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

a prayer for the poor and the neglected

Almighty and most merciful God, 

We remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. 

Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy.

Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen. 

-Book of Common Prayer, Episcopal Church

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prayer to the good shepherd

Lord of the 23rd Psalm,

I have known death,
and you have refreshed my soul.

I have known fear,
and you have comforted me.

I have known hunger,
and you have set a feast before me.

In the darkest valley
no calamity of humankind or nature has separated us.

Teach me to walk as you walk

Beside those in mourning
so that they will know joy,

Beside those in fear
that they will know comfort,

Beside those in hunger
that they will feast until their cup overflows.

As your goodness and love follow me,

May mine follow my neighbor
That the threat of the worst terrors
May turn to the knowledge of the comforts of
the house of the Lord,
Where you have invited us to dwell forever.

And so let me strive to help build on earth
What you have promised us in heaven.

In the face of all calamity, present and yet to come,
Let me lead my neighbor beside quiet waters,
The quiet waters of the Good Shepherd.

Amen
- from Catholic Relief Services 

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Prayer for the grieving

Grief is lonely. It is personal. And it is something that can overwhelm you if you aren’t careful.

Lord, I lift up all who are grieving. Bring peace to their hearts as you minister to those deep places of sorrow that can threaten to overcome them.

Bring comfort to their spirits as You bestow sweet grace to all who have loved and lost. 

Be near to each heart. Speak mercy to each mind. And bring Your nearness to each spirit. 


Amen
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teach us



Teach us, dear Lord, to number our days;
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Oh, satisfy us early with Thy mercy,
that we may rejoice and be glad all of our days.
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us;
and establish Thou the work of our hands.
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us;
and establish Thou the work of our hands, dear Lord.


Amen
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Stressful Times

Abba Father, the world around us seems as if could fall apart. Stresses over health, jobs, politics, and any number of things have brought many near to the breaking point. Give us strength and grace and help us to show the  reason for our hope to those who are losing hope. 
Amen

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PEACE WITH GOD



Romans 5:1-5  "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."    

Oh Father, peace with God!  The war is won.  Victory is Yours.  O God, through Jesus Christ, I am the reward of Your victory.  I am the spoil of war!  I am now reconciled to You and holy in Your sight, "without blemish and free from accusation".  What grace is mine in Christ, through His blood and resurrection!  Hallelujah!! How I love You.  Amen

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Courage



Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might." 
Ephesians 6:10 (ESV)





Joshua 1:1& 7 -9  (CSBBible) 
1 After the death of Moses the LORD's servant, the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses's assistant: .....7 Above all, be strong and very courageous to observe carefully the whole instruction my servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go. 
8 This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to meditate on it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. 
9 Haven't I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." 
 
Father intimidation is one of the strategies Satan uses against Christians. Fear is a formattable foe and is capable of distracting us from the source and focus of our faith. But there is no reason for fear to master or control us. The Scriptures remind us that: " .....he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 (ESV)  

"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"  ....." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  Romans 8:31 &37 (ESV) 

And so Father I say with the Psalmist: " .....I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? "  Psalm 56:4 (NLT) 

Thank you Father for the fortitude to stand for you whatever the circumstances that may  confront us. For your glory and honor we pray. Amen. 

Amen

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help us to hear your voice

Help us Lord to be sensitive to your words.
Lead us as we develop our spiritual ears.

Teach us to pay attention to your voice within.
Let each new day be one of revelation.

Open our ears to the sounds of your Spirit.
Give us grace that we might obey.

For it is in hearing that we learn.
And it is in doing that we understand.

Amen
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as we wait and are frustrated

I have been recovering from ankle surgery for three months now. Progress is not what I expected. I have had a few painful relapses. I am back in a wheelchair today. It reminds me of how so much of my journey has been about learning to wait on the Lord.

So Lord, I pray that you might help we who hurt, as we wait. Help us to remember that you are not the author of our pain. Nor are you hesitant to help us. Give us eyes to see you in our pain. Help us to see past our frustrations.

We affirm Father, that you are kind and you are loving. You are the answer and not the problem. We testify that we have known your blessing and experienced your compassion. Endow us with divine patience as we wait.

Amen
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Prayer for the broken

For anyone who is experiencing brokenness in their life, there is good news. 

God can take each one of us from that state of being broken to a glorious BREAKTHROUGH.

The process of this restoration will always begin with PRAYER. It is the beginning of all things HOLY and all things good. It is the beginning of all things REDEEMED.

I pray that all who are in this state of bondage right now will begin crying out to the only One who can loose our chains. The only One who can give us strength. The only One who can perfect that work within us. 

LORD, give us eyes to see that You are the One who breaks the bonds of brokenness and ushers in a beautiful and glorious breakthrough. Help us to keep our eyes on you. Help us to keep our focus on the eternal. Give us a longing for your Word and for prayer. And perfect within us that work that you began in us on the day of our salvation.




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O God, stay with me; let no word cross my lips that is not your word, no thoughts enter my mind that are not your thoughts, no deed ever done or entertained by me that is not your deed.  Amen!

~Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)
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Priceless

I have treasured the words from his mouth more than my daily food.                     
Job 23:12 (CSB Bible) 



Matthew 4:4 (ESV) 
“It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 

Father, help us to understand the vital necessity of the daily reading and meditating on your Word to the sustenance of our spiritual life. Help us to follow the counsel and guidance of the Scriptures given by the Holy Spirit to: "Let Christ's word with all its wisdom and richness live in you....."  Colossians 3:16 (GW)  

Indeed Father how: "How sweet your word is to my taste —sweeter than honey in my mouth." Psalm 119:103 (CSB Bible) 

Thank you Father for this spiritual daily bread that is sweet to our taste, nourishing to our soul, renewing to our mind and invigorating to our life as we daily partake of it's treasures and truth. As the Scriptures say: "9....The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair. 10  .....They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. Psalm 19:9-10 (NLT) 

And Father may we also say with the Psalmist: "I have treasured your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you." Psalm 119:11 (CSB Bible) 

In the name of the Living Word, Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen.








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a prayer to be sensitive

Dear Lord,

Things are not always as they seem.
Teach us to be understanding towards others.

Help us to return love when we are not loved.
And cause us to bless in hard times.

Give us inner eyes that see as you see.
Let us be people who encourage hurting people.

In all things bless us to be merciful and kind.
Cause love and compassion to flow from us.

Amen
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when things are against us

I said, “This is my fate - my lot in life.
    God has seemed to turn against me.”

But then I recall all you have done, O Lord;
    I remember your wonderful deeds in my life.

I meditate on them and find hope in You.
    I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.

Again I commit my ways to you again dear Lord.
    I will trust you to work things for my good.

For you love me greatly dear Heavenly Father.
    I will praise you even when I do not hear your voice.

You are my God and I will seek you in the darkness.
    I will persevere in faith, hope and love.

Amen
- with inspiration from Psalm 77

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Something different

So many times we expect something new to take place in our lives. We want a new thing. A new vision. A new revelation. 

We want the LORD to do something new and different within us but yet we are still doing the same thing as before. Reading the WORD the same way. Studying the Bible the same way. Praying the same way.

Truth is if we want the LORD to do something different in our spiritual lives, we have to do something different with Him! We have to do something different with the WORD! 

Let our prayer be for a new hunger and a new thirst for the WORD to change us and transform us into new creations! Let’s begin reading and studying with expectancy. Let’s begin praying with more fervor. Let’s start asking God to open our ears and hearts to His plan for our lives. 

It’s never too late to start desiring a newness in our lives. 






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a prayer to be held steady



Lord,

In Your power and strength, grace and mercy, we come before You today to remember and celebrate all that You are, all that You have done, and all that You will do.

Steady us, O Lord, in a constantly moving world, in truths that never change: Your faithfulness, You light, Your constant presence, and the gift of the Spirit. Remind us of who we are: chosen, seated, included, renewed, filled. We belong to You, and You have given us gifts to serve others and glorify You. These are truth that are sure, steady, and that cannot be taken from us.

Give us the courage to let go of the things in the world that seem to give more steady truth than Your truth, and the trust in Your sovereign ways that lay out a path before us. Reveal to us all the ways in which You alone are our rock, sure and steady, unmoving and true.

For in the day of trouble 
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling; 
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent 
    and set me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:5)

Amen
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Labor Day

Father, we give thanks for those who have built this country, for those who keep everything running, and for those who move our food and goods. Bless them with health and provision. Amen
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COME SOON, LORD JESUS




Mark 13:26,27  "At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.  And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens."

Oh Father, how I long for the day of Your coming!  As I watch and wait, help me to keep short accounts with You, to be sensitive to my sins and failures, to be immediately in confession and whole hearted repentance.  Let me keep my mind, and heart pure before You.  Let me look forward to Your coming witg a joyful and worshiping heart,  Give me opportunities to share you love and grace to those who don't know You.  Do a mighty work of salavation in hearts so they too can rejoice at Your coming.
Come Soon Lord Jesus.  I love You.  Amen!

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"..... if it is God's purpose for you to undergo pain,..." 1 Peter 3:17 (BBE) 



"Embrace it" is what she said, my dermatologist. I have a rash that is symptomatic to old age. I guess it  comes with the territory.   Some rashes can be medically helped and sometimes with natural medicine. But my diagnosis is "There is no cure at the present time."  I know that pain is a challenge and grace is a gift to enable me to embrace the challenge. What is good enough for the Apostle Paul ought to be good enough for me.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (ESV) 
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 

Dear Father, you know I hate pain. It is such a nuisance, distraction and misery. And yet I know that through pain your goodness, will, and glory can be revealed in astonishing ways. And that is what truly matters. "For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,"  2 Corinthians 4:17 (ESV) 

So Father, by your grace and strength I will embrace it and rejoice in what you see fit to accomplish through it. But I do pray with the Psalmist:  "Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace." Psalm 86:6 (ESV) 

Thank you Father that: "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13 (ESV) 

In the name of Jesus who suffered so much and willingly for me. Amen!



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to see with the eyes of heaven

This image reminds me of my need to see the world through the eyes of God.

So Lord help me to cross the aisle and choose to see things like you.

Help me Father to embrace the good things in life - even when things are bad.

Give me new vision that I might see everything with heavenly eyes.

Teach me Jesus to follow you as you open the eyes of my heart to see as you see.

Amen
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a prayer for unity

Dear Lord,

Help us to know that we need each other.

Remove from us all sorts of narcissism.  

Teach us to live in close community.

Bless our eyes to see you in those around us.

Cause compassion to rise up in us.

Give us a heart to love and be loved.

In all things lead us to live in prayerful unity.

Amen
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PRAYER FOR RIGHT LIVING



Proverbs 1:1-7 "The Proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel!  ...for attaining wisdom and discipline, for understanding words of insight, for acquiring a discipline and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young ~~Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance ~~for understanding proverbs and parables, the saying and riddles of the wise.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools dispise wisdom and discipline."

Wonderful Counselor, You have provided simple guidelines for every demension of our lives ~~principles that bring peace, justice and good sense to everything we do.  Thank You for being aware of the ordinary aspects of our earthly existence ~~the buying and selling, the winning and losing, the joys and sorrows.  You are a Father Who advises His children carefully and kindly.  Help us always to put You first and to seek Your will instead of our own.  I love You.  Amen!






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Praying for Peace




"the City of God" Psalm 46:4

Psalm 122:6-7 (NLT) 
"O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces. 8 For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “May you have peace....” 

Father you have chosen in your wisdom and will to place your name, dwelling and center of worship in Jerusalem, "the City of God" Psalm 46:4. It is remarkable how over the centuries it has been invaded, destroyed and seemingly eliminated from the nations. Yet, you have brought Jerusalem back to life, meaning and purpose again. What a glorious future awaits Her.  

So I pray Father for "the Peace of Jerusalem" knowing that in your time you will bring to fulfillment all the prophecies spoken of  "Jerusalem, the holy city."  Nehemiah 11:1 (NLT) 

I also pray for peace in our war stricken world knowing that someday there will be peace on earth and good will to all her inhabitants. 
 
Isaiah 62:1 (NLT) 
"Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her....."

In the name of Jesus who is our Savior and King and coming Prince of Peace. Amen.



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when we do not know how to pray

Lord, I do not know what I ought to be asking of you. You are the only One who knows what I need. You love me better than I know how to love myself.

O Father! – give your child what I do not know how to ask for myself. I do not dare ask for crosses or consolation. All I can do is present myself to you.

Lord, I open up my heart to you. Behold my needs – the ones that I am not even aware of. Look at them, and act according to your mercy. 

Bring suffering on me or heal me, cast me down or raise me up – I adore your will for me even when I do not know what it is.

I will remain silent, offering myself up and giving myself over completely to you. I no longer have any desire other than to accomplish your will.

Teach me to pray; may you yourself pray in me and through me. Amen

 -prayer of François Fénelon (1651-1715)

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prayer in the aftermath

O Holy One, you who have given us life, and breath, and being, and you who have sustained our lives with the gift of your comforting and mighty presence, we give thanks that the storms have now passed. 

We now find ourselves in the beginning of recovery and in the middle of a mess of destruction, devastation, and distress. We grieve with the families of people who have lost life to the storms. We pray for your abiding comfort and light of hope in this murky darkness of traumatic grief.

We pray for those who have had to evacuate, leaving house and home, who are returning to access the damage. We pray for those who return with the assurance of insurance for both property and health, and we pray especially for those who return with no guarantees of their previous life including property and health. We recognize that our system is set up to help most, those who need least, and set down to help least those who need most. Give us power and will to change the system we have helped create into a system that more closely resembles one You might create.

We pray for efficient and effective management of volunteer organizations and first responders ready to help and for the countless volunteers and all who give themselves, their time, their life, and their heart to recovery. May we give ourselves not only to recovery from hurricanes and other storms, but to recovery from the relentless storm that never stops for those living in poverty. 

Finally, O Holy One, we pray for the courage to amend our ways that lead to unnecessary destruction, devastation, and distress due to our impact on this earth by our dragging response to the climate we ourselves are changing. 

Amen.
-adapted from a prayer by Rev. Nathan King

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a prayer in times of conflict




Heavenly Father,

When the gentleness between us hardens, and we fall out of our belonging with one another, Lord, may You bring us back to the depth of love we have once had with one another. May the bond You once forged between us be fused back together by the power of Your love.

When our words are not enough, and we struggle to hear each other well, when our hurt feels like too much and the silence has become deafening, Lord may you bring the sweet tone of reconciliation into our hearts once again.

When the bonds between us unravel, and our angers tears us apart, Lord we ask that bitterness not take root, but that your truth keep us rooted instead.

Teach us to be gracious with one another, to allow kindness beyond thought and hurt.

Humble us in our pride and show us that relationships matter more than being right. 

And Lord, if the relationships is not right, may You show us boundaries that heal and keep us safe from those who have harmed us. Help us discern when those who've hurt have not turned from their ways and will damage us again. 

Guide us through the winter of pain into the gentleness of spring.

Amen

 
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WHEN SILENCE IS GOLDEN





Job 2:13 "Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights.  No one said a word to Job, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words."

Heavenly Father, sometimes the hurt of suffering and loss is too painfull for words.  Gracious Father, teach us when to give comfort and words of encouragement to those grieving deeply and when to just be silent and stay near in our silence.

Lord, to all those who are deeply grieving due to suffering or loss this day, please wrap your loving arms around them so they can feel your silent love and presence.  I love You.  Amen.




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The Wonder of Fellowship



".....our fellowship is with the Father...." I John 1:3 (ESV)

".... the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." 1 Cor. 1:9 (ESV) 

"....the fellowship of the Holy Spirit...."  2 Corinthians 13:14 (ESV) 

"....they devoted themselves to fellowship...."  Acts 2:42 (ESV) 

Thank you Father for the wonder and privilege of fellowship with the Triune God and the fellowship of the Church. How joyful and peaceful is this intimate and personal relationship. It is a taste of heaven's glorious future and an ever present encouragement of that blessed hope and reality.

Father for this reason you created us, redeemed us and through the sacrifice of your Son and our faith in Him made this unity of loving fellowship possible. 

1 John 1:7 (NLT) 
7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 

Father may we ever be sensitive to your presence in us and fellowship with us. This will certainly be an answer to Jesus' prayer and a witness to the world. 

"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me."  John 17:20-21 (NIV) 

Amen.






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for wars to cease

When I consider the works of your hands,
I remember how you have moved in history.

I am comforted and I take heart by the ways
that you have moved in my life.

You bring peace and cause wars to cease.

You will bring our weapons to destruction.

In Jesus you have brought peace to the earth.

I rejoice that you have said:
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Help me to be still. Help me to trust you.

My heart sings knowing that the eternal Lord of hosts is with me.

The God of forever is my defender and you will fight for me Father.

Holy Spirit have mercy on me.

Amen
- from Psalm 46    

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for Afghanistan

Father,

We lift the people of Afghanistan up to you.
We pray that you would take hold of the situation.
We ask you to help them walk through this fearful time.

In days like these teach us all to trust and not fear.
In the weeks ahead help us to remember those overseas.
In the months ahead lead us to pray for peace and love.

Finally Lord, we ask that you would mold peace from chaos.
Create respect and honor where there is hatred and distrust.
Establish a new land where love conquers every enemy.
 
In the name of Jesus Christ we say amen and amen.


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His Timing

We don’t always understand the ways of God. We don’t always understand or agree with His timing. 

But one thing we can be assured of is that His plan for each of our lives is the perfect plan.

He has a TIME and a PURPOSE for everyone and every thing. He knows the BEGINNING and the END. He knows each step that we take. 

His time.

His ways.

His purpose.

We must keep our eyes on Him and keep our focus on the Word. And all things will be made beautiful in His time.



Amen
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Pray for Haiti

Father, have mercy on the people of Haiti. Please comfort those who have lost loved ones. Heal those who have been injured. Strengthen the ones who are searching for survivors and who are treating those affected. Rouse your church to give time and treasure to help. Amen
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UNDERSTANDING BRINGS JOY


Nehemiah 7:8,12

After Ezra and Nehemiah had rebuilt the walls and temple in Jerusalem after the exciles returned from captivity they assembled all the people.  Ezra stood on a high wooden platform and read outloud the Book of the Law of Moses and clearly explained the meaning of what was being read, helping the people to understand each passage.  They celebrated with great joy because they and heard God's words and understood them.

Heavenly Father, how precious are Your Words, but without understanding their is no joy!  When the people in this passage in Nehemiah heard the Words of God explained clearly they rejoiced with great joy and celebration.  Oh Father, give us wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit so when we read and study Your Word it will be clear and understanding will bring joy and obedience.  Your Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light to my way.  I love You.  Amen

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Good News



".....the gospel of your salvation, ..." 
Ephesians 1:13 (ESV) 

1 Corinthians 15:1 & 3-4 (ESV) 
1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, ....3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 

Thank you Father for your grace, the good news of forgiveness, that is our through faith in Christ. As the wonderful song express so well, it is "Marvelous Grace."

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, 
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt! 
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured, 
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.

Refrain

Grace, grace, God’s grace, 
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace, 
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV) 
4  "....God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 
5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— "

Father I pray that our world, overwhelmed by bad news, will have eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to believe in this good news of your grace, salvation for all who will trust in Christ.

Amen.






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to increase your influence in us

Father we ask you to increase your influence in our lives.

Help us to factor you into every decision and action.

Bless us to know your presence and love others every day.

And speak to us of ways that we can encourage others.

That we maybe be able to strengthen our friends and family.

Amen

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grant us true contentment

Lord, grant us true contentment ...

    Acceptance of what each day brings,
    Joy in you and not in things,
    Tranquility in storm or strife,
    Serenity in all of life;

That when you whisper, ‘Peace, be still,’

    We’ll wait upon your perfect will,
    Knowing we will soon be blessed
    By love that only wants our best.

Help us see that we are meant
To rest in you … and be content.

Amen
- a prayer from author BJ Hoff 

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when we feel lost


Loving and Sure God,

We praise you that you do not change, that you are righteous, holy, and worthy of worship. We lift your name high, because you are the only true God! One who makes us feel sure when all else around us feels unsure.

There are so many times we feel lost, Father. We feel lost in the brokenness of the world, in the midst of our sin, or when people sin against us. We can feel lost and run right the things that overwhelm us rather than to you. We can feel stuck in all that is unsure. Help us to find the certainty in who you are, Lord. The surety of your plan for our lives, the certainty of your love. We know we cannot change the world to be a certain place, but help us to know that we can be sure of the One who never changes: you.

Guide us and lead us, O God, into your great love.

"...even there your hand shall lead me, 
and your right hand shall hold me." (Psalm 139:10)



Amen


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RISE AGAIN





Proverbs 24;15 "Though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again."

Gracious Father, This scripture confirms we fall.  We face trials, difficult circumstance.  We fall.  But we don't stay down because the Father is always there to offer comfort and strength and encourages us that even if we fall and fail time after time.....we rise!  "I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength." (Phil. 4:13)  Thanks You Father.  I love You.  Amen!

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Comfort




2 Corinthians 1:3-4  (ESV) 
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (ESV) 
"Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, ....17 comfort your hearts...." 
Acts 9:31 (ESV) 
."...the comfort of the Holy Spirit," 

2 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV) 
"...comfort one another..."  

Thank you Father for the encouragement of your comfort that sustains us in our afflictions. Thank you Father that you comfort us through  the Son, by the Spirit and in the fellowship of caring Christians. Thank you Father that we have the privilege to comfort others  with the mercy and comfort we experience from your grace and love. Thank you Father for this blessed promise: "This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life." Psalm 119:50 (ESV)

Through Jesus our Lord and Savior we express our sincere gratitude. Amen.




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the sweet release of tears

I am reminded Lord of the many times that I have cried as I have prayed. In deep grief and pain I have cried out to you.

In those times I remember sensing your presence in my life. It was as if my tears proclaimed a sweet release of my pain.

Help me Lord to find it in myself to not be afraid to cry and to cry out when life gets really hard. And know you are with me.

Amen
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trust him

Trust Him when thy wants are many;
  Trust Him when thy friends are few;
And the time of swift temptation
  Is the time to trust Him too.

Trust Him when thy soul is burdened
  With the sense of all its sin;
He will speak the word of pardon,
  He will make thee clean within.

Trust Him for the grace sufficient,
  Ever equal to thy need;
Trust Him always for the answer,
  When in His dear name you plead.

Trust Him for the grace to conquer,
  He is able to subdue;
Trust Him for the power for service;
  Trust Him for the blessing too.

Trust Him when dark doubts assail thee,
  Trust Him when thy strength is small,
Trust Him when to simply trust Him
  Seems the hardest thing of all.

Trust Him; He is ever faithful;
  Trust Him, for His will is best;
Trust Him, for the heart of Jesus
  Is the only place of rest.

Trust Him, then, through cloud or sunshine,
  All thy cares upon Him cast,
Till the storm of life is over,
  And the trusting days are past.

Amen
-song lyrics by Lucy A. Bennett (1850-1927)

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Mercy

Father, have mercy on us. We pray for deliverance from the virus and healing physically, emotionally, and relationally. Amen
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PRAISE THE LORD



Psalm 113:1-3
  
"Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
Praise the name of the Lord.
Let the name of the Lord be praised,
both now and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun
to the place wher it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be praised."


Heavenly Father, we are your childrlen, You are our Father.  We praise You and lift Your Name on high! Day after day, with the rising of the sun and the cover of darkness at night, let our tongues never cease to praise Your Holy Name.  We are so grateful to be Your children.  Let the Name of the Lord be praised!  I love You.  Amen






Amen
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All Praise to Him




"All Praise To Him"
SOVEREIGN GRACE MUSIC
 
My soul, praise Yahweh, and all that is within me, 
praise His holy name. Psalm 103:1 (HCSB) 

Dear Father this song overflows from my heart with gratitude and appreciation for who you are and for your infinite power and love. 

[Verse 1]
All praise to Him, the God of light
Who formed the mountains by His might
All praise to Him who names the stars
That sing His fame in skies afar
All praise to Him who reigns in love
Who guides the galaxies above
Yet bends to hear our every prayer
With sovereign pow'r and tender care

[Verse 2]
All praise to Him whose love is seen
In Christ the Son, the Servant King
Who left behind His glorious throne
To pay the ransom for His own
All praise to Him who humbly came
To bear our sorrow, sin, and shame
Who lived to die, who died to rise
The all-sufficient sacrifice

[Verse 3]
All praise to Him whose pow'r imparts
The love of God within our hearts
The Spirit of all truth and peace
The fount of joy and holiness
To Father, Son, and Spirit now
Our souls we lift, our wills we bow
To You, the triune God, we raise
With loving hearts our song of praise
To Father, Son, and Spirit now
Our souls we lift, our wills we bow
To You, the triune God, we raise
With loving hearts our song of praise

Psalm 150:1-2 (HCSB) 
1 Hallelujah! Praise God in His sanctuary. Praise Him in His mighty heavens. 
2 Praise Him for His powerful acts; praise Him for His abundant greatness. 

Amen!!!






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thoughts and prayers

Dear Lord,

In a world that mocks thoughts and prayers, help us to be aware of our friends who are hurting and in need of help.

Help us Father to be mindful of your heart and motivate us to pray when people and situations come to our minds.

In times of cynicism and apathy, cause us to embrace hope as we pray for your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Amen
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Who am I to judge another?

Help me Lord to pray and not judge.
Teach me to be mindful of my blindspots.
Remind me Father of my faulty vision.

In all things lead me in ways that heal.
Cause me to be a person who bring peace.
In every situation, encourage me to encourage.

I pray for protection from vengeful thoughts.
When I am tempted to judge, help me to resist.
At all times lead me in the ways of love.

Amen
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prayer is a privilege

Many events of recent times have shown me just how privileged we are with the gift of PRAYER.

Those times I have no words…God hears the cry of my heart.

Those times I’m too weak to utter a sound…God is hearing the groans of my spirit.

Those times I’m simply out of any coherent thought processes… He knows the deepest needs that exist in my life.

What a beautiful privilege PRAYER is. What an incredible gift He has bestowed upon His children.

Oh that we would cherish the opportunity we have for communication and that we would be in awe of our ability to tap into the POWER available through Christ.

Prayer is a privilege.

Amen
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prayer for protection



Father God,

We take refuge in You, O Lord. Cover and protect us from all harm. You are the rock of refuge, in whom we can trust. You are faithful and loving, and watch over us everywhere we go.

Be our hope, Sovereign Lord. We praise You for Your power, and it's in this power that helps us stand firm in hope. A hope that points us to Your son, Jesus, and reminds us of all You have done for us.

And You continue to work in us, too, which gives us more hope. Hope for change in us and in the world. So as we ask for you to be our refuge, help us to remember to go out and point others to Jesus, knowing we in Your safe hands.

Amen

 


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For Those in the Wildfires

Father, we pray for all those affected by the wildfires in the West. Bring comfort and healing to those who need it. Strengthen and protect those who are helping. Please send rain and cooler weather and give everyone a break. Amen
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THE FATHER'S LOVE



I John 3:1  "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God!  And that is what we are!!!

Dear Heavenly Father ~ How can we ever thank you enough for adopting us into Your family, and calling us Your children.  For reasons we will never understand, You have chosen us to be heirs of a heavenly legacy and even more remarkable, to be joint-heirs with Your only begotten Son.  We are so greatful.  How we long to be like Jesus.  Transformed into His likeness so that in this life, we may bear the family resemblance for Him.  I love You Father!  Amen

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Jacob got it Right



Genesis 32:9-& 10 (GW) 
9 Then Jacob prayed, “.......LORD, ....
10  I'm not worthy of all the love and faithfulness you have shown me....." 


The song by Beatrice B. Bixler express it perfectly. " I Am Not Worthy " 

I am not worthy the least of His favor,
But Jesus left heaven for me;
The Word became flesh and He died as my Savior,
Forsaken on dark Calvary.

Chorus:
I am not worthy this dull tongue repeats it!
I am not worthy this heart gladly beats it?
Jesus left heaven to die in my place
What mercy, what love and what grace!

Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV) 
5 "..... Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!" 

Thank you Lord Jesus for such Mercy, such Love and such Grace. Amen.






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seeing beauty in creation

Father,

Thank You for all the beauty we see around us. 

Help us to look beyond it to see the Artist. 

Help us not to pass by indifferently, but to notice what You have painted on the canvas of the world. Even in places like coral reefs, which until recently few humans have seen. 

Let us not focus on the corruption that has since crept in, but look beyond it to see the beauty of Your person.

In Jesus' Name, Amen
-a prayer by Mike Erich

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knowing you




All I once held dear, built my life upon
All this world reveres, and wars to own
All I once thought gain I have counted loss
Spent and worthless now, compared to this

Knowing you, Jesus
Knowing you, there is no greater thing
You're my all, you're the best
You're my joy, my righteousness
And I love you, Lord

Now my heart's desire is to know you more
To be found in you and known as yours
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All-surpassing gift of righteousness

Knowing you, Jesus
Knowing you, there is no greater thing
You're my all, you're the best
You're my joy, my righteousness
And I love you, Lord

Oh, to know the power of your risen life
And to know You in Your sufferings
To become like you in your death, my Lord
So with you to live and never die

Knowing you, Jesus
Knowing you, there is no greater thing
You're my all, you're the best
You're my joy, my righteousness
And I love you, Lord

Amen
- song lyrics by Graham Kendrick

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Prayer of contentment


Lord help us to be mindful of Your Provision. Help us to see it in its perfection. May we learn to be content in all our circumstances as we completely rely on You for all our needs. 

You are everything that we need.

Amen
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enlarge my vision



Lord,

You are a great, mighty, and powerful God. 

So why do I often simply see Your world as just involving me? My family? Or my country?

Lord, You are the God over all creation, over all the world, over every inch of land ,and every drop of water. You created each person amazingly unique. Each culture that has a distinct language, each person with a beautiful skin color, each one with a unique way of dressing, and each culture with it's different way of seeing life beautifully expresses Your creativity, and despite the Fall, is an echo of who You are in many ways.

My world is not just me, my family, or my country.  

My world is Your world.

Teach me to see beyond what I currently see, beyond what I want to see, and reveal to me how You are working all over the great big huge creation, in the lives of people so markedly different from me that it scares me a little. Okay, maybe a lot. Maybe that's why I keep away, or don't think about it and keep my world small.

But my world must be Your world because you made me in it. And Your world is much bigger than my country. Much bigger than my family. Much bigger than me.

Amen

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TOUGH LOVE




Proverbs 3:11-12 
"My son, do not desise the Lord's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in."

Dear Father, how You cherish your children!  Your love for us is relentless and undeserved.  Even Your discipline is motivated by compassion.  Teach me to accept Your correction with humble gratitude.  I do not ask You to withold Your discipline; I only ask that You grant me the wisdom and humility to learn the lesson quickly!  I love You.  Amen




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