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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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 our values and purposes and goals. In six words Paul summarizes it all; Mary, Martha’s sister, models it for us. It’s about simply loving Jesus more than anything else. Let’s pray for a realignment of our goals and priorities along the plumbline of God’s priorities spelled out in Scripture.

Father,

I admit I haven’t navigated a right way to live in this world with Heaven’s values as my top-tier priority. Forgive me, Lord. Please grant me the ability to seek you first, knowing that all my other priorities will line up perfectly behind that One. Teach me today to make love my highest goal – loving you, loving and forgiving others, and loving and forgiving myself. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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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 need a million dollars? You might not have faith for a million, but can you believe God for one penny? That’s a start! Did you know that if you have one penny and you double it daily that after 31 days you will have $21 million? That is why God doesn’t scorn small beginnings. Small beginnings snowball into colossal blessings!

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” Mark 11:22-24

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Grab your shovel, and start moving the mountain that’s standing in your way.

Father,

I am receiving the promise of Mark 11:22-24. I have a huge mountain to move, but the truth is I don’t have the faith to move the whole kit and caboodle today. Today I have just enough faith to move a piece of it with your help. So I take your promises in hand, and I stand in faith, believing that a small beginning is better than no beginning at all. 

Amen

Here are a few steps to get that mountain uprooted:

1. Be honest with yourself and with God about the quality and quantity of your faith. If it’s lacking, grow it, but start where you are at today. As the man said to Jesus, “I believe. Help me in my unbelief.”

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2. Wait on the Holy Spirit and consider what He would have you ask for.

3. Grab a promise in Scripture and stand on it in faith today!

4. Take hold of your faith as you would a tool, and get to work on that blasted mountain, praising God for His promises all the while! What’s the work? Speaking directly to that obstacle, as Jesus instructed. Command “it” with your God-given authority. For example, you can say, “Mountain of debt, I command you to get out of my life. I repent of indulging in spending money that I didn’t have. I align my finances with the Word’s instructions, and, debt, you have to leave.” Start according to the capacity of your faith, perhaps with one debt payment at a time until it’s eradicated.

5. Get into His Word and listen to it, for faith comes through hearing, using those two convenient holes on the side of your head, and it seeps down into your heart and changes your perception so that it aligns with God’s reality, not yours! What a great adventure!

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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 be seen. 2 Corinthians 4:18

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

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:2

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We have the power to fix our thoughts and our focus. Are your thoughts plaguing you? Does your vision need fixing? We can align both our thoughts and our focus through the renewing power of the Word of God. Put it in your ears, in your eyes, and meditate on it all day long, and all that is broken in you will soon be fixed by His great love.

Father,

I align my thoughts with yours today. I look up into the face of my Father and receive the affirmation and love I am longing for. I will breathe in your Holy Spirit today, allowing Him to guide and approve each thought that seeks entrance into my soul. Thank you for fixing what is broken in my life. Thank you for empowering me to discipline my mind and my focus.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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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 get impatient in lines at the grocery store, and we avoid being early to any function lest we have to sit and do nothing for a minute or two. But if we avoid learning the skill of waiting on God, we miss out on huge opportunities, endless wisdom, and the joy of intimacy with Jesus.

The Hebrew word for “wait” means: to sit in silence and to be still (stop wiggling and squirming). We try to teach our children to do this, but do we model it? Let’s begin today.

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Take a cup of tea, some deep breaths, and sit in your prayer chair with your face to Heaven. He promises victory and hope for those who learn this skill.

Father,

Thank you that you are my Father. I long to learn to be still in your presence, to wait for you to speak, to stop my constant flow of hurried words and worrisome thoughts, and to simply receive your love and hear your voice. Speak to me in the silence.

Amen

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