Prayer, Plain and Simple

“Be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another.” 1 Peter 4:7,8

Are you waiting for the answer to your prayers? Do lives depend on the answers to those prayers? Many times we have heard people say that it’s God that is waiting to answer. Well, according to Peter, I am the one that can be holding back the answer to my own prayers; my ability to walk in constant love for others is the litmus test for answered prayer.

Maintaining constant love truly requires discipline and daily practice. Thank God, Paul told us to, “Put on love,” meaning, I don’t have to drum it up myself. I can simply apply it to myself, putting it on like a garment loaned to me by God Himself, who is love. Before we get to the prayers we so desperately need to lay before our Father, let’s check our love tank, making sure that we keep it constantly full and flowing for everyone we meet, friend or foe.


You have promised to pour out your love in my heart through your Holy Spirit. I receive that love today. Please let it flow in, on, and over me. Then, Lord, help me to discipline myself to walk in love and to talk in loving tones to everyone I encounter in person, on the phone, and throughout my social media platforms. May I love from your source of perfect love! May I have mercy on those I don’t understand or agree with. Help me to see that I am so very often wrong in my assessments and perspectives. Please change my heart and make it like Yours. I will take this call to love seriously today, and I will make it my highest aim in life.

In Jesus’ Name Amen.

“Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” John 7:24

“The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b

Faith commits us to trust in God, not our physical senses. Not even the smartest, wisest, most astute philosopher on the planet can trust his own impressions. If we want to really understand what is going on in this world, we are going to have to rely on our faith to decipher it. We can’t trust our own perspective, nor anyone else’s. We must lean on God’s.

“Things are not what they appear.” God knew that when he set up this world. He created a world where we access the eternal through our faith. Faith doesn’t depend on what we perceive at face value. It depends on what God has said; His perspective is what counts.


I have so often been guilty of trusting my senses and making judgements based on my own clouded point of view. Please forgive me for leaning on my own understanding which simply cannot stand the test of time.

Lord, I want to seek your perspective on every issue I am facing. May I listen to you much more than I listen to my own hunches, my own senses, or the pundits’ perspectives. Teach me, talk with me, lead me.

Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.


Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36)

I am only a foreigner in this land. (Psalm 119:19)

This political season has reminded us more than ever that the Kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world don’t always dovetail nicely. Even in the midst of that tension, we can be secure by reminding ourselves of our true citizenship, our True Kingdom. While, we participate in the politics of this earthly kingdom, we don’t place all our hopes there. Our hopes as well as our sites are set on Heaven.

Still, we long for wisdom in the process, to know how to live out our faith in practical ways in this world – for example, which little dots to fill in on the ballot. Those little dots represent a great deal of power. Left hanging, “chads” can cause a stir…

Let’s pray…


This world is a confusing and disappointing place sometimes, particularly these days. Please, Lord, we ask that Your Kingdom would come to our kingdom, setting up righteousness, justice, and the force of your love that never fails.

Use me this day to enforce the precepts of your Kingdom in my own soul, at the very least…

May I speak the Truth, meditate on the Truth, and love the Truth with all my heart.
May I speak Love, meditate on Love, and demonstrate love with all my heart.
May I speak Your Word, meditate on Your Word, and live it everywhere I go.

I pray for my country and ask for your will to be done in this upcoming election. Please help us, Lord, and grant us wisdom to hear your voice as we cast our votes to the best of our ability.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Far better to take refuge in God
than trust in people;
Far better to take refuge in God
than trust in celebrities. Psalm 118:8,9 The Message

In a political election season it’s easy to get all wrapped up in the gossip, mud slinging, rumors, conspiracy theories, fears, scandals, drama, and minute-by-minute media coverage. Where do we look when things are confusing and even frightening?

Where can we run for cover?

We can run to God. He is our place of refuge. When we pray, we come under His protective covering. We gain a greater perspective, accessing peace in the battle and calm in the storm.


I cannot fully trust the system.
I cannot fully trust people.
I cannot fully trust politicians.
I cannot fully trust the media.
I cannot fully trust the entertainment industry.
I cannot fully trust my party.
I cannot even fully trust myself or my perspective.
But I can fully trust in you.
I run to you for refuge.
No matter what happens in this world,
No matter what happens in this election,
No matter what happens in this generation,
No matter what happens today,
No matter what happens November 8, 2016,
No matter what happens in the future and beyond,
I run to you for protection,
and confidence.
Thank you.
You are my place of safety. I am secure in You…

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