Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

An Endless Circle of Affirmation and Celebration

posted by Mark and Jill

Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you.” John 17:1

Jesus gave tutorials on prayer to His disciples. He gave them an outline of subjects for prayer; he also gave them examples of how to present (and how not to present) our prayers to God. But in John 17 it is simply his own heart-felt prayer that we can observe and soak into our spirits. John must have been eaves-dropping during this intimate time that Jesus had just hours before he was arrested. John knew that Jesus was modeling something life-changing. We do well to examine it closely and to follow his lead.

His first prayer-point is to request that God would glorify him, and then he, in turn, would glorify the Father. Glorify isn’t a word we use much unless it’s in a lyric of a worship song. What does glorify really mean? In Greek it means to praise or celebrate. So Jesus is saying, Father, you celebrate me, and I’ll celebrate you. It is a wonderful circle of love and admiration that never ends.

Let’s make that our life style. Let’s make this our prayer.


Celebrate me today and let me receive your affirmation so that I can give that praise and love and joy right back to you. I don’t know what’s around the bend for me today, Lord, but if you will glorify me, I know I can get through anything. I am here in my closet today to receive all that you want to give me. I open the capacity of my heart and ask you to fill me with the power of your great love that is wide and long and high and deep. May my love for you, my Father, grow in knowledge and depth of insight. May this love strengthen me to do all that you have given me to do in this life.

Thank you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

You Have An Advocate

posted by Mark and Jill

“It is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. ..When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.” John 16:7,13

The Holy Spirit is your advocate. The term “advocate” used in Greek is a legal term denoting someone who:

1. Speaks in your defense.

2.Gives you wise advice and counsel.

3. Encourages, instructs and strengthens you.

Who doesn’t need someone in their corner? Who doesn’t need wisdom? Who doesn’t need encouragement? That in the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives. Reach out to him today! He is waiting to help you, and he responds to your cry. But it won’t be all on your terms, my friend. We have a part to play, too. And that part is to make Jesus the leader of our lives, to follow him, to love him, and to obey his teachings.


Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to be present with me always. Thank you that he is my defender, so I have no need to fear. He is my advisor, so I can make wise choices with my life. He encourages me, so that I can have courage to love others the way you have loved me. I receive his counsel and encouragement as I go about my day. 


Jesus on Productivity

posted by Mark and Jill

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers… If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” ~Jesus  (John 15:5-7, 16)

What Jesus is saying here is almost incomprehensible:  if I stay connected to him two astonishing things will happen to me.

First, I will “bear much fruit.” I will have a productive, rich, and satisfying life. I will bear the fruit of the Spirit which is the most valuable commodity in the universe. It consists of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.

Secondly, once I am well established as a strong branch, connected to the Vine which is Jesus and I am bearing this delicious fruit everyday, my will and my desires will be so entwined in His that I will be able to ask Him for anything, and he will grant my wishes. Look at that Scripture again! He said, “Whatever you wish”! Let’s take the steps to becoming so intimately connected to Jesus that these promises will be realized in our lives.


Your Word and Your promises for me are true. I want to take Jesus up on his invitation to stay close to him, to follow him, to listen to his voice, to heed his commands, and to love and worship him. As I grow and become established as his follower, I thank you that my life will become fruitful and productive. I thank you for these blessed promises. Thank you that Jesus will hear my prayers and answer the cries of my heart and that You, Father, will be glorified in this miracle.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen


A Prayer for Anyone With a Pending Business Contract

posted by Mark and Jill

Please, Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success. Psalm 118:25

If you are working through a business contract today, let’s pray. God has promises in His Word that we can claim when Jesus is our leader, the CEO of our business and our lives, and the love and power by which we operate.

“Father, we come with audacious humility to ask for favor today. We ask that you would advocate for us today. We ask that you would work on our behalf to clear any obstruction to the final approval of this contract. We trust that you have led us this far. We trust that this contract is your intent. We commit to walk with you through these doors to be a blessing to the people we work with. We ask for a unified vote. And with this we ask for favor in all the work of our hands. Bless those who have opened doors. Bless those who have paved the way. Bless those who are catching hold of the vision you have given for this business. Bless all who have embraced our influence already. We walk forward with courage and humility, as your ambassadors in this part of your world. In Jesus. Amen.” 

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