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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer for Wisdom on April Fool’s Day

posted by Mark and Jill

The wise are glad to be instructed,
but babbling fools fall flat on their faces. (Proverbs 10:8)

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1:5

God has invited us to ask Him for wisdom with the promise that He will readily answer if we ask without wavering in our faith. So, let’s ask! What better day than on April Fool’s Day!

Father,

You know my foolish ways and tendencies. You know the fallout my foolish words have caused for those around me. Forgive me and cleanse me. Root out all foolishness in my soul. Day by day, I want to ask you to make me a person marked by your wisdom. Remove my foolish thoughts. I choose to take them captive and make them obedient to you. I choose words of wisdom instead of foolish words. I will embrace the instruction that you bring me through your word and through your wise followers. Correct me and change me today.

In Jesus’ Name Amen

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A Prayer for Maundy Thursday ~ Tarry for an Hour or So

posted by Mark and Jill

And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, “What, could ye not watch with me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40)

Jesus, on the night He was handed over to be brutally tortured and put to death, was praying near His friends. He had requested their prayers, but they were overcome by the urge to nap. It had been a long day….

If Jesus asked me that question, I’d be hard pressed to answer. Can I watch in prayer for one hour without being distracted or sleepy, squirmy like a kid in math class?

Oh, Lord, wake me up to heed your call to pray that I might not fall into temptation, that I might be strengthened to be able to stand at your side and not flee when I’m persecuted, that I may not abandon you in your time of intercession. Amen

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This is Holy Week. Let’s set aside an hour for prayer – watching and waiting with our Savior, staying close to Him, let us echo the prayers we have heard Him pray. Here are some suggestions of pertinent prayer requests we can bring before the throne, asking for His intervention, for angelic help, for the defeat of satan and his strategies against the Kingdom and against all humanity….

Pray for the loved ones of the nuns recently murdered by Isis. Pray for their churches to be free from fear and oppression.
Pray for the victims and their families of the recent Brussel massacre.Pray for protection from terror.
Pray for our governments that godly leaders would be promoted to the highest offices.
Pray for our families to reject the temptation to live selfish lives.
Pray for the sick to be healed.
Pray for the demonized to be released.
Pray for the mentally ill to find peace of mind.
Pray for the physically handicapped to be strengthened and encouraged and healed.
Pray for the down-trodden to rise to their place of worth and given opportunities to contribute to society.
Pray for the Church to be unified.
Pray for our homes to be sanctuaries of peace and joy and great fellowship.
Pray for debts to be settled and financial blessing to come, along with godly living and wise financial choices.
Pray for our children to be taught by the Lord and that their peace would be great.
Pray for our land to produce abundant crops with more than enough to feed the hungry.
Pray for jobs for the unemployed.
Pray for promotion for the under-employed.
Pray for new businesses to spring up and thrive, creating more jobs.
Pray for liberating leaders, humble and sincere.
Pray for the strength for the oppressed to walk in forgiveness, as Jesus has commanded us.
Pray for healing for all trauma and addiction.
Pray for soldiers – for angelic protection as promised in Psalm 91.
Pray for the dying, that their hearts would be made right with God and that their suffering would end.

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That is a list to get you started. If you spend 2 – 3 minutes on each of those prayer points, you’ll have prayed for one hour, and you can answer your Savior in the affirmative when He asks you – “Could you not stay awake in prayer for an hour?”

Holy Father, help us to overcome our flesh and heed our spirits which are more than willing to pray, for our spirits understand the benefits, whereas our flesh just wants what it wants – to satisfy our base appetites. Crucify my flesh and let me live by the spirit and the Spirit of God.  Amen.

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A Prayer for a Wonderful Future

posted by Mark and Jill

Look at those who are honest and good,
for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace. (Psalm 37:37)

Loving peace is the secret to a wonderful future. If your future isn’t looking as bright as you would like, try checking your Peace Index. The Hebrew word for peace is rich with meaning – Shalom means much more than meets the eye. It indicates overall welfare, health, safety, completeness, prosperity, tranquility, contentment, friendship, wholeness, and entire soundness in health. Shalom is all-inclusive to the rich and abundant life that Jesus died to give us. No, it doesn’t come trouble-free or trial-free; in fact, we are guaranteed both. But with shalom to carry us through, we make it over those trials and achieve the life of shalom that every human being longs for.

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Lord,

I haven’t always been a peace-lover. In fact, I recall times in my life where I promoted my own agenda, which led to disharmony in relationships. No wonder my future isn’t all that completely wonderful. But today marks the start of something new. Today I repent of not appreciating and promoting Shalom in every area of my life. Today I commit to You, Lord, to obey your call to be a peace maker! I will promote shalom in my life, my work, my family, my home, my schedule, and in my commitments. I hope to leave every person I encounter today a little more at peace than they were previously. I commit myself to honesty and goodness. And I will become a lover of all things Shalom.

In Jesus’ Name – my Prince of Shalom, Amen

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The Prayer of St. Patrick

posted by Mark and Jill

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

 

Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/Prayers/Catholic/Morning/The-Prayer-Of-St-Patrick.aspx#y3fiEZXTe121i8xP.99

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