Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer for Peace, A Prayer for Health

posted by Mark and Jill

A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;
    jealousy is like cancer in the bones. (Proverbs. 14:30 NLT)

 A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones. (Amplified Translation)

One of the greatest secrets to good health is having a peaceful heart.  How can we find peace of mind and body in the midst of our hectic lives?

  • By having our minds renewed by the Word of God in the presence of God
  • By simply giving our cares to Him in prayer one by one
  • By exchanging our cares for his peace that passes all comprehension.

My Father,

You know the stress points in my life. One by one I hand them over to you. I lay them at your feet, knowing that you care for me even more than I care for myself. I give you all my fears, anxieties, pain, sin, burdens, and worries. I surrender all of that to you. And I receive from you, Prince of Peace, the quiet fortitude of your Holy Spirit, the peace that stays calm even in the battle, the confidence that doesn’t diminish when everything around me shakes profusely. 

Please cleanse me of all negative emotions towards others. Forgive me for jealousy, covetousness, envy, and anger. Help me to rejoice with those who rejoice. And then please, Lord, grow me up to maturity. Renew my mind in your Holy Word, and give me your great joy. As I walk in your love, I know the level of Peace will grow in my heart and expand and spill over to others. That peace will be a source of health to my body, and for that, I thank you in advance. 

I surrender myself to your leadership, Your Lordship. I love You, Father, and I thank you for your Spirit living and abiding in me. Thank you that I have the power that Jesus has promised to withstand every trial, temptation, and test. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

All I Really Want In Life

posted by Mark and Jill

When I am overwhelmed,
you alone know the way I should turn.
Wherever I go,
my enemies have set traps for me.
I look for someone to come and help me,
but no one gives me a passing thought!
No one will help me;
no one cares a bit what happens to me.
Then I pray to you, O Lord.
I say, “You are my place of refuge.
You are all I really want in life.
Hear my cry…  You are good to me.” (Psalm 142:3-7)

This was David’s sad song that he sang to the Lord in the cave when he was hiding from King Saul who wanted to destroy his life. These were frightening days, lonely days, sad days for David. But after he pours out his heart to the Lord, spilling his distress, he comes to a conclusion. He says, “When all is said and done, it’s only you I really want anyway.”

Mary must have felt like this as well. No one gave her and Joseph a passing thought as they were eagerly seeking a place to rest in Bethlehem after a long, exhausting journey from Nazareth. But, like David, Mary had determined that no matter what, all she wanted out of life was to be God’s servant, to do His bidding, and to love Him as she raised His Son.

What do we really want out of life? What is there besides the love the God, the promises He has for us, the peace that passes anything the world can offer, and joy in the midst of it all.

My Father,

It’s you I really want. More of your Spirit, your understanding, your wisdom, and your character, to simply be more like Jesus, who is the exact likeness of you. I say with David, “You are all I really want in life.” Everything else is secondary, nothing else comes close. Help me to seek you like never before. Open my eyes to see you. Open my ears to hear your Word. And make me like you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Turning Down the Invitation To the Christmas Pity Party

posted by Mark and Jill

“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring GREAT JOY to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” Luke 2:10,11

If Christmas is a bit disappointing to you this year – perhaps you don’t have funds to buy the gifts you’d like to give, or maybe you’re in a tough place at work, or your family is struggling – you’re in good company. Christmas wasn’t everything Mary had hoped it would be either. Instead of having her baby at home with a midwife to help her, she had it without any help (I doubt that Joseph was skilled at delivering infants; he was a carpenter, not a doctor), and in a musty, smelly barn of all places.

Circumstances stink sometimes.

Nonetheless, we can find joy in the middle of trials. James says: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for GREAT JOY. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow…!” (James 1:2-4) Let’s resist the inclination to dwell on what is not working, and let’s rejoice that we can grow through tough times by thanking God for what IS working and, most of all, thanking Him for His Son, Jesus, born into a poor family so that we can have a life rich with blessings.

My Father,

Forgive me, please, for wallowing in my trials. I stand up and raise my hands and declare that no matter how dark the clouds look, you are working! You are working in my difficult circumstances! And if I learn anything from your Word, it is this: complaining won’t get me to my Promised Land, but faith and trust in You will. So teach me! Lead me! And help me rejoice in all that is true, for every promise in your word is a hearty Yes and Amen!

Yes and Amen! 

God’s Promises: Too Good to Be True?

posted by Mark and Jill

Elisha replied, “Listen to this message from the Lord! This is what the Lord says: By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, six quarts of choice flour will cost only one piece of silver, and twelve quarts of barley grain will cost only one piece of silver.”

The officer assisting the king said to the man of God, “That couldn’t happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!”

But Elisha replied, “You will see it happen with your own eyes, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!” (2 Kings 7:1,2)

If you think God’s promises are too good to be true, then they might just be out of your reach. This gentleman who questioned Elisha’s prophetic promise that the siege against Samaria would be over and food would no longer be scarce, saw the miracle but died a tragic death before he was able to enjoy it. There is something powerful about faith and belief. With it, we can enjoy God’s bounty. Without it, we can walk away disappointed.

When you see a promise in Scripture, believe it. Don’t respond with, “That could never happen to me!” Let’s learn that we are not the exception to neither His promises nor His commands.

My Father,

If your Word says it, I will believe it. And I thank you for it. Your Word never gives false hopes, never exaggerates, never lies. I choose to believe every promise, to cling to it, to hope for its fulfillment in my life, for the glory of Your Name and for the sake of your Kingdom. 

Amen

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