Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer For You On Your Birthday

posted by Mark and Jill

Today is someone’s birthday. It also happens to be the birthday of one of our children. This is a prayer for her and for anyone who would like to partake of this blessing.

Dear Father of this precious child,

On this birthday celebration day, I ask that you fill my beloved with the blessing of Your presence. May your great love, massive grace, and unfathomable joy flood her soul. May she feel the warmth of your smile upon her, the smile you beamed the day she came into the world. And you and I are still smiling.

Wipe away all her fears with your perfect love. Restore every promise that has eluded her; comfort every sorrow, and heal every pain that the enemy has tried to inflict. 

Make joy and gratitude the hallmark of her life and spirit. May she continually hone the skill of forgiveness until she becomes an expert at that virtue, making it a crowning glory of her soul.

Teach her wisdom and understanding. Give her counsel and might. Grant her knowledge and the reverence of You, Lord. 

Make her life unhurried, contemplative yet full of adventure, with just enough challenge to stay aware of her need of you continually, moment by moment. 

I pray this in the Name of Jesus, who always prayed according to your will, who always was heard by you, and who always received what He asked in Your Name.

Amen

 

Making a Bold Entrance

posted by Mark and Jill

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” ~Hebrews 4:16

We have an invitation to come into the presence of God through prayer and receive whatever it is we need from Him. From Scripture we know that this boldness is available because of the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf by washing away our past and clearing up our accounts with God. So we come because of Him. We also know that if we are willingly walking in disobedience to the Lord’s call on our lives to walk in love in every area of our lives, we will have to square things up before we can make this bold entrance. But once we do through simple repentance, by His grace, then we are welcome to present our requests before Him and He will hear us. What mercies are you in need of today? Heed his invitation, walk right in, and ask with thanksgiving in your hearts for all He has done, is doing, and will do for you!

My Father, thank you for this promise in Hebrews 4:16 regarding prayer. I am acting on this Scripture now by coming to you daily with my bold requests, believing that once I ask in Jesus’ Name, the matter is said and done. I leave it in your hands. I lift up my needs to you now in faith… And I pray in the Name above every other Name:  Jesus. Amen

The Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

posted by Mark and Jill

Sir Francis Drake was an English sea captain who lived from 1540- 1596. He was the second sailor to circumnavigate the globe. This is his famous prayer, one that it would appear God heard and rewarded. Let’s make it ours today, and see where God takes us.

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Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.

There Are Many Ways To Say I Love You

posted by Mark and Jill

“There are many ways to say I love you.” That’s a line from a song written by one of my favorite song-writer/philosophers:  Mister Rogers. Jesus seemed to echo that song today as I was meditating on this Scripture:

“Mary sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what He was saying.” (Luke 10:39)

I decided to do follow Mary’s lead. Prayer is talking with God, but it is also listening to His still, small voice. This is what I heard Him say:

“Look for all the many ways I am saying ‘I love you’ today. You’ll see it in the flowers, hear it in the bird’s song, and feel it in the gentle breeze that dances around your shoulders. I am caressing you, my love, embracing you, and as I do, you are covered, for in my presence you are no longer vulnerable to temptation, to the consequences of sin, or to harm in any manifestation that the enemy has schemed against you. Celebrate and soak in my love today. Delight yourself in me, for I delight in you, my beloved. And watch closely, as every enemy of yours has become an enemy of mine. My arrows are aimed and ready. Defeat of your foes is imminent. Rejoice in this reality.” 

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