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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer for Reign

posted by Mark and Jill

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. (Deut. 32:2)

As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10,11)

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It’s raining in central Minnesota this morning, watering our garden, cleaning the bird poop off our deck, softening the ground, filling the creek, and giving me pleasure in watching it all from our window.

God’s Word is like a soft shower on our dry souls. Drink it in today! Your garden is longing to grow.

Father,

Thank you for the rain. Please pour out Your Word on my thirsty heart. I need to hear from You. I need Your Word to sustain me through the challenges I am facing. Thank you that I don’t have to face them alone. Your Word grants me wisdom to navigate each challenge with grace. I receive it now as I open Your Word and drink it in.

I Love You. Amen.

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A Prayer To Eat Right

posted by Mark and Jill

Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?
Why pay for food that does you no good?
Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.
You will enjoy the finest food. (Isaiah 55:2)

The Bible is extremely practical in every area of life: work, finances, sex, health, you name it. This Scripture just about sums it up when it comes to what we eat. Why are we wasting so much money on junk food?

Does God care? You bet He does! He’s got all kinds of wisdom where gourmet cooking is concerned. (Where anything is concerned for that matter!) Let’s ask God for wisdom in the kitchen!

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“For God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)

Father,

I have wasted so much money through the years on junk food. I’m done with that. From now on, I am determined to only buy food that will give me strength, not zap my strength! Teach me your wisdom regarding my health. Help me to stop craving sweets and empty calories, and help me to grow in my ability to cook healthy food and grow in my appetite for excellence. I want to desire Your delicacies, Lord! And teach me to cook them and share them with others with grateful hearts!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

 

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A Prayer for Google-Eyed Parents

posted by Mark and Jill

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

“I am the Lord who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26)

We had dear friends, parents of two toddlers, stay with us for two weeks recently. I couldn’t help but notice that child-rearing has changed since Mark and I were raising our children. “How so?” you ask. Google! Parents can google any question in less than a blink of an eye. Your child has a bee bite? Google to the rescue! Your child has a burn? Google! Your child has a hiccup? Google!

All that can be helpful, no doubt, but let’s not forget where our true wisdom comes from. Google answers have the potential to do more harm than good, produce more anxiety than not, and churn up more problems than they alleviate. Run to Jesus first, dear parents! He is the Source of all wisdom.

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Father,

Please forgive me for creating a googly-eyed god out of Google! I choose to run to you first, breathing a prayer for wisdom, and receiving that wisdom from Your Spirit, for you care deeply about everything that concerns me! Thank you that I have ears to hear you, that I am Your sheep and I hear the voice of my Good Shepherd.

Amen

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A Prayer to Learn to Pray Without Distraction

posted by Mark and Jill

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. (Colossians 4:2)

If you are like me, you struggle with staying focused when you pray. The answer is simply this:  keep the thanks flowing! As we lift up the people in our lives that we are committed to, we will continue to pour out our thanks to God for what He has done and what He has promised to do in their lives. No power of hell can withstand the force of gratitude!

Father,

Thank you for this key insight! It was right there before me all these years, and I finally have eyes to see it. Thank you for opening my eyes and ears to a clearer understanding of your Truth. Now teach me to pray diligently, staying on track with you, enjoying my times of praise and adoration, and growing in gratitude day by day!

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Amen

We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. (1 Thes. 1:2)

He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. (Daniel 6:10)

At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you … (Luke 10:21)

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