the spiritual conflict in which we struggle every day. There is this incessant battle by outward enemies and inward foes to discourage and defeat us in our daily Christian living. The victory over the world, the flesh and the Devil is only through our focus and faith in you. “This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4 (NIV)

So Father we prayer for victory today, the joy of triumph, and the peace that comes after battles hard fought and won. “…..thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)

We thank you Father in the strong name of our Champion and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.



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Wonderful God

Our Father, great are Your works! They are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are Your deeds, O Lord, and Your righteousness endures forever. You have caused Your many wonders to be remembered; You are gracious and compassionate. The works of Your hands are faithful and just; all Your precepts are trustworthy. They are steadfast for ever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness (Ps. 111: 2-4, 7-8). 

For me, there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom I live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live (1 Cor. 8: 6). 

What a privilege that all who believe in Your Son Jesus Christ, and accept him, You have given the right to become children of God. Amen 

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