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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Pattern for Prayer: Talking With My Daddy

posted by Mark and Jill

Pray like this:

Our Father in heaven,

    may your name be kept holy.

(Matthew 6:9)

Jesus gave us an outline or pattern to teach us to pray. While it is perfectly fine to repeat The Lord’s Prayer as it is, it was not intended as a rote prayer (for he instructed us that prayer is not meaningless repetition).

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Let’s begin with the beginning (a very good place to start). Jesus reminds us to Whom we are speaking:  “Our Father.” It’s important to note that Jesus uses the pronoun “our.” God was His Father, yet, He shares the status of sonship with His followers. If we follow Jesus, then we are siblings who share the same dad.

The Greek word he chooses to call his father throughout Scripture is Abba, which is translated papa or daddy, the most intimate term for a father. So let’s remind ourselves today that prayer is talking things over with our daddy. The Perfect Daddy.

We’ve all experienced some brokenness in our earthly dads, but this one is perfect.

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The Perfect Father.

Always listening.

Always understanding.

Always providing.

Always wise. 

Always protecting.

Always loving.

Always fighting for our best in every circumstance.

Meditate on Your Heavenly Daddy today and construct a prayer from your very own heart. It might feel awkward at first, but persevere. Soon you will feel like an orphan no more.

Daddy… Thank You that I am Yours. Amen.

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A Key to Answered Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Take delight in the Lord,

    and he will give you your heart’s desires. (Psalm 37:4)

“God is sovereign,” is a phrase I hear often these days. It’s thrown around as if to say, God does whatever He does, and it’s none of our business. While it is true that God is Sovereign, it is also true of us, made in his image. He has given us sovereign rule over our own destinies. He doesn’t interfere without invitation.

“He will give you the desires of your heart” is a precious promise, but it’s null and void without my role and yours:  to delight in the Lord. Herein is a key to answered prayer. Do you have a heart’s cry that is stuck? You have asked but haven’t seen an answer? Perhaps it’s time to increase your delight index. We are invited and instructed to delight in God. Why, we wonder? Because God is delightful. And He delights in us. (Psalm 37:24) So why not meditate on the delightful qualities of God today? Turn your face to His and smile at His goodness, kindness, and mercy. Give Him thanks and honor today for Who He is, and watch the power of gratitude and praise go to work on your behalf. Let’s believe God for breakthrough in the areas of our lives that desperately need Him.

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Father,

I delight in You today, your kindness, your beauty, your creation, your forgiveness, and the beautiful gifts you have lavished on me. Thank You! I shall take this thought, this meditation, with me all day long – I will delight in You, smile when I consider you, whisper my love and gratitude between meetings, phone calls, tasks, and appointments.

I love you.

I delight in You.

Thank you for teaching me this truth, and I receive in faith the answers to my earnest prayers.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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A Prayer To Know God’s Smile

posted by Mark and Jill

“Let your face smile on us, Lord.” Psalm 4:6b

“May his face smile with favor on us.” Psalm 67:1

“May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.” Number 6:25

How do you perceive God? If His face isn’t smiling in your imagination, please rethink your concept according to His Word. The truth is that He does smile. Yes, He smiles. He doesn’t smile at our suffering or smile at our sin. But He smiles on His beloved, and that is you.

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Father,

Please smile on me today. I lift my face to you, and I ask you to shine the radiant light of your face upon me. Guide me this day into joy and into light. May I feel your joy in every thought, every decision, and in even every trace of memory, for I know you have redeemed me from the darkness.

May I drink in Your beauty and unfailing love. Just as a good parent smiles on her child, so you smile on me. Forgive me, please, for the times I have caused you pain and sorrow. May my choices, thoughts, feelings, words, and actions give you reason for joy today. May I sense the warmth of your smile as I go about my duties today to Your glory and to the honor of your countenance.

Amen

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A Prayer for an Undivided Heart

posted by Mark and Jill

“You must always act in the fear of the LORD, with faithfulness and an undivided heart.” 2 Chronicles 19:9

My word for 2016 is “undivided”.  I am asking God to help me become a consistent person – the same person in any and every situation, rain or shine, the same person at home as I am anywhere else. Various traumas and sins of our own devices bring divisions in our souls which make us vulnerable to inconsistencies in our character. God’s purpose is to make us whole people.

Father,

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You know best where my brokenness lies and how it got there in the first place. I give you all that I am today, especially the parts of me that are not whole, and I receive the gift of your healing. Your salvation in all-inclusive. Save, me, Lord. Give me wisdom to know what my role is in my healing. I commit myself to daily meditation on Your great love for me. Make me constantly aware of your unfailing love which destroys all the fear bound up in my mind and heart. Thank you for your Word that transforms my soul. Thank you for Jesus.

Amen

The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
reviving the soul. Psalm 19:7

For I am always aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth. Psalm 26:3

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