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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 […]

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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, […]

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A Prayer – God Can Turn My Failures Around

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  NLT We also know that the evil one causes everything to […]

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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

posted by Mark and Jill

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

posted by Mark and Jill

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

posted by Mark and Jill

“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 […]

A Prayer for a Broken-Hearted Mother

posted by Mark and Jill

“Remember your promise to me. It is my only hope.” Psalm 119:49 Father of the Desperate and Broken-Hearted, You sent Your Son, flesh and blood, to walk with us on this earth. He experienced all the pain a human being […]

A Prayer for Mom

posted by Mark and Jill

“Her children rise and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31:28 Mom, Thank you for all you have given up for your family…. sleep, money, your own desires, your dreams… Much of your self was left on the shelf for years — […]

Wait A Minute!

posted by Mark and Jill

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God.” Psalm 62:5 Shhhhh, soul…Must you be so antsy? Hush, appetite; you aren’t going to die if you are hungry…practically a foreign sensation to you. Still yourself, fears…mostly phantoms anyway. Silence, pain; […]

Learning to Walk With God’s Help

posted by Mark and Jill

“If I go up to the mountains, you are there. If I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn or settle on the far side of the sea, Even […]

Time for a Change – A prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Dallas Willard says, “Over our churches…there hangs a cloud of failure, driven home by statistical studies…a lack of transforming power of Christians in our society.” We Christians can tend to stay the same and when we stay the same, we […]

Tears In A Bottle

posted by Mark and Jill

Every tear that you’ve ever shed is saved, valued, and treasured by God. David spoke this prayer, both poetry and Truth: “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded […]

Nigerian Girls Kidnapped: A Prayer for Rescue

posted by Mark and Jill

More than 200 teenage girls are missing in Nigeria and presumed kidnapped by Islamic radicals. The fear is that terrorists have abducted then and either sold them as sex slaves or forced them to marry the Islamists themselves. “God, you […]

The Cost of Not Forgiving

posted by Mark and Jill

Much has been said about the cost of following Jesus, even by Jesus Himself. But what isn’t heard as much (unless you’re listening to Dallas Willard) is the cost of not following Him. Jesus instructs us to forgive all offenses […]

Tornado Victims: A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

God, You are Lord of the earth and the skies. And yet we live in a dangerous, rebellious world that does not submit to your peace, as we do not. These storms in the South are a case in point. […]

Prayer and Aloha for one Lucky Boy

posted by Mark and Jill

“I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself.” Exodus 19:4 is one of my favorite verses. It’s included in a stack of note cards with Scriptures that I hold on to. But this one hit me a […]

Prayer: to learn to love

posted by Mark and Jill

Dallas Willard defines love beautifully in a lecture called “Reflections on John 14″: “Love is the whole deal…Live with the will, habit, disposition and power to advance good in the lives of those who are affected by you.” Jesus commanded […]

God Trumps Tarot Cards

posted by Mark and Jill

Looking for answers to life’s riddles? Who should I marry? Where should I move? What should I study? Why do I exist? How should I live my life? Some people turn to psychics. They are often advertised on this very […]

Ukraine: An Urgent Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“Father, hear our prayer for the nation of Ukraine. The crisis there is real and dangerous; the land seems to be festering, and on the brink of chaos. Jesus, you are Prince of Peace. Be the Peace of Ukraine. Give […]

Suffering Physical Abuse: A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Jesus suffered at the hands of expert executors, professionals with vast experience, knowledge, and skill in the “art” of torture. Watching a person being led away to crucifixion was a common occurrence in Jerusalem in the 30’s AD. But Jesus […]

Prayers for Forgiveness and Healing of Verbal Abuse

posted by Mark and Jill

These are the descriptive words used in Matthew 27 (New Living Version) depicting the verbal abuse that Jesus suffered: They shouted at him…jeered at him…condemned him…accused him…mocked him…truanted him…abused him…yelled at him…and ridiculed him… Jesus suffered abuse on every level […]

A Prayer When Bullies Bully

posted by Mark and Jill

The other day I let JoJo, our little 9 pound poodle, outside to run around and “do his thing”. JoJo never wanders far from our country home. After a few minutes I heard a blood curdling dog-scream — a sound […]

Ice Cream: A Prayer of Thanks

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, thank you for ice cream. Well done! Sure, we humans have been clever enough to combine your goods in a creative way, But you made the milk, the eggs, sugar, the flavors we use to fancy it up and […]

“I Need a Job” – A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“Lord, you know I need work. I want to do my part and carry my weight. I’m not asking for a handout; but I do need your help landing the right employment. It’s been too long and I’m feeling frustrated. […]

Super Bowl Power Outage: Let There Be Light – a Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, light matters. We need light and when light goes out, we’re thrown into confusion and even fear. When power fades or goes out, we need to turn to you. God, you are our power source. You are the source […]

SAD: A Prayer for Joy and ‘Vitamin G’

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, I need vitamin D, but even more I need ‘vitamin G.’ Today, I am heavy with sadness. These winter days are gloomy and cold and I crave the light. I was made for light. Even my body knows this. […]

Egypt: A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, today we pray for Egypt, a nation one again in great turmoil. Save Egypt from violence and despair. You love this land, and always have, even when that love demanded your hand of discipline and judgment. Egypt along the […]

Good Coffee: A Prayer of Thanks for Simple Pleasures

posted by Mark and Jill

“Oh God, you are so creative and generous. The delicious cup of coffee I’m enjoying this morning has to be one of your great inventions. Thank you. I remember (as James reminds me – James 1:17) that every good and […]

Time Management: A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, you know what’s on my calendar. You know I have more ‘to dos’ than I have slots in my day. I am not sure what needs to be set aside, but something has to go. I need your guidance […]

Prosperity and Success: A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, I have been afraid of the words ‘blessed’ and ‘success.’ And not only the words… I have been afraid of the thing itself! I have demeaned ‘prosperity,’ ‘affluence,’ ‘abundance,’ and ‘victory’ by crediting you with bringing pain and sorrow […]

Abortion: A Prayer of Repentance for Healing

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, I come to you broken and ashamed. I am sick with regret and don’t know where else to go. Have mercy on me. I know that the choice I made to end this pregnancy defied your heart and your […]

Inauguration Day: A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, today we ask for a blessing on United States President Barack Obama. As he begins his second term in office we pray that your hand would strengthen and protect him, that your voice would guide and comfort him, that […]

Buy a House? A Prayer for Wisdom

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, we have a big decision before us. Should we – or not – purchase the house we’re considering? You invite us to ask for wisdom. In James 1 you say it directly: ‘If anyone lacks wisdom, let them ask…’ […]

Flu: A Prayer for Healing

posted by Mark and Jill

“Jesus, you did not make our bodies to be infected by a flu virus. You have given us an immune system to fight these invasions. When you walked the earth he healed many. Nearly every page of the Gospels shows […]

Is Lance Armstrong Contrite?

posted by Mark and Jill

Psalm 51 is the gold standard for contrite confession. David is broken by the weight of his sin. Only then can he truly repent. This last week Lance Armstrong came clean, admitting that he’d used performing enhancing drugs and that […]

End of the Rope Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

God… I can’t. You can. Please do. Thank you. Enough said.

Christmas Eve: A Prayer for those Home Alone

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, not all of us can be with those we love at Christmas. Some of us are alone, and we bear a heavy sadness. Life isn’t supposed to be like this; and we feel loneliness most at the holidays. Jesus, you […]

“Not-Doomsday” Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

We are still here. It is not the end of the world. Thank you, God for another day, another chance to live as you have intended us to live. Jesus said you “came to give us life to the fullest” (John […]

A Traveler’s Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, bless us as we travel. You too are a traveler. You move; you’re always moving. We follow because you are ahead of us and you know the way. But you are always with us, taking this journey today beside […]

End of the World – A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, you were in the beginning, and before. You will also be in the end, and beyond. As you intended the beginning, you intend the end. You are I AM, ever present. While all things began from you and will […]

Prayer of Repentance… When Evil Comes

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, have mercy. The horror of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut has broken our hearts. Perhaps now we are broken enough to turn to you. Forgive our self-reliance, rebellion and pride. We have defied your name and blasphemed you by […]

Prayer for Something Good from Something Horrid

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, you are good, but not everything that happens in your world is. The horror of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut was evil. Evil is real. We need no other evidence than this. Not all is good, but you in […]

A Prayer of Hatred

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, if there is a place for hatred, it belongs here, now. The horror of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut has silenced our words and enflamed our passion. We hate this, as do you. We are created in your image, […]

“Why, God?” A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“Why, God? The horror of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut has broken our hearts and stolen our clear thinking. Why? There are no answers to this question. At least none we can fathom? We don’t know why this has happened, […]

Prayer for Comfort

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, comfort those for whom there is no comfort. The terror of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut has broken our hearts. The family and friends close to this horror are grieving beyond imagination. Be for them what only you can. […]

Prayer for Alabama Hospital Victims

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, have mercy on us again. The shooting in the Alabama hospital is yet another evidence of our need for peace, the Prince of Peace. God, bring healing, safety, faith and hope to the victims and their families. Open your […]

Grief – a Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, have mercy. Hear our weeping, our groaning, our silence. The terrors of the massacre in Newtown Connecticut have broken our hearts and stolen our clear thinking. Horror is all the prayer we can muster. We have no words. Do […]

A Hanukkah Prayer for the Underdog

posted by Mark and Jill

“God of underdogs, hear our Hanukkah prayer. You love the hopeless cause, when it is your cause, because impossible situations allow you to prove your kindness, your power, and your flawless memory. You love to remember your promises, especially your […]

Harmony – a Prayer for Relationships

posted by Mark and Jill

Jesus prayed that His disciples would live in unity. In His last hours on the earth, this was foremost in His thoughts (John 17). His greatest desire was that His individual disciples would function as “one”, that they would get […]

Family – A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Here’s a prayer for our families echoing Jesus prayer from John’s Gospel, chapter 17: Jesus’ prayed: “You have granted [me] authority over all people that I might give eternal life to all those who have given [me]. This is eternal […]

A Thanksgiving Prayer for an Imperfect Family

posted by Mark and Jill

“Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father…” James 1:16 “My family, dear God, is far from perfect. But they are still your gift to me. I am thankful that they gave me life and sustenance. No, they […]

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Small Pleasures

posted by Mark and Jill

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…” James 1:17. “I am grateful, Father God and I say so. I choose to notice gifts I often overlook, and I say today, ‘thank you!’ I am […]

Anxiety – A Prayer to Banish Fear

posted by Mark and Jill

“Father God, I am afraid. I admit it. The threats against me are real – at least some of them. I need your protection; I need you to rescue me. Keep your promises, and save me. I also need you […]

Justice in a Lawsuit – a Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, you take sides. Truth and love are your nature, and when something happens that betrays truth and love, you resist. I stand with you for truth and justice, in love. I am confident you will support me. This legal […]

A Prayer for Veterans and their Families

posted by Mark and Jill

“Jesus, you said, ‘There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ Today we pray for those men and women who have, in their military service, sacrificed their time, strength, ambition, health and even their […]

The Seduction of Politics and a Prayer of Response

posted by Mark and Jill

President Obama is re-elected, and I’m kicking myself for caring. A 51% – 49% chasm divides America. It’s a canyon politics cannot span. I knew this of course but I deluded myself into imagining that an election might heal us, […]

A Prayer for Physical Health ii

posted by Mark and Jill

Father, you created me to be holy, whole and healthy. In the works and words Jesus you have provided authority and power to me to live a rich and satisfying life. When I ask for physical health I know you […]

A Prayer for Physical Health i

posted by Mark and Jill

God, you created my body and called it “good.” It is my home, and yours and you want me healthy and strong so that together we can fulfill the responsibilities you have assigned me. This earth is crippled and my […]

My New Job – a Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, you are so generous. You provided, just as you promised. You said, “I will supply all your needs out of my vast store of wealth in heaven.” I believed this, and now I’ve seen you prove it, first hand. […]

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A Prayer for Perspective
Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire” 2 Kings 6:17.  Things looked ...

posted 10:24:35am Aug. 27, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Servant Leadership
“Here I am Lord, send me” (Isaiah 6:8).  “Father, not my will but yours be done…”  ~Jesus Before I can be trusted to wield the blessings, authority, power, and resources of God – and this is certainly His intent– I must come ...

posted 12:17:30pm Aug. 25, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer To Win the Battle
Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord,     for his love endures forever.” As they began to sing and ...

posted 1:27:27pm Aug. 24, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for A Revived Conscience
But my people…have stumbled off the ancient highways and walk in muddy paths. (Jeremiah 18:15) Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their ...

posted 11:24:10am Aug. 22, 2015 | read full post »

Paul's Instructions on Prayer
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness ...

posted 11:08:59am Aug. 21, 2015 | read full post »

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