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Prayer, Plain and Simple

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Are you a morning person? Being in high demand as a leader, Jesus took advantage of the quiet before His followers were awake to be with His Abba Father.

Perhaps Jesus prayed Psalm 5. It was written as a morning prayer. Today we will use the morning hours to lift up our lives and cares to the God who cares. Let’s pray this beautiful prayer together today and make it ours, plain and simple:

O Lord, hear me as I pray;
pay attention to my groaning.

Father, thank You  that You hear the groans of my heart. Sometimes I just don’t have words to express what I’m feeling about the challenges I am walking through, but You hear my groaning and accept it as prayer.

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. (Romans 8:26)

Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
for I pray to no one but you.

You, Lord, are the only One I run to. Where else can I go? Who else has the wisdom and strength and comfort that I seek? I trust in no one as I trust in You, dear Father!

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. (Psalm 73:25)

Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

I have confidence as I approach You with my concerns, Lord, for You know exactly what to do. I present my prayers before You and sit back, waiting for You to act. I am trusting in Your goodness to meet my needs.

Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house;
I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.

I drink deeply of Your great love this morning. Thank You that You love me. your love for me is so real and so intense that I’ll never fully get my head around it, but Lord, I will try. I will meditate on You, my God whose very essence is love. Shed Your love into my heart this morning through the Holy Spirit and cause the roots of my inner being to grow deeper into Your great love, causing me to live fearlessly and confidently.

Lead me in the right path, O Lord,
or my enemies will conquer me.
Make your way plain for me to follow.

Lord, I will be presented with choices and options today, and I won’t have the wisdom or the foresight to know which way to go unless I have Your guidance. Holy Spirit, I ask you to be my guide in all decisions big and small, for I know that walking apart from You can bring about unwelcome consequences in my life; I have learned this lesson the hard way, and I don’t care to repeat it.

My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.
Their deepest desire is to destroy others.
Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.
Their tongues are filled with flattery.

I am well aware, Lord, that I have an enemy who would seek, if he cannot kill me, to steal from me and destroy my life. I put on the full armor of God today to take my stand against his wily ways. Make me skillful to refute His accusations with the truth of Your Holy Word.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread your protection over them,
that all who love your name may be filled with joy.

Give me Your joy today, even in the midst of challenges and trials. Lighten the burden I carry; I give it to You. Liven my step to walk with total trust and confidence.

For you bless the godly, O Lord;
you surround them with your shield of love.

I thank You for Your shield of love that surrounds me with a force-field of protection. Hallelujah, nothing can penetrate Your love that hems me in above, below, and all around me.

In Jesus’ Name
Amen!

 

 

 

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I am calling on you constantly. (Psalm 86:3)

Pray continually. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

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Names and faces, possibilities, worries, thoughts, fears and duties fly in and out of our minds all day. Turning that stream of consciousness into prayer is THE secret to life.

Capturing thoughts as they fly by and shifting them into an appeal then translating them to prayer is a worthwhile habit to develop. And as we do, we engage God to act, because a thought without God is hopelessly human.
Turning every thought into a prayer is one way to obey the mandate to, “Pray continually,” giving wings to every fleeting thought and allowing it to soar to Heaven where it resonates in the throne room of God and comes back as a miracle, big or small.

…We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 19:5b)

As Paul says in Philippians, the peace of Christ guards us when we, “Think on these things.”

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. (Philippians 4:8 NLT)

As we turn our thoughts into prayers, we not only detox our brain from thoughts that need fixing, but we engage in conversation with our Father who loves to communicate with us day or night. This conversation leads to answers to dilemmas, wisdom for stubborn challenges, sanity and hope when we just can’t see our way.

We don’t always have time to pray for long periods if we are on the clock at work, for example. But a flare prayer is a good start and a worthwhile exercise. Don’t underestimate its power just because it’s short and sweet.

Want to get started? Pray this plain and simple prayer with us… Prayer is a miracle. Prayer also releases miracles. Let’s release some miracles today!

Father,

In all the many moments in this day that I have an idle thought, I want to develop the habit and the skill of turning these thoughts towards You, turning each one into a prayer that I breathe in faith to the God of the Universe whose arm is long enough to reach me and whose heart is always for me.

I need wisdom in all the big and little issues of life: what shall I do with my time? Which direction should I drive to work? Who might need my encouragement today? With this new habit, I can keep the lines of communication always active with You, continually seeking Your help in everything I touch or encounter.

Thank you, Lord, that You hear me! Your ear is inclined in my direction; You are tuned into my frequency, and I can rest assured that You are listening. Thank You that You move in behalf of my prayers; as wild as it is, it’s true.

Teach me to pray continually, and make me grateful that I get to participate in making the world and myself a little better through prayer.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen

 

 

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But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

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If you are dealing with difficult circumstances in your life, if something is plaguing you and will not desist, then, like Paul, you can boast! (It’s the one and only time in Scripture we are encouraged to do so!) Why? Because the worse our circumstances are, the more we can expect the grace of God to make up for our powerlessness.

God’s power compensates for what is lacking in our own strength.

Moses wrote a Psalm, Psalm 90 to be precise, after the Israelites had been enslaved in Egypt, abused, forsaken as a race, downtrodden, spit and tread upon for 400 years. Moses’ prayer is a petition for compensation from all that they suffered. We will borrow his prayer today and make it ours.

Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. (Psalm 90:15)

Are you in need of a proportionate blessing? Perhaps this has been a record year of trial and suffering. If so, please join us in praying this plain and simple prayer…

Our Father,

Your eyes have seen the troubles we have encountered these past months. My capacities have been stripped bare, my ability to cope has reached its end. Were it not for your grace, I would hardly be able to breathe. 

I reach out to You today, asking for a blessing. Moses had the audacity to ask You for not just any blessing, but a proportionate blessing, a blessing that would compensate Your people for all their suffering. I am asking for that proportionate blessing in my life, Lord.

Thank You that Your grace is all I need, for Your strength makes up for all my weakness. Your grace will see me through this trial and on into the land of Your promise.

I praise You that Jesus took upon Himself the curse on the cross, giving me access to live in the blessing of the Covenant that Jesus undertook to secure for me. Therefore, I throw off every curse that is operating in my life and I embrace the blessing. Thank You for all that Your blessing offers me, Lord. Thank You for all Your benefits.

I will not forget them. I gratefully receive them now.

In Jesus’ Name
Amen

Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:2-5)

 

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I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke… (Psalm 66:17)

Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6)

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When we pray out of desperation, we often forget an important ingredient: that of thanksgiving. Without it, we lack an even more critical component in our prayers: faith. Scripture makes it clear that without faith, we cannot please God. So a prayer prayed in mere desperation, while sincere, might not avail much.

When we pray with gratitude, we are remembering God’s faithfulness to us in our past, calling to mind wonderful things He has done to deliver us and help us in our desperate need. Now we are faced with another desperate need; will we remember His goodness? Will we recall His righteous character?

Are you in a desperate situation today? Remember His goodness to you in times gone by – even yesterday! Think of all you can be grateful for, and take that gratitude into Your prayer closet. It will build your faith as you wait on God for the miracle you need today.

Make a list in your journal of what God has done for you recently. Has He provided for you? Has He given you valuable friendships? Has He used you to share His love with someone in need? Has He encouraged your heart? Has He healed you? Has He helped you forgive those who have betrayed you?

In spite of really tough times, we can always see His loving hand at work. Even in traumatic times, when things happen that were certainly not His design nor His will, we can see His heart of love in operation, smoothing out the rough terrain and calling us to walk in deeper intimacy with Him.

Are you desperate for an answer to your prayers today? Pray this plain and simple prayer with us, a prayer of thanks and petition.

Lord,

You have been good to me. You have been faithful to Your Word and true to Your promises. I have taken time to recall Your blessings in my life, and I want to thank You for them, one by one…

Pondering Your goodness in my life, Lord, helps me remember that You will not forsake me now. This mountain I’m facing today isn’t too big for You. While it might be bigger than any I’ve faced before, it’s nothing in comparison to Your great power and Your great love.

Remind me how to access Your great love and power, Lord. Help me to rejoice in this trial until it is a thing of my distant past, a little blip on my timeline. Today it feels overwhelming and all-consuming. Help me to remember Your overwhelming love and all-consuming power!

Thank You that I can do all things through Christ and the power He gives me! Remind me of Your promises today; they are true and applicable to me. I am not an exception, I am not exempt from Your benefits. In faith, I grab ahold of the specific Scriptural promise that I need to make it through this day in faith. Lead me to just the right one, and I will write it on the palm of my hand so I don’t forget.

And God, I lay before You this desperate need. You are well aware of it. I place it in Your loving and capable hands. I refuse to worry or fret today. I choose to believe that You are able and willing to meet me at this point of need. I fully expect to see Your hand at work very soon, bringing to a conclusion this challenging chapter in my life.

Thank You for being my Father.

In Jesus’ Name
Amen

 

 

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