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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Answer my prayers, O Lord,
for your unfailing love is wonderful.
Take care of me,
for your mercy is so plentiful. (Psalm 69:16)

It may feel as though few people care about the challenges you are facing today, but God cares. And His care is really all that matters. Let’s put our full trust and confidence in His loving care today.

My Father,

You are a good Father. You never change, grow weary of me, or tire of helping me. If your Word says you care, then I choose to trust in that care. I place every burden I carry in your hands today. [Name them one by one as they come to mind.]

I entrust my very soul into your care. I will not worry for one moment. I refuse fear, for my Father cares for me and He is well aware of every critical issue I am facing today. I will not be discouraged. I will not be moved off of this strong stance of faith. I will stand my ground and declare that God is good! You care for me! I can, therefore, live a carefree life, free from heaviness, oblivious to the confusion and quandaries the enemy of my soul tries to engage me in.

Thank you for your loving care for me and all that is important to me. Teach me to trust you more and more every day.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

Even when you are chased by those who seek to kill you, your life is safe in the care of the Lord your God, secure in his treasure pouch! (1 Samuel 25:29)

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“Of all my house, [Moses] is the one I trust. I speak to him face to face, clearly and not in riddles! He sees the LORD as he is.” Number 12:7,8 NLT

Through Moses’ example, God gives us the key to living a life of friendship with our Creator: seeing God as He truly is. Moses understood the character of God. Unlike others around him, he didn’t create a man-made image of God, but studied to know God for himself. Moses must have spent a great deal of time researching, for he is credited with writing the first five books of the Bible. This study certainly bred a heightened appreciation for his Creator, for when we know God’s acts in history, we can only love and trust Him more and more.

Father,

I want to know you. Give me eyes to see Jesus as He is, for Jesus is the perfect picture of your character. Help me to study Him, talk with Him, love Him, and model my life after His character, influencing those around me with His great love. In living my life this way, I want to become someone you can truly trust. Like Moses, make me one in a million, uniquely qualified to be trusted with assignments from Heaven, anointed for leadership, skilled in problem-solving, always full of faith, abounding in hope even during challenging circumstances, and overflowing with wisdom from on high.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

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“Each day He carries us in his arms.” Psalm 68:19

The sight of a child lifting her arms to her father, entreating him to pick her up, is a blessed and lovely one. We carry many responsibilities as adults; we’ve learned the importance of autonomy and we understand the necessity of coping successfully with many concurrent tasks and pressures. Still, we approach our Father as little children who need His help. We simply aren’t required to carry the pressures we face on our own. We can lift them up to our God, and He will lift not only our burdens but us as well.

Father,

I lift my hands to you today, asking you to lift me up. Hold me so that I can look in your eyes and feel the joy that your gaze tells me I give you. Embrace me so that I can feel your heart beat. Carry me through the pressures I face this day. Sustain me through the storms I sense are coming. In your arms I rest secure. In your embrace I fear nothing. And from this place of strength and confidence, I approach my world, my duties, and my challenges with joy, for I am loved with an everlasting love and held in everlasting arms.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” (Deuteronomy 33:12)

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Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered. (Psalm 68:1)

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

Today we will lift up a prayer for victory in the spiritual battles we are facing, for we truly live in a spiritual battlefield. Is Satan hounding you, seeking to devour you and what belongs to you? Then join in this prayer of faith:

Father,

Rise up in your mighty strength. I entreat your presence and the manifestation of your power in the battle I am facing today. As I lift you up in praise, faith, and thanksgiving I ask for your strong arm to show itself in great acts of victory on my behalf. The battle waged against me is real and intense, but your power is much more Real. Arise, Oh God! Arise in this struggle, and scatter the enemy. Confuse the demons assigned to this situation. They shall not prevail when I wield my great sword – the Sword of the Word of God; indeed each and every promise therein is mine for the claiming! So bring confusion to the armies of hell that are seeking to kill, steal, and destroy me and what belongs to me. I clap my hands today to celebrate your mighty power! This battle belongs to you; I am a participant only in my faith to stand firm and watch it happen. So in the mighty name of Jesus I will stand firm, unwavering in my faith in You, for You have never failed and you never shall.

Amen!

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