Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Oh Joy! A Prayer for Gladness

posted by Mark and Jill

“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”  ~Jesus (John 15:11)

What “things” was Jesus referring to? Living in the love of God and continually loving people. He made is so simple for us. What is the outcome of love? Joy that fills our souls and overflows to those around us. We need to be saturating ourselves with God’s love, and then His joy will spill out from our souls and impact everyone we meet today.

Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit. When we walk with God, joy is something that grows in us. Let’s do our part to ensure that joy will be alive in us today and that this joy will impact the people in our lives.

Father,

Thank you that You express joy to your children and that you are offering Your joy to me through Jesus. I receive gladness and joy today as I walk in Your love, pondering it and thanking You for it. Joy is mine, and it will drowned out all sadness and depression. You said to Jesus, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” Thank You that Jesus has given me His inheritance, and I receive those words over myself right now. I am Your dearly loved child, and I give You great joy.

Joyfully, in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen

Forgive to be Forgiven

posted by Mark and Jill

“But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” Mark 11:25

Forgiveness is a key that will open any door in your life. While it isn’t easy, it is easier than wallowing in the pain of unforgiveness. Neither is it isn’t optional. If we want to be forgiven by God, we must take this step. You and I are not exceptions to this rule. When God says anyone, He means anyone…

Are you facing closed doors, dead ends, and seasons of dry famine, spiritually, relationally, or any way? Do a forgiveness audit. Is there anyone in the world that you would not be able to embrace if they walked through the door today? Let it go! God will help you. Take the courageous step to forgive your oppressors, tormentors, enemies, relatives, co-workers, employers, employees, schoolmates, x’es, spouse, children, ancestors, pastors, teachers, leaders, professors, housekeepers, parents, shopkeepers… you get the idea. As hard as it is (it just doesn’t feel just), do it anyway, and watch the freedom and joy that’s been missing make a come-back in your heart and soul.

Father,

You’ve told me to forgive. I can’t do this without your help. I’m trusting you to help me as I take this step today. Lord, I forgive every person that has hurt, harmed, bruised, pained, persecuted, traumatized, ruined, wronged, wounded, and distressed me. I release them to you and I release myself from the burden and responsibility of their sin. I’m Yours. And I come to You with no chains of unforgiveness binding me to any person living or dead. I set them free, and in so doing I set myself free. I speak the words Jesus spoke with His dying breath, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Thank you for setting me free and for forgiving me and hearing my prayers.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“…And forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” Matthew 6:12

“That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.” Matthew 18:35

“Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Col. 3:13

His Purpose is My Purpose

posted by Mark and Jill

 

My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10b

Jesus’s purpose statement was stated here in John 10. The context is the beautiful illustration Jesus gave us of the sheep and the shepherd. He cares for His sheep. We are His sheep and He is taking us to a place where we can experience all the blessings He died to give us. The terms He used, rich and satisfying life, are very deep in the Greek. Here is what my concordance offers for the words Jesus chose to use to describe the kind of life He is offering us:  a life of vitality, absolute fullness, vigorous, real and genuine. And that’s just the appetizer. Dig your teeth into this:  exceeding some measure of need (He wants to go beyond meeting our needs), over and above, more than necessary, extraordinary, uncommon, surpassing, superior, advantage, more remarkable, and more excellent. Does that describe your life? If not, or if you desire more, let’s pray. Jesus came to fulfill this purpose, now we have to receive His goodness in our lives by cooperating with Him.

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Jesus,

Thank you that you are my Good Shepherd; I hear your voice and I follow you. And when I do, I will discover the fulfillment of this and all the promises you have given your children.Thank you for your purposes in my life. Teach me. Forgive me for doubting. Give me ears to hear You, my Shepherd. Give me a heart that is ready to follow in obedience. Thank you.

Amen.

Hurry Up and Don’t Delay

posted by Mark and Jill

I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands. Psalm 119:60

We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. John 9:4

Our society is constantly in a hurry. We want instant everything. Living a hurried life is not God’s plan. But it IS God’s plan when it comes to doing what most of us are very slow to do:  obeying what Jesus tells us to do. We are slow to forgive, slow to repent, slow to believe, slow to shut up, and slow to pray. But we are in a hurry to get what we want when we want it, even if we have to put up with stress and anxiety.

Let’s be in a hurry to do good today, to speak words of encouragement, to do what God has told us to do without delay. Delayed obedience is disobedience. God’s idea of hurrying to obey creates peace, not stress.

Father,

Please forgive me for pushing my agenda to the top of my priority list and relegating your instructions to the “maybe someday” list. I determine to be quick to obey your command to be quick to obey you! With Your help, I will follow. May this be the one and only time that I am in a hurry: when I’m heeding your Word. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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