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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Sin Sandwich

posted by Mark and Jill

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

Let’s read that Scripture again and this time take out the bits that most religious folk scorn upon:

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: …hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy …and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

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Paul, in all his brilliance, hid these more subtle sins, sandwiching them between the ones that most Christians avoid. So often we read this Scripture and just glaze over it because we have been fooled into thinking that these sins are not on our radar, therefore we don’t fall into the class of the immoral ones who will miss out on the Kingdom of God. Well, look again, dear church-goer, Bible-thumper! (I was the chief-ess of sinners in these things, so I can be so bold!) Hidden in these verses are sins that we commit on a daily if not hourly basis! Wake up, Sunday School teacher! It’s time to scrutinize and crucify your stinkin’ flesh! Paul puts temper tantrums in the same category as pornography or getting drunk. Boom.

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Father,

You’ve nailed me. Now grant me forgiveness, I pray. And I nail my sinful flesh on the cross that killed you, and I receive your forgiveness and the transformation of my mind and soul to grow in the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Today I choose love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control! You reflect all of those qualities, and I receive them from You as I walk hand in hand with you today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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A Prayer for Our Garden

posted by Mark and Jill

Lord, you poured out blessings on your land!

…Our land will be filled with his glory.  

Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings.
Our land will yield its bountiful harvest. (Psalm 85:1,9,12)

The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. (Genesis 2:15)

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I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. (John 15:1)

Father and Great Gardener,

We thank you for the land you have given us to steward. We receive it as a gift from your gracious hand. Without your blessing there would be no productivity. We receive the blessing of your Word on our land and we expect a rich and abundant harvest as we work and tend it with diligence. With your blessing and our hard work we will receive a harvest that will be enjoyed and shared by many of our friends and family.

In Jesus, our gracious Vineyard keeper, Amen!

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A Prayer Against Cancer

posted by Mark and Jill

This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else —not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ…  
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Eph. 1:19-22, 3:20

Let’s turn this Scripture into our prayer today, lifting up our friends who are fighting a dangerous foe.

Father,

We command cancer to leave God’s property! We evict cancer in Jesus’ Name! Jesus has authority over disease according to Ephesians 1 and we have been given authorization to use His name. We wear His badge of authority – the Holy Spirit that He has given us – and cancer must bow it’s knee to the name of Jesus spoken by our mouths on His behalf. By the power vested in us, we destroy cancer by the Word of the living God. Jesus demonstrated the Father’s will to heal, and we seek Him for that healing now. We reach out our hands to touch the hem of His garment. We feel the surge of power that is released from His Being. His Light radiates through our bodies and all cancer is destroyed. We walk in the light and receive His Holy radiation now burning through every cell in our bodies, killing  every cancerous cell and reviving our bodies to wholeness once again.

In Jesus’ Mighty Name,

Amen!

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God Can Work With Anything We Give Him

posted by Mark and Jill

“He turned the intended curse into a blessing because the Lord your God loves you.” (Deuteronomy 23:5)

Need a miracle?

Got fish? Got bread? Boom! God can make a picnic out of anything we give Him. Perhaps you’ve messed up your life beyond repair. In God’s hands nothing is impossible. The junk you give Him can be refurbished into something beautiful and amazing, beyond your dreams.

Been denied? Been reviled? Been abused? Been bummed? Give it all to Jesus, walk in repentance towards God and forgiveness towards others and get your life re-created into something that not only works but gives you and others around you great and abounding and lasting JOY. Give him anything and He’ll reply, “I can work with that!”

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Father,

Take my life and do something amazing with it. I’m so sorry for my part in the mess, and I forgive everyone who has helped to wreak this havoc. Turn this wreck into a wonder. As in Heaven, so in me: a new me, at peace, walking in love, thinking sound thoughts that are true and lovely, and adhering to your wisdom, down to the very last.

Amen.

 

 

Previous Posts

A Sin Sandwich
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, ...

posted 9:23:07am Jul. 07, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Our Garden
Lord, you poured out blessings on your land! ...Our land will be filled with his glory.   Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest. (Psalm 85:1,9,12) The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of ...

posted 12:16:20pm Jul. 06, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer Against Cancer
This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else —not only in ...

posted 11:38:08am Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

God Can Work With Anything We Give Him
"He turned the intended curse into a blessing because the Lord your God loves you." (Deuteronomy 23:5) Need a miracle? Got fish? Got bread? Boom! God can make a picnic out of anything we give Him. Perhaps you've messed up your life beyond ...

posted 6:18:54pm Jun. 29, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Experience a Vibrant Life
And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and LIFE. (John 6:63) These instructions are not empty words—they are your LIFE! (Deuteronomy 32:47) Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep ...

posted 8:30:32am Jun. 27, 2015 | read full post »

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