Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer For Our Kids Today

posted by Mark and Jill

If you speak good words rather than worthless ones,
you will be my spokesman.
You must influence them;
do not let them influence you! Jeremiah 15:19b

We utter hundreds of words a day. How many of them are constructive? Oh that we would be obedient to the countless commands in Scripture to guard our words. To speak only what is helpful in building each other up. To understand that we can instill life or condemn to death the hearts of people with our words. Before we pray for our children today that they would be influencers of light and Truth, let’s pray for our own tongues.

My Father,

I repent of the many times I have spoken ill of others and to others. [Pause and get specific with God.] I cannot change myself, but with Your great help, I can transform my mind and my words through Your Word of Truth. As I meditate on Your Word, I will change my ungodly habits and will begin to intentionally speak words that are helpful to my family and to everyone I encounter today. 

Please help me teach my children today that their words, too, can create reality. As we are made in the image of God, our words, like God’s words, have creative power. Teach me to model this to them every day. And as they grow in their knowledge of Your great love, protect them in this society. May they not be molded by the world, but may they be pillars of Truth in this world. May they be influencers for Truth and Righteousness. I give you thanks and praise for making this possible through Your Son. 

In Jesus’ Name. Amen

My Unruly, Devastating Tongue. I Repent.

posted by Mark and Jill

If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. James 1:26

We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.  In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. James 3:3-6

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

One of the hardest things in the universe to control is that little clump of muscle, situated right in the middle of the head, known as the tongue. With it, we start fires of adversity in our own lives and in the lives of others. With it, we determine our life’s destination. With it we bless. With it we curse. With it we administer life. With it we administer death. If we want to grow, we must increase our ability to control that little bit/small rudder/tiny spark.

(James says that we ruin our own bodies with our uncontrolled tongues. Selah on that for a while.)

My Father,

It is so easy to spout off with my mouth. Forgive me for the many times that I have used it for evil. I repent. With your help, I determine to change my habits and maintain my tongue to speak what is right and pure and just and kind and loving and forgiving. In so doing, I receive your promise of a life that is free from the burden of guilt and shame. I would rather have a life that honors You.

In Jesus’ Name Amen.

The Shortest Prayer Can Be the Most Powerful

posted by Mark and Jill

A friend of mine told me recently the story of a two-word prayer that she prayed that changed her life forever. Moments earlier she had given birth – an emergency C-section – to her firstborn, a son. In the midst of fear and elation, she suddenly realized that she wasn’t up for the job. She could not possibly do this Mothering-thing without supernatural assistance. She prayed:  “I’m Yours.” And with those two words spoken right in the middle of a flurry of nurses and doctors scurrying all around her hospital bed, she made Jesus Christ the leader, Master, orchestrator, general, and CEO of the rest of her life. She has been faithful to live out that commitment now for 27 1/2 years. And I’m here to say, it worked! God worked for her, and she has an amazing son, a follower of Jesus himself, who now happens to be our family chiropractor.

Would you pray that prayer with us today? Perhaps it will be for the first time as you determine to live your life for the One who created you and knows how to operate your life much better than you do. Or perhaps, if Jesus is already your Lord, it is a prayer that you will want to breathe out daily as a reminder to yourself that you are not your own. You have been bought with a price, and He is making something beautiful, glorious, righteous, and stunning out of your life. Here it is:

Lord,

I’m Yours.

Amen.

 

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

Dwelling on the Good Stuff

posted by Mark and Jill

…That the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. Philemon 1:6 NKJV

The Scriptures admonish us to take inventory of the good things we possess as a result of our salvation through Jesus. If we don’t watch ourselves, we will fall into acknowleding all the things we don’t have: our lack of luck in our looks, finances, employment, relationships, potential, health, etc. etc. etc… That is not how we are supposed to be operating. We are called to be grateful for all the good things Jesus has died to give us. All of these wonderful things can be found in the passage of Scripture that Jesus preached from, namely Isaiah 61. We’ll discuss this more in a later blog, but for today, let’s do as the above Scripture instructs us to do:  let’s acknowledge the good things Jesus has provided for us and dwell on those things and speak them until we make it to the Promised Land. Did whining and complaining get the Israelites anywhere after their Exodus from slavery? Negative. The negative only begets more negative. But the Truth begets, or empowers, the Truth to grow in our hearts until the facts, dim and sad though they might appear to be, eventully give way to the Truth. The Truth is the Word of God.

Father,

Teach me to acknowledge all the benefits that making You Lord of my life has given me. You have equipped me with everything I need for life and for godliness. I choose today to rejoice in these benefits, to share them with others, and to remind myself of Your great kindness and love towards me.

In Jesus’ Name, I’m Yours. Amen.

 

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3

 

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A Prayer For Our Kids Today
If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you! Jeremiah 15:19b We utter hundreds of words a day. How many of them are constructive? Oh that we would be obedient to the countless commands in Scripture to guar

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