Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer: Understanding Temperaments in Marriage

posted by Mark and Jill

He made their hearts,
    so he understands everything they do. Psalm 33:15 (NLT)

And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight, that your love may display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment. Phil. 1:9 (Amplified)

Paul wanted followers of Jesus to increase in their ability to understand one another. Sometimes tools help gain these insights. Until I learned that Mark thinks out loud, his ideas sometimes sounded wild and outlandish to me. They seemed to come out of no where, and I wondered, “What in the world in he thinking?!”  My temperament waits to externalize ideas until I’ve processed them internally for a period of time, then I bring them up in conversation, sharing with him what I’ve already chewed on. Mark processes thoughts while talking, so his ideas formulate differently than mine. Knowing this, I now know that I don’t have to be afraid of his brainstorms; he’s only working through them. He hasn’t run ahead of me, or made decisions based on these thoughts; they are just trial balloons, and he gives me opportunity to ponder them with him. These discussions used to lead to frustration and fear and argument. Now that we know each other’s temperaments, we have the understanding we need to maintain peace in our relationship. Let’s pray for this understanding in our marriages:

Father,

You have knit us together very differently. The fibers of our temperament are vastly different, yet you brought us together to complement one another, to be strong in the other’s weakness. How vast is your wisdom! Thank you! Still, we need your help to understand one another, to appreciate our differences, and to honor each other’s perspectives even when they are different from our own. So we receive the understanding that your Spirit has to offer. We commit ourselves to study each other’s temperaments, love languages, passions, and traits. To become experts in each other so that we can love one another more deeply. Thank you, Lord.

Let it be so. Amen.

Understanding is like a fountain of life to those who have it. Proverbs 16:22

No matter what it costs, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7

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I Will Praise the Lord at All Times

posted by Mark and Jill

I will praise the Lord at all times.
I will constantly speak his praises. Psalm 34:1

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Phil. 4:4

Always. At all times. Is this too much of the Lord to ask of us? Does God ask us to do things that are outside of our capacities?

Not when He’s there to teach us. Let’s start by requesting help…

Father,

You know that my default is not to praise, but to fear, complain, and wallow. Your Word instructs me to praise – outloud – incessantly. And you instruct me to continually fill my heart with joy over who you are and what you have done for me, even when circumstances stink. So, with your help, I will seek to praise you throughout this day, breathing in and out my thanks, being grateful for the big and little things you have done for me, given me, and promised me. I cannot fill this high order without your miraculous help. Once again I am faced with the necessity of a transformation of my whole person. But you are up to that task! So have at it, my Great Potter. Reshape me, mold me, change me, until I reflect Your image.

In Jesus’ Name

A Prayer for My Husband

posted by Mark and Jill

…You are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect, defer to, revere him—to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy your husband.  1 Peter 3:2 (Amplified)

Come on, ladies! Let’s prize our guys!

Father,

Thank you for changing my critical heart! Thank you for forgiving me and transforming me into a supportive wife! Thank you for giving me eyes to see all the great qualities in this husband of mine. Sure, he’s not perfect, (nor am I!!!) but he is growing! And my love and support for him only speeds that process along. How grateful I am to You, loving Father, for giving me my man! What a joy this covenant is becoming. What strength we have in prayer. What synergy in our work! What fun! Bless him today with everything he needs for life and godliness. Grant him these blessings (from Isaiah 11):

  • wisdom
  • understanding
  • counsel
  • might
  • knowledge
  • and the fear of the Lord.

In Jesus’ Mighty and Loving Name, Amen!

Boat-Sinking Blessings

posted by Mark and Jill
There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request. 1 Chronicles 4:9,10
A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. Luke 5:7
Jabez prays, “God, bless me indeed. Expand my territory. Let your hand be with me…” Today I’m fixed on that … “let your hand be with me…” In the midst of blessing as our territory is expanding and exploding we get in over our heads. Blessing and expanse can be overwhelming. Blessing and favor and increase are also a test of faith. Too good can be too much. And here we need help.
Today we pray for God’s hand of blessing, as in helping hand, to carry the loads that are too much for us…
“Father, you are expanding our territory. You are blessing with opportunity. Thank you for that trust. But now we need more. We need your help to muster and master the gifts of possibility you are opening for us. We have prayed for chances to lead, and to help others lead well. Now we need you to lead us, to lead us well, to lead us by expanding our time, our focus, our energy, our concentration, our memories. We need to be more than ourselves. We need Your mind. We receive your mighty help to steward what you have entrusted to us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” 
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A Prayer: Understanding Temperaments in Marriage
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