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

As We Wait

They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint. -Isaiah 40:31 ESV

As we wait Lord help us to remember that …

… You are the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
… You do not faint or grow weary.
… Your understanding is unsearchable.
… You give power to the faint and increase their strength.

And help us Lord to …

… Know that peace often comes as we are still before you.
… Develop patience with our situation and those around us.
… Give thanks for all you are and who you have made us to be.
… Trust you with all of our hearts and not lean on our own understanding.

Amen
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a prayer for seeing


Lord God,

We come before you today humbled and grateful to be in your presence. In your faithfulness, Lord, we know that you are a God who sees. You are a God who hears. You are a God who knows all the inner workings of our hearts.

But our hearts are broken. And not always broken for the right things. Our hearts want things, O God, and they most often want the wrong things. So in our heart's brokenness, we ask for clarity and strength. Strength to resist the temptation to want the wrong things. And clarity to know which things our hearts should be broken for. Help us to see the world with your eyes and your heart, broken over the sin and pain in this world.

We thank you for the compassion and mercy. Help us give that compassion and mercy to others, too.

Amen

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DAVID'S PRAYER OF PRAISE


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 In the Book of I Chronicles David is returning the Ark of God back to the city of David.  There was rejoicing, laughter, dancing and music as the Ark of the Covenant was returned.  Part of that celebration is as follows and is my prayer for today.

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness
Let the whole world know what he has done.
Sing to him, yes, sing his praises.
Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
Exult in his holy name.
Rejoice, you who worship the Lord.

Search for the Lord and his strength;
Continually seek him.
Remember the wonders he has performed,
His miracles, and the rulings
he has given.

Would you join me in the freedom we have in Christ to rejoice, to laugh, to dance and to sing of his great goodness.  At this joyous celebration there was also gifts from King David.  Each person was given a loaf of bread, a cake of dates, and a cake of raisins.  

Lord, let our rejoicing be in the singing, dancing, laughing, loving and giving gifts in Your Holy Name for what you have done for us.  I love You.  Amen.


Amen

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The Sustaining Power of Peace



Philippians 4:6-7 (HCSB)
     6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Father in stressful times when so much may seem uncertain I thank you for the peace you make available to us. Your peace is stronger than our fears, greater than our finite understanding, more enduring than our feeble defenses and reassuring beyond our imagination.

You guard our hearts and minds with the security of your wisdom and the power of your love. You say to us “fear not” and so we will not fear because of our simple trust in Your Word. Your promise of peace and protection is more comforting than anything that may assail our faith. How true the Scripture is: “ You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”  Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)

Thank you Father, that through Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, we can relax and experience your peace that passes all understanding and gives such a sustaining comfort to our souls.

Amen.



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Give Thanks

Lord, every day Your mercies overwhelm me. Thank You that You have not judged me according to what I deserved. Your grace is beyond comprehension. Thank You that You are always with me and will never forsake me. Help me to always abide in You and keep my attitude right before You so I will never take Your mercy and grace for granted. Amen

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A Franciscan Blessing

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

Amen
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they serve with love


I love being a missionary.

My husband and I just returned from a month in the Philippines and my heart is still so stirred and so full over our time there.

There is so much I could speak about here but today my prayer is for the pastors and the people that minister in that country. Their mission field is hard. Their mission field is not comfortable. They travel hours on foot in the hot and intense sun of the mountains just to go to their outreaches to minister to the people.

We went to several of these outreaches during our time there and the experience gives me such a grateful heart for the commitment and the love that these precious people have for our LORD and for His service.

Keep them in your prayers as they do the work of God no matter what the difficulty. No matter what the obstacles. No mater what.....

Lord, we are so thankful for the work of the people in the Philippines. They serve with pure hearts. They serve with dedication. They serve with unwavering faith and commitment to you. 

They serve simply because they are called. 

They never complain although the work is hard. 

Father, grant them strength to keep going. Energy to complete the task. Endurance to finish the race strong. Bring them comfort and peace and continue to be their Provision always.

“...Give your strength to your servant...” (Psalm 86:16)

Amen

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The Deeps

The Deeps

Lord Jesus, give me a deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach. Help me chastely to flee it and jealously to resolve that my heart shall be Thine alone.

Give me a deeper trust, that I may lose myself to find myself in Thee, the ground of my rest, the spring of my being. Give me a deeper knowledge of Thyself as saviour, master, lord, and king. Give me deeper power in private prayer, more sweetness in Thy Word, more steadfast grip on its truth. Give me deeper holiness in speech, thought, action, and let me not seek moral virtue apart from Thee.

Plough deep in me, great Lord, heavenly husbandman, that my being may be a tilled field, the roots of grace spreading far and wide, until Thou alone art seen in me, Thy beauty golden like summer harvest, Thy fruitfulness as autumn plenty.

I have no master but Thee, no law but Thy will, no delight but Thyself, no wealth but that Thou givest, no good but that Thou blessest, no peace but that Thou bestowest. I am nothing but that Thou makest me. I have nothing but that I receive from Thee. I can be nothing but that grace adorns me. Quarry me deep, dear Lord, and then fill me to overflowing with living water.

Amen

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Protection

Father, as we enter hurricane and wildfire season, we pray for your projection on the people in those areas most vulnerable. Please watch over them and keep them from harm. Amen

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SPEAK UP

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Proverbs 31:8  " Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute."

Lord, I am so grateful that You love us, regardless of our appearance, our wealth, our social or political status.  We cannot impress You, nor do we need to.  You have chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and inherit the kingdom.  In light of this, Father God, give me a compassionate heart.  Help me be as impartial in my love for others as You have been in loving me.  I love You.  Amen. 

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Amen

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A New Day



The sun comes up
It's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes

(Bless the Lord Oh My Soul) Matt Redman


Psalm 118:24 (NLT)
    This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Praise is always the best way to begin the day at sunrise or conclude it at sunset. It is a perfect bracket to indicate the value of that day as a gift of God and our desire and determination to live it for His glory. So, I offer this praise for Saturday July 7th.

Father, we thank You for the gift of this day. May its seconds, minutes and hours be filled with purposeful living and meaningful relationships. May your glory be our goal, your will our pleasure and your love the expression of our lives.

Others we encounter may be going through rough times in their lives. Help us to be helpful to them. May we be enabled to lift their burden, ease their pain, comfort their heart and give them a since of hope that only comes from You.

Father, at the end of this day, may we sleep in the peaceful rest of a satisfied life looking forward to sunrise tomorrow and the gift of another day.

We thank you for this Father in the Name of Your beloved Son and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen



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Our freedom in Christ

Almighty Father, thank You for the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. Thank You that we are free from the bondage of the Law. Help us to hold to the truth of the freedom that we have through the victory of the cross of Christ no matter what our earthly circumstances may be. Protect Your Church from false teaching and help us to love one another. Grant us the fruit of the Spirit in increasing measure.  We are thankful forYour everlasting love.
Amen

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a prayer for freedom

God of all ages, God of all places, God of all times and eternity,
Whose almighty hand has crafted and formed every people,
Whose gracious guidance has provided
rare and profound opportunities for our own nation,
help us all to understand our celebrations this July 4th holiday.

Help us to know how freedom
is to be more fully wrought
for all of Your children, here and elsewhere,
day by day by day.

Inspire us to see freedom
not as the right to do as we please,
but as new occasions to be pleased
to do what is right and good.

Lead us, O God, so that our trust in You
is not merely stamped upon our money
but expressed fully in our lives.

Help us to understand that liberty is made manifest best
by seeking Your will of peace and goodwill for one and all.

Give us courage to fend off all worldly fears,
especially the fear of standing in singular fashion
for the rights of humanity,
since that is how we were born.

As we have been made prosperous,
make us also good.
As we have been preserved in freedom,
preserve us also by justice.

And, dear Lord of our Lives, as we have been kept free,
will we now be kept true?
As we have become rich in things,
will we now become richer still in principles and munificence?

We pray this prayer with fervent hope
that we shall know Your truth
and it shall truly set us free. AMEN.

...Bob Hill from Life's Too Short for Anything But Love, Woodneath Press

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a prayer against shame



Father,

You are the God of all things victorious. Of all things beautiful. Of all things compassionate and gracious. Of all things grace.

In our sin, we can feel shameful. We can be ashamed of all we have done against You. But Lord, You never intend to make us feel shame about ourselves. Thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit to convict us and make us aware of our guilt. But that is against what we've done, not who we are. So please, Father, convict us in our guilt. Help us to turn away from our sin. But help us to never feel ashamed of who we are. Because who we are is Your child. Your Son has given us his righteousness and so we are no longer merely sinners. We are victorious saints, standing in the truth of all that You have done.

Thank You, O Lord, for giving us this identity. This identity that we are Yours. So send away the shame! For we are forgiven and free through the power of Your name.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.(Galatians 2:20)

In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. (Ephesians 3:12)

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. (Galatians 3:26)

Amen

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We Have Been Set Free

Jesus, we praise you because you have set us free. Because you came and broke the chains, opening the prison gates, we no longer are bound by sin. Our freedom is such that no person or nation can give. We are now free to live as the children of the Father, trusting in his furious, inexhaustible love. Help us to live and grow in that freedom more and more each day. Amen

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FREEDOM





 II Corinthians 3:17  "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, and are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is Spirit."

Father, I praise You.  Through Jesus You have removed the veil of doubt from my mind so that I might understand Your Word more clearly.  You have removed the veil of bondage from my heart so that I might live in freedom before You.  You have removed the veil of darkness from my face so that I might reflect You light to others.  Help me to live boldly before You, realizing that you have placed me here to fill the world with the hope and glory of Christ.  I love You.  Amen.

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A Living Hope



1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
       “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,“

Thank you Father for the Living Hope we have through faith in Jesus. This living hope gives us motivation to courageously face each day, joy to encounter the changing circumstances of life, and expectation as we look forward to a positive future. It becomes the strength of our soul and at the same time the tranquility of our spirit. It cannot be defeated, demeaned or disappointing because its source and power is You. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…..” Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)

Thank you Father for this blessed, glorious and eternal hope that makes all the difference in our lives for time and eternity.

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


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Seek His Face

Father, thank You that You are the one who is always in charge of our lives. You are sovereign God. Thank You that You have never lost control. And yet, You call us to pray, to humble ourselves and call on You, turning from our wicked ways in repentance to seek Your face. Teach us again that you often work through a remnant. You call us to stand in the gap for Your cause. Your eye is on us, Your people. You neither slumber nor sleep. You are carrying out Your will through those who love You and serve You. I pray that we will know You more and more and be a light in the world to make a difference. Help us to be disciplined and have the courage to bear witness to You in a world that is in darkness.

We ask these things in faith in the name of Your Son, Jesus, Amen

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT) Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

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a prayer for kindness













Most great and most high God,

You over all things. Your power is unmatchable! Your love is the most gracious, your strength is above all, and your peace the most comforting. We thank you for being a God we can trust, knowing you keep all your promises, and that your love for your children is never-ending.

Father, in a time when we hurt, in a time in which we are hurt, we pray for kindness. We ask for your spirit of gentleness come upon our hearts and we seek to be kind to all people, even those who've hurt us. Hold our tongues, O God, if any word is less than kind. Soften our hearts, O God, when they harden against those unkind to us and to other. Check our mind, O God, when we desire to judge rather than listen and hear.

Lord God, bring us back to your Word. May we believe and live out the truth of your gospel to the world. Help us to lean into this calling, no matter how challenging. For you, O God, are Jehovah-jirah, the one who provides. Help us to believe that you will provide in all difficult circumstances because of your great love for us.

Amen

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Father, we pray for your people as the enemy seeks to divide us through the acts and speeches of politicians. Help us to remember that we serve the King of Kings and that our allegiance is to him first. Let us be more concerned with loving our brothers and sisters than in trying to prove we are right. May we build up, rather than tear down. Let the world know that we are Christ's disciples by our love for each other rather than our political affiliation. Amen

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IN THE QUIET OF THE MORNING






 Dear Heavenly Father ~ In the quiet of the morning, I will worship Your name.  I will lift my voice with singing to praise You again.  For it fills my heart with gladness that remains through the day.  In the quiet of the morning, I will worship Your name. *

You're calling me to a deeper place.  You are calling me to come away.  This is the day You have made to walk in Your love and grace.  And I will sing to You my King, forever and ever.  

I will rise up and worship Your holiness.  I will sing a song of Your faithfulness.  On the mountains and through the valleys.  Your love will be my peace.  And I will sing of Your love for me.  I love You.  Amen. **

*In the Quiet of the Morning ~ Wes Tuttle
**I Will Rise Up ~Mike Ash
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The Name



Acts 5:41-42 (NLT)
     41 The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus. 42 And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”

Acts 26:9 (NLT)
     9 “I used to believe that I ought to do everything I could to oppose the very name of Jesus the Nazarene.

Father what a contrast and conflict is evoked by the simple mention of The Name, Jesus. It is in and through his name alone we have all the benefits of your grace. But for him there would be no hope, no forgiveness, no future. His name is both majestic and mighty. It is both powerful and penetrating. It is both saving and sanctifying.

Father I think of the song:
Jesus! oh, how sweet the name,
Jesus! every day the same;
Jesus! let all saints proclaim
    Its worthy praise forever.

Thank you Father for his worthy name and for the life we have as the result of believing in him and for the scriptures that bear witness to this eternal truth.

John 20:31 (NLT)
     ……these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.


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For Your Justice and Mercy

Lord God,

We thank You that You are a God of compassion, love and mercy whose watchful eye is always seeing our world from a perspective we don't understand. As finite beings, we can't begin to fathom or understand the tragedies and the evil that happen day after day and seem to worsen each day. As Your children, we are called to stand in the gap for those who are helpless and hurting.

We come before You today asking for mercy for the weak and the helpless. We ask that truth begin to be revealed in the situations that are existing in our country with those who are weak and hurting. Would you give our leaders wisdom and a unified spirit to deal with what is at hand and cease the endless divisions so that justice and mercy can be meted out fairly without prejudices. We know that with You nothing is impossible and so we can boldly come to You asking for intervention or doable solutions to begin to unfold.

We trust in Your justice and Your unfailing love,

It is in the name of Your Son, Jesus we pray, Amen

Psalms 82:3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.


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I Look to Thee in Every Need

I look to Thee in every need, and never look in vain;
I feel Thy strong and tender love, and all is well again.
The thought of Thee is mightier far than sin and pain and sorrow are.

Discouraged in the work of life, disheartened by its load,
Shamed by its failures or its fears, I sink beside the road.
But let me only think of Thee and then new heart springs up in me.

Thy calmness bends serene above, my restlessness to still;
Around me flows Thy quickening life, to nerve my faltering will.
Thy presence fills my solitude, Thy providence turns all to good.

Enfolded deep in Thy dear love, held in Thy law, I stand;
Thy hand in all things I behold, and all things in Thy hand.
Thou leadest me by unsought ways, and turn my mourning into praise.

Amen

... a prayer of Samuel Longfellow

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Be still...



Oh my friends, take time today to just be still before Him. Sit at His feet and linger in His Presence. Listen to His voice. Pour out your spirit to Him. Bask in the depths of His goodness. Just be still. And know that He is God.


Amen

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a prayer for things to be made right



Lord God,

Maker of all things... Creator of Heaven and earth... Lord, you are God. You make all things grow, all things beautiful, and all things new.

Yet, we hurt, Lord. We are hurting as we see families torn apart. We are hurting as we see good work stunted, beautiful things broken, and the truth of Your Word being misused by many. Our hearts ache, Lord, for what we know isn't right. Sin has broken our relationship with You and our relationships with this world. Have mercy on us, forgive our sinfulness, and transform us to be more like Jesus.

Help us to bring peace to this broken world. Help us be instruments of Your love and grace. For all that is wrong will be made right, Father, and help us to to push back the affects of sin and make this world shine in the light of Your glory.

Amen

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Abba

Abba, Father, we thank you that you invite us to call you Father, that you are the perfect Abba. No matter if our earthly fathers were good or not, we rejoice, that in you, we have a Father who always is loving, a Father who protects us and provides for us perfectly. You always give us what is best and always do what is right and good. We thank you and we love you.   Amen

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FATHER'S DAY PRAYER

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God our Father,
in your wisdom and love you made all things.
Bless those fathers who have taken upon themselves, the responsibility of parenting.
Bless those who have lost a spouse to death ... or divorce
who are parenting their children alone.
Strengthen them by your love that they may be and become
the loving, caring persons they are meant to be.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen




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FATHER






   “Honor your father ……..”
Exodus 20:12 (NIV)


Dear heavenly Father, Father’s Day finds my heart stirred with thoughts of my Dad, raised in the country, a child of the great depression who lived through many difficult days. And though his years were few, just 52, he loved his family and worked hard to provide for us. My memories of him are limited for I only knew him for 12 years before our home was broken through the stress of irreconcilable human relationship that often leads to despair and divorce.

Yet, he was my father, I bear his name and image. Some of his traits and disposition are mine. And though I did not know him well here, we will get far better acquainted in heaven where all things will be made new and infinitely better. So Father, I thank You for my Dad, and want to honor him with an expression of my love and respect that will find its full bloom in heaven and our anticipated joyful reunion.

Amen




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Living in the Light

Lord, thank You that You are Light and in You there is no darkness. As I walk with You I don't have to be afraid of the dark. Even in the darkest night, You are there. In the scary, dark places, You have treasures for me, which shine even brighter against the darkness. As I go through those times, Your presence and grace comfort and bring light to my soul. As I trust in You and follow You, may your glorious light shine on me to see me through. In Jesus name I pray, Amen



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Help us Lord to reign in our egos.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. [Matthew 5:16]

Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. [Matthew 6:1]


These verses may seem to be at odds with each but they are not. They both deal with motivation. The first is about glorifying God while the second is glorifying ourselves.

Help us Lord to reign in our egos.
Teach us Lord to be aware of why we do good things.
Let the message of our lives be all about shining our lights for you.

We pray that our lives would be loving and ones that bring you glory.
Help us to embrace a love for others that is unconditional and divinely exalting.
In all of our ways. In all of our days. Help us to be like you.

Amen
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Seeing through God’s eyes



Father,

In a world full of brokenness, ugliness, and evil, help us to find beauty in the ordinary. The joy in the pain. The complex in the simple. The wonder amidst the cynicism.

Help us to see the world through your eyes, and to point others to you. Thank you for the hope of Jesus Christ: the beauty, the joy, the complex, and the wonder. The good. For he is continuing to redeem this broken world. 


Amen

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HAVE YOU BEEN WITH JESUS?


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Acts 4:12,13
"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."  When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and took note that these men had been with Jesus."

Dear Lord, I am Your witness, that You are God and apart from You there is no Savior.  Help me to declare the truth with boldness.  May the words of my mouth and the testimony of my life make it clear that I've been with You, dear Jesus.   I love You.  Amen.



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Undeserved Privilege


Romans 5:2 (NLT)
     2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

Father when I contemplate the privilege of friendship and fellowship with you, it is stunning. The wonder of such a personal relationship with God, who created and sustains all things. God with whom power has no limit, wisdom has no error, love has no measure, holiness has no flaw and mercy has no prejudice.

This privilege makes us the apple of your eye, the object of your affection and the treasure of your heart. What an astounding thought! How much you love us and think about us. It reminds me of Psalm 139:17 (NLT) How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!

Father, may I ever be mindful that, this privilege is undeserved. This is pure and glorious grace. It is a relationship which only you could make possible. Thank you Father from an undeserving heart and an eternally grateful soul.

In Jesus Name, Amen.



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Privileges

How great are my privileges in Christ Jesus!
Without him I stand far off, a stranger, an outcast;
  in him I draw near and touch his kingly sceptre.
Without him I dare not lift up my guilty eyes;
  in him I gaze upon my Father-God and Friend.
Without him I hide my lips in trembling shame;
  in him I open my mouth in petition and praise.
Without him all is wrath and consuming fire;
  in him is all love, and the repose of my soul.
Without him is gaping hell below me, and eternal
    anguish;
  in him its gates are barred to me by his precious
    blood.
Without him darkness spreads its horrors in front;
  in him an eternity of glory is my boundless
    horizon.
Without him all within me is terror and dismay,
  in him every accusation is charmed into joy and
    peace.
Without him all things external call for my
    condemnation;
  in him they minister to my comfort,
  and are to be enjoyed with thanksgiving.
Praise be to thee for grace,
  and for the unspeakable gift of Jesus.
Amen
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a prayer of release

Lord, take me where you want me to go;
Let me meet who you want me to meet;
Tell me what you want me to say; and
Keep me out of your way.

Amen
- Fr. Mychal Judge, FDNY Chaplain (died 9/11/01)

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a prayer for presence



Father,

Here in Your presence we kneel in silence, and with penitent and obedient hearts confess our sins, so that we may receive forgiveness by his compassion and mercy torward us.

Lord God, we give thanks for Your Son, who triumphed over the powers of death, and how He made a way for us to be with Your forever. Grant that we, who give thanks for the resurrection, may praise You in excellence. For You are the light, and it is Your presence in our hearts that keep us from the darkness.

We have not loved you with our whole heart and we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. Have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways. Keep us walking in step with Your Spirit, practising presence with You. For Your light penetrating the darkness when we remain in You. 

To the glory of your Name. 

Amen.


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KEEPS ME FROM FALLING



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 Jude 1:24  "To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy ~~to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen!"

But as for me, O Lord, my feet had almost slipped;  I had nearly lost my foothold....Yet, I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.  You guide me with your counsel, and afterwards you will take me to glory.  Whom have I in heaven but you?  The earth has nothing I desire besides you.  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.  O Jesus my Savior, You alone keep me from falling.  You alone present me faultless before God ~ right now, and forevermore.  I love You.  Amen. 

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Give Thanks



Psalm 92:1-4 (NLT)
     1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High. 2 It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening,
3 accompanied by the ten-stringed harp and the melody of the lyre. 4 You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done.

Indeed Father, it is good to express our gratitude to you for the countless blessings you have so generously given us. And as great as your gifts are they do not compare to the gift of yourself to us.

Thank you Father for the gift of your presence with us, for your peace that settles our hearts in troubled times and for your strength that sustains us every day. Thank you for so many prayers answered, so many hopes fulfilled, and so many needs met. What a gracious, compassionate and merciful God and Father you are.

Indeed “It is good to give thanks to the LORD.”

We worship and praise you Father, in the name of your Son and our Savior, Jesus. Amen!




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Glory to glory

Precious Father, how wonderful You are! Thank You for loving me like You do. You are showing me how to find high ground even in the valley of disappointment. I now see this phase of my journey as sacred and significant. Help me to look for and find the treasures in this place. This I know: You are changing me, transforming me into Your likeness. I am living and breathing on the earth today to bring You glory and reflect Your goodness. And no delay or disappointment can keep me from that divine appointment! Continue Your good work in me. Thank You for all of the blessings I enjoy today. Help me never take them for granted. I love You, Jesus, Amen.

"We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves; For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 2 Corinthians 4:7, 17

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when our hearts are restless

Lord and King,

We come to you acknowledging how powerful you are as our Lord and King. That Your name is great among the nations and that You reign over all the earth. Yet You are also close to our hearts when we are in need, and You know every hair that is on our head.

Still, we wander, Lord Jesus. Our hearts seek to find anything that will fulfill and our hearts look to the wrong things. We look for satisfaction in our family, our jobs, money, food, and other things that make us temporarily happy. Good things that You have graciously given us. 

But our hearts are restless until they find rest in You.* Only You satisfy O Lord. Teach us to turn from all that merely makes us happy and toward what brings us ultimate joy: You.  Center our hearts on You and You alone. Keep us from being fickle, and keep us focused on You.

May our restless hearts find rest in You alone.

Amen.


*Augustine of Hippo

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JESUS, MY FRIEND


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JOHN 15:13-15  "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything I learned from my Father I have made known to you."

O Jesus, I have no other friend like You.  In times of trial You re always there.  You always hear the unspoken longings of my heart.  You have hidden nothing from Your Father's truth.  Everything I need to know You have revealed.  You have loved me with an unsurpassable love.  You have given Your life for me, choosing by grace to call me Your friend.  Help me dearest Friend, to love as You have loved and to live as You have lived.  Help me to trust You enough to do all that You command.  I love You.  Amen.

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Rest


“He lets me rest in green meadows……”
Psalm 23:2 (NLT)

Father with all the turmoil, anxiety and fear in the world, how sweet are the words of Jesus: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29 (ESV)

Thank you Father that in your rest there is relief from debilitating stress, ease from depressing burdens, safety from dangerous snares, and tranquility from a chaotic world. We are as a lamb sleeping in a garden of peace. Of us it may well be said: “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8 (ESV)

In deed Father, “Let my soul be at rest again, for the LORD has been good to me.” Psalm 116:7 (NLT)

Thank you for this wonderful rest in Jesus name. Amen


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Our High Priest

From everlasting to everlasting, You are God, faithful and true. And because Jesus lives forever, His priesthood lasts forever. Therefore, we can come to You as He is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through Him. He lives forever to intercede with God on our behalf. He is the kind of high priest we need because He is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven.

So we have not received a spirit that makes us fearful slaves. Instead, we received God's Spirit when He adopted us as His own children. Now we call Him, "Abba, Father." For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's children.
(Psalm 90:2b; Revelation 19:11; Hebrews 7:24-26 (NLT); Romans 8:15-16 (NLT) 

Therefore:

Arise, my soul, arise; shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding sacrifice in my behalf appears:
Before the throne my surety stands,
My name is written on His hands.

He ever lives above, for me to intercede;
His all redeeming love, His precious blood, to plead:
His blood atoned for all our race,
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

Five bleeding wounds He bears; received on Calvary;
They pour effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me:
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Nor let that ransomed sinner die!”

The Father hears Him pray, His dear anointed One;
He cannot turn away, the presence of His Son;
His Spirit answers to the blood,
And tells me I am born of God.

My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear;
He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear:
With confidence I now draw nigh,
  And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry. ~John Wesley 

Thank You, Lord, amen

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only you

Every day I see again that only you can teach me to pray.
Only you can set my heart at rest.
Only you can let me dwell in your presence.

No book, no concept or theory will ever bring me close to you
unless you yourself are the one who lets them become the doors to you.

But Lord, let me at least remain open to your initiative.
Let me wait patiently and attentively for the hour when you will come
and break through the walls I have erected.

Create new doors.
Teach me, O Lord, to pray

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… a prayer from Henri Nouwen

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draw us close


Father,

In moments of uncertainty, it's easy for us to grow far away from You. We distance ourselves instead of growing close to You. Our anger can get in the way of seeing things clearly. Our sadness can steep us into despair. Help remind us that You are good even when things around us feel anything but good.

Draw us close to You, Lord, when we want to run. Help us to see all the ways You chase after us when we leave. Center our hearts on all that is true, pure, admirable, and right. Keep us close to You whenever when all we want to be is far away.

Please use our pain and brokenness in uncertainty to lead us to repentance and love. Hear our voices and our cries this day.

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Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe in me O Holy Spirit
that my thoughts may all be holy;
Act in me O Holy Spirit
that my works, too, may be holy;
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit
that I love but what is holy;
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit
to defend that is holy;
Guard me then O Holy Spirit

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Augustine of Hippo

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SEARCH ME, O GOD




 Proverbs 21:2-3
"All a mans ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart.
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."

Dear Father, You know my heart better than I do.  Nothing is hidden from You.  For You search every heart and understand every motive behind our thoughts.  You have shown us what You require of us ~ that we act justly and love mercy and walk humbly with You.  So I pray, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.  I love You.  Amen.

I praise Thee, Lord,
For cleansing me from sin.
Fulfill Thy Word,
And make me pure within.
Fill me with fire,
Where once I burned with shame.
Grant my desire
To magnify Thy Name.
~J. Edwin Orr 


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Friend



”Hushai the Arkite was the king's friend.”
1 Chronicles 27:33 (NIV)    

Father as I think of King David and how he was surrounded by a great variety of people who sustained him on the battle field and in city life. All played their strategic roll from servants to counselors. None were more important to him than Hushai. Father, to be singled out and distinguished as the friend of King David was not only a great honor but also an acknowledgement of his personal value to David.

We can be many things to people but to be their friend is truly special. And Father you gave Hushai to David as a gift to express your love and kindness to him. A friend who was both wise and honest. What a blessing and encouragement he must have been to David. And how great their relationship must have been, as Proverbs 17:17 says: ”A friend loves at all times….”

Father, how thankful I am for the gracious friends you have brought into my life. My wife, children, extended family, friends near and far, all incredibly important to me and without whom life would be a void too lonely to imagine. Thank you, Father, for all of my beloved friends, and especially for Jesus the friend of all who will embrace him.

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