Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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

You Need Wisdom, I Need Wisdom, All God’s Children Need Wisdom

posted by Mark and Jill

“Tune your ears to wisdom,

and concentrate on understanding.

Cry out for insight,

and ask for understanding.

Search for them as you would for silver;

seek them like hidden treasures.”

Proverbs 2:2-4

Everyone needs wisdom for the riddles and conundrums we all face everyday. James tell us that if anyone lacks wisdom, he simply needs to ask God who hands it out liberally. He also gives a condition: that we doubt not. So if you’re asking and you doubt if God will give it, you doubt that he is willing or able, or if you doubt that He even exists, then he won’t trouble you with the answers. So, push all doubt aside. He has solutions for you. His wisdom is free for the asking. Let’s ask!

My Father,

You have all wisdom within Yourself. Please give me what I need in the situation I am facing today.

[Articulate your specific needs. Wait on Him in expectation. If you don't hear anything, then rest in His peace and His presence. Often He gives us what we're not asking for; a deeper need is met, and the other needs we are seeking to fill are swallowed up by greater provision and through His compassion. Perhaps He will answer you in His Word or as you go about your day or through a friend or a book or through a dream while you're sleeping. But just know that His wisdom is on the way. Believe it. Believe Him. And ask for ears to hear.]

Amen 

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