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Prayer, Plain and Simple

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A Prayer for Grace and Peace

posted by Mark and Jill

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.   (1 Corinthians 1:3) Seventeen times in Scripture, the writers of the epistles bless their readers with these two virtues:  Grace and Peace. When we look […]

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A Prayer for an Obedient Heart

posted by Mark and Jill

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world.You will experience all these blessings […]

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A Prayer to Grow Old Gracefully, Fruitfully, and Strong

posted by Mark and Jill

Even in old age they will still produce fruit;     they will remain vital and green. (Psalm 92:14) I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for […]

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A Prayer for Hospitality

posted by Mark and Jill

And everyone who has given up houses…for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. (Mark 19:29) Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. […]

A Prayer for Blind and Deaf and Dumb Church-Goers

posted by Mark and Jill

Who is as blind as my own people, my servant?     Who is as deaf as my messenger? Who is as blind as my chosen people,     the servant of the Lord? You see and recognize what is right     but refuse to […]

A Prayer to Tend the Garden of My Soul

posted by Mark and Jill

Sow for yourselves according to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); reap according to mercy and loving-kindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, to inquire for and of Him, and to require […]

A Prayer to Find God’s Promises

posted by Mark and Jill

Search the book of the Lord, and see what he will do… for the Lord has promised this. His Spirit will make it all come true. (Isaiah 34:16 NLT) What do you need today? Hope? A home? Joy? Encouragement? A […]

A Prayer for a Heart Change

posted by Mark and Jill

“The Lord your God will change your heart… so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!” (Deuteronomy 30:6 NLT) “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put […]

A Prayer For My To-Do List

posted by Mark and Jill

Carefully determine what pleases the Lord…Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. (Ephesians 5:10,17) Paul encourages us to not allow life to happen to us, but rather to live intentionally – living out God’s intentions for our […]

A Prayer of Belonging

posted by Mark and Jill

“I belong to Jesus.” (Galatians 6:17) To belong means to be “rightly placed in a specified position; to be rightly classified in or assigned to a specified category; to fit in a specified place or environment.” (~Siri) Are you unsure […]

A Sin Sandwich

posted by Mark and Jill

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. […]

A Prayer for Our Garden

posted by Mark and Jill

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 […]

A Prayer Against Cancer

posted by Mark and Jill

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

God Cares For You – A Prayer to Believe the Truth

posted by Mark and Jill

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” (Nahum 1:7) “My people don’t recognize my care for them.” (Isaiah 1:3) “…For they did not believe God or trust him to […]

A Prayer for Freedom From Injustices

posted by Mark and Jill

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28) If someone has messed up your day, your plans, your hopes, […]

A Prayer for Emmanuel A.M.E. Church

posted by Mark and Jill

“They shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23) Father, Our hearts sorrow deeply for the nine victims of the massacre shootings at Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina. A pastor, a bible teacher, a […]

A Prayer for a New Season of the Soul

posted by Mark and Jill

Look, the winter is past,     and the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up,     the season of singing birds has come,     and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air. (Song of Songs 2:11,12) For the spring is really […]

A Prayer for Deliverance From Troubling Circumstances

posted by Mark and Jill

Your road led through… a pathway no one knew was there! (Psalm 77:19) This Psalm was written by a poet who was experiencing a painful crisis. Nothing seemed to be working in his life and his stress level was at its […]

Am I a Disciple of Jesus? …Or Not?

posted by Mark and Jill

Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5) I, Jill, was always good at showing […]

Don’t Brood Over Your Past – A Prayer to Press Forward

posted by Mark and Jill

 God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past. (Ecclesiastes 5:20) I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to […]

A Prayer to Desire God

posted by Mark and Jill

Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. Psalm 73:25 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 For God is working in you, giving you […]

A Prayer to Grow in Patience

posted by Mark and Jill

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. (Matthew 15:5) Love is patient. (1 Corinthians 13:4) May you experience the love of Christ, […]

A Prayer for the Embittered

posted by Mark and Jill

Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. (Hebrews 12:15) Then I realized that my heart was bitter,     and I was all torn up inside.  I was so foolish and ignorant—     I must […]

God Underwrites Trouble Insurance

posted by Mark and Jill

“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,     and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble,     and I will rescue you,     and you will give me glory.”  ~Psalm 50:14,15 We buy […]

A Wedding Anniversary Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. (Philippians 2: 2) “They say when you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life.” ~ Johnny Mercer […]

A Prayer for Goal-Setting

posted by Mark and Jill

Our goal is to please him. (2 Corinthians 5:9) The Apostle Paul’s goal in life was to live each moment to please God. We are urged to follow his example. What pleases God? Here are a few Scriptures that help […]

A Prayer to See From God’s POV

posted by Mark and Jill

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last […]

Learning To Love Yourself

posted by Mark and Jill

To acquire wisdom is to love yourself. Proverbs 19:8 Loving and forgiving others is a skill that few of us fully perfect. Loving and forgiving oneself is no less of a challenge. Reading in Proverbs today, this Scripture stood out as though […]

A Prayer to Remember The Fallen

posted by Mark and Jill

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 “The Lord cares deeply when his loved ones die.” Psalm 116:15 “…That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which […]

A Prayer for Victims of PTSD

posted by Mark and Jill

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8) The Lord is well aware of our need for compassionate eye contact. Looking into the […]

A Prayer to Promote Peaceful Plans

posted by Mark and Jill

“Joy fills hearts that are planning peace!” Proverbs 16:20  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 […]

A Gardening Tip from the Bible

posted by Mark and Jill

May the nations praise you, O God.     Yes, may all the nations praise you. Then the earth will yield its harvests,     and God, our God, will richly bless us. (Psalm 67:5,6) We have a large garden that yields us great fruit […]

A Prayer for Goal Setting

posted by Mark and Jill

Let love be your highest goal!   1 Corinthians 14:1 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it. Luke 10:42 Prioritization is a big deal. We spend big bucks on books that help us align […]

A Prayer for Small Beginnings

posted by Mark and Jill

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” Zechariah 4:10 If you can’t move your mountain today, you can at least move your molehill. What do you have faith for today? Do you […]

A Prayer to Fix Things

posted by Mark and Jill

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot […]

Hurry Up and Learn to Wait

posted by Mark and Jill

I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him….Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.    Psalm 62:1, 5  Modern humans are not skilled at waiting. We hate red lights, we […]

A Prayer For America

posted by Mark and Jill

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 […]

You Have Arrived at Someplace Safe

posted by Mark and Jill

The other day I was taking a carload of clothes and items to a thrift store called, “Somplace Safe.” My GPS was guiding me, and when I reached my destination Siri chimed, “You have arrived at Someplace Safe.” That was […]

A Prayer To Stop Grumbling

posted by Mark and Jill

And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. (1 Corinthians 10:10) The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them. Instead, they […]

Prayer for a Renewed Mind

posted by Mark and Jill

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2 The Word of God can do what 120 years of daily psychotherapy cannot:  change the chemistry of the mind. Therapy […]

A Prayer for a Spiritual GPS

posted by Mark and Jill

The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who […]

A Prayer to Elevate Your Thought Life

posted by Mark and Jill

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. 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.” Phil. 4:8 NLT “For […]

It’s a Wonder-filled Life

posted by Mark and Jill

No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. Psalm 16:9 My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises! Psalm 57:7 Yes, you have […]

Shut Up Or Shout

posted by Mark and Jill

“Do not even talk,” Joshua commanded. “Not a single word from any of you until I tell you to shout. Then shout!” Joshua 6:10 “Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10 The Israelites had messed up God’s […]

A Prayer to Win the Race

posted by Mark and Jill

“…Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on […]

A Prayer to Stop Judging

posted by Mark and Jill

“Even if I have sinned, that is my concern, not yours. You think you’re better than I am…” ~ Job (Job 19:4,5) “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.” ~Jesus (Matt. 7:1) “God alone, who gave the […]

A Prayer for An Extraordinary Life

posted by Mark and Jill

“And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” ~Paul (1 Corinthians 11:1) Often we look at the apostles in Scripture and wonder at their strength, productivity, diligence and power. We sigh and say, “No wonder they were able […]

A Prayer for Our Future

posted by Mark and Jill

The righteous keep moving forward… ~Job (from Job 17:9) I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead… ~Paul (Phil. 3:13) Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. ~Solomon […]

A Prayer for Hope for the Hopeless

posted by Mark and Jill

I pray that God, the source of HOPE, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident HOPE through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) On any given day one […]

You’re So Vain, You Probably Think This Blog is About You

posted by Mark and Jill

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:21   Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the […]

Jesus Asked for Volunteers

posted by Mark and Jill

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord […]

Close Proximity to the Cross

posted by Mark and Jill

Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your […]

A Prayer to Give Extravagantly

posted by Mark and Jill

Why waste such expensive perfume? Mark 14:4 A few days before Jesus was falsely accused, sentenced, tried in a trial that was a mockery, and executed (soon to defeat death and be raised back to life by the power of […]

A Prayer for Anger Management

posted by Mark and Jill

So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. After looking around carefully at everything, he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he returned to Bethany with the twelve disciples… When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus […]

A Prayer for Holy Week

posted by Mark and Jill

…”He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth… ”  Isaiah 53:3-4 AMP For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes… Romans 1:16 NLT […]

Who I Am in Jesus

posted by Mark and Jill

Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT) I love the notion of starting over – of God wiping the slate clean and re-designing my life […]

A Prayer to Find God

posted by Mark and Jill

“Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! …What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!” ~Jacob (Genesis 28:16,17) Jacob’s plans had […]

A Procrastinator’s Prayer of Repentance

posted by Mark and Jill

Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so […]

I Found My Happiness

posted by Mark and Jill

Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Psalm 119:35 My favorite part of the The Hobbit is when Gandalf urges the dwarves and Bilbo to stay on the path. He warns them that […]

If Your Boundaries are in Rubbles, Say, Pray, and Do This

posted by Mark and Jill

“The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.”     ~Nehemiah 2:20 If the boundaries of your life are in […]

I Am Being Followed

posted by Mark and Jill

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me     all the days of my life.  (Psalm 23:8) What follows us is determined by the leadership we follow. If we follow Jesus, our Good Shepherd, we can expect goodness and unfailing love […]

Chopra and Oprah and Jesus

posted by Mark and Jill

“By myself I can do nothing… I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” ~Jesus (John 5:30) Contrast these words spoken by Jesus with new-age guru Deepak Chopra:  “Know that you are already a complete spiritual being. […]

God is My Life Coach

posted by Mark and Jill

 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 God’s masterpiece. This is who we are, and when he created us, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shepherds and City Folk

posted by Mark and Jill

The Lord is my Shepherd to feed, guide, and shield me, I shall not lack. Psalm 23:1 (Amplified) I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His own life for the sheep. John 10:11 (Amplified) Bless Israel, […]

Plan to Plan and Plan to Pray

posted by Mark and Jill

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Jeremiah 29:11 (Amplified) Roll your works […]

Love, Attention Deficit, and Dementia

posted by Mark and Jill

Love… is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it – it pays no attention to a suffered wrong.   1 Corinthians 13:5 (Amplified) Love pays attention to the right things. It […]

Win As One

posted by Mark and Jill

…Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Philippians 2:2 …Stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith. Philippians 1:27 …So that with one […]

Repent and Rebuild

posted by Mark and Jill

“Joash decided to repair the Lord’s house.” 2 Chronicles 24:4 King Joash of Judah didn’t make the mess he found himself in; his ancestors had neglected the temple and abandoned God, but he took it upon himself to do something about […]

A Prayer That Gets Results

posted by Mark and Jill

“See what an incredible quality of love the Father has given, shown, bestowed on us.”  1 John 3:1 Amplified Love never fails, never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end…    1 Corinthians 13:8 Amplified Our love runs […]

Moody Lovers

posted by Mark and Jill

Love…is not touchy. ~1 Corinthians 13:5 (Amplified) God’s kind of love – the love with which He loves us and the love He wants us to give to others – is not dependent on moods or whims. It is constant […]

The Love of a Perfectionist

posted by Mark and Jill

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 NIV Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father […]

50 Shades of GREAT

posted by Mark and Jill

I no longer call you slaves… John 15:15 Sex is God’s idea, and everything He created is good. We recognize the Bible as the authoritative manual for life, including sex. In this Manual, which is the Source of our existence, […]

Jumping into the Stream of God’s Love

posted by Mark and Jill

“We love each other because he loved us first.” 1 John 4:19 Stop whatever you are doing right now and jump into the stream of God’s love. It is a river of giving and receiving love that never ends. Love […]

Romancing the Zone

posted by Mark and Jill

Take me away with you—let us hurry!     Let the king bring me into his chambers. ~ Song of Songs 1:4 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory… ~ Psalm 45:8 This […]

Let’s Make Love Love Again

posted by Mark and Jill

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—     for your love is more delightful than wine.  ~Song of Songs 1:2 * You have forsaken the love you had at first.  Revelation 2:4 If we are going to be […]

Agree to Agree in Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19 Mark and I are opposites in most things: we […]

Sticks and Stones Hurt, But Tongues Hurt More

posted by Mark and Jill

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3 The tongue has the power of life and death. Proverbs 18:21 This month we are praying about communication in marriage. Scripture tells us that words are not […]

God Raises Dead Marriages to Life Again

posted by Mark and Jill

My dove is hiding behind the rocks, behind an outcrop on the cliff. Let me see your face; let me hear your voice. For your voice is pleasant, and your face is lovely. Song of Songs 2:14 Where did the […]

Dare to Believe

posted by Mark and Jill

“All things are possible to those who believe..” ~Jesus   All things… believe.    I want to be a true believer. Personally I find no greater challenge than to believe the impossible. Are you in an impossible situation today? Do […]

Speaking Hard Truths… In Love

posted by Mark and Jill

Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:15 This month we have prayed for marriages, particularly in the area of communication. God’s […]

If You Dare, Make This Your Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Here I am Lord, send me. (Isaiah 6:8) Prayer is a gift, isn’t it?! We connect in simple words to the Creator of creation. That alone is astounding. We stand together to offer up our praise and our needs, and here we […]

A Prayer for a Renovated Soul

posted by Mark and Jill

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me now let me rejoice. Psalm 51:7 The bad news comes […]

How Can God Know Us? Search Me!

posted by Mark and Jill

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.  Psalm 139:23-24.  Nothing hinders God’s love; but I […]

University of the Word, Communication 101

posted by Mark and Jill

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, […]

Restoring the Presence of God in our Marriage

posted by Mark and Jill

“It is time to bring back the Ark of our God, for we neglected it…” 1 Chron. 13:3 “The Ark of God remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the Lord blessed the household of Obed-edom and everything […]

Affirmation and Encouragement in Marriage

posted by Mark and Jill

“We are yours, David! We are on your side, son of Jesse. Peace and prosperity be with you, and success to all who help you, for your God is the one who helps you.” 1 Chronicles 12:18 Amasai was a […]

Reconciliation Is God’s Business

posted by Mark and Jill

“For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.”   2 Corinthians 5:19-20 NLT We are made in God’s image, and we are […]

Understanding, the Art of Listening

posted by Mark and Jill

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19 “Oh Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek…to be understood as to understand.” ~ St. […]

Enrolling in the School of Communication

posted by Mark and Jill

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 “I…say only what the Father taught me.” ~Jesus. John 8:28 I am quite certain that it’s […]

Shining a Light on our Communication – A Prayer for Marriage

posted by Mark and Jill

The teaching of your word gives light,     so even the simple can understand. (Psalm 119:130 NLT) The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the […]

Found in Translation

posted by Mark and Jill

As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by […]

What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel?

posted by Mark and Jill

Many people say, “Who will show us better times?” Let your face smile on us, Lord. (Psalm 4:6) A couple weeks after we were married Mark and I wrote a song called, “He Smiled On Me.” The lyrics reflect what […]

The State of the Heart Address

posted by Mark and Jill

My child, pay attention to what I say. 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. […]

New Years’ Resolution Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT Father, Thank you for a fresh beginning. You know what’s ahead in 2015, so as I walk with You through this coming year there will be […]

A Fond Farewell to 2014

posted by Mark and Jill

I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. “But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something […]

Pruning the Old Year, Praying in the New Year

posted by Mark and Jill

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have […]

Repentance for the Green-Eyed

posted by Mark and Jill

But Peter replied, “May your money be destroyed with you for thinking God’s gift can be bought! You can have no part in this, for your heart is not right with God. Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. […]

The Word Takes on Life

posted by Mark and Jill

He sends his orders to the world—     how swiftly his word flies! (Psalm 147:15) He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death. (Psalm 107:20) Let every created thing give praise to the Lord, […]

A Prayer For God’s Leadership

posted by Mark and Jill

Teach me to do your will,     for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward     on a firm footing. Psalm 143:10 NLT  Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit […]

A Prayer for Peace, A Prayer for Health

posted by Mark and Jill

A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;     jealousy is like cancer in the bones. (Proverbs. 14:30 NLT)  A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like […]

All I Really Want In Life

posted by Mark and Jill

When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me. I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No […]

Turning Down the Invitation To the Christmas Pity Party

posted by Mark and Jill

“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring GREAT JOY to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” Luke 2:10,11 If Christmas is a bit disappointing […]

God’s Promises: Too Good to Be True?

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Elisha replied, “Listen to this message from the Lord! This is what the Lord says: By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, six quarts of choice flour will cost only one piece of silver, and twelve quarts of barley […]

A Prayer for Godly Time Management

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You saw me before I was born.     Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out     before a single day had passed. (Psalm 139:16) God scheduled every day of your life before you were […]

A Workplace Blessing – A Prayer for Relationships

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Boaz said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you.” They answered, “The Lord bless you.” Ruth 2:4 Imagine a workplace where every morning the boss greets his/her employees with a blessing. And imagine those employees replying back with a […]

Taking God’s Word to the Bank

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…Your promises are backed by all the honor of your name. ~Psalm 138:2 Our bank has a sign  stating that “deposits are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government.” That gives us a measure of […]

Instant Grace-ification

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As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.    ~Psalm 138:3 My friend likes to remind me that I might be just one prayer away from my miracle. I like that. And the […]

A Prayer for Holiday Harmony

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How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil… Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there […]

Faith vs. Fear

posted by Mark and Jill

“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 “Don’t be afraid; just believe…” ~ Jesus (Luke 8:50) As […]

Into Africa, Into Ebola with Encouragment

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“I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” ~ Jesus (John 17:4) On January 3rd Dr. Lowell Gess of Alexandria, Minnesota will travel to Sierra Leone to bring $100,000 of medical […]

An Endless Circle of Affirmation and Celebration

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Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you.” John 17:1 Jesus gave tutorials on prayer to His disciples. He gave them an outline of subjects […]

You Have An Advocate

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“It is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. ..When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all […]

Jesus on Productivity

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“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a […]

A Prayer for Anyone With a Pending Business Contract

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Please, Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success. Psalm 118:25 If you are working through a business contract today, let’s pray. God has promises in His Word that we can claim when Jesus is our leader, the […]

I Want to Want to Not Want What I Want

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May he give us the desire to do his will in everything and to obey all the commands… And may these words that I have prayed in the presence of the Lord be before him constantly, day and night… 1 […]

How To Prepare for a Crisis

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“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse […]

Need a Miracle of Provision Today? Sow!

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And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds […]

The Body Language of Jesus

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“I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.  And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me […]

Letting God Praise You

posted by Mark and Jill

Many people did believe [Jesus], however…they wouldn’t admit it. For they loved human praise more than the praise of God. John 12:42,43 Concern for our image can keep us from enjoying the affirmation that God wants to give us. When we […]

Costly Worship

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Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume…and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance. But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That […]

A Prayer For Heart Health

posted by Mark and Jill

My heart trembles only at your Word. Psalm 119:161B My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing, yea, I will sing praises. Psalm 57:7 (AMP) Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and […]

Oh Joy! A Prayer for Gladness

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“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”  ~Jesus (John 15:11) What “things” was Jesus referring to? Living in the love of God and continually loving people. He […]

Forgive to be Forgiven

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“But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” Mark 11:25 Forgiveness is a key that will open any door in your life. While […]

His Purpose is My Purpose

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  My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10b Jesus’s purpose statement was stated here in John 10. The context is the beautiful illustration Jesus gave us of the sheep and the shepherd. He cares for […]

Hurry Up and Don’t Delay

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I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands. Psalm 119:60 We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. John 9:4 Our society […]

Freedom From Boredom, Addiction, Depression

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Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31,32 Being faithful to the teachings […]

A Prayer For Our Kids Today

posted by Mark and Jill

If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you! Jeremiah 15:19b We utter hundreds of words a day. How many of them are constructive? Oh […]

My Unruly, Devastating Tongue. I Repent.

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If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. James 1:26 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a […]

The Shortest Prayer Can Be the Most Powerful

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A friend of mine told me recently the story of a two-word prayer that she prayed that changed her life forever. Moments earlier she had given birth – an emergency C-section – to her firstborn, a son. In the midst […]

Dwelling on the Good Stuff

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…That the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. Philemon 1:6 NKJV The Scriptures admonish us to take inventory of the good things we possess as a […]

Why Not Fear Not?

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The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me.  Psalm 118:6,7a NLT The Lord is my light and my salvation— so […]

Pray While Swiffering

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I (Jill) like the Fly Lady. She has taught me to not worry about perfectionism. And I love my mom. She taught me how to clean a house thoroughly. But as much as I love her, her voice of perfectionism […]

Re-writing History With Forgiveness

posted by Mark and Jill

“Saul and Jonathan! So well loved, so dearly cherished! In their lives and in their deaths they were never separated. They were faster than eagles, stronger than lions!” ~David, 1 Samuel 1:23 “Um, excuse me, David, but Saul was your […]

Not a Quitter

posted by Mark and Jill

Thank God because he’s good, because his love never quits. Tell the world, Israel, “His love never quits.” And you, clan of Aaron, tell the world, “His love never quits.” And you who fear God, join in, “His love never […]

Holy and Whole – A Prayer of Blessing

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May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely […]

Keep Praying While You Keep Breathing

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“I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” Psalm 116:1,2 It’s possible to hear someone talk but not listen […]

Improving Your Memory

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“He causes us to remember his wonderful works.He always remembers his covenant.” Psalm 111:4a, 5b Our memories are often selective and often our memories select the bad, the trauma, the drama, the sin, the dark, and the pain. With God’s […]

Enroll Today in the School of Love

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God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but […]

Taking A Vacation From A Heavy Heart

posted by Mark and Jill

Need a vacation but have no money or time? Come to Jesus. He promises Peace that passes all comprehension. But it isn’t magic. It’s provided for followers of His ways. It involves forgiveness – receiving it and giving it freely […]

Learning to Pray

posted by Mark and Jill

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, and the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:5) Children learn to talk. We too […]

The Holy Spirit Prays Through You

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  “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” (Romans 8:26) Prayer is […]

Jesus Prays For You

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John 17… The night Jesus was arrested he prayed to the Father for all his followers, including you and me. While we pray to God in Jesus’s name it’s amazingly encouraging to know he prays for us. Today’s prayer – […]

Seeing Eye to Eye With Jesus

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“The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light.”        ~Matthew 6:22 About a decade ago as I was helping our son Michael bundle up on a […]

A Prayer for our Children in School

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“I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.” Philippians 1:9 Paul prayed this for his beloved spiritual children. Let us join him in praying for the children […]

Learning How to Live in the Moment

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“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”   ~Colossians 4:2 “Mom and Dad,” said our son one day last year when we were visiting him in Santa Barbara where he was attending college, “I think you guys are […]

Search Me. Giving Your Heart a Fresh Start Daily

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Search me, Oh God and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there be any offensive way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. ~King David, Psalm 139 Something was smelly in our […]

A Prayer For Anyone Getting Engaged

posted by Mark and Jill

Thirty-two years ago today Mark took me to a small lake near my home in Minnesota where he bent on one knee and pulled out a ring and put it on my finger. We were so young and so happy. For many years […]

The Path of Peace – Taking Steps Toward Intimacy with God

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Psalm 95 Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the Lord is a great […]

A Prayer to Maintain the Mind of Christ

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“The Lord knows people’s thoughts; he knows they are worthless.” Psalm 94:11 A Penny for Your Thoughts… Most of our thoughts aren’t worth a nickel. The Lord knows our thoughts, and unfortunately most of the time we must bore Him […]

A Workday Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” ~Colossians 3:23 My Father, Give me grace to engage my heart in my work today. You wouldn’t have me merely go through the motions of […]

Welcome to Your New Life

posted by Mark and Jill

“…Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul’s life before meeting Jesus on a dusty road, getting thrown to the ground and blinded […]

A Prayer For You On Your Birthday

posted by Mark and Jill

Today is someone’s birthday. It also happens to be the birthday of one of our children. This is a prayer for her and for anyone who would like to partake of this blessing. Dear Father of this precious child, On this […]

Making a Bold Entrance

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“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” ~Hebrews 4:16 We have an invitation to come into […]

The Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

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Sir Francis Drake was an English sea captain who lived from 1540- 1596. He was the second sailor to circumnavigate the globe. This is his famous prayer, one that it would appear God heard and rewarded. Let’s make it ours […]

There Are Many Ways To Say I Love You

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“There are many ways to say I love you.” That’s a line from a song written by one of my favorite song-writer/philosophers:  Mister Rogers. Jesus seemed to echo that song today as I was meditating on this Scripture: “Mary sat […]

God Will Always Answer This Prayer With a Ready YES!

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“…If your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?  Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your […]

Eternal Life Begins Today

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A religious expert came up to Jesus and asked him a question. It was a loaded one. “How does one inherit eternal life?” He was quizing Jesus and hoping to humiliate Him in public. It didn’t work. Jesus didn’t need to hear […]

Trump Your Fear

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So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic… For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. ~Deuteronomy 31:6 Do not be afraid or discouraged, […]

My Safe Place – A Prayer

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If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. Psalm 91:9,10 With the convenience of instantaneous news from all around the world […]

The Power of Your Words to Hurt or Heal, Harm or Help

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The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain… The words of the godly encourage many… The lips of the godly speak helpful words…  The words of the wise bring healing… Proverbs 10:11,21,32; 12:18 Words from our mouths can be […]

Don’t Make Yourself At Home On Vacation. Or Ever.

posted by Mark and Jill

Don’t get comfortable. Don’t let your guard down. Don’t coast. Don’t go on vacation. Don’t retire. While we’re in this world, we live in enemy occupied territory, in a constant war zone. We need to remember that while we don’t […]

Our Declaration of Dependence

posted by Mark and Jill

A Prayer for Dependence on God. Lord, On this day when we remember the gift of our freedom as American people, as Your people, we choose to use that freedom to make a declaration of dependence on You and Your […]

A Code Book for America

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“Suppose a nation…should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity […]

You Need Wisdom, I Need Wisdom, All God’s Children Need Wisdom

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“Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.” Proverbs 2:2-4 Everyone needs wisdom for the riddles and conundrums […]

This Same Power – This Same Strong Hand and Powerful Arm

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“Remember the miraculous signs and wonders, and the strong hand and powerful arm with which he brought you out of Egypt. The Lord your God will use this same power…Do not be afraid…for the Lord your God is among you, […]

Turning on a Dime – The Chance of a Lifetime

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“After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. ‘Follow me,’ Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.” Luke 5:27   This is a […]

Sometimes Jesus Just Doesn’t Seem To Make Sense

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Jesus said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll […]

The Day We Forget To Remember Is A Sad Day for God

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“Oh how they grieved his heart in that dry wasteland. They did not remember his power…they did not remember his miraculous signs…” Psalm 78:40,42,43 I’m forgetful. The other day my friend asked me how my weekend was, and I couldn’t […]

The Art of Comparison

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“The people are taller and more powerful than we are.” Deut. 1:28 At the edge of the Promised Land, poised to enter and equipped by God to thrive, the Israelites met the challenge — for there were battles to win […]

God Don’t Got No Grandkids

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“Each generation should set its hope anew on God.” Psalm 78:7 Sometimes I think growing up in a Christian home was a detriment to discipleship. I mean, I heard it all since I was two and never missed a Sunday […]

Lending Money to a Rich Guy

posted by Mark and Jill

“What in the world should we do?” the people asked John the Baptist. He had challenged them in no uncertain terms to put their money where their mouths were, to walk their talk:  “Prove by the way you live, that […]

Duped by Screwtape. A Prayer for Purity.

posted by Mark and Jill

“Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in it’s healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense,on the Enemy’s ground. It is His invention, not ours. He made the pleasures:  all our research so […]

Love Long and Prosper

posted by Mark and Jill

“Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.” ~Proverbs 17:8 In our family we like to say, “If you look for yellow Volkswagens, you will see yellow Volkswagens.” Likewise, if we look for faults […]

A Prayer for Father’s Day

posted by Mark and Jill

Happy Father’s Day ! We want to pray Psalm 23 over you today. This was the prayer of a shepherd who looked to his God as his shepherd. Let’s make it a prayer for a father who looks to his God […]

A God-Can-Do Attitude – A Prayer

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“You are blessed because you believed…” (Luke 1:45) If Mary would have doubted the angel’s prophetic words, one wonders how her unbelief would have affected God’s plan. She didn’t have long to think about it. She couldn’t ask for a […]

A Prayer For Obama. Day Four

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Psalm 72 outlines a beautiful prayer for a political leader. We have been praying through this Psalm for the past few days with President Barak Obama in mind. Our Father, we lift up our President to you… May he have a […]

A Prayer for Obama. Day Three.

posted by Mark and Jill

The past few posts have outlined the prayer objectives found in Psalm 72 to raise up a praying army for our political leaders. We encourage you to read the whole Psalm; we have listed some prayer points from the chapter […]

A Prayer for Obama. Day Two.

posted by Mark and Jill

Psalm 72 outlines a beautiful prayer for a political leader. Today’s prayer (verses 4 – 11) has much to say about the heart of a godly leader. He or she is one who has a great deal of compassion and […]

A Prayer For Obama

posted by Mark and Jill

Psalm 72 outlines a beautiful prayer for a political leader. Let’s pray for the President of the United States today…and everyday. Sadly, I know of Christians who find it difficult to pray for leaders outside of their political party. Pardon us, […]

A Prayer – God Can Turn My Failures Around

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“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28  NLT We also know that the evil one causes everything to […]

A Letter to Simon, a Man from Africa

posted by Mark and Jill

Dear Simon, I read about the kind act you performed for Jesus as you came into Jerusalem for Passover, and I was very moved. I hope I am not prying, but I would very much like to ask you a […]

A Prayer for Monday

posted by Mark and Jill

Let’s let this be our Monday Prayer: “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us and prosper for us the work of our hands        O prosper the work of our hands!” Psalm 90:17 Father, We […]

A Prayer for Change

posted by Mark and Jill

When I’m under pressure, what I truly am–not necessarily what I advertise to be–comes out. I discover this almost every day. This morning I went to a quarry to pick out rocks for my garden. My thumb got pinched by […]

A Prayer for Farmers

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Psalm 65 outlines a brilliant prayer for our farmer friends around the world, on whom we depend at least three times a day for food. As they prepare, plow, and plant their fields let’s lift them up, crying out to […]

Would You Give Your Dowry to Jesus?

posted by Mark and Jill

“She did what she could.” ~Jesus, Mark 14:8 A few days before Jesus paid the price for my blunders, sins, weaknesses, and failures by suffering a Roman execution, a woman broke into a private dinner party, and poured perfume over […]

A Prayer for Forgiveness for a Critical Spirit

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Miriam, sister to Moses, had a bee in her bonnet. She got a little bent out of shape that her brother had the gall to marry someone she didn’t exactly think lived up to her family rank. (See Numbers 12 […]

Who is Jesus?

posted by Mark and Jill

“He gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.” Philippians 2:7,10 Jesus, We have dressed you up and pinned badges […]

Floods and Fires of the Soul

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“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not […]

The Power of Praise in Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.  For I cried out to him for help praising him as I spoke. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the […]

Prayer for Families of the Turkish Miners Who Perished

posted by Mark and Jill

Our hearts go out to the families of the Turkish Miners who died this week in the mining disaster in Soma, Turkey. Let’s pray for them:  Father of All Comfort, We ask you to hold these grieving souls in your […]

That’s MY Guy.

posted by Mark and Jill

“My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!” Mark 10:51b Blind Bartimaeus said something that is recorded only one other place in Scripture: he called Him, “MY Rabbi.” Mary said this in the garden as well (John 20), […]

The Mourning After…A Post Mother’s Day Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“There is No Condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” Romans 8:1 What does Mother’s Day feel like for someone with empty arms? And more specifically one who chose abortion. I remember a Mother’s Day when I watched one […]

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A Prayer for Grace and Peace
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.   (1 Corinthians 1:3) Seventeen times in Scripture, the writers of the epistles bless their readers with these two virtues:  Grace and Peace. When we look at the deeper ...

posted 10:14:35am Jul. 30, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for an Obedient Heart
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world.You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your ...

posted 12:56:59pm Jul. 29, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Grow Old Gracefully, Fruitfully, and Strong
Even in old age they will still produce fruit;     they will remain vital and green. (Psalm 92:14) I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you ...

posted 1:47:16pm Jul. 28, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Hospitality
And everyone who has given up houses...for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. (Mark 19:29) Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. (1 Peter 4:9) "Anyone who ...

posted 3:11:45pm Jul. 24, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Blind and Deaf and Dumb Church-Goers
Who is as blind as my own people, my servant?     Who is as deaf as my messenger? Who is as blind as my chosen people,     the servant of the Lord? You see and recognize what is right     but refuse to act on it. You hear with ...

posted 11:29:07am Jul. 23, 2015 | read full post »

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