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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer to Release Your Anxiety to God

posted by Mark and Jill

Give your burdens to the Lord,
and He will take care of you. (Psalm 55:22)

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Anxiety and stress bear down hard on our bodies causing all kinds of potential health challenges. Why? Because we weren’t meant to carry it. We were designed to live stress-free lives by learning to roll our cares over on the One who cares for us.

The first step is trusting God. You can’t delegate something to someone you don’t trust. Trusting God is simple when you know Him. We get to know Him through reading His auto-biography –His Word – and through talking with Him in prayer.

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Talk to Him today about the issue in your life that is causing the most duress. Lift it up to Him, literally in your hands. Ask Him to take it. You might have to do this time after time if you find yourself reaching up and grabbing it back. But eventually You will learn to leave it with Him. Confess these promises when you are tempted to worry. Remember, these are promises to those who have made Jesus the Lord (Leader) of their lives! If you haven’t done that, do so today. Just give Him your life and ask Him to do something special with it.

Then keep your ear tuned to His voice! He will offer you wisdom in how to overcome the battle you are facing that is causing anxiety; He gives wisdom to those who ask in faith (see James 1). Pour out your heart to the Lord about the details of your struggle – He knows all about it, so you can be brief, but it is helpful and good to clarify your thoughts through expressing this to Him specifically – sometimes the answers come in the process of articulating your situation in prayer.

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Father,

I come to you today stressed out, worn out with trouble, and freaked out. You have invited me to hand off these worries to you. As I do, I, Lord, I fully expect You to give me wisdom to deal with this problem step by step from a fear-free stance. [Talk with Him about this situation.]

Thank you for your promise to carry these concerns! Thank you for your promise for wisdom! Thank you, Creator of the Universe, for carrying me.

Amen

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A Prayer to Honor Our Parents

posted by Mark and Jill

You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy. Each of you must show great respect for your mother and father…I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:2b,3)

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:1-3)

Paul says the commandment to honor our parents comes with a guarantee. As we learn to bring honor to our parents, imperfections and all, then we are promised a good life as well as a lengthy one. Let’s put that promise to the test by being children who often call and write and text and stop by to love, honor, and thank our parents for all they have sacrificed for us.

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Father,

You are the only Perfect Parent. So often I expect perfection from my earthly parents and am tempted towards criticism and even contempt. This is sin. I repent and ask for your forgiveness and grace. Your commandment to honor my parents carries no caveat, no contingency based on their performance as parents or based on their perfection or imperfection. I am simply to honor them. So I receive your forgiveness for the times I have failed to obey you. This commandment is one of your top ten moral laws, so it obviously carries a great deal of weight in your scheme of things. I do hereby forgive and intentionally forget each and every time they have failed me. I forgive as I have been forgiven. After all, only You are perfect.

Amen

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A Prayer for the Prodigal

posted by Mark and Jill

“Return to me,” says the LORD of hosts, “and I will return to you.” (Zechariah 1:3)

Father,

Thank you for loving the prodigals.

Thank you for your willingness to allow them to make the first move towards relationship with you once again.

Thank you for your patience, being unwilling that anyone should perish.

Thank you for angels.

Thank you for sending people to help and encourage and save them from danger.

Thank you for your promise of rescue. Thank you that you hear our call for help.

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Thank you for your exceptional love. Thank you that you leave the obedient ninety-nine to find the one, stray rebel.

Thank you for freedom from fear. Thank you for using trials to teach us great truths and new depths of self-awareness.

And thank you for the stories of your miraculous intervention that we will soon share with the world as we comfort others with the comfort we have received from you.

Amen

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An Olive Tree Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God.
I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. (Psalm 52:8)

What’s it like to be an olive tree? David compared himself to one. We don’t have olive trees in our region, so I had to do some research to learn what David was talking about. Here are some characteristics of an olive tree. Let’s assess our lives and see if we, too, can affirm ourselves as David did.

  • Olive trees are hearty and enjoy a long life. There are olive trees alive today that were alive in Middle Ages.
  • They bear fruit as well as oil for soothing, anointing, and enhancing food.
  • Olive branches are symbols of peace.
  • Olive wood is exceptionally hard wood, and many lovely articles can be made with it. Once an olive tree is no longer fruitful, it can live on for years in the form of useful and beautiful objects that adorn homes.

Father,

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I am asking you for a long and fruitful life, a life that yields joy for others around me for many years to come. May I offer a balm for pain as well as anointing for power in people’s callings in the Kingdom of God. Make me an agent of peace and reconciliation between races and people of all sorts of backgrounds and beliefs. And when I’m no longer bearing fruit in this world, make me useful to my descendants through the tools I hand down to them – skills, knowledge, wisdom, and, most of all, a genuine love for you and adherence to your Word that gives life.

Amen

Previous Posts

A Prayer to Release Your Anxiety to God
Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. (Psalm 55:22) Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7) Anxiety and stress bear down hard on our bodies causing all kinds of potential health ...

posted 7:26:12am Apr. 28, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer to Honor Our Parents
You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy. Each of you must show great respect for your mother and father…I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:2b,3) Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the ...

posted 11:48:01am Apr. 25, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer for the Prodigal
"Return to me," says the LORD of hosts, "and I will return to you." (Zechariah 1:3) Father, Thank you for loving the prodigals. Thank you for your willingness to allow them to make the first move towards relationship with you once ...

posted 9:37:34am Apr. 25, 2016 | read full post »

An Olive Tree Prayer
But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. (Psalm 52:8) What’s it like to be an olive tree? David compared himself to one. We don’t have olive trees in our region, so I had to ...

posted 11:08:10am Apr. 21, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer for the Joy in Trials
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