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Prayer, Plain and Simple

…That the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. (Philemon 1:6).

Acknowledging every good thing we have in Christ is a good thing to do. Listen to yourself today and see what you are acknowledging.  The easiest thing in the world is to acknowledge the negative: “This isn’t working!” “This sucks!” “Nothing ever goes right for me!” “Oh, crap!” We often stress walking out what we “talk” in terms of our Christian belief, but how about talking what we walk?

It’s time we stopped talking like we don’t have a God to help us!

It’s high time we stop complaining! It’s time to have faith in God and not in our own bad luck – there isn’t such a thing if you are in Christ! We’ve been set free from every curse.

“Be it unto you according to your faith,” Jesus said. What do you have faith in today? Jesus or your bad circumstances?

Want to turn the trajectory of your life around? Make a new confession. This is a wonderful prayer declaration that someone gave us over 30 years ago. We do not know where it originated, but we still have the old, torn xeroxed copy which we enjoyed regularly for decades. We have changed a few words, but the essence remains the same. Keep this close by and use it over and over to build your faith and to remind yourself of every good thing you have in Jesus, and let the negative go!

I am now releasing my faith in my words by confessing this to be the greatest day of my life. “This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.” I live today as if it were your last gift to me on this earth.

I am a recreated being. Old things have passed away and all things have become new. I am created in your glorious image and likeness. I am your workmanship and am complete in Christ. I am full of your Spirit and divine power. I have the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

I am humbly submitting myself to the authority of your holy word, for you and your word are one. I am obedient to your commands and you enlarge my capacity to receive revelation knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and ability in all things that pertain to life and godliness.

Father God, I am your property. I have been bought with a price, the blood of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore I am free from the curse of the law. Sin, sickness, poverty, fear, doubt, worry, confusion and all the Satan represents have no authority over me. I am prospering in my spirit, soul, body, finances and relationships. For I am a liberated person. Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” I am “standing firm in the liberty in which Christ has made me free.”

I am a disciplined person. I study your word daily. I meditate upon its precepts. I confess who you are, Jesus, what you have done, what you are doing in and through me now. I am acting upon truths and am expecting you, Father, to meet all my needs and to do “superabundantly” above all I dare ask, hope, dream or desire in every area of my life.

I am a beautiful person full of your forgiveness and love. I forgive as you have forgiven me. I love as you have loved me. Therefore your faith is working in me by love. I speak directly to every mountain of satanic adversity in my life and command them to go in your Name, Jesus. They cannot stay; they must go “in Jesus’ name!”

Through the abundance of your grace I have received the gift of righteousness and am now reigning in this life by Jesus Christ. In Genesis 1:24 and 2:8 you have told me what a righteous person is to reign over. Praise God, I am a righteous person – in fact, I am the very righteousness of God – and am reigning over your creation on this earth right now!

Jesus, you have been made worthy to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing. I am now a joint heir with you, and as you are, so am I in this world. Your grace has made me worthy to receive all that you, Jesus, represent. Praise your Name, I am everything that your word declares that I am. I have confirmed my faith by acknowledging every good thing which is in me in Christ Jesus. I believe my faith is now working with effect and that my needs and desires have already been supplied by your riches in glory. The answer to all your promises is “Yes!” I respond, “Then let them be so!”

I worship you with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I lift up my voice and hands in praise and adoration to your glorious name for you are worthy of praise and you have made me worthy to praise your Name.

Amen!

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. (Philippians 1:3)

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Here is a prayer for a friend on their birthday. You will find both a female as well as a male version. Lift up your loved ones, praying for encouragement, direction, confidence, and joy with this plain and simple prayer.

HIS…

Father,

Remember your dear one on his birthday. Embrace him truly, boldly, with profound and vivid clarity, so that he knows beyond the possibility of doubt that he is loved and claimed and cared for and protected and provided for by you.

He is in and under your covenant. You have fought for him and delight in him and have already assured him of his place in this world. He is understood and valued and adored. Most of all he is adored. You say, “You are my son, I love you, you delight me.” And this is enough for him; this is all he needs to sustain him and direct him into life.

Build in him the trust and hope that only eternal love from You can secure. May he see how great a love you have lavished on him, that they should be called your child. And that is what he is! Give him dreams of this identity. Give him gifts that affirm it. Give him words from friends speaking on your behalf.

Give him a forgetful holy memory – forgetting what lies behind and pressing forward with hope into what lies ahead all guaranteed by your promises personalized for him. May he believe the best today, in full hope, without a shadow of worry. Banish anxiety and hesitancy from every crevice in his soul.

Grow him as a mighty person of faith, with stories that only and fully honor you, stories that, once told in the great audience of Heaven, will leave us all, saints and angels alike, in awe at the wonder and power of your tender grace, able and willing to raise up such treasures from the ashes of pain, injustice, sorrow and all this world throws his way. Yours is the honor and glory; yours is the Word, the last word!. Let this be!

Yes and Amen!

HERS:

Father,

Remember your dear one on her birthday. Embrace her truly, boldly, with profound and vivid clarity, so that she knows beyond the possibility of doubt that she is loved and claimed and cared for and protected and provided for, by you.

She is in and under your covenant. You have fought for her and delight in her and have already assured her of her place in this world. She is understood and valued and adored. Most of all she is adored. You say, “You are my daughter, I love you, you delight me.” And this is enough for her; this is all she needs to sustain her and direct her into life.

Build in her the trust and hope that only eternal love from You can secure. May she see how great a love you have lavished on her, that they should be called your child. And that is what she is! Give her dreams of this identity. Give her gifts that affirm it. Give her words from friends speaking on your behalf.

Give her a forgetful holy memory – forgetting what lies behind and pressing forward with hope into what lies ahead all guaranteed by your promises personalized for her. May she believe the best today, in full hope, without a shadow of worry. Banish anxiety and hesitancy from every crevice in her soul.

Grow her as a mighty person of faith, with stories that only and fully honor you, stories that, once told in the great audience of Heaven, will leave us all, saints and angels alike, in awe at the wonder and power of your tender grace, able and willing to raise up such treasures from the ashes of pain, injustice, sorrow and all this world throws her way. Yours is the honor and glory; yours is the Word, the last word!. Let this be!

Yes and Amen!

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But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Matt. 12:36)

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This one Scripture needs some attention. We have read it countless times, but do we take it to heart? Did Jesus mean it? Or was He speaking idle words? Those of us who have read and re-read the Word can let familiarity enter, breeding contempt, that is, a head that nods without a heart that bows.

I have lived most of my Christian life speaking everything that comes to mind: complaining at will, criticizing at will, freaking out at will, even mocking at will. Not exclusively, mind you, but, apart from repentance, enough to merit some severe judgement from God at the end of time.

If I’m going to put some skin in the game of my Christian existence, I need to take seriously what Jesus says. It’s not how much I know, it’s whether or not I obey what I know to be true. My life is not my own, my voice is not my own, my words are not my own to express.

Jesus Himself said that He ONLY said what He heard the Father say. He never spouted out at the mouth. Ever! Never once did He complain. Never once did He speak out of turn. Never once did He talk too much or too little. Never once did He speak out of turn… Why? Because He didn’t make it about Him. He made it all about His Father.

We are called to be like Jesus. Do you want to grow in your capacity for living like Jesus? Take His Word to heart, and pray this plain and simple prayer.

My Father,

I apologize for speaking anything and everything that comes to mind. I have lived most of my life without a filter on my mouth. This has wrought havoc in the world. I have undone what should not have been undone. I have cursed where blessing was called for. I have screwed up things that needed straightening.

Please forgive me.

Please cleanse me and transform me. I want to speak only what is helpful for building up others and myself. I desire to have a mouth that is ruled by Your Words.

I say, “Enough!” to idle, barren words. I say, “Enough!” to unproductive words. I say, “Enough!” to self-centered words! I say, “Enough is enough!” of me, myself, and I. I need to shrink to size and let You grow BIG in me and in my words!

This is my solemn promise to You: I will speak life, not death. This is my goal. Please stand guard over the door of my lips. Today and always.

I love You!

Amen

 

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…Make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another and working together with one mind and purpose. Philippians 2:2

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had… (Romans 15:5)

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Marriage is not for wimps nor the faint of heart. It doesn’t bode well for the selfish nor the irritable. When we set the goal to be unified in our marriage, all other important things in our lives tend to fall into place with a little more ease.

Jesus’ prayer in John 17 – His last prayer recorded in Scripture – is all about one-ness. He made it his objective to pray for our capacities towards unity, knowing that without it, we are a house divided, we are doomed to fail.

The devil isn’t stupid. He always goes for the juggler, the critical, vulnerable place in our lives, like a predator who preys on the weak and sickly. To get the biggest return on his investment, he always goes for the marriage. If he can bring that down, he’s got the family close behind to snare with discouragement, depression, shame, and all sorts of negativity.

Paul’s letter to the Philippian church came at a time when those folks were suffering persecution. Paul, too, knew all about it, as he was in chains for his faith at the time of his writing. There is so much encouragement that we can glean from in this letter, but let’s apply it today to our marriages, praying this plain and simple prayer for unity:

Father,

I thank You for showing me the path of life. In Your presence there is fullness of joy. I am longing, Lord, for fullness of joy to be manifest in my marriage. In order to attain to the unity and encouragement that is mine since I belong to you and so that I may access the comfort from the  love You have for me personally, and in order to enjoy the true fellowship my spouse and I have together through Your Holy Spirit, I offer this prayer.

I ask that we would be a source of joy to You. When You look at our marriage, I want to cause Your eyes to sparkle with delight.

Please help us to agree to agree wholeheartedly, knowing that unity trumps being “right”. Make me truly sincere in this endeavor, Lord.

Give me Your love for my spouse. Human love falls short, but with You, the source of all love, I have all I need to satisfy my spouse’s needs and to offer encouragement and joy.

Lord, I want to work alongside my spouse for Your Kingdom’s sake. Give us projects that further Your Kingdom, that bless Your people, that feed Your children and supply the needs of Your Body.

Give us one mind and purpose. May we have one heart in all things of importance. Give us one ultimate purpose in life: that of loving and obeying You and enjoying Your presence together.

Rid me of all selfishness and pride. Instead of foolishly thinking that all my ideas are superior to my spouse’s ideas, help me to flip that and be inspired by my spouse’s ideas and willing to bend my preferences.

I realize this is a crazy, counter-cultural approach to life and marriage, but so be it. This is Your Word, and I’m a doer, not just a head-nodder on Sunday.

Ultimately, I am asking for Your attitude to be mine, that of total surrender to the Father, and a complete willingness to lay down my life for my spouse. And when my spouse is on board with this prayer as well, we will both have all of our needs and desires met through Your brilliant plan of self-less living.

In Jesus’ Name

Amen

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