Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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 atheism has made a stir. It was written to Christian readers, but something about it sparked much conversation in the atheist community, which proves the point I was making. My point was this: believers must be committed to our belief system and consistent in the way we live our lives. If we say we believe in God, then we can’t compartmentalize our lives, giving God’s ways access to a few or even most areas of our lives. We must seek to incorporate his directives and His grace into every area of our existence. This is our quest.


I want to thank our atheist readers for demonstrating their zeal and consistency. I only wish we would follow their example. If we are believers, then let’s be believers through and through with devotion and ardor.

As believers, we are graced with Someone to thank for our blessings. Let’s take some time today to acknowledge the gifts God has given us!

Creator God,

I open my eyes to the beautiful gifts you have bestowed on me so generously. Help me to make it a habit, starting each day – as soon as my feet touch the ground – with words of thanks and praise for the gifts You have given: a warm bed, heat on a cold winter day, friends to love, challenges to overcome with your help, the evidence of your Word which is transforming my mind, resources to meet my needs, angels working on my behalf today, a God who is concerned even about the mundane details of my life…. I could go on and on, and I shall! To my dying breath!

For Jesus and His Kingdom’s sake, Amen


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 love to my master, Abraham. See, I am standing here beside this spring, and the young women of the town are coming out to draw water. This is my request. I will ask one of them, ‘Please give me a drink from your jug.’ If she says, ‘Yes, have a drink, and I will water your camels, too!’—let her be the one you have selected as Isaac’s wife. This is how I will know that you have shown unfailing love to my master.” Before he had finished praying, he saw a young woman named Rebekah coming out with her water jug on her shoulder. (Genesis 24:7b, 12-14)


Finding a spouse requires supernatural help, guidance, and confirmation. The same God that helped Isaac find Rebekah can help you.


You are my Lord, and I want to live my life to please and worship you. The longing of my heart is to live a life of devotion to you alongside a life partner whose desires align with Yours. I pray that your angel would go before me to guide me to this person. I ask that you would grant confirmation, direction, and affirmation regarding this person. I realize I am asking for a considerable responsibility. Make me ready for this level of dedication and determination to be fit for marriage. It’s clear when I look around me that many fail in their aspirations to have a successful marriage. I believe that with your help, I will be successful. With your precepts to guide me, Your Spirit to convict me, Your Word to transform me, I will learn to love and be loved as you would have me.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen



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 she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. (Genesis 21:1)

Abraham himself was longing and praying for a child, but his answer hadn’t arrived. Immediately after praying for someone else who was barren, his wife became pregnant. Are you waiting for an answer to prayer that seems to be taking far too long? Pray for someone else in the same – or worse – situation. “Do for others what you would have them do for you.”

Pray for someone else’s miracle today. Perhaps yours is right around the corner!


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 isn’t watching us!


    He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do!”

They think, “God will never call us to account.”

Psalm 10:4, 6, 11, 12b

This Psalm aptly describes the philosophies of atheists, pantheists, or Deists:

  1. God is dead.
  2. There are no standards of morality.
  3. Nothing and no one is holding us accountable.
  4. If there is a God, he is uninvolved in our lives.
  5. Nothing is bad, so, we can do whatever we please.

If we’re not careful some of this philosophy can infiltrate the believer’s belief system. Our faith can slowly ebb away, and before we know it, we are allocating certain areas of our lives (our sexuality in particular) to an atheistic philosophy that says, “God’s not really involved in this area of my life. I’ll do it because it feels right.”


Let’s be on guard against creeping atheism; we are bombarded by this philosophy everywhere we turn in our culture. All the more reason to stay in the Word daily, aligning our thoughts with the Truth.


Forgive me for my fuzzy philosophy. I repent of any creeping atheism in any arena of my life. I realign my belief system with Your Word:

  1. You are not dead but very much alive.
  2. You have standards that you have put into place not unlike the law of gravity; if I follow your ways, my life works; if I try to defy gravity, I fall.
  3. You indeed hold me accountable for my actions, yet you not only forgive but you also detox me from darkness when I turn from folly and turn to you.
  4. You are fully active in all of my affairs of life.
  5. Right and Wrong are built into the fiber of the universe. I choose the Right Way. I choose you!

Now, Lord, I receive your help to walk out my salvation, to lead a life that brings you joy, brings others joy, and brings myself complete joy as well.


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