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Prayer, Plain and Simple

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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posted 11:38:08am Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

God Can Work With Anything We Give Him
"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 your life beyond ...

posted 6:18:54pm Jun. 29, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Experience a Vibrant Life
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 ...

posted 8:30:32am Jun. 27, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Think Lovely Thoughts
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 and worthy of ...

posted 8:04:02am Jun. 27, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for a Reality Check
“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 you, you will bear much ...

posted 10:19:51am Jun. 24, 2015 | read full post »

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