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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer for a Good Work Ethic

posted by Mark and Jill

Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.  (2 Timothy 2:15)

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. (Proverbs 21:5)

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.  (Colossians 3:23 NLT)

Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10)

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Father,

I will listen and obey your Word today, working diligently at the job you have given me to do in this season of my life. I will give myself to these responsibilities as though you were my manager, for You are! At the end of the day, may I look back with joy and pleasure and pride, receiving as my reward Your smile of approval for a job well done. Please let me hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!”

Amen

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A Prayer for Perspective

posted by Mark and Jill

Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire” 2 Kings 6:17. 

Things looked bleak. Israel was under siege by the mighty army of Aram. There seemed no way out. Elisha the Prophet and his servant both recognized the same real problem; but they had opposite reactions. The servant froze hopeless in fear. He saw the crisis as it appeared, faced facts and drew a logical conclusion: “We are doomed!” 

Elijah too faced facts. By the numbers God’s people couldn’t prevail. But Elijah saw truth beyond. “Do not be afraid… Those who are with us are greater than those who are with them. There is “seeing” and “seeing.” 

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Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’  Higher facts trumped the obvious. Angels, part of God’s second created order and pledged to protect his children surrounded those who surrounded Israel. Power was at hand!  

This “second sight” as it is sometimes called took a second look, and a miracle answered to Elisha’s prayer. This same “invisible” reality swirls around you, your family, and your business. Ask to see it! The facts of this world matter; the facts of another realm matter more. Ask God for vision and two things come clear. First, you will become intensely aware of what’s happening, literally, here and now, down to earth. Second, you will “sense” the reality of the other world also down to earth. 

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We humans are amphibians, living in two atmospheres, earth and heaven. Prayer focuses our eyes to detect reality in both spheres. As you pray today, expect this, especially for your work and business. It may be new to you, but open your eyes when He does!  

Father, open my eyes today. May I see the world from Your perspective, not mine. Amen.

“The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire”

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A Prayer for Servant Leadership

posted by Mark and Jill

“Here I am Lord, send me” (Isaiah 6:8). 

“Father, not my will but yours be done…”  ~Jesus

Before I can be trusted to wield the blessings, authority, power, and resources of God – and this is certainly His intent– I must come forward with hands raised in surrender. I’m not first a servant leader; I am first a servant submitting to a Leader. If you dare, make this your prayer:

Father,

Here I am Lord. I am not hiding.

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Send me on the assignment you choose.

I am your servant; you are my Leader.

Send me…

to speak up at the risk of losing face,

to invest my assets for returns I can only cash in eternity,

to give away my talents in secret,

to lose my life while the battle still seems hopeless.

Here I am…

Amen

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A Prayer To Win the Battle

posted by Mark and Jill

Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:

“Give thanks to the Lord,

    for his love endures forever.”

As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes.(2 Chronicles 20:21,22)

If you are facing a battle, your first response will not be to begin worshipping God. Rather, the knee-jerk reaction to an attack is anything but praise. However, it worked for the Israelites. Praise released angelic deliverance that got God’s people out of the mess they were in.

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Father,

The enemy of my soul is hardpressed to do me in. I have no idea what to do, and I certainly have no strength in me to win. But I will praise my Great Deliverer. I will give you thanks in the middle of this intense stress. My gratitude radar will grow and grow. And my strength and joy will grow as I watch you do what I cannot do:  deliver me from danger, evil, distress, anger, depression, addiction, and hell itself. I celebrate your great love for me. Your love outlasts every circumstance I face! Your love sustains me through this battle waged against my soul. Your love for me will never run dry or fail me. Thank you, Lord! I lift my hands in praise and adoration for your great goodness, love, and glory.

Amen

Previous Posts

Prayer for a Good Work Ethic
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.  (2 Timothy 2:15) Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but ...

posted 10:39:27am Sep. 01, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Perspective
Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire” 2 Kings 6:17.  Things looked ...

posted 10:24:35am Aug. 27, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Servant Leadership
“Here I am Lord, send me” (Isaiah 6:8).  “Father, not my will but yours be done…”  ~Jesus Before I can be trusted to wield the blessings, authority, power, and resources of God – and this is certainly His intent– I must come ...

posted 12:17:30pm Aug. 25, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer To Win the Battle
Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord,     for his love endures forever.” As they began to sing and ...

posted 1:27:27pm Aug. 24, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for A Revived Conscience
But my people…have stumbled off the ancient highways and walk in muddy paths. (Jeremiah 18:15) Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their ...

posted 11:24:10am Aug. 22, 2015 | read full post »

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