Prayer, Plain and Simple

Please join us this Wednesday, July 20th for Beliefnet’s Facebook Live Event! We will be live at 4:00pm Eastern Daylight Time this Wednesday on the Jesus Christ Savior by Beliefnet page: (

Will will be praying for Relationship. There isn’t one in the universe that couldn’t benefit from some prayer. Relationships are barely possible without it, unless you happen to be born perfect, which we certainly are not…

So join us as we pray, and we will be taking live prayer requests and praying for you on air. We look forward to seeing you then.

Also, we would encourage people to “Like” the page. That way, you’ll receive a notification from Facebook when we do go live!

~Mark and Jill

“So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16

He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! Psalm 103:5 NLT

Each morning when we wake up the mirror confirms the aging process our bodies are inevitably experiencing. However, as we seek God’s ways and learn to trust in Him more and more, our inner selves – our “real” selves, our souls – are being rejuvenated by the power of the love of God. This is the fountain of youth the world has been looking for, for as our inner selves become more like Christ, that loving core cannot but leak outward and become evident in our countenance and appearance. We are becoming more attractive, not less, as we follow Jesus through our years because Jesus Himself is attractive to every human being when they discover His nature, His love, His compassion, and His forgiveness.


I love and deeply appreciate the hope I find in Scripture that you who began a good work in me when I first gave my life to you will continue working in me until I become renewed to the image of your dear Son, Jesus Christ. I want to attract people to Your love, telling my story through my eyes and through my words of all that You have done to accomplish your grace in my life. Please continue this process until I look exactly like Your Son and until I succeed at sharing Your resources of love and grace with countless others.

In His Name, Amen.

You will not fear the terror of night. Psalm 91:5

These are fearful times we are living in. Hate reigns in random places and times throughout the earth. Is it possible to live without fear? Is it responsible to not worry? Certainly there is a place for healthy fear, but God has taught us to cast our cares, anxieties, and worries on Him. It doesn’t mean those cares don’t exist. It doesn’t mean they aren’t real. But we do not hold them and we will not let them hold us.


You have seen the terror that has so often displayed itself in horrific acts of violence. Yet you invite us to live fearless lives. Apart from you, this is impossible, but with You, our God, all things are possible. Today, moment by moment, I choose to take my fearful thoughts captive and bring them to you. I chose to throw them at your feet and not allow them to weigh down my mind and not allow them to bring despair. Let me experience your love today, and your perfect love will dispel every fear that arises in my mind.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29

Americans are gaining ground in our determination to watch what we put into our mouths. More and more people are seeing the benefits of healthy eating, cutting back on sugar, gluten-free foods, and GMO. We are steering clear of empty calories, junk food, and foods that are not helpful in building strength and wellness in our bodies.

While it’s important to watch what goes into our mouths, it’s even more important to watch carefully what comes out. We often erroneously value and exercise our right to “speak our mind,” but when our right to spout off is detrimental to another’s well-being, we must refrain. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 18:21 that, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Our words either give life to the hearer or take life away. They either fertilize and water the soil of our happiness or scorch the tender shoots of our hearts. We will be held accountable to God for the words we speak.


I ask you to stand guard over my mouth today. Help me to speak words that are helpful to others. Keep me from discouraging anyone around me with negativity. Teach me to refrain from saying everything that comes to mind. Be my filter, Father. And give me the fruit of the Holy Spirit, especially self-control. Grant me the capacity to build a new habit of consistently guarding my tongue so that I can be a blessing and not a curse to the people in my life.


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