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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Bible Prayer Archives

A Prayer for Business Competitors

posted by Mark and Jill

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father […]

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A Prayer for God’s Thoughts

posted by Mark and Jill

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8). For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, […]

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A Prayer for Excellence in Business

posted by Mark and Jill

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:9-10) Years […]

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Prayer for a Good Work Ethic

posted by Mark and Jill

Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.  (2 Timothy 2:15) Good planning and hard […]

A Prayer for Perspective

posted by Mark and Jill

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 […]

A Prayer for Servant Leadership

posted by Mark and Jill

“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 […]

A Prayer To Win the Battle

posted by Mark and Jill

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 […]

A Prayer for A Revived Conscience

posted by Mark and Jill

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 faith has been […]

Paul’s Instructions on Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

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 […]

A Prayer for My High School Student

posted by Mark and Jill

You must influence them; do not let them influence you! (Jeremiah 15: 19b) Father, As my child prepares for another year of High School, hear my cry! First, I thank You for my child. What a gift you have given. Please […]

A Prayer for Correction

posted by Mark and Jill

So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Jeremiah 10:24 If you dare pray this prayer, pray, pray this prayer: Search me, O God, and know my heart;     test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything […]

A Prayer for Holistic Holiness

posted by Mark and Jill

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.   (1 Thessalonians 5:23)   Paul prayed that his […]

A Prayer to Understand the Fear of the Lord

posted by Mark and Jill

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life. (Proverbs 14:27) The fear of the Lord adds length to life. (Proverbs 10:27) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. (Proverbs 1:7) The angel of the Lord […]

A Prayer to Break Bondages

posted by Mark and Jill

Good News for the Oppressed The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives […]

A Prayer to Stop Blaming God

posted by Mark and Jill

People ruin their lives with the foolish things they do, and then they blame the Lord for it. (Proverbs 19:3) “Why didn’t God help me keep my boyfriend?” “Why did God allow me to go bankrupt?” “Why doesn’t God get […]

A Prayer for Reign

posted by Mark and Jill

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. (Deut. 32:2) As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to […]

A Prayer To Eat Right

posted by Mark and Jill

Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. (Isaiah 55:2) The […]

A Prayer for Google-Eyed Parents

posted by Mark and Jill

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. (James 1:5) “I am the Lord who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26) We had dear friends, parents of two toddlers, stay with us for two weeks recently. […]

A Prayer to Learn to Pray Without Distraction

posted by Mark and Jill

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Prayer – a Vaccination against Fear

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Praying for and with our children is the only sure formula for raising fear-resistant kids — kids with real faith. There’s a Biblical precedent for this in the New Testament story that played out in the life of a young […]

If and only if… part 4

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Jesus makes bold and audacious promises about the power and effectiveness of prayer.  If we ask, we will receive. But in the process of making claims Jesus also connects specific conditions to these promises.  Here’s one final dangerous “if/then.”   […]

Learning from Expert Prayer Coaches – Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Children are not instinctively religious. Once when a preacher’s sermon dragged on beyond supposed 12:00 noon scheduled close one little girl leaned over to her mother and whispered, “Mommy, if we give him the money now, will he let us go?”  […]

If and only if… part 3

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There’s a third Biblical condition to answered prayer. Jesus lays down amazing promises about the power of asking things from God. He promises to answer. You can check out Thursday’s post if you’d like to see a few of those […]

When the Goin’ Gets Tough… Pray Like Jesus

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Weariness can kill the practice of prayer. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve decided to get up early in the morning or stay up a bit later at night to spend time talking with God. All the best […]

If and only if… part 2

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There’s a second Biblical condition to answered prayer. Jesus makes some amazing promises about the power of intercession, then attaches some contingencies. You can check out Thursday’s post if you’d like to explore this more. Bottom line: God has put […]

Enough is enough, but not enough is never enough…

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Enough is enough, but not enough is never enough.  On paper my income should be sufficient.  I get a steady paycheck every month.  We don’t spend what we have recklessly either. My wife Jill shops at garage sales. We’ve paid […]

If and only if… part 1

posted by Mark Herringshaw

We pray behind some remarkable promises from Jesus about the power of prayer. You can check out yesterday’s post if you’d like to see a few of those commitments. Essentially, the founder and CEO of the universe offers to put […]

Promises, Promises…

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Jesus’ “Lord’s Prayer” serves as a kind of jazz chart for intercession.  He lays down the melody line, the rhythm, the key and the basic chord progression. Then he invites us to improvise with variations of individual expression.    This […]

Telling the Voices in My Head Where to Go!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I’m not a schizophrenic, at least I haven’t been diagnosed. But I do hear voices in my head.   I don’t think I’m alone. I bet you do as well. I hear my own voice of course, what some people […]

Deliver Us from Evil

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”   According to Jesus the world, as we know it is not the world God intends.  The prayer tenet “your will be done on earth as it is […]

Praying in the Middle of Misunderstanding

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Sometimes words don’t work. Sometimes the harder we try to make ourselves understood and to understand in return, the more clumsy and confused we become in our relationships.   I had one of those experiences today. I needed clear communication […]

No Fear Here

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There’s a particular taste to fear, somewhere between bitter and fire-hot. Scientists could probably explain this, something about the adrenaline rush that hits the blood stream the moment of terror. Whatever the rational explanation, the fact remains: fear makes us […]

Forgiveness – the Caveat

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Forgive us our trespasses…” Then Jesus in his great prayer adds one line of fine print to this too-good-not-to-be-true offer: “…As we forgive those who trespass against us.”      Hmmm. Strings attached?   Evidently, if we ask for release from […]

Dumping the Debt

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Forgive us our trespasses…”   Newton was half right. To every action there is at least one equal and opposite reaction. I say, at least because usually one reaction grows into two and those into 200! Simple events have a […]

Raising He…aven on Earth

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven”   Minnesota is not heaven, I assure you, especially in February. Even now, in August’s green, lush, heavy and humid dog days, it’s a far distance from paradise. […]

“Jesus Guns Down Sin”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

We don’t like the word “sin” anymore. Call them “mistakes,” or “Karma,” or “disabilities,” or “disorders” – anything but “sin.” Well, a rose by any other name smells as sweet, and a portable toilet by any other name smells as […]

“Jesus’ Weapon against Deception”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  How do I battle the lying tongue of my enemy? The devil is called “the father of lies,” and he deserves the title. Here’s how Jesus dealt with this threat and I can model his strategy.   “Be quiet!” […]

To God on a First Name Basis

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Hallowed be your name”   God our Papa has a name. Actually, he has several, and the Bible tells us what they are. Today parents name their children based on the sound or popularity of the word. Parents in the […]

The Wonder Words of Jesus

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  “Be quiet!”   “Be clean!”   “Be still!”   “Be free!”   “Be unafraid!”   “Be opened!”   “Be careful!”   “Be yours!”   “Be alert!”   Words of Jesus from The Gospel of Mark   Explore more in […]

“Papa God”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

We call it “the Lord’s Prayer.”  Actually, it is our prayer, taught to us by Jesus: a beautiful template to guide our conversation with our Creator.    Jesus begins with the two most radical words in human history: “Our Father.”  […]

Jesus Copycat

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I learn best by modeling. I’m too old and too soon gone from the planet to learn all I need to know by trial and error. I’ll mimic my Master, and live by his experience. I’ll copy Jesus.   When […]

Muttering to God

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Every day in great Cathedrals, in automobiles, restaurants and school libraries millions upon millions of people around the world recite “The Lord’s Prayer.”  I said it myself this morning. It is perhaps the simplest, most direct, most encompassing prayer ever […]

When Jesus Didn’t Pray

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Jesus prayed, but not always…   Jesus stayed constantly connected with God, his Father. This proved the source of his life and power. But Jesus didn’t always pray when facing challenges. Sometimes he just spoke words directly, and let the […]

Jesus’ Template for Talking with God

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And […]

Jesus Delivers the Goods

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Early in his ministry Jesus outlined his mission in a kind of mission statement.  He quoted the Prophet Isaiah promising that his presence and activity would result in certain outcomes.  His influence would have impact.  And the impact would be […]

What Does God Want from Me? Justice, Mercy, Humility

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I often make life – and particularly my relationship with God – much too complicated.  I imagine an endless list of obligations, “shoulds,” and “musts.”  But really walking with God is simple and straightforward.  One Old Testament prophet named Micah […]

Angry Prayers: The Bible Gives Permission

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There is nothing stoic about the Psalms.  As a collection of Israel’s worship songs the Psalms capture the heart of the Jews’ heart for God.  The Hebrews do not separate their thoughts and theology from their passion.  Their worship is […]

Friendship with God: Psalm 143:2

posted by Mark Herringshaw

God invites honestly from his friends. We can be – must be – transparent. And God not only tolerates us shooting straight, he honors it. When we know where we stand with him – as intimate friends – we can […]

Friends with God: Psalm 143:1

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Prayer is based on an assumption: We believe God hears and is able and willing to respond to what we say. Prayer in its purest form assumes a relationship. In its best form, it assumes a relationship of friendship. Friendship […]

A Prayer for Forgiveness

posted by Mark Herringshaw

King David was known as “a man after God’s own heart.” David loved God, lived with passion and prayed with poetic and transparent honesty. But David was also a sinner. He stole the wife of one of his most loyal […]

Wheeler-Dealer God ii

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Bargaining with God: Personally, this is a pressing question for me at this moment, here and now. I need something very specific from God this week, something deeply personal and practical and yet completely out of my hands to deliver. […]

“Down-and-Dirty, Honest-to-God!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I read again today an old poem of prayer.  It’s 3,000 years old, but tell me, can you relate?  I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,      and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of […]

Bible Prayer: The Priestly Blessing

posted by nsymmonds

A part of praying plain and simple is realizing that prayer has already been well laid out for us in the Bible. Praying God’s word back to Him is one of the most simple things we can do and it doesn’t […]

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A Prayer for Business Competitors
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun ...

posted 9:42:21am Sep. 04, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for God's Thoughts
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8). For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these ...

posted 12:18:27pm Sep. 03, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Excellence in Business
“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:9-10) Years ago Tom Peters ...

posted 10:46:38am Sep. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Prayer for a Good Work Ethic
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.  (2 Timothy 2:15) Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but ...

posted 10:39:27am Sep. 01, 2015 | read full post »

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 »

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