“A Prayer For A Heavenly Focus”

January 18, 2017

Praying man Father, with great anticipation I am looking for a city with an eternally strong foundation, a home in the heavens not made by human hands. Help me to live as an alien here on earth since the benefits of my citizenship in heaven is of far greater worth than the benefits of my citizenship here in this country below. Keep me tightly holding onto Your promise of the heaven yet to come so that I will loosely grip the temporal that is only for the here and now. I cling to this great promise repeated throughout the Bible so that it gives me a proper perspective in the way I am to live as a stranger here on earth. Amen.

 

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“A Prayer When You’re Losing Your Grip”

January 17, 2017

Praying man Father, the journey is long, the obstacles are many, and the endurance needed to live by faith is the challenge given to every believer. In ourselves we are ill-equipped physically, mentally, and emotionally to endure to the end. But You give strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak. Our brothers and sisters help strengthen our weak hands  and our feeble knees.  With the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus we find the strength to press onward and upward. It is in Jesus’ name that we press on. Amen.

 

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“A Prayer For Having A Tight Grip”

January 16, 2017

Praying man Father, in this ever-changing society where transition beckons us daily, You are the Changeless One. As we hold tightly to the hope we profess we will not be swayed to the right nor to the left. And we hold to this hope because You are faithful to Your Word and to Your divine character. Though the heavens are silent at times and the world continues to slide into decadence and intolerance toward true Christians we remain faithful. We will hold on a little while longer and shine as lights in this dark world so that we can influence as many as possible. As we hold unswervingly to the hope we profess we will not give up due to weariness, weakness, or a wayward heart, for Your unchanging truth makes the triumph sure. We joyfully have enlisted, led by Your grace divine. Amen.

 

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“A Prayer For Running The Race”

January 13, 2017

Praying man Father, the race You’ve marked out for us doesn’t require nearly as much physical stamina as it does spiritual endurance. Those who are physically weak due to disease, illness, and aging are just as qualified to run as those who have young athletic bodies. It’s a spiritual race where You call us to perseverance as we discard anything that would break our stride or cause us to drop out.  You cheer us on by Christ’s example and by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit that sustains us in our struggle against sin. Keep us faithful to the end, for the end is only the beginning. We seek to run the race before us, strong and brave to face the foe, looking only unto Jesus as we onward go. Amen.

 

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“A Prayer For Being Compelled By The Love Of God”

January 12, 2017

Praying man Father, may the love of Jesus fill me as the waters fill the sea; with Him exalting, my self-surrendering, this is truly victory. Like the apostle Paul I am delighted to share with others not only Your gospel but my life as well, giving of my time, my knowledge, sharing of my possessions and helping to bear the burdens of the weak, helpless, and discouraged, offering a lifting hand, sharing an encouraging word with one who needs to be uplifted. More of You and less of me is my heart’s desire as I journey here below. Amen.

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“A Prayer For Peace To Rule Inwardly”

January 11, 2017

Praying man Father, may Your peace rule our lives in everything, enabling us to remain calm and trusting in the midst of our own troubles, so that we might also reach out to others who suffer in sickness or in sorrow. We want to be Your hand extended to them so that they may know the God of all comfort. You are our Comforter who lifts us when we are downcast, who provides refuge from the howling storms of life, and the God of eternal hope when our circumstances seem hopeless. May we convey to others this wondrous uplifting message of comfort and hope to those whose life’s circumstances has hidden You from view. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

 

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“A Prayer For God’s Word To Dwell Richly”

January 10, 2017

Praying man Father, may the Word of Christ dwell richly within me, since it is the very essence of Your Spirit. The majority of people will never read through the Bible or know of the wonderful truths contained therein. But they get a glimpse of the essence of Your Word through my joyful attitude, the kind words I speak and generous deeds I carry out in the name of Christ, by the love I show to others and by the biblical principles in which I live. As the Word of God dwells richly in my heart hour by hour others will see I triumph only through Your power. Amen.

 

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“A Prayer For Being Heavenly-Minded”

January 9, 2017

Praying man Father, since we have set our heart on things above, not on earthly things, we die to self and live unto Christ. As our lives are hidden with Christ in God we pray that the mind of Christ will live in us from day to day. By His love and power may He control all we do and say, so that we may decrease as He increases in our thoughts, actions, and words. We want this mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

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” A Prayer For Holding Steady”

January 6, 2017

Praying man Father, the tragic story of the Nickel Mines shooting,  other school shootings, or anytime there is the taking of innocent lives we would despair were it not for Your redemptive power to turn the worst of circumstances into opportunity for people to see and experience Your love, grace and forgiveness. The supreme example of this is seen in the crucifixion of Your innocent Son where it seemed that evil prevailed, Satan won and all hope was lost. Yet the resurrection took place just as You planned giving not only Jesus power over death, but it also provided salvation and eternal life for all who choose to believe on You. There is nothing the enemy can do to us that over-powers the good You bring about in Your redemptive plan. We see this in Joseph who chose to forgive the evil plotted against him declaring to his brothers, “What you intended for evil, God intended for good.” Enable us to hold steady in trust that You will fulfill Your purpose in us; Your love, O Lord, endures forever, for You do not abandon the works of Your hands. Amen.

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“A Prayer For Unswerving Hope”

January 5, 2017

Praying man Father, the writer of Hebrews encourages us not to abandon our faith when difficulties arise. It is during these times of testing that we prove our faith to be genuine if we persevere. We choose not to shrink back and be destroyed, but we choose to be numbered with those who believe and are saved. We thank You for the present rewards that come with diligently serving You and by faith we look forward to the eternal rewards You promise to the faithful.  Amen.

 

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