Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

God Trumps Tarot Cards

posted by mherringshaw1

Looking for answers to life’s riddles? Who should I marry? Where should I move? What should I study? Why do I exist? How should I live my life? Some people turn to psychics. They are often advertised on this very blog page, waiting for someone to take their bait. But there is a better Source of wisdom. God invites us all:  “Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

Why would we look anywhere else when we have the Creator and Caretaker of the Universe inviting us into relationship and offering to talk with us, guide us, counsel us, and walk with us? He doesn’t charge our credit card for His counsel. He simply asks for our hearts to engage with Him, interact with Him, and follow His simple command to love Him back and to love others with the same love we have for ourselves. This God who founded the stars, “delights in every detail of our lives.” (Psalm 37:23) Too good to be true? No, because He is too good to not be true to His word and Himself.

Let’s take Him up on His offer:

Father God, we acknowledge Your great wisdom and accept the offer of Your hand, to walk with us and guide us along the pathway You have established for us in this life. We take the first step of faith today and say thanks. Let’s journey together, You and me. You lead, I will follow. You be my Lord, and I will be me, redeemed by You and free. Amen. 

 

 

Ukraine: An Urgent Prayer

posted by mherringshaw1

“Father, hear our prayer for the nation of Ukraine. The crisis there is real and dangerous; the land seems to be festering, and on the brink of chaos. Jesus, you are Prince of Peace. Be the Peace of Ukraine. Give all the government leaders in every faction and in every nation involved wisdom and prudence. We pray that Russia would step back from the brink of invasion, and that you, Lord, would extinguish the fires of ambition driving them. Whatever Force of Hell is agitating this confusion, we say, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’ as your Word tells us. And to Ukraine, we borrow Jesus’ words, and repeat, ‘Peace be still!’”

 

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly Kingdom — to him be glory forever and ever. Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:18

Suffering Physical Abuse: A Prayer

posted by mherringshaw1

Jesus suffered at the hands of expert executors, professionals with vast experience, knowledge, and skill in the “art” of torture. Watching a person being led away to crucifixion was a common occurrence in Jerusalem in the 30’s AD. But Jesus was anything but a common criminal. Yet he took on that horrendous curse.

Yesterday we looked at the verbal abuse that Jesus experienced at the hands of his persecutors. Matthew 27 also uses very descriptive words to give us a glimpse of the physical abuse he suffered:  “They…. spit at him…slapped him…jeered at him…bound him…condemned him…betrayed him…flogged him…stripped him…struck him…abused him…”

Being stripped, completely naked in public is nothing less than sexual abuse. On Good Friday Jesus experienced every brand of abuse that exists to mankind. For you and for me.

Jesus,

For the sacrifice of your body, we give you thanks.
For the pain you endured, we give you thanks.
For the shame you suffered, naked and exposed, taunted and ridiculed, we give you thanks.
For the forgiveness you uttered in the midst of that pain, we stand in awe. And give you thanks.
We present our bodies alongside yours as a living sacrifice in honor of you today. We receive the gift that you offer, bearing in your body our suffering, scars, and abuse. We give you thanks. And we, like you, are not victims, and with you we say, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.”

Amen

Prayers for Forgiveness and Healing of Verbal Abuse

posted by mherringshaw1

These are the descriptive words used in Matthew 27 (New Living Version) depicting the verbal abuse that Jesus suffered:

They shouted at him…jeered at him…condemned him…accused him…mocked him…truanted him…abused him…yelled at him…and ridiculed him…

Jesus suffered abuse on every level including verbal torture. The noise of it all. Deadly sticks and stones in the form of words. Imagine the body language accompanying these tones. All to degrade, debase, and denigrate this dying man.

Father,

Forgive me for using my words to hurt others. I have been the source of pain through unkind, angry words. Especially to those I love most. Forgive me, cleanse me, and heal the hurts that my words have caused. Create in me a clean heart and a right spirit. Transform my soul. Make me like you, “slow to anger” and obedient to your charge to be “slow to speak.”

Your Beloved Begotten Son, Jesus, endured the worst form of verbal torture a human can suffer. Yet He forgave. I lift up to you those of our friends and loved ones who have suffered the violence of hateful words. Words have power to change us. And when we submit to them, they become fulfilled prophecies, breeding soul diseases. But you have saved us from every curse through Your sacrifice. You sent Your Word and healed us. Teach us to live by Your Words and to reject and renounce every curse uttered against us. We receive the Blessing of Your Word and Your great love today.

Amen

“I commend you to the Word of His grace…It is able to build you up and to give you your rightful inheritance among all God’s set-apart ones — those…transformed of soul.” ~Acts 20:32 (Amplified)

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