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

AS THE DEER. . .


"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God."  Psalm 42:1

As the deer panteth for the water,
So my soul longeth after Thee.
You alone are my heart's desire,
And I long to worship Thee.

You alone are my strength, my shield;
To You alone may my spirit yield.
You alone are my heart's desire, and I long to worship Thee

You're my hope and You'll not forget me
Even though my heart may stray,
In the night You keep me singing
And You'll guide me day by day.

I want You more than gold or silver
Only You can satisfy,
You alone are the real joy giver
And the apple of my eye.

Gracious Holy Father, may the meditation of my heart, and the desire of my soul be the words if this song that says it better than I can.  Give me even a deeper longing for Yourself!  I love You.  Amen

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The Power of Prayer




"The LORD .....hears the prayer of the righteous."  Proverbs 15:29 (ESV) 

The resource to infinite power is God. The access to infinite power is God's Son Jesus. One of the greatest expressions and influences of infinite power is prayer. God has so designed and planned that through our prayers God does wonderous things.

James 5:16-18 (ESV) 
16 .......The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 
17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
 
Father it is both gracious and generous that You include us in the miraculous affects of prayer. Believers throughout history have seen You chance the climate, still the storms, heal all kinds of disease and affliction, transform enemies into friends, give peace in the midst of turmoil, guidance in uncertainty, faith that over comes fear, abundance in times of need and so much more through prayer.
  
Father when we pray according to Your will, for Your way, and for Your timing, the impossible happens. Lord Jesus you have said: "20.... I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 (ESV) 
 
Father thank You for the encouragement, and invitation to pray boldly in faith, in conjunction with will, and for your glory. In the power name of Jesus, Amen.





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prayer for renewal

Lord,

 We are Your people, the sheep of Your flock
 Heal the sheep who are wounded
 Touch the sheep who are in pain
 Clean the sheep who are soiled
 Warm the Lambs who are cold
 Help us to know the Father’s love
 Through Jesus, our Shepherd
 And through the Spirit

 Help us to lift up that love
 And show it all over this world

 Help us to build love on justice
 And justice on love

 Help us to believe mightily
 To hope joyfully
 To love divinely

 Renew us, that we may help
 To renew the face of the earth

 Amen
- a prayer of the Catholic Church

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for courage to do what is right

Oh Father in Heaven,

You sit on your throne, crowned in all majesty and glory. Your face shines on me and your hand touches me every day. You stand in courage. You crush evil and uphold righteousness.

Lord, I pray that you bless me with the courage to do what is right in your eyes.

May I never shake in the face of temptation, but instead, stand firm in your word and make you proud. Amen.
-from the folks at Connect Us    

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for something deeper


Only You, Jesus, can meet my desperate need for righteousness. Forgive me, Lord, when I channel my efforts through my own ineffective will power and fail to draw on Your power through time with You. Forgive me when I fail to yield to the Holy Spirit's work and wander from You, Jesus - my first love. 

Thank You, Father, for making me more and more like Jesus as I trust and obey You. Thank you for covering me with Your grace as I grow. In my spiritual bankruptcy, remove the guilt of my sin and make me pure in heart. Help me desire Your righteousness as much as I desire my own comfort and peace. Help me mourn over the sin and pain in the world and to hunger after a deeper holiness. Fill me with Your fullest joy in the life You have given me.

Amen
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ONE DAY



Psalm 84:10-12 "For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand else where.  I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than dwell in many tents of wickedness.  For the Lord is a sun and a shield; The Lord will give grace and glory;  No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trust in You!"



Oh Lord of Heaven and Earth.  How we love being in Your house.  Truly being in your courts, and in your presence is better than anything else.  Lord, we worship You, we love You, we honor you with our singing and praises.  Accept the worship from our hearts that long to be in your presence for ever and ever.  Amen





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Forgive




".......forgive anyone who offends you. 
Remember, the Lord forgave you" Colossians 3:13 (NLT) 

Luke 17: 3-4 (NASB95)  "3 ....If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

Father we live in a hostile world that is unforgiving, without grace or mercy. We know that people will offend us even at times as we may offend others. Such is the nature of our fallen sinful disposition. And Father we all need to be forgiven.

Thank you Father for your infinite love, and mercy in which you freely forgive us through faith in your Beloved Son. "7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding."  Ephesians 1:7-8 (NIV) 

Again, Father, you command us: "13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."  Colossians 3:13 (NIV) 

I pray that people's minds will be opened to the reality that there can be no peace without forgiveness. In the name of Him who is our peace, Amen.





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a prayer in the valley

Dear Lord,

We remember the words of the psalmist who taught us that you are with us even when we walk through dark valleys and hard times.

Give us hearts that trust you when we are confused and in pain. Bring us to places of peace and serenity in times of turmoil.

We confess that you are our God. We affirm our belief in your love and care for us. We release our cares to you believing that you will work all things together for our good. Amen


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a surrender to service

Dear Father,

There are times when we give up hope.
Days when we find no purpose in our lives.
Depression seems to rule the day.

We reach out to you asking for help.
To you we commit our lives and our times.
Bless us with a renewed inner vision.

We surrender to you, Holy Spirit.
Make us instruments of your grace.
And enable us to be agents of blessing.

Amen
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Prayer for Wisdom

Father, help us to search for your wisdom with the same effort we search for the things of this world. Teach us that your wisdom is far greater than ant riches we could ever hope to have. Amen
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MAKE ME A SERVANT


Matthew 20:26-28  "...Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave ~~just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life a ransom for many."

Once you say the yes of faith to Jesus and accept His blueprint for the fullness of life, the whole world can no longer revolve around you, your needs, your gratifications, you'll have to revolved around the world, seeking to bandage it's wounds, loving dead men to life, finding the lost, the wanting, the unwanted and leaving far behind all selfish concerns that drain our time and energy.  ~John Powell (1927-)

Our Father in heaven, give us servant hearts to follow your example.  It's so easy to get carried away with our own wants, needs and desires.  May we live as true disciples of Jesus, following his example of serventhood.  He came to serve and to save.  Give us hearts to serve, and boldness to share the Gospel so men can be saved.  Amen.


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Singing a Prayer


Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, 
bless his holy name! Psalm 103:1 (ESV) 

LORD, I  too sing  this song as a prayer in worship and to praise to You.

"Maker of the earth and sky Ruler of the heavens

He whom death could not contain Blessed be His name

Bring to Him your troubled heart Lay your cares before Him

He has suffered every pain Blessed be His name

Perfect and unchanging Sinless Son of Man

Author of our simple faith Blessed be His name

Constant through our darkest hour Stronger than our weakness

Bearer of our grief and shame Blessed be His name

Humbly bow before Him Praise Him for His grace

Ever will His love remain Blessed be His name

Present and abiding Usher in His reign

With us through the end of days Blessed be His name

Author of our growing faith Blessed be His name."

Blessed Be His Name by Jenny Phillips





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to be your disciples

Father,

It is our desire to be your disciples.
Mold us Lord into followers of divine love.
Make us to be people who care for others.

Help us Holy Spirit to love like Jesus.
Give us Christlike compassion for others.
Lead us in the ways of sacrificial love.

We need your heart to love those in pain.
Bless our eyes to see and ears to hear.
We desire to beyour disciples of love.

Amen


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