Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Shepherds and City Folk

posted by Mark and Jill

The Lord is my Shepherd to feed, guide, and shield me, I shall not lack. Psalm 23:1 (Amplified)

I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His own life for the sheep. John 10:11 (Amplified)

Bless Israel, your special possession.
Lead them like a shepherd,
and carry them in your arms forever. Psalm 28:9b (NLT)

Dear Shepherd of My Soul,

I’ve never been much of a rancher, and some of your shepherd analogy is lost on this city kid, but I think I catch your drift. You are reaching out to your children as a shepherd reaches for his sheep. You are simply reminding me that you are here for me. You feed me, sustain me, and meet my needs. You watch my back and protect me from predators if I stay within your gates. And, if necessary, you carry me in your arms when I’m weak or sick. Thank you, Good Shepherd. I receive your loving care today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Plan to Plan and Plan to Pray

posted by Mark and Jill

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Jeremiah 29:11 (Amplified)

Roll your works upon the Lord, commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed. Proverbs 16:3 (Amplified)

What are your plans today? If they are in line with God’s plans for you, then as you commit them to him, they will be fruitful and successful. Let’s pray to that end:

Our Father,

You know what is on my list and my heart today. I submit these priorities into Your hands, and I ask that you be my Leader, my CEO, the organizer and my benevolent Controller where the details and priorities and responsibilities of my life are concerned. You have given me gifts to steward:  time, talents, and resources. Teach me how to appreciate these gifts and to use them to the best of my ability to bring about the  objectives that you want me to fulfill this day. I thank you in advance for working alongside me and for fulfilling your promise to lead me and to bless the work of my hands. I desire to keep close to your presence all day and to continually talk with you and hear what your Spirit is saying to me.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Love, Attention Deficit, and Dementia

posted by Mark and Jill

Love… is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it – it pays no attention to a suffered wrong.   1 Corinthians 13:5 (Amplified)

Love pays attention to the right things. It notices and awards good intentions. But when it comes to offenses, it has a healthy case of Attention Deficit. True love doesn’t look for ways to be offended – on the contrary, it has a habit of quickly dropping the subject. Love is also as forgetful as senility when it comes to being wronged. It doesn’t hang on to offenses, but forgets them as fast as you can wink and say, “Bob’s Your Uncle.”

Nothing hinders a healthy intimacy in marriage like anger and contempt. Let’s avoid them like the plague.

My Father,

Your Word teaches me to put away anger and to avoid being touchy and easily offended. Please forgive me. I have not exhibited your character to my mate, and I want to change. Please transform me from the inside out. Create in me a clean heart and a right spirit, willing to follow your ways. I know that your path leads to a richer and more joyful life, so I am willing to lay down my flesh and pick up your Word, following it to the end.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Win As One

posted by Mark and Jill

…Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Philippians 2:2

…Stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith. Philippians 1:27

…So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:6

…And the two will become one flesh.  Mark 10:8

Marriage changes people at the quantum level. At the altar where their covenant vows are made, they mysteriously change from two human beings into one. Then for the rest of their lives, they have the joy of actively engaging in the work of perfecting their love so that they eventually become one in spirit, mind, and voice. (That’s when they begin to finish each other’s sentences and read each other’s minds.) Their intentions, their goals, their aspirations become united. That covenant unity creates a synergistic, mystical power that can bless the world at every level: spiritually, relationally, financially, intellectually, and in every dimension.

Why, we wonder, does the enemy seek to destroy the institution of marriage? This is why. The world will change when married people live out their destinies, loving each other and using their covenant pact as a springboard for the power of the Kingdom of God to come into every sphere of life. Let’s pray.

Our Father,

We have not taken our marriage covenant seriously enough. Please forgive us. We determine now before God and each other to live out the destiny that you have designed for our marriage. Teach us. Guide us. Energize us. Inspire us. Transform us. Empower us with your Holy Spirit. Open our ears and eyes and minds and hearts to your Word. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

We’ve designed a process called a Marriage Intensive that specifically focuses on renewing your vision and returning you to joy in your purpose and life together. The first step you can take is to simply learn more. This might just change your life. Click here: giantworldwide.com/mjh-marriage-intensives

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