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A Prayer For You On Your Birthday

posted by Mark and Jill

Today is someone’s birthday. It also happens to be the birthday of one of our children. This is a prayer for her and for anyone who would like to partake of this blessing. Dear Father of this precious child, On this […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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There Are Many Ways To Say I Love You

posted by Mark and Jill

“There are many ways to say I love you.” That’s a line from a song written by one of my favorite song-writer/philosophers:  Mister Rogers. Jesus seemed to echo that song today as I was meditating on this Scripture: “Mary sat […]

God Will Always Answer This Prayer With a Ready YES!

posted by Mark and Jill

“…If your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?  Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your […]

Eternal Life Begins Today

posted by Mark and Jill

A religious expert came up to Jesus and asked him a question. It was a loaded one. “How does one inherit eternal life?” He was quizing Jesus and hoping to humiliate Him in public. It didn’t work. Jesus didn’t need to hear […]

Trump Your Fear

posted by Mark and Jill

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic… For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. ~Deuteronomy 31:6 Do not be afraid or discouraged, […]

My Safe Place – A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. Psalm 91:9,10 With the convenience of instantaneous news from all around the world […]

The Power of Your Words to Hurt or Heal, Harm or Help

posted by Mark and Jill

The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain… The words of the godly encourage many… The lips of the godly speak helpful words…  The words of the wise bring healing… Proverbs 10:11,21,32; 12:18 Words from our mouths can be […]

Don’t Make Yourself At Home On Vacation. Or Ever.

posted by Mark and Jill

Don’t get comfortable. Don’t let your guard down. Don’t coast. Don’t go on vacation. Don’t retire. While we’re in this world, we live in enemy occupied territory, in a constant war zone. We need to remember that while we don’t […]

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 Code Book for America

posted by Mark and Jill

“Suppose a nation…should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity […]

You Need Wisdom, I Need Wisdom, All God’s Children Need Wisdom

posted by Mark and Jill

“Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.” Proverbs 2:2-4 Everyone needs wisdom for the riddles and conundrums […]

This Same Power – This Same Strong Hand and Powerful Arm

posted by Mark and Jill

“Remember the miraculous signs and wonders, and the strong hand and powerful arm with which he brought you out of Egypt. The Lord your God will use this same power…Do not be afraid…for the Lord your God is among you, […]

Turning on a Dime – The Chance of a Lifetime

posted by Mark and Jill

“After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. ‘Follow me,’ Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.” Luke 5:27   This is a […]

Sometimes Jesus Just Doesn’t Seem To Make Sense

posted by Mark and Jill

Jesus said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll […]

The Day We Forget To Remember Is A Sad Day for God

posted by Mark and Jill

“Oh how they grieved his heart in that dry wasteland. They did not remember his power…they did not remember his miraculous signs…” Psalm 78:40,42,43 I’m forgetful. The other day my friend asked me how my weekend was, and I couldn’t […]

The Art of Comparison

posted by Mark and Jill

“The people are taller and more powerful than we are.” Deut. 1:28 At the edge of the Promised Land, poised to enter and equipped by God to thrive, the Israelites met the challenge — for there were battles to win […]

God Don’t Got No Grandkids

posted by Mark and Jill

“Each generation should set its hope anew on God.” Psalm 78:7 Sometimes I think growing up in a Christian home was a detriment to discipleship. I mean, I heard it all since I was two and never missed a Sunday […]

Lending Money to a Rich Guy

posted by Mark and Jill

“What in the world should we do?” the people asked John the Baptist. He had challenged them in no uncertain terms to put their money where their mouths were, to walk their talk:  “Prove by the way you live, that […]

Duped by Screwtape. A Prayer for Purity.

posted by Mark and Jill

“Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in it’s healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense,on the Enemy’s ground. It is His invention, not ours. He made the pleasures:  all our research so […]

Love Long and Prosper

posted by Mark and Jill

“Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.” ~Proverbs 17:8 In our family we like to say, “If you look for yellow Volkswagens, you will see yellow Volkswagens.” Likewise, if we look for faults […]

A Prayer for Father’s Day

posted by Mark and Jill

Happy Father’s Day ! We want to pray Psalm 23 over you today. This was the prayer of a shepherd who looked to his God as his shepherd. Let’s make it a prayer for a father who looks to his God […]

A God-Can-Do Attitude – A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“You are blessed because you believed…” (Luke 1:45) If Mary would have doubted the angel’s prophetic words, one wonders how her unbelief would have affected God’s plan. She didn’t have long to think about it. She couldn’t ask for a […]

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 […]

A Prayer for Obama. Day Three.

posted by Mark and Jill

The past few posts have outlined the prayer objectives found in Psalm 72 to raise up a praying army for our political leaders. We encourage you to read the whole Psalm; we have listed some prayer points from the chapter […]

A Prayer for Obama. Day Two.

posted by Mark and Jill

Psalm 72 outlines a beautiful prayer for a political leader. Today’s prayer (verses 4 – 11) has much to say about the heart of a godly leader. He or she is one who has a great deal of compassion and […]

A Prayer For Obama

posted by Mark and Jill

Psalm 72 outlines a beautiful prayer for a political leader. Let’s pray for the President of the United States today…and everyday. Sadly, I know of Christians who find it difficult to pray for leaders outside of their political party. Pardon us, […]

A Prayer – God Can Turn My Failures Around

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  NLT We also know that the evil one causes everything to […]

A Letter to Simon, a Man from Africa

posted by Mark and Jill

Dear Simon, I read about the kind act you performed for Jesus as you came into Jerusalem for Passover, and I was very moved. I hope I am not prying, but I would very much like to ask you a […]

A Prayer for Monday

posted by Mark and Jill

Let’s let this be our Monday Prayer: “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us and prosper for us the work of our hands        O prosper the work of our hands!” Psalm 90:17 Father, We […]

A Prayer for Change

posted by Mark and Jill

When I’m under pressure, what I truly am–not necessarily what I advertise to be–comes out. I discover this almost every day. This morning I went to a quarry to pick out rocks for my garden. My thumb got pinched by […]

A Prayer for Farmers

posted by Mark and Jill

Psalm 65 outlines a brilliant prayer for our farmer friends around the world, on whom we depend at least three times a day for food. As they prepare, plow, and plant their fields let’s lift them up, crying out to […]

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 […]

A Prayer for Forgiveness for a Critical Spirit

posted by Mark and Jill

Miriam, sister to Moses, had a bee in her bonnet. She got a little bent out of shape that her brother had the gall to marry someone she didn’t exactly think lived up to her family rank. (See Numbers 12 […]

Who is Jesus?

posted by Mark and Jill

“He gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.” Philippians 2:7,10 Jesus, We have dressed you up and pinned badges […]

Floods and Fires of the Soul

posted by Mark and Jill

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not […]

The Power of Praise in Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.  For I cried out to him for help praising him as I spoke. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the […]

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 […]

That’s MY Guy.

posted by Mark and Jill

“My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!” Mark 10:51b Blind Bartimaeus said something that is recorded only one other place in Scripture: he called Him, “MY Rabbi.” Mary said this in the garden as well (John 20), […]

The Mourning After…A Post Mother’s Day Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

“There is No Condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” Romans 8:1 What does Mother’s Day feel like for someone with empty arms? And more specifically one who chose abortion. I remember a Mother’s Day when I watched one […]

A Prayer for a Broken-Hearted Mother

posted by Mark and Jill

“Remember your promise to me. It is my only hope.” Psalm 119:49 Father of the Desperate and Broken-Hearted, You sent Your Son, flesh and blood, to walk with us on this earth. He experienced all the pain a human being […]

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; […]

Learning to Walk With God’s Help

posted by Mark and Jill

“If I go up to the mountains, you are there. If I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn or settle on the far side of the sea, Even […]

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 […]

The Cost of Not Forgiving

posted by Mark and Jill

Much has been said about the cost of following Jesus, even by Jesus Himself. But what isn’t heard as much (unless you’re listening to Dallas Willard) is the cost of not following Him. Jesus instructs us to forgive all offenses […]

Tornado Victims: A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

God, You are Lord of the earth and the skies. And yet we live in a dangerous, rebellious world that does not submit to your peace, as we do not. These storms in the South are a case in point. […]

Prayer and Aloha for one Lucky Boy

posted by Mark and Jill

“I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself.” Exodus 19:4 is one of my favorite verses. It’s included in a stack of note cards with Scriptures that I hold on to. But this one hit me a […]

Prayer: to learn to love

posted by Mark and Jill

Dallas Willard defines love beautifully in a lecture called “Reflections on John 14″: “Love is the whole deal…Live with the will, habit, disposition and power to advance good in the lives of those who are affected by you.” Jesus commanded […]

God Trumps Tarot Cards

posted by Mark and Jill

Looking for answers to life’s riddles? Who should I marry? Where should I move? What should I study? Why do I exist? How should I live my life? Some people turn to psychics. They are often advertised on this very […]

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 […]

Suffering Physical Abuse: A Prayer

posted by Mark and Jill

Jesus suffered at the hands of expert executors, professionals with vast experience, knowledge, and skill in the “art” of torture. Watching a person being led away to crucifixion was a common occurrence in Jerusalem in the 30’s AD. But Jesus […]

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 […]

Prayer for a Wedding Day

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Tyler and Shelly are getting married. I’ve known Tyler for many years. I’ve seen him grow from a boy into a young man, attend and graduate from college, and take up a new career working with troubled teens. I’ve seen […]

Fat Cows in the Wings

posted by Mark Herringshaw

jill Herringshaw adds this next post in her series on prayer for “lost sheep…” Luke 15:8-10 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds […]

Captivated by Love for His Child

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My wife, Jill Herringshaw continues her series, “Prayer for Prodigals” with the following… Luke 19:10: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” The Father takes a bite of a crisp apple. He glances to […]

A Prayer for Your Wandering Sheep

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The following post and prayer is offered by Jill Herringshaw, my precious wife… Jill will be contributing here frequently in the days ahead. “I don’t stop believing in those who have stopped believing in Me.” “What do you think? If a man […]

Earthquake-Tsunami Devastates Northern Japan

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  200 to 300 bodies have been found in a northeastern coastal area where a massive earthquake spawned a ferocious 23 foot tsunami Friday. The waves swept away boats, cars and homes. A passenger train with an unspecified number of passengers […]

A United Egypt: Christians and Muslims Stand Together

posted by Mark Herringshaw

For those who do not believe in miracles… Muslims and Christians in the Middle East are standing together for freedom and hope. Amazing… Check this out! http://grassrootsnews.tv/?p=273  

Egypt to Explode? Cairo in Chaos Following Mubarak’s Speech

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The streets of Cairo are roaring with protest after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced that he has ceded authority to his Vice President, Omar Suleiman but will not step down from the title of President until elections next September. Earlier […]

Christmas Eve Earthquake Shakes Puerta Rico

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit Puerto Rico on Friday. Residents was shaken but there are no immediate reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the quake, which occurred at 7:43 p.m. (6:43 p.m. ET), stuck about 15 miles […]

Triple Hit in Indonesia: Quake, Tsunami and Volcano

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A powerful, 7.7-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that pounded villages on remote islands off western Indonesia today. The waves killed at least 113 people and scores more are missing. Indonesia suffered a second major natural disaster today when Mount Merapi, […]

“Cigar Guy”- He Ain’t What he Seems

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A Daily Mail photographer snapped this amazing picture at the Ryder Cup of Tiger Woods blowing a golf shot. The ball is headed directly at the camera and in fact, actually hit the lens, but not before the unflappable journalist caught […]

In the Wake of Suicide: Pray for Friends of Kenny McKinley

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead in his apartment Monday in an apparent suicide. McKinley was 23. McKinley’s death is the latest in a series of tragedies that have hi the Broncos. Cornerback Darrent Williams was shot […]

Prayer for Jamaica

posted by nsymmonds

A state of emergency has been declared in parts of Jamaica following the extradition of alleged druglord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. Following the news of his extradition, supporters of Dudus went into a state of unrest trying to protect him. They […]

A Blessed St. Paddy’s Day to Ye!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A Blessed St. Paddy’s Day to Ye! In the book  wrote, “Nine Ways God Always Speaks” Jennifer Schuchmann and I offer the following about Patrick of Ireland’s spiritual contribution to the world:  St. Patrick’s Day in America is merely an excuse […]

A Prayer of Thanks for Great Coffee

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I’m thanking God today for volcanoes, Kona and great coffee. Trivial you say. I don’t think so. A moment ago I stood on the balcony of our hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii looking west over the Pacific Ocean […]

A Prayer for Those with Legal Challenges

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I heard today of a friend living in another country who is under investigation by an agency of his government. I grieve for him. The government is accusing him of some sort of financial impropriety. I don’t pretend to understand […]

Advent Prayer, Day 10: Prepare Us for Greater Works

posted by nsymmonds

By Claudia Mair Burney Tuesday, the second week of Advent “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days He was tempted by the devil.” Luke […]

Praying for Indonesian Earthquake Victims

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Wednesday’s 7.6-magnitude earthquake, which originated in the sea off Sumatra island, has severely damaged the city of Padang, Indonesia. At least 376 people are known dead and thousands more are missing or trapped beneath ruined buildings. Let’s offer a collective prayer for […]

More on Learning how to Pray – from Kids

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A nun once asked the students in her class to write a letter to God.  Here are some of the results. Lessons in honest and simple prayer:   Dear God: If you watch me in church on Sunday, I’ll show You […]

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A Prayer to Gain Your Mountain
“Now give me this mountain...” (Joshua 14:6-15) Caleb was an 85 year old man when Joshua led Israel into Canaan. (Read his story in Joshua 14:6-15, 15:13-19, 63, and Numbers 14:24.) Joshua and Caleb had been prayer partners for 40 long, ...

posted 8:15:45pm Feb. 10, 2016 | read full post »

Praying Jabez's Prayer
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!  Let your hand be with me, and ...

posted 2:15:06pm Feb. 09, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer When You're Grieving a Beloved Pet
“At your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11b Father, I miss my right-hand friend. My darling and beloved companion’s absence is sorely felt in my soul. Would you hold me now? Part of me wonders if I’m making more ...

posted 2:33:45pm Feb. 04, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer When You’re Wrestling With God
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 the man. Then the man said, “Let me ...

posted 11:20:11am Feb. 02, 2016 | read full post »

A Prayer of Desperation
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 help. He heard me... my cry ...

posted 11:55:50am Jan. 27, 2016 | read full post »

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