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

Ransom

 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.

Amen.
John Wenger | Andersonville (IN) Church of the Brethren

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Fear for Tomorrow

Father,

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,
Amen
... 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.













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.
Amen!


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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.


Amen

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No Quick Fixes

Father,

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,
Amen

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THE CROSS




 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. 





Amen

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Unprecedented



     "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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Our Strong Tower

Father, there is so much chaos in our world right now and we would so love to see Your return. But  as long as we remain here, we thank You for Your presence and the opportunities we have to share Your love and comfort during these times. So many people have questions about You. Why does God allow these things? It is so hard to understand the destruction from natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, or the fires that rage out of control leaving many without homes and bereft of their possessions. How much harder it is to comprehend the hate and the evil that surrounds us. Help us to be the salt and light needed in this dark world. Help us to comfort those who mourn. Help us to reach out with loving and generous hearts to those who have been left desolate. My prayer is that those who know You are remaining steadfast in their faith and that those who do not know You would see the love being poured out to them and their hearts would be open to know that there is One who cares for them and longs to be gracious to them. May the trials that have come their way cause them to open their hearts to know You and rely upon Your grace and love to see them through these times. "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13) "The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and they are safe."(Proverbs 18:10) Amen

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Calm me, O Lord, as You still the storm.

Calm me, O Lord, as You still the storm.

Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.

Let all the tumult within me cease.

Enfold me, Lord, in Your peace.

Father, bless the work that is done
and the work that is to be.

Father, bless the servant that I am
and the servant that I will be.

Thou Lord and God of power, shield and sustain me this night.

I will lie down this night with God, and God will lie down with me;

I will lie down this night with Christ, and Christ will lie down with me;

I will lie down this night with the Spirit, and the Spirit will lie down with me;

God and Christ and the Spirit, be lying down with me.

The peace of God be
Over me to shelter me,

Under me to uphold me,

About me to protect me,

Behind me to direct me,

Ever with me to save me.
The peace of all peace be mine this night

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.
... from Celtic Daily Prayer

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reflect His love

Father God,

Our desire is to honor You in every way. We pray that our thoughts, our words and our actions will show that we are set apart in You. Help us to be bold and courageous in sharing the gospel. We pray that Your joy will be made full in us so others see You and Your love in our lives. Help us to use our gifts for Your glory. Help us to serve in Your Kingdom and seek Your purpose. May our lives bring You honor and glory and praise.

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love." John 15:9

Amen

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for those in authority

We are told to pray for those in authority. This is true whether or not we agree with their policies. If they are following the wrong principles, they need our prayers even more.

Father,

I pray for all those in government, whether at the national or local level. I pray You will give them wisdom. I pray You will give them wisdom to do, not just what is expedient, but what is right. I pray they will take into consideration Your will when making their decisions. And I pray they may lead us down the right and best paths.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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A Prayer for Trust

O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love and your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to you. we shall see your hand, your purpose, your will through all things. Amen
Ignatius of Loyola

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FLOODS AND FIRES



Dear Lord ~ There are floods and fires across the United States.  People are in distress.  You know every name, you see every tear, you hear the cries for help.  You answer in so many ways.  Part of your plan is to use people.  Every status, color and race are coming together to help those in need.  Oh Lord, if only we could do that in times of blessing.  I pray for every one helping, and those who have lost every earthly possession.  Give comfort, peace and help to all of those in need.

Thanks you that today has been called out for a Weekend of Prayer....Lord I pray all your people will call on You this weekend and in the days to come.

Heal our hearts and our land.
I love You.  Amen.



Amen

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Through Deep Waters

Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)

     “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown…..”

Father, your ancient promise to Israel is true for all who trust in you. Your promise: “I will be with you,” is as comforting and reassuring today as it was to them then. So I pray for those suffering now the massive effects of Hurricane Harvey and the overwhelming flood waters that have inundated them, I pray that your peace will calm their weary hearts and your grace will sustain them in the weeks, months and even years of recovery.

Father I pray they will take hope and courage in your faithful word: Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”  Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT)

Father grant them the great confidence of your presence with them. And thank you for faithfully fulfilling you precious promises.

In the name of Jesus our gracious Lord and Savior. Amen.


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Prayer for Houston and Surrounding Areas


Dear Father,
As I reflect on the One whom I am asked to trust, my soul finds rest. You are our Great High Priest who understands. You are well acquainted with grief. Suffering. You understand by personal experience what it feels like to leave Home and be stripped of everything. You, too, were homeless with nowhere to lay Your head.

So please. Look on all those in the Gulf region who are now homeless, too. Stripped of everything. Please. Draw near to them. As they become more focused on the reality of their stark situation, I ask You to balance their feelings of devastation and loss with the comfort of Your presence. Your peace. Your love.

Thank You for every single one of the first responders … the professionals as well as friends and neighbors who are risking their own safety to help others. Give them supernatural strength. Energy. Stamina. And deep satisfaction as they receive the rich, priceless blessing of knowing their efforts are life-saving and life-changing.

O God. You have been our help in ages past. You are our hope for years to come. And You alone are our shelter from this stormy blast. Our refuge and our strength. You are our Good Shepherd who will lead us safely through this Valley of the Shadow that has fallen over a weary land.

So … wipe the tears from our eyes. Turn our faces to Yours. Cause us to choose to look up. To look to You. With trust.

In the name of the One who has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we may say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid … Amen

*adapted from http://www.annegrahamlotz.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Printable-Prayer_I-Look-to-You.pdf

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a prayer for people in Houston

Loving and gracious God,

All love and mercy compels us to the side of people in Houston.

In our charity, and in our compassion, help us stand with them.

In our solidarity and in our sharing, help us stand with them.

In our advocacy, and in our prayer, help us stand with them.

And as we turn to them in their peril, we ask your grace go with us:
To feed the hungry: give us your grace.

To give drink to the thirsty: give us your grace.

To clothe the naked: give us your grace.

To shelter the homeless: give us your grace.

To care for the sick: give us your grace.

To reach the trapped and the stranded: give us your grace.

To mourn the dead: give us your grace.
And in reaching out, may we find you in them.

And may they find you in us.

Amen

- Adopted from a prayer of Catholic Relief Services following Typhoon Haiyan, Nov 2013

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Just do it

Too often, the phrase "I'll pray for you" is tossed around like a toy. We banter it about with no intention of actually doing what we said we would do. There are times that we have the intention to do so, but still fail to act upon it.

How many times have we seen someone in the grocery store or at the post office or even at church and after they have expressed a need to us, we simply say, "I'm praying for you...."

And yet...

We walk away leaving them in the same needy condition they were in just moments before,

When we encounter someone with a need, let's be intentional about praying right then. Whether we are in the grocery store, or the mall, or the post office, let's stop right then and pray for our brother or sister in need. Let's get purposeful in our prayer lives!

How do we expect to hear if we don't petition? God wants us to bring our prayers to Him. He desires to do mighty things in our lives and in the lives of those around us. But we have to voice our prayers. We have to be obedient to His Word. We have to speak in faith and expect answers.

"The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." (James 5:16)




Amen

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Hope

Father,

I thank you that in Your Son we have hope. Hope that  this life is not the end. Hope that death has been conquered. Hope of eternal life together with You. Hope of Your presence now in our lives. Help us who are Your people remember that hope. Help us take it to a hopeless world, which so desperately needs it. Help us be a beacon of hope to those in trouble or anguish.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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CHRIST ~ THE ONLY WAY



 Christ is not one of many ways to approach God, nor is he the best of several ways; he is the only way~~   A.W. Tozer (1897-1963

I believe You're the Lord of all,
The only righteous One;
You're the mighty Creator.
Great are the things You've done.
I believe You died for me,
That You live,
That you live and death is overcome
You' re the way to the Father,
You're the Truth, the Life, The Son,
The Truth, the Life, The Son.

~Sven Gunnarsen (1994)


Amen

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Imagine This…..



Psalm 104:33 (NLT)
        I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath!

Oh Father, to imagine that even with my dying breath I would be singing your praise. What a way to leave this frail temporal life and to enter my eternal home with you in heaven. The glory of it is beyond imagination.

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)
      “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”

I Can Only Imagine (MercyMe

I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk, by your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When you face is before me
I can only imagine

Surrounded by You glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus
Or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
     “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine……”

 Thank you Father that our singing your praises doesn't end at death. We will be singing throughout endless ages. In the Name of whom we sing, Jesus, Amen!






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Heavenly Father, I don't always understand the world that I live in today. It can be confusing, frustrating, and terrifying. Help me 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 I never forget that. I 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. 

We also lift up to you those who are in the path of the Hurricane on the Gulf of Mexico, asking that no lives be lost and for mercy upon the helpless. Help those who are in its way to reach safety. Open our hearts in generosity to all who need help in the coming days. In all things and in all times, help us to remember that even when life seems dark and stormy, you are in the boat with us, guiding us to safety. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

“Never will I leave you; 
never will I forsake you.” 
So we say with confidence, 
"The Lord is my helper; 
I will not be afraid."
‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬



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God to enfold me ... to surround me ...


God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.

God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.

God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.

God in my sufficing,
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in mine eternity.

Amen

... an ancient Celtic prayer

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THE LOOKING GLASS


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 PROVERBS 27:19 "As water reflects the face of a man or woman, so a man or woman's heart reflects them."

Oh Lord, You do not look at our outward appearance ~~ You look at our hearts.  So how can I see the condition of my heart?  By looking into the mirror of Your Word.  Your Word reveals to me my own thoughts, motives and values.  It exposes the content of my heart and shows me the kind of person I truly am.  But Lord, it is my deepest desire that my heart reflect the heart of Christ so that those who see me will catch a glimpse of His reflection.  I love You.  Amen.

*Maranatha Worship Bible
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Gratitude



Psalm 92:1 (NLT)
     It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.

Father, as prone as we are to first approach You with our own concerns, needs, questions and fears, today we just want to thank You!  Thank you that we can relate to you as our heavenly Father. Thank you for your heart felt way of understanding our weaknesses and failures.  Thank you for your gracious and merciful forgiveness. Thank you for your patience as you encourage us to share our heart with you.

Somehow we feel akin to the Psalmist when he wrote in Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT)  "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! ……”

So Father we just want to thank you for your grace, generosity, kindness, and the many ways you show your love for us. Yes, today we just want to Give Thanks!!! We do this in the Name of Your beloved Son and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


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praying for those in authority

Father God,
Thank You for the gift of civil authority structures that You have appointed in this world. Use me for Your good purposes in the restraint of evil and for the encouragement of good. May we rightly honor them, and joyfully follow them. We would cooperate with them as conscience permits, but may we not be distracted from seeking first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. Teach us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. Grant us the incomparable blessing of the Spirit in us, that we would make no provision for the flesh to satisfy its desires. In all these ways may we relate honorably with all those around us and pray that Your will is done here on earth and that many will hear the truth and place their faith in Your Son for salvation.  Amen

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Let Peace begin with Me

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.

Amen
... from a song by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller

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earnestly.....

My prayer for all of us today and everyday:

"O God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water." (Psalm  63:1)

Are we seeking? Are we thirsting after Him in desperation? I pray that He will become the most important part of our lives. I pray that we seek His face with expectancy and desire. May we praise Him with all our breath.....

Amen

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YOUR LOVE



 Your love compels me, Lord
To give as You would give.

To speak as You would speak.

To live as You would live.

Your love compels me, Lord
To see as You would see.

To serve as You would serve.
To be what You would be.

(Doug Holck 1982)


 

Amen

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Confident Hope


Father, from a human perspective, it seems that the only thing certain in this life is that nothing is certain. So our hearts turn to You as the only source of our confident hope because of You are trustworthy. Indeed Father, as Jeremiah said: “…..blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. Jeremiah 17:7 (NLT)

Father, how wonderful it is to have this hope as an anchor for our soul. Though we don’t always have the answers to the uncertainties of life we can always have hope in life. This is true because in our despair you give hope. In our loneliness you give comfort.  In our fear you give assurance. In all the aspects of life you give us Yourself. We say with the Psalmist: “When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:19 (NLT)

So then Father we are encouraged to: “……hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)

The Song “Simply Trusting” express it so well:

       Simply trusting every day,
Trusting through a stormy way;
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Refrain:
Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Thank you Father for this Confident Hope, in Jesus name, Amen.


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Shine Jesus Shine

Father, We thank You that as our eyes are open to the truth of who Truth is, our hearts are open and the light of Jesus shines forth in these vessels of clay. Thank You that we are transformed and Your Spirit continues to transform us into the image of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We have gone from the glory of the Old Covenant to the glory of the New Covenant, Christ in us, the Hope of Glory! Praise Your Name for giving us Your Light to shine in this dark world which so desperately needs You. Amen






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the valley of vision

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,

Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold they glory.

Let me learn by paradox,
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit;
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.
Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter they stars shine;

Let me find thy light in my darkness,
thy life in my death,
thy joy in my sorrow,
thy grace in my sin,
thy riches in my poverty
thy glory in my valley.
Amen

... from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions

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Focus

Father keep our focus on Jesus. It is far too easy to set our sight on the things of this world. Temptations pull us away, and even good things can skew our vision. Set our eyes on Christ and let him beoour life. Amen

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BEAUTIES OF NATURE



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 "Now I pray our Lord to grant that by the blessed Spirit we may always be sensitive of the presence of God wherever we are.  His are the beauties of nature, His the sunshine which is bringing on the harvest, His the perfume which loads the air from multitudes of flowers, His the insects which glitter around us like living gems, and yet the Creator and Sustainer of all these is far too little perceived."      ~~Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834~1892)






Amen

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Perfect Peace


Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
       ”You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you……”


      Father someone has said that: “Everybody is either heading into a storm, is in a storm or is coming out of a storm. Storms are a part of life. All of us face storms in our lives from time to time.”

     Father we know that whatever our situation or environment, Your presence with us is a greater source for our peace and tranquility than anything else could possibly be. We so identify with the love for You spoken of in Psalms 18:1-2 (NLT)1I love you, LORD; you are my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.

     Father this wonderful peace transcends all understanding and is ours because we trust You. We take You at your word. We have full confidence in Your promises. And we take great continued comfort in what Jesus said: “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 (NLT)

     Father thank you for this priceless gift that brings perfect peace to our souls. Therefore we can sing in the words of Horatio G. Spafford: “It Is Well with My Soul”

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Thank you Father, in the name of Jesus, our Peace. Amen.


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Living Letters

Father God,

You have made the church a living letter in Christ. May we be a letter full of true spiritual life. We are thankful to You for the blessing of the New Covenant and the gospel ministry.  Because of the surpassing glory and righteousness of Christ, we have a great hope and are very bold. You have removed the veil from our eyes that we might see. Fill us with Your Spirit and enable us more and more to behold the beauty of Jesus Christ and grow from glory to glory. 

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me
All Your wonderful passion and purity
Holy Spirit divine
All my nature refine
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.

Amen

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a transforming prayer

Father, your kingdom is all about transformation.

Lord Jesus, you showed the transforming power of love and faith.

Holy Spirit, shape me into a person of love and faith that can transform our world.

Amen.

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Remember

Father,

You have called your people from earliest times to remember Your great deeds. Help us to remember Your great works in history and Your great works in our lives. Particularly help us to remember how You sent Your Son to save us. Help us not to be distracted by the pressure of the present moment or the present trial so that we forget what You have done for us in the past.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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ACCEPTANCE



 Proverbs 3:11~12 "My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in."

Father, how you cherish Your children!  Your love for us is relentless and undeserved.  Even Your discipline is motivated by compassion.  Teach me to ACCEPT Your correction with humble gratitude.  I do not ask You to withhold Your discipline.  I only ask that You grant me the wisdom and humility to learn the lesson quickly.  I love You.  Amen. 


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Amen

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Joy in Life



Inexpressible Joy

 Psalm 40:4 (NLT)

        ”…….Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD……”

Romans 15:13 (NLT)
      I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you Father for this joy which is beyond words to describe. And amazingly is the simple result of our trust in You. Father, no one says it better than the Apostle Peter: “You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 1 Peter 1:8 (NLT)

Thank you Father for this joy that sustains us, encourages us, enlivens us, and is the exquisite fragrance of your presence in our lives. Indeed “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11 (NIV)

Thank you Father for this inexpressible joy. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Peace

Dear Father,


Our world is a noisy, troublesome, and cruel place. Its offers of peace are shallow and temporary. We know that our only true and lasting peace comes from You. Our Lord Jesus said, “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.” How thankful and reassuring it is to read and let Your promise go deep into our hearts. I pray that in light of this promise, we won’t be anxious or fearful when tribulations come, but that we take heart knowing You have overcome the world.


 So, as much as possible, help us to make every effort to do what leads to peace in our corner of this world, and we ask You to fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in You, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let Your peace rule in our hearts as we give thanks to You for that peace which transcends all understanding and guards our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.
Amen

Our peace

Jesus, the Rock we can cling to


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New hearts

"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36:26)


Lord, today, give us hearts of flesh. New hearts that only you can put within us. Hearts to love you deeper. To serve you more readily. Hearts that cause us to shout your name with boldness. To share your Truth with courage and excitement. May our hearts be ever changed by You and Your compassionate and infinite love for your children. You are worthy of all that we are.

Today, Lord, touch those in need. Minister to hearts. Heal brokenness. Bind up wounds. Whether the need be physical, spiritual or mental, do what only You can do in the lives of those that are seeking restoration. We ask believing and trusting and expecting. You are the God who can do miracles.....

In the mighty and powerful and beautiful and wonderful name of Jesus.....
Amen

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for those who are grieving

Last Wednesday we lost Mike Erich our dear friend and prayer blogger. We rejoice that he is at home with the Lord as we grieve this loss. Please join me in praying this prayer for his wife, his family and his friends. And for all who are grieving today.

You are our shepherd Lord. You meet all of our needs.

We lift those grieving to you today.

We thank you for meeting all of their needs.

We pray that you would comfort them and hold them close to your heart.

We praise you that their need for rest is met in you Lord.

Please lead those in pain in ways that would restore their soul and help them grieve.

We are confident of your presence with those who are grieving.

May your love be felt by those who travel through this dark valley of sorrow.

And this we ask for our friends - that goodness and mercy will follow them all the days of their lives and that they will live in your house forever.

Amen

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In Christ

Father, remind us of who we are in Christ. Remind us of our position as dearly beloved children, and of our union with Christ. Help us to live out the reality of who we are and of whose we are. Amen

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DIRTY CARPET

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Dear Lord, sometimes a pretty scatter rug covers a stained and dirty carpet.  The dirt is pretty well hidden, but it's still there.

  There are times in my life, Lord, that I put a pretty good deed over an attitude I'm trying to hide, or a sin unconfessed.   I know you see everything, so how silly of me to try to hide something from you. 

 Forgive me for having spiritual scatter rugs... Cleanse and clean my heart, wipe away every unkind attitude and make me clean.  You are my gracious Lord, and I love You.  Amen.







Amen

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Blessings


Psalm 16:11 (NLT)
      ”You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.”

Father your blessings are so graciously lavished on us and are so well stated in this Psalm. You show us the way of life, you give us the joy of your presence and you encourage us with the pleasures of living with you forever. Little wonder David would say: “…..My cup overflows with blessings.” Psalm 23:5 (NLT)

Thank you Father for the quality of life you provide for us that gives us such purpose, meaning and hope. We are truly blessed and it is all because of your goodness. God is good! Thank you that we know that as a fact, we experience that as a reality and we share that with others out of gratitude for all you do.

Indeed, praise God from whom all blessings flow. Amen!




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Turn to Him

What is something you can release to God today? Don't let the chaos of stressing about something or someone make you forget to turn to the only One who holds every answer.

Dear Father, 

Thank You,  that we have Your word to turn to and Your promises to rely upon. You promised never to leave us. Your Spirit is in us who believe interceding when we don't know how to pray, to lift us up, to give peace in times of anxiety or discouragement. We rejoice and celebrate Your love and goodness to us. In distress, we can call to You and You fill us with Your hope and courage and strength to keep going. Just take one more step. And one more step.

Your Spirit guides us into all truth. Lead us in the way we should go. We seem to try to get ahead of ourselves and You. Help us when we do that - lead us. We need Your wisdom for the days ahead in the decisions we make, and draw upon You for each new day. 

In Jesus name we pray, Amen

"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

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