Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Jesus on Productivity

posted by Mark and Jill

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers… If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” ~Jesus  (John 15:5-7, 16)

What Jesus is saying here is almost incomprehensible:  if I stay connected to him two astonishing things will happen to me.

First, I will “bear much fruit.” I will have a productive, rich, and satisfying life. I will bear the fruit of the Spirit which is the most valuable commodity in the universe. It consists of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.

Secondly, once I am well established as a strong branch, connected to the Vine which is Jesus and I am bearing this delicious fruit everyday, my will and my desires will be so entwined in His that I will be able to ask Him for anything, and he will grant my wishes. Look at that Scripture again! He said, “Whatever you wish”! Let’s take the steps to becoming so intimately connected to Jesus that these promises will be realized in our lives.

Father,

Your Word and Your promises for me are true. I want to take Jesus up on his invitation to stay close to him, to follow him, to listen to his voice, to heed his commands, and to love and worship him. As I grow and become established as his follower, I thank you that my life will become fruitful and productive. I thank you for these blessed promises. Thank you that Jesus will hear my prayers and answer the cries of my heart and that You, Father, will be glorified in this miracle.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen

 

A Prayer for Anyone With a Pending Business Contract

posted by Mark and Jill

Please, Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success. Psalm 118:25

If you are working through a business contract today, let’s pray. God has promises in His Word that we can claim when Jesus is our leader, the CEO of our business and our lives, and the love and power by which we operate.

“Father, we come with audacious humility to ask for favor today. We ask that you would advocate for us today. We ask that you would work on our behalf to clear any obstruction to the final approval of this contract. We trust that you have led us this far. We trust that this contract is your intent. We commit to walk with you through these doors to be a blessing to the people we work with. We ask for a unified vote. And with this we ask for favor in all the work of our hands. Bless those who have opened doors. Bless those who have paved the way. Bless those who are catching hold of the vision you have given for this business. Bless all who have embraced our influence already. We walk forward with courage and humility, as your ambassadors in this part of your world. In Jesus. Amen.” 

I Want to Want to Not Want What I Want

posted by Mark and Jill

May he give us the desire to do his will in everything and to obey all the commands… And may these words that I have prayed in the presence of the Lord be before him constantly, day and night… 1 Kings 8:58,59

Solomon was at one point in his life the wisest man that ever lived, and this Scripture was his prayer. Let’s make it ours today.

My Father,

My desires don’t always line up with your Word. Sometimes my flesh takes over and I want what I want when I want it. Please forgive me. Transform me. Give me a new heart. Give me the desire to do your will in everything I do, every moment of every day. Help me to recall your words, especially the commands that fit the situations and temptations I will inevitably face today. Grant me a willing heart to walk in your ways, for I know (many times I’ve learned the hard way), that your way – your way alone – is the path to a blessed life, a life of joy that has enough to give away to other hurting souls.

In Jesus’ Name I ask this. Amen.

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.  Psalm 37:4  

 

 

How To Prepare for a Crisis

posted by Mark and Jill

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Matthew 7:24-27

I’ve noticed a lot of stores and websites selling food and provisions for emergencies. It’s good to be prepared. Jesus gave us a prescription for disaster readiness. It doesn’t involve merely going to church; it involves following His teachings. At first glance it looks like Jesus is talking about people who are not familiar with Him or His precepts. On the contrary, Jesus is talking about people who are indeed familiar with the Bible and what it has to say: church-going Christians. It is possible to be well aware of the teachings of Jesus and even have them memorized and still get completely ruined by life’s storms. It’s the folks that not only listen but FOLLOW. What are His teachings? He distilled them down to this:  Love the Lord with all your heart and love people as much as you love yourself.

Make no mistake: storms are on the way. Jesus prescribed the only way to prepare for them:  follow His teaching.

1. Read them.

2. Pray about them.

3. Repent where you’ve missed it.

4. Believe the Good News that He has redeemed you.

5. Do exactly as He says no matter what. No one loves and cares about you more than He.

My Father,

Help me to ready myself for the storms that are headed my way. Give me an undivided heart to not just hear Jesus’s teachings but to hear Jesus’s teaching and apply them to myself, to transform the way I live so that I will be one who reflects the love of Jesus moment by moment.

In His Name, Amen.

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