Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

The Power of Your Words to Hurt or Heal, Harm or Help

posted by Mark and Jill

The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain…

The words of the godly encourage many…

The lips of the godly speak helpful words… 

The words of the wise bring healing…

Proverbs 10:11,21,32; 12:18

Words from our mouths can be refreshing, uplifting, and edifying. One word from you today can change the trajectory of someone’s day or even their life. Let’s pray that the words of our mouths will have a positive impact on every person that God sends our way. We know that the opposite is true as well; negative words can tear down, break down, and devastate the people in our lives. All the more reason we need supernatural grace and help to speak godly words.

My Father,

May my words reflect the truth and glory of Your Words, bringing life to each person I encounter today. May I add to their joy, enhance their hope, and sustain the health of their hearts as I speak. I receive this from You, for I cannot be good, do good, or speak good on my own, but it is You living in me that does the work.

May I heal and not hurt others. May I help and not harm their souls.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, Oh, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Amen

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 18:21

Don’t Make Yourself At Home On Vacation. Or Ever.

posted by Mark and Jill

Don’t get comfortable. Don’t let your guard down. Don’t coast. Don’t go on vacation. Don’t retire.

While we’re in this world, we live in enemy occupied territory, in a constant war zone. We need to remember that while we don’t wrestle with flesh and blood, we do wrestle all day long with an enemy who is constantly prowling around looking for an opportunity to devour his victims. “Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” As Dean Sherman teaches, wrestlers can win if they know the holds, if they stay focused, and if they keep constant tension against their opponent. No fear. Spiritual warfare rages around us, but if we stay focused on Jesus, continually confess His Word, and keep our tongues from speaking evil, we will win!

Even while you’re on vacation, remember your enemy never takes a vacation. Stay in the Word. Feed your faith everyday. Keep prayed up! Cover yourself, your loved ones, and all you own with the protection Jesus offers us.

My Father,

Thank you that I can stay in the secret place of your presence where I remain safe and sound. No foe can harm me there. I thank you for the power of the Blood of Jesus that has made me clean and washed me free from every bondage in my life. I stand secure in You today. Strengthen my resistance to the enemy. Make me aware of his attempts to thwart me off the path of your grace. Give me a heart of obedience and may the fruit of Your spirit flow from my heart and soul today as I stay filled with Your Spirit.

In Jesus Name, Amen

Psalm 91 (Amplified Bible)

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!

For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

[Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,

Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.

Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,

10 There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.

Our Declaration of Dependence

posted by Mark and Jill

A Prayer for Dependence on God.

Lord,

On this day when we remember the gift of our freedom as American people, as Your people, we choose to use that freedom to make a declaration of dependence on You and Your love and Your grace. We need Your wisdom and Your ways and Your Word. Please fill this country with the truth and love that only You offer,  for You are Truth and Love, the Source and the Substance itself. Thank You for hearing our prayer. 

In Jesus Name,

Amen

 

A Code Book for America

posted by Mark and Jill

“Suppose a nation…should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God … What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be.”
Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, Vol. III, p. 9.

“Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.” Psalm 80:19

Against love there is no law. Love never fails. May the Lord bless the United States of America and each individual living here with His love and may His love permeate every person until we all learn how to love one another. With the force of love at work here, we could change the world, feed the world, heal the world, conquer fear, generate prosperity, and establish opportunity for every person to thrive, young and old alike.

Our Father,

I return to You. I make it my intention to enter into intimate relationship with you. 

I will watch and study how you taught your disciples to live their lives, interact with others and the world.

I will follow what you have taught. Teach me how to love, heal, give, forgive, reach out to the needy, and obey You.

Please open doors for all to receive the blessings you have to offer.

Amen

“I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built.” Luke 6:47,48

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