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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

God Can Work With Anything We Give Him

posted by Mark and Jill

“He turned the intended curse into a blessing because the Lord your God loves you.” (Deuteronomy 23:5)

Need a miracle?

Got fish? Got bread? Boom! God can make a picnic out of anything we give Him. Perhaps you’ve messed up your life beyond repair. In God’s hands nothing is impossible. The junk you give Him can be refurbished into something beautiful and amazing, beyond your dreams.

Been denied? Been reviled? Been abused? Been bummed? Give it all to Jesus, walk in repentance towards God and forgiveness towards others and get your life re-created into something that not only works but gives you and others around you great and abounding and lasting JOY. Give him anything and He’ll reply, “I can work with that!”

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Father,

Take my life and do something amazing with it. I’m so sorry for my part in the mess, and I forgive everyone who has helped to wreak this havoc. Turn this wreck into a wonder. As in Heaven, so in me: a new me, at peace, walking in love, thinking sound thoughts that are true and lovely, and adhering to your wisdom, down to the very last.

Amen.

 

 

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A Prayer to Experience a Vibrant Life

posted by Mark and Jill

And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and LIFE. (John 6:63)

These instructions are not empty words—they are your LIFE! (Deuteronomy 32:47)

Listen carefully to my words.
Don’t lose sight of them.
Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
for they bring LIFE to those who find them,
and healing to their whole body. (Proverbs 4:20-22)

The kind of life God wants to give us – the life we receive when we live on His Word – is a life of absolute fullness. The Hebrew word  for life denotes an image of a green tree. We want our lives to be fresh and green and fruitful, not dry and brittle. Jesus, after fasting 40 days in the desert, preparing for his ministry, said, “People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

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“My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10)

Who is feeding your life? If it’s Jesus, and you are following His ways, you’re on the path to a rich and satisfying life. What are you digesting? If it’s the Word of God, you’re headed for supernatural joy that God has prepared for you. Hear the dinner bell? Let’s eat!

Father,

I open my up my heart to your Word today. Open my ears and eyes to see and understand what you are saying to me. Your Word brings encouragement to my soul. Thank you, Jesus, that you are the Word of God. I receive your Spirit in my life today. I choose to walk with you throughout each moment of this day, listening for Your word that gives me eternal life… Eternal life that begins NOW!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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A Prayer to Think Lovely Thoughts

posted by Mark and Jill

The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. (Isaiah 8:11)

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. (Philippians 4:8)

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)

Lord,

Teach me to take control of my undisciplined mind. Help me to expel negative and critical thoughts. I choose today to keep my mind on You, Your great love for me and Your promises to me that will never fail. I choose hope today, knowing that the things that aren’t working in my life will get better as I choose to walk in love, as I align my thoughts with your thoughts, and as I speak words of truth and love. Give me a heart to quickly forgive offenses and not to dwell on them, mulling over them in my mind until I am in a dark place. I choose gratitude today. I will look for blessings under every rock. I will appreciate the beauty around me and express my thanks to people I love, first and foremost You, my God.

Amen

“Now, think lovely thoughts, and up you go….I’m flying! Look at me way up high!” ~Peter Pan

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A Prayer for a Reality Check

posted by Mark and Jill

“This is what God says: Why do you disobey the Lord’s commands and keep yourselves from prospering? You have abandoned the Lord, and now he has abandoned you!”   2 Chronicles 24:20

“If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

That was a Word from God delivered by the prophet Zechariah. It’s a good idea take a look at this and apply it to our lives. Let’s ask ourselves: is there any area in which we find ourselves failing and floundering? The Hebrew word “prosper” means to advance, make progress, succeed, be profitable. Are you stalled in your marriage, finances, relationships, work or health? Then it’s time to reconsider your commitment to the Lord. If we are engaged in our faith wholeheartedly, our lives will work, and things will eventually prosper around us.

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Jesus took the 600 plus laws that the Jews were obligated to obey and distilled them down to one simple, foundational principle:  LOVE.

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.”(Matthew 22:37-39)

If we walk in love with the Lord and with each other, we can keep the door open to our own well-being and to the progress of our lives down to the smallest detail.

Father,

Your call to me is not a part-time job, something I dabble in occasionally, once or twice a week in a church building, but rather it is a holy, holistic, habitual commitment. Please forgive my half-hearted attempts to seek you. Today I choose to follow after you with every part of me. To love you from my whole heart, my whole soul, and my whole mind. Renew and transform my mind; remove my stony heart and give me a new one. Help me to delight to do your will. Give me traction once again in my pursuit of you. Place me in a community of like-minded believers who will spur me on to good things. Thank you for your forgiveness, and I believe that I receive now what I am asking: a heart that follows you full-on, in season and out, night and day.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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