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Friday, October 18, 2019

Pray for Families (Renewal of the Mind)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

What’s hip, happening, and trendy in each decade can be quite alluring as one gets swept up in the culture of the day and carried along by its tide. However, what is not trendy or hip, but always consistently present, reliable, and unwavering is the Lord’s call to each of us to walk alongside him. He has a perfect plan for you and asks that we surrender our will to him. Yet we struggle with letting go of our grip, believing we are in perfect control of our lives.

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.  Romans 12:2

The will of God?  Ask yourself if discerning the will of God is even on your radar? What is he asking of you? What fills your mind with and what is he calling you to empty it of?

Lord, help us not be seduced by the enticements of the day, but rather come enter in and break the chains that bind us. Open our eyes to the deceptions of this world and grant us wisdom, renewed faith, and a greater peace. We ask this not just for us, but also for our families. May we always seek to be good and pleasing in your sight.  Amen.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Start a new cultural wave and pass it on!  

Monday, October 14, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Needing a Do-over or two…)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

There are many people who wish they could have a pocketful of “do-overs” in life; Erasing a regrettable action and having a second (improved) chance to act. Perhaps you’ve done something that has impacted the quality of your marriage; improper actions, unkind, cutting words, infidelities, lies, etc. While it may take a while for your spouse to forgive you (if ever), the Lord will always forgive you when you ask with a contrite heart. 

The LORD’s acts of mercy are not exhausted, his compassion is not spent; They are renewed each morning—great is your faithfulness! 
Lamentations 3:22-23

You also have to forgive yourself and seek to make reparations with your spouse. Humility is a great beginning. 

Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak the truth, [… ] for we are members one of another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun set on your anger, and do not leave room for the devil.  Ephesians 4:25-27

Lord, bless and sanctify marriages by showering them with unleashed grace. Give each of us forgiving hearts, that we may mirror your merciful love. “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”For the most grievous betrayals, bring healing of heart, mind, and soul. For those who wound and betray, provide the grace needed for a full conversion. Lord, you make all things new. Bind and renew all marriages throughout the world, that others may come to know the saving power of your love. Amen.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Unending hope.  Pass it on!  

Monday, October 7, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Seeking the one)

Greeting Prayer Warriors,

Some of you may have met your spouse at a young age, others much later, but finding your true love was a great celebration. Yet some may have compromised on their choice, settling for a sure thing versus nothing at all. Others may have married before having the maturity to understand the importance of their choice. In hindsight, any married person past the honeymoon stage understands the importance of finding a good match. Today I feel called to pray for those looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right.

Lord, help single adults to first love themselves. May you become their first true love, so they will know what unconditional love feels like. Help them to understand that they are perfect the way you made them, and that you only create beautiful things.

I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! Psalm 139:14

When filled with self-doubt and numerous insecurities, give them the grace to refrain from immoral behaviors that only momentarily fill their emptiness.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body. 
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Train them in the virtues, giving them the patient endurance to trust in your plan for them.

Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

May they not put their trust in material wealth, but in the wealth of one’s love to be shared.

Better the meagerness of the righteous one than the plenty of the wicked. Psalms 37:16

May the grace of our Almighty God result in their peace and patience as they await his perfect plan for their lives.

Wait for the LORD, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the LORD! Psalm 27:14

Peace, Joy, and Love, 

You are never alone. The Lord walks with you and our prayers follow you! Pass it on! 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Pray for Families (Seeking Truth)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Truth. What is truth? Just as Pontius Pilate grappled with this question almost 2000 years ago, today much of society still struggles with the same question. Where does one go and whom do they rely on as a trusted source of information? The mainstream media is no longer impartial. It can be very disquieting to have to question everything. In comparison, internet sites and smart phone social media apps offer artificial, airbrushed realities, guaranteed to make most people feel inferior and inadequate, often leading to anxiety or even depression.

The Lord wants you to know that he loves you and each member your family just as they are. You are precious in His sight. There is nothing you can do to make Him love you any less or any more. He wants you to draw nearer to Him. 

“Follow me.” Matthew 9:9

Trust in Him, and He will guide you to all truth, for there is no firmer a foundation.

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”  John 14:6

Trust in the LORD forever! For the LORD is an eternal Rock. Isaiah 26:4

Let us pray for our family members who feel less than, inadequate, and never good enough. May the Lord's voice pierce through all the untruths on the airwaves, on the internet, and in print that seek to destroy, corrupt, demean and mislead.  May your intercessory prayers rise to the heavens and form a shield of protection!

Peace, Joy, and Love, 

The Truth can be found.  He is waiting for your permission. Pass it on! 

Monday, September 30, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Dwelling in Darkness)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Have you literally ever been in pure darkness?  I still remember the time I was walking in a cave and the person with a flashlight moved well ahead of me.  Without a source of light from any direction I felt an unknown fear, as I had no sense in which direction I should move.  

Similarly, many have felt that way at some point in their marriage; paralyzed by darkness, abandoned by the one they trusted to accompany them with light, they have no idea which way to turn next.

The Light of the World awaits your call, “Lord, come be my Light!”

I will arise; though I sit in darkness, the LORD is my light.  Micah 7:8
For you, LORD, give light to my lamp; my God brightens my darkness. Psalm 18:29

Sometimes it is not until we have stumbled into darkness or have left the Light, that we realize the power and comfort of its illumination. Let us pray for God’s light to pierce through the darkness of so many marriages.  

Lord, may your Light radiate into the hearts, minds, and souls of married couples. Help them to see all that blocks the Son, so that each may self- prune appropriately, providing for an increase in your Light. Illumine pathways previously unknown, guiding these couples to new pastures of peace, fields of abundant joy, and a love so plentiful that it is poured out in imitation of you. 

I, the LORD, have called you for justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations.  Isaiah 42:6

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Keep the flame burning brightly. Pass it on!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Pray for Families (Shedding the Excess)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Most have read or heard the following scripture passage:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.Matthew 6:19-12

I must admit there were times I never knew I had a treasure until the moths got to it!

All kidding aside, some if not most of us accumulate more than we need, thinking perhaps we might need it someday. Perhaps now is the time to reassess. Who might benefit from our excess?

Perhaps you’ve been blessed with intangible gifts. Are you sharing your kindness, hospitality, talent for fixing things, knack for organization, or knowledge of scripture?

As we leave summer and enter Fall, a season where even trees know to shed their excess so that they can blossom more beautifully in a coming season, let us pray that the Lord show us what to let go of, what to share, and what part of ourselves we are to give more generously to our family. Sometimes the most perfect prayer is one of action. Winterize your soul by turning of the heat of your love.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Don’t fall behind. Let the pruning begin. Pass it on!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Pray for Marriages (Saintly Prayer and Perseverance)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

The saints are constant sources of inspiration. Their ability to persevere in the face of all types of adversity, shows us that the heavier the cross, the more grace God bestows on an individual.  

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 
2 Corinthians 12:9

Meditate on the lives of the saints. Then aspire to be a saint and vow to never lose hope for a marriage, be it your own or someone else’s. Persevere either in honoring your own marital covenant or in your prayers on behalf of another’s marriage. Both require faith and abundant grace.  

Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 1:14

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Pray like a saint and pass it on!