Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

My Safe Place – A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent. Psalm 91:9,10

With the convenience of instantaneous news from all around the world at our fingertips 24 hours a day comes the ever increasing tendency to fear. Threats of war, pending financial doom, epidemics, stock market and airplane crashes all feed to inflate our fears. Psalm 91 says, “If you say The Lord is my refuge…[then] no harm will overtake you.” That is perhaps a condition to understanding The Lord as our Safe Place. Let’s make that our confession today, and resist the temptation to confess our fears, real as they seem to be. Let’s highlight that Greater Truth and not the things that threaten to undo our peace and serenity.

My Father,

You are my Safe Place in this threatening world. I run to You and I am safe from every storm. Still the storm in my heart today, and fill me with Your hope and Your presence and Your joy in the midst of it all.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”  Luke 10:19

The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life. Psalm 121:7

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.  ~Martin Luther

 

The Power of Your Words to Hurt or Heal, Harm or Help

posted by Mark and Jill

The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain…

The words of the godly encourage many…

The lips of the godly speak helpful words… 

The words of the wise bring healing…

Proverbs 10:11,21,32; 12:18

Words from our mouths can be refreshing, uplifting, and edifying. One word from you today can change the trajectory of someone’s day or even their life. Let’s pray that the words of our mouths will have a positive impact on every person that God sends our way. We know that the opposite is true as well; negative words can tear down, break down, and devastate the people in our lives. All the more reason we need supernatural grace and help to speak godly words.

My Father,

May my words reflect the truth and glory of Your Words, bringing life to each person I encounter today. May I add to their joy, enhance their hope, and sustain the health of their hearts as I speak. I receive this from You, for I cannot be good, do good, or speak good on my own, but it is You living in me that does the work.

May I heal and not hurt others. May I help and not harm their souls.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, Oh, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Amen

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 18:21

Don’t Make Yourself At Home On Vacation. Or Ever.

posted by Mark and Jill

Don’t get comfortable. Don’t let your guard down. Don’t coast. Don’t go on vacation. Don’t retire.

While we’re in this world, we live in enemy occupied territory, in a constant war zone. We need to remember that while we don’t wrestle with flesh and blood, we do wrestle all day long with an enemy who is constantly prowling around looking for an opportunity to devour his victims. “Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” As Dean Sherman teaches, wrestlers can win if they know the holds, if they stay focused, and if they keep constant tension against their opponent. No fear. Spiritual warfare rages around us, but if we stay focused on Jesus, continually confess His Word, and keep our tongues from speaking evil, we will win!

Even while you’re on vacation, remember your enemy never takes a vacation. Stay in the Word. Feed your faith everyday. Keep prayed up! Cover yourself, your loved ones, and all you own with the protection Jesus offers us.

My Father,

Thank you that I can stay in the secret place of your presence where I remain safe and sound. No foe can harm me there. I thank you for the power of the Blood of Jesus that has made me clean and washed me free from every bondage in my life. I stand secure in You today. Strengthen my resistance to the enemy. Make me aware of his attempts to thwart me off the path of your grace. Give me a heart of obedience and may the fruit of Your spirit flow from my heart and soul today as I stay filled with Your Spirit.

In Jesus Name, Amen

Psalm 91 (Amplified Bible)

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!

For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

[Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,

Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.

Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,

10 There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.

Our Declaration of Dependence

posted by Mark and Jill

A Prayer for Dependence on God.

Lord,

On this day when we remember the gift of our freedom as American people, as Your people, we choose to use that freedom to make a declaration of dependence on You and Your love and Your grace. We need Your wisdom and Your ways and Your Word. Please fill this country with the truth and love that only You offer,  for You are Truth and Love, the Source and the Substance itself. Thank You for hearing our prayer. 

In Jesus Name,

Amen

 

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