Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer For Heart Health

posted by Mark and Jill

My heart trembles only at your Word. Psalm 119:161B

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing, yea, I will sing praises. Psalm 57:7 (AMP)

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. John 14:1

If you are facing heart-health challenges, we invite you to pray with us.

Father,

I come to you, releasing my fears, casting all my anxieties upon you, breathing in Your promises and casting off all my cares and burdens. I lift my hands in praise to you as you set me free from the fears associated with this condition. Thank you that I am not facing this alone. I am facing it with the God who is with me to heal me. I speak directly to my heart and I tell it, “Do not be troubled! Do not tremble!” I will be still and know that you are God. Synchronize my heart and my emotions with yours, Lord, beat by beat. I will walk today in peace and calm, knowing you are healing me and giving me a new heart, replacing my stony heart and giving me a fresh heart, one that beats in perfect time with you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Oh Joy! A Prayer for Gladness

posted by Mark and Jill

“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”  ~Jesus (John 15:11)

What “things” was Jesus referring to? Living in the love of God and continually loving people. He made is so simple for us. What is the outcome of love? Joy that fills our souls and overflows to those around us. We need to be saturating ourselves with God’s love, and then His joy will spill out from our souls and impact everyone we meet today.

Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit. When we walk with God, joy is something that grows in us. Let’s do our part to ensure that joy will be alive in us today and that this joy will impact the people in our lives.

Father,

Thank you that You express joy to your children and that you are offering Your joy to me through Jesus. I receive gladness and joy today as I walk in Your love, pondering it and thanking You for it. Joy is mine, and it will drowned out all sadness and depression. You said to Jesus, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” Thank You that Jesus has given me His inheritance, and I receive those words over myself right now. I am Your dearly loved child, and I give You great joy.

Joyfully, in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen

Forgive to be Forgiven

posted by Mark and Jill

“But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” Mark 11:25

Forgiveness is a key that will open any door in your life. While it isn’t easy, it is easier than wallowing in the pain of unforgiveness. Neither is it isn’t optional. If we want to be forgiven by God, we must take this step. You and I are not exceptions to this rule. When God says anyone, He means anyone…

Are you facing closed doors, dead ends, and seasons of dry famine, spiritually, relationally, or any way? Do a forgiveness audit. Is there anyone in the world that you would not be able to embrace if they walked through the door today? Let it go! God will help you. Take the courageous step to forgive your oppressors, tormentors, enemies, relatives, co-workers, employers, employees, schoolmates, x’es, spouse, children, ancestors, pastors, teachers, leaders, professors, housekeepers, parents, shopkeepers… you get the idea. As hard as it is (it just doesn’t feel just), do it anyway, and watch the freedom and joy that’s been missing make a come-back in your heart and soul.

Father,

You’ve told me to forgive. I can’t do this without your help. I’m trusting you to help me as I take this step today. Lord, I forgive every person that has hurt, harmed, bruised, pained, persecuted, traumatized, ruined, wronged, wounded, and distressed me. I release them to you and I release myself from the burden and responsibility of their sin. I’m Yours. And I come to You with no chains of unforgiveness binding me to any person living or dead. I set them free, and in so doing I set myself free. I speak the words Jesus spoke with His dying breath, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Thank you for setting me free and for forgiving me and hearing my prayers.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“…And forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” Matthew 6:12

“That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.” Matthew 18:35

“Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Col. 3:13

His Purpose is My Purpose

posted by Mark and Jill

 

My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10b

Jesus’s purpose statement was stated here in John 10. The context is the beautiful illustration Jesus gave us of the sheep and the shepherd. He cares for His sheep. We are His sheep and He is taking us to a place where we can experience all the blessings He died to give us. The terms He used, rich and satisfying life, are very deep in the Greek. Here is what my concordance offers for the words Jesus chose to use to describe the kind of life He is offering us:  a life of vitality, absolute fullness, vigorous, real and genuine. And that’s just the appetizer. Dig your teeth into this:  exceeding some measure of need (He wants to go beyond meeting our needs), over and above, more than necessary, extraordinary, uncommon, surpassing, superior, advantage, more remarkable, and more excellent. Does that describe your life? If not, or if you desire more, let’s pray. Jesus came to fulfill this purpose, now we have to receive His goodness in our lives by cooperating with Him.

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Jesus,

Thank you that you are my Good Shepherd; I hear your voice and I follow you. And when I do, I will discover the fulfillment of this and all the promises you have given your children.Thank you for your purposes in my life. Teach me. Forgive me for doubting. Give me ears to hear You, my Shepherd. Give me a heart that is ready to follow in obedience. Thank you.

Amen.

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