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

Soar




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

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

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

We praise you Father in the Name of Jesus who is our strength and who enables of to soar like an eagle. 
Amen

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Giving Thanks for Your Gifts

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

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Grace


Heavenly Father,

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

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

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

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

It cost Jesus everything. But costs us nothing. 

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


Amen

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THE PATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS






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

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

Amen

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We Win


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

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

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

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

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



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Wonderful God

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

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

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

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Pope Francis' Five Finger Prayer

Using the fingers on your hand, start with the thumb and pray for these in this order:
  1. The thumb is closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a "Sweet Obligation."

  2. The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers.

  3. The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God's guidance.

  4. The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even though it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers.

  5. And finally we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.
Please join me in praying for our nations and our world.


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A Prayer of Gratitude



Father,

We come before you today with a heart of gratitude. Knowing that today, we still get to live in the victory of the resurrection of Your Son Jesus Christ. 

I hear the Savior say, 
"Thy strength indeed is small, 
Child of weakness, watch and pray, 
Find in Me thine all in all."

We lift up the name of Jesus, the name so powerful that not even death could hold Him. One so powerful that all of our sins are washed away. Forever.

Jesus paid it all.
All to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain.
He washed it white as snow.

Thank you for this victory. This cleansing. Thank you for sending Your Son to pay the price for all that we have done. We praise You for this ultimate victory, one we cannot earn ourselves. And it's all because You love us.

Oh praise the one who paid my debt.
And raised this life up from the dead.

With deep gratidue, we pray. 

Amen

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ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD


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1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

How great and gracious You are,  my God, to give me ways to participate in Your glory.  Your glory calls me when I stray from You and fills me when I look to You.  You fill my life with choices~~how will I glorify you today?  What means will I chose tomorrow?  You make it easy for me to offer my praise.  Your glory is pure joy.   Amen.


"It is not only prayer that gives God glory but work.  Smiting on an anvil, sawing a beam, whitewashing a wall, driving horses, sweeping, scouring, everything gives God glory if being in his grace to you ~ do it as your duty.

To go to Communion worthily gives God great glory, but to take food in thankfulness and temperance gives him glory too.  To lift up hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dungfork in his hand, a woman with a slop pail, gives him glory too.

He is so great that all things give him glory if you mean they should."
~~Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)








Amen

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Greatest Purpose in Life



Psalm 40:7-8 (ESV)
     7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: 8I delight to do your will, O my God.”

John 4:34 (NIV)
     "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

John 6:38 (NIV)
     For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

Mark 14:36 (NIV)
    "Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."

2 Peter 1:17 (NIV)
     17  For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

Holy Father, it is clear that your great pleasure in your beloved Son, Jesus, came from his obedience to Your will in every aspect of his life and death. Your will was his priority, purpose, passion and pleasure. It was the preeminent desire of every beat of his heart. Little wonder that he brought You such joy.

Father, help us to fully grasp that the singular primary value of life, is doing your will. And so we pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10 (NIV)

In the name of Jesus Your Obedient Son and our Savior. Amen.



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Listening

Dear Lord,

Help me always to walk so closely with You that I don't fail to hear the whispers of my Shepherd leading me. And when I hear the prompting, I pray I don't ignore it because Your ways are best. Help me to be so in tune that I recognize Your voice. I thank You for the times You have spared me when I listened. May I always be sensitive to Your Spirit and I ask that You keep me from letting my ears become dull to You. I know that when I listen to You, you will keep me in perfect peace because my mind is stayed in You. Amen


Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God. 1 Corinthians 2:12 NET

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for divine guidance, more courage and more faith

Eternal and everlasting God, who art the Father of all mankind,
as we turn aside from the hurly-burly of everyday living, may our hearts and souls, yea our very spirits, be lifted upward to Thee, for it is from Thee that all blessing cometh.
Keep us ever mindful of our dependence upon Thee,
for without Thee our efforts are but naught.
We pray for Thy divine guidance as we travel the highways of life.

We pray for more courage.

We pray for more faith and above all we pray for more love.

May we somehow come to understand the true meaning of Thy love
as revealed to us in the life, death and resurrection of Thy son and our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.
May the Cross ever remind us of Thy great love, for greater love no man hath given.

This is our supreme example, O God.

May we be constrained to follow in the name and spirit of Jesus, we pray.

Amen.
... a prayer of Corretta Scott King

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A Prayer for When We Get in the Way



Father,

We lift your name on high this day, Lord. Knowing your name is above all names. The name that causes demons to tremble, and our hearts to worship. The name that brings power and glory to the One most great throughout all the earth. The name that is highly exalted, worthy of all praise, that reigns in glory and majesty.

We are humbled by the power of your name. We acknowledge that we cannot hardly comprehend your majesty and power. We misunderstand, thinking we know what is best when many times, we don't. So Father help us to completely surrender our will over to yours so that we may be guided by your Holy Spirit. Help keep us focused on the call you have placed on our lives, and to simply preach Christ crucified. May we simply preach the power of his resurrection and his rescue of this world.

May your glory shine though us, so that your name is declared from the highest mountain.

Amen

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Easter Life

Father, may we be people who live in the reality of Easter. Fill us with the same power that raised Jesus and let us show the world that because he rose, the Kingdom has come in the here and now and will be completely fulfilled when he comes again. Amen

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SUDDENLY ONE MORNING






 Christ is risen!
He is risen INDEED!
Hallelujah
Praise the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ!

He has made us his people by raising
JESUS FROM THE DEAD!
He lived and died, 
but
HE LIVES TODAY
and influences present history.

We celebrate
HIS TRIUMPH
We applaud
HIS ACHIEVEMENTS
We declare our love for him 
in worship and celebration.
REJOICE
then, even in your distress. 

He has called us
FROM DARKNESS INTO LIGHT
Glory to the 
ANCIENT OF DAYS!
May all creatures
LIFT THEIR VOICES
in a symphony of praise.

WORTHY, WORTHY, WORTHY
Is the Lamb
THAT WAS SLAIN

CHRIST IS RISEN ~ HE IS ALIVE!
HALLELUJAH!!!

AMEN and AMEN!


Suddenly One Morning ~ Charles Swindoll


Amen

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SCATTERED


Matthew 26:31 (NLT)
     31 On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

Matthew 26:55-56 (NLT)
     55 Then Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there teaching every day. 56 But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.” At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Father it would be so easy to condemn the disciples for their lack of courage and commitment. And even though they had been warned of their impending danger and their desertion of Jesus, how could they have imagined such chaos and upheaval in the garden where they often prayed with Jesus.   

Father, in the echoing of their words I can hear my voice: “I will not betray you and I will not abandon you.” But, the brutal reality of my own frailty and vulnerability belie such lofty thoughts. Thankfully Father, your word reminds us: “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NLT)

Thank you Father that in your grace and mercy you forgave them, restored them and commissioned them to a worldwide mission of sharing the gospel message, He is risen! And thank you Father for the wonderful legacy of Your faithfulness they have passed on to us. Failure is not final and Your faithfulness never fails.

In the strong name of Jesus our risen Lord, Amen.


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Love Shines at Calvary

My Father,

Thank You for the cross, Lord. 
Enlarge my heart, warm my affections,
open my lips,
supply words that proclaim ‘Love Lustres at Calvary.’
There grace removes my burdens
and heaps them on thy Son,
made a transgressor, a curse, and sin for me;
There the sword of thy justice smote the man,
thy fellow;
There thy infinite attributes were magnified,
and infinite atonement was made;
There infinite punishment was due,
and infinite punishment was endured.
Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
cast off that I might be brought in,
trodden down as an enemy
that I might be welcomed as a friend,
surrendered to hell’s worst
that I might attain heaven’s best,
stripped that I might be clothed,
wounded that I might be healed,
athirst that I might drink,
tormented that I might be comforted,
made a shame that I might inherit glory,
entered darkness that I might have eternal light.
My Savior wept that all tears might be wiped from my eyes,
groaned that I might have endless song,
endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
bore a thorny crown that I might have a glory-diadem,
bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
experienced reproach that I might receive welcome,
closed his eyes in death that I might gaze on unclothed brightness,
expired that I might forever live.
O Father, who spared not thine own Son
that thou mightest spare me,
All this transfer thy love designed and accomplished;
Help me to adore thee by lips and life.
O that my every breath might be ecstatic praise,
my every step buoyant with delight,
as I see my enemies crushed,
Satan baffled, defeated, destroyed,
sin buried in the ocean of reconciling blood,
hell’s gates closed, heaven’s portal open.
Go forth, O conquering God, and show me
the cross, mighty to subdue, comfort and save.
~ Love Lustres at Calvary, in The Valley of Vision


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Maundy Thursday Prayer

Blessed are you, Lord God.

The basin and the towel are signs to us of your Son’s servanthood.

You have made us partakers of Christ and of one another.

As we go forth, give us grace

    to count others more important than ourselves,
    to love our enemies,
    to make peace.

Send the Spirit of truth to keep alive in us
what Jesus taught and did,

    that our words may carry his good news, and
    that our lives may bear the shape of the cross

of the One who lives and reigns with You
and with the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever.

Amen.
— from A Footwashing Liturgy by Reggie M. Kidd

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just trust


Father, today, give us a spirit of TRUST. Give us a spirit of believing that You are who You say You are. Help us to turn over our fear and our worry and our stress. No matter what the situation. No matter what the problem is. No matter how big or how small. Help us to see that You will be with us always.....


Amen

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A Prayer for Holy Week


Father,

In this week where we observe the last moments your Son walked this earth, help us to slow down.

Help us to reflect.

Help us to see the holiness of Your Son. 

With gratitude, we cry, "Save us!" knowing we are deep in our sin. But have hope because of the choice Your Son made...

...to not only die in our place, but to walk this earth and show us a new way.


A way of hope and not despair.

A way of peace with you and not war with you.

A way of love and not apathy.

A way of grace and not legalism.

A way of reconciliation, not rebellion.

A way of forgiveness. 

Father, we humbly sit at Your feet and acknowledge that final atonement of Your Son means that we can be with You.

This is the way of Jesus. A way of holiness. A way of peace with You.

Amen

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PALM SUNDAY



  
 "Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest!"


O God, whose dearly beloved Son was greeted by the crowd on Olivet with hallelujahs, but who in that same week was mocked as he went lonely to the Cross, forbid that our welcome to him should be words alone.  Help us, we beg you, to keep the road open for him into our hearts; and let him find there not another crucifixion, but love and loyalty in which his kingdom may be established evermore.  Amen.    ~ Walter Russell Bowie (1882-1969)




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Hosanna



Matthew 21:7-9 (NIV)

     7 They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!"

Father, the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, was at this point in his life, an astonishingly exciting and optimistic moment. Hope rang out in the hosannas that came joyfully in the shouts of the people.  It was a red letter day. And though I know Lord that the darkest day was near, and the hosannas will seem lost in the despair of the disciples, yet the truth of hope would triumph.

What a trilogy: "Hosanna to the Son of David!" “Crucify Him!” “He is Risen!”  Such momentous events in such a short period of time, all foretold by the Old Testament Scriptures. Thank you Father for the Hosanna that celebrates salvation. Thank you Father for the crucifixion that paid for salvation. And thank you Father for the resurrection that assures salvation.

Thank you Father for Holy Week and for the mystery and majesty that it so wonderfully reveals.

In  the name of Jesus our living hope, Amen.





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God's Love

Lord, I praise Your name. You are almighty and far above all things. Your presence and love in my life is greater than anything I fear. I know my faith in You and in Your Word will conquer all insecurity. With Your help, I will not dwell on my problems. Instead, I will praise You for Your goodness. You have blessed me beyond measure. I thank You for loving me. Amen

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To be like Jesus

From the distant past, His eternal love reached into the future. You see, He knew those who would be His one day, and He chose them beforehand to be conformed to the image of His Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn of a new family of believers, all brothers and sisters. -Romans 8:29a VOICE


Dear Lord,

It is your will that we become like Jesus.
Help us to cooperate with your Spirit.
Empower us to be kind, compassionate and loving.

When people show us hate, empower us to respond with love.
Teach us what it means to love those who disagree with us.
Enable us to walk the path of love that Jesus walked.

When life is difficult and obstacles are so hard to overcome,
Lift our heads Father that that we might see Jesus.
Take us by the hand dear Spirit and help us to sense you are here.

We ask Lord that our lives would mirror and embody Christ.
Move us with compassion that people might know that you care.
Create a holy boldness in us that we might tell others of you.

We love you Lord and want so much to be like you.

Amen
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a prayer for protection




Father,

We come into your presence today, 
    at your feet and in your great shadow
We cry out,
    “God, you’re our refuge.
           We trust you and you keep us safe!”
We know that you rescue us from hidden traps,
        and shield us from deadly hazards.
Your outstretched arms protect —
         under them we are perfectly safe;
         your arms fend off all harm.
We fear nothing—
   not creatures that prowl through the darkness,
       not disaster that comes at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
   no harm will ever come to us

Yes, because God’s our refuge,
      Evil can’t get close to us,
harm can’t get through the door.
   He ordered his angels
to guard us at all times.
If we stumble, he will catch us.
 If we hold on to him for dear life,
      He will keep us from all harm.
He will give the best of care
      to those who know and trust him.
Call out to him and he’ll answer, be at our side in bad times;
       He'll rescue us.

Amen

(Adapted from Psalm 91)

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Prayer for the Northeast

Father, we pray for those in the Northeast U.S. who have been hit so hard by the storms of the past few weeks. Please ease the weather so they can dig out and get their lives back to normal. Amen

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EVERLASTING LOVE





 Jeremiah 31:3  "The Lord has appeared to us in the past, saying "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness."

"If He could grow weary of me, He would have been tired of me long before now.  If He had not loved me with a love as deep as hell, and as strong as death, He would have turned from me long ago.  Oh joy above all joys, to know that I am His everlasting inheritance, given to Him by His Father e'er the earth was!  Everlasting love shall be the pillow for my head this night."
                                                 ~~Charles Hadden Spurgeon (1834-1892)


 Dear Lord, as I read and ponder the words of Charles Spurgeon, my mind cannot truly wrap around the everlasting love you have for me.  Truly this is our comfort and our security. No matter how we fail at times, your everlasting love and loving kindness is the rock we hold too, and the pillow we rest our heads on.  Thank you that you love does not change as we do, but is the same yesterday, today and forever.  I love You.   Amen






Amen

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Mercy







Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)
     22 The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

Gracious Father, we join in the song that so vividly expresses your mercy:

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassion's, they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou for ever will be
Great is thy faithfulness
Great is thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed thy hand hath provided
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me

Father thank you for the freshness of each day, kissed as the sun rises, with your thoughtful kindness. We may not know all that a new day brings, but we do know it is ushered in with your gracious mercy. As the prophet Micah reminds us:  Who is a God like unto thee…….because he delighteth in mercy.”  Micah 7:18 (KJV)

Father we praise you in Jesus name.

Amen

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True Worship

Lord, it is my greatest privilege to exalt You above all and proclaim that You are King of kings and Lord of lords. I praise You for Your Holy Spirit who leads and comforts me. I praise You for Your wisdom and revelation. I praise You for Your peace and joy. Thank You that You are in charge of my life and nothing is too hard for You. Thank You for enabling me to do what I could never do without You. Lord, help me to worship You in ways that are pleasing in Your sight.  Amen

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what are we waiting for?


When the Holy Spirit etched this upon Paul’s heart, it was for a purpose. God knew that our spiritual lives would depend upon our understanding this passage.

Pray without ceasing. Pray continuously. 

You see, our hearts must be constantly in tune with the Spirit of God. Our hearts and spirits must be in continual communion with our Father. If we are to ever experience true victory in our lives, it will only come by true and passionate prayer. 

It’s time for us to draw near to our God. It’s time for us to sit at His Feet. It’s time for our souls to yearn for a continual relationship with the One who hears our prayers and responds to our cries.

Prayer is a necessity in the Christian walk. So, what are we waiting for?

Pray without ceasing....


Amen

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A Prayer for Truth



Holy Father,

We exalt Your glorious and powerful name; the name above all names, the name that makes demons tremble, the name that causes angels to bow down and worship, the name that we cry out to in our suffering. Your compassion for us is always near, and Your love for us never fails.

We come before You today, Father, asking for Your wisdom and discernment in a time when things are often far too muddled and confusing. Father, we long for truth. As challenging as it can be to hear and to know, Your truth is what gives us a solid foundation. Lord God, help us to see the truth. Open our hearts and minds, and enter in to permeate the power of the truth of Your Word to us! For Your truth is power, Your truth guides and protects, and Your truth is what we need to stand strong and stand sure.

We thank You for continuing to shape and form us into You image. Father, guide our steps so that we may bring You glory and honor. Help us to shine the light of Your truth into the dark places of this world.

Amen

To all, life Thou givest - to both great and small;  
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;  
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,  
And wither and perish - but naught changeth Thee. 
(from Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise written by Walters Chalmers Smith)



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Prayer for the Grace to Die Daily

Grant, O Lord, that as we are baptized into the death of thy blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, so by continually mortifying our corrupt affections we may be buried with him; and that through the grave and gate of death, we may pass to our joyful resurrection; for his merits, who died, and was buried, and rose again for us, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Book of Common Prayer

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WORDS FROM THE CROSS




 With Good Friday and Easter coming, I wanted to share three words spoken by our Lord from the cross.

FORGIVENESS ~ "But Jesus was saying, 'Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing'".  Luke 23:34

REDEMPTION ~ "And He said to him, 'Truly, I say unto you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise'".  Luke 23:43

COMPASSION ~ "When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, 'Woman, behold your son!' Then he said to the disciple, 'Behold your mother!' From that hour the disciple took her into his own household."  John 19:26-27

Dear Lord Jesus, in Your darkest hour, in You deepest pain and rejection, You gave out forgiveness, redemption and compassion.  I know you do that the same today and always because I have experienced your forgiveness, your redemption, and your compassion.   May my heart be filled so that I to can share those with others.  I love You.  Amen.

*The Path of His Passion by Bill Crowder



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An Example to Follow



Psalm 112:6 (NLT)
 
“………. Those who are righteous will be long remembered.

Proverbs 10:7 (NLT)
    
“We have happy memories of the godly……” 

Q: My Answer Column
Mr. Graham, how would you like to be remembered?

Answer: Editor’s note: Before his death, Billy Graham approved the following response as his final My Answer column.
“I hope I will be remembered as someone who was faithful—faithful to God, faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and faithful to the calling God gave me not only as an evangelist, but as a husband, father and friend. I’m sure I’ve failed in many ways, but I take comfort in Christ’s promise of forgiveness, and I take comfort also in God’s ability to take even our most imperfect efforts and use them for His glory.”

Matthew 25:21 (NIV)
      "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful ………Come and share your master's happiness!'

Thank you Father for all of your faithful servants, godly men and women, who with great faithfulness and endurance completed their call and mission to which you sent them. They along with Billy Graham have set a wonderful example of dedication and devotion to you. Of them all it may truly be said: They “fought the good fight, finished the race, and remained faithful.” 2 Timothy 4:7 (NLT)  

Father, by your grace, strength and for your glory, may we fight the good fight, finish the race and complete our journey remaining faithful to you. And thank you Father for the precious memories we have those who preceded us. In Jesus name. Amen.



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