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

Name Them One by One

Deuteronomy 16:10 (NLT)

     Then celebrate the Festival of Harvest to honor the LORD your God. Bring him a voluntary offering in proportion to the blessings you have received from him.

Father it is always good for us to celebrate your generosity in response to the blessings we have received from you. For this reason Thanksgiving Day is such a special time of the year. A time to remember, a time to rejoice and a time renew our commitment to you and to share with others all you have done for us.

Father may we call to mind the admonition and encouragement of the Scripture: “Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

Thank you Father for all you have done. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, kindness, patience, goodness, forgiveness, spiritual and material blessings.  In reality, Father, more than we could ever express, your blessings are beyond number. As the Psalmist so apply said: “17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!” Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT)

Thank you Father, in Jesus name, for all you have done! Amen.

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Hope in Trials

Thank You, Lord, for the hope we have in You. We can endure the trials of today because we know the truth of tomorrow. You are the Giver and Sustainer of life. All sorrow will one day be erased. All tears will one day be replaced. There will be joy and laughter and singing. And it's all because of You. Help me to remember this truth when the weight of today feels like too much. Help me to become a person of prayer and person of praise, because of everything You have already done. In Jesus' name, Amen

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A Prayer for remaining Grateful when Life is Messy

Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess. 5:18 (ESV)

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isa. 41:10 (ESV)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Rom. 8:28 (NIV)

Dear heavenly Father, there are some days when it’s good (and important) to remember that you call us to offer thanks in, not for, all circumstances. The gospel isn’t about magic thinking or make-believe-living, spiritual anesthesia or circumstantial amnesia. In fact, the gospel is the only place in the universe where we don’t have to pretend about anything. That’s one of the many reasons we love you, and ARE grateful to be your children.

Father, strengthen, help, and uphold us with your righteous right hand, in stories that are recipes for dismay.

For those of us for whom Thanksgiving Day will highlight the brokenness of our family system — grant us grace and freedom to love well in the chaos.

For those of us bearing the weight of health concerns for ourselves, or those we love — grant us grace, peace, and the assurance of your nearness.

For those of us weighed down by some combination of the 6 o’clock news, financial pressures, vocational issues, and relational heartache — grant us grace, and a vision of the occupied throne of heaven.

For those of us who hear the condemning whispers of Satan louder than the consoling voice of Jesus — grant us grace, and fresh assurance that nothing can separate us from your love — that Jesus plus nothing is our righteousness, period.

Father, in these, and other scenarios of difficult circumstances, reassure us that you are very much at work — for your glory and our good. For you have called us — you have subpoenaed us to an eternal life of intimacy with yourself.

You want us, you have us, and you love us. Hallelujah, now and forever we are yours. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.

... a prayer from Scotty Smith at The Gospel Coalition.

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His Loving Kindness

Father God,

We lift your name on high, knowing you are the everlasting God. You are infinite, powerful, and just. Yet you are close to us... and You are gentle, and you are merciful. We praise you because your name is worthy to be praised!

Please search our hearts today. Reveal to us any hidden sin: any idol we have placed above you, and help us to turn away from our sin and toward you. Our sin is grievous, oh, Lord. Yet you are slow to anger and swift to show us grace. May our hearts be filled with gratitude over your loving kindness.

Prepare our hearts for this day, oh Lord. Guide us in the way in which you'd have us go. Show us your will. May we encounter each person today with love and kindness, including ourselves.

Nothing is too hard for you. May we stand in this strength and power, knowing it comes not from us, but from you alone.

In Your precious Son Jesus' Name,


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Prayer of Thanksgiving

Father, thank you for your love and for your grace to us. Thank you for choosing us to be your beloved children and fellow heirs with Jesus. Amen

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 A time for Thanksgiving!  A time for praise.  A time to say thank you to a God who loves me, sent His Son to paid my debt, forgive me, and give me eternal life.

What can I give in return?

Dear Lord, I want to proclaim Christ!
I want to portray Christ!
I want to please Christ!
I want to praise Christ.
I want to have a thankful heart, and never forget the sacrifice You made for me!  I love You.  Amen.


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The Key To Thanksgiving

Psalm 23:5 (NLT)
     My cup overflows with blessings.

Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT)
     6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness

Father at this wonderful season of the year, “Thanksgiving,” we have so much to be thankful for and the greatest of all is our relationship with you.  Little wonder that our cup overflows, not only with your blessings, but especially with your presence. As the Psalmist says: “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. Psalm 16:11 (NLT)

So Father, thank you for all the blessings we remember and celebrate this time of the year. So many joys you give us in life and especially the joy of your presence which is our strength and hope.

With deepest gratitude through Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen!

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Our world is upside down from the effects of sin. You alone are the solution ... our Savior. This I know, and Your instructions are clear as we live each day surrounded by the storm that swirls around us.

Don't worry about anything.

Pray about everything.

Make your requests known to God.

Give thanks for all You've already done.

THEN we will have peace so great it's beyond understanding.

That peace will guard our hearts AND minds, as we live in Christ Jesus.

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12 (NIV)

Thank You for the hope we have in Christ Jesus.  Amen

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Thankful for You

I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. (Romans 1:8)

So often we all take the ones closest to us for granted. I know that pain has often caused me to neglect the giving of thanks for those who regularly bless me. In this simple verse Paul tells us to not neglect the giving of thanks for the faithful.

Father, I am sorry thank I am so often preoccupied with myself and do not say thanks for those you have placed in my life. Thank you for them and the many others in the world who are faithful to You - even when life is so difficult for them.


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Do we want victory?

We will never have victory in our lives if we don’t pray. We must cultivate purposeful, intentional and powerful prayer lives if we desire to be properly armed in our fight against the enemy. We will only defeat him and push back the kingdom of darkness on our knees or on our faces.

It is time to fight. It is time to be purposed. It is time to be victorious.

“But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.”                     (2 Thessalonians 3:3)


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Songs of Thanksgiving

Psalm 28:7 (NLT)
     The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

Father, as we move toward Thanksgiving Day Celebration, remembering all the blessings you have given us through this year, we do so with songs of thanksgiving ready to burst out of our hearts. 

As the Psalmist sang: Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. 5 He fills my life with good things…..” Psalm 103:2-5 (NLT)

Father we can surely say: “My cup overflows.” Thank you for your presence and provision. The Doxology we often sing expresses our gratitude so well:

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


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Guard the Legacy

Father God, thank You for the legacy Paul left for us emphasizing the grace and love poured out from You so that we might have relationship with You. Help us to guard the pattern of sound teaching we have received with faith and love in Christ Jesus and protect what's been entrusted to us. We are so rich in Christ Jesus and are so thankful for Your Word and the work of the Holy Spirit that reveals to us Your Son and what He did to purchase our salvation. In Jesus' name, Amen

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-9‬ ‭NIV‬

“Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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entering heaven's gates

Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations. (Psalms 100:4-5)

The theme of thanksgiving and praise is one that permeates all of scripture. It is a way to pray that directs our focus heavenward. The Lord's prayer is a great example of how we should begin our prayers with praise. When we thank and praise the Lord it sets our heart in a good place.. a place of hope and expectation. We open heaven's gates when we praise Him. Please join me in praying these words.

We hallow your name Father and remember that you are worthy of all praise and honor. In unison we say that You are good. You are compassionate. You care for us with a deep love. We confess our love, adoration and worship of You. We offer our lives to you afresh and ask for Your kingdom to come and Your will to be done in our lives.


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Acts 20:35 (NLT)
     And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Father what a privilege we have in helping others and to encourage them with hope because their needs are being met. We can only do this because of your grace, and the resources you provide. As the Apostle Paul said: “…..God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT)

Father may we ever be sensitive and compassionate to those in need. May we do our best to be gracious and generous in praying for them and reaching out to them in their time of need. We know this will give them hope and we also know: “This is good and pleases God our Savior….” 1 Timothy 2:3 (NLT)

2 Corinthians 9:15 (ESV)
     Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!


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Father, thank You for Your church. Thank You for those who work and serve in our churches. Be with our church leaders. Grant them the wisdom and courage to not only set but also uphold high standards, and to allocate resources to care for the least and the lost. May our churches be a beacon to draw more people to You.

We pray for those who lead us and ask that You give them wisdom for their day today, that they have understanding of the times and know how to lead. We ask that you protect them from any strategy planned against them and for strength to match their days. We give thanks that You are meeting all their needs and for provision to fulfill Your vision. We pray that they are growing each day in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; that through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, they carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to them.” In Jesus' name, Amen

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Be Christ's Body


I pray for Your people, that we might be Christ's body. To do His work wherever we are and to reach out to those around us who are in need. That we may not trust in prominent celebrities or effective organizations or attractive programs, but in Your power. That we may go forth as Your workmanship to do the work You have given us to do.

In Jesus' Name,

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Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty: heaven and earth are full of Thy glory: glory be to Thee, O Lord most high."

"I pray, O God, for all human hearts that today are lifted up to Thee in earnest desire, and for every group of men and women who are met together to praise and magnify Thy name.  Whatever be their mode of worship, be graciously pleased to accept their humble offices of prayer and praise and lead them unto life eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen."

As people all over the world assemble to worship You on this Sunday......Lord pour out your blessings and forgiveness on all who seek you today.  Open my heart to hear you word to me as it is preached today.   I love you.  Amen

 Quoted prayer ~ A Diary of Private Prayer ~ John Baillie


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No Worries

Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
     Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Jesus said:
Matthew 6:25-34 (NLT)

     25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 
     31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’  32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 
     34  “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
     And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Father, what can we say about such a gracious promise and glorious provision? With deepest gratitude and humility we praise you for loving us so much and expressing it in so may ways.


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Dear Father, you are the Prince of Peace and the great I Am. You are my helper and my redeemer. I need your help today. I am weak and frail and tired. Give me the strength to get through just this day and the desire to work as if I am doing it all for your glory. Help those who are carrying especially heavy burdens right now. They need your power and peace that goes beyond our understanding. I am so grateful that I can come to you and present my requests at any time. Thank you for giving me peace and rest even in the hard times. In the name of the Prince of Peace, I pray, Amen

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

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 Jeremiah 17:14  "Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed;  save me and I will be saved, for You are the one I praise."

Lord, you are more than my Maker.  You are also my Healer and my Savior.  My life is secure from both the powers of darkness and the judgement of You hand.  You are, indeed, everything to me: health and salvation, hope and sustenance, wholeness and strength.  I lift grateful praise to You from a heart of growing faith.  I love You.  Amen.

Maranatha Worship Bible


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Comforting Others

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NLT)
     3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

Father one of the ways you use us to comfort and encourage others is to share with them what you have done for us. By sharing our vulnerability, losses, and grief we can identify with those going through very difficult and even dark days.

Father help us to be sensitive, compassionate and honest as we endeavor to comfort others as you have comforted us. May they feel your loving presence, experience your peace and receive the strength of your grace. May they know they are not alone and that above all others you are with them. May they understand that you are the God of all hope and that their future is secure in your hands. May they know the truth and reality of the song: “Through It All” by Andrae Crough.

I’ve had many tears and sorrows,
I’ve had questions for tomorrow,
there’s been times I didn’t know right from wrong.
But in every situation,
God gave me blessed consolation,
that my trials come to only make me strong.

Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
I’ve learned to trust in God.

Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

I thank God for the mountains,
and I thank Him for the valleys,
I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.
For if I’d never had a problem,
I wouldn’t know God could solve them,
I’d never know what faith in God could do.

Thanks be to God, our merciful Father and the source of all comfort, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Committed to Christ

Merciful Lord,

We think of the great story of grace that You have revealed to us in Christ, and we give ourselves again to You. Teach us how to be Your people, not as imitators of the world, but as members of one another within the glorious body of Christ. Grant us genuine love for one another and true goodness and affection. Teach us to serve You with energy and gladness in accord with the calling You have given each of us. Teach us to live in this world by the power of Your Son as those who are committed to goodness and love.

Help us to guard carefully the gift You have entrusted to us and live a life worthy of our calling. Amen

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Day by Day

The words to this 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

Open the eyes of my heart Lord that I might see you more clearly.

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without ceasing

“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) is the answer to every problem, every situation, every conflict, and every crisis. God promises to never leave us. He never slumbers nor sleeps. He is for us...


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Dealing with Guilt

I am convinced that one of that biggest thing many people struggle with, including Christians, is guilt. I would like to pray that God will break the chains of guilt for all who are bound by them.


I pray that we might put our faith in You and trust You for forgiveness of all we have done wrong. That You would help us to change if we need to change. And help us recognize it, if we we are carrying  guilt unnecessarily over things where we have done no wrong. But that we would be able to put our guilt behind us and go forward in Your forgiveness. We cannot do this, I cannot do this, on our own. Strengthen us to remember the cry of your Son, "It is finished." And to live by that.

In Jesus Name,

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Jesus, form your Church into communities into places where there is love. Form us into families filled with love, where there is trust and openness, where even leaders can be honest about their struggles and doubts.  Let us show a watching world that true love is redemptive and life changing. Amen.

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 Our little grandson is aspiring to be a fisherman.  I'm sure he will be successful ~ But more important than learning to catch fish, our Savior tells us he wants us to be "Fishers of Men".

Dear Lord ~ How easy it is to get wrapped up in our own lives and priorities and forget there is a sea of men, women and children who need to know Your love and salvation.  

Father, give us a longing and desire to fish for men, women and children and be faithful witnesses until You return to take us home to be with You forever.   

I love You.


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God Cares

Isaiah 63:9 (HCSB)
     9 In all their suffering, He suffered, and the Angel of His Presence saved them. He redeemed them because of His love and compassion; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of the past.

Father with all of the anguish, pain, violence, chaos, disasters and suffering that people are going through, in America and around the world, we lift them up in prayer today.

Father may they feel your presence and that it is your desire to encourage them, lift them and carry them in your arms of love.

Father may they be comforted by the truth that because Jesus “….himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.” Hebrews 2:18 (NLT

Father may they understand that Jesus identifies with them in their suffering and loss and that he is “touched with the feeling of their infirmities” Heb. 4:15

Father may they know that Jesus sympathizes with them because he was “…..a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief….” Isaiah 53:3 (NLT)

Father may they take the counsel of your word “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

And Father as Audrey Mieir’s reminds us in her wonderful song: “It Matters to God About You.”

It matters to him about you
Your heartaches your sorrow he shares.
Regardless of what you may do
He wants you, He loves you, he cares.
Oh yes, it matters to him about you.
Believe it because it is true.
Cling to his hand, He'll understand
For it matters to Him about you.

We ask this in Jesus holy and matchless name. Amen

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Our Good Hope

Lord of justice and mercy, why do we worry about evil men? You are with all who trust in Your power and goodness. You are our Light and salvation. No matter how great the danger, our hope and confidence is in You. We are happy in the assurance that comes from Your Word even today. The wicked have no solid hope, but you will help us in the evil day. Our hope is everlasting and secure. You have ordained our every step and will take us into Your glorious presence. You love justice. You are a God of mercy to those who trust in You. We love You Lord. We know You will never abandon us. We look to You for the future of every good hope.  Amen

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Praying Psalm 46

Dedicated to those who are suffering in the aftermath of recent shootings and storms.

God you are my refuge and my strength - the one I turn to in times of trouble.

I am turning to you today. I need your presence in my life.

I will not fear though the earth gives way.

I will trust you though the mountains be moved.

I will cling to you though the waters roar.

I will run to you.

Father have mercy on me.

My soul is refreshed by a river whose streams make glad your holy habitation.

My spirit soars to know that your are in the midst of that city.

Because of that, the city is unshakable and full of light.

Even though the nations rage and kingdoms fail, you are God.

In you I will be still and I will find rest.

You are with me. You are my fortress and my hiding place.

Lord Jesus have mercy on me.

When I consider the works of your hands, I remember how you have moved in history.

I am comforted and I take heart by the ways that you have moved in my life.

You bring peace and cause wars to cease.

You will bring our weapons to destruction.

In Jesus you have brought peace to the earth.

I rejoice that you have said:
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Help me to be still. Help me to trust you.

My heart sings knowing that the eternal Lord of hosts is with me.

The God of forever is my defender and you will fight for me Father.

Holy Spirit have mercy on me.

- originally published in June 2009.

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A Prayer for Our Churches

Father, please make our faith communities bodies that are quick to repent, quicker to forgive, who seek reconciliation and restoration at every turn. Fill us with your Spirit and empower us to believe the Gospel, to speak the Gospel, and to live out the Gospel. May all those around us see Jesus. Amen

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O Lord help us to
SEEK the truth
LISTEN to the truth
TEACH the truth
LOVE the truth
ABIDE by the truth
AND DEFEND the truth

UNTO the death.

What is Truth?  Jesus Christ the Holy One.


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The Peace of His Presence

Psalm 145:18 (GW)
     18 The LORD is near to everyone who prays to him, to every faithful person who prays to him.

Psalm 34:18 (ESV)
     18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Philippians 4:4-6 (NIV)
        4 ”The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything….”

Father these verses comfort us with the wonderful knowledge of your presence with us and especially of your personal concern and care you for each of us. The hope and peace we have from the awareness of your presence is surely blessed assurance.

Thank you Father that we need not fret, worry or be overcome with anxiety in relation to life’s troubles. May we ever be mindful of the words of Jesus: “27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  John 14:27 (NIV)

Therefore Father: “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. “Psalm 4:8 (NIV)

Thank you Father for the peace of your presence, in Jesus name, Amen!

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Prayers for Hurricane Survivors

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come before You today and each day for those who are suffering as a result of the recent disasters. The losses are great, the sufferings impossible to imagine. To be without fresh water, to be without the simplest things that we take for granted each day. We who have not been affected by these horrific disasters are called upon to give and pray for the survivors. To pray that each day they will have assistance, that each day they will find hope and that You are providing them what they need to keep going and not give up.

We pray that You are breaking whatever obstacles are standing in the way of help getting to them. We pray that they will see that they are not forgotten and we care. We pray that financial aid is reaching them, that laborers are sent to help, that they are protected from those who would take advantage of their circumstances. Would You, Father, help them to look to You for their help? And would You Father, put people in their paths who can help them physically and spiritually as they cope with the losses they have faced in these past few weeks. Loss of family, loss of homes, possessions, jobs and loss of income. We pray for healing of those who are affected adversely health wise. For those who are feeble, the widow, the orphan, all those who mourn. Would you give courage to those who trust in You. And finally, would You keep these people in our prayers before You and help us not forget as we get involved in our daily routines?

And Father, would You keep us in remembrance to be thankful for every blessing that we enjoy each day? We ask these things in the name of Jesus.


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Praying Stephen's Prayer

While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep. -Acts 7:59-60 NIV

Help us dear Lord to forgive those who sin against us.
We release them from our anger and frustrations.
We pray for your best in their lives and ask you to bless them.
Cause us to see past the offence and help us to see them through your eyes.
We praying believing in the merciful name of Jesus Christ.


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do we leisure??

I love the power behind this question from the book How to Pray by R. A. Torrey:

Do you take enough leisure for prayer to actually get into God's presence?

Are we rushing through our prayer time just so we can check it off our list for the day? Are we hurrying up to get it done so we can get on with our daily agenda?

Our time of prayer with the Father has to be priority in our lives. It is the key to spiritual growth. It is the key to intimacy with God. It is number one on the list to spiritual survival.

We must begin purposing to spend intentional time on our faces or on our knees in communion with Christ.

It is essential.

It is of the utmost importance.

 It is vital to our Christian walk.

Prayer is about getting into the Presence of God. Lingering with Him and filling ourselves up with His power and His might.

Prayer will change us and fill us with joy. So let's leisure in Him today and begin tapping into all that He has for us!

"In Your presence there is fullness of joy." (Psalm 16:11)


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Our Great God


Give Your people a glimpse of Your greatness. As we look at the heavens, as we see the majesty of nature in the world around us, help us to remember that we are seeing only a very limited picture of how great You are. Help us to recall this, when the things of life close in on us or just the tedium of living seems to wear us down. Help us measure all of our problems by Your greatness. And may it put them all in perspective.

In Jesus' Name,

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 My heart needs Thee, O Lord, my heart needs Thee.
No part of my being needs Thee like my heart.
All else within me can by filled by Thy gifts.
My hunger can be satisfied by daily bread.
My thirst can be allayed by earthly waters.
My cold can be removed by household fires.
My weariness can be relieved by outward rest.
But no outward thing can make my 
heart pure!
~George Matheson 1842-1906

Lord make this the pray of my heart.  Only YOU can change my heart.  Only YOU can make it pure. 


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 Lyrics from the song:“How Deep The Father's Love”   by Stuart Townend

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
And make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

1 Peter 1:18-20 (NLT)
     18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began…….”

Father it is impossible for us to grasp the depth of your love for us. But we know that you love us. We know the greatest expression of your love for us was the sacrifice of your son on the cross for our sin. We know the joy the Psalmist spoke of in: Psalm 32:1-2 (NLT) 1 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! 2Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt….”

Father thank you for the confirming words of Jude: “….I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:1 (NLT)

Father I pray that everyone will come to know your love as their own personal experience through faith in your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

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Heavenly Father, We don't always understand the world that we live in today. It can be confusing, frustrating, and terrifying.

Your Word says "Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you." We ask that You would move in the midst of the darkness and chaos and turn it around for Your purposes. We pray that the victims of terror would draw near to You in the midst of the tribulations they are facing. We pray for those who are seeking the Truth through the turmoil. Deuteronomy 4:29 says, "But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul." And we pray for those who are enemies of the cross. No one is out of Your reach. Your Son Jesus came to seek and save the lost. We pray for those who persecute You that they would find You and know the peace of God.

Help us to remember that You are always in control. When all else fails, You never will. You are faithful and steadfast through trials and tribulations. May we never forget that. We call upon Your power and grace today and ask for You to bring peace, healing, and justice in the midst of the chaos happening around the world today and pray this in Jesus' name. Amen

Adapted from Praying for Peace in Times of Terror at Leading the Way

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prayer for empathy

Lord, grant me the wisdom to see the good in each person I meet.

Grant me the empathy to understand their life situation and respect them enough to extend loving support, while sharing God's love with dignity.

Allow me, Lord, to recognize opportunities to stand with others, friend to friend.

John Wenger | Andersonville (IN) Church of the Brethren

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Fear for Tomorrow


We live in a dangerous world. Between earthquakes in Nepal and ISIS in the Middle East and so many other things, it is easy to live in trepidation.  Comfort and help those who are genuine sufferers in these events. But help those of us who witness them from a distance also to trust in You. And encourage us who are Your people to do what we can to help. Help us not to be overwhelmed, but to be concerned. And help us not to become calloused by so much suffering, but to look at what, if anything, we can do to alleviate it.

In Jesus' Name,
... originally posted by Mike on May 5, 2015

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Prayer for Victims of Natural Disasters

Father, we pray for those who have lost property or loved ones in the recent groanings of a broken creation. Please heal bodies and hearts and provide relief. Let your people show love and compassion to their neighbors and show the truth, goodness, and beauty of Jesus. Amen

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GIVE ME......

GIVE ME AN OPEN EAR ~O God, that I may hear Thy voice calling me to high endeavor.  Too often have I been deaf to your appeals.  Give me courage to answer "Here am I, send me."

GIVE ME AN OPEN MIND ~ O God, a mind ready to receive such new light of knowledge as it is Thy will to reveal to me.  Give me courage to change my mind when that is needed.

GIVE ME OPEN EYES ~ O God, eyes quick to discover Thine indwelling in the world Thou hast made.  Forgive all my past blindness to the grandeur and glory of nature, to the charm of little children, to the sublimity's of human story, and to all the intimations of Thy presence which these things contain.

GIVE ME OPEN HANDS~ O God, hands ready to share with all who are in want the blessings with which Thou hast enriched my life.  Deliver me from all meanness and let me hold my money in stewardship and all my worldly goods in trust for Thee, to whom now be all honor and glory.  Amen.

Taken from a man, John Baillie, who new God is a time era in the past, who words hold so true today.  His Diary of Private Prayer speaks to me each time I read it.  

Father, give us open ears, minds, eyes and hands to serve you every day with thanksgiving for the life we have and the life you sacrificed for us.   I love You.  Amen.


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Four Pillars of LifeFour Pillars of Life


Proverbs 23:23 (ESV)
     “Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”

Father you have given us four pillars for a sane life and a safe society: “truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding.

Your truth will stabilize us in turbulent times. Your wisdom will guide us in chaotic times. Your instruction will direct us in uncertain times. Your understanding will enlighten us in foreboding times.

Father, help us to apply these principles or pillars to our lives, and to remember the admonition of Your Word: “For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. 8 He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.” Proverbs 2:6-8 (NLT)

Father, may we all enjoy the benefits of these surpassing values.

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Living in Light

Almighty Father,

We need help in our homes. Forgive us for our many family sins. We have not done what Your Word has clearly commanded. Bring the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the hearts of the children back to their parents. Show us how to live in the light of Your Son that the darkness of the world would be exposed. Teach us how to live in our marriages as followers of Jesus. Bring about a fruitfulness through  the church that will overflow into the world with a yield of much love and righteousness. We commit ourselves to prayer, seeking Your power for Your purposes. Grant boldness to your servants who bring Your Word in truth to Your people. Help us to walk in that truth. We love you with an undying love.
In Jesus name, Amen

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prayer in a time of disaster

Loving and Compassionate God, you are our comfort
and strength in times of sudden disaster, crisis, or chaos.

Surround us now, O Lord, with your grace and peace
through storm or winds, fires or floods.

By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen,
sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild,
and fill us with the hope of your new creation;
through Christ, our rock and redeemer. Amen.
... a prayer of the Franciscan Friars

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The sound of our weeping

What a beautiful passage of scripture. To know that God hears our cries. He hears the soft whimpers that echo forth out of our hurting hearts...our wounded spirits....our aching souls. Our weeping doesn't go unnoticed by our loving and compassionate God. He hears. He responds. He accepts our prayers.....

There is nothing too small and there is nothing too big to take before the Father in prayer. He is always attentive. Always listening. Always available to His children. Cry out. Look up. And receive blessing and healing from the Creator of all.


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No Quick Fixes


I pray for your people. I pray that we may not trust in gimmicks and simplistic formulas, but trust in You. That we might trust You through the long and sometimes laborious process of living for You and doing Your work. That we might not spend our time on the endless search for the right celebrity to follow and the right method to live by. But that we might live our lives one step at a time in obedience to Your ways.

In Jesus' Name,

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 In the cross is health, in the cross is life
in the cross is protection from enemies.
In the cross is heavenly sweetness,
In the cross is strength of mind.
In the cross is joy of spirit.
In the cross is the heights of virtue,
In the cross is perfection of holiness.
There is no health of soul, no hope of eternal life
save in the cross.
~~~Thomas A. Kempis (1380-1471)

Oh Father, may I always keep my eyes on the cross.
I love You.  Amen. 


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     "In my vision that night, I, Daniel, saw a great storm churning the surface of a great sea, with strong winds blowing from every direction." Daniel 7:2 (NLT)  

Father, we are all intimated by the monstrous power and devastating effects of hurricanes. Their force is irresistible, their reach is overwhelming and their destruction lasts for years. We flee in fear of their ominous danger and the death they bring.  So we pray for those upon whom Hurricane Irma is bearing down. We pray for their safety and protection.

Father I am reminded of the ancient sailors and their horrific experience in the storm.
     23 Some went off to sea in ships, plying the trade routes of the world. 24 They, too, observed the LORD’s power in action, his impressive works on the deepest seas. 25 He spoke, and the winds rose, stirring up the waves. 26 Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. 27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end. 28 “LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 29 He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. 30 What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! 31 Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. Psalm 107:23-31 (NLT)

Father we pray for deliverance, peace and grace for all who have been and will be crying out to you for help, in their time of trouble, as they encounter the fierce winds and waves of Hurricane Irma.

In Jesus strong name, Amen.


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