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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To Do Good

Our Father God,
Bless us with a deep desire for opportunities to do good to others in humility and without desiring reward. We want to seek your glory and the progress of your kingdom and to do your will. We humbly ask that with each new day, you will supply our needs, forgive our sins and keep us from all evil. We will forgive those who trespass against us as you have taught us by example. Amen

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The Snoopy Prayer

I love the down-to-earth feel of this prayer.

I am not sure that coffee brings serenity but coffee and prayer often go together for some as they read the scriptures and meditate in the morning.

I think that music can do in us what other things cannot. Many times I have sensed God's presence through singing along with worship music.

So we invite you Lord into our times of solitude. We ask you to reveal yourself to us in our quiet times. Help us to experience your peace and presence in these times.

Amen


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a prayer for freedom in Christ


Father,

From the time we first rebelled, we've been a people in chains. Oppressed by our own sin and from the sins of others. Throughout history, we have seen the effects of sin on your people, and the powerful ways in which you have rescued them. From the moment you parted the Red Sea to the moment the veil in the temple tore, you have been a God desperate to rescue and redeem us, calling us back to you. And you still continue to redeem to this day.

We stand in the power and freedom of your rescue, O God. Knowing you continue to pursue us and deliver us from the chains that bind. We are given new freedom, new life, in Christ Jesus. Help us to have eyes that see our own bondage. Help us see those who are oppressed by sin, and use us as instruments of your peace, your freedom. 

Guide to to continuing walk away from these chains and find freedom in you.


Amen

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Prayer for Strength


Lord God, you are my strength.
Hold my hand in my weakness and
teach my heart to fly. With you,
there's nothing to fear, nothing
to worry about. Hold me tight
in your embrace, so that I can
be stronger than the challenges
in my life. Amen.




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The Glories of Calvary




The Glories of Calvary

I’m taking the opportunity to share a prayer for my husband this week.  I love the music in our church and this song always touches my heart.

Sometimes a song just says what I want to pray to the Father.  The Glories of Calvary is one such song.  I will share those words as my prayer today.

Lord You are calling me to come
And behold the wondrous cross,
To explore the depths of grace
That came to me at such a cost;
Where Your boundless love
Conquered my boundless sin
And mercy’s arms were opened wide.

My heart is filled with a thousand songs
Proclaiming the glories of Calvary
With every breath, Lord how I long
To sing of Jesus Who died for me.
Lord take me deeper
Into the glories of Calvary




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fervent prayer


Help our prayers today dear Lord reflect the reality that we are loved and forgiven.
Cause the hope of eternal healing to arise in our hearts as we pray for each other.
Embolden us with the confidence of righteousness when we approach your throne.
Let the power of the Holy Spirit fall on us teaching how and what to pray today.

In the name of Jesus. Amen

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Look like Him

My prayer today is that we will always have hearts of compassion. Hearts of mercy. Hearts that look like Jesus. As I minister to the people of Nicaragua, I am constantly reminded of the need for these things. May we look like Christ in all we do. All we say. Everywhere we go.

Amen

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guide our steps



Lord,

Praise you Father for all that you have done for us! For  you are a strong and mighty God who watches over us with loving kindness. May your name be praised! May we learn to proclaim your goodness to this world, as a testimony to who you are.

While we know the turning over of another year doesn't mean much in the big picture, we are grateful for how it causes us to reflect on the year before and look forward to the year ahead.

Guide and direct our steps as we consider what you will call us to in 2019. Help us remain faithful to your Word and your truth. Help us keep in step with the Spirit as we walk into this new year.


Amen

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