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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Procrastinator’s Prayer of Repentance

posted by Mark and Jill

Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2

“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!'” Matthew 25:21

Jesus expects faithfulness concerning what God has given us. Each of His children have been endowed with a portion of gifts, talents and resources which we are instructed to nurture to maturity. Our assets are to be invested and multiplied in order to hear the sweet words, “Well done.” God praises those who are faithful stewards of their land, businesses, talents, potential, intellect, strength, and character.

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Our beloved Pastor preached a wonderful sermon on this subject last Sunday that moved me and convicted me to the core. There are some investments that God has made in me that have been dormant too long. How about you? Pray with me?

Dear Father,

I have not been faithful in obeying you by doing the things you have called me to do. I repent and ask for your forgiveness for procrastinating. I’ve been waiting for the perfect time and the perfect conditions, and that is no excuse. I now receive your gracious forgiveness and I turn and belive the good news that you will help me to walk in obedience to you, to not delay, but to move forward with these endeavors. I take up the call, and with your wisdom and strength and mind, I will press forward, investing and honing the gifts you have given for the sake of Your Kingdom. 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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I Found My Happiness

posted by Mark and Jill

Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Psalm 119:35

My favorite part of the The Hobbit is when Gandalf urges the dwarves and Bilbo to stay on the path. He warns them that the there will come a time when circumstances will wrangle you to abandon the right road and follow a different way; he cautions them that this will lead to disaster. They do, and it does.

God has provided a path to happiness in our lives. That doesn’t mean we will be trouble or challenge-free, but it does mean that we will have a sustaining joy that will get us through those deep valleys and see us safely through to the other side. If you’ve lost your happiness, your hope, and your passion for life, then pray.

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Father,

The path I find myself on is not the path I started out on. Somehow, the bells and whistles of my enemy lured me here where I am out of sync with You, Your Word, Your people, and my true self. I repent of being duped by the enemy, of allowing myself to believe his lies, to take his bait, and to turn from the One who knows and loves me. Remove me from this downward path, this slow decline, and put my feet on solid ground. And even when the going gets rough, I’ll not leave your path. I’ll stay with you, trusting you to lead me to the places you have ordained me to go, with Your help.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

“The safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”
– C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

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If Your Boundaries are in Rubbles, Say, Pray, and Do This

posted by Mark and Jill

“The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.”     ~Nehemiah 2:20

If the boundaries of your life are in shambles, pray the prayer Nehemiah prayed. He was sent to Jerusalem from exile in Persia to rebuild the walls of the city which had been destroyed. Israel had abandoned God, and God took the hint and left them to themselves. (He never goes where He is not invited.) Once again it took severe pain for Israel to learn that they can’t live without their Creator, their Father, their Shepherd, their Lord.

The name Nehemiah means “Jahweh Comforts.” The story of Nehemiah depicts the Lord’s desire to rebuild our broken lives, to reestablish strong spiritual boundaries which protect us and surround us.

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But beware.  The enemy much prefers that our lives remain a heap of rubble, keeping us vulnerable to attack and destruction. Nehemiah addressed the enemy directly. If Jesus is Lord of your life, you can follow suit. Let’s make Nehemiah’s declaration our own today:

My God is with me! He has promised to help me and give me success if I rely on His unfailing love. Therefore I will ARISE AND BUILD MY LIFE AGAIN! I am in the process of transforming and remodeling my mind and my soul and even my body – every area that the enemy has tried to demolish. The enemy will not destroy, deter, or distract me any longer! He has NO portion or share in this work! He has NO legal right to be involved in my life in any way! He has never done anything for me worth remembering, so he is not invited to participate! Satan! You have NO BUSINESS HERE! You have NO RIGHT to meddle or mess with me! You have NO PLACE here! Get out of here now. Get behind me, Satan! In Jesus’ Name. AMEN!

Now worship and thank the Lord for His power over the enemy of your soul! Give Him a whoop and a holler of praise! Praise is our greatest weapon!

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I Am Being Followed

posted by Mark and Jill

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life.  (Psalm 23:8)

What follows us is determined by the leadership we follow. If we follow Jesus, our Good Shepherd, we can expect goodness and unfailing love to catch up with us eventually.

Paul tells us in Romans that our mouths determine the quality of life that stalks us. If our mouths are, “Foul…filled with lies…full of cursing and bitterness” then, “Destruction and misery always follow…” (Romans 3:16)

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Look behind you. What do you see? If it’s not good and merciful, then make Jesus your Good Shepherd of your life. He will teach you how to create a life that yields good fruit, how to speak words that bring about blessing in your life and not disaster.

Father,

I yield to the Lordship of Jesus in my life. I make Him my leader and Lord. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. Align my heart, desires, and words with His, I pray.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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