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Prayer, Plain and Simple

“In the morning will I order up my prayers.” Psalm 5:3

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What do you need today? Every day seems to present challenges. They vary in size and type, but they all seem big in our mind’s eye, and many times there is no debate: they are big.

Whatever you need today, God has the answer.

There are so many things we can’t change. People are on the top of the list. We can’t even manage their inner motivations. All we can do is ask for grace. Does God give it? Yes, if we ask, and if we ask in faith. James reminds us that the person that doubts God can expect only this: nothing. Nada. Our faith in Him has a big part to play in the answer to our prayers.

We do our part: believe. And God does His part: extend His hand of grace to meet our needs.

Faith expresses itself in love, the Scripture tells us, so if we are skilled at the art of loving – loving God and loving people – that is an indication that our faith is developed. That’s when we start to see traction in answered prayer.

We build our faith, we practice walking in love with people, and we Ask! In the morning (or anytime of day, but morning is perfect) we can order off of God’s menu, so to speak, whatever we need for the coming day.

Here is a tiny sampling of His Menu:

Grace and strength when you feel weak.

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

Rest for the weary

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” ~ Matthew 11:28

Healing

Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” ~ Mark 1:41

Provision

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19

Inspiration

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. ~2 Timothy 3:16

Guidance

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. ~ Psalm 37:23

Wisdom

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. ~ James 1:5

That’s just a start… Ask for whatever you need, and don’t forget to thank Him for the answers! Pray your own plain and simple prayer today!

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. ~ Philippians 4:6

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