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Monday, June 19, 2017

Pray for Marriages (Inspiration from His Disciples)

Greeting Prayer Warriors,

As a follower of Christ, it’s easy to ponder both the complexity and simplicity of “love one another”.  But faith in action is much harder, especially in one’s own home.  When marriage moves from the hilltop to the valley, living the gospel seems much harder.  Perhaps one can find inspiration from Jesus’ disciples.

In everything we commend ourselves as ministers of God, through much endurance, in afflictions, hardships, constraints… by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, in a holy spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech, in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left. 2 Corinthians 4, 6-7

Lord, help each of us to live the gospel message of love in our marriage.  With your grace, accelerate our growth in the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Keep us firmly grafted to You, that we may blossom fully, radiating You in all that we do. Bless all marriages, especially those most withered, that all might come to a new and greater life in You.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Cry out in prayer to the Master Gardner.  Pass it on!  

Friday, June 16, 2017

Pray for Families (A New World)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

What is this world coming to?

Isn’t it easy to look at another’s behavior, attitude, or words and ruminate over how they annoy, offend, hurt, or disgust you?  It is much harder however, to look at one’s self and ask, “Can my behavior be classified as any better?” OR “Was my response to their behavior equally annoying offensive, hurtful, and disgusting?” How easy it is to be prideful with false feelings of superiority! Yet we rarely pause to consider what is creating the other’s storm. Our call to action is a simple: love.

Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

We all are imperfect in some way, which is how the Lord humbles us. If we had no challenges in life, how would we ever come to realize that we needed a Savior? Praise you, Lord, for the brokenness that leads us to you! Heal our imperfections!

The light of the moon will be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times greater, like the light of seven days, on the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people and heals the bruises left by his blows. Isaiah 30:26

Let us pray for family, friends, and the one in the mirror.

Lord, help us to find our way to you. Heal us from all that mars our beauty, especially on the inside.  Purify our words so that they may build up, not tear down. Clean our minds from all that diverts us from focusing on you. Redirect our “busyness” to that of serving one another. Give us warm hearts filled with your tender love, so that all those we meet will come to know you and seek you as they experience your love emanating through us. Then we will be able to answer the question, “What is this world coming to?" with a resounding, “YOU!”

Power came forth from Jesus and healed them all.  Luke 6:19

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Love and prayer. The only weapons needed to create a better world.  Pass it on!  

Monday, June 12, 2017

Pray for Marriages (Faith in the Midst of the Storm)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

When marital storms are brewing, it is exceedingly hard to trust God. Yet He tests our faith, not to mention our patience.

"Did you really mean your vows to your beloved when you spoke them in my presence?" He seems to ask.

"Save us, Lord; we are perishing!" our hearts cry out.  Matthew 8:25

"Be still and know that I am God," we hear Him reply.  Psalm 46:10

We pray over and over, "God for us is a refuge and strength, a helper close at hand in times of distress."  Psalm 46:2

He replies, "By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust your strength lies.  Isaiah 30:15

Let us pray for all married couples to be given the graces necessary to be still and quiet, to be patient and calm, and for an increase in faith, hope, and love.  

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Prayer can calm the soul. Pass it on!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Pray for Families (The Prodigal One)

Greetings Prayer Warriors, 

Everyone knows the story of the prodigal son.  I used to get so tripped up on how unfair it seemed that the wayward son received the celebratory feast.  But now I see it speaks of the father’s mercy, mirroring God the Father’s mercy.  We all go wayward in our lives at some point, feeding our passions and every little passing desire.  We mistake our self-removal from familial love, rules, structure, and/or morality for real freedom.  However in time, we find that we’ve become slaves to our passions and they soon shackle us. But just like the prodigal son’s father, we have a heavenly Father always waiting for us to return to Him so that He can release us from our chains and return us to the true freedom we never appreciated.

"Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son." Luke 15:21

God showers us with undeserved mercy because He can never stop loving us, His children.  He wants to give Himself fully to us for He is Love and Mercy!

“Now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.” Luke 15:32

Take some time and contemplate where in your life you separate yourself from the Father.  When you stand in His light, what makes you want to run?  Claim the dust bunnies in your life and bring them before the Father and ask for His mercy.  Then pray on behalf of your family members that they too may become totally reconciled to the Father.

"There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance."  Luke 15:7

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Let’s increase the joy in heaven!  Pray for true repentance as well as the conversion of others because everyone needs a heavenly hug! Pass it on!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Pray for Marriages (Rewoven like New)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

As we move toward summer and the days lengthen, so too do moods improve!  Why not leverage this natural boost to do something positive for your marriage? Ask the Lord what is right for your marriage. Activities together?  Time away?  Evening walks? Light-hearted talks? Reminiscing about your early love? Prayer time? The Lord knows best. Spend some quiet time with Him.

LORD, you have probed me, you know me: you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. You sift through my travels and my rest; with all my ways you are familiar. Even before a word is on my tongue, LORD, you know it all. Behind and before you encircle me and rest your hand upon me.  Psalm 139:1-5

God of compassion and love, send your Spirit to guide me especially when I am unsure of which way to go or what to do. May I be attentive and docile to the promptings of your Spirit, for I trust in your promises.  May your loving hands reweave the bonds of our marriage, as you become the third strand.

I prayed: “LORD, God of heaven, great and awesome God, you preserve your covenant of mercy with those who love you and keep your commandments. May your ears be attentive, and your eyes open, to hear the prayer that I, your servant, now offer in your presence day and night. Nehemiah 1:5-6

“Behold, I make all things new.” Then he said, “Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5

Peace, Joy, and Love,

No marriage is beyond his grasp.  Pray that someone’s marriage be made new again! Pass it on!  

Friday, June 2, 2017

Pray for Families (Simple Prayer)

 Greetings Prayer Warriors,

With a humble heart and open mind, ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify the family members most in need of prayer.  Then with all your heart and all your mind, simply pray for them.

I will pray with the spirit, but I will also pray with the mind. 
1 Corinthians 14;15

Bless our families Lord, especially those individuals in most need of our prayers!

Peace, Joy and Love,

Ask someone to pray with you or for you.   Pass it on!  

Monday, May 29, 2017

Pray for Marriages and Families (Enduring Loss)

Memorial Day Observance

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Let us never forget. 

While Jesus saved us from “the wages of sin” and bought us the freedom of eternal life, our freedom here in American and for many around the world, was won on the backs of those who so bravely served in our armed forces and gave their lives. 

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  John 15:13

Let us never forget.

While many celebrate today with barbeques and beach parties, let us remember that many died that we might have a more glorious life here on earth.  They left behind grieving spouses, children, parents, relatives, friends, and communities whose lives were never to be the same.  Pray that they may not be shackled by their anger and grief.  Come Holy Spirit!

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Let us never forget.

They served for love of God and country.

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.  Hebrews 6:10

Let us never forget.

During WWII, 12% of the population served in the military.  Everyone knew a serviceman.  Today that number has dropped to less than .5% of the US population.  May we never take those who serve for granted, as they protect our freedom daily.

Let us never forget them in prayer. 

Lord, we pray for the souls of the faithful departed who served in the armed forces, that they may rest in peace until they come into your glory.  We pray for healing and peace to pervade the lives of all those who have suffered the loss of someone dear to them.  May you bless them richly with your love.  Preserve the marriages of those who have lost a son or daughter who served. Strengthen and guide the children who have lost a parent by surrounding them with good and righteous people.  For those who have lost a spouse, fill the deep void in their lives with your tender and compassionate love.

May we never forget them in prayer. 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

In remembrance of our those who served us so bravely, pass it on as an eternal flame of prayer.