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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

God Cares For You – A Prayer to Believe the Truth

posted by Mark and Jill

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” (Nahum 1:7)

“My people don’t recognize my care for them.” (Isaiah 1:3)

“…For they did not believe God
or trust him to care for them.” (Psalm 78:22)

God cares. He cares about you, your circumstances, your pain, your future. Have you ever had someone in your life that didn’t trust you (and that distrust was unfair)? It’s heartbreaking. When we don’t acknowledge God’s intimate care for us, we grieve his heart. (Psalm 78:40)

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Trusting in God’s care is an act of our faith. We have to believe what our senses cannot always tell us. Our emotions might dictate thoughts of self-pity and loneliness and isolation. But when we allow those emotions to rule us, we are ignoring the absolute Truth that God is with us and He cares.

Reach out to the God who cares. He is reaching out to you today.

Father,

I abandon thoughts of self-pity, and I embrace the truth of your Word. You care for me. This care manifests in provision for every area of my life: relationships, finances, emotional well-being, family, health, and everything I need. I choose today to be grateful for your care, to take stock of all the ways you have provided for me in the past, and to receive in faith all the ways you want to care for me today. Forgive me for causing you pain with my complaining and unbelief. I choose to be joyful and to grow in my faith that you are a God who cares for me personally. Make me like You, constantly caring for people.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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A Prayer for Freedom From Injustices

posted by Mark and Jill

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28)

If someone has messed up your day, your plans, your hopes, your dreams, your health, your taxes, your job, or anything whatsoever, you have a big promise to claim. God can take that circumstance and turn it into something good. Instead of a burden, He will turn it into a benefit. He’s able to create and recreate the circumstances in our lives that have brought havoc and destruction and turn them into something good. But as always there are conditions. God isn’t a vending machine dolling out blessings randomly. Paul lays out some challenging caveats:

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1. This promise is for those who love God. If this disqualifies you, you can turn that around today. Begin to love God, study His instructions and start joyfully implementing them in your life.
2. Receive the calling He has on your life. He who made you has a splendid plan for your success. Seek that plan and begin to take steps toward fulfilling it.

When we follow God’s plan, He can take any circumstance that would otherwise destroy us and turn it into something that will actually bless us and those around us.

Father,

Thank you for your promise that you will take the junk in my life and recycle it into something beautiful. I refuse to allow the injustices that have happened to me to cripple me any longer. Loving you, worshipping you, and obeying you, I give you my life, lock, stock, and barrel. Do something amazing with it. With the “help” of others, I have royally messed it up, but you will turn all that around as I trust in you! So I extend forgiveness to those who have instigated disaster in my life. I forgive freely as I have been freely forgiven, and I go free!

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Here I am, Lord. I’m all Yours.

Amen!

To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. (Isaiah 61:3)

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A Prayer for Emmanuel A.M.E. Church

posted by Mark and Jill

“They shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)

Father,

Our hearts sorrow deeply for the nine victims of the massacre shootings at Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina. A pastor, a bible teacher, a school teacher, a coach, church members and citizens are now out of our reach but safe in Your arms. Please bring comfort to the bereaved in this church, in their city, state and in our country.

We come against racial bigotry in the mighty name of Jesus. Father, forgive us as a nation! Teach us to teach our children to love and honor one another. Integrate your Church to unity, we cry, so we may stand together.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. (Colossians 3:11)

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A Prayer for a New Season of the Soul

posted by Mark and Jill

Look, the winter is past,
    and the rains are over and gone.
The flowers are springing up,
    the season of singing birds has come,
    and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air. (Song of Songs 2:11,12)

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For the spring is really springing;
You can see a skylark singing,
And the blue-bells, which are ringing,
Can be heard.
(Noise by Pooh)

Sometimes the cold, dreary season can last even longer in the soul than a northern winter. Winter in Minnesota where we live wears out its welcome quickly. Like any season, at its inception, it has its delights. Warm fires, cozy evenings, gentle snowfalls. But come March, the snow is dirty, leaving clods in the garage, and these clods work your way into your soul where the weariness of winter gets very, very old. The sky stays gray for weeks on end and the world seems to have turned to black and white like a very old and laborious film.

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Joy can evade our souls like this. But that is certainly not God’s will for our lives. His will is that Springtime will be a year-around event, with fresh growth, new fruit, and lasting sunshine. In the midst of fear and harm and trauma, joy can slip out of our hands all too quickly. How can we leave the winter behind and find joy again?

Paul had the secret. He wrote these words from jail where he was imprisoned for being a follower of Jesus. You may be in prison reading this. Or the prison might be to your addictions or in a troubling relationship or a harrowing circumstance out of your control. Wherever you are today, please heed these words, let them sink deep into your soul, meditating on them. Turn them into a prayer of your own design today:

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Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9 NLT)

May you have the courage to discover and choose joy again. May spring return to your soul, my friend.

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