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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 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 […]

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 […]

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 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 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Just Pray on the National Day of Prayer

posted by nsymmonds

This morning, I saw several Facebook status update about prayer because today is the National Day of Prayer. Everyone is encouraging each other to pray on this day which I think is a beautiful thing since leading up to today […]

Praying for Senate Chaplain Barry Black

posted by nsymmonds

I just read a really great story about Barry Black, a Senate chaplain and spiritual counselor to everyone from senior senators to young staffers. Black is the “go to” guy when senators and other leaders on “the Hill” are looking […]

Prayer for Accepting God’s Will

posted by nsymmonds

It is one thing to pray for God’s will to be done in your life, but it is quite another to accept His will. Many of us talk a good game about wanting His will for our lives, but once […]

A Prayer for the Family and Friends of David Hames

posted by nsymmonds

A few weeks ago, we posted an update on David Hames, the Compassion International volunteer who was buried under the rubble of the Hotel Montana following the massive earthquake in Haiti. It is with a heavy heart that we provide you […]

Crashing God’s State Dinner

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Salahis have chutzpah, you have to give them that. Michaele and Tareq got their 15 minutes – plus – of fame last week when, much to the shame of the secret service, they managed to slink their way into […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Expectancy

posted by nsymmonds

I know what you are thinking, “Isn’t it a bit early for a Thanksgiving prayer?” But in actuality, Thanksgiving, as we know it, started well before it was a national holiday associated with turkey, football and lethargy. Thankgiving was and is a […]

Following up “Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 Deserves Praise… To God!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Wow! Wednesday’s post “Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 Deserves Praise… To God!” certainly generated a reaction.  While I cannot, for lack of both time and expertise answer every individual objection that readers have posted I can defer to an expert […]

Make Your Own Barcode… With God!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Now I can make my own barcode with Google! Amazing days! Today is the 57th birthday of first patent of the barcode and to honor the moment Google has changed its logo to a photo of black and white lines […]

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 Deserves Praise… To God!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to two Americans and an Israeli for explaining how the DNA code is translated into life. The work of Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz, and Ada E. Yonath, explored ribosomes which produce proteins […]

Praying with Our Hearts

posted by nsymmonds

I was reading an introduction from William Cleary’s book, “We Side with the Morning: Daily Prayers to the God of Hope” when I came across this beautiful passage about prayer, the difficulties some have with it, and what prayer can be compared to. […]

Prayer for American Samoa Tsunami Victims and Hawaii

posted by nsymmonds

An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 hit the American Samoan islands earlier today. This earthquake triggered three 5-foot tsunamis which caused damaged and killed an undetermined number of people. Hawaii is currently on tsunami watch. Please join us in prayer […]

Carrying Everything to God in Prayer

posted by nsymmonds

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,Oh, what needless pain we bear,All because we do not carryEverything to God in prayer! “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” By Joseph Scriven I was reminded of this hymn this morning when one […]

Praying-in Breakfast

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Give us today our daily bread”   What’s for breakfast? That’s an important question, one of the most important questions in our family, and probably in yours too. Jesus said we don’t live by bread alone – we also need […]

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 […]

Friends with God: Psalm 143:10-12

posted by Mark Herringshaw

David was God’s friend. God was David’s friend. This intimate Psalm written three thousand of years ago outlines for us what we can expect from God in this relationship. Prayer is based on the certain facts we know about God. […]

Friends with God: Psalm 143:8-9

posted by Mark Herringshaw

King David banked everything on his friendship with God. God was everything to David.  Here’s how he describes that relationship in Psalm 143:8-9.  Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,      for I am trusting you.   Show me where to walk,      for I give […]

To Pray or Not to Pray, Part 2

posted by nsymmonds

So I’ve gotten quite a bit of response–both on this blog and off–from “To Pray or Not to Pray“. I’ve heard from alot of you that you think it is ok to continually pray about a situation, in my case, praying […]

Friends with God: Psalm 143:5-7

posted by Mark Herringshaw

David’s friendship with God was based on what he knew about God; what David knew came by observing God’s past actions. David was able to lay everything on the line in prayer because he knew God’s character was dependable. His splendid […]

A Happy Birthday Prayer for President Obama

posted by nsymmonds

Today, the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, turns 48-years-old. I just wanted to take a moment to wish President Obama a happy birthday and ask that you join me in praying for him today and continuing to […]

To Pray or Not to Pray

posted by nsymmonds

On Saturday morning I was talking to my mom about life and how I am tired of the single life. At hearing this my mom said, “Well, have you been praying for a mate?” To this I rolled my eyes, let out […]

Wheeler-Dealer God iv: Poker with Jesus

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I believe God does bargain, but his terms are high stakes. Most of the time I don’t have courage to stay in the game. I fold my hand before the bidding starts. Here’s another clip from Six Prayers God Always […]

Wheeler-Dealer God iii

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I need wisdom, and fast. I have a challenge before me. It’s a good thing – actually too much of a good thing. I need wisdom and perspective beyond my own capacity to make the right decision between two good […]

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. […]

Wheeler-Dealer God i

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Will God cut a deal? I don’t know about you, but I often pray as though I believe he will. Is bargaining prayer legit? Will God swap favor of favor? Let’s explore this question this week. I’ll prime the pump […]

Is God to Blame?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Recommendation: Read “Hugo’s” very articulate, very honest response to Friday’s post “The prayer God hates to answer… but will.” Also, read the tender and gracious response to Hugo posted by “All4God.” Hugo and his family endured a bitter and unjust […]

“The prayer God hates to answer… but will”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

On Wednesday I posted an excerpt from an interview that poet and force behind www.popthought.com , Alex Ness posted on his blog last year. Here’s another. Background: We’re talking about “Six Prayers God Always Answers,” one of the books I’ve […]

Putting the Screws on God

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Last year, my poet/blogger/cultural-critic/brain-trust behind “Popthought” friend Alex Ness, ran an interview he did reviewing “Six Prayers God Always Answers” the book I wrote last year with Jennifer Schuchmann. Alex has a poignant way of cutting through the “c” to get […]

Praying from the Gut

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Sometimes I “try” to pray, with a deliberate discipline and effort. Well and good. But other times I find that prayers come bursting out of me accidently. I wonder, is reaching out to God when I’m at the raw edges […]

Bare Naked Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I’m feeling vulnerable in my relationship with God today. I began by asking him for wisdom about our family finances, which – with two kids in college and a couple boys eating us out of house and home – are […]

Prayer is…

posted by Mark Herringshaw

God is teaching me to talk. Like a parent patiently listening and answering a stumbling and fumbling 18 month old child who is just learning the ropes of human language, God sitts with me as I bumble my way through […]

“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 […]

Tennis with God

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Communication takes a miracle. The 500 most commonly used English words have an average of 28 meanings each! So the odds that you actually know what I’m saying here are not very good. The odds that I know what I’m […]

“Praying in Route”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“For many years I was bothered by the thought that I was a failure at prayer. Then one day I realized I would always be a failure at prayer; and I’ve gotten along much better ever since!” Brother Lawrence   […]

Praying for the Family of Byrd and Melanie Billings

posted by nsymmonds

One of the reasons why I started this blog was to serve as a place for prayer on breaking news. A little while ago, it was brought to my attention that Byrd and Melanie Billings, a couple in Beulah, Florida […]

Happy 500th Birthday John Calvin

posted by nsymmonds

Today marks the 500th birthday of John Calvin, the father of Reformed Theology. To commemorate the occasion on Prayer Plain and Simple, I’d like to share a quote from him on prayer:   “Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must […]

“No More Mr. Plastic Man”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My wife Jill and I just had our 26th anniversary. If you could only know what a miracle that really is! Obviously, I married up.  And even then, we almost never got started. The day I met her I made […]

Welcome to “Prayer Plain and Simple”

posted by nsymmonds

Prayer Plain and Simple is a blog about prayer, but not in the traditional bowed heads, clasped hands, on your knees sense. This is about making prayer as routine as brushing your teeth and as easy as ABC and 123. […]

Previous Posts

A Prayer for Goal-Setting
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 us know the objectives of this ...

posted 2:00:24pm May. 30, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to See From God's POV
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 forever. (2 Corinthians 4:18) I have seen you in your ...

posted 2:05:26pm May. 29, 2015 | read full post »

Learning To Love Yourself
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 I ...

posted 2:49:01pm May. 27, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Remember The Fallen
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 they ...

posted 12:12:34pm May. 25, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Victims of PTSD
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 eyes of a fearless person has power to ...

posted 12:44:13pm May. 21, 2015 | read full post »

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