“A Prayer For Encouraging Words

December 14, 2018

Father, it has been said that there is no better exercise than to reach down and pick someone up. Of course we do that literally when we reach down to pick up a young child, but You also want us to practice this figuratively in the way we reach out to all people, especially the down and out, those feeling discouraged, abandoned or hopeless, and those dealing with chronic pain, loneliness, poverty or rejection. There are many reasons one might be discouraged but there are also many ways we can pick them up by expressing personal interest in them, lending a hand where needed, writing a note of encouragement, helping contribute toward a financial burden and above all praying that the one who is discouraged will find encouragement in You. We pray this in the name of Jesus who overcame the world. Amen.

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“A Prayer For The Convicting Word”

December 13, 2018

Father, it comes very naturally to encourage and instruct others in Your teachings. But it is far more difficult to bring loving rebuke and correction to one who has chosen to live in disobedience to Your commands. Help me to go forth as one pure in heart, humble in spirit, and earnest in prayer when I am commissioned to be Your messenger of life-giving rebuke. It wasn’t Nathan who went after David, but it was You who sent Nathan, which served as the beginning of David’s spiritual restoration. When the messenger is pure in motive and obedient to the Spirit’s prompting, and the message is received in the right spirit, then correction will take place, just as it did with David. Though I cannot be assured of the desired results help me to find blessing in having been obedient to Your Spirit’s leading. When I am the recipient of a rebuke may I respond in humility and receive the correction as though it were delivered personally from You and respond accordingly. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

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“A Prayer For A Sustaining Word”

December 12, 2018

Sustaining Father, I am full of gratitude today as I consider Your abiding presence in my life, day in and day out. When events in my life shake the very foundations of who I am or the path before me is unclear I gain courage and direction when I remember the inspirational words of Moses, “The Lord is the One who will go before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”* You sustain me in my wilderness journeyings and even if others forsake me, You remain faithful. Remarkable as it seems, even if I am faithless, You will remain faithful, for You cannot deny Yourself. Thank You for being my Supreme Savior and the Sustainer of my soul, my everlasting hope and joy. Amen.”

* Deuteronomy 31:8

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“A Prayer For Using Edifying Words”

December 11, 2018

Father, we know the oft repeated expression that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a mistaken message certainly not derived from Scripture. Harmful and hurtful words can 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 entering into the deep recesses of our hearts. The more we cling to them the greater we risk exaggerating their original message or the intent of the messenger. 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 tongue pleasing to Your ears?” When we habitually put our words to this test we will not use foul language, engage in crude joking, gossip, point out other’s shortcomings, slander or make fun of others but we will instead choose to build one another up in love. Keep us faithful in doing so we pray in Jesus name. Amen.

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“A Prayer For Kind Words”

December 10, 2018

Father, the cares of this world often press in on us and weigh our hearts down. It’s not your desire that we carry this heavy load because You are the Burden Bearer. You use the difficult circumstances of our lives to bring glory to Yourself as You bring spiritual maturity into our relationship with You. There are many situations where we’ve been dealt with unjustly, with unkind words thrown our way. But there are many other times we’ve received kindness when we didn’t seek it. Help us to seek out ways in which we can speak kind words or extend ourselves in thoughtful and generous ways that will brighten one’s day. Let us be as rays of sunshine to one who might be overshadowed by clouds of discouragement today.  Amen.

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“A Prayer For Prodigals”

December 7, 2018

Father, I want to be Your hand extended, reaching out to those in need. Because we’ve been blessed by Your hand, Father, we want to reach out to others so that they too may be blessed since we can be an extension of Your love and kindness, Your mercy and grace. How grateful we are for those who saw us when we were in need, prayed for us, and then courageously, even sacrificially made themselves available to us. They were compassionate conduits for that which You wanted to do for us, in us, and through us as we surrendered ourselves to You for Your intended purpose for our lives. Amen.


“A Prayer Of Thanks For Keeping Grace”

December 6, 2018

Father, I am very grateful for Your continual guidance in my life and for Your steadying hand when the foundations are shaken. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for You are my safe refuge. In Your presence I find renewed hope, resurging strength and safety beneath the shelter of Your wings! Your unfailing love will uphold me and Your sovereign presence will never leave me nor forsake me. What joyous blessings these promises unfold in my life day by day as You will never lead me where Your grace cannot keep me. Thank You for Jesus in whose name we pray! Amen.

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“A Prayer Of Thanks For God’s Gift Of Clothing”

December 5, 2018

Father, my soul rejoices in the wondrous Gift of Your Son, Jesus, who descended from the sinless atmosphere of heaven and clothed Himself in the garment of humankind. Prior to this marvelous undertaking You spoke to us through the prophets who revealed only a partial and preparatory revelation of the Triune God. But the perfect revelation of who You are is revealed in the Person of Jesus Christ which is made visible and understandable in human terms. For the Son is the radiance of Your glory and the exact representation of Your Being. As we have come to know Jesus, the Son of man, we also know You, Father, because Your character and power are revealed in the life and works of Your Son, Jesus. Thank You for mercifully adopting us as Your children and clothing us in robes of righteousness, for without this clothing, we cannot enter heaven. Amen.

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“A Prayer Of Thanks For The Cross And The Shield”

December 4, 2018

Father, we are grateful for Jesus who provided the answer for the sin problem for all time. Without the cross there would be no redemption; no forgiveness for our sins; no hope for this life or the next; no sin-free eternity for the redeemed. That which was man’s greatest problem had no earthly fix, but You sent Jesus to be born in a hallowed manger to be the solution to our desperate condition. To those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior it is a joyous walk. The weight of sin is lifted and the shield of salvation empowers us, for Jesus is our Master. But to those who reject Jesus the weight of sin continues to dominate their lives and enslave them to the schemes of Satan who is their master. We lift high the banner of the cross of Jesus as we walk in His resurrected power, and it is also in His name that we pray. Amen.

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“A Prayer To the One Seeking And Saving”

December 3, 2018

Loving Father, You rescued us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of Your Son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Where would we be today without the redemptive work of Jesus who bore the pain and disgrace of our sins that we might be forgiven and receive eternal life. We give You praise now and forevermore through Christ Jesus our Lord in whose name we pray. Amen.

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