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Prayer, Plain and Simple

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A Prayer: Understanding Temperaments in Marriage

posted by Mark and Jill

He made their hearts,     so he understands everything they do. Psalm 33:15 (NLT) And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight, that your […]

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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 […]

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Moody Lovers

posted by Mark and Jill

Love…is not touchy. ~1 Corinthians 13:5 (Amplified) God’s kind of love – the love with which He loves us and the love He wants us to give to others – is not dependent on moods or whims. It is constant […]

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Romancing the Zone

posted by Mark and Jill

Take me away with you—let us hurry!     Let the king bring me into his chambers. ~ Song of Songs 1:4 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory… ~ Psalm 45:8 This […]

Let’s Make Love Love Again

posted by Mark and Jill

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—     for your love is more delightful than wine.  ~Song of Songs 1:2 * You have forsaken the love you had at first.  Revelation 2:4 If we are going to be […]

Agree to Agree in Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19 Mark and I are opposites in most things: we […]

Affirmation and Encouragement in Marriage

posted by Mark and Jill

“We are yours, David! We are on your side, son of Jesse. Peace and prosperity be with you, and success to all who help you, for your God is the one who helps you.” 1 Chronicles 12:18 Amasai was a […]

Shining a Light on our Communication – A Prayer for Marriage

posted by Mark and Jill

The teaching of your word gives light,     so even the simple can understand. (Psalm 119:130 NLT) The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the […]

Re-writing History With Forgiveness

posted by Mark and Jill

“Saul and Jonathan! So well loved, so dearly cherished! In their lives and in their deaths they were never separated. They were faster than eagles, stronger than lions!” ~David, 1 Samuel 1:23 “Um, excuse me, David, but Saul was your […]

Harmony – a Prayer for Relationships

posted by Mark and Jill

Jesus prayed that His disciples would live in unity. In His last hours on the earth, this was foremost in His thoughts (John 17). His greatest desire was that His individual disciples would function as “one”, that they would get […]

Our Annual Prayer/Planning Retreat in the Woods

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Every year in January my wife Jill and I take 3-4 days away in a cabin somewhere in the woods as a “working retreat.” We’ve done this now for about 20 years and it’s one the things we most look […]

The Twin Cities Marathon and My Prayer Partner

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My friend Art finished the Twin Cities Marathon yesterday. He’s now accomplished this fete 26 times (one for every mile of the grueling course). This year he’ll run six different marathons around the country. I won’t tell you Art’s age, […]

Building a Healthy Spiritual Immune System

posted by Mark Herringshaw

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love (Ephesians 4:14-16).   The H1N1 […]

“Hope Takes a Miracle – Ask for it!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

If you’re anything of a sports fan, then you know the feeling. Your team is down and time is running out. Anxiety and doom begin to settle over everyone. And then, strangely, through some subtle shift in the air, a […]

Adultery Doesn’t Work: Ask the Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday afternoon Angela, an articulate and talented thirteen year-old sat in my office trying to make sense of the train wreck that had blown apart her family. I don’t think I helped much. Help will take a miracle, but then […]

Prayer for Relationship Reconciliation

posted by Mark Herringshaw

    How about this for a story of reconciliation: After working side by side for the same moving company, two men, Gary Nisbet and Randy Joubert finally discovered that they were not only long-lost brothers, but actually identical twins […]

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 […]

To Pray or Not to Pray, Part 2

posted by nsymmonds

So I’ve gotten quite a bit of response–both on this blog and off–from “To Pray or Not to Pray“. I’ve heard from alot of you that you think it is ok to continually pray about a situation, in my case, praying […]

To Pray or Not to Pray

posted by nsymmonds

On Saturday morning I was talking to my mom about life and how I am tired of the single life. At hearing this my mom said, “Well, have you been praying for a mate?” To this I rolled my eyes, let out […]

Tennis with God

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Communication takes a miracle. The 500 most commonly used English words have an average of 28 meanings each! So the odds that you actually know what I’m saying here are not very good. The odds that I know what I’m […]

“Prayer Doesn’t Work…”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I suppose one of the reasons I got this gig to do a prayer blog for Beliefnet is because I’ve co-written two books with my friend Jennifer Schuchmann about communicating with God. Our first, “Six Prayers God Always Answers – […]

Previous Posts

A Prayer to Elevate Your Thought Life
"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 ...

posted 12:03:15pm Apr. 27, 2015 | read full post »

It's a Wonder-filled Life
No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. Psalm 16:9 My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises! Psalm 57:7 Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s ...

posted 10:50:50am Apr. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Shut Up Or Shout
“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 plan and suffered the ...

posted 1:10:57pm Apr. 22, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Win the Race
"...Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects ...

posted 11:11:33am Apr. 21, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Stop Judging
"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 law, is the Judge. He alone has ...

posted 3:46:41pm Apr. 17, 2015 | read full post »

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