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Prayer, Plain and Simple

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

A Prayer That Gets Results

posted by Mark and Jill

“See what an incredible quality of love the Father has given, shown, bestowed on us.”  1 John 3:1 Amplified Love never fails, never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end…    1 Corinthians 13:8 Amplified Our love runs […]

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 […]

If You Dare, Make This Your Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Here I am Lord, send me. (Isaiah 6:8) Prayer is a gift, isn’t it?! We connect in simple words to the Creator of creation. That alone is astounding. We stand together to offer up our praise and our needs, and here we […]

Instant Grace-ification

posted by Mark and Jill

As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength.    ~Psalm 138:3 My friend likes to remind me that I might be just one prayer away from my miracle. I like that. And the […]

Into Africa, Into Ebola with Encouragment

posted by Mark and Jill

“I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” ~ Jesus (John 17:4) On January 3rd Dr. Lowell Gess of Alexandria, Minnesota will travel to Sierra Leone to bring $100,000 of medical […]

Jesus on Productivity

posted by Mark and Jill

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a […]

A Prayer for Anyone With a Pending Business Contract

posted by Mark and Jill

Please, Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success. Psalm 118:25 If you are working through a business contract today, let’s pray. God has promises in His Word that we can claim when Jesus is our leader, the […]

I Want to Want to Not Want What I Want

posted by Mark and Jill

May he give us the desire to do his will in everything and to obey all the commands… And may these words that I have prayed in the presence of the Lord be before him constantly, day and night… 1 […]

Need a Miracle of Provision Today? Sow!

posted by Mark and Jill

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds […]

The Body Language of Jesus

posted by Mark and Jill

“I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.  And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me […]

Letting God Praise You

posted by Mark and Jill

Many people did believe [Jesus], however…they wouldn’t admit it. For they loved human praise more than the praise of God. John 12:42,43 Concern for our image can keep us from enjoying the affirmation that God wants to give us. When we […]

A Prayer For Heart Health

posted by Mark and Jill

My heart trembles only at your Word. Psalm 119:161B My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing, yea, I will sing praises. Psalm 57:7 (AMP) Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and […]

Oh Joy! A Prayer for Gladness

posted by Mark and Jill

“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”  ~Jesus (John 15:11) What “things” was Jesus referring to? Living in the love of God and continually loving people. He […]

His Purpose is My Purpose

posted by Mark and Jill

  My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10b Jesus’s purpose statement was stated here in John 10. The context is the beautiful illustration Jesus gave us of the sheep and the shepherd. He cares for […]

Freedom From Boredom, Addiction, Depression

posted by Mark and Jill

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31,32 Being faithful to the teachings […]

A Prayer For Our Kids Today

posted by Mark and Jill

If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you! Jeremiah 15:19b We utter hundreds of words a day. How many of them are constructive? Oh […]

My Unruly, Devastating Tongue. I Repent.

posted by Mark and Jill

If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. James 1:26 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a […]

Why Not Fear Not?

posted by Mark and Jill

The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me.  Psalm 118:6,7a NLT The Lord is my light and my salvation— so […]

Pray While Swiffering

posted by Mark and Jill

I (Jill) like the Fly Lady. She has taught me to not worry about perfectionism. And I love my mom. She taught me how to clean a house thoroughly. But as much as I love her, her voice of perfectionism […]

Holy and Whole – A Prayer of Blessing

posted by Mark and Jill

May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely […]

Improving Your Memory

posted by Mark and Jill

“He causes us to remember his wonderful works.He always remembers his covenant.” Psalm 111:4a, 5b Our memories are often selective and often our memories select the bad, the trauma, the drama, the sin, the dark, and the pain. With God’s […]

The Holy Spirit Prays Through You

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 […]

Jesus Prays For You

posted by Mark and Jill

John 17… 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 – […]

Learning How to Live in the Moment

posted by Mark and Jill

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”   ~Colossians 4:2 “Mom and Dad,” said our son one day last year when we were visiting him in Santa Barbara where he was attending college, “I think you guys are […]

Making a Bold Entrance

posted by Mark and Jill

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” ~Hebrews 4:16 We have an invitation to come into […]

The Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

posted by Mark and Jill

Sir Francis Drake was an English sea captain who lived from 1540- 1596. He was the second sailor to circumnavigate the globe. This is his famous prayer, one that it would appear God heard and rewarded. Let’s make it ours […]

Our Declaration of Dependence

posted by Mark and Jill

A Prayer for Dependence on God. Lord, On this day when we remember the gift of our freedom as American people, as Your people, we choose to use that freedom to make a declaration of dependence on You and Your […]

A Prayer For Obama. Day Four

posted by Mark and Jill

Psalm 72 outlines a beautiful prayer for a political leader. We have been praying through this Psalm for the past few days with President Barak Obama in mind. Our Father, we lift up our President to you… May he have a […]

Would You Give Your Dowry to Jesus?

posted by Mark and Jill

“She did what she could.” ~Jesus, Mark 14:8 A few days before Jesus paid the price for my blunders, sins, weaknesses, and failures by suffering a Roman execution, a woman broke into a private dinner party, and poured perfume over […]

Prayer for Families of the Turkish Miners Who Perished

posted by Mark and Jill

Our hearts go out to the families of the Turkish Miners who died this week in the mining disaster in Soma, Turkey. Let’s pray for them:  Father of All Comfort, We ask you to hold these grieving souls in your […]

A Prayer for Mom

posted by Mark and Jill

“Her children rise and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31:28 Mom, Thank you for all you have given up for your family…. sleep, money, your own desires, your dreams… Much of your self was left on the shelf for years — […]

Wait A Minute!

posted by Mark and Jill

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God.” Psalm 62:5 Shhhhh, soul…Must you be so antsy? Hush, appetite; you aren’t going to die if you are hungry…practically a foreign sensation to you. Still yourself, fears…mostly phantoms anyway. Silence, pain; […]

Time for a Change – A prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Dallas Willard says, “Over our churches…there hangs a cloud of failure, driven home by statistical studies…a lack of transforming power of Christians in our society.” We Christians can tend to stay the same and when we stay the same, we […]

Nigerian Girls Kidnapped: A Prayer for Rescue

posted by Mark and Jill

More than 200 teenage girls are missing in Nigeria and presumed kidnapped by Islamic radicals. The fear is that terrorists have abducted then and either sold them as sex slaves or forced them to marry the Islamists themselves. “God, you […]

Ukraine: An Urgent Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“Father, hear our prayer for the nation of Ukraine. The crisis there is real and dangerous; the land seems to be festering, and on the brink of chaos. Jesus, you are Prince of Peace. Be the Peace of Ukraine. Give […]

Prayers for Forgiveness and Healing of Verbal Abuse

posted by Mark and Jill

These are the descriptive words used in Matthew 27 (New Living Version) depicting the verbal abuse that Jesus suffered: They shouted at him…jeered at him…condemned him…accused him…mocked him…truanted him…abused him…yelled at him…and ridiculed him… Jesus suffered abuse on every level […]

A Prayer When Bullies Bully

posted by Mark and Jill

The other day I let JoJo, our little 9 pound poodle, outside to run around and “do his thing”. JoJo never wanders far from our country home. After a few minutes I heard a blood curdling dog-scream — a sound […]

Inauguration Day: A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“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 […]

Christmas Eve: A Prayer for those Home Alone

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, not all of us can be with those we love at Christmas. Some of us are alone, and we bear a heavy sadness. Life isn’t supposed to be like this; and we feel loneliness most at the holidays. Jesus, you […]

Grief – a Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, have mercy. Hear our weeping, our groaning, our silence. The terrors of the massacre in Newtown Connecticut have broken our hearts and stolen our clear thinking. Horror is all the prayer we can muster. We have no words. Do […]

A Hanukkah Prayer for the Underdog

posted by Mark and Jill

“God of underdogs, hear our Hanukkah prayer. You love the hopeless cause, when it is your cause, because impossible situations allow you to prove your kindness, your power, and your flawless memory. You love to remember your promises, especially your […]

My New Job – a Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“God, you are so generous. You provided, just as you promised. You said, “I will supply all your needs out of my vast store of wealth in heaven.” I believed this, and now I’ve seen you prove it, first hand. […]

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A Sin Sandwich
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, ...

posted 9:23:07am Jul. 07, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Our Garden
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 the Garden of ...

posted 12:16:20pm Jul. 06, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer Against Cancer
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 anything else —not only in ...

posted 11:38:08am Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

God Can Work With Anything We Give Him
"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 your life beyond ...

posted 6:18:54pm Jun. 29, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Experience a Vibrant Life
And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and LIFE. (John 6:63) These instructions are not empty words—they are your LIFE! (Deuteronomy 32:47) Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep ...

posted 8:30:32am Jun. 27, 2015 | read full post »

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