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Prayer, Plain and Simple

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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 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 […]

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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 — […]

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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. […]

Previous Posts

A Prayer to Learn to Pray Without Distraction
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. (Colossians 4:2) If you are like me, you struggle with staying focused when you pray. The answer is simply this:  keep the thanks flowing! As we lift up the people in our ...

posted 2:25:46pm Jul. 31, 2015 | read full post »

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 »

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