Prayer, Plain and Simple

When you walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. (Psalm 84:6)

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, (Psalm 30:11)


The holidays are a joyous season, but sometimes situations render us sad when we are blindsided by circumstances out of our control. In those times we often wonder if the grief will ever subside. 

Are you walking through a shadow-filled season, wrought with heaviness? Take to heart these promises from God; hold onto His Word as you enter His throne room to pray, and ask Him to remember His promises towards you. Not that He forgets! The only thing He forgets is our sin, but He encourages us to remind Him of His promises, so that is what we do.

Our assignment is to search and find His Word for our situation, and stand in faith and in prayer, believing that we are not the exception to His glorious promises. His Word is the final Word, a legal document we bring before the court of Heaven when we pray. 

If you’re overwhelmed with grief, pray this plain and simple promise-prayer with us.


I understand what the Psalmist meant when he wrote about the, “Valley of Weeping.” That has been my journey as of late. Like David’s valley of the shadow of death, I am in a season of pain and grief.

Today I want to bring to Your attention (and to mine) Your promise that this valley I’m currently walking will turn into a place of refreshing springs. Instead of darkness, the light will dawn. Instead of sorrow, I will find joy again. In place of my suffering I will find peace and ease and relief from all that is heavy. Instead of a dry desert, I will find an oasis of refreshment.

I receive these promises from your gracious hand, Lord. 

The situation is too much for me to carry, Lord, so I place it in Your care. Carry me too, for I can’t move forward without Your help.

Thank You for Your promise that my mourning will be turned into dancing. All that is pitiable will be gone, and I will enjoy a celebration party with You and with those I hold dear when this trial is behind us. While I might be tempted to wear sackcloth today, I will put on a garment that brings me joy. I will lift my hands in expectation of Your deliverance and the fulfillment of all Your promises, for they are true, every one!

In Jesus’ Name


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Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. (1Peter 3:10)


Who doesn’t want to love life? It’s a goal we all share.

“Maybe if I have a bigger house, I’ll love my life.”

“Maybe if I could numb the pain of abuse, I could love my life.”

“Maybe if I’m with a lover I’ll love my life… ” These are all ways we strive to find the life we long to have, but these things often make life even less appealing in the long run.

The Scripture tells us that the key to loving life is in your conversation. How you speak determines the quality of your life. Peter asked the question, “Does anyone want a great life?” I can see all his readers raising their hands, nodding their heads, and say, “Absolutely! Sign me up!”

Peter walked with Jesus day in and day out for three blessed years. We can trust His good sense in the matter, for He followed the Master who knew how to love life. He said that He came to give us life and make sure it was a full, abundant life. Peter, after some hard knocks and rough trial and error, took Jesus up on His offer. He found the secret to a happy life, and past it on to us.

What is the secret? Keeping your mouth shut unless you have something edifying and faith-full to say.

Do you want a happy life? Pray this plain and simple prayer…


I’m laying my rogue tongue on your altar! I am taking You up on Your offer for a good life! My life will reflect the quality of my words; negative words, negative life; positive words, positive life.

You died to give me an abundant life; I don’t want your death and suffering to be wasted. So with Your help, Lord, I am changing the way I speak and the way I think.

I will think lovely thoughts and speak lovely words, words that reveal Your grace and truth. I’ll purposely avoid dark subjects, negative, critical conversations, and I will strive for building up with my words, not tearing down.

I will need Your help, Father, for I cannot change on my own, but praise Your name, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. I receive Your strength today in Jesus Name,


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Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. (Ephesians 6:13)

Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand firm. (Isaiah 7:9b)


The best way to stand is on your knees. Taking a stand for our families is a posture of confident prayer and battle. The enemy hates the idea of family just about more than anything. His onslaught against families is relentless. How can we withstand the bombardment?  

Putting on the Armor of God is a good starting point. The greek word means, “to cause to stand, to be fixed, to be kept intact of family or kingdom.” Let’s pray the Armor of God over ourselves and our families! Pray this plain and simple prayer with us.


You have instructed me to be strong in You. Thank You that I don’t have to be strong in myself, for I don’t have it in me to be strong enough to face the battles I am in, but I can be strong in You and in Your mighty power.

I am putting on Your full armor today, Lord, so that I can stand against the enemy’s schemes against me and my family. I understand that I’m not fighting any person. People may be involved in this battle, in fact, people may be fighting me, but I am not engaging in that battle! I refuse to fight with people. I will only fight in prayer against the real enemy that hates me most: the devil and his rulers, authorities, powers, and forces of darkness.

I’m standing in faith against the enemy with the belt of Truth buckled firmly around me! I am speaking truth, believing the truth, and only thinking about the truth. Your truth will keep my whole armor in tact throughout this day.

The breastplate of righteousness is mine and I wear it with humility and gratitude, for the righteousness I put on is certainly not anything I deserve or have earned. It is Yours. You have bequeathed Your righteousness to me, and I receive it in faith today.

My feet are fitted and ready for peace. I’m poised to speak peace, pursue peace, and spread peace everywhere I go today, especially with my family.

Thank You for shielding me today with faith. Before I ingest any concept, thought, or word, it must pass the faith test. Will it build my faith? Will it bolster my trust in You? If not, I reject it! My faith in You shields me from every accusation, every temptation, and every attack of the devil.

My mind is covered with Your salvation. You have saved my soul–my mind, my will, and my emotions–from destruction. You have saved me from all that is not of You, from all that would destroy my life and my family.

I take the sword of the Spirit in my hand and I use it at will! The sword is Your Word which I have hidden in my heart. I have a ready Word for every attack the enemy throws my way.

And I will pray! I will pray in the Spirit all throughout this day! I will pray about everything and I will worry about nothing! I will put my family into Your hands. I will stay alert and keep watch, guarding my heart, thoughts, and words. I will pray without ceasing for every member of my family throughout this day!

I praise You for equipping me with everything I need to win over the enemy! My family will be kept safe in You!

In Jesus’ Name


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God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging… (Psalm 46:1-3)

Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10)

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Sometimes our minds go to the worst case scenario and we “catastrophize” our future with fearful imaginations. The Psalmist had a useful strategy for this. It was simply: bring it on! Bring on the worst case scenario. Whatever the enemy tries to fling my way won’t work because my God lives in me and He is Bigger than anything you can throw at me.

Does the sea want to roar to intimidate me? Fine. Let it roar?

Do the mountains want to crumble down around me? No big deal. Let them crumble.

No matter what life throws my way, I have a God whose love for me is faithful. I have a covenant with Him that yields blessings that can’t be taken from me! I have a God who has mercy on me.

Earlier this week my daughter and I were driving back from purchasing a car for her about 2 hours away. We knew that a snowstorm was coming, but we thought we would beat it. We were wrong. We drove her new car in a white out with high winds and very little to guide us on down the road but the dim red back lights of a vehicle ahead of us. We white-knuckled it all the way, and made it safely back into our driveway with a huge sigh of relief and prayers of thanks. What we learned was this: when you can’t see where you’re going, sometimes you just have to keep going in faith. Prayer will get you to your destination.

Are you intimidated by thoughts of doom? Perhaps those thoughts are not so far from becoming a reality. Lift your gaze up to Jesus and pray this plain and simple prayer with confidence…


I thank You that You are always ready to help me in my time of trouble. Because You are real and You are near, I will not fear. Earthquakes may come, things may get out of the control, and I might be shaken up, but I am prepared for the worst because You are my anchor, my stability, and my home.

Even if the mountains are shaken to the core and come crashing down around me, even when I see and experience devastation, I will be okay because day breaks and You are with me.

Things may be in chaos, important institutions, governments, or kingdoms may crumble, but You, the Lord of Heaven’s armies, is here among Your people. We run to You, our fortress and we will not fear.

Even if we get beat up and broken down, you will rebuild us even more beautifully than we were before. Even if the worst case scenario becomes a reality, I will be okay because You are my great God and protector and deliverer.

In Jesus’ Name



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