WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS



"When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Price of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e're such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?"*

Holy God, what a price You paid to redeem my heart.  Loving Christ, what a sacrifice You made to forgive my sins!  Precious Spirit, what a gift You have to inhabit my life!  Teach me the joy of a heart that worships You with this passion ~~"Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small: Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all."  Dear God, help me to know it and to live it ~~by the grace of Your wonderful cross.  In the name of the One who loved me enough to take my cross.  I love You.  Amen.



The Path of His Passion - Bill Crowder
*When I survey the Cross ~ Isaac Watts






Amen

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The Key to Life



Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NLT)
     19 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. ……. Oh, that you would choose life……… 20 You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life…….”


Father we know there are mysteries in life that we may never understand. We also know there are revelations from You about life that are clear, compelling and comprehensible. As Moses states in:  Deuteronomy 32:47 (NLT) “These instructions are not empty words—they are your life!……”  

Thank You Father that You have given us to “The Key to Life” in Your Word and it is concise: “loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. Help us to follow You and find the wonderful and abundant life You have planned for us. May we remember: “The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions." 
Deuteronomy 29:29 (NLT)

We worship and praise You Father in Jesus Name.
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You Satisfy My Soul

“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.” Amen.
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Psalms‬ ‭63:1-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬



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teach me to seek you.

O my God teach my heart where and how to seek you, where and how to find you.

You are my God and you are my All and I have never seen you.

You have made me and remade me,
You have bestowed on me all the good things I possess,
Still I do not know you.

I have not yet done that for which I was made.
Teach me to seek you.
I cannot seek you unless you teach me
or find you unless you show yourself to me.

Let me seek you in my desire, let me desire you in my seeking.

Let me find you by loving you, let me love you when I find you.

Amen
... a prayer of Anselm of Canterbury

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WHAT A FRIEND!



What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O, what peace we often forfeit,
O, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.

Loving Christ, I long to see Your look of grace and mercy but fear the failures of my soul that might produce it.  Forgive me for all my bluster and self-sufficiency.  Teach my heart the value of communion with You in secret that prepares me for the challenges and temptations that produce all-to-public failures.  Teach me to listen to You, to lean upon You, to love You, and to learn from You ~~that I might stand for You in Your strength.  Teach me to repent when I fail and to rejoice when I learn to stand in You.  Loving Christ, I long to see Your look of grace and mercy and hear You say, "Well done."  I love You.  Amen


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The Good Life


Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

     For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Thank you Father that the joys of life do not depend on the circumstances of life. What a variety of experiences life brings every day. Some negative, some positive, some surprising, some intentional and all meaningful. Meaningful not for how they impact our lives but how You use them in our lives. Romans 8:28  is such a great verse of Your sovereign care for us:…we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”

Father, we know that all things are not good but how reassuring and comforting to know that in all things our good is a primary concern for You. We know that You are not limited or inhibited from accomplishing Your purpose for us.  And we know that our life is never better than when we are fitting into Your will. So Father the joys of life is that we can say with King David: “ …. I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 (NLT)

Thank you Father for the good life even when life may not seem so good. In and through Jesus Name we praise You. Amen. 



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Your Wisdom in our Service

Our Father, Lord of Creation, Your Son is not only the perfection of Your power, but also the fullness of Your wisdom. He is with us and He loves us.  He has encouraged us in prayer to ask that we might receive. We ask You now for wisdom and knowledge for the purpose of serving. We want to love You and serve You not only in Your coming kingdom, but now in our present life. We want to serve those around us in accordance with Your will. You have blessed us greatly with every good thing and in our service we desire above all to bring glory to Your great Name.
men

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seeking peace and justice

Oh Lord,

May we seek peace over war,
compassion over indifference,
and mercy over judgement.
May we be quick to listen and slow to anger.

May we not do harm as we work towards justice.

May our lives be marked by humility and love.

Amen

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We have to trust....


Sometimes the hardest part of our Christian walk is the part about trusting. Oh, we say that we trust. We act like we trust. We tell others that we trust. We quote scriptures about trust.

But when it comes down to it, we really don’t fully trust Him in all the details of our life.

Truth is, we have to trust that He has a plan. We have to trust that the plan He has for us is beautiful and perfect. We have to trust that even in the midst of the mess, and the scary, and the unknown, God has a purpose and a plan for our life.

Trust in the LORD.... with all your heart. 

My prayer for us all is that we will put this powerful verse to practice in our lives and begin to walk with Him in a deeply renewed trust in the Creator and the Author of our lives.  

Simply trust the One who can do all things....


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when we are weak

Father,

We are weak. We need your strength and your healing as we struggle through this life. We can stand firm in knowing you are with us, and that you are strong. We need your power to help us get through and to show your glory to the unbelieving world.

So may we be humble in our weakness, knowing you provide all we need. You provide the way through, and you are our only source of true power and strength in this world.


Amen

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YOU ARE ENOUGH!



Dear Father, at this holy season of the year, when you walked that lonely road to Calvary.  Were falsely accused, betrayed by one of your disciples, deserted by the rest, prayed alone in the garden, while they slept......I wonder, would I have done the same.  Yes, I'm sure I would have, the flesh is so weak even if our spirit is so willing.

As I read, meditate and study The Path of Your Passion, I pray that my heart will be crushed and humbled at the price you paid for my salvation.  You knew it would be only You and the Father when it came to the end of that journey to the cross....and that was enough.  Oh God, help me to realize that in my life and journey YOU ARE ENOUGH!  Oh Lord consecrate my life, help me to keep all your statues and perform them in obedience to your Holy Word.  May my wants and desires be in line with Your Will every day.  I love you Lord.  Amen.




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The Greatest Legacy





Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NLT)
     5 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.


Father the best way we can protect our children and preserve their future and the generations yet to be born is to model and teach them the value and priority of loving God and obeying Him. There is no greater truth or life experience than having this personal relationship of love with our Creator, Redeemer, Savior, Lord and Friend.

Thank you Father for the blessed assurance of your love for us:  “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10 (NLT)

Father, enable us to help our children to know Your love and to flourish in that glorious relationship with You that is both life preserving and eternally secure. As the Apostle Paul writes:38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)

Thank You Father, in Jesus Name. Amen




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Don’t Lose Heart

Dear Father,
I will not lose heart over all that is happening around us. This world is not my home and even though our physical selves are wasting away day by day any, no matter how we try to care for them, yet our inward selves, our spirits are being renewed by Your Spirit day by day. The light and momentary struggles we face are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs all the struggles we face. So I am fixing my eyes, keeping my gaze on You, Your Word, Your Truth which I see by faith, rather than the circumstances of this life what I see is temporary—what I cannot see is eternal, forever, permanent, never ending. Thank You, Holy Spirit.
Amen

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A Lenten Reflection

Gracious God,

Thank you for the gift of today.
Refresh me. Invite me to discover your presence
In each person that I meet
And every event that I encounter.

Teach me when to speak and when to listen
When to ponder and when to share.
In moments of challenge and decision
Attune my heart to the whisperings of your Wisdom.

As I undertake ordinary and unnoticed tasks,
Gift me with simple joy.
When my day goes well, may I rejoice.
When it grows difficult, surprise me with new possibilities.

When life is overwhelming, call me to Sabbath moments
To restore your Peace and Harmony.
May my living today reveal your Goodness.
Amen.
– Sister Pat Bergen, C.S.J.

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what if...


I saw this today, and oh, man.... what if we did this??

What if we prayed instead of pointing fingers? What if we prayed instead of spreading gossip? What if we prayed instead of reveling in someone’s despair?

What if we prayed instead of harboring malice? What if we prayed instead of stewing in anger? What if we prayed instead of digging into someone’s past????

Oh, my friends.... What if we just PRAYED?



“Devote yourselves to prayer....” (Colossians 4:2)


Amen

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Lenten Prayer

Jesus, as we enter the Lenten season, may we be mindful of the suffering you endured on our behalf, and the reason you suffered. Keep us mindful that we live in a broken world and that we are people who still sin. As we think about our brokenness and the brokenness of those around us, let us also remember that as you rose from the dead, so shall we also rise and be made whole. Amen

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CHILD LIKE FAITH




Forgive us, Lord, that as we grow to maturity, our faith is blighted with doubts, withered with worry, tainted ith sophistication.  We pray that thou wilt make us like children again in faith ~~not childish, but childlike in the simplicity of a faith that is willing to trust thee even though we cannot see what tomorrow will bring.

We ask thee to give to each of us that childlike faith, that simplicity of mind which is willing to lay aside all egotism and conceit, which recognizes vanity for what it is ~~ an empty show, which knows that we are incapable of thinking the thoughts of God, which is willing to be humbled again.   Amen.
                                           ~Peter Marshall (1902-1949)




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Men of God


Nehemiah 4:14 (NLT)
   14 Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles and the rest of the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!”


Father, as I think on the life and times of Nehemiah I long for that kind of leadership today. His character, his courage and his counsel were invaluable for the hope and future of his people. He was truly a man who understood the challenges that confronted them. He was an encourager, reminding his people who God is, and inspired others by offering the motivation needed for defending what was most precious to them.

Father, in Nehemiah you have given us an example of true leadership that excels in having the right priorities of God, family and home security.  How we long for men like him, men of faith who are courageous and embody true spiritual leadership.

Father help us to take the challenge of  I Cor. 16:13 to heart, in Jesus Name I pray.


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Trusting Your Word

Dear Father God,
All Your words prove true, they are perfect and perfectly trustworthy. You have preserved it for us to know You and Your love for us. Your word brings joy to our hearts and give us clear insight for living. Thank You Father that Your ways are so much higher than my ways and Your will is perfect and pleasing. Thank You for Your never ending love. Amen



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Trusting and Resting in God's Plan

“I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.” -Psalm 57:2

When you first believed in Christ, someone may have told you, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.” So you launched out on your spiritual journey, comforted to know that God has a special plan just for you. But then, when troubles piled up – you received the bad medical report or your marriage fell apart – did you feel like you somehow got separated from that “wonderful plan”? In today’s Scripture, David says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.”

There really is a purpose for your life, and God certainly will fulfill it. But that plan also includes some difficulty, pain, and disappointment. Jesus made this clear when He said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). Hardships will come. But in Him, we overcome.

Lord, how grateful I am that You have a game plan for my life, and that I don’t have to arrange events or force outcomes to make it all happen. I trust Your heart for me today. I rest in Your wise and loving plan, even when it includes situations that seem like obstacles and roadblocks. Amen

-a devotional prayer from Joni Erickson Tada

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SEEKING AND SEARCHING


Jeremiah 29:13
"And you will seek me and find me, when you search for Me with all your heart."

Dear Lord ~ being close to you and knowing you is one of our deepest desires.  But it dosn't come easy.  There is a cost.  To find you and have a personal intimate relationship takes work.  Seeking is not easy.  Lord I misplace my keys or my glasses, and I search and seek diligently until they are found.  Oh, dear Savior, why don't I use that kind of energy to seek and search for You with all my heart?  Because it takes diligence...work, digging deep into your Word.  Studying it, meditate on it, ponder it.  But I know from experience, when I put in the work, seeking and searcing for You with all of my heart, I find You.  You were there all the time, but You needed me to learn obedience.  Thank You for your constance presence, when I follow your road map.  I love you dearly and deeply.  Amen.

Psalm 119:10-11 "I seek You with all my heart; do not let my stray from your commands.  I have hidden your word in my heart that I might now sin against You."

The image ~ seeking and searcing on my balcony

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The Cross

 

1 Peter 2:24 (ESV)
   He himself bore our sins…….

Lord Jesus, I am startled and astonished by that statement. “He himself bore our sins…”  I can hardly think the thought or utter the words: “He himself bore our sins…”

I cannot lift my head or raise my eyes to behold such an unspeakable sight. I can only respond as another sinner: “…the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’
Luke 18:13 (NLT)

Such mercy reaches beyond our need. It is the love that defies dimension. Lord Jesus enable us to “…. know this love that surpasses knowledge-- Ephesians 3:18-19 (NIV)

And Lord Jesus I think of the song with such appropriate words: “I come to the cross seeking mercy and grace. I come to the cross, where you died in my place. Out of my weakness and into your strength, humbly, I come to the cross. Your arms are open. You call me by name. You welcome this child that was lost. You paid the price for my guilt and my shame, Jesus, I come to the cross.”  Written by Bob Somma and Bill Barstone

Lord Jesus, thank you for bearing my sin and bringing forgiveness and healing to my soul. It is the significance of the Cross!

Amen.



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The love of Your Spirit

Dear Father, I surrender to the love of Your Holy Spirit, which has been shed abroad in my heart, fill me and flow through me, producing the love that fulfills Your Law. Help me to love You and to love those I encounter today. In whatever opportunity placed before me, I pray that Your Spirit will guide in my actions and the words I speak. Amen

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empty prayers

And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. [Matthew 6:7-8 CEV]

Two phrases pop out at me: "empty phrases" and "many words".

Several times a week I pray the Lord's prayer in a group setting. I have to consciously slow myself down so that I can think about the words that I am praying. It is so easy to pray and not think about the words that we are praying.

Jesus helps us by telling us that it is not really about the great words that we speak. He indicates that prayer is simply sharing our hearts with the Father. Not really the effective communication of our prayers but simply the actual act of prayer.

Lord, you already know about what we need. You patiently wait for us to simply pray. You long for us to invite you to help us. You long for us to simply share our hearts with you. Slow us down Father. Help us to be real when we pray.

Amen

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Christ with me

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.


― Saint Patrick


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MY SHIELD






2 Samuel 22:31
"As for God, His way is perfect.
The word of the Lord is proven.
He is a shield to all who trust in Him"

Dear Heavely Father, Gracious and Merciful God how could we lift our souls to another?  Father, make this verse very real in our hearts.  We know your way is perfect, help us to stay in the "way" and not stray.

Father, your Word is proven over and over again.  Not just for us, but throughout history.  Every generation has seen that Your word is true and does just what it says.

Your protection, Your shield is ours by child like faith, trusting You with our lives, our family, friends, and daily choices.  That shield also protects us from those fiirey darts Satan would love to defeat us with.   Lord, You are Good, Holy, Righteous, Truth, Love, Merciful.....How could we lift our hearts to another?  You are the One and Only God and Savior.  I love You.  Amen.

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Mercy





The Mercy of God is overwhelming to contemplate and beyond thrilling to experience. It is receiving what we could never deserve, earn or buy. It is the gift of God for all who will receive it by faith in His Son, Jesus.

Thank you heavenly Father for Your generosity beyond measure and so wonderfully revealed in the humble and simple prayer of an honest sinner. “And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!” Luke 18:13  

His Mercy is More

Lyrics for His Mercy Is More by Matt Papa

[Verse 1]
What love could remember, no wrongs we have done
Omniscient all-knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea, without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

[Verse 2]
What patience would wait, as we constantly roam
What Father so tender, is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

[Verse 3]
What riches of kindness, He lavished on us
His blood was the payment, His life was the cost
We stood 'neath a debt, we could never afford
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

[Chorus]
Praise the Lord, His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more
Micah 7:18 (NIV)
     Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.

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Morning Needs


O God the author of all good, I come to You for the grace another day will require for its duties and events. I step out into a wicked world; I carry about with me an evil heart. I know that without You I can do nothing, that everything with which I shall be concerned, however harmless in itself, may prove an occasion of sin or folly, unless I am kept by Your power. You hold me up and I shall be safe. 

Preserve my understanding from subtilty of error, my affections from love of idols, my character from stain of vice, my profession from every form of evil. May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore Your blessing, and in which I cannot invite Your inspection. Prosper me in all lawful undertakings, or prepare me for disappointments. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with food convenient for me, lest I be full and deny You and say, Who is the Lord? or be poor, and steal, and take Your name in vain. 

May every creature be made good to me by prayer and Your will. Teach me how to use the world and not abuse it, to improve my talents, to redeem my time, to walk in wisdom toward those without, and in kindness to those within, to do good to all men, and especially to my fellow Christians. And to You be the glory. Amen

Adapted from Puritan Prayers 
Taken from the Valley of Vision


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a prayer for couples

As we draw near to you,
Quiet our minds
Refresh our spirits
Inspire our hearts
Bind us together
With your truth.
We dwell in your promise
Rest in your grace
Bathe in your restoration
Meditate on your goodness.
Bind us together
With your love.

Amen

-from lords-prayer-words.com

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guide and direct our steps


Father,

We look to you today as we seek to stay in step with your Spirit. We keep our eyes on you and ask for your help to guide and direct us. It's our prayer that we live our lives to glorify and honor you alone.

Hold our hands when we stumble and show us which way to go. Help us surrender each moment of our lives to your will, and help us find joy in this submission. Father, we know you want what is best for us, and help us trust in you as you guide our path.

Father, may you delight in every detail of our lives. May you be blessed by the direction of our steps.

Amen

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AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST




2 Corinthians 5:20,21  "Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us:  we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For he made him to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness in him."



Dear Lord, it's overwhelming to me that You would choose to "plead through me" but that is what Your Word says.  Because we are your ambassadors we do it on Your behalf.  Give me the courage to implore people as though it were You, to be reconciled to God.   What a duty, what a priviledge!  Lord help me to be a faithful ambassador in this awesome task.  I love You.  Amen



Amen

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The Great Physician


Father, we recognize that healing is by your power, and according to your will in accomplishing your purpose in our lives. All of this comes about as a result of our loving trust and obedience to your Word.
We know the truth and reliability of your promise in Romans 8:28 (NLT)  … God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
So, today Father, we seek your healing according to your will and for your glory. This is a good day in which we will experience the power of your love perhaps in miraculous ways.
For this we thank you in the Name of Your beloved Son and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.




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a presidential prayer

Increase my faith in the sweet promises of the gospel;

give me repentance from dead works;
pardon my wanderings,
and direct my thoughts unto thyself,
the God of my salvation;

teach me how to live in thy fear,
labor in thy service,
and ever to run in the ways of thy commandments;
make me always watchful over my heart,

that neither the terrors of conscience,
the loathing of holy duties, the love of sin,
nor an unwillingness to depart this life,
may cast me into a spiritual slumber.

Amen
- from George Washington's prayer journal

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a prayer for peace

O Lord, Our Rock and Our Redeemer,

We praise your name this day, the name above all names. The names which cause demons to tremble and our hearts to soar. We bow down before you, grateful for this new day you've given.

We know that when you sent your Son, you came to bring peace between us and you. We needed to be reconciled to you, Father, and you made a way by giving us Jesus. Thank you for restoring the peace we destroyed with our rebellion.

We ask for that same peace between us and our relationships here on earth. We ask for us to have eyes to see what is broken between us and those we love. Give us a heart to sense what needs to be restored, and give us ears to hear the wisdom of your truth. Help us restore peace, shalom, in this world and in our hearts.

Amen

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TO GOD BE THE GLORY





I Peter 4:11 "If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God.  If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christm, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever.  Amen."


Father God, when we realize it's not about us, but about You can we truly understand what this verse is saying to us.  When we speak, it needs to be Your Word.  When we minister it's with the ability that is supplied by You.  And why?  Because everything we do is to bring You glory through Jesus Christ, because the glory and dominion belongs to Him.  Past, present, future, forever and ever.  Thank You for supplying all that we need to speak and minister those who are lost.  I Love You.  Amen.




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The Marvel, The Majesty and The Miracle of life.



Psalm 119:73 (NLT)
    You made me; you created me…….”

Job 10:10-12 (NLT)
     10 You guided my conception and formed me in the womb. 11 You clothed me with skin and flesh, and you knit my bones and sinews together. 12 You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love. My life was preserved by your care.

Psalm 139:13-15 (NLT)
     13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 

Thank you Heavenly Father that the Holy Scriptures, stunningly affirms, the wonder and imagination in your creation of the human race. You are the creator, sustainer, giver and preserver of life with its infinite value and unlimited opportunities. Thank you that there are no insignificant people in your sight, but that we all stand, from the moment of conception, on the common ground of your grace, mercy and love. Thank you again Father, that from  conception, we are all precious in your sight.

Thank you Heavenly Father for the Marvel, The Majesty and The Miracle of life. In Jesus name, Amen.



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Wisdom

Lord, please forgive me for the days I take Your Word for granted. What an incredible gift it is to receive wisdom from You — the One who made all things and holds all things together. Guide me as I open up Your Word each day. Teach me and train me. I want to live a life that honors You. In Jesus' name, amen.

No matter what our past has held, no matter how many times we've fallen down and messed up, with the wisdom we find in God's Word, we can start living differently today.

“Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.” Proverbs‬ ‭2:2-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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For the Homeless and those who Care for them

God of compassion,

your love for humanity was revealed in Jesus,
whose earthly life began in the poverty of a stable
and ended in the pain and isolation of the cross:

we hold before you those who are homeless and
cold especially in this bitter weather.

Draw near and comfort them in spirit
and bless those who work to provide them with shelter,
food and friendship.

We ask this in Jesus' name.

Amen.
-a prayer from the Church of England

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Marvelous and Wonderful




1 John 4:10 (NLT)
     This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.


I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)

  I stand amazed in the presence
of Jesus the Nazarene.
And wonder how He could love me,
a sinner condemned, unclean.

How marvelous, How wonderful
and my song will ever be
How marvelous, How wonderful
is my Saviour's love for me.

Father, thank you for your love that sent your Son to be our Savior. Jesus, thank you for your love through which you willing sacrificed yourself to redeem us from our sin. Holy Spirit, thank you for confirming the wonder and majesty of God’s love in our hearts As the Scripture says: “…..For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:5 (NLT)  

With eternal gratitude for such infinite love and forgiving grace. Amen.


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Wisdom and mercy

Our Righteous Lord, there are many who rule with injustice. They justify themselves and insist on their own way. They use the power they have been given for immoral purposes. Our trust and our hope is in You. The wicked will not win forever, for You are God and You will judge.

Grant us wisdom. We pray that we, Your people, all over this land are opening eyes to truth and ask for Your mercy and forgiveness for the sins of our nation. Help us to walk in love and to be light in a dark world that desperately needs You. Amen

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Grace to Follow

Lord, give me the grace to follow you with fidelity and generosity.
Lead me into the wine cellar of your love, where, refreshed by your Spirit,
I may sing of your mercies and be set aflame with the fire of your love.
Amen

-Traditional Prayer of the Order of Discalced Carmelites

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Dont give up

Have you ever prayed and felt like there was no one listening?

Have you ever poured out your heart to God and felt like it made no difference at all in your situation?
“Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.” (Psalm 22:2)
 How many of us have found ourselves in this very place. Just as David did, we can feel abandoned. Helpless. Hopeless. Alone.

But....

DON’T GIVE UP!!

Our personal cries for help never go unheard. Our desperate pleas to our LORD never go unanswered. He cares and He hears and He responds....

Keep pressing in to Him. Draw close. Pour out your soul. Cling to the One who can bring healing, restoration, peace, comfort, mercy and grace.

I prayed to the LORD, and He answered me... In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened: He saved me from all my troubles.” (Psalm 34:4,6)

We can know that when we lift our voices up to God, He is listening and He is extending His Hand of  mercy to us, dispensing sweet grace, and holding us steady in our times of trouble.

He is faithful. He is good. He is God.

Amen

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Love for God's Word





Romans 7:22 (NLT)
   I love God’s law with all my heart.

Father, how I love your Law: the principles, the promises and the practical truths that are so effective for daily living. They nourish my soul, enlighten my mind and stimulate my spirit to embrace and practice the values that make life both meaningful and fulfilling.

Thank you that each day I have the privilege of pursuing the treasures of wisdom and grace in Your Word. Thank You for the joy, peace, conviction and counsel that come from such search and discovery.

Father, I so agree with the observation of the Psalmist who wrote:
Psalm 19:7-8 (NLT)
   7 The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living.

Thank you Father for your Law, the very words of life. Amen.




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My Strength

Father, I thank You that I belong to you; You hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.” Amen


Psalms‬ ‭73:23-26‬ ‭NLT‬‬


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Speaking to God

I love the sentiments in this image. So often formality and sanctimony gets in our way when we pray. With that in mind I offer these few words of prayer and reflection.

In need you in my life dear Heavenly Father. Forgive me for forgetting to include you in it. Help me Dad to remember that you are always with me and care deeply about me.

I offer my friendship to you today knowing that you want me in your life. I invite you to live through me. Teach me to love those who are in my life just the way that you would.

Amen    

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help me to live this day


Lord, help me to live this day
quietly, peacefully.

To lean upon Thy great strength
trustfully, restfully.

To wait for the unfolding of Thy will
patiently, serenely.

To meet others
peacefully, joyously.

To face tomorrow
confidently, courageously.

Amen

[prayer of St Francis of Assisi]



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What I Need Most





2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
      “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
Father when I think about your grace so many things come to mind. It is amazing grace, it is saving grace, it is sustaining grace, it is comforting grace, it is sufficient grace and the list could go on and on. But one of the things that make it all of these and more is that it personal grace. The intimacy of your grace is personal because it is from your heart to ours. The following song expresses so well:
Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise, for it was grace that brought my liberty. I do not know why Christ came to love me so, he looked beyond my fault and saw my need. I shall forever lift my eyes to Calvary, to view the cross where Jesus died for me, how marvelous the grace that saved my falling soul. He looked beyond my fault and saw my need
Thank you Father that your grace encompasses all of my need and demonstrates your glorious love for a needy world.
In Jesus compassionate name. Amen.




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