Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

God’s Promises: Too Good to Be True?

posted by Mark and Jill

Elisha replied, “Listen to this message from the Lord! This is what the Lord says: By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, six quarts of choice flour will cost only one piece of silver, and twelve quarts of barley grain will cost only one piece of silver.”

The officer assisting the king said to the man of God, “That couldn’t happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!”

But Elisha replied, “You will see it happen with your own eyes, but you won’t be able to eat any of it!” (2 Kings 7:1,2)

If you think God’s promises are too good to be true, then they might just be out of your reach. This gentleman who questioned Elisha’s prophetic promise that the siege against Samaria would be over and food would no longer be scarce, saw the miracle but died a tragic death before he was able to enjoy it. There is something powerful about faith and belief. With it, we can enjoy God’s bounty. Without it, we can walk away disappointed.

When you see a promise in Scripture, believe it. Don’t respond with, “That could never happen to me!” Let’s learn that we are not the exception to neither His promises nor His commands.

My Father,

If your Word says it, I will believe it. And I thank you for it. Your Word never gives false hopes, never exaggerates, never lies. I choose to believe every promise, to cling to it, to hope for its fulfillment in my life, for the glory of Your Name and for the sake of your Kingdom. 

Amen

A Prayer for Godly Time Management

posted by Mark and Jill

You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed. (Psalm 139:16)

God scheduled every day of your life before you were born. What’s on your calendar today? Check God’s Word, and make sure your to-do list aligns with His. Here’s a start of a few things we will make every effort to get to today:

1. Love God – worship and sing praises to Him.

2. Seek His Kingdom before anything else.

3. Help others; look for opportunities to serve.

4. Forgive everyone who has hurt or offended you.

5. Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord.

My  Father,

You have ordained each day for me on this earth. Help me to fulfill the plans you have created for me before I was even born. I want to live out the destiny you have determined for me. I want Your way, not my way. I give myself to you and say, “Take my life, my time, my days –this day – and do something with it.” 

Amen.

A Workplace Blessing – A Prayer for Relationships

posted by Mark and Jill

Boaz said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you.” They answered, “The Lord bless you.” Ruth 2:4

Imagine a workplace where every morning the boss greets his/her employees with a blessing. And imagine those employees replying back with a blessing. That was the culture of Boaz, Inc.

If a score were kept in workplaces between blessing and cursing of bosses, which would win? We can probably guess accurately. Pray with us for the culture of our workplaces.

My Father,

Forgive me for speaking words that have not been words of blessing in my workplace. As a follower of Jesus, I take His commandment to bless and not curse seriously.  As an employee, I choose to bless my boss today. May your blessing rest upon him/her. Expand his/her territory, increase our productivity, and help me to continually bless him/her with my attitude and hard work. 

And for employers:  Father, I bless my employees today. Thank you for each of them. I pray that you would be with them, giving them joy in their work and calling. Help me to draw out the very best in them. Help me to engage with them by name. Make me the kind of leader – a kind leader – who initiates a positive and happily productive culture in our workplace. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Taking God’s Word to the Bank

posted by Mark and Jill

…Your promises are backed
by all the honor of your name. ~Psalm 138:2

Our bank has a sign  stating that “deposits are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government.” That gives us a measure of peace that our money won’t be lost or stolen. God has a better guarantee. He backs his promises in his Word with His name – the Name that has never failed. We can bank on His promises, but we have to receive them in faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” We must lay claim to them.

What do you need today? Search the Scriptures, and find a promise that fits your need. Then “take it to the bank.” God Himself will back it up by the honor of His name. But there are caveats – first, we have to seek Him as the number one priority in our lives, we have to repent of our ways that are contrary to His, and we must forgive others.

Father,

Thank you that your promises are in the affirmative for me. I commit myself to learning and understanding them. Please help me lay claim to those promises and to faithfully receive them, trusting that my welfare is in Very Good Hands. Thank you that you are trustworthy. You will never fail.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. ( 2 Corinthian 1:20)

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