“A Prayer For Being Christ-like”

April 28, 2016

Praying man Father, You have given us the greatest example of a humble spirit in the person of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who had nowhere to lay His head.  He went to where the needs were rather than the place where comforts awaited Him. This is most especially expressed when He gave up His position in heaven where Jesus, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with You something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, He was made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! From the heights of the heavens to the depths of the earth we submit our will and our attitudes to Your conformity through Christ our Lord in whose name we pray.  Amen.

See Philippians 2:1-11

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A Prayer For Finishing Well”

April 25, 2016

Praying man Father, as I live out my time here on this earth, I’m so glad that I belong to You. You hold my right hand and guide me with Your continuous presence and daily bread which is leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but You and I desire You more than anything on earth. My health may fail and my spirit may even grow weak, but Father, You remain the strength of my heart and You are my portion forever. My Refuge, my Fortress and my Deliverer, I will joyfully tell of Your mighty works as I seek to finish well until You call me to my eternal home. Amen.

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A Prayer Of Thanks For God’s Creation”

April 22, 2016

Praying man Father, as we consider this world and all its fullness we are blessed by the abundance of beauty – fields of daisies, the rolling hillsides, the great and small bodies of water, the sandy sea shores, the giant oaks, mountain ranges so magnificent they’re viewed for hundreds of miles, landscapes splashed with every imaginable shape and color. These views and far more than the eye can see or hands can touch are all works of Your sovereign, creative power. Yet You entrust to us soil, seeds, and plantings with which we can cultivate, plant, water, trim, and grow fruit and vegetables for our food substance and ornamentals for our pleasure. You water the earth and raise the sun each day. We expect such things, but it’s also like a pat on the back for those of us who enjoy seeing our laborious efforts in planting spring to life and give back to us sustenance, nutrition, and beauty. Though this world is not our home, it’s the only place we’ll travel before we reside in heaven, so we want to be good stewards of what You have entrusted to us. Thank You for it, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A Prayer For Assurance”

April 21, 2016

Praying man Father, we thank You for the powerful God that You are. Even the winds and waves recognize You as Creator and obey the voice of the Master.  Your Word is a lighthouse that directs us safely toward heaven when the furious waves swirl about us and the water rises up to our necks. I confess to You that my doubts rise up when Your voice is silent. In these kinds of circumstances I begin to wonder if You really do care. Instead of questioning Your care for me, help me to prove my faith by trusting You even when You are silent. I want to persevere in prayer and understand Your overall plan in these matters that concern me. And when I don’t understand Your plan help me to trust You because faith that cannot be tested is faith that cannot be trusted. Keep us firmly anchored in Your loving promises, remembering that if it matters to me, it matters to You. You’ll hold me up as I tread above the troubling waters and swim to safety. Or You will command the waters to descend. Either way, with Your guidance and strength, I will endure to the very end, by Your merciful hand. Amen.

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A Prayer For Mercies In Disguise”

April 20, 2016

Praying man Heavenly Father, we live in Your grace that enables us to seek You more fervently as You produce in us a persevering spirit in the midst of adversity. Instead of driving us to hopeless despair, our suffering produces perseverance and perseverance produces proven character whereas proven character brings about a mature hope that turns our disappointments into rejoicing, that will help us to see them as mercies in disguise. You have poured out Your love into our hearts and brought assurance to our spirit. The image of Christ is seen in our lives through the character traits You grow in us as we die to ourselves and live for You. Keep us faithful and hopeful during the painful process and teach us how to turn our mourning into dancing. In the name of Jesus we pray, amen.

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A Prayer For An Overcoming Spirit”

April 19, 2016

Praying man Jesus, help me to trust You even when circumstances would lead me to feel that You are distant and unaware of my circumstances. When I am focused on the difficulties in my life I can easily become overwhelmed, fearful and confused. But when I look to You, my victorious risen Savior, who endured the times of testing by spending time in passionate prayer, whether it was the 40 days in the wilderness when You stood strong against Satan’s frequent temptations or when You prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane,  I am strengthened and encouraged by Your example.  When You were overwhelmed with sorrow even to the point of death You fell with Your face to the ground and surrendered Your human will to the Father’s plan which included unjust suffering and even death. And, whether we like it or not, Scripture tells us if we are to share in Your glory we must also share in Your suffering. Help me, Jesus, to watch and pray so that I will not fall into temptation during those experiences that involve suffering, but rather that my spirit and flesh will be strengthened so that I remain victorious through You, Jesus Christ my Lord, in whose name I pray.  Amen.

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A Prayer For The Persecuted”

April 18, 2016

Praying man Father, we pray for the persecuted church today.

We pray for our brothers and sisters in distant lands suffering at the hands of those whose lack of compassion and evil means knows no bounds. May the comforting presence of Your Holy Spirit be as soothing salve and a healing ointment deep within their souls. We pray for the family members separated from their loved ones. Speak peace and divine purpose into their spirit as You remind them that their loved one is standing with fortitude and courage in the very face of evil.

We pray for those who persecute and hold these innocent believers captive. May the very testimony and courage of these believers be as a shining light in the darkened prison of these captor’s very troubled souls. Convict them of their sins and deliver them from Satan’s army of evildoers.

We pray for the families, churches, and communities of those who have paid the ultimate price for standing firm in their faith. Like Stephen, James, John, the disciples, and millions throughout the centuries, they laid down their temporal mortal flesh below and put on their eternal immortal spirit on the other side. You use these human tragedies to stir people’s hearts and to broadcast the message of salvation often bringing about repentance and reform. Nothing we do for you is in vain but works for the greater purpose of spreading the gospel.

And lastly, we pray for our own country that is changing drastically day by day. The god of secularism is trying to wipe out Your presence in every public forum: the media, our government, the schools, the workplace, the marketplace. People who hold deep convictions based upon the Holy Word of God are being maligned, mocked, persecuted and fined for their firmly held beliefs, costing them their savings, their livelihood. Especially prone to attack are those who hold the Biblical view concerning the sacredness of marriage and the sanctity of life.  The Bible is being removed from the military even as it has been removed from the public schools in recent decades. Father, we might despair but instead we pray for a mighty revival within the church spilling out into all the places of influence, especially the family unit. May revival start right here within our own hearts, helping us to stand firm in these troubling times. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A Prayer For Being Ready”

April 15, 2016
Praying man Jesus, it will take my entire life on earth and all of eternity to express my love and devotion to You. In Your great love and compassion You saw my need for redemption and paid the ultimate sacrifice by dying on the cross in my place. You paid in full the sin debt You did not owe so that I could receive complete forgiveness which I did not deserve. What indescribable peace this brings to my life on this earthly pilgrimage. Although I do not know my death due date I have an assurance of eternal life when You have destined to call me home, not because of what I’ve done or who I am, but because You gave Your all for me! I receive that gift from You today!  Amen.

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A Prayer Of Thanks For God’s Word”

April 14, 2016

Praying manFather, Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. It shows me wrong from right, from sinfulness to forgiveness, from darkness to light and from mortality to immortality. To what other source could I find the answers that give hope, assurance, truth and light. Thank You for the Word of God which is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of my heart. I do well to read it, pay attention and heed its message. Amen.

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A Prayer Of Thanks For Our Solid Foundation”

April 13, 2016

Praying man Father, we thank You for the hope we have which is an anchor for our soul, a hope both sure and steadfast. We’d like the world to believe in and comply with the teachings of Scripture so that our sojourn here is smooth with others affirming our decision to walk in Your ways, but Scripture tells us otherwise. If we are to share in Your glory we will also share in Your sufferings. But it’s not in vain, for in our suffering perseverance is developed, character is built and unending hope will anchor our faith. Our foundation is unshakeable as we anchor it in Your remarkable provision for our sins forgiven, abundant life provided right here on earth, and future eternal bliss in heaven. We are a blessed people, so much so, that words fail to express our gratitude! Amen.

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


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