Advertisement

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

January 1970 Archives

pray4jobs

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The U.S. unemployment rate has hit 9.6%. Ouch. The recession now has a personal face, with these numbers representing the names of real people, real families, with real stress, real fear, and sometimes real despair. Does God care? He does. Jesus promises […]

Advertisement

Prayer for American Samoa Tsunami Victims and Hawaii

posted by nsymmonds

An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 hit the American Samoan islands earlier today. This earthquake triggered three 5-foot tsunamis which caused damaged and killed an undetermined number of people. Hawaii is currently on tsunami watch. Please join us in prayer […]

Advertisement

A Christian Prayer for Yom Kippur 2009

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today marks the climax of the holy Jewish celebration of Yom Kippur, the traditional Day of Atonement – the chance for forgiveness and for God’s great, merciful gift of holiness. Christians too honor this heritage introduced to us by our […]

Advertisement

Prayer to Break our Fear Addiction

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.  Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do […]

Praying Through our National Parks

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Ken Burns has again captivated my imagination.  I adored “Baseball,” was fascinated by “Jazz,” grieved over “The Civil War,” wept watching “The War,” and now find myself “awed” by his new documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” The […]

Roman Polanski’s Case for Grace has Nothing to Do with Genius

posted by Mark Herringshaw

 French authorities are bending over backwards today to defend Roman Polanski after authorities arrested the filmmaker on a 30 year old sexual abuse warrant. The point: He’s an artistic genius. Frederic Mitterrand, the French culture and communications minister, said “he […]

“No Fear Here”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The LORD is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1).   One day when my youngest son was just a toddler I was walking […]

“Hope Takes a Miracle – Ask for it!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

If you’re anything of a sports fan, then you know the feeling. Your team is down and time is running out. Anxiety and doom begin to settle over everyone. And then, strangely, through some subtle shift in the air, a […]

A Prayer by Forrest Church

posted by nsymmonds

A writer, friend of Beliefnet, and leader in the Unitarian Universalist church, Forrest Church has passed away. We here at Beliefnet have had the opportunity to work with him and publish his writing on the site, the latest of which was […]

Podcast about Listening to God’s Voice

posted by Mark Herringshaw

We speak to God and believe he hears and responds. Is it possible for us to hear and respond when God speaks to us? I (Mark) just completed a radio interview with Debbie Chavez based off my book, “Nine Ways […]

Seeing Wealth We Already Have

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday a reader named Carmen added an interesting comment on the post, “Praying for Money – An Act of Worship.” You can see it for yourself below. Carmen suggested that instead of praying for money itself perhaps our better choice […]

A “Say So!” Challenge – Mustering 100 Stories of Financial Miracles

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Do you have a financial miracle in your history? It’s time to share the details! We’ve been talking and praying about finances this week. This is a difficult season for many of us, with unemployment and a signficant debt crisis, […]

Adultery Doesn’t Work: Ask the Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday afternoon Angela, an articulate and talented thirteen year-old sat in my office trying to make sense of the train wreck that had blown apart her family. I don’t think I helped much. Help will take a miracle, but then […]

When the Ten Commandments Break Us…

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Actress Mackenzie Phillips confessed this week to a 10 year incestuous relationship with her father, pop superstar John Phillips. In an interview with Oprah, Phillips said of her father, “He was a man who lived in a world where the […]

Praying for Money – an Act of Worship

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Money is the root of all evil…” Right? Actually no. The famous cliché that comes from the Bible, in I Timothy 6:10, says “The love of money is the root of all evil…” There’s a big difference. It’s not the […]

Praying for “See You at the Pole”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

At this very moment over two million students across America and overseas are gathering around the flagpole of their schools to pray and ask God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses. They call it “See You At […]

Asking God to Co-Sign on My Debt

posted by Mark Herringshaw

    The statistics are frightening.  We’re a nation in debt, privately in our own families, corporately in our businesses and organizations, and nationally in our government.  Indebtedness is now growing into an even deeper crisis as our present economic troubles […]

Join Us in Prayer for Relationships

posted by nsymmonds

As some of you may know, or not, Beliefnet has a community that operates like a social netowrk for believers of all stripes. One of the most robust parts of the community are our prayer circles where users are invited […]

Prayer for Flooding in Atlanta

posted by nsymmonds

Here is a prayer from my partner in prayer blogging, Mark on the flooding in Atlanta. More rain is forecast in Georgia a day after storms there killed at least six people. Rising waters washed out roads, snarled traffic and […]

Prayer for Relationship Reconciliation

posted by Mark Herringshaw

    How about this for a story of reconciliation: After working side by side for the same moving company, two men, Gary Nisbet and Randy Joubert finally discovered that they were not only long-lost brothers, but actually identical twins […]

“Just Enough, Just in Time” Prayer for Provision

posted by Mark Herringshaw

You may know, and even frequently say the words in Jesus’ Lord’s Prayer, “Give us today our daily bread.” Here Jesus invites us to ask God, our Father to meet our immediate need for provision.  Jesus is referring to an […]

Prayer for Provision

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday I ran into a friend who’s been unemployed for nine months.  I smiled, politely and asked how he was doing.  He looked at me as if to say, “Stupid question!”  I suddenly felt as if I’d slapped a cancer […]

How Prayer Works: God’s Guarded Trade Secret

posted by Mark Herringshaw

In a response to yesterday’s post, “Praying with our head’s screwed on,” “Kris” offered this comment: “If prayer is for our benefit why must we be so specific? Is it the time we spend on prayer itself and research in […]

Pray on the International Day of Peace

posted by nsymmonds

On September 21, people all over the world will stop what they are doing at high noon and pray for peace for one minute in acknowledgement of the United Nations International Day of Peace. The UN’s goal is get 1 million people to […]

Praying with our Heads Screwed on

posted by Mark Herringshaw

An  image of the H1N1 virus. Knowledge is power… The first rule in war: “know your enemy.” At this moment the world is facing invasion from a microscopic but deadly beast. Epidemiologists have dubbed it the H1N1 virus, and it’s […]

Both/And: Faith with Pharmacy

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It’s not either or, this or that, prayer or medicine, faith or pharmacy. God heals, and he often uses the wisdom he’s given medical experts to aid the body’s natural restoration processes. We’ve all heard of tragic stories – people […]

Does Healing Prayer Work?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Do you believe in supernatural healing? Do you believe prayer prompts God to heal the sick? These are ancient questions that – in spite of our modern scientific discoveries – continue to fascinate us. We’re hearing a growing “buzz” about a […]

All the Rage

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Short fuses are “all the rage.” Very, VERY public outbursts this week at the US Open – ala Serena Williams and Roger Federer, during President Obama’s health care pep talk before Congress – Representative Joe Wilson, and at the MTV […]

Prayers for our Children’s Education

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we’ve been posting one prayer for our children and their education. They have just begun school and this is a great time to send them off with our blessing. God cares about our children and their […]

Start Praying for Kanye West, Stop Talking

posted by nsymmonds

From 9:15 on Sunday evening until now we have all had our fair share of lambasting Kanye for his outburst at the VMAs. If you haven’t heard the story, the short of it is that when Taylor Swift was giving […]

H1N1 Prayer Vaccine

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My 15 year old son has the flu: fever, aches, cough. He’s frustrated and angry – he was scheduled to play quarterback this Thursday – but he’s too physically sapped to say much.    He’s not alone. By now we’ve […]

Prayer in a Dangerous Place

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The world is a dangerous place, and try as we might, we cannot shield or children from every potential disaster. While God does not promise to take our children out of this dangerous world, he does promise to protect them […]

A Prayer for the School Board

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we are offering one prayer for one aspect of our children’s education. They need our spiritual blessings. Here’s the prayer for today: God, you not only give wisdom to leaders, you are Wisdom itself! Give the […]

A Prayer for Small Things

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It’s Saturday and the last thing our kids want to think about today is school. But as parents were always on duty and our need to prayer and their need for prayer never ends. Each day this month we are […]

Nightmare Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Can God speak to us through dreams? There is Biblical precedent for it. In our family we believe God does communicate this way, and we have a vivid story in our history that demonstrates it.   I remember well the […]

Praying again, “God Bless America!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Oh, my God!”… We each remember where we were that horrible morning eight years ago today. We remember the sick pit in the stomach, the rancid taste of fear in our mouth gaping in disbelief as we stared at our […]

Prayer for Schools to be Havens of Truth

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Our schools teach knowledge. But learning wisdom and learning truth means more than mastering facts and information. Here’s a prayer that our schools would be havens of true knowledge, the knowledge of God. Even in public schools which can not […]

When I’ve screwed up my kids… it’s time to pray

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Well, it’s official: we are a dysfunctional family. One of my kids is taking a college course called “Family Relationships,” and according to a standardized metric this family of origin is wacked out, screwed up, messed over, and unhealthy inside […]

A Prayer for the Financial Resources to Educate our Kids

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we are offering one prayer for one aspect of our children’s education.  Here’s a prayer for school finances. Nothing happens in this world without resources, but God is the source of everything. Let’s ask!    Lord, […]

Huck Finn: “Couldn’t Make Prayer Work No Way”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My Friend Jon was reading Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” and last week sent me the following passage with a suggestion that I post it on the blog and ask, “So, who agrees with Huck?” I thought Jon made a good suggestion. Here it […]

A Prayer for Teachers and their Families

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we are offering one prayer for one aspect of our children’s education.  Here’s a prayer for teachers. There’s no more challenging or more important job than teaching children. It’s vital and yet impossible, and without God’s […]

An “Inside Job” Miracle

posted by Mark Herringshaw

One of those days…  My 12 year old son called us from school saying he had a strange pain.  He’d been complaining about this for a few days, but now it was worse, and, he said, unbearable.  The appearance of […]

Books about Praying for Kids

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Interested in learning more about praying for your kids? Here’s a brief bibliograghy of recent books on the subject:   Every Child Needs a Praying Mom by Janet Kobobel Grant and Fern Nichols. (Zondervan, August 2003). In this excellent how-to-pray […]

Prayer When our Children are Away for us

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we are offering one prayer for one aspect of our children’s education. They need our spiritual blessings. Here’s the prayer for today:   Father we trust you to take care of our students when they are […]

Parenting is a Setup for Failure… and Faith

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Writer and speaker Jennifer Schuchmann admits her limitation as a parent in the following, a project she and I developed to help parents pray for their school-aged children. Jennifer and I have also written two books together, Six Prayers God Always Answers, […]

Adverbs of Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The world is a dangerous place; but God is good and able.  This is “why” every parent must pray.  The second question arises: “How should every parent pray?” A few years ago someone shared with me the “adverbs of prayer.” […]

A Prayer for Teachers

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we are offering one prayer for one aspect of our children’s education.  Imagine the power of hundreds and thousands of us praying together for schools.  Even if you don’t have children yourself, you have some children […]

Prayer for a Positive Environment in our School

posted by Mark Herringshaw

While we were doing research for our books, Six Prayers God Always Answers, and Nine Ways God Always Speaks, Jennifer Schuchmann and I developed a project to help parents pray for their school-aged children. Here’s the third of 30 simple prayers […]

When I Fear for my Child’s Safety… I Can Pray Yet Again…

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I do my best to raise my children. Is my best ever good enough? Honestly, good is never enough! There has to be something more! Writer and speaker Jennifer Schuchmann faces the sobering truth: she could never perfectly protect her son.  […]

When I Fear for my Child’s Safety… I Can Pray!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

What else can I do for my child?  Is my best ever enough? Writer and speaker Jennifer Schuchmann faces the sobering truth: she could never perfectly protect her son.  Jennifer wrote the following for a project she and I developed […]

A Prayer for the Challenges Students Face

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we are offering one prayer for one aspect of our children’s education.  Imagine the power of hundreds and thousands of us praying together for schools.  Even if you don’t have children yourself, you have some children […]

A Prayer for Whitney Houston

posted by nsymmonds

In the Peach Buzz section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Tyler Perry, a friend of Whitney Houston, asked fans of Houston to pray for her. He suggested that as they went out to buy her latest album, “I Look to You” in stores […]

Prayer – a Vaccination against Fear

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Praying for and with our children is the only sure formula for raising fear-resistant kids — kids with real faith. There’s a Biblical precedent for this in the New Testament story that played out in the life of a young […]

Peace for Paranoid Parents ii

posted by Mark Herringshaw

In 1998 Newsweek ran a cover story titled “DO PARENTS MATTER?” prompted by the release of a controversial book by Judith Harris called The Nurture Assumption. Harris attempted to show that parents’ behavior toward children – for better or worse […]

A Prayer for Those who Teach our Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

While we were doing research for our books, Six Prayers God Always Answers, and Nine Ways God Always Speaks, Jennifer Schuchmann and I developed a project to help parents pray for their school-aged children. Here’s the third of 30 simple prayers […]

Prayer for Victims of the Indonesian Earthquake

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains […]

“Sabbath Prayer” From “Fiddler on the Roof”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The song “Sabbath Prayer” in the Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof (book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem) gives a wonderful model for blessing our daughters. Here […]

Peace for a Paranoid Parent

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I admit it, I am a paranoid parent, and a horror story like the kidnapping and 18 year imprisonment of Jaycee Lee Dugard only feeds those fears. By now we know the abominable details: a beautiful 11 year girl was […]

A Prayer for the Adults Who Influence our Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A couple years ago Jennifer Schuchmann and I – we co-author Six Prayers God Always Answers, and Nine Ways God Always Speaks – worked on a project to help parents pray for their schoolaged children. Here’s the second of 30 simple […]

A Hebrew Blessing for Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

For thousands of years Jews have honored the command God gave them to set aside the Sabbath, the seventh day, as a time for rest, relationship, and worship. One of the most meaningful Sabbath traditions is the blessing over the children […]

A Prayer for the Fires Raging in Southern California

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A prayer for the victims of and those threatened by the wild fires raging now across Southern California: God, have mercy on those living through this terrible threat of fire in Southern California. Protect the lives of the brave men and […]

Jesus Blessed Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

And what does Jesus think of children?   “One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening, he […]

A Prayer for School

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A couple years ago I worked with Jennifer Schuchmann – my co-author in Six Prayers God Always Answers, and Nine Ways God Always Speaks – on a project to help parents pray for their children in school. One of our […]

Praying Back to School

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My 12 year old son Michael began middle school today. It was a big day for him, and for Jill and me, his parents. By all accounts Michael had an awesome and carefree summer: little league baseball with his friends, […]

Previous Posts

A Prayer for Our Garden
Lord, you poured out blessings on your land! ...Our land will be filled with his glory.   Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest. (Psalm 85:1,9,12) The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of ...

posted 12:16:20pm Jul. 06, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer Against Cancer
This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else —not only in ...

posted 11:38:08am Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

God Can Work With Anything We Give Him
"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 ...

posted 6:18:54pm Jun. 29, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Experience a Vibrant Life
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 ...

posted 8:30:32am Jun. 27, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Think Lovely Thoughts
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 ...

posted 8:04:02am Jun. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.