Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Boat-Sinking Blessings

posted by Mark and Jill
There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request. 1 Chronicles 4:9,10
A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. Luke 5:7
Jabez prays, “God, bless me indeed. Expand my territory. Let your hand be with me…” Today I’m fixed on that … “let your hand be with me…” In the midst of blessing as our territory is expanding and exploding we get in over our heads. Blessing and expanse can be overwhelming. Blessing and favor and increase are also a test of faith. Too good can be too much. And here we need help.
Today we pray for God’s hand of blessing, as in helping hand, to carry the loads that are too much for us…
“Father, you are expanding our territory. You are blessing with opportunity. Thank you for that trust. But now we need more. We need your help to muster and master the gifts of possibility you are opening for us. We have prayed for chances to lead, and to help others lead well. Now we need you to lead us, to lead us well, to lead us by expanding our time, our focus, our energy, our concentration, our memories. We need to be more than ourselves. We need Your mind. We receive your mighty help to steward what you have entrusted to us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” 


Shepherds and City Folk

posted by Mark and Jill

The Lord is my Shepherd to feed, guide, and shield me, I shall not lack. Psalm 23:1 (Amplified)

I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd risks and lays down His own life for the sheep. John 10:11 (Amplified)

Bless Israel, your special possession.
Lead them like a shepherd,
and carry them in your arms forever. Psalm 28:9b (NLT)

Dear Shepherd of My Soul,

I’ve never been much of a rancher, and some of your shepherd analogy is lost on this city kid, but I think I catch your drift. You are reaching out to your children as a shepherd reaches for his sheep. You are simply reminding me that you are here for me. You feed me, sustain me, and meet my needs. You watch my back and protect me from predators if I stay within your gates. And, if necessary, you carry me in your arms when I’m weak or sick. Thank you, Good Shepherd. I receive your loving care today.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen


Plan to Plan and Plan to Pray

posted by Mark and Jill

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Jeremiah 29:11 (Amplified)

Roll your works upon the Lord, commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed. Proverbs 16:3 (Amplified)

What are your plans today? If they are in line with God’s plans for you, then as you commit them to him, they will be fruitful and successful. Let’s pray to that end:


Our Father,

You know what is on my list and my heart today. I submit these priorities into Your hands, and I ask that you be my Leader, my CEO, the organizer and my benevolent Controller where the details and priorities and responsibilities of my life are concerned. You have given me gifts to steward:  time, talents, and resources. Teach me how to appreciate these gifts and to use them to the best of my ability to bring about the  objectives that you want me to fulfill this day. I thank you in advance for working alongside me and for fulfilling your promise to lead me and to bless the work of my hands. I desire to keep close to your presence all day and to continually talk with you and hear what your Spirit is saying to me.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Love, Attention Deficit, and Dementia

posted by Mark and Jill

Love… is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it – it pays no attention to a suffered wrong.   1 Corinthians 13:5 (Amplified)

Love pays attention to the right things. It notices and awards good intentions. But when it comes to offenses, it has a healthy case of Attention Deficit. True love doesn’t look for ways to be offended – on the contrary, it has a habit of quickly dropping the subject. Love is also as forgetful as senility when it comes to being wronged. It doesn’t hang on to offenses, but forgets them as fast as you can wink and say, “Bob’s Your Uncle.”

Nothing hinders a healthy intimacy in marriage like anger and contempt. Let’s avoid them like the plague.


My Father,

Your Word teaches me to put away anger and to avoid being touchy and easily offended. Please forgive me. I have not exhibited your character to my mate, and I want to change. Please transform me from the inside out. Create in me a clean heart and a right spirit, willing to follow your ways. I know that your path leads to a richer and more joyful life, so I am willing to lay down my flesh and pick up your Word, following it to the end.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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