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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer for a Heart Change

posted by Mark and Jill

“The Lord your God will change your heart… so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!” (Deuteronomy 30:6 NLT)

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” (Ezekiel 36:26 NLT)

“…Let God transform you into a new person…” (Romans 12:1 NLT)

People want a new car, new house, new clothes, new neighbors, new hair color, and a new spouse, but few people are seeking a new heart. God is offering it! It’s available for the taking. Anyone?

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Father,

I am grateful for your gracious offer to give me a new heart, one that loves you, one that is tender and responsive to your voice and one that reflects your love back to everyone in my life, friend and foe alike. How can I access this heart? Through faith – just the same way I received my salvation in the first place. So in faith, I take you at your word. I receive today a new heart and a new spirit. I will walk out this new heart and care for this new spirit by my commitment to your Word and by seeking your face through prayer and worship. Praise you! I receive a new ME!

Amen

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A Prayer For My To-Do List

posted by Mark and Jill

Carefully determine what pleases the Lord…Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. (Ephesians 5:10,17)

Paul encourages us to not allow life to happen to us, but rather to live intentionally – living out God’s intentions for our lives, not reacting but acting on purpose! Here’s a prayer:

God,

You are a planner. And you have given me a mind, created in Your image. Life is complicated. There are myriads of options, and I can never plan with certainty for all the unexpected complications. But you are never surprised. You offer me direction when I take the time and effort to ask and listen. I have many demands on my life. My schedule is full. I don’t know where to begin. I bring my to-do list to you and invite you to cut out what is unnecessary. Show me Your best for my day. Love is your highest goal for my life, so let everything on my list reflect that virtue.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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A Prayer of Belonging

posted by Mark and Jill

“I belong to Jesus.” (Galatians 6:17)

To belong means to be “rightly placed in a specified position; to be rightly classified in or assigned to a specified category; to fit in a specified place or environment.” (~Siri)

Are you unsure where you fit in this world, whether or not there is a slot for you, if you have anything to contribute, or if you belong anywhere? This encouragement is for anyone who has yielded to the leadership of God who made you and loves you:

My Child,

There is no other person in the world designed exactly as I have designed you. My own heart knit you together in your mother’s womb. You are created for belonging.  You belong to me. You are designed for a purpose. This purpose gives you meaning, fulfillment and delight, a reason to awaken every morning with a song.  I have ordained this purpose for you. Believe my word: you are created with beauty, design, and intent. There are no exceptions to my grace or to my Truth. Believe, dear child. You belong.

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~Jesus

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
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 139:13-16)

Lord, I choose to believe your Word of truth, that I belong to You, that I always have a home in Your blessed heart, that every promise you have uttered in your Word is true for me, that I am not an exception to your lavish grace and provision. I belong to you and you belong to me. Thank you.  Amen. 

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A Sin Sandwich

posted by Mark and Jill

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

Let’s read that Scripture again and this time take out the bits that most religious folk scorn upon:

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: …hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy …and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

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Paul, in all his brilliance, hid these more subtle sins, sandwiching them between the ones that most Christians avoid. So often we read this Scripture and just glaze over it because we have been fooled into thinking that these sins are not on our radar, therefore we don’t fall into the class of the immoral ones who will miss out on the Kingdom of God. Well, look again, dear church-goer, Bible-thumper! (I was the chief-ess of sinners in these things, so I can be so bold!) Hidden in these verses are sins that we commit on a daily if not hourly basis! Wake up, Sunday School teacher! It’s time to scrutinize and crucify your stinkin’ flesh! Paul puts temper tantrums in the same category as pornography or getting drunk. Boom.

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Father,

You’ve nailed me. Now grant me forgiveness, I pray. And I nail my sinful flesh on the cross that killed you, and I receive your forgiveness and the transformation of my mind and soul to grow in the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Today I choose love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control! You reflect all of those qualities, and I receive them from You as I walk hand in hand with you today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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