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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer for Perspective

posted by Mark and Jill

Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire” 2 Kings 6:17. 

Things looked bleak. Israel was under siege by the mighty army of Aram. There seemed no way out. Elisha the Prophet and his servant both recognized the same real problem; but they had opposite reactions. The servant froze hopeless in fear. He saw the crisis as it appeared, faced facts and drew a logical conclusion: “We are doomed!” 

Elijah too faced facts. By the numbers God’s people couldn’t prevail. But Elijah saw truth beyond. “Do not be afraid… Those who are with us are greater than those who are with them. There is “seeing” and “seeing.” 

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Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’  Higher facts trumped the obvious. Angels, part of God’s second created order and pledged to protect his children surrounded those who surrounded Israel. Power was at hand!  

This “second sight” as it is sometimes called took a second look, and a miracle answered to Elisha’s prayer. This same “invisible” reality swirls around you, your family, and your business. Ask to see it! The facts of this world matter; the facts of another realm matter more. Ask God for vision and two things come clear. First, you will become intensely aware of what’s happening, literally, here and now, down to earth. Second, you will “sense” the reality of the other world also down to earth. 

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We humans are amphibians, living in two atmospheres, earth and heaven. Prayer focuses our eyes to detect reality in both spheres. As you pray today, expect this, especially for your work and business. It may be new to you, but open your eyes when He does!  

Father, open my eyes today. May I see the world from Your perspective, not mine. Amen.

“The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire”

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A Prayer for Servant Leadership

posted by Mark and Jill

“Here I am Lord, send me” (Isaiah 6:8). 

“Father, not my will but yours be done…”  ~Jesus

Before I can be trusted to wield the blessings, authority, power, and resources of God – and this is certainly His intent– I must come forward with hands raised in surrender. I’m not first a servant leader; I am first a servant submitting to a Leader. If you dare, make this your prayer:

Father,

Here I am Lord. I am not hiding.

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Send me on the assignment you choose.

I am your servant; you are my Leader.

Send me…

to speak up at the risk of losing face,

to invest my assets for returns I can only cash in eternity,

to give away my talents in secret,

to lose my life while the battle still seems hopeless.

Here I am…

Amen

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A Prayer To Win the Battle

posted by Mark and Jill

Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:

“Give thanks to the Lord,

    for his love endures forever.”

As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes.(2 Chronicles 20:21,22)

If you are facing a battle, your first response will not be to begin worshipping God. Rather, the knee-jerk reaction to an attack is anything but praise. However, it worked for the Israelites. Praise released angelic deliverance that got God’s people out of the mess they were in.

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Father,

The enemy of my soul is hardpressed to do me in. I have no idea what to do, and I certainly have no strength in me to win. But I will praise my Great Deliverer. I will give you thanks in the middle of this intense stress. My gratitude radar will grow and grow. And my strength and joy will grow as I watch you do what I cannot do:  deliver me from danger, evil, distress, anger, depression, addiction, and hell itself. I celebrate your great love for me. Your love outlasts every circumstance I face! Your love sustains me through this battle waged against my soul. Your love for me will never run dry or fail me. Thank you, Lord! I lift my hands in praise and adoration for your great goodness, love, and glory.

Amen

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A Prayer for A Revived Conscience

posted by Mark and Jill

But my people…have stumbled off the ancient highways and walk in muddy paths. (Jeremiah 18:15)

Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.  (1 Timothy 1:19)

One sure way to ruin a perfectly clean conscience, is to deliberately ignore it. Once done, it – like the Holy Spirit – will quietly walk away. The conscience, like an often ignored puppy, will soon ignore you and fall asleep in the corner of your mind. Once this happens, your belief system has to alter; you can no longer handle the discrepancy between your conscience and your behavior. One of them has to go. So if you kick out your conscience and do whatever your flesh dictates, you sail right into the storm, wrecking your faith and wreaking havoc in your life. Shipwrecked? Seared conscience? Pray this:

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Father,

I have anesthetized my conscience and it no longer speaks to me. I hardly know what is right from what is wrong. I have fooled myself into thinking that I can create my own rules and laws and life. That is partially true. I can, because you have given me a sovereign will to design the life of my choosing. But my choices have become revolting to me and to You. I ask for your forgiveness. My sin is ever before me. Wash me and I will be clean. My sins have created a bloody mess, but your cleansing can make me white as snow again, fresh as a newborn baby. I receive your forgiveness and cleansing today. And I declare a new beginning over my life, out of the mud and back on track, the path of peace and joy that only You can give.

Amen.

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A Prayer for Perspective
Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire” 2 Kings 6:17.  Things looked ...

posted 10:24:35am Aug. 27, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Servant Leadership
“Here I am Lord, send me” (Isaiah 6:8).  “Father, not my will but yours be done…”  ~Jesus Before I can be trusted to wield the blessings, authority, power, and resources of God – and this is certainly His intent– I must come ...

posted 12:17:30pm Aug. 25, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer To Win the Battle
Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord,     for his love endures forever.” As they began to sing and ...

posted 1:27:27pm Aug. 24, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for A Revived Conscience
But my people…have stumbled off the ancient highways and walk in muddy paths. (Jeremiah 18:15) Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their ...

posted 11:24:10am Aug. 22, 2015 | read full post »

Paul's Instructions on Prayer
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness ...

posted 11:08:59am Aug. 21, 2015 | read full post »

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