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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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A Prayer When You’re Wrestling With God

posted by Mark and Jill

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with […]

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A Prayer of Desperation

posted by Mark and Jill

The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path. But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for […]

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A Prayer to Believe That You Can Change

posted by Mark and Jill

As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind men crying out, “Mercy, Son of David! Mercy on us!” When Jesus got home, the blind men went in with him. Jesus said to them, “Do you really believe […]

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A Prayer of Thanks for Good Gifts

posted by Mark and Jill

Every good thing I have comes from you. (Psalm 16:2) Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17) Our recent post about creeping […]

A Prayer For Supernatural Matchmaking

posted by Mark and Jill

He will send his angel ahead of you, and he will see to it that you find a wife there for my son. “O Lord, God of my master, Abraham,” he prayed. “Please give me success today, and show unfailing […]

Whatever You Need, Pray for Someone Else Who Needs it Too

posted by Mark and Jill

Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants, so they could have children. (Genesis 20:17) The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. She became pregnant, and […]

A Prayer Against Creeping Atheism

posted by Mark and Jill

The wicked are too proud to seek God.     They seem to think that God is dead. They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us!     We will be free of trouble forever!” The wicked think, “God […]

A Pattern for Prayer: Talking With My Daddy

posted by Mark and Jill

Pray like this: Our Father in heaven,     may your name be kept holy. (Matthew 6:9) Jesus gave us an outline or pattern to teach us to pray. While it is perfectly fine to repeat The Lord’s Prayer as it is, it […]

A Key to Answered Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Take delight in the Lord,     and he will give you your heart’s desires. (Psalm 37:4) “God is sovereign,” is a phrase I hear often these days. It’s thrown around as if to say, God does whatever He does, […]

A Prayer To Know God’s Smile

posted by Mark and Jill

“Let your face smile on us, Lord.” Psalm 4:6b “May his face smile with favor on us.” Psalm 67:1 “May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.” Number 6:25 How do you perceive God? If His face […]

A Prayer for an Undivided Heart

posted by Mark and Jill

“You must always act in the fear of the LORD, with faithfulness and an undivided heart.” 2 Chronicles 19:9 My word for 2016 is “undivided”.  I am asking God to help me become a consistent person – the same person […]

A Prayer for the Old Year

posted by Mark and Jill

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self. (Ephesians 4:22) Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. (Colossians 3:10) […]

A Prayer to Shine The Light

posted by Mark and Jill

“If you offer food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness.” Isaiah 58:10 Make Christmas the happiest it’s ever been by attending to these words and this promise in […]

A Prayer for Difficult Family Dynamics

posted by Mark and Jill

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:14) “Assume a virtue if you have it not.” ~William Shakespeare If you haven’t prayed Jesus’ prayer: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know […]

Pray Mary’s Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. (Luke 1:30)  For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chron. 6:9) Because Mary looked […]

Overwhelmed? Pray This Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me. (Psalm 142:3) From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is […]

A Prayer to Shine

posted by Mark and Jill

Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever. (Daniel 12:3) A star led ancient scholars through the desert to bring honor to a child […]

A Prayer for Anyone Addicted to Pornography

posted by Mark and Jill

But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord. (Psalm 141:8) I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman. (Job 31:1) My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release […]

A Prayer For a Life That Works

posted by Mark and Jill

“Even though I gave them all my laws, they act as if those laws don’t apply to them.” Hosea 8:12 “Did God really say….?” Genesis 3:1 The first thing the sneaky serpent Satan said to Eve was to place doubts in […]

A Prayer for Anyone Working From Home

posted by Mark and Jill

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. (Colossians 3:23) Father, Thank you for the privilege of rolling out of bed every morning and finding myself in my workplace. It’s a blessing that […]

A Prayer for a Life Closely Connected to the Holy Spirit

posted by Mark and Jill

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by […]

A Prayer For Self-Awareness

posted by Mark and Jill

People don’t realize that I am watching them. Their sinful deeds are all around them, and I see them all. (Hosea 7:2) You say, “I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!” And you don’t realize that you […]

Lifting Hands in Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“Lift up holy hands in prayer, and praise the Lord.” Psalm 134:2 When my dad was fighting in the South Pacific during WWII, my mom would quite uncharacteristically lift her hands to Heaven, pleading for God’s protection over her beloved […]

A Prayer to be a Peacemaker

posted by Mark and Jill

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9) But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It […]

A Prayer for a Life of Integrity

posted by Mark and Jill

Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. (Daniel 6:4,5 NLT) […]

A Prayer For Sanity

posted by Mark and Jill

“After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever… When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and […]

A Prayer for Wisdom When Your Back’s Against the Wall

posted by Mark and Jill

When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, came to kill them, Daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion. (Daniel 2:14) Daniel was scheduled to be executed along with all the wise men in Babylon’s court. Daniel was an […]

A Prayer In the Face of Terror

posted by Mark and Jill

The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed or conquered…and it will stand forever. (Daniel 2:44) Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but […]

A Prayer for the Spiritually Tone Deaf

posted by Mark and Jill

O Lord, do good to those who are good, whose hearts are in tune with you. (Psalm 125:4) What if members of an orchestra determined their own pitch? Rather than tuning to Concert A, they use their own subjective tuning […]

Afraid to Fly? A Prayer for Anyone With Aerophobia

posted by Mark and Jill

The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121:7,8) When our oldest child was three months old, I purchased a […]

A PRAYER FOR A DECISIVE MIND

posted by Mark and Jill

“O Lord, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind you promised.” (Psalm 119:169) Today we echo the prayer that David prayed for a decisive mind. God’s Word is able to renew, restore, and transform our minds, healing the […]

A Prayer For Freedom for the Enslaved

posted by Mark and Jill

For you are a slave to whatever controls you. (2 Peter 2:19) Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. (Romans 6:18) God observes the shackles that we hide in our […]

Prayer for Intimacy With God

posted by Mark and Jill

“Come near to God, and He will come near to you.” James 4:8 “‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:13,14a God […]

Skeletons in Scripture – A Halloween Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’ So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They […]

A Prayer For Sexual Purity

posted by Mark and Jill

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality.” (Ephesians 5:3) Many Christians are engaging in forms of pre-marital sex (with or without the literal act), conveniently assuming that the standard of righteous sexual behavior prior to marriage […]

Be Aware of Love, Beware of Fear

posted by Mark and Jill

I am always aware of your unfailing love. (Psalm 26:3) Love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. (1 John 4:18) We are encouraged by the Word of God to live fearless lives. The only way to walk […]

Is it Okay To Pray To Be Blessed?

posted by Mark and Jill

With all my heart I want your blessings. Be merciful as you promised. (Psalm 119:58) Our last post talked about James 4:3 – “And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only […]

Praying With Right Motives

posted by Mark and Jill

And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. (James 4:3) When I read texts like this one, I perk up. If there’s one thing I desire […]

A Prayer for Wisdom: Not for Fools

posted by Mark and Jill

For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above […]

A Prayer to Save My Soul

posted by Mark and Jill

We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved. (Hebrews 10:39) …Humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. (James 1:21) These two scriptures are written to believers, […]

A Prayer For Strength

posted by Mark and Jill

Your strength comes from God’s grace… (Hebrews 13:9b) “…Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord…” (Psalm 121:1) Where do we go for the energy to live our lives? Caffeine, food, exercise, shopping…? The most potent […]

Prayer: the Solution to Soul Pollution

posted by Mark and Jill

“…The people of Israel will learn not to stray from me, polluting themselves with sin. They will be my people, and I will be their God. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!’” (Ezekiel 14:11) We are grateful to the wonderful people […]

An Organic Prayer for the Family

posted by Mark and Jill

May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us or abandon us. May he give us the desire to do his will in everything and to obey all the commands, […]

A Prayer For Thick Skin

posted by Mark and Jill

O Israel, trust the Lord!     He is your helper and your shield. priests, descendants of Aaron, trust the Lord!     He is your helper and your shield. All you who fear the Lord, trust the Lord!   […]

Prayer as Speaking to the Mountain

posted by Mark and Jill

“If you say to this mountain…” (Mark 11:23)  There is something odd about some of Jesus’ prayers: They are not “prayers” in a literal sense. They are directives aimed not toward God but toward situations or objects in the world. […]

Praying With Jesus

posted by Mark and Jill

The night Jesus was arrested he prayed to the Father for all his followers, including you and me. While we pray to God in Jesus’s name it’s amazingly encouraging to know he prays for us.  Today’s prayer – let Jesus […]

Baby Steps to Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, and the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:5)  Children learn to talk. We […]

Praying Without Words

posted by Mark and Jill

“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” (Romans 8:26)  Prayer is […]

A Prayer Strategy for Business Leaders

posted by Mark and Jill

“Not by might.  Not by power. But my Spirit, says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6) Careful planning and hard work are vital, but they have limits. Zerubbabel had an impossible job. So do you. He had to rebuild Jerusalem with a […]

Prayer as a Lifestyle

posted by Mark and Jill

“Pray without ceasing…” (I Thessalonians 5:17)   Seriously? I can barely keep focused 10 minutes. How can I “pray without ceasing?” Answer: expand my understanding of prayer!   In 17th century France there lived a man known as Brother Lawrence. When Lawrence […]

Prayer is a Contact Sport

posted by Mark and Jill

“I will not let you go unless you bless me!” (Genesis 32:26) Prayer is“Chutzpah.” How audacious, to think that specks of stardust living on a pebble of stardust in a sidetrack galaxy on the backwaters of the Universe can mutter […]

A Prayer for Faith to Pray In Faith

posted by Mark and Jill

“I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)  All we need is mustard seed faith. Just a bit is enough to begin. As a cup of water poured down the old well can prime the pump, and set the waters flowing, […]

A Prayer to Super-Size Your Faith

posted by Mark and Jill

“Ask me and I will give the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your possession.” (Psalm 2:8) “Nothing will be impossible for you…” (Matthew 17:21) How big is too big? How much is too much? Is […]

What The IF

posted by Mark and Jill

“IF you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today…” (Deuteronomy 28:1). That’s a big IF…  God’s promises are overwhelming. He has vowed to enrich your life here and now, […]

A Prayer of Blessing From Deuteronomy 28

posted by Mark and Jill

Today, we are reading the first portion of Deuteronomy 28 (below). Be warned, you will find these words almost impossible to believe. “This can’t be for me…” But do not trust your skepticism. Instead. Pray as you read, line by […]

A Prayer for Business Competitors

posted by Mark and Jill

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father […]

A Prayer for God’s Thoughts

posted by Mark and Jill

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8). For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, […]

A Prayer for Excellence in Business

posted by Mark and Jill

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” (Philippians 1:9-10) Years […]

Prayer for a Good Work Ethic

posted by Mark and Jill

Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.  (2 Timothy 2:15) Good planning and hard […]

A Prayer for Perspective

posted by Mark and Jill

Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire” 2 Kings […]

A Prayer To Win the Battle

posted by Mark and Jill

Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord,     for his love endures […]

A Prayer for A Revived Conscience

posted by Mark and Jill

But my people…have stumbled off the ancient highways and walk in muddy paths. (Jeremiah 18:15) Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been […]

Paul’s Instructions on Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can […]

A Prayer for My High School Student

posted by Mark and Jill

You must influence them; do not let them influence you! (Jeremiah 15: 19b) Father, As my child prepares for another year of High School, hear my cry! First, I thank You for my child. What a gift you have given. Please […]

A Prayer for Correction

posted by Mark and Jill

So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Jeremiah 10:24 If you dare pray this prayer, pray, pray this prayer: Search me, O God, and know my heart;     test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything […]

A Prayer for Holistic Holiness

posted by Mark and Jill

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.   (1 Thessalonians 5:23)   Paul prayed that his […]

A Prayer to Understand the Fear of the Lord

posted by Mark and Jill

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life. (Proverbs 14:27) The fear of the Lord adds length to life. (Proverbs 10:27) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. (Proverbs 1:7) The angel of the Lord […]

A Prayer to Break Bondages

posted by Mark and Jill

Good News for the Oppressed The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives […]

A Prayer to Stop Blaming God

posted by Mark and Jill

People ruin their lives with the foolish things they do, and then they blame the Lord for it. (Proverbs 19:3) “Why didn’t God help me keep my boyfriend?” “Why did God allow me to go bankrupt?” “Why doesn’t God get […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

A Prayer for Grace and Peace

posted by Mark and Jill

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.   (1 Corinthians 1:3) Seventeen times in Scripture, the writers of the epistles bless their readers with these two virtues:  Grace and Peace. When we look […]

A Prayer for an Obedient Heart

posted by Mark and Jill

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world.You will experience all these blessings […]

A Prayer to Grow Old Gracefully, Fruitfully, and Strong

posted by Mark and Jill

Even in old age they will still produce fruit;     they will remain vital and green. (Psalm 92:14) I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for […]

A Prayer for Hospitality

posted by Mark and Jill

And everyone who has given up houses…for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. (Mark 19:29) Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. […]

A Prayer for Blind and Deaf and Dumb Church-Goers

posted by Mark and Jill

Who is as blind as my own people, my servant?     Who is as deaf as my messenger? Who is as blind as my chosen people,     the servant of the Lord? You see and recognize what is right     but refuse to […]

A Prayer to Tend the Garden of My Soul

posted by Mark and Jill

Sow for yourselves according to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); reap according to mercy and loving-kindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, to inquire for and of Him, and to require […]

A Prayer to Find God’s Promises

posted by Mark and Jill

Search the book of the Lord, and see what he will do… for the Lord has promised this. His Spirit will make it all come true. (Isaiah 34:16 NLT) What do you need today? Hope? A home? Joy? Encouragement? A […]

A Prayer for a Heart Change

posted by Mark and Jill

“The Lord your God will change your heart… so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!” (Deuteronomy 30:6 NLT) “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put […]

A Prayer For My To-Do List

posted by Mark and Jill

Carefully determine what pleases the Lord…Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. (Ephesians 5:10,17) Paul encourages us to not allow life to happen to us, but rather to live intentionally – living out God’s intentions for our […]

A Prayer of Belonging

posted by Mark and Jill

“I belong to Jesus.” (Galatians 6:17) To belong means to be “rightly placed in a specified position; to be rightly classified in or assigned to a specified category; to fit in a specified place or environment.” (~Siri) Are you unsure […]

A Prayer for Our Garden

posted by Mark and Jill

Lord, you poured out blessings on your land! …Our land will be filled with his glory.   Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest. (Psalm 85:1,9,12) The Lord God placed the man in […]

A Prayer Against Cancer

posted by Mark and Jill

This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or […]

God Can Work With Anything We Give Him

posted by Mark and Jill

“He turned the intended curse into a blessing because the Lord your God loves you.” (Deuteronomy 23:5) Need a miracle? Got fish? Got bread? Boom! God can make a picnic out of anything we give Him. Perhaps you’ve messed up […]

A Prayer for a Reality Check

posted by Mark and Jill

“This is what God says: Why do you disobey the Lord’s commands and keep yourselves from prospering? You have abandoned the Lord, and now he has abandoned you!”   2 Chronicles 24:20 “If you remain in me and I in […]

God Cares For You – A Prayer to Believe the Truth

posted by Mark and Jill

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” (Nahum 1:7) “My people don’t recognize my care for them.” (Isaiah 1:3) “…For they did not believe God or trust him to […]

A Prayer for Freedom From Injustices

posted by Mark and Jill

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28) If someone has messed up your day, your plans, your hopes, […]

A Prayer for Emmanuel A.M.E. Church

posted by Mark and Jill

“They shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23) Father, Our hearts sorrow deeply for the nine victims of the massacre shootings at Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina. A pastor, a bible teacher, a […]

A Prayer for a New Season of the Soul

posted by Mark and Jill

Look, the winter is past,     and the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up,     the season of singing birds has come,     and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air. (Song of Songs 2:11,12) For the spring is really […]

A Prayer for Deliverance From Troubling Circumstances

posted by Mark and Jill

Your road led through… a pathway no one knew was there! (Psalm 77:19) This Psalm was written by a poet who was experiencing a painful crisis. Nothing seemed to be working in his life and his stress level was at its […]

Am I a Disciple of Jesus? …Or Not?

posted by Mark and Jill

Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5) I, Jill, was always good at showing […]

Don’t Brood Over Your Past – A Prayer to Press Forward

posted by Mark and Jill

 God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past. (Ecclesiastes 5:20) I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to […]

A Prayer to Desire God

posted by Mark and Jill

Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. Psalm 73:25 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 For God is working in you, giving you […]

A Wedding Anniversary Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. (Philippians 2: 2) “They say when you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life.” ~ Johnny Mercer […]

A Prayer for Goal-Setting

posted by Mark and Jill

Our goal is to please him. (2 Corinthians 5:9) The Apostle Paul’s goal in life was to live each moment to please God. We are urged to follow his example. What pleases God? Here are a few Scriptures that help […]

A Prayer to See From God’s POV

posted by Mark and Jill

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last […]

Learning To Love Yourself

posted by Mark and Jill

To acquire wisdom is to love yourself. Proverbs 19:8 Loving and forgiving others is a skill that few of us fully perfect. Loving and forgiving oneself is no less of a challenge. Reading in Proverbs today, this Scripture stood out as though […]

A Prayer to Remember The Fallen

posted by Mark and Jill

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 “The Lord cares deeply when his loved ones die.” Psalm 116:15 “…That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which […]

A Prayer for Victims of PTSD

posted by Mark and Jill

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8) The Lord is well aware of our need for compassionate eye contact. Looking into the […]

A Prayer to Promote Peaceful Plans

posted by Mark and Jill

“Joy fills hearts that are planning peace!” Proverbs 16:20  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 […]

A Gardening Tip from the Bible

posted by Mark and Jill

May the nations praise you, O God.     Yes, may all the nations praise you. Then the earth will yield its harvests,     and God, our God, will richly bless us. (Psalm 67:5,6) We have a large garden that yields us great fruit […]

A Prayer for Small Beginnings

posted by Mark and Jill

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” Zechariah 4:10 If you can’t move your mountain today, you can at least move your molehill. What do you have faith for today? Do you […]

A Prayer to Fix Things

posted by Mark and Jill

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot […]

Hurry Up and Learn to Wait

posted by Mark and Jill

I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him….Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.    Psalm 62:1, 5  Modern humans are not skilled at waiting. We hate red lights, we […]

A Prayer For America

posted by Mark and Jill

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shut Up Or Shout

posted by Mark and Jill

“Do not even talk,” Joshua commanded. “Not a single word from any of you until I tell you to shout. Then shout!” Joshua 6:10 “Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10 The Israelites had messed up God’s […]

A Prayer to Stop Judging

posted by Mark and Jill

“Even if I have sinned, that is my concern, not yours. You think you’re better than I am…” ~ Job (Job 19:4,5) “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.” ~Jesus (Matt. 7:1) “God alone, who gave the […]

A Prayer for An Extraordinary Life

posted by Mark and Jill

“And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” ~Paul (1 Corinthians 11:1) Often we look at the apostles in Scripture and wonder at their strength, productivity, diligence and power. We sigh and say, “No wonder they were able […]

A Prayer for Our Future

posted by Mark and Jill

The righteous keep moving forward… ~Job (from Job 17:9) I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead… ~Paul (Phil. 3:13) Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. ~Solomon […]

A Prayer for Hope for the Hopeless

posted by Mark and Jill

I pray that God, the source of HOPE, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident HOPE through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) On any given day one […]

You’re So Vain, You Probably Think This Blog is About You

posted by Mark and Jill

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:21   Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the […]

Jesus Asked for Volunteers

posted by Mark and Jill

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord […]

Close Proximity to the Cross

posted by Mark and Jill

Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your […]

A Prayer to Give Extravagantly

posted by Mark and Jill

Why waste such expensive perfume? Mark 14:4 A few days before Jesus was falsely accused, sentenced, tried in a trial that was a mockery, and executed (soon to defeat death and be raised back to life by the power of […]

A Prayer for Anger Management

posted by Mark and Jill

So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. After looking around carefully at everything, he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he returned to Bethany with the twelve disciples… When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus […]

A Prayer for Holy Week

posted by Mark and Jill

…”He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth… ”  Isaiah 53:3-4 AMP For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes… Romans 1:16 NLT […]

Who I Am in Jesus

posted by Mark and Jill

Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT) I love the notion of starting over – of God wiping the slate clean and re-designing my life […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chopra and Oprah and Jesus

posted by Mark and Jill

“By myself I can do nothing… I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” ~Jesus (John 5:30) Contrast these words spoken by Jesus with new-age guru Deepak Chopra:  “Know that you are already a complete spiritual being. […]

Love, Attention Deficit, and Dementia

posted by Mark and Jill

Love… is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it – it pays no attention to a suffered wrong.   1 Corinthians 13:5 (Amplified) Love pays attention to the right things. It […]

Repent and Rebuild

posted by Mark and Jill

“Joash decided to repair the Lord’s house.” 2 Chronicles 24:4 King Joash of Judah didn’t make the mess he found himself in; his ancestors had neglected the temple and abandoned God, but he took it upon himself to do something about […]

Sticks and Stones Hurt, But Tongues Hurt More

posted by Mark and Jill

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3 The tongue has the power of life and death. Proverbs 18:21 This month we are praying about communication in marriage. Scripture tells us that words are not […]

Tears In A Bottle

posted by Mark and Jill

Every tear that you’ve ever shed is saved, valued, and treasured by God. David spoke this prayer, both poetry and Truth: “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded […]

A Prayer for Gary Coleman

posted by nsymmonds

Gary Coleman is currently on life support with a brain hemorrhage following an injury he suffered while in his home on Wednesday. Please join us in prayer for Gary, his family and friends at this time. Heavenly Father, Before we […]

A Prayer for Ascension Thursday

posted by nsymmonds

Today, several Christian traditions are acknowledging Ascension Day through prayer and celebration. Be a part of this day by joining our fellow blogger Deacon Greg Kandra in prayer or by learning more about this day. Prayer for Ascension Thursday What Is […]

A Prayer to Not Be Anxious About Finances

posted by nsymmonds

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Jesus Christ.” Phillipians 4:6-7 […]

Just Pray on the National Day of Prayer

posted by nsymmonds

This morning, I saw several Facebook status update about prayer because today is the National Day of Prayer. Everyone is encouraging each other to pray on this day which I think is a beautiful thing since leading up to today […]

A Prayer for Bret Michaels

posted by nsymmonds

Since Sunday, rock singer and reality television star Bret Michaels has been in critical condition due to a brain hemorrhage that sent him to the hospital on Friday. He is under 24-hour supervision and doctors are hopeful that he will […]

Prayer for Oil Rig Explosion

posted by nsymmonds

Last night at about 10PM, an oil rig explosion occured on a rig named Deepwater Horizon. At least 12 people are missing and another seven were critically injured. Please join us in prayer for those who are missing, the injured, […]

Praying for Senate Chaplain Barry Black

posted by nsymmonds

I just read a really great story about Barry Black, a Senate chaplain and spiritual counselor to everyone from senior senators to young staffers. Black is the “go to” guy when senators and other leaders on “the Hill” are looking […]

Praying for You Michele McGinty

posted by nsymmonds

Michele McGinty is a blogger here at Beliefnet on Reformed Chicks Blabbing, who has been struggling with cancer for some time now. We received an update saying that her cancer has returned and it is very aggressive. She is experiencing a […]

Praying to Let Go of Dead Weight

posted by nsymmonds

Last night I had the weirdest dream. Somehow I was presented with the task of disposing of a dead body. I didn’t kill the person, but somehow it became my responsibility to bury them. In my dream I was utterly […]

Prayer for Accepting God’s Will

posted by nsymmonds

It is one thing to pray for God’s will to be done in your life, but it is quite another to accept His will. Many of us talk a good game about wanting His will for our lives, but once […]

Prayer for Santiago, Chile Earthquake

posted by nsymmonds

Early this morning, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Santiago, Chile. At the writing of this post, the death toll was reported to be at least 147 people, but the numbers are bound to rise. Please join us in prayer for the […]

A Prayer for SeaWorld Trainers and Zoo Trainers

posted by nsymmonds

Yesterday, Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year old SeaWorld trainer was killed by Shamu, the park’s captive killer whale. Please join us in prayer for Dawn’s family and friends in their time of loss and also pray for every trainer who works […]

A Bar Exam Serenity Prayer

posted by nsymmonds

At this very moment there are thousands of people across the United States taking the Bar Exam. Each of those people have studied and sacrificed for the past several months just to get them to this very moment, a 2-day exam […]

A Prayer for Bill Clinton

posted by nsymmonds

Earlier news broke that Former President Bill Clinton was hospitalized due to chest discomforts. He has since undergone a heart procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries. Please join us in prayer as we pray for […]

A Prayer for Alexander McQueen’s Family and Friends

posted by nsymmonds

Today, on the first day of New York Fashion week, the fashion world received the tragic news  that British fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, was found dead in his flat in Central London. The avant garde designer was only 40 years old. He […]

A Prayer for the Family and Friends of David Hames

posted by nsymmonds

A few weeks ago, we posted an update on David Hames, the Compassion International volunteer who was buried under the rubble of the Hotel Montana following the massive earthquake in Haiti. It is with a heavy heart that we provide you […]

Prayer for Middletown, Connecticut Power Plant Explosion

posted by nsymmonds

At about 11:30 this morning, an explosion occurred at an under-construction power plant in Middletown, Connecticut. Details have been ever-changing in regards to the injuries and fatalities caused by the explosion. Currently, the number of casualties is at 13. Please […]

National Prayer Breakfast Transcript

posted by nsymmonds

This morning President Barack Obama held court at the annual National Prayer Breakfast. Please see the transcript below. REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENTAT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST Washington HiltonWashington, D.C. 9:08 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you very much. […]

An Update on and Prayer for David Hames

posted by nsymmonds

Last week, we published a story about two Compassion International volunteers who were in Haiti when the earthquake hit. They each were only separated by a couple of feet when the earthquake hit, but only one of them, Dan Woolley, has […]

A Prayerful Hymn for Haiti

posted by nsymmonds

Ephesians 5:19 encourages us to speak to one another with songs, psalms and spiritual songs, making music to the Lord in your hearts. In fulfillment of this verse, the Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette and her husband Bruce wrote “In Haiti […]

A Prayer for the Welfare of Haiti

posted by nsymmonds

It has been one week since the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti. The death toll is ever increasing and the destruction has yet to be rebuilt, but despite these perilous conditions there is still an outpouring of compassion from people of […]

A Prayer for Haiti

posted by nsymmonds

Yesterday evening at 5:00PM, a magnitude-7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, destroying much of the capital, Port Au Prince. Many buildings have been destroyed or sustained extreme structural damage, many have been injured and the body count is innumerable. Within the last […]

Prayer for ABB Shooting Victims

posted by nsymmonds

Earlier this morning a disgruntled employee stormed the ABB power company in St. Louis, Missouri and killed two people and injured five others. The suspect is also believed to be dead, but authorities are awaiting confirmation from the family. Please […]

A Prayer for the First Workday of the New Year

posted by nsymmonds

After being on vacation for two weeks today is my first day back in the office. While I was on vacation I imagined how I might dread coming back to cold New York and my office instead of being in relatively […]

A Prayer for the Solemnity of Christmas

posted by nsymmonds

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman…” Galatians 4:4 God with us,   I’ve come to see you. I’m not as clean as I wish I was, but I’m hoping you’ll […]

Advent Prayer, Day 26: Welcoming the Light

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Christmas Eve “While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.” Luke 2:6 NRSV   Light of the world,   The people walking in darkness await you. We who are living in […]

Advent Prayer, Day 25: Come Lord Jesus

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney The fourth Wednesday of Advent “The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to her son; and when her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had lavished on her his […]

Advent Prayer, Day 24: Offering Ourselves as Sacrifice

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Tuesday, the fourth week of Advent “Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings […]

Advent Prayer, Day 23: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Monday, the fourth week of Advent “As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness; […]

Advent Prayer, Day 22: Keeping Watch for the Lord

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney The fourth Sunday of Advent “And what I am saying to you I say to all: Stay awake! Mark 13:37 (NJB) This fourth Sunday of Advent finds us only days away from the celebration of Jesus’ […]

Advent Prayer, Day 21: Always On Time

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Saturday, the third week of Advent “When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are […]

Advent Prayer, Day 20: Jesus is Family

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Friday, the third week of Advent “He was in the world, and the world came into being through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own […]

Advent Prayer, Day 19: Let Your Light Shine

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Thursday, the third week of Advent “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe in him. He himself […]

Advent Prayer, Day 18: Going the Distance

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Wednesday, the third week of Advent “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7 […]

A Prayer for Oral Roberts’ Friends and Family

posted by nsymmonds

Evangelist Oral Roberts, died of complications from pneumonia today. Roberts conducted more than 300 healing crusades in over 35 countries on six continents and it is estimated that he has personally laid hands on more than two million people for healing […]

Advent Prayer, Day 17: Offering Him Our Best Gifts

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Tuesday, the third week of Advent “A star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel.” Numbers 24:17 (2). “On entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother; […]

Advent Prayer, Day 16: Sing Unto the Lord

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Monday, the third week of Advent “The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of […]

Advent Prayer, Day 15: Rejoice!

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney The third Sunday of Advent “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:4 (NRSV)   This Sunday is called “Gaudete” Sunday, […]

Advent Prayer, Day 12: Being Compassionate

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Thursday, the second week of Advent “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. […]

Advent Prayer: Welcoming Grace

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Thursday, the first week of Advent “In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country where she entered the house of Zechariah, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth […]

Advent Prayer: Grant Us Understanding

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Wednesday, the first week of Advent “Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he resolved to do this, an angel […]

Advent Prayer: Listening

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Monday, the first week of Advent “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of […]

Advent Prayer: Behold His Coming

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney The First Sunday of Advent  “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14, KJV. The word “advent” means “coming.” But the season is not merely a time […]

A Black Friday Prayer

posted by nsymmonds

Tomorrow, millions of Americans will be headed out to the malls and to their local Walmarts, Targets, Kmarts and other retailers to celebrate the national retail holiday known as Black Friday. It’s ironic that it is called Black Friday because […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Praying to be a Blessing

posted by nsymmonds

For the first time in probably five years, if not more, I am spending Thanksgiving with my family. It is not because I was estranged from them, but more so because the cost of plane tickets deterred me from going. […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Patience

posted by nsymmonds

The holiday season brings with it its fair share of expectation, but sometimes with expectation comes the inability to wait patiently for a thing to happen. Some of us are working toward the respite of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and we […]

Prayer for the Unemployment Rate

posted by nsymmonds

Today it was announced that the unemployment rate hit 10.2%, the highest it has been since April 1983. This is startling news since it would seem that if we are crawling out of the recession less jobs would be lost. […]

Pray for Fort Hood Shooting Victims

posted by nsymmonds

11 have been killed and 31 injured in a mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas. I submit this prayer for the family and friends of the victims who will be receiving news about their loved ones. Please pray and share […]

Praying for Those Who Are Precious to You

posted by nsymmonds

I’ve been talking alot about looking forward to a thing since we started the Thanksgiving Prayer series on Monday. So to keep things consistent, I wanted to share something I am looking forward to. This Friday is the release of Lee […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Self Control

posted by nsymmonds

I am currently in the midst of my church’s annual 21-day consecration in which we dedicate ourselves to fasting, increased prayer, and study of the word of God. As is always the case when it comes to fasting, it brings […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Expectancy

posted by nsymmonds

I know what you are thinking, “Isn’t it a bit early for a Thanksgiving prayer?” But in actuality, Thanksgiving, as we know it, started well before it was a national holiday associated with turkey, football and lethargy. Thankgiving was and is a […]

Pray for Falcon Heene, Missing Colorado Boy

posted by nsymmonds

It started as a CNN breaking news alert, “A 6-year-old climbed into a balloon-like experimental aircraft built by his parents and floated into the Colorado sky.” Falcon Heene is the name of the little boy who took flight earlier today […]

Prayer for Conde Nast Magazines Closures

posted by nsymmonds

It was announced today that four Conde Nast titles–Gourmet, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride and Cookie magazine–would be closing following a consultant recommending cost-cutting efforts for the huge publishing company. I am no stranger to the publishing industry’s often-sharpened ax having sort of been under […]

Praying with Our Hearts

posted by nsymmonds

I was reading an introduction from William Cleary’s book, “We Side with the Morning: Daily Prayers to the God of Hope” when I came across this beautiful passage about prayer, the difficulties some have with it, and what prayer can be compared to. […]

Prayer for American Samoa Tsunami Victims and Hawaii

posted by nsymmonds

An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 hit the American Samoan islands earlier today. This earthquake triggered three 5-foot tsunamis which caused damaged and killed an undetermined number of people. Hawaii is currently on tsunami watch. Please join us in prayer […]

A Prayer by Forrest Church

posted by nsymmonds

A writer, friend of Beliefnet, and leader in the Unitarian Universalist church, Forrest Church has passed away. We here at Beliefnet have had the opportunity to work with him and publish his writing on the site, the latest of which was […]

Join Us in Prayer for Relationships

posted by nsymmonds

As some of you may know, or not, Beliefnet has a community that operates like a social netowrk for believers of all stripes. One of the most robust parts of the community are our prayer circles where users are invited […]

Prayer for Flooding in Atlanta

posted by nsymmonds

Here is a prayer from my partner in prayer blogging, Mark on the flooding in Atlanta. More rain is forecast in Georgia a day after storms there killed at least six people. Rising waters washed out roads, snarled traffic and […]

How Prayer Works: God’s Guarded Trade Secret

posted by Mark Herringshaw

In a response to yesterday’s post, “Praying with our head’s screwed on,” “Kris” offered this comment: “If prayer is for our benefit why must we be so specific? Is it the time we spend on prayer itself and research in […]

Pray on the International Day of Peace

posted by nsymmonds

On September 21, people all over the world will stop what they are doing at high noon and pray for peace for one minute in acknowledgement of the United Nations International Day of Peace. The UN’s goal is get 1 million people to […]

Start Praying for Kanye West, Stop Talking

posted by nsymmonds

From 9:15 on Sunday evening until now we have all had our fair share of lambasting Kanye for his outburst at the VMAs. If you haven’t heard the story, the short of it is that when Taylor Swift was giving […]

When I’ve screwed up my kids… it’s time to pray

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Well, it’s official: we are a dysfunctional family. One of my kids is taking a college course called “Family Relationships,” and according to a standardized metric this family of origin is wacked out, screwed up, messed over, and unhealthy inside […]

A Prayer for Whitney Houston

posted by nsymmonds

In the Peach Buzz section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Tyler Perry, a friend of Whitney Houston, asked fans of Houston to pray for her. He suggested that as they went out to buy her latest album, “I Look to You” in stores […]

Ted Kennedy, “A Man of Quiet Prayer”

posted by nsymmonds

As the nation mourns the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, many are coming to find out about parts of his personality that were otherwise hidden or overshadowed by his political personality. In a WCVB-TV Boston Channel story, Kennedy was described […]

Carrying Everything to God in Prayer

posted by nsymmonds

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,Oh, what needless pain we bear,All because we do not carryEverything to God in prayer! “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” By Joseph Scriven I was reminded of this hymn this morning when one […]

Pray and Believe

posted by nsymmonds

“So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 I have been living this scripture for the last few weeks unlike I have ever lived it […]

Jesus Copycat

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I learn best by modeling. I’m too old and too soon gone from the planet to learn all I need to know by trial and error. I’ll mimic my Master, and live by his experience. I’ll copy Jesus.   When […]

Prayer for Hurricane Bill and Hurricane Season

posted by nsymmonds

Hurricane Bill is not projected to do any real damage in the United States, but I still feel compelled to send up my prayers to those who may be in the midst of the storms that may ensue because of […]

Winning the War of Words

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today I’m walking uphill against the wind. I’m exhausted physically, my mind is skipping circuits, and I have the motivation of the banana slugs I used to collect as a child in the mountains above Santa Cruz. If I look […]

The Sex Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Last week writer Matthew Paul Turner dedicated a week on his blog, “Jesus Needs New PR” to talking about sex. He calls it “Sex Needs New PR.” Jennifer Schuchmann, my co-writer on Six Prayers God Always Answers, and Nine Ways […]

A prayer for anyone with a broken heart

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18).   The image of heartbreak describing the devastating emotional pain of a broken relationship transcends culture and is expressed in the same way in […]

God, the Jilted Lover, a Friend of Jilted Lovers

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Love hurts. Last night I sat and listened to a young woman, a friend of Jill, my wife, tell the devastating story of her recent breakup with her boyfriend. I listened, then prayed that God would heal her wounds […]

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