Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prosperity and Success: A Prayer

posted by mherringshaw1

“God, I have been afraid of the words ‘blessed’ and ‘success.’ And not only the words… I have been afraid of the thing itself! I have demeaned ‘prosperity,’ ‘affluence,’ ‘abundance,’ and ‘victory’ by crediting you with bringing pain and sorrow as discipline in my life. Yes, you use these sorrows, but your intent, your end is joy! I have not believed you want to bring me joy. Sadly, this is what I think of you. And as one of my wise teachers has said, ‘What I think of you first each morning is the most important thing about me.’ Forgive me – my first thought of you is often ‘austerity.’

Jesus, I read today of your miracle at Cana, when you changed water to wine. I know there are deep symbols in this story: the water, the wine, the wedding… these are all profound pictures of things I little understand. But the simple truth in this story is that you, God of gods, creator and sustainer of all things cared about a little celebration in a little out of the way village. You care enough to make very good wine out of ordinary water, to keep the party going, with abundance! This is the very first stroke of your ministry on earth, and you go over the top. You come to their feast and bring ‘life to the fullest.’

Come to my house, Jesus and turn water into your best aged wine! Take what is ordinary and common and make it extraordinary, the very richest and most choice life you can imagine. I give you charge to do this. I say, ‘I will do whatever you say…’ and in that I fully expect you to deliver, to take the common pots in my common life and to make precious treasures in them, a life full of unimaginable richness. Take my relationships and make them a taste of heaven. Take my finances and make them abound. Take my body and let your resurrection life flow into all my cells.

Abundance is your nature, Jesus. Express this aspect of yourself in my life!”

Abortion: A Prayer of Repentance for Healing

posted by mherringshaw1

“God, I come to you broken and ashamed. I am sick with regret and don’t know where else to go. Have mercy on me.

I know that the choice I made to end this pregnancy defied your heart and your law. You create life. We must never presume that it is ours to give, or take away. My own life is a gift from you; I would not want another human to determine my destiny.

And yet in my desperation I made that choice. I took your role and played God. I took a life in my hands. Yes, I panicked and couldn’t see how I would live, let alone raise up a child. That decision has now ruined my life as well.

But I am not alone. Others before me have sunk to this depth. Even heroes in the Bible, people who became saints made terrible things of their lives and yet found your mercy, forgiveness and healing. King David killed a man in cold blood, and yet received your pardon. Paul the Apostle destroyed entire families with violence – he called himself the worst of all sinners. But he came to you and your restored him to life. There is hope for me

You do say, ‘If I confess my sins you are faithful and just to forgive me my sin and cleanse me from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). I come with this confession seeking pardon. Take this life that I have thrown into hell pit and restore me. I don’t deserve mercy; but I seek it. Cleanse me; wash away the stain of this sin and make something of my life.

I come to you in sorrow but in hope, that you and your words are true. I believe; help my lack of belief. This will take a miracle, but you specialize in miracles, in bringing life back from death. I choose to believe that you have rescued the two lives I have thrown into hell – my child and my own soul. You have taken us both now into your own heart. That is my only hope. I trust you…in Jesus.”

Inauguration Day: A Prayer

posted by mherringshaw1

“God, today we ask for a blessing on United States President Barack Obama. As he begins his second term in office we pray that your hand would strengthen and protect him, that your voice would guide and comfort him, that your heart would consume him, that your will would lead him. You give our governments responsibility to carry out portions of your purpose. Behind every political agenda you are at work moving history to conform to your intent. Even when leaders stray from your course, you are able to make all things new, and to work all things together for good. With half our nation in support of President Obama’s policies and half our nation opposed, we call on you today to unite us around a spiritual vision far deeper than any political initiative or economic policy. Work in and through our president – whether he is fully aware or not – to accomplish your blessed best for our nation. Bless his home and his role as father and husband.  May Barack Obama come to know you as Father-God, May he find your heart first and foremost, and from that place of humility may he lead as a servant reflecting the vision and strength of Jesus.”

Buy a House? A Prayer for Wisdom

posted by mherringshaw1

“God, we have a big decision before us. Should we – or not – purchase the house we’re considering? You invite us to ask for wisdom. In James 1 you say it directly: ‘If anyone lacks wisdom, let them ask…’ We’re asking. We’re not smart enough and we don’t know enough of the future to know for certain if this is a fitting investment for us. You do. As you children we’re asking you, our father, for direction. You know all the nuances involved. Guide us. Lead us, as Jesus says, ‘…not into temptation.’ But instead, lead us into the land of blessing you promise. Our pending question: Is the house we’re considering our ‘promised land?’ So speak to us through our own hearts, through the counsel of others we trust, through the circumstances we can’t control, and through ways we can’t imagine. We trust you; and we trust you to guide our lives and our life decisions. This one is big, and it matters. Thank you that we can believe you desire the best for us and that you have the perfect home for our family, a home you will share with us! In Jesus.”

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