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Prayer, Plain and Simple

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal rock. (Isaiah 26: 3,4)

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)

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Father,

Thank You that as I fix my thoughts, You fix all that is broken in me. You give me perfect Shalom – nothing is missing, nothing is broken in my body, soul, or spirit. I trust in You, God. I trust in Your everlasting love for me. I trust in Your power to save me. I trust in Your loving care.

As You fix my mind, I fix my thoughts, by turning from all negativity to things that are true. I turn from fearful scenarios of what the future would look like without Your intervention. I will only think about things that are pleasing and joy-giving and lovely. I choose thoughts that are of excellent quality, thoughts that produce praise.

In short, Jesus, I keep my thoughts on You, my friend who sticks closer than a brother, my healer, my great defender, my Rock, my anchor, my steadfast hope, my joy, my life.

I refuse fear and worry! I take rogue thoughts captive and make them obey You, God. As I dispel every bit of anxiety that seeks to imbed itself in my mind, I will simply tell you what I need moment by moment. I will ask You for peace when I feel the panic rise. I will ask You for confidence when I feel my security slipping. I will say, as David did, “Lord, I am slipping!” And You will help me! For Your Word says in Psalm 121 that You will not allow my foot to slip. 

I will thank You continually for who You are to me, for all You have done for me, and for all You will do – even things I’ve yet to see manifest, for that is my sacrifice of praise.

As I thank You, I will experience Your peace that passes anything I can imagine, peace that passes any medication I can ingest; nothing and no one can give me the peace that You give. Your peace will stand as a guard over my mind, filtering out every negative thought, every fear, every lie.

Thank You for the mind of Christ. It is mine in Jesus. He died so that I could partake of His anointed mind. I thank You for the anointed mind of Christ, a steady mind, a fearless mind, a compassionate mind, a stable mind, a peaceful mind, a wise mind, a positive, optimistic, and joyful mind. 

Being full of Your Spirit, I cannot live in fear. Your love has driven fear out, so all day today I will confess that You are good and Your love endures. Your love conquers all fear. I receive the benefit of a fearless life: my life is full of Your power, Your love, and a sound mind, a sane and strong mind, a mind that is fixed. Fixed on You moment by moment, step by step, throughout this day and throughout my life.

In Jesus’ Name

Amen!

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6,7)

…We have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16b)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

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Let them make peace with me.
Yes, let them make peace with me. (Isaiah 27:5)

He [Jesus] lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. (Hebrews 7:25)

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If you are longing for someone to make peace with God, you are not alone. God is right there with you.

Jesus prayed over Jerusalem a few days before they sentenced Him to death:

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem… How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me” (Matthew 23:37).

Jesus didn’t call on angels to enforce His desire to gather the people of Jerusalem to His heart. He left them to their own free wills, to embrace or reject Him. They chose the latter.

Jesus is at the right hand of God, presenting Himself to the Father as the acceptable exchange for our sins, making it possible for anyone–everyone–to enter into fellowship with God for eternity. But people are stubborn. We prefer our own way of doing things, so we reject His offer of abundant life and set out to forge our own ways. We weren’t made to navigate life on our own. We need Jesus to light the way.

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12)

If you are praying for someone to make peace with God, to find their way, remember that God is with you. Pray this plain and simple prayer…

Father,

I thank You for Your promise that if we pray anything according to Your will, You will do it. You have prayed the prayer I am about to pray, so how could it be anything but Your perfect will?

I place my loved ones before Your throne today, and I ask You in Jesus name to lead them down paths that will create in them a desire to make peace with You. May they turn from things in their lives that are leading them into darkness and dead ends, and may they lift their heads to see the light of Your glorious face smiling down on them.

Remind them that You’re not mad at them. Send people into their lives that will speak this truth: The Truth of the Good News that You are love and that Your love is the greatest force in the universe.

I trust in you to work to accomplish this, and my faith will not grow weak as I wait patiently for the fulfillment of all your promises concerning my loved ones.

In Jesus Name
Amen

 

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You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay. (Psalm 40:17)

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We have a wonderful handyman. Halvor the handyman. He is 87 years old.

He works tirelessly; he can fix anything. He’s saved us thousands of dollars through the years, and we count him one of our dearest friends. When I call Halvor, I can count on his help. Whatever is broken is fixed faster than I anticipated, cheaper than I hoped, and better than it was before it was broken.

Just about the only thing he can’t mend is a broken heart, a broken relationship, a broken body, or a broken soul. That’s when I call for Jesus, my heavenly Handyman.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3)

Perfect peace. Perfect Shalom. I have heard the Hebrew word shalom defined as, “Nothing missing. Nothing broken.”

Is something broken in your life today? Call your heavenly handyman. He’ll be there before you can say, “Amen.”

Father,

I fix my thoughts on you today. My mind is swirling a thousand directions and spiraling downward. You have promised that if I keep my eyes and my thoughts on You, I will have perfect peace. Your peace will fix my brokenness. Your peace will repair my soul and transform my mind. Your peace will recalibrate all that is whirling inside.

I receive You now, Prince of Peace. Come mediate between my emotions and my mind. I take each rouge thought captive, and I make my thoughts bow to Your truth.

Teach me Your truth. I have too often wandered from what is True, thinking I had some sort of artistic license to interpret things my way. I am sorry, Father. It’s Your way from here on, Loving Lord.

My whole self, spirit, soul, and body is Yours.

Dear Helper, help me quickly. Come to my aid and deliver me from trouble. 

In Jesus’ Name
Amen

 

 

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My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief. (Psalm 22:1,2)
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King David crafted this despairing prayer when he was in the middle of one (of many) of the trials during his lifetime. This particular time of adversity was probably the most painful, as it involved his own son’s betrayal when Absolom attempted to usurp the throne.

David was forced to flee Jerusalem for his life. In the middle of this extreme trauma and deep emotional pain, he cried out to God. If you are in the middle of a trying time in your life or a challenge of any nature, you can learn a lot from David today.

Let’s look at the outline of his prayer in Psalm 22.

First, he states his case before God: he feels abandoned by God. Up to this point his prayers for this specific situation have not been answered; it seems that this had gone on for at least a number of days.

Then he promptly presents the antidote for his despair: praise to God. On a dime, David turns from anguish to honor. Does this sound bipolar? Not when you look closely. David makes a conscious effort to change the posture of his soul. In other Scriptures David commands his soul to praise God whether he feels like it or not.

Next David outlines the reasoning behind his deliberate decision to move from despair to praise by listing the reasons why God is worthy of this change of perspective. He reminds himself that, “God has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help” (Psalm 22:24).

Finally, David summons everyone on the earth to join him in his praise party, for he is convinced beyond shadow of doubt that God will pull through for him, that God will indeed hear him and change his current circumstances by issuing help from Heaven. And this is exactly what happened; David received what he was believing for, and his throne was suddenly restored to him.

Are you fighting a desperate battle today? Let’s follow David’s lead and craft a prayer accordingly…

Father,

I have had just about enough of this [lay the specific dilemma out before Him]. It distinctly feels like You have not been listening to my prayers and my weeping, like You have been asleep on the job, or oblivious, busy ruling some other universe.

But because I know Your character as well as Your history, I choose to lay my burden at Your feet and praise You. Though I feel abandoned, I know better! You have never forsaken me, and You never will.

You have not ignored or minimized my suffering. You have not turned Your back on me. You have listened to every prayer and have heard every groan my soul has uttered. I will continue to praise You until this situation turns. Then I will let the whole world know what You have done. I will not keep silent, but I will tell everyone and summon the whole earth to love, appreciate, honor, and worship You forever.

In Jesus’ Name
Amen

 

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