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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer To Win the Battle

posted by Mark and Jill

Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:

“Give thanks to the Lord,

    for his love endures forever.”

As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes.(2 Chronicles 20:21,22)

If you are facing a battle, your first response will not be to begin worshipping God. Rather, the knee-jerk reaction to an attack is anything but praise. However, it worked for the Israelites. Praise released angelic deliverance that got God’s people out of the mess they were in.

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Father,

The enemy of my soul is hardpressed to do me in. I have no idea what to do, and I certainly have no strength in me to win. But I will praise my Great Deliverer. I will give you thanks in the middle of this intense stress. My gratitude radar will grow and grow. And my strength and joy will grow as I watch you do what I cannot do:  deliver me from danger, evil, distress, anger, depression, addiction, and hell itself. I celebrate your great love for me. Your love outlasts every circumstance I face! Your love sustains me through this battle waged against my soul. Your love for me will never run dry or fail me. Thank you, Lord! I lift my hands in praise and adoration for your great goodness, love, and glory.

Amen

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A Prayer for A Revived Conscience

posted by Mark and Jill

But my people…have stumbled off the ancient highways and walk in muddy paths. (Jeremiah 18:15)

Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.  (1 Timothy 1:19)

One sure way to ruin a perfectly clean conscience, is to deliberately ignore it. Once done, it – like the Holy Spirit – will quietly walk away. The conscience, like an often ignored puppy, will soon ignore you and fall asleep in the corner of your mind. Once this happens, your belief system has to alter; you can no longer handle the discrepancy between your conscience and your behavior. One of them has to go. So if you kick out your conscience and do whatever your flesh dictates, you sail right into the storm, wrecking your faith and wreaking havoc in your life. Shipwrecked? Seared conscience? Pray this:

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Father,

I have anesthetized my conscience and it no longer speaks to me. I hardly know what is right from what is wrong. I have fooled myself into thinking that I can create my own rules and laws and life. That is partially true. I can, because you have given me a sovereign will to design the life of my choosing. But my choices have become revolting to me and to You. I ask for your forgiveness. My sin is ever before me. Wash me and I will be clean. My sins have created a bloody mess, but your cleansing can make me white as snow again, fresh as a newborn baby. I receive your forgiveness and cleansing today. And I declare a new beginning over my life, out of the mud and back on track, the path of peace and joy that only You can give.

Amen.

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Paul’s Instructions on Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior… In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy. (1 Timothy 2:1-3,8)

This is a blog about prayer, so it would behoove us to look into the Word to see what it says about how to pray and why we pray. We don’t make up our own rules when Jesus is Lord of our lives; we follow His instructions because His ways are higher than our ways – His thoughts superior to our own. Let’s break down some of Paul’s instructions here, and then have a go at prayer Paul’s way!

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HOW to Pray:

Ask God to help those we take to Him in prayer.

Intercede on their behalf – whatever you know of their specific and current life situation, pray for God’s intervention, aid, and protection.

Give thanks for them.

WHO to pray for:

Kings (national leaders)

All who are in authority (locally, nationally, and across the world)

WHY we pray:

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So that we can live peaceful, quiet lives.

So that we can live godly lives – becoming good people with good government with good media and good laws and good ethics, etc.

So that we can live dignified lives. A dignified life is a life that is self-governed and fully provided for, independent of hand-outs.

It pleases God our Savior when we pray, for He wants everyone to be saved and connected to the Truth. Our prayers make God’s dream a reality.

STANCE of Prayer

Lift holy hands when you pray. This body language expresses surrender to His greater will. Everything we are and have are His.

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Don’t come to God angry, leave your offenses, injustices,  and bitterness at His feet. He will deal with it. You forgive.

Come to Him free of controversy. Be a rumor-free, gossip-free, conspiracy theory-free, controversy-free person of peace.

There’s your prayer list today. Now… go pray!

 

 

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A Prayer for My High School Student

posted by Mark and Jill

You must influence them;
do not let them influence you! (Jeremiah 15: 19b)

Father,

As my child prepares for another year of High School, hear my cry!

First, I thank You for my child. What a gift you have given. Please grant me wisdom to raise this child aright.

Please remove all obstacles that stand in the way of my child’s rich understanding of your grace, forgiveness, and unfathomable love.

Strengthen my child in the faith! Make my child an influencer in school, not a follower of the status quo, not a peer-pleaser, but a God-pleaser, not a grumbler or complainer, but one with a grateful heart, not idle and lazy, but hardworking and happy, not entitled to anything but the promises You have written in Your Word, not prone to addiction except to be addicted to the joy only Your Holy Spirit can give. Grant friends whose hearts align with Yours. Send your protective angels to prevent injuries. Give creativity and ingenuity. Grant a generous helping of a hunger to learn, never satisfied, never abated, always seeking for Truth, and never stopping short of discovering the order and beauty You have created in the universe.

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May Your great Kingdom values be alive and well in my child – righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, with the hallmark of love as value #1.

And ditto for this parent! May I model all the virtues I want so much to celebrate in the life of my child. May I model You, dear Lord.

All this is about You.

All this is for You.

For the King and for His Kingdom!

Amen.

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