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UNCLEAN ~ UNCLEAN




Can you imagine the pain and suffering of bleeding for twelve years.  And more than the pain and suffering, but her whole income spent on doctors to no avail.   But probably the worst, was to be considered "unclean" for twelve years.  Not able to go to the Temple to pray for hear the teachers of the Word.  She was an outcast, poor and alone!.

She heard about a Prophet named Jesus who was healing the lame, the blind and demon possessed.  She longed to meet Him to have him heal her.  But the crowds, they pushed and shoved as they followed him to the house of a ruler who's daughter had died.   She thought if only I could tough the edge of his cloak, I will be healed.  She pushed forward keeping her face covered with her shawl.  Then she was behind him.  Did she dare!!   Reaching out, she did the unthinkable...she touched the hem of his cloak and immediately felt the bleeding stop!!   Jesus turned and saw her.  "Take heart, daughter.  Your faith has healed you."

This is the only recorded time that Jesus called a woman "daughter".  What a blessing and honor to be called the daughter of God.

Oh Lord, I don't have a clue to that kind of suffering.  But I know you are gracious, loving and full of mercy and when someone reaches out in faith and touches you....you come to them.  You receive them.  Thank you for this woman and the message she shares with us.  Help me to have that kind of faith in the midst of suffering and pain.  I love You.  Amen

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we give you our discontent

Oh God, today we give you our discontent,
we give you our restlessness,
and we give you our despair.

Help us to be renewed in your abounding love,
to cling to your wisdom,
and to do the work that needs to be done.

Amen.

... adapted from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

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His comfort and hope


“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” Amen

‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:16-17‬ ‭ESV‬‬


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a brokenhearted prayer

God, you care deeply for brokenhearted people.
This is a promise you make: You are close.
We pray for all those who are crippled by broken relationships.

Our hearts take the blow of disappointment.
We feel crushed because our hopes are dashed.
God, heal broken hearts.

We cannot fix our own wounds. But you can.

If pieces of our heart have been lost, or are held captive by another,
recover them and bring them back to us and miraculously “put us back together”
so that our heart is whole again.

You are a mender of broken hearts.
We ask for this miracle,
in the name of Jesus. Amen.
... prayer compliments of BeliefNet

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Listen


Pray. Seek His face. Pour out all that is within you.

And....

Listen...... hear what His Spirit is saying. Open the eyes of your heart to be receptive to the mighty voice of God.....

He will speak. 


Amen

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spreading a heavenly 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.

I love this prayer credited to Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Can you relate to wanting to spread His fragrance everywhere you go and desiring Him to shine through you?

Pray this prayer with me and join me in saying amen to it.


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when all is darkness

O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength.

Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things.

Amen
... a prayer of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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for those with addictions

Father,

I prayer for the many who struggle with addictions, including many who are among Your people. I pray that You will intervene in the lives of these who feel trapped in these behaviors. I pray that they may turn to You for assistance and that You may lead them to whatever human assistance they need. I pray that they may be set free to trust and follow You.

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

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Your Word Stands

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah‬ ‭40:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Our Father, 

Your Word cannot be broken. Grant to us faith in You every day. We put aside our anxiety and trust in You. Comfort our hearts as You teach us to trust in Your Word, which will never fail. Amen.


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prayers for passages

June is a time of passages. Young adults graduate and some marry in this month. Many take some time off and vacation in far off places. So, in this month of passages, I thought that it would be a good idea to intercede for these. Please join me in prayer.

For those who have remained faithful to their studies and worked with diligence in hope of graduation day we give thanks Lord. We ask that you would guide them and direct them with regard to employment and future studies. Cause them to seek you in prayer as they mature in life. Cause them to grow in grace and wisdom.

For those who will marry we join them in their celebration Lord. We pray that Godly foundations would be laid in their relationships. We ask that you would help them to live responsibly and to not go in debt. Cause marriages all over the world to radiate your love and husbands and wives come together in prayer.

For those who will take time off this summer we pray that their vacations will not be tiring but will be times of refreshing. We ask that you watch over families as they travel and keep them safe. Cause families to heal and come together in love as they spend time traveling and enjoying life. Help to create precious memories.

Amen

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a prayer of commitment

Lord, I commit my failures
as well as my successes
into your hands,
and I bring for your healing
the people and the situations,
the wrongs and the hurts
of the past.
Give me courage, strength and generosity
to let go and move on,
leaving the past behind me,
and living the present to the full.
Lead me always to be positive
as I entrust the past to your mercy,
the present to your love,
and the future to your providence’.
Amen
... a prayer of St Augustine

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for peace among the nations

O Almighty God,
the Father of all humanity,
turn, we pray, the hearts of all peoples and their rulers,
that by the power of your Holy Spirit
peace may be established among the nations
on the foundation of justice, righteousness and truth;
through him who was lifted up on the cross
to draw all people to himself,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
... a prayer of William Temple

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a prayer for love, peace and hope

These thoughts from the late Martin Luther King Jr. inspire me to pray..
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
Forgive us dear Lord for walking in darkness. We ask you Father to fill us today with love that transforms us. Love that drives out hate. Loves that sheds light on our dark ways.

We desire dear Lord to be agents of reconciliation and hope. Fill us with peace and cause us to pursue peace with those who are different from us. Help us to see all people as your children.

Lord fill us with hope. We need your hope to replace our cynicism and fatalism. We desire to follow you. We need to be filled today. Cause love, peace and hope to spring fresh from our hearts today.

And cause us Lord to be people who pray.

Amen


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Longing for Home

Father,  we long to be with you. We rejoice in the opportunity to be together in worship in the present age, but we especially look forward to that age to come. We long for the day we will be with You in Your courts above. Help us Lord to remember that every day is one day closer to being with You. Forgive us for all the times we forget You. Forgive us for all the times we treat this earth like it is our home. Thank You for helping us to be able to go on from strength to strength. Thank You that one day we will be like You, for we will see You and be completely changed. Amen

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to become one heart and mind

I'm praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.
Amen
[John 20:21-22 The Message]

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cry out to Jesus

Do you ever feel like this deep down in your spirit?

How long, O LORD???

Do you ever pray and wonder if the LORD is listening? Does He hear?

Does He care about the anguish in your soul? The heartache? The pain?

One thing I have learned in my Christian walk is that He does listen and He does hear. He does care about our brokenness. Our deepest hurt. Our confusion.

Never give up. Never quit praying. Never stop crying out to God.

He loves us with an everlasting and incomprehensible love. A love we can trust. A love we can depend on.

We may not always be able to see that He is working, but we can know deep down into the depths of our being that He is.

Because His Word tells us this truth.

"In my distress I called to the LORD, and He answered me." (Psalm 120:1) CSB
Hang on to the promises of His Word. Hang on to His love.

And cry out to Jesus.

Amen

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Friendship with God

Who am I that You are mindful of me?
That You hear me - When I call.

Is it true You are thinking of me?
How You love me. It's amazing!

I am a friend of God.
He calls me friend.

God Almighty. Lord of glory.
You have called me friend.

I am a friend of God
You call me friend.

Amen
... adapted from 'Friend of God', a song by Israel Houghton

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In Memory

Father, we thank you for the sacrifices of those who gave their lives for this country. We thank you for the freedom you have given us. May those who remember with sadness be comforted and strengthened by your love and grace. Amen

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a prayer of remembrance

Leavenworth National Cemetery
As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold our servicemen and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and your presence as they stand in the gap for our protection. We also remember the families of our troops. We ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes, and we pray your peace, provision, and strength will fill their lives. May the members of our armed forces be supplied with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord's mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

- a prayer by Rob Kerby

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day by day

Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
For all the benefits thou hast won for me,
For all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother,


May I know thee more clearly,
Love thee more dearly,
And follow thee more nearly:
For ever and ever.

St. Richard Chichester (1197-1253)

These words were incorporated into a popular song from Godspell (the play and the movie) titled "Day by Day". Years before I knew Christ, when I was in my early twenties, I would cry when this song came on the radio. My young wife had gone blind (read about that here) and I did not have the words to pray or the ability to express the pain I was experiencing. I guess it was a part of my spiritual journey. Little did I know that someone in the 13th century was responsible for the words.

So here I am, some 40+ years later, still praying those ancient words.

Day by day ... dear Lord I pray ... to know you more clearly ... to love you more dearly ... to follow you more nearly ... day by day ... for ever and ever.

Amen


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Sanctification

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. 
(1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)


O HOLY SPIRIT,
As the sun if full of light, the ocean full of water,
Heaven full of glory, so may my heart be full of thee.
Vain are all divine purposes of love
and the redemption wrought by Jesus
except thou work within,
regenerating by thy power,
giving me eyes to see Jesus,
showing me the realities of the unseen world.
Give me thyself without measure,
as an unimpaired fountain,
as inexhaustible riches.
I bewail my coldness, poverty, emptiness,
imperfect vision, languid service,
prayerless prayers, praiseless praises.
Suffer me not to grieve or resist thee.
Come as power,
to expel every rebel lust, to reign supreme and keep me thine;
Come as teacher,
leading me into all truth, filling me with all understanding;
Come as love,
that I may adore the Father, and love him as my all;
Come as joy,
to dwell in me, move in me, animate me;
Come as light,
illuminating the Scripture, moulding me in its laws;
Come as sanctifier,
body, soul and spirit wholly thine;
Come as helper,
with strength to bless and keep, directing my every step;
Come as beautifier,
bringing order out of confusion, loveliness out of chaos.
Magnify to me thy glory by being magnified in me,
and make re redolent of thy fragrance.
From The Valley of Vision – A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

a prayer of release

I often say that I am only trusting the Lord when I am not in control. Trials and suffering remind me that I should not lean on my own understanding but trust God with all of my heart.

Dear God, help us to release control of our lives when our days don’t go as we plan. Cause us to remember that you are still at work in life’s events. Help us to trust you throughout each day.

Amen.


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Prayer changes us



Prayer changes us.

It changes our hearts. It changes our spirits. It changes our outlook.

Prayers draws us near to the mindset of Christ.

Never give up in a situation. Always pray. Always believe. Always trust. 

Prayer.

It changes everything about us.... every time.

“But I call to you for help, LORD; in the morning my prayer meets you.” (Psalm 88:13)



Amen

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prayers for mercy

We do not make requests of you because we are righteous,
but because of your great mercy. – Daniel 9:18

Answer me when I call to You, O my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
be merciful to me and hear my prayer. -Psalm 4:1

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony. -Psalm 6:2

O Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death. -Psalm 9:13

Hear my cry for mercy as I call to You for help,
as I lift up my hands toward Your Most Holy Place. -Psalm 28:2

To You, O Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy. -Psalm 30:8

Amen

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Serving

Father, help us to follow the example of our Master and Lord, when he washed his disciples' feet. Help us to live and serve sacrificially, willing to lay down our lives for others. Help us to follow all the way to the cross. Amen

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a prayer for the middle east

Heavenly Father, we pray for the peace of the Middle East. We are sad to see violence and suffering as people are injured and killed on all sides of the conflict. We don't understand why it has to be this way but we pray for all the peoples in that area of the world.

We ask that your glorious mercy and humility be given to everyone involved. We ask for your kingdom to come and rule over governments and terrorists. Protect all from harm. May your truth and light shine in the darkness.

May your love prevail where hatred exists and may all peoples in the region, and indeed the whole world, embrace and worship the Prince of Peace.

Amen

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to walk the road of peace

To you, Creator of nature and humanity, of truth and beauty, I pray:

Hear my voice,
for it is the voice
of the victims of all wars and violence
among individuals and nations.
Hear my voice,
for it is the voice
of all children who suffer and who will suffer
when people put their faith in weapons and war.
Hear my voice
when I beg you to instil
into the hearts of all human beings
the vision of peace,
the strength of justice
and the joy of fellowship.
Hear my voice,
for I speak for the multitudes
in every country and in every period of history
who do not want war
and are ready to walk the road of peace.
Hear my voice
and grant insight and strength
so that we may always respond
to hatred with love,
to injustice with total dedication to justice,
to need with the sharing of self,
to war with peace.
O God, hear my voice,
and grant to the world your everlasting peace.
Amen
-a prayer offered by Pope John Paul II at Hiroshima, Japan in 1981

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My Dwelling Place

Dear Lord, You are my dwelling place. And in You, I have shelter from every stormy circumstance and harsh reality. I will not pretend the hard things don't exist, but I will rejoice that Your covering protects me and prevents those hard things from affecting me like they used to. I declare today that I will not live in a state of fear. I place all of my fears into Your hands and commit to trusting Your plan. In Jesus' name, Amen



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a prayer for guidance

Lord, grant that I may always allow myself to be guided by you, always follow your plans, and perfectly accomplish your holy will.

Grant that in all things, great and small, today and all the days of my life, I may do whatever you require of me.

Help me respond to the slightest prompting of your grace, so that I may be your trustworthy instrument for your honor.

May your will be done in time and in eternity by me, in me, and through me.

Amen.
... St. Teresa of Avila

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Even when it’s hard...


Have you ever lost hope?

Have you ever felt like your prayers were unheard or perhaps simply unanswered?

I dare say that we have all experienced this at some time in our walk. Times of despair and times of defeat.

But....

The Word of God is so beautiful and so powerful. Time and time again, hope is woven into the written Word of truth.

Time and time again, we are reminded that our circumstances aren’t our destination. Our present lot in life isn’t our eternity.

We have hope. And we have it in abundance and we have access to it every minute of every day.

His Name is Jesus. And He is our hope.

When life is difficult. When we are desperate. When things looks bleak....

When things are hard..

Prayer is the key to opening up hope within us. Fall on your face. Cry out to our LORD. And let Him dispense the hope of who He is into your spirit and soul.

Pray always.



Amen

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a birthday prayer

Today is my birthday. Thought I might pray.

God, as I celebrate the day that You brought me into this amazing world, I want to thank You for all the good things You have placed into my life. I need, and ask for, Your guidance and protection all the days of my life. In this coming year I pray to find new friends to encourage and times to celebrate life with old ones. I offer myself afresh to you. Work in me to accomplish your plans and purposes.

Amen


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Prayer For Those Who Mourn

Father, we pray for those who are mourning the loss of loved ones in the recent school shootings. Grant them your comfort and peace. Also be with those who were injured. Give them healing and recovery and give them peace and comfort as well.  Amen

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a prayer for moms

Father of All Mothers,

Bless our moms today as we honor them and their love for us.
Grant them strength, health, joy, grace and laughter.
Help them to live guilt free knowing they have done their best.

Bestow on them a hope for the future and for their kids.
Give them a hunger to know You, love You more, and follow You.
Most of all, reveal Yourself to them and encourage them.

In the Name of Jesus, Amen.


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a prayer for when we feel lost

My Lord God,

I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Amen
-The Merton Prayer from “In Thoughts of Solitude”

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a prayer for mercy and grace

I pray for all those whom I have in any way grieved, vexed, oppressed, or scandalized, by word or deed, knowingly or unknowingly, that you may forgive all our sins and offences against each other.

Take away, O Lord, from our hearts all suspiciousness, indignation, anger, and contention, and whatever is calculated to wound charity or to lessen love of others.

Have mercy on me, O Lord, have mercy on all who seek your mercy; give grace to the needy, make us so to live that we may be found worthy to enjoy the fulfilment of your grace and attain to eternal life.

Amen
... a prayer of Thomas รก Kempis   

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WORDS FROM JESUS




We speak to God through Prayer ~ God speaks to us from His Word.  Listen as God speaks to you through His word.

My Beloved ~ Do not be wise in your own eyes; but reverently fear Me and flee from evil.  This will bring you a much healthier life.

I am the only living God.  All of the world's wisdom is foolishness to Me, but even my foolishness is wiser than the world's best wisdom.  So listen carefully to My words.  Pay close attention to My instructions.  Focus on them and treasure them in your heart.

If you will delight in My Word and meditate on it day and night, then you will be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  And whatever you do will prosper.

My Word will bring you life and will help you in your time of need.  It is powerful, more powerful than the hopelessness that may invade your soul.  So turn to Me now.  Never forget that I only desire good for you!

I know at times you will face terrible crises, but I also know that My heart for you is to have you discover hope in the midst of your crisis. So turn to Me.  And as you reach out to Me, you will discover My love for you.  I will restore to you a joy greater than you could imagine.  I want your life to be full for you are Mine!
                                                      ~signed:  Jesus












Amen

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DO NOT WORRY



"Then Jesus said to his disciples, Therefore do not worry about your life, what you eat, or what you will wear.  Life is more than food and the body more than clothes."  Luke 12:22


How wonderful it is to know that my Father is the God of all creation.  My Father is the Provider who feeds and clothes all nature.  My Father rules over an unshakeable kingdom that I am inheriting and the riches of heaven have been set aside for me.  Oh Abba, my dear Father, You are my greatest treasure.  You are an endless supply of all that I need for life and godliness.  Amen!







Amen

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Our Wandering Hearts

Lord, our hearts threaten to lead us astray. Bind our wandering hearts to You. Unite us; make us one with You. Thank You that when we believed, we were marked in Christ with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory. Amen


Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it 

Prone to leave the God I love 

Here's my heart, oh, take and seal it 

Seal it for Thy courts above." 

Yes, Lord, bind our wandering hearts to Thee. 
~Robert Robinson 


“Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! 
Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭86:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬


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thy kingdom come in us

How is it Lord that you have given us choices?
In times of struggle it is so hard to know your will.
We ask you Holy Spirit to open our inner eyes.
That we might know and understand your ways.

We pray for your help and for your holy presence.
That we might be vessels of your mercy and love.
As we walk may we always know that heaven is our home.
In confidence we ask that your kingdom might come in us.

Amen

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STILL SMALL VOICE




Deut. 4:29 "But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul."

I Kings 19:12  "and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire, and after the fire a still small voice."
I will seek you Lord
Search with all my heart till I find You
Waiting patiently
Longing for one word to breath new life
Your words are life

I will listen, ever listen
For Your still small voice
Lord I'm longing to know Your more
So I will listen for Your still small voice

Take me to a place
Sheltered from the noise and distraction
Lord be my escape
Open up my heart to whispers of
Your life and love.


~Hidden in my heart ~ Vol II

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HUMILITY AND WISDOM



Proverbs 11:2  "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."

Dear Lord, wisdom is a gift of your grace, and Your grace is given only to the humble.  Pride repels Your grace; but humility protects us from temptation, preserves our peace and prepares us for Your blessings.  Thank You, Father, for telling us how to live in the way that pleases You.  Amen.

Amen

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Love for the Church

Our Father, help us to be gracious and kind and seek Your true wisdom that we might conduct ourselves well in this passing world. Help us to love the brothers and sisters throughout your church. We are thankful for the love for You and for Your entire household that You have granted to us. Fill us with Your grace moment by moment, that we might live as followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

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prayer for renewal

Oh God, today we give you our discontent,
we give you our restlessness,
and we give you our despair.

Help us to be renewed in your abounding love,
to cling to your wisdom,
and to do the work that needs to be done.

Amen.

...adapted by Sojourners from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

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EASTER SUNDAY




THE SOUND OF HER NAME ~

"Woman why are you weeping?" "Whom are you seeking?"  Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him and I will take Him away."  Jesus said to her, "Mary!"

*In the most tender moments, Jesus called her name, and she immediately recognized Him.  She was shocked with joy!  As Christ had taught in John 10 the Shepherd calls His sheep by name, and they know His voice.  This is the Shepherd calling His sheep by name ~ tenderly, but with the authority of One who has conquered death.  Powerfully, lovingly, gently, He says her name as it has never been spoken before:  "Mary"!

Oh Lord, you rose from the dead.  Your conquered death.  You are the great Shepard who knows my name.  How precious that Mary, who had suffered with seven demons and was made whole by you would be the first to see her Risen Christ.   How precious that the Risen Christ knows each of our names, and calls us to live a resurrected life by the power of the Holy Spirit.  You are Risen!! You are Risen indeed!!  I love you,  I love that you love me and call me by my name.  To God be the Glory.  Amen.



*The Path of His Passion ~ Bill Crowder



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Holy Saturday Prayer

Fourteenth Station,
Jesus Lying in the Tomb,
St. George the Martyr Church,
Newbury, UK.
Lord God,

On the Sabbath,
Jesus rested.
He was in the grave.
He had finished his work.

To most people’s eyes,
It looked as if it were all over.
He was dead and buried.
But only as a seed dies when it is planted in the earth,
Not to decay, but to spring to new life.

Teach us to take refuge in you when we are afraid
Teach us that death is not our end
Teach us to hope always in you
And in the resurrection, the making of all things New.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Amen.
-Rachel Marie Stone at iBelieve.com    

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Thank You, Jesus!

Amen



Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary.

By God's Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I'd spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
To Calvary.

Oh, the love that drew salvation's plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
At Calvary!

Now I've giv'n to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing
Of Calvary!

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty
At Calvary.


~William R. Newell



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PALM SUNDAY





LUKE 19:38-44
The city that rang out with cries of "Hosanna!" (Lord save us) would soon resound with shouts of "Crucify him!"  Little did the people realize that the one could not be accomplished without the other.  Lord Jesus, although You knew full well that you would be killed, still Your heart ached with compassion for those who would put you to death.  Thank You, Lord, for your passion, for Your courage, for seeing the way and walking in it.  I love You.  Amen.

All glory, laud and honor
To Thee, Redeemer, King!
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou are the King of Israel
Thou David's royal Son,
Who in the Lord's name comest,
The King and blessed One!
~John Neal


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I Come to the Cross




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

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.
Amen.





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IT IS FINISHED

;

The Head that once was crowned with thorns
Is crowned with glory now;
A royal diadem adorns the mighty Victor's brow!
The highest place that heaven affords
Is His, is His by right,
The King of kings and Lord of lords,
and heaven's eternal Light!
~poet unknown

Father, as the sun refused to shine and darkness covered the earth, You laid down your life to take it up again.  No one took it from you.  It was for that reason you were born.  How can I ever comprehend what you did on that day for ME, and anyone else who would by faith, received your free Gift of Salvation.
Holy Father, I bow in adoration, and gratitude and desire to please you with my love and obedience.  You are the King of kings, and Lord of lords.  I love You.  Amen.



Amen

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Gratitude



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

Somehow we feel akin to the Psalmist when he wrote in Psalm 139:17 (GW) How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God! How vast in number they are!”

Thank you Father for your grace, generosity, kindness, and the many ways you show your love for us. Today we just want to say: Father, Thank you!

We pray this in the Name of Your beloved Son and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen

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To Be Like Jesus

I wanna be more like You, I wanna be more like You.
I wanna be a vessel You work through, I wanna be more like You.

I sing this often because I long to be more like Jesus! I want to walk each day under the guidance and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Thanks be to God that even when I make mistakes, He doesn’t turn His back on me. He still loves me and is still willing to call me His own. He has engraved my name on His hand. He’s written His name on my heart, and He claims me as one of His own. There is no one like our God! I will believe. I do believe. I will, therefore, speak with boldness and great power.

Amen

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trusting in uncertain times

Dear God,

I do not know where you are leading me.
I do not even know what my next day,
my week, or even my next year will look like.

As I try to keep my hands open,
I trust that you will put your hand in mine
and bring me home.

Thank you, God, for your love.
Thank you.
Amen.

- a prayer of Henri Nouwen    

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THE OLD RUGGED CROSS



THE OLD RUGGED CROSS

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross
The emblem of suffering and shame.
And I love that old cross
Where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
And I'll cling to the old rugged cross
And exchange it someday for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true.
It's shame and reproach gladly bear.
Then he'll call me someday
To my home far away
Where his glory forever I'll share.

Precious Savior, what a powerful love You have shown us.  Thank You for the glory of the cross and for the eternal purpose you accomplished there.  Thank You for the way that You have opened heaven and for the privilege it is now to be called a child of God.  Thank You that Your love endures forever and will never fade.  Thank You for the cross of love that brings life through Your death.  Thank You for enduring the cross and despising the shame.  And thank You for doing it because You love me.  In the power of Your cross of love I pray.  I love You.  Amen.


The Path of His Passion ~ Bill Crowder
Amen

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Our Children’s Greatest Danger


Judges 2:10-11 (GW)
     10 That whole generation had joined their ancestors in death. So another generation grew up after them. They had no personal experience with the LORD or with what he had done for Israel. 11 The people of Israel did what the LORD considered evil….”

Father, there are many evils in the world that endanger our children, but none greater than to ignore, neglect, or refuse the primary responsibility to teach and train our children by example and knowledge to know You in a personal and dynamic relationship. You are the creator of life, the giver of life, the essence of life and the very meaning of life. “For you are the fountain of life….” Psalm 36:9 (NLT)

Father I recognize that our children may choose to not know you, but we can give them the example, the guidance and the truth about what it means to know God and the glorious and enormous value of that overflowing relationship of love and joy.

Indeed, Father, may we take to heart the admonition of Deuteronomy 11:18-22 (NLT)
     18 “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 19 Teach them 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. 20 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors. 22 “Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the LORD your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.”


In the Name of Him alone who is love, Amen.






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