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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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Praying Jabez’s Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!  Let […]

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A Prayer When You’re Wrestling With God

posted by Mark and Jill

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with […]

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A Prayer of Desperation

posted by Mark and Jill

The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path. But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for […]

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A Prayer to Believe That You Can Change

posted by Mark and Jill

As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind men crying out, “Mercy, Son of David! Mercy on us!” When Jesus got home, the blind men went in with him. Jesus said to them, “Do you really believe […]

A Prayer of Thanks for Good Gifts

posted by Mark and Jill

Every good thing I have comes from you. (Psalm 16:2) Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17) Our recent post about creeping […]

A Prayer For Supernatural Matchmaking

posted by Mark and Jill

He will send his angel ahead of you, and he will see to it that you find a wife there for my son. “O Lord, God of my master, Abraham,” he prayed. “Please give me success today, and show unfailing […]

Whatever You Need, Pray for Someone Else Who Needs it Too

posted by Mark and Jill

Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants, so they could have children. (Genesis 20:17) The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. She became pregnant, and […]

A Prayer Against Creeping Atheism

posted by Mark and Jill

The wicked are too proud to seek God.     They seem to think that God is dead. They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us!     We will be free of trouble forever!” The wicked think, “God […]

A Pattern for Prayer: Talking With My Daddy

posted by Mark and Jill

Pray like this: Our Father in heaven,     may your name be kept holy. (Matthew 6:9) Jesus gave us an outline or pattern to teach us to pray. While it is perfectly fine to repeat The Lord’s Prayer as it is, it […]

A Key to Answered Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Take delight in the Lord,     and he will give you your heart’s desires. (Psalm 37:4) “God is sovereign,” is a phrase I hear often these days. It’s thrown around as if to say, God does whatever He does, […]

A Prayer To Know God’s Smile

posted by Mark and Jill

“Let your face smile on us, Lord.” Psalm 4:6b “May his face smile with favor on us.” Psalm 67:1 “May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.” Number 6:25 How do you perceive God? If His face […]

A Prayer for an Undivided Heart

posted by Mark and Jill

“You must always act in the fear of the LORD, with faithfulness and an undivided heart.” 2 Chronicles 19:9 My word for 2016 is “undivided”.  I am asking God to help me become a consistent person – the same person […]

A Prayer for the Old Year

posted by Mark and Jill

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self. (Ephesians 4:22) Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. (Colossians 3:10) […]

A Prayer to Shine The Light

posted by Mark and Jill

“If you offer food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness.” Isaiah 58:10 Make Christmas the happiest it’s ever been by attending to these words and this promise in […]

A Prayer for Difficult Family Dynamics

posted by Mark and Jill

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:14) “Assume a virtue if you have it not.” ~William Shakespeare If you haven’t prayed Jesus’ prayer: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know […]

Pray Mary’s Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. (Luke 1:30)  For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chron. 6:9) Because Mary looked […]

Overwhelmed? Pray This Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me. (Psalm 142:3) From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is […]

A Prayer to Shine

posted by Mark and Jill

Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever. (Daniel 12:3) A star led ancient scholars through the desert to bring honor to a child […]

A Prayer for Anyone Addicted to Pornography

posted by Mark and Jill

But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord. (Psalm 141:8) I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman. (Job 31:1) My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release […]

A Prayer For a Life That Works

posted by Mark and Jill

“Even though I gave them all my laws, they act as if those laws don’t apply to them.” Hosea 8:12 “Did God really say….?” Genesis 3:1 The first thing the sneaky serpent Satan said to Eve was to place doubts in […]

A Prayer for Anyone Working From Home

posted by Mark and Jill

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. (Colossians 3:23) Father, Thank you for the privilege of rolling out of bed every morning and finding myself in my workplace. It’s a blessing that […]

A Prayer for a Life Closely Connected to the Holy Spirit

posted by Mark and Jill

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by […]

A Prayer For Self-Awareness

posted by Mark and Jill

People don’t realize that I am watching them. Their sinful deeds are all around them, and I see them all. (Hosea 7:2) You say, “I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!” And you don’t realize that you […]

Lifting Hands in Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“Lift up holy hands in prayer, and praise the Lord.” Psalm 134:2 When my dad was fighting in the South Pacific during WWII, my mom would quite uncharacteristically lift her hands to Heaven, pleading for God’s protection over her beloved […]

A Prayer to be a Peacemaker

posted by Mark and Jill

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9) But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It […]

A Prayer for a Life of Integrity

posted by Mark and Jill

Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. (Daniel 6:4,5 NLT) […]

A Prayer For Sanity

posted by Mark and Jill

“After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever… When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and […]

A Prayer for Wisdom When Your Back’s Against the Wall

posted by Mark and Jill

When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, came to kill them, Daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion. (Daniel 2:14) Daniel was scheduled to be executed along with all the wise men in Babylon’s court. Daniel was an […]

A Prayer In the Face of Terror

posted by Mark and Jill

The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed or conquered…and it will stand forever. (Daniel 2:44) Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but […]

A Prayer for the Spiritually Tone Deaf

posted by Mark and Jill

O Lord, do good to those who are good, whose hearts are in tune with you. (Psalm 125:4) What if members of an orchestra determined their own pitch? Rather than tuning to Concert A, they use their own subjective tuning […]

The Proper Kind of “What If” Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

What if the Lord had not been on our side? Let all Israel repeat: What if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us? They would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger. The waters […]

Afraid to Fly? A Prayer for Anyone With Aerophobia

posted by Mark and Jill

The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121:7,8) When our oldest child was three months old, I purchased a […]

A PRAYER FOR A DECISIVE MIND

posted by Mark and Jill

“O Lord, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind you promised.” (Psalm 119:169) Today we echo the prayer that David prayed for a decisive mind. God’s Word is able to renew, restore, and transform our minds, healing the […]

A Prayer For Freedom for the Enslaved

posted by Mark and Jill

For you are a slave to whatever controls you. (2 Peter 2:19) Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. (Romans 6:18) God observes the shackles that we hide in our […]

Prayer for Intimacy With God

posted by Mark and Jill

“Come near to God, and He will come near to you.” James 4:8 “‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:13,14a God […]

Skeletons in Scripture – A Halloween Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’ So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They […]

A Prayer For Sexual Purity

posted by Mark and Jill

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality.” (Ephesians 5:3) Many Christians are engaging in forms of pre-marital sex (with or without the literal act), conveniently assuming that the standard of righteous sexual behavior prior to marriage […]

Be Aware of Love, Beware of Fear

posted by Mark and Jill

I am always aware of your unfailing love. (Psalm 26:3) Love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. (1 John 4:18) We are encouraged by the Word of God to live fearless lives. The only way to walk […]

Is it Okay To Pray To Be Blessed?

posted by Mark and Jill

With all my heart I want your blessings. Be merciful as you promised. (Psalm 119:58) Our last post talked about James 4:3 – “And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only […]

Praying With Right Motives

posted by Mark and Jill

And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. (James 4:3) When I read texts like this one, I perk up. If there’s one thing I desire […]

A Prayer for Wisdom: Not for Fools

posted by Mark and Jill

For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above […]

A Prayer to Save My Soul

posted by Mark and Jill

We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved. (Hebrews 10:39) …Humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. (James 1:21) These two scriptures are written to believers, […]

A Prayer For Strength

posted by Mark and Jill

Your strength comes from God’s grace… (Hebrews 13:9b) “…Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord…” (Psalm 121:1) Where do we go for the energy to live our lives? Caffeine, food, exercise, shopping…? The most potent […]

Prayer: the Solution to Soul Pollution

posted by Mark and Jill

“…The people of Israel will learn not to stray from me, polluting themselves with sin. They will be my people, and I will be their God. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!’” (Ezekiel 14:11) We are grateful to the wonderful people […]

An Organic Prayer for the Family

posted by Mark and Jill

May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us or abandon us. May he give us the desire to do his will in everything and to obey all the commands, […]

A Prayer For Thick Skin

posted by Mark and Jill

O Israel, trust the Lord!     He is your helper and your shield. priests, descendants of Aaron, trust the Lord!     He is your helper and your shield. All you who fear the Lord, trust the Lord!   […]

Prayer as Speaking to the Mountain

posted by Mark and Jill

“If you say to this mountain…” (Mark 11:23)  There is something odd about some of Jesus’ prayers: They are not “prayers” in a literal sense. They are directives aimed not toward God but toward situations or objects in the world. […]

Praying Above and Beyond

posted by Mark and Jill

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20). The writer of Hebrews lays down the challenge, “So let us come […]

Praying With Jesus

posted by Mark and Jill

The night Jesus was arrested he prayed to the Father for all his followers, including you and me. While we pray to God in Jesus’s name it’s amazingly encouraging to know he prays for us.  Today’s prayer – let Jesus […]

Baby Steps to Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, and the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:5)  Children learn to talk. We […]

Praying Without Words

posted by Mark and Jill

“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” (Romans 8:26)  Prayer is […]

A Prayer Strategy for Business Leaders

posted by Mark and Jill

“Not by might.  Not by power. But my Spirit, says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6) Careful planning and hard work are vital, but they have limits. Zerubbabel had an impossible job. So do you. He had to rebuild Jerusalem with a […]

Prayer as a Lifestyle

posted by Mark and Jill

“Pray without ceasing…” (I Thessalonians 5:17)   Seriously? I can barely keep focused 10 minutes. How can I “pray without ceasing?” Answer: expand my understanding of prayer!   In 17th century France there lived a man known as Brother Lawrence. When Lawrence […]

Prayer is a Contact Sport

posted by Mark and Jill

“I will not let you go unless you bless me!” (Genesis 32:26) Prayer is“Chutzpah.” How audacious, to think that specks of stardust living on a pebble of stardust in a sidetrack galaxy on the backwaters of the Universe can mutter […]

A Prayer for Faith to Pray In Faith

posted by Mark and Jill

“I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)  All we need is mustard seed faith. Just a bit is enough to begin. As a cup of water poured down the old well can prime the pump, and set the waters flowing, […]

A Prayer for Time Miracle Management

posted by Mark and Jill

“He asked you for life, and you gave it to him — length of days forever and ever.” (Psalm 21:4)  “It’s about time. Prime time is just in time. And there’s no time to waste, no down time. We’re outa […]

A Prayer to Super-Size Your Faith

posted by Mark and Jill

“Ask me and I will give the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your possession.” (Psalm 2:8) “Nothing will be impossible for you…” (Matthew 17:21) How big is too big? How much is too much? Is […]

What The IF

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…” (Deuteronomy 28:1). That’s a big IF…  God’s promises are overwhelming. He has vowed to enrich your life here and now, […]

A Prayer of Blessing From Deuteronomy 28

posted by Mark and Jill

Today, we are reading the first portion of Deuteronomy 28 (below). Be warned, you will find these words almost impossible to believe. “This can’t be for me…” But do not trust your skepticism. Instead. Pray as you read, line by […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 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 Prayer of Belonging

posted by Mark and Jill

“I belong to Jesus.” (Galatians 6:17) To belong means to be “rightly placed in a specified position; to be rightly classified in or assigned to a specified category; to fit in a specified place or environment.” (~Siri) Are you unsure […]

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 […]

God Cares For You – A Prayer to Believe the Truth

posted by Mark and Jill

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” (Nahum 1:7) “My people don’t recognize my care for them.” (Isaiah 1:3) “…For they did not believe God or trust him to […]

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 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 Small Beginnings

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“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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Boat-Sinking Blessings

posted by Mark and Jill

There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that […]

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, […]

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 […]

A Prayer That Gets Results

posted by Mark and Jill

“See what an incredible quality of love the Father has given, shown, bestowed on us.”  1 John 3:1 Amplified Love never fails, never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end…    1 Corinthians 13:8 Amplified Our love runs […]

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 […]

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 […]

Restoring the Presence of God in our Marriage

posted by Mark and Jill

“It is time to bring back the Ark of our God, for we neglected it…” 1 Chron. 13:3 “The Ark of God remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the Lord blessed the household of Obed-edom and everything […]

Reconciliation Is God’s Business

posted by Mark and Jill

“For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.”   2 Corinthians 5:19-20 NLT We are made in God’s image, and we are […]

Enrolling in the School of Communication

posted by Mark and Jill

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 “I…say only what the Father taught me.” ~Jesus. John 8:28 I am quite certain that it’s […]

Advent Prayer, Day 26: Welcoming the Light

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By Claudia Mair Burney Christmas Eve “While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.” Luke 2:6 NRSV   Light of the world,   The people walking in darkness await you. We who are living in […]

Advent Prayer, Day 25: Come Lord Jesus

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By Claudia Mair Burney The fourth Wednesday of Advent “The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to her son; and when her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had lavished on her his […]

Advent Prayer, Day 24: Offering Ourselves as Sacrifice

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Tuesday, the fourth week of Advent “Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings […]

Advent Prayer, Day 23: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

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By Claudia Mair Burney Monday, the fourth week of Advent “As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness; […]

Advent Prayer, Day 22: Keeping Watch for the Lord

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By Claudia Mair Burney The fourth Sunday of Advent “And what I am saying to you I say to all: Stay awake! Mark 13:37 (NJB) This fourth Sunday of Advent finds us only days away from the celebration of Jesus’ […]

Advent Prayer, Day 20: Jesus is Family

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By Claudia Mair Burney Friday, the third week of Advent “He was in the world, and the world came into being through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own […]

Advent Prayer, Day 18: Going the Distance

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Wednesday, the third week of Advent “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7 […]

Advent Prayer, Day 17: Offering Him Our Best Gifts

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By Claudia Mair Burney Tuesday, the third week of Advent “A star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel.” Numbers 24:17 (2). “On entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother; […]

Advent Prayer, Day 16: Sing Unto the Lord

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By Claudia Mair Burney Monday, the third week of Advent “The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of […]

Advent Prayer, Day 15: Rejoice!

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney The third Sunday of Advent “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:4 (NRSV)   This Sunday is called “Gaudete” Sunday, […]

Advent Prayer, Day 14: Giving It All Away

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By Claudia Mair Burney Saturday, the second week of Advent “A certain ruler asked him, ‘Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but […]

Advent Prayer, Day 13: Coming Out of Darkness

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By Claudia Mair Burney Friday, the second week of Advent “Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher […]

Advent Prayer, Day 12: Being Compassionate

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By Claudia Mair Burney Thursday, the second week of Advent “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. […]

Advent Prayer, Day 11: Hard Truths

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By Claudia Mair Burney Wednesday, the second week of Advent “When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and […]

Advent Prayer, Day 9: Transform Our Lives

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By Claudia Mair Burney Monday, the second week of Advent “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus had also been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily […]

Advent Prayer, Day 8: Searching for Christ

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By Claudia Mair Burney The second Sunday of Advent “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his answers. When his […]

Advent Prayer, Day 7: Embracing Jesus

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Saturday, the first week of Advent “Now there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on Him. It […]

Advent Prayer: Enduring Tribulation

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Friday, the first week of Advent “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the […]

Advent Prayer: Jesus, Dwell In Us

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By Claudia Mair Burney Tuesday, the first week of Advent “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about. His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together she was found to […]

Advent Prayer: Behold His Coming

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney The First Sunday of Advent  “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14, KJV. The word “advent” means “coming.” But the season is not merely a time […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stunt Double for Jesus

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Maybe it’s the stereotype white shoes and plastered hair that rubs me wrong, but I admit, I sometimes have negative reactions to television faith healers. This is hard to admit, because these guys are on my team. Honestly, I believe […]

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 […]

Jesus Tames Chaos

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My garage has a mind of its own. I’m not particularly sentimental, but it seems to like to collect things I otherwise don’t know what to do with. Chaos wants to reigns there and plots to put things out of […]

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!” […]

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 […]

Winning the War of Words

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today I’m walking uphill against the wind. I’m exhausted physically, my mind is skipping circuits, and I have the motivation of the banana slugs I used to collect as a child in the mountains above Santa Cruz. If I look […]

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 […]

For God’s Sake, Say Something!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I grew up with an image of Jesus as a meek and mild saint.  But when I explore the gospels I see another side of him: Jesus the warrior.  This may not be popular notion, but it is undeniable.  Jesus […]

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A Prayer When You're Grieving a Beloved Pet
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