“A Prayer For Being A Burden-Bearer”

March 24, 2017

Praying man Father, as ambassadors of Your heavenly Kingdom, we want to be spiritually sensitive to those whose difficulties seem overwhelming. Some of our brothers and sisters are weighed down with troubling circumstances that might overtake them if not for those of us who take them by the arm and pull them up out of the quicksand of discouragement that ultimately sinks them even deeper to despair. Help me to do my part to strengthen my brother or sister in their faith journey. Reveal to me ways that I can show genuine concern for unbelievers, through caring words and loving deeds, for they need to see the love of Christ represented in human form. In the blessed name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen.

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“A Prayer Of Thanks For The Nails”

March 23, 2017

Praying man Father, we know that Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of man ordained by You for a miraculous birth, along with many signs and wonders that You performed through Him. He was handed over to wicked men and gruesomely crucified by the nails that bore Him to the cross.  This was done by Your set purpose and in Your foreknowledge. But God, You raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the permanence of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him. And now He is exalted to Your right hand making intercession for us. “What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul!” Amen

Prayer based on passages from Acts 2

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“A Prayer For Finishing The Race Well”

March 22, 2017

Praying manFather, we want to run the Christian race wholeheartedly testifying to the gospel of Your grace all the days of our life. We choose to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith.  It’s not the one who runs the swiftest, nor the one who runs for a day, but the one who endures to the end who will be saved. We anxiously await the rapturous moment when we cross the finish line from mortality into immortality, from death unto life eternal, when we will hear Your wonderful commendation, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Amen.

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“A Prayer For Eternal Perspective”

March 20, 2017

Praying man Father, help us to look beyond material provisions and recognize that the value of spiritual blessings far exceed our temporal needs and pleasures. May our heart’s cry be the same as that of the Apostle Paul who declared, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Physical suffering and persecution, for the sake of Christ, will prove our faith to be genuine and will gain for us a crown of life. Suffering and persecution here on earth is temporal, but a crown of life is eternal!  Help us to live not just for the here and now, but set our affections on that which lasts forever so that we stay the course! May our faith in You increase as we build treasures in heaven rather than chasing after fool’s gold here on earth. And may our resolve to stand firm intensify as we see the day of Your return approaching. Be with our brothers and sisters held in captivity and those who are being persecuted daily. We pray for the safety and release of our Malaysian brother, Pastor Raymond, in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

 

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“A Prayer For The Persecuted”

March 17, 2017

Praying man Father, we are told in Hebrews that we are to remember those in prison as though we ourselves were suffering in prison. That way we will pray more faithfully and fervently when we put ourselves in place of our brothers and sisters who face persecution and even death as they remain faithful to their witness for Christ. May their faithful example serve as a witness to their accusers and help to lead them to faith. As one brother often prays, “May the soothing presence of the Holy Spirit be as salve to their wounds”, whether they are physical, emotional, or mental. Speak peace and assurance to family members who are desperately waiting for their release, and increase their faith in the midst of it all, we pray. Amen.

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“A Prayer For An Attitude Adjustment”

March 16, 2017

Praying man Father, when we offer our bodies to you as living sacrifices we find out what pleases You and what brings You honor. Then we begin to renew our mind to be like the mind of Christ. We prayerfully choose to conform no longer to the pattern of this world, but rather Christ’s pattern for life when He walked upon earth clothed in frail humanity. Virtuous character traits are seen in His words, in His works, in His resistance to temptation, and in His fierce devotion to lay down His life to free us from the penalty of sin. As we observe His life and His influence on other people it helps us discern Your will for our life. We’re more accepting of You as the Potter who takes our hearts of common clay and shapes them into beautiful vessels of clay that make us useful for Your kingdom, honoring to Your service, affectionate toward that which comes from above, and clinging loosely to that which serves us only in this life.  Amen.

 

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“A Prayer For Being A Faithful Proclamer”

March 15, 2017

Praying man Father, Scripture tells us that at the last judgment those from every tribe and nation will bow upon hearing the name of Jesus. Every tongue will confess that You are Lord, to the glory of God the Father. We, as the redeemed, look forward to that glorious day when all of creation acknowledges You as Lord. But our hearts cry out for family members and other loved ones who, having denied Your power in this life, will be forced to acknowledge You as Lord on that final day. Renew our passion for reaching those in our generation with the Word of Life, so that they will joyfully proclaim Jesus is Lord in this life as well as the next. In the powerful name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

 

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“A Prayer For A Spiritual Foundation”

March 14, 2017

Praying man Father in heaven, we ask You to help us to embrace the reason that we must apply Your teachings to our lives – so that our foundation will be unshakable and storm-proof when the howling winds and surging rains beat against us. The foundation of this world is temporal and growing more and more decadent, so we choose instead to build our lives on the eternal foundation of Your Holy Word, as You teach us all throughout Scripture. We will come to regret that which consumed our heart, our mind and our time in building temporal foundations, but we will never come to regret building a spiritual foundation comprised of Jesus Christ and His eternal worth. Keep us clear minded and focused so that we are aware of the difference in that which only satisfies us here and that which satisfies us for all eternity. Amen.

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“A Prayer For Discerning The Times”

March 13, 2017

Praying man Father, even as the religious leaders missed the signs of Christ’s first coming many are missing the signs of Your second coming. Choosing to live for the temporal pleasures of sin will blind us from the signs You give that prepare us for Christ’s soon return. Help us not to be grow weary or lose hope lest we fix our attention on that which passes away and take our eyes away from that which is eternal when Jesus comes for those who are committed to Him. We lift up our eyes to You, for our redemption draweth nigh! Amen.

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“A Prayer For Godly Character”

March 10, 2017

Praying manFather, grant us strength and courage as we face the many decisions to divert from Your plan of truth and righteousness.  May godly character be that by which we are known, for a good name is more desirable than great riches (Proverbs 22:1). May the rewards of our good character lead to blessings for ourselves as well as for our children (Proverbs 20:7). And may our children be known by their actions as well, by whether their conduct is pure and right (Proverbs 20:11).

Help us to make every effort to grow in our character as we add to our faith, goodness, and knowledge, and self-control, and perseverance, and godliness, and brotherly kindness and love. For if we possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive in our knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:5-8). Amen.

Prayer abbreviated from My Sunshine Room blog.

 

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