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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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A Prayer: Understanding Temperaments in Marriage

posted by Mark and Jill

He made their hearts,     so he understands everything they do. Psalm 33:15 (NLT) And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight, that your […]

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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 […]

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Win As One

posted by Mark and Jill

…Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Philippians 2:2 …Stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith. Philippians 1:27 …So that with one […]

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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 […]

A Prayer for the First Workday of the New Year

posted by nsymmonds

After being on vacation for two weeks today is my first day back in the office. While I was on vacation I imagined how I might dread coming back to cold New York and my office instead of being in relatively […]

Building a Healthy Spiritual Immune System

posted by Mark Herringshaw

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love (Ephesians 4:14-16).   The H1N1 […]

“Hope Takes a Miracle – Ask for it!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

If you’re anything of a sports fan, then you know the feeling. Your team is down and time is running out. Anxiety and doom begin to settle over everyone. And then, strangely, through some subtle shift in the air, a […]

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?”  […]

Pray and Believe

posted by nsymmonds

“So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 I have been living this scripture for the last few weeks unlike I have ever lived it […]

Putting “Play” in “Pray”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I have a new spiritual director: the four year old daughter of a friend who confides her heart to God the way she whispers to her Teddy Bear and the way she giggles when her father whisks her off her […]

A Prayer for the George Sodini’s Victims and Family

posted by nsymmonds

Yesterday, George Sodini entered a Pittsburgh L.A. Fitness gym aerobic’s class, turned off the lights and opened fire. The 50 rounds of bullets killed three women and injured 10 other people. Sodini then turned the gun on himself and killed himself. Sources […]

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 […]

Prayer for Abolition

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Check out Nicholas Kristof piece chronicling slavery in the United States. Yes, this evil is “alive and well” in the 21st century. Human trafficking is now the third largest illegal industry in the world – just behind drugs and weapons. […]

iPray from your iPhone

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Kudos to Allen Wright, the Sacramento teenager who dreamed up a brilliant new application for the Apple iPhone called “A Note to God.” Wright, 17 and a student at Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California said he got […]

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 […]

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly… and God

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Either way, we’re doomed to failure! Go figure. In the last 12 hours I’ve had conversations with two friends; both are in way over their heads; both are struggling with their jobs and businesses; both are desperate for God; each […]

“I can’t. You can. Please do. Thank you!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I looked at my calendar for the day. It’s packed. A two hour meeting begins at 8:00 AM. Another follows without a break. If I’m efficient, I’ll be able to hurry back to my office for an hour to return […]

“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   […]

“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 […]

“Prayer Doesn’t Work…”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I suppose one of the reasons I got this gig to do a prayer blog for Beliefnet is because I’ve co-written two books with my friend Jennifer Schuchmann about communicating with God. Our first, “Six Prayers God Always Answers – […]

“Unfit to Pray”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I’m in no shape to pray. So I will.  At the moment I feel anything but spiritual. I’m exhausted, hungry, in need of a shower and buzzing with that vague sense of irritation I often pass off as my “moodiness.”  […]

“Breaking my Addiction to Religion”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My name is Mark. I’m a recovering religious addict.   You should know this on day one of this blog about prayer. Truth be told, launching “Prayer Plain and Simple” with Nicole Symmonds is part of my treatment. We want […]

Previous Posts

A Prayer to Stop Judging
"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 law, is the Judge. He alone has ...

posted 3:46:41pm Apr. 17, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for An Extraordinary Life
"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 to move ...

posted 2:33:00pm Apr. 16, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Our Future
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 ...

posted 3:54:42pm Apr. 14, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Hope for the Hopeless
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 out of ten people ...

posted 12:28:33pm Apr. 13, 2015 | read full post »

You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Blog is About You
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 evidence of ...

posted 2:14:07pm Apr. 10, 2015 | read full post »

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