Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer for Holistic Holiness

posted by Mark and Jill

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.   (1 Thessalonians 5:23)


Paul prayed that his readers would experience holy living in every dimension. He prayed that they would be diligent to attend carefully to each aspect of their being – spirit, soul, and body – to maintain a life that would give God reason to smile.


I have not kept my spirit, soul, or body in tip top shape. Diligence in keeping my thought life pure, my eating patterns healthy, or my spirit in a state of gratitude has not been the order of my day. I repent of this neglect. Today I commit to watch carefully what I allow in. I will fix my thoughts on what is true and good, fix my heart on gratitude, fix my words to line up with Your Truth, fix my eyes on the beauty of your creation, and fix my eating patterns so that the body that you have loaned me will be around as long as You need me here, walking in strength and health all of my days. I ask for wisdom and strength to honor this commitment. Please give me friends who will share these values and hold me accountable.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


A Prayer to Understand the Fear of the Lord

posted by Mark and Jill

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life. (Proverbs 14:27)

The fear of the Lord adds length to life. (Proverbs 10:27)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. (Proverbs 1:7)

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. (Psalm 34:7)

I was blessed to have a dad who I respected so much that I never wanted to disappoint him. Just the thought of his look of disapproval was enough to stop me in my tracks when I was tempted to disobey. When my mom made bread (which was often), she would give me a small piece of dough. With it I would make tiny cinnamon rolls with my toy utensils just for Dad. Pleasing him gave me such delight. I wanted to give him something exceptional. I remember once discovering an extra small banana in the bunch; of course I insisted that we set that one aside for Dad. Dear, sweet Dad. I didn’t know it, but I was being groomed for an understanding of the fear of the Lord. It was simply this: longing to please and honor my Father, desiring to see his sweet smile when I handed him his little gift; imperfect as it was, he always received it with the greatest pleasure. Imperfect as you and I are, God always receives us with joy.



I long to understand the secret to fearing you. This concept has been twisted and distorted, indicating that you are a dominating tyrant that makes our hearts tremble.  I reject this false notion, and I believe the truth: that you are a Father who loves His children. I receive Your love today, and I choose to maintain a heart that fears you – giving you reverence, avoiding at all costs doing anything that would cause you pain, and enjoying your love, provision, and protection every day of my life.



A Prayer to Break Bondages

posted by Mark and Jill

Good News for the Oppressed
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.
He has sent me to tell those who mourn
that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory. (Isaiah 61:1-3)


Whatever your situation, God has some good news for you today. He can work with whatever you give Him and turn it into something much more than mediocre. In His hands, our lives can become something wonderful and beautiful. This is what the anointing of Jesus provides for those who come to Him:

Comfort for the brokenhearted

Release for those in bondage

Favor for those who are sad

Vengeance on behalf of the mistreated

Beauty for those who grieve

Praise for those who are depressed

Honor for those who have experienced shame


Provision for those who are suffering

That pretty much sums up any and every negative situation one might encounter. Take your circustances and yourself to Jesus, allow the anointing of the Holy Spirit to turn your life around. It’s a process, but with patience, perseverance, and trust, it will happen.


Take my broken life and fix my heart. Give me a new heart, a new opportunity to be born again – to reboot my life. From now on I will live according to your owner’s manual. Just like putting salad dressing in my gas tank wrecks my car, I have wrecked my life by doing my own thing. I haven’t followed your ways, and I repent. Today, I make You leader and Lord of this life of mine. I am yours. Everything I am and everything I have! And I determine to follow you hook, line, and sinker for the rest of my days.

I’m Yours! Amen!


A Prayer to Stop Blaming God

posted by Mark and Jill

People ruin their lives with the foolish things they do, and then they blame the Lord for it. (Proverbs 19:3)

“Why didn’t God help me keep my boyfriend?”

“Why did God allow me to go bankrupt?”

“Why doesn’t God get me a job?”

“Why did God make me grow up in this family?”

“Why God? Why me?”

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.” (Deuteronomy 30:19,20)


God gave humanity the risky gift of free-will. We are free to follow Him or free to choose our own path. Free to choose the blessing and free to choose the curse. Not everything that happens reflects his perfect plan! We have strayed from it since the first time we handed over the keys of this planet to Satan in the garden when he enticed us to stray from God’s instructions. Yet God in his rich mercy always forgives and always creates a new Plan A to get us back on track. For all those reasons, let’s quit blaming Him and take responsibility for ourselves! We have not followed Him perfectly, yet He is willing to work it all out – the good, the bad and the ugly – for the very best if we love him and follow his call on our lives.


“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28


Please forgive me for whining and complaining. I take full responsibility for the havoc in my life. I have not followed your voice nor heeded your wisdom and call. I give you my life today. My will is yours. Please create a new path for me, release me from the mess I find myself in. And I trust you to do as you have promised: You will make a way for me!


“At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22b

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