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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer To Stop Grumbling

posted by Mark and Jill

And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. (1 Corinthians 10:10)

The people refused to enter the pleasant land,
for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them.
Instead, they grumbled in their tents
and refused to obey the Lord. (Psalm 106:24,25)

When I (Jill) was very small, my mom used to read to me from a set of books called The Book of Life. There were some children’s stories in that book, the illustrations of which I can still see in my mind’s eye. One story stood out to me as I read the above Scriptures this morning. It was called “The Grumble Glasses,” a story of a family who purchased a few pair of sunglasses to use as a teaching tool. Whenever someone in the family complained, they had to wear the grumble glasses for the day. It wasn’t long before every member of that family was seeing the world through those dark lenses to help them remember to stay grateful and to keep their faith strong even when facing obstacles.

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Grumbling got the Israelites in the desert nowhere fast. It will do the same for us. If we want to move forward in our lives, we must see with eyes of faith, eyes that see the possibilities not the detours. Eyes that align with El Shaddai, the God of More Than Enough, the God who is able to work His power in us to accomplish “infinitely more than we might ask or think.” My friend said other day, “What if I only had today what I thanked God for yesterday?”

Father,

I repent of a default attitude of whining. 

I repent of seeing the glass half empty.

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I repent of catching others doing wrong and missing when they do right.

I repent of grumbling about what I haven’t had enough faith to receive.

I repent of complaining about leadership, as if I could do better.

I repent of thinking the grass is greener elsewhere.

I am done with being a whiner and complainer.

I hereby declare that I will believe Your promises to me!

Today I will be grateful to you and to the people in my life! Thank You!

Thank You for all you do for me, all you have done, and all you will do when I have faith to receive it!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

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Prayer for a Renewed Mind

posted by Mark and Jill

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2

The Word of God can do what 120 years of daily psychotherapy cannot:  change the chemistry of the mind. Therapy helps, no doubt! We can both attest to that. But nothing is equipped like the Word to cut to the chase of our issues, bring to the light our darkness,  repair our broken souls, and remodel our old hearts to be completely new. Old patterns of behavior can be washed away by it, addiction can be overcome through it, and one can learn to live fear-free, anger-free, joy-filled lives by the power of the Word of God. That’s why we need to read it, hear it, study it, memorize it, and get it into our hearts through every device possible every single day as long as we are breathing.

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Father,

Change me from the inside out. Renew and reconstruct my soul. Obliterate my old habits. I repent and receive your forgiveness. I believe that your Word is working in me today. I ingest your Word, chew on it, swallow it and receive it in faith. Thank you for the power of your Word to bring change to this old, brittle soul. I praise you for the joy you’ve set before me: a life lived as you intended me to live!

Hallelujah and Amen. 

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A Prayer for a Spiritual GPS

posted by Mark and Jill

The Lord is good and does what is right;
he shows the proper path to those who go astray.
He leads the humble in doing right,
teaching them his way.
The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness
all who keep his covenant and obey his demands. (Psalm 25:8-10)

“In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3

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It’s easy to get lost where our calling and purpose is concerned. We take a wrong turn – take a wrong job – and all sorts of things fall apart as a result. But we have a God who cares about every detail of our lives and is intimately concerned with our location, location, location. He is a Heavenly Dad who guides and leads His kids. Even when we mess up, he makes himself available to lead us back on the right path. He teaches us what to do and how to do it. His leadership is motivated out of unfailing love – His love simply cannot let us down. Yet it’s clear that these benefits are for those who follow his design and pattern. We don’t have the luxury of making up our own rules; he has already established them. I cannot imagine our teenage son deciding to make up all his own rules and ignore ours. Thank God, he’s not like that! So let’s not be like that either. Let’s follow the precepts for life that God has established. Afterall, they aren’t difficult. Love is so much easier than hate. Forgiveness, while challenging at first, is so much easier than bitterness in the long run. Health is easier than sickness, and provision is easier than poverty. God’s ways work best. Need a GPS? Align your heart with His:

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Father,

I have been lax at following your command to love you and love others. Please forgive me. Wash me clean. I align my heart with your heart of love, and I receive your leadership in my life. You are my heavenly GPS, telling me where to go, when to turn, when to proceed to the route. Take me to the root of your Word; I will feed on it and cling to it.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen! 

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A Prayer to Elevate Your Thought Life

posted by Mark and Jill

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Phil. 4:8 NLT

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7 KJV

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2

Neuroscientist Carolyn Leaf, in her book Switch on Your Brain, says, “You can, through conscious effort, gain control of your thoughts and feelings, and in doing so, you can change the programing and chemistry of your brain.” The key, perhaps, is the “conscious effort.” People aren’t accustomed to the hard work and discipline of controlling thoughts, feelings, and words. But we can with God’s help change our thinking patterns and defaults. Through solid effort by renewing our minds with the Word of God – putting it into our minds through our eyes and through our ears – we can change toxic thoughts through the power of the Truth of the Word of God and the love expressed in that Truth.

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As I was meditating on a challenge in my life the other day I felt the Holy Spirit teach me an important truth about my mind. He said, when you enter into a conceptualized thought, it’s like stepping into an elevator. That elevator can take you where you want to go – up or down. Paul instructs us, “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (Colossians 3:2) Some thought subject matter can take me on a downward spiral to despair. But those thoughts can be challenged and evicted. I can replace those thoughts with the promises of God – the Truth of the matter that dispels every fear.

Father,

I ask you for grace and strength today to take every thought captive and make my thoughts agree with you, comply with your Word, and align with your love.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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