“A Prayer For Making Impact For Christ”

September 23, 2016

Praying man Father, we want to follow Christ’s example who made Himself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant. He reached out to the rich, the poor, the powerful and powerless, the young and old, the weak and strong. Though their needs varied that could only be met through Christ each of them needed a relationship with You, our Father, and that is true of every generation no matter our ethnicity, our wealth or lack thereof, our educational background or any other factor. We have opportunity to impact people from all walks of life so we ask You to guide us to them as we give ourselves in ministry and service to others who desire to follow Christ. It is in His name that we pray. Amen.

Prayer from this Daily Encouragement message


“A Prayer If You Are Somewhere Between Doubt And Believing”

September 22, 2016
Praying manFather, we thank You for Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He took away our sins through His shed blood on the cross. At thirty three years of age He completed the mission for which He came to earth, when He walked the Via Dolorosa all the way to Calvary where He would lay down His innocent life for the guilty sins of mankind. He did this because of His redeeming love for the human race. We know Who, how, where and why Jesus gave His all that we might be pardoned of our sin and receive forgiveness with the tremendous benefit of eternal life in heaven. Words are inadequate to express our gratitude for such wondrous, selfless, and redemptive love seen through Christ Jesus our Lord, so we express it in more than just words but with our very lives; for love so amazing, so divine demands my soul, my life, my all. Amen.

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A Prayer Of Thanks For Amazing Grace”

September 21, 2016

Praying man Father, Your abundant grace is poured out on humankind like showers of blessings, both for believer and unbeliever alike. Yet it is only as we appropriate Your saving grace that we turn away from evil and walk in the ways of righteousness. Many leaders and rulers have come and gone, but You, Father, are the eternal One whose kingdom knows no end. We humble ourselves in the light of Your majesty as we bring honor to Your holy name and live as a people who are eager to do what is good. Amen.

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A Prayer For Shining Brightly”

September 20, 2016

Praying man Father, as we walk in the path of righteousness we also walk in light. The world is full of darkness engulfed by the enemy’s presence but we, by faith, keep our sight fixed on You the invisible One. We persevere and overcome as we look ahead to our eternal reward. There truly is a light at the end of this world’s tunnel when the Son of God takes us by the hand and leads us to the Promised Land. What a grand and glorious day that will be! But until then we keep our eyes on You who shines ever brighter in a sin-sick world that is growing ever darker. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A Prayer For Those Pressing On”

September 19, 2016

Praying man Father, when the valley is deep, when the mountain is steep, when my body is weary, when I stumble and fall. When the choices are hard, when I’m battered and scarred, when I’ve spent all my resources and given my all, it’s in Jesus’ name that I press on. With the prize of eternal life, clear before my eyes, I find the strength and courage to press on and I can do so through Christ Jesus who strengthens me. Amen.

Adapted – “lyrics of Press On” written by Dan Burgess

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.

 


“A Prayer For Godly Use Of Our Hands”

September 16, 2016

Praying manFather, we make it our ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind our own business and to work with our hands, just as Scripture tells us. In doing so we provide for our families and tenderly hold them protecting them from harm’s way. We seek not only to win our family’s respect but also respect from outsiders who observe our Christian conduct. May the things we do with our hands and the ways we show love in our actions truly honor You and be a witness to others in the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.


“A Heartfelt Prayer”

September 15, 2016
This morning we will be taking the train from Mount Joy into Harrisburg to participate in a prayer rally at Noon at the Capitol. The event is part of the Decision America Tour which is sponsoring prayer rallies in each state capitol throughout the country. Then we will be having a meal with the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which contends for Biblical and traditional values here in Pennsylvania

Here is a prayer Brooksyne wrote and we prayed together this morning before leaving. Perhaps you would like to join us.

Father in heaven,

Scripture informs us that we are in a wrestling match, not the blood and flesh kind but a spiritual wrestling match where our opponent is determined to capture and destroy our soul and our very lives, if possible. The apostle Paul writes that our opponents are wicked spirits in high places working in conjunction with the rulers of this world’s darkness.

Though Jesus came as a light to those walking in darkness so many have chosen the darkness over the light.

My spirit asks, why do people choose darkness over light? Because the powerful king of evil, Satan himself, is behind all human weakness and wrongdoing. The nations rage and peace is unachievable within our own hearts when we turn away from the light of the gospel and look to the world’s empty way of life-destroying answers for that which ails our sin sick soul.

It’s no wonder the nations rage and are out to destroy one another, for when we are not at peace with the King of kings and Lord of lords we are not at peace with each another. We are desperately in need of a worldwide revival where people surrender their hearts to You, Almighty God, where they turn away from the ravaging darkness of sin and turn to the eternal brightness of life through Jesus, Your resurrected Son. It’s our only hope for peace in this life and for all eternity.

Amen.

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A Prayer For Using Wholesome Words”

September 14, 2016

Praying man Father, we know the oft repeated expression that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me” is a mistaken message certainly not derived from Scripture. Harmful words or hurtful actions do irrevocable damage that will not disappear through first aid or antiseptic. Harmful words have a way of playing over and over in our head and enter into the deep recesses of our hearts. The more we cling to them the greater we risk exaggerating their original message. We build walls, become defensive and do little to resolve the problem. Help us to weigh our words carefully, put ourselves to the test of asking, “Are the words coming from my mouth pleasing in Your sight?” When we habitually put our words to this test we will not use foul language, engage in crude joking, gossip or slander another but we will instead choose to build one another up in love. Keep us faithful in doing so we pray in Jesus name. Amen.

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A Prayer Of Comfort”

September 13, 2016

Praying man Father, we thank You that we don’t grieve as those who have no hope, after our Christian loved ones take up residency in heaven. It’s hard, though, because we’re unable to converse with them or hug them or even to lovingly help them when they’re in need. But we’re also reassured they’re in safe-keeping, in better surroundings than any of us can imagine on this side of heaven. They’re in better physical condition than that of a newborn babe for they’ve exchanged their decaying perishable body for a perfect, imperishable body that is disease free and ageless. To think of their access to the great apostle Paul or the courageous prophet, Daniel, to sit at the very feet of Jesus, to hear the angel choir filling the heavens with their worshipful hallelujahs. It’s more than the human mind can possibly grasp, yet it awaits us when we take our flight to our eternal home. Keep us faithful, hopeful, and full of anticipation for that great and mighty day when we will make that final eternal transition to where our inheritance lies. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.


“A 9-11 Prayer”

September 12, 2016

Praying man Father, You have called us out as ambassadors for Christ, and in so doing, we make the proclamation of the gospel known not only with our words, but also with our lives. As we approach each new day we’re given a set of challenges. Some that will last only a day but others that will require endurance for years, even a lifetime. The way we deal with those “things” will bring You glory or may be a stumbling block to faith for those who observe.

We consider the thousands upon thousands of lives turned upside down after the terrorist attack of 9-11 fifteen years ago. Yesterday many read aloud the names of their mom, their dad, a loved one, that of a rescue worker, who were killed in the twin towers disaster at the Pentagon or on Flight 93. Such evil is barbaric, senseless and brings about grief that is unending all these years later. As believers we can still trust Your plan, that You are working out Your purpose in our lives for our eternal good and for Your eternal kingdom. But we pray for those individuals who are inconsolable on this side. May they  bring to You their wounded hearts, tell You of their unending anguish, and find consolation in the truth that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Amen.

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.