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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

January 1970 Archives

Prayer for the Families of Slain Police Officers

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Pray for the families of Mark Renninger, Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards, the slain Washington State police officers gunned down south of Seattle while sitting in a coffee shop. As I write this, police have surrounded a house […]

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Advent Prayer: Listening

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Monday, the first week of Advent “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of […]

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Advent Prayer: Behold His Coming

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney The First Sunday of Advent  “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14, KJV. The word “advent” means “coming.” But the season is not merely a time […]

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A Black Friday Prayer

posted by nsymmonds

Tomorrow, millions of Americans will be headed out to the malls and to their local Walmarts, Targets, Kmarts and other retailers to celebrate the national retail holiday known as Black Friday. It’s ironic that it is called Black Friday because […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: A Feast as Time-travel

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Thursday is Thanksgiving: a feast, in the real, old, traditional sense of the word. “Feast” means more than food. Oh, feasting involves food, thank The Lord, but the essence of the celebration goes beyond gorging ourselves until we can’t walk. […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: For Families who have Lost a Loved One

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The big chair at the end of the Thanksgiving dinner table will be empty this year. My father died a year ago last April. I tell about his story and mine in my book, “The Karma of Jesus.” Yes, I […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Praying to be a Blessing

posted by nsymmonds

For the first time in probably five years, if not more, I am spending Thanksgiving with my family. It is not because I was estranged from them, but more so because the cost of plane tickets deterred me from going. […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: ‘Saying Grace’ when a Loved One is Missing

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There will be two empty chairs at our Thanksgiving table this year. One I’ll talk about tomorrow. The other will represent our daughter Ellie who graduated from high school last December and two weeks later hopped on a plane for […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Dinner Prayer for Not-So-Perfect Families

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There’s an old adage that says, “You can choose your friends; you’re stuck with family.” Too true, perhaps. We all long for the ideal, whole and functional family, but too often we’re “stuck” between fractured and turbulent relationships with those […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Table Grace Pressure

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The turkey is on the table and everyone is seated. Now what? It’s time to say “Grace.” Okay… Now what? Saying “Grace” before the meal, especially a big and important one like Thanksgiving can be laborious and awkward. The cook has […]

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – as a Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is the 146th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of one of the most sublime and enduring political statements in history: The Gettysburg Address. The 16th President stood and spoke simply and directly, in just a few short minutes, framing […]

Thankgiving Prayer: When Words Fail, Borrow a Line

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Everyone’s gathered and waiting. The food is hot and on the table. It’s Thankgiving, and dinner time. it’s time to pray and say “Thank you” to the One who has given us life and the means to sustain it. How […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Gratitude is the Fountain of Youth!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Satisfaction Guaranteed

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- Who satisfies your desires with good things… “Satisfies…” Really? “With good things…” Is this […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Patience

posted by nsymmonds

The holiday season brings with it its fair share of expectation, but sometimes with expectation comes the inability to wait patiently for a thing to happen. Some of us are working toward the respite of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and we […]

A Prayer for Veterans on Veterans Day 2009

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Wednesday (tomorrow) is Veterans Day, 2009. It’s fitting for us as a free people to publically and intentionally acknowledge, thank and bless those men and women who have paid a heavy price to insure our liberty. Freedom, as they say, […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Breaching the Berlin Wall in My Life

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I’m holding a jagged piece of concrete, about the size of hand. One side Is flat, and covered with brilliant blue paint, the other porous and broken. 20 years ago today someone, among tens of thousands of jubilant Germans took […]

Lincoln’s “Proclamation of Thanksgiving” – No Separation of Faith and State

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I wonder how the ACLU would have responded to Abraham Lincoln’s “Proclamation of Thanksgiving” issued in Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863. He sure was no advocate of the “separation of faith and state.” During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders. […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Simple Reminders

posted by Mark Herringshaw

They’re playing Christmas music in my coffee shop this morning. By now we understand the marketing strategy: push the boundaries of Yule back one or two days a year. Do we actually spend more this way? Thanksgiving used to be […]

Prayer for the Unemployment Rate

posted by nsymmonds

Today it was announced that the unemployment rate hit 10.2%, the highest it has been since April 1983. This is startling news since it would seem that if we are crawling out of the recession less jobs would be lost. […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Healing

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Praying for healing baffles me, if nothing else, because it seems so inconsistent. Jesus invites us to pray for healing and to expect he’ll respond. Even science has seen the evidence fo prayer. Jesus himself administered healing repeatedly while he was […]

Pray for Fort Hood Shooting Victims

posted by nsymmonds

11 have been killed and 31 injured in a mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas. I submit this prayer for the family and friends of the victims who will be receiving news about their loved ones. Please pray and share […]

Praying for Those Who Are Precious to You

posted by nsymmonds

I’ve been talking alot about looking forward to a thing since we started the Thanksgiving Prayer series on Monday. So to keep things consistent, I wanted to share something I am looking forward to. This Friday is the release of Lee […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Forgiveness

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Sin” is a nasty and out of fashion word. There, I wrote it. “Sin.” Completely politically incorrect. Say “sin” in a crowed movie theater and you’ll likely incite a stampede for the door. Say “sin” in an actually movie and […]

Win or No Win? Casino Denies Man 166 Million Jackpot

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Bill Seebeck won $166 million dollars in a $4 slot at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa on Sunday but he’s none the richer. The would-be millionaire pulled the level and bells started ringing and the figure $166,666,666.65 appeared […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Self Control

posted by nsymmonds

I am currently in the midst of my church’s annual 21-day consecration in which we dedicate ourselves to fasting, increased prayer, and study of the word of God. As is always the case when it comes to fasting, it brings […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Remembering to Remember

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There are many crazy stories – some actually true – about Rick Henderson, the Hall of Fame baseball player. Here’s one: Months after Henderson was paid his first one million dollar salary, his team’s accounting team couldn’t locate the withdrawal. […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Expectancy

posted by nsymmonds

I know what you are thinking, “Isn’t it a bit early for a Thanksgiving prayer?” But in actuality, Thanksgiving, as we know it, started well before it was a national holiday associated with turkey, football and lethargy. Thankgiving was and is a […]

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A Prayer to Gain Your Mountain
“Now give me this mountain...” (Joshua 14:6-15) Caleb was an 85 year old man when Joshua led Israel into Canaan. (Read his story in Joshua 14:6-15, 15:13-19, 63, and Numbers 14:24.) Joshua and Caleb had been prayer partners for 40 long, ...

posted 8:15:45pm Feb. 10, 2016 | read full post »

Praying Jabez's Prayer
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!  Let your hand be with me, and ...

posted 2:15:06pm Feb. 09, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer When You're Grieving a Beloved Pet
“At your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11b Father, I miss my right-hand friend. My darling and beloved companion’s absence is sorely felt in my soul. Would you hold me now? Part of me wonders if I’m making more ...

posted 2:33:45pm Feb. 04, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer When You’re Wrestling With God
So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me ...

posted 11:20:11am Feb. 02, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer of Desperation
The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path. But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me... my cry ...

posted 11:55:50am Jan. 27, 2016 | read full post »

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