Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Improving Your Memory

posted by Mark and Jill

“He causes us to remember his wonderful works.
He always remembers his covenant.” Psalm 111:4a, 5b

Our memories are often selective and often our memories select the bad, the trauma, the drama, the sin, the dark, and the pain. With God’s help, we can begin to transform our minds to think about His wonderful works and not our own brokenness.

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Phillipians 4:8,9

Today we will pray to remember what God has done and forget the sin that He has so graciously chosen to forget. All that we have repented of has been removed from us as far as the east is from the west. And while He chooses to forget our sin, He also chooses to remember His covenant promises towards us, that all our needs are supplied by his riches, that he will never leave us or forsake us, that he heals our diseases, that he mends broken relationships, and that he is changing us daily to look more and more like Jesus.

My Father,

Because of your grace I come to you, able to stand in your presence forgiven and embraced as your child. You are well aware of my every thought, and you know how I struggle to keep my mind free from darkness. I ask you to help me to maintain healthy thoughts, to align my mind with the mind of Christ, and to consciously remember and ponder all you have done for me. Then I will praise you all day long as I think about the way you redeemed me from myself and from every dung heap that I’ve found myself buried in. How I love you. Cleanse my mind. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart make You happy today.

Amen

Some encouragement:  Keep your Bible close at hand, listen to it on your phone all night long while you’re sleeping, write your favorite verses on 3 x 5 notecards and keep them with you constantly. The Word of God will soon transform your mind to health and joy.

Enroll Today in the School of Love

posted by Mark and Jill

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. 1 John 4:16,17

I’m enrolled in the School of Love. I’m learning how to live in love, making a place for God to live in me. This beautiful circle of love makes my love grow more mature, more “perfect”.  While on the planet, Jesus showed us what living a love-lifestyle looks like. He only was doing what the Father, who is Love, showed Him. As we grow in love we can have confidence that we are pleasing the Lord; we are not earning our way to Heaven, but we are creating a bit more of Heaven on earth!

Sometimes I (Jill) used to talk more lovingly to our little dog than I did to my husband!  God got ahold of me, corrected me, I repented, and I now make an effort to speak consistently in loving tones, not just to my little dog, but to the man God gave me to love, for Heaven’s sake! Pray with me that our love for others would grow and create a new atmosphere in our homes and workplaces, making them full of the Fruit of the Spirit.

Father,

Please forgive me for acting and speaking in unlovely tones ways with the people in my life. Your Word says that love is not touchy or easily offended (1 Cor. 13). I repent of my childish, selfish habits, and I ask You to fill me with Your love. Show me how to walk in love. Transform me by the power of Your Word (Romans 12:1,2) so that the people around me will have proof positive that I am Your disciple (John 15). I expect You to accomplish this in my life as I do my part to cooperate with Your Holy Spirit.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Taking A Vacation From A Heavy Heart

posted by Mark and Jill

Need a vacation but have no money or time? Come to Jesus. He promises Peace that passes all comprehension. But it isn’t magic. It’s provided for followers of His ways. It involves forgiveness – receiving it and giving it freely to all who offend you. This isn’t an easy task, but it’s a whole lot easier than holding on to bitterness. So do the hard work of forgiveness – seeking it and giving it away and have a vacation from your heavy heart. Then whether you’re at work or at the beach, you can truly find Rest for your soul.

Jesus,

I commit my heavy heart to you. Take my life and do something with it. Forgive me of my sin. Help me to see myself objectively and not as the innocent victim in the world. I have wronged others, but it seems that all I can focus on is the wrongs of others. One by one, I place these folks in Your hands and I take responsibility for my own sin, my own stuff, my own selfishness, and my own greed. I ask for your forgiveness and I receive the grace You have promised in Your Word.  And I receive your healing as well. Here I am. Take all of me. Manage my life, as my Superior. For You are far above all others, and I choose to live my life for You instead of for me.

Your Word says that if I cast all my burdens on you, you will sustain me. So sustain me, please, today. I give You my burdens, cares, stress, anxiety and pain. I receive Your grace, forgiveness, and sustenance. What an exchange. Thank you.

Amen

“Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).” Psalm 55:22 Amplified

 

Learning to Pray

posted by Mark and Jill

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, and the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:5)

Children learn to talk. We too have been learning, talking with God in fits and starts ourselves. We half imagine that we are real adults, mature, stable and important in our own corners of the world. But truth be, we are children ourselves, and nothing shows this more than our quest to communicate with God. We are just beginning our eternal lives, so in that sense we are just infants, learning a skill of unimaginable honor and one we will practice forever. We are learning to pray. 

Papa,

May Your name be kept Holy in my heart and in the world. May Your Kingdom come. Set up Your Kingdom, the realm of your ways and of your love, in my little kingdom, overtaking it and making it Yours. May Your will be done in my life just as swiftly and as truly as it is done in Heaven. Give me everything I need today – health, provision, grace, forgiveness, and above all, Your love, that I may receive it and give it away to others. Point out my sin and forgive me. Help me to change my ways to reflect Your goodness. I hereby choose to walk in forgiveness with everyone around me, ready to embrace my foes, making them friends to the best of my ability, because You have embraced me, even when I was Your enemy. Keep me far from paths that lead to my destruction. 

Amen

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