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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer for a Renewed Mind

posted by Mark and Jill

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2

The Word of God can do what 120 years of daily psychotherapy cannot:  change the chemistry of the mind. Therapy helps, no doubt! We can both attest to that. But nothing is equipped like the Word to cut to the chase of our issues, bring to the light our darkness,  repair our broken souls, and remodel our old hearts to be completely new. Old patterns of behavior can be washed away by it, addiction can be overcome through it, and one can learn to live fear-free, anger-free, joy-filled lives by the power of the Word of God. That’s why we need to read it, hear it, study it, memorize it, and get it into our hearts through every device possible every single day as long as we are breathing.

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Father,

Change me from the inside out. Renew and reconstruct my soul. Obliterate my old habits. I repent and receive your forgiveness. I believe that your Word is working in me today. I ingest your Word, chew on it, swallow it and receive it in faith. Thank you for the power of your Word to bring change to this old, brittle soul. I praise you for the joy you’ve set before me: a life lived as you intended me to live!

Hallelujah and Amen. 

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A Prayer for a Spiritual GPS

posted by Mark and Jill

The Lord is good and does what is right;
he shows the proper path to those who go astray.
He leads the humble in doing right,
teaching them his way.
The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness
all who keep his covenant and obey his demands. (Psalm 25:8-10)

“In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3

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It’s easy to get lost where our calling and purpose is concerned. We take a wrong turn – take a wrong job – and all sorts of things fall apart as a result. But we have a God who cares about every detail of our lives and is intimately concerned with our location, location, location. He is a Heavenly Dad who guides and leads His kids. Even when we mess up, he makes himself available to lead us back on the right path. He teaches us what to do and how to do it. His leadership is motivated out of unfailing love – His love simply cannot let us down. Yet it’s clear that these benefits are for those who follow his design and pattern. We don’t have the luxury of making up our own rules; he has already established them. I cannot imagine our teenage son deciding to make up all his own rules and ignore ours. Thank God, he’s not like that! So let’s not be like that either. Let’s follow the precepts for life that God has established. Afterall, they aren’t difficult. Love is so much easier than hate. Forgiveness, while challenging at first, is so much easier than bitterness in the long run. Health is easier than sickness, and provision is easier than poverty. God’s ways work best. Need a GPS? Align your heart with His:

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Father,

I have been lax at following your command to love you and love others. Please forgive me. Wash me clean. I align my heart with your heart of love, and I receive your leadership in my life. You are my heavenly GPS, telling me where to go, when to turn, when to proceed to the route. Take me to the root of your Word; I will feed on it and cling to it.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen! 

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A Prayer to Elevate Your Thought Life

posted by Mark and Jill

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Phil. 4:8 NLT

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7 KJV

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2

Neuroscientist Carolyn Leaf, in her book Switch on Your Brain, says, “You can, through conscious effort, gain control of your thoughts and feelings, and in doing so, you can change the programing and chemistry of your brain.” The key, perhaps, is the “conscious effort.” People aren’t accustomed to the hard work and discipline of controlling thoughts, feelings, and words. But we can with God’s help change our thinking patterns and defaults. Through solid effort by renewing our minds with the Word of God – putting it into our minds through our eyes and through our ears – we can change toxic thoughts through the power of the Truth of the Word of God and the love expressed in that Truth.

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As I was meditating on a challenge in my life the other day I felt the Holy Spirit teach me an important truth about my mind. He said, when you enter into a conceptualized thought, it’s like stepping into an elevator. That elevator can take you where you want to go – up or down. Paul instructs us, “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (Colossians 3:2) Some thought subject matter can take me on a downward spiral to despair. But those thoughts can be challenged and evicted. I can replace those thoughts with the promises of God – the Truth of the matter that dispels every fear.

Father,

I ask you for grace and strength today to take every thought captive and make my thoughts agree with you, comply with your Word, and align with your love.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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It’s a Wonder-filled Life

posted by Mark and Jill

No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. Psalm 16:9

My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises! Psalm 57:7

Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you! Psalm 71:6

My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart! Psalm 108:1

Is it any wonder that we are glad today? Is it any wonder that we express our worship to God with singing? Is it any wonder that our hearts engage fully as we praise Him? Is it any wonder that we have confident hearts?  Is it because we live challenge-free, pain-free, persecution-free, problem-free lives? No! Emphatically no. It’s because we have a God who is bigger than challenges, stronger than pain, mightier than persecution, and much greater than any problem the devil can throw at us. No, it shouldn’t surprise us that we experience His blessing, because that is God’s promise to His children. No wonder!

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Father,

I thank you that I can sing with confidence, boldness and gladness today because I trust in you. I can whistle calmly in the face of adversity, knowing that your power is here to save me from anything the enemy tries to throw my way. Thank you that I have the ability to have the mind of Christ – to think His anointed thoughts and follow His voice today as my Good Shepherd. I receive all these blessings from Your gracious hand: confidence, love, forgiveness, peace, and joy in you. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Previous Posts

Prayer for a Renewed Mind
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2 The Word of God can do what 120 years of daily psychotherapy cannot:  change the chemistry of the mind. Therapy helps, no doubt! We can ...

posted 12:03:06pm Apr. 29, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for a Spiritual GPS
The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey ...

posted 11:41:50am Apr. 28, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Elevate Your Thought Life
"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Phil. 4:8 NLT "For as he ...

posted 12:03:15pm Apr. 27, 2015 | read full post »

It's a Wonder-filled Life
No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. Psalm 16:9 My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises! Psalm 57:7 Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s ...

posted 10:50:50am Apr. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Shut Up Or Shout
“Do not even talk,” Joshua commanded. “Not a single word from any of you until I tell you to shout. Then shout!” Joshua 6:10 “Be still, and know that I am God!" Psalm 46:10 The Israelites had messed up God's plan and suffered the ...

posted 1:10:57pm Apr. 22, 2015 | read full post »

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