Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Eternal Life Begins Today

posted by Mark and Jill

A religious expert came up to Jesus and asked him a question. It was a loaded one. “How does one inherit eternal life?” He was quizing Jesus and hoping to humiliate Him in public. It didn’t work. Jesus didn’t need to hear Himself talk, so, in his usual fashion, he turned the question around and had the “expert” answer it himself.

Jesus took him back to the source, the law of Moses and asked him how he interepts it.

“Love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind. And love others as you love yourself.”

“Correct. Do this and you will LIVE,” was Jesus’ simple reply.

Jesus is indicating that eternal life needn’t be postponed until some future date with death. It can begin today. Jesus is referring to living in the Zoe sense of the word — a life that is to be enjoyed, relished, experienced fully, blessed, strong, efficient and endless in the Kingdom of God.

Today is the first day of the rest of Eternity. Love God, Love Others and Live Well.

Father,

Teach me to love you with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. Keep me focused on Your great love and power. May I love you energetically and with enthusiasm. Teach me to love others as much as I love myself. How often I overlook my errors; teach me to look the other way when I perceive error in others. How often I forgive myself for my mistakes; teach me to give others the same grace I give myself. I feed, clothe, and carefully maintain what I so generously allow to be mine; give me the wherewithal to do the same for others, giving away some of what I have to meet their needs. 

Then I will learn to truly live as you have designed life to be — full, abundant with blessings and brimming over with your joy.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Trump Your Fear

posted by Mark and Jill

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic… For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. ~Deuteronomy 31:6

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. ~Deuteronomy 31:8

When God repeats Himself, it’s not because He’s forgetful. It’s for a reason. It’s a big hint to listen up. These verses in Deuteronomy were words God spoke shortly before the Israelites entered into their new land, through a covenant agreement drawn up with God, signed and sealed forever. There were battles to win and huge obstacles to overcome, good reasons to brace themselves against fear.

Fear is our greatest enemy. It is our natural response to bad news, be it national, familial, or personal. The Doctor informs you, you have a disease. Fear swells and overwhelms.

God instructs us to manage our fears through a careful knowledge of His love and power. We must study to understand His character in order to have the wherewithal to resist fear. We have concrete knowledge of scary things like cancer, alcoholism, national tensions, bankruptcy, and all sorts of disasters, but if we do not feed our knowledge of who God is, what His power can accomplish, and how much He cares about us, we cannot win over our fears. They will ultimately overwhelm and consume us and disable our power to continue living as He would have us live. Let’s pray today that our knowledge of God would grow bigger than our fears. That we would conquer our fears with His help and that fear would no longer render us helpless, unproductive, and useless in this world. After all, we have a calling. And only when we allow fear to win will we disqualify ourselves from fulfilling that calling.

My Father,

Teach me of Your power and love and willingness to deliver me from every disaster and challenge I face. Transform my fearful mind into a mind that is strong and emotions that willingly receive your reckless love for me everyday. I lift my face to You today. Wipe away my tears and fears. Give me courage as I learn more and more of Your power to embrace me and strengthen me through Your great love for me. Open my eyes and ears to your Word as I dig into it. Feed me on it, for I am hungry for You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

 

My Safe Place – A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent. Psalm 91:9,10

With the convenience of instantaneous news from all around the world at our fingertips 24 hours a day comes the ever increasing tendency to fear. Threats of war, pending financial doom, epidemics, stock market and airplane crashes all feed to inflate our fears. Psalm 91 says, “If you say The Lord is my refuge…[then] no harm will overtake you.” That is perhaps a condition to understanding The Lord as our Safe Place. Let’s make that our confession today, and resist the temptation to confess our fears, real as they seem to be. Let’s highlight that Greater Truth and not the things that threaten to undo our peace and serenity.

My Father,

You are my Safe Place in this threatening world. I run to You and I am safe from every storm. Still the storm in my heart today, and fill me with Your hope and Your presence and Your joy in the midst of it all.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”  Luke 10:19

The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life. Psalm 121:7

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.  ~Martin Luther

 

The Power of Your Words to Hurt or Heal, Harm or Help

posted by Mark and Jill

The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain…

The words of the godly encourage many…

The lips of the godly speak helpful words… 

The words of the wise bring healing…

Proverbs 10:11,21,32; 12:18

Words from our mouths can be refreshing, uplifting, and edifying. One word from you today can change the trajectory of someone’s day or even their life. Let’s pray that the words of our mouths will have a positive impact on every person that God sends our way. We know that the opposite is true as well; negative words can tear down, break down, and devastate the people in our lives. All the more reason we need supernatural grace and help to speak godly words.

My Father,

May my words reflect the truth and glory of Your Words, bringing life to each person I encounter today. May I add to their joy, enhance their hope, and sustain the health of their hearts as I speak. I receive this from You, for I cannot be good, do good, or speak good on my own, but it is You living in me that does the work.

May I heal and not hurt others. May I help and not harm their souls.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, Oh, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Amen

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 18:21

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