Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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)

A Prayer When Bullies Bully

posted by mherringshaw1

The other day I let JoJo, our little 9 pound poodle, outside to run around and “do his thing”. JoJo never wanders far from our country home. After a few minutes I heard a blood curdling dog-scream — a sound I’ve never heard before and hope to never hear again. I looked out the back and didn’t see him; I looked out the front and there he was huddled next to the service door of the garage with a big black lab and a scrawny black and white mix close at this heels. I ran and opened the door just enough for him to enter without the “Bully Dogs” and swept him up in my arms. He was covered in dog saliva and shaking from head to tail.

JoJo knows what it feels like to be beat up and bullied. (Poor little guy.) If God cares for birds that fall, then He certainly cares for dogs that get attacked. And how much more does He care for victims of those who are bullied. Let’s pray for souls that have experienced pain at the hands of persecutors.

Father,

We ask for your protection over those who have experienced bullying. Please rescue them from emotional and physical danger, and from the fear associated with this trauma.

We cry out to you — use us as your instruments of peace to nourish their souls, to bring encouragement, and to release them from anxiety and the insecurity that comes when we feel weak.

Help these victims to forgive their enemies as you instructed, and may we use our words to pray for blessing upon those who do us harm. May that blessing ultimately be a transformation of heart, which we pray you will grant us all. As counter-intuitive as Your ways are, they are our pathway to freedom.

“He reached down from on high and took hold of me, he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes who were too strong for me. They confronted me on my day of disaster, but the Lord was my support.” ~ 2 Samuel 22:17

We trust in You to deliver us from trauma, fear, and abuse of every kind, for that is why you came and faced the bullies, religious and political, who crucified you that Passover day 2,000 years ago.

Amen.

Random Notes and The Rest of the Story:
JoJo is named after the broadway musical Suessical character. Oddly enough, both of our boys played that role a few years apart when they were about 10. Thus, JoJo is both their namesakes, sort of.
We took JoJo to the vet after this ordeal, where he got stitched up, wrapped up, and loved up. He laid low for a couple of days, and soon he was running around, healed and whole again. Thank You, God. We thought he might be afraid of going outdoors, but that memory has been healed. God hears our prayers for our pets! Mark and our son both had heart-to-heart talks with the neighbors who own the dogs. They were kind and very apologetic. I think we have made new friends… God works miracles everyday…

Blessed are the bullied, for they shall be healed, strengthened, and encouraged. That’s the Kingdom for you.

Ice Cream: A Prayer of Thanks

posted by mherringshaw1

“God, thank you for ice cream. Well done! Sure, we humans have been clever enough to combine your goods in a creative way, But you made the milk, the eggs, sugar, the flavors we use to fancy it up and the ice that makes it cold. Thank you, thank you. And please enjoy it with me.  Jesus, you never had the chance to enjoy ice cream. But you live in me, so relish the moment.  Thank you so for the simple, delightful gift of ice cream!”

“I Need a Job” – A Prayer

posted by mherringshaw1

“Lord, you know I need work. I want to do my part and carry my weight. I’m not asking for a handout; but I do need your help landing the right employment. It’s been too long and I’m feeling frustrated. You know exactly the situation that fits my skills, my interests and my experience. You know the perfect job. Bring the right relationship into alignment. Do that miracle of connection. Someone out there needs exactly what I offer. I ask you to bring this connection and to do so quickly. If there is anything in the way of this answer, I ask you to reveal it to me and to give me the wisdom and faith to break through that barrier. I ask thanking you ahead of for the answer…. In Jesus…”

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