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

Show me Your Way

Oh Lord, I pray that today You will show me the right path, point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you and what Christ has done for me. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord. You are good and do what is right; You show the proper path to those who go astray. You lead the humble in doing right, teaching them your way. You lead with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep your covenant and obey your demands. For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins. Amen

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The Boondocks Saints Prayer

A few years ago the movie Boondocks Saints came out replete with this prayer ...
And Shepherds we shall be
For thee, my Lord, for thee.
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand
Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands.
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee
And teeming with souls shall it ever be.
In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti.
The final line is in Latin and loosely translates:
"In the name of the father, of the son, and the Holy Spirit"
I resonate with a desire to flow with God like a river as I obey him in all things.

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 Proverbs 18:10  " The name of the Lord is a strong tower, and righteous run to it and are safe."

Jesus, Your name is power
Jesus, Your name is might,
Jesus, Your name will break every stronghold;
Jesus, Your name is life.

Jesus, Your name is healing,
Jesus, Your name gives sight.
Jesus, Your name will free every captive;
Jesus, Your name is life.

Jesus, Your name is holy,
Jesus, Your name brings light,
Jesus, Your name above every other;
Jesus, Your name is Life.
~Morris Chapman and Claire Cloninger (1990)

Dear Lord, may this be my hearts daily prayer.  I will run to You, my strong tower and find safety in Your Name.   I love You.  Amen.


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Psalm 5:11-12 (NLT)
     11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. 12 For you bless the godly, O LORD; you surround them with your shield of love.

Father, in view of the violence that we witness, there are three words in this passage that give me peace of mind : refuge, protection, and shield. We see so many victims and so little justice. I am reminded of what Jesus said: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 (NLT)

Father I pray for those suffering that they will find refuge in your strength, protection in your power and the shield of love in your compassion. Though at times we are dismayed and disquieted by the trials we face, we take to heart your word to Paul: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT) Therefore Father “We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 3:4 (NLT)

Father, help us to remember Psalm 91:14 (NLT)
   The LORD says, “…. I will protect those who trust in my name.


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My Hope

"This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:21-23 (NASB)

"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 NET

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Back to School Prayer

Lord I pray for our school age kids and grandkids.

Grant them peace and a peaceful learning environment.

Protect them from the temptations of the evil one.

Help them to have friends that build them up and not tear them down.

Open their minds to wisdom that they might discern truth.

Encourage them with the caring of teachers and friends.

Bring to their mind daily how much they are loved by you.

And in all this bless them to enjoy learning new things.


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moved by our request

One of the hardest parts of the prayer process is the waiting.

Those times when you are fervently pleading with God for mighty and powerful things to take place in someone’s life. Those times when a loved one needs healing and you are begging Him for a miracle. Those times when you need to see even just a glimpse of His Hand working in a particular situation.

And you wait....

And it’s hard...

But the beautiful thing about our God is we can know that He hears our cry. He hears our prayers. He listens to the desperate longings of our heart. And He responds.

Manasseh was an evil and wicked king. He heard the voice of the LORD warn him many times and yet He rejected and ignored it. After years of turmoil and continued rebellion and disobedience, Manasseh was taken captive and led away to Babylon.

“But while in deep distress, Manasseh sought the LORD his God and sincerely humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. And when he prayed, the LORD listened to him and was moved by his request...” (2 Chronicles 33:12,13)

What a glorious verse! You see, when we are sincere and humble before our God, He listens and He is “moved by our request”. 

Oh my friends, He loves us so. Don’t get weary in the waiting, but get strong! Keep pouring out in humble and authentic prayer, knowing that the Creator of all is listening and is moved by our prayers!!

“I cried out to the LORD, and He answered me from His holy mountain.” (Psalm 3:4)


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our healer



You are the only one worthy of our worship You deserve all praise and glory and honor. You are a gracious God, slow to anger and quick to forgive. We trust you because you are faithful. You are God who keeps his promises, a God who forgives and takes care of his people.

We come to you as your children, longing to hear from you and asking for your powerful and divine healing. There's so much we don't understand about life, about the way you order the universe. But we do know that with one touch, one word, you can make us whole.

You heal our hearts with the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, where the veil tore and we were no longer separated from you. You heal our minds, giving us understanding and a comforter in the Holy Spirit. And you can also heal our bodies, as they are broken and in need of repair.

We boldly ask for healing now.

We know you are all we need. We believe you are the great healer, Jehovah Rapha. You know our pain, O Lord. You know our hurts even more intimately than we do.  Make us whole. Whether we need healing in our hearts, minds, or bodies, God, we BELIEVE you heal. Heal us, Father.


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 Proverbs 15:23  "A man finds joy in giving an apt reply ~ and how good is a timely word!

In God's plan there are no accidental meetings.  In each encounter God has a purpose for both the needy person and you.  You may be the one who can really help and counsel the person.

Determine to be an encouragement to everyone whom God brings across your path.  It costs little to say a kind word and to communicate a sense of support.  We never know where a kindness will lead, because only God can see the potential of the man or woman in our presence.  ~ Jerry White (1937)

Dear Lord, as I travel this journey called life, let me be ever ready to give an apt reply, a timely word, a word of encouragement and support.  You have said we will find JOY in doing just that.  We are here to be your voice, your hands, your feet.  Help me each day to see that there are no accidental meetings.   I love You.  Amen.

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Lamb of God

Lamb of God
Eden’s Bridge

Your only Son no sin to hide.
But you have brought him from your side
To walk upon this guilty sod
And to become the Lamb of God

Oh, Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God,
I love the holy Lamb of God.
Oh, wash me in his precious blood,
My Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

Your gift of love they crucified.
They laughed and scorned him as he died,
The humble King they named a fraud
And sacrificed the Lamb of God.

I was so lost I should have died.
But you have brought me to your side
To be led by your staff and rod
And to be called a lamb of God.

1 Peter 1:18-19 (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.

Father, how humbly grateful we are for your grace that is greater than our sin, your love that reaches beyond our need, and your mercy that has no limit. There is no greater motivation to love and serve you than to grasp and embrace the infinite sacrifice you paid to ransom us from the bondage and penalty of sin . It is a gift beyond measure and a treasure beyond calculation.    

Thank you Father for the priceless gift of your Son, our Savior and Redeemer. Amen!

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Be Our Help

Lord, we are in the world but not of the world. All around us is everything Jesus died to deliver us from. Keep us from going back to where you brought us from. You have shown us a better way with greater rewards. The truth of your word shines bright and lights the way of your righteous path. May we remain as the apple of your eye. Help us to not be discouraged but to trust and believe in Christ Jesus alone. He is our very present help in the time of trouble. Thank you God for protection and power. In Jesus name I pray and give thanks. Amen

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a prayer of pursuit

Lord, I would trust Thee completely; I would be altogether Thine; I would exalt Thee above all.

I desire that I may feel no sense of possessing anything outside of Thee.

I want constantly to be aware of Thy overshadowing Presence and to hear Thy speaking Voice.

I long to live in restful sincerity of heart.

I want to live so fully in the Spirit that all my thought may be as sweet incense ascending to Thee and every act of my life may be an act of worship.

Therefore I pray in the words of Thy great servant of old, “I beseech Thee so for to cleanse the intent of mine heart with the unspeakable gift of Thy grace, that I may perfectly love Thee and worthily praise Thee.”

And all this I confidently believe Thou wilt grant me through the merits of Jesus Christ Thy Son. Amen.”

...from “The Pursuit of God” by AW Tozer

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a prayer for purpose

Most High and Holy God,

We think of Esther 4:14 today, "And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” as we bow our heads in prayer today.

We acknowledge that you are sovereign and know all things of the future, present, and past.

We acknowledge that you plan and guide our very steps as we seek to serve you.

We acknowledge that you graciously give us strength and power to be your witnesses here on earth.

We stand in the truth that you have made us for a purpose.

Open our eyes to what is all around us, O God... what you have placed in our path. Help us to see the needs that you see, the people the way you see them, and your will as you  desire it to be fulfilled. And guide our steps, every single one, so that we may bring you glory.


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 Revelation 4:8  "Day and night they never stop saying "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."

The passion of devotion lies in prayer.  The spirit of devotion fills the hearts of God's children and characterizes their worship.  The inspiration and center of their joyful devotion is the holiness of God.  That holiness of God claims their attention and inflames their devotion.

There is nothing cold, nothing dull, nothing lifeless about them or their heavenly worship.  What zeal!  The ministry of prayer, if it be anythinbg worthy of the name, is a ministry of passion, a ministry of tense longing after God and His holiness.

Father God, I long to be in Your presence, singing praises with a spirit of passion and devotion to You.  I love You,  Amen

~The Power of Prayer by E.M. Bounds


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Faith Tested by Fire

     Father, the flames of devastation may turn our possessions into ashes, our hopes into tears, and our dreams into nightmares, but our faith in you will enable us to persevere through it all.

1 Peter 1:6-8 (ESV)
     6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

     Thank you Father that our tested faith gives evidence of our love for you, our belief in you and our joy in you, that  surpasses understanding. It is faith with a reason though it doesn’t know all the whys.

Andrea Crouch’s Song, expresses it so well, “Through It All”

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

Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
I’ve learned to trust in God.
Through it all,
through it all,
I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

     Thank you Father that because of your Sovereignty, goodness and wisdom we always gain more than we lose. We praise you in Jesus Name. Amen!

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God above, there is no one like you. You are the one, true God. The only God that I worship, the Alpha and Omega. I need to know that you have gone before me. I see no solution for the problems I’m facing. Remind me that you are not perplexed by the struggles I face so that I may be comforted by your all-knowing power.

Be near to my family and friends who are suffering. Their pain is paralyzing, but you are greater than anything they face. Thank you for your perfect will. May it be done in my life as I seek you. In your name alone, amen.

Max Lucado

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He is mighty

Jesus is a mighty warrior who has already won Victory over the enemy.

He is good.

He is strong.

He is powerful.

We need our prayer lives to reflect what we know to be truth.


We know that you are the One who can conquer all things. We know that you can do the impossible. We know that you are the One who works miracles. We lift up our petitions to you today believing and trusting that your Word is TRUE. We lift up our burdens to you today knowing that you can work and move and do mighty things in us and in others. Today we ask for healing and restoration. We ask for revelation of truth. We ask for sweet ministry to this who are hurting. We ask for guidance to those who are lost and confused. We turn all of our burdens over to you with the complete knowledge that you are in control and that your will prevails over our desires. 

We love you, O LORD, and we give thanks today for what will take place through the power of your Word and the power of who you are. In the mighty and matchless name of Jesus, 


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walk in step

Heavenly Father,

We praise you, O gracious God, for your faithfulness You are a God who keeps his promises and we lift your name on high for being one worthy of our praise and trust.

There are so many things in this world we cannot trust. We can't even trust our own hearts sometimes, as they are mired with sin and selfishness. So God, guide us. Protect us! Keep us from the sin with which we are so enamored. Guide in your way and your way alone.

Show us what the desires of our hearts should be, O God. And guide us in your way, everlasting. Help us to walk in step with your spirit, so that we may proclaim your goodness and your glory to the world.


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 Genesis 2:7  "The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."

O Dear God, when You formed man in Your image out of the dust of the ground, You were building a temple. And as a creature of the dust, I too am a temple.  You have placed my name above the door and now You stand at the door and knock, waiting for me to invite you in.  Lord of heaven, come and be Lord of this piece of earth.  Come fill this temple with the living breath of Your Holy Spirit.  Make it a place of worship.  Find Your rest within its walls.  Be enthroned on my praises.

Breathe on me,
Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew.
That I may love what Thou dost love
And do what Thou wouldst do.
~Edwin Harch (1886)

 Maranatha Worship Bible


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Truly Amazing

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
   ……….. “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."

Father it is amazing how one word expresses and explains your concern and compassion for us. A word of such magnitude that it can’t be measured and of such personal meaning that it reaches our deepest need. It is your amazing grace. There are things we don’t know. There are things we don’t understand. But our lack of knowledge and understanding has never limited your grace. Your grace is greater than our sin and sufficient for all of our needs.

Thank you Father that in our weakness we have your strength, in our sorrow we have your comfort, in our pain we have your assurance, in our fear we have your hope and in your hands you hold our future. This all comes through the wonder of your grace. And the abundance of that grace is through your Son, our Savior Jesus.

So then we experience the reality of (ALL) in 2 Corinthians 9:8 (ESV)
     “ God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times……”

Thank you Father for this wonderful and amazing grace. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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I think about the examples given in the Bible ... people such as Daniel in the lions den, or Peter sleeping in jail between the guards, and am in awe of the peace they had. They had peace in the most dangerous situations, their trust and peace is what I long for ... peace in the inner depths of my heart and mind about the things I can't control. Fill me with Your Spirit today as I read Your Word, satisfy me with Your grace and goodness and all Your provision. Let Your truth go down deep in my heart and take root to renew my mind so I stand strong in Your strength and peace. 

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Help me to spread Thy fragrance

Dear Jesus,

Help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go.

Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love.

Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly
that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine.

Shine through me and be so in me that every soul
I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul.

Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus.

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.


... a prayer of Mother Teresa from the video Everyone, Everywhere.

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