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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him,
for he shields him all day long,
and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders. (Deuteronomy 33:12)

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Who knows how many souls you cross paths with today will be in a crisis? How many will be in pain, physical or emotional? Let’s ask the Lord to give us hearts of compassion that will instill in us the urgency to pray for those who are hurting, to lend a helping hand and an uplifting word or two to sustain them in their battle.

Someone dear to us who has suffered a recent family crisis received this beautiful prayer in a text from a mutual friend. With their permission, we share it with you. We invite you to pray it over your friend in need today…

Heavenly Father,

I come to you with my precious friend. I pray that your strength and peace would wash over her heart and help her to trust again. Oh Father she is feeling the sting of disappointment and needs hope to rise within her. So I say: Hope, rise up! Fill this tender one! Gently turn her face and her eyes towards your radiant light. Help her to see your promises; may they may be as bright and hope-filled as a rainbow after a storm.

Let your banner of love be over her! I speak, “Peace be still,” to her body in Jesus name! May the courage of Christ fill her up and the counsel of the Holy Spirit be spoken in her ear. Hope again, daughter of God! Your God’s arm is not too short that it cannot save! He is so creative and knows how to reach the hardest heart. He will not stop in His pursuit!

Now I break off of my friend every evil and painful word that was spoken. In place of those words, I declare the truth. I declare that she is precious in your sight! She is beautiful and so strong, kind, and brave! She is a light in the darkness. She is valuable and loved! She has a heart like Jesus.

She can breathe again. She can rest again. She can eat again. Because you are Hope! You live in her. You are hers and she is yours. She can be secure in your love for her. Peace to her mind. Peace to her heart. Love from you floods her heart today and washes every wound and calms every raging storm.

Amen.

 

 

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But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height…The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

He will not judge by appearance
nor make a decision based on hearsay. Isaiah 11:3b

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God, with His infinitely superior vision, sees through our outer core, right into the heart. He’s not swayed by what is perceptible to the human eye; He observes what is invisible yet evident to His understanding.

God shows no discrimination; He sees the heart of the individual, not his or her race. Scripture even tells us that there is no distinction in terms of gender when it comes to the value of a person, for there is “neither male nor female.” There is no value based on position or rank, for there is “neither slave nor free.”

How does this contrast with the world we live in? In our culture, people with certain features, certain hues, are given more opportunities than those who don’t possess them. When we pray, “Thy Kingdom come,” are we not asking for God’s perspective in all things that matter?

Let’s pray today for eyes that see beyond face value. Let’s ask for vision to see into the heart of the person before us, observing them from His point of view and loving them from His infinite source of love.

Father,

I have over-valued my physical senses. I have judged based on my limited perspective. These two eyes cannot penetrate skin, muscle, and organs to see the state of a soul, so I’ve judged using my external guides, missing the mark regularly.

Please take these physical eyes – I do thank You for them, for their place in my life is a blessing indeed – but please give me Your perspective on the people I live with, walk with, work with, and pass by day to day.

Help me to see past skin color. Please, Lord, break down my stereotypes. Forgive me! Make me color blind, Father, as You are.

As I lean into You in all things that matter in this life, transform me into the person You designed me to be: a person acting very much like Jesus, speaking very much like Jesus, and seeing people very much like Jesus saw them – looking directly into the heart, not the outer appearance.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen

 

 

 

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The most powerful of all prayers are those written for us directly from Scripture. Today we will pray a Psalm for the United States upon the celebration of our 241st Anniversary. This is a prayer for revival; let’s make it our hearts’ cry!

Psalm 80

Begin with thanks and praise….

Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead [us] like a flock.
God, enthroned above the cherubim,
display your radiant glory…

Ask to see His hand at work in our country…
Show us your mighty power.
Come to rescue us!
Turn us again to yourself, O God.
Make your face shine down upon us.
Only then will we be saved.
O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies,
how long will you be angry with our prayers?
You have fed us with sorrow
and made us drink tears by the bucketful.
You have made us the scorn of neighboring nations.
Our enemies treat us as a joke.
Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies.
Make your face shine down upon us.
Only then will we be saved.

Acknowledge His kindness and provision….
Our shade covered the mountains;
our branches covered the mighty cedars.
We spread our branches west to the…Sea;
our shoots spread east…
But now, why have you broken down our walls
so that all who pass by may steal our fruit?
Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies.
Look down from heaven and see our plight.
Take care of this grapevine
that you yourself have planted,
this son you have raised for yourself.
Strengthen the man you love,
the son of your choice.

Repentance and Change…

Commit yourself to the Lord…
Then we will never abandon you again.
Revive us so we can call on your name once more.
Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
Make your face shine down upon us.
Only then will we be saved.

Amen!

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“In the morning will I order up my prayers.” Psalm 5:3

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What do you need today? Every day seems to present challenges. They vary in size and type, but they all seem big in our mind’s eye, and many times there is no debate: they are big.

Whatever you need today, God has the answer.

There are so many things we can’t change. People are on the top of the list. We can’t even manage their inner motivations. All we can do is ask for grace. Does God give it? Yes, if we ask, and if we ask in faith. James reminds us that the person that doubts God can expect only this: nothing. Nada. Our faith in Him has a big part to play in the answer to our prayers.

We do our part: believe. And God does His part: extend His hand of grace to meet our needs.

Faith expresses itself in love, the Scripture tells us, so if we are skilled at the art of loving – loving God and loving people – that is an indication that our faith is developed. That’s when we start to see traction in answered prayer.

We build our faith, we practice walking in love with people, and we Ask! In the morning (or anytime of day, but morning is perfect) we can order off of God’s menu, so to speak, whatever we need for the coming day.

Here is a tiny sampling of His Menu:

Grace and strength when you feel weak.

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

Rest for the weary

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” ~ Matthew 11:28

Healing

Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” ~ Mark 1:41

Provision

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19

Inspiration

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. ~2 Timothy 3:16

Guidance

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. ~ Psalm 37:23

Wisdom

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. ~ James 1:5

That’s just a start… Ask for whatever you need, and don’t forget to thank Him for the answers! Pray your own plain and simple prayer today!

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. ~ Philippians 4:6

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