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Prayer, Plain and Simple

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A Prayer for Protection Within Families and Among Friends

posted by Mark and Jill

Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders, but the real danger is wickedness within the city… It is not an enemy who taunts me— I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me— […]

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A Prayer To Do the Impossible

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 assignment: to rebuild Jerusalem with a rag-tag group of ex-slaves. When […]

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A Prayer for the Means, not the End

posted by Mark and Jill

“Delight yourselves in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”   (Psalm 37:4) Our assignment is simple: celebrate God! The rest follows. The big objective we seek is deep change “for good” and a paradigm […]

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A Prayer to Help to Believe

posted by Mark and Jill

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

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!   […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Prayer for Protection Within Families and Among Friends
Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders, but the real danger is wickedness within the city… It is not an enemy who taunts me— I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me— I could have hidden from ...

posted 11:15:10am May. 02, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer to Release Your Anxiety to God
Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. (Psalm 55:22) Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7) Anxiety and stress bear down hard on our bodies causing all kinds of potential health ...

posted 7:26:12am Apr. 28, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer to Honor Our Parents
You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy. Each of you must show great respect for your mother and father…I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:2b,3) Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the ...

posted 11:48:01am Apr. 25, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer for the Prodigal
"Return to me," says the LORD of hosts, "and I will return to you." (Zechariah 1:3) Father, Thank you for loving the prodigals. Thank you for your willingness to allow them to make the first move towards relationship with you once ...

posted 9:37:34am Apr. 25, 2016 | read full post »

An Olive Tree Prayer
But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. (Psalm 52:8) What’s it like to be an olive tree? David compared himself to one. We don’t have olive trees in our region, so I had to ...

posted 11:08:10am Apr. 21, 2016 | read full post »

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