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Friday, June 29, 2012

Pray for Families (Pray and Play)

Greetings Prayer Warriors!  

This weekend, take time to play and pray, especially with your families.

Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32

Peace, Joy, and Love, 

Share the love.  Pass it on.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Pray for Marriage (L.O.V.E

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

When we look at marriage as a vocation, it should not be surprising that like any vocation, it takes  daily commitment, prayer, and trust in God.   Due to the  demands of any vocation, especially marriage, it helps to surround yourself with others that place this vocation in high regard.  I am blessed to be in a community that encourages the formation of "marriage circles.". These are groups of couples that gather, usually monthly, in fellowship and fun, to support each other's marriages.  Our marriage circle hs dubbed itself  "L.O.V.E. Shack", with LOVE as an acronym for Living Our Vocation Everyday .  

So that all married couples may have the fortitude sand strength to L.O.V.E. is why we pray each Monday.   In preservation of L.O.V.E., let us keep our commitment to weekly prayer.

As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.  Eph 4:16

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Add more links to our prayer chain.  Encourage others to L.O.V.E.    Pass it on.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pray for Families (Parents)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

I love being a parent.  However it is the hardest job that I have ever had!  Most frightening, is that all the training is on the job!  Plus there’s no instruction booklet that helps you figure out each child. Even Mary and Joseph were parenting in the dark.  Like us, they too had to learn by observation, trial, and error.  They too knew frustration, panic, heartache, and agony.

Perhaps that is by design, because in uncontrollable, unknowable, unfathomable situations, there is only one place to turn, and that is to our heavenly Father.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  Matthew 7:7

So today let us focus our family prayer toward parents. 

Dear Lord, as stewards of your children, we pray that all parents are able to unite as one in their parenting.   Give us the grace to teach first by our behavior, then by our words.   Lead us into virtue so that we may be a beacon of your light for our children.  Be generous with the fruits of your Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity.*   Lord, give us a double portion of patience, please.   Help us to teach our children, whether they be toddlers, tweens, teens, young adults or mature adults, to place all trust in you.   May we as parents, never forget to pray for each of our children, knowing that you will bless them with exactly what they need.  We place them in your hands O Lord, that they may experience your love and protection.  We ask this in your most holy name..  Amen.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Pray for parents and invite others to join in.

*As listed in the Latin Vulgate

Monday, June 18, 2012

Pray for Marriages (Seeking Refuge)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

When a marriage begins to fail and the lines of communication weaken, stress results.  Couples may seek refuge in various destructive ways such as food, alcohol, drugs, infidelity, silence, etc.  Most feel justified in their behavior. They hold anger and resentment as their shield, with fear masquerading as strength.  But in the end, truth reveals that anger and resentment are nothing more than a blanket that smothers the Life out of them. 

Let us pray that couples are boosted by faith and have the confidence to trust in Him during life’s trials.   May they turn to Him for comfort and strength.

In the shadow of your wings I seek refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. Ps 57:1

For those who feel forsaken in prayer, may they find peace in his Word. 

"The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." Deut 31:8

For any relationship to flourish, you must spend time together. Schedule time to be with Him first.  Remove the noise and seek the quiet.  Be soothed by the Lord’s whispers.

Be still, and know that I am God. Ps 46:10

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Guide someone into the shadow of his wings.  Pass it on.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pray for Families (P.R.A.Y.E.R.)

Greetings Prayer Angels,

As you lift up families in prayer today, consider the following:

Expecting a

The Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God's will.  Romans 8:26-27

As prayers are answered pray again, a prayer of praise and thanksgiving!

Embracing the

 I will give them a new heart and put a new spirit within them... 
Ezekiel 11:19

Pray joyfully for families!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Invite someone new to pray for families.  Pass it on!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Pray for Marriages (Wild or sedate?)

Greetings Prayer Warriors!

Do you prefer roller-coasters or merry-go-rounds?  Some marriages are like roller-coasters, up, down, and unpredictable; A wild ride where the emotions spike and plummet.  Others are like merry-go-rounds.  Same old, same old; Very predictable, but not very exciting.

Usually spouses are two different rides at the same amusement park. One is saying “Let’s party!” The other is saying, “Doesn’t a quiet evening at home sound grand?!”  Perhaps this is the Lord’s attempt to build virtue within a marriage.  This dynamic requires give and take, patience, selflessness, and mutual respect.  These are earned and learned along the amusement path.  In the end the merry-go-round will remain predictable and the roller-coaster will still live for the thrill, but in time, the result will be a new-found mutual respect and an increase in virtue.  

Pray that spouses seek a deeper understanding of the other.  Being understood can break down many walls. 

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

Lord, we pray that you lead spouses to a common ground, where they can initiate a meaningful conversation which will culminate in a deeper understanding and respect of the other.  With you as their guide, may their marriage be filled with the joys of the unexpected, the comfort of your steadfastness, and the love of being complementary.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Pray for those on a wild ride! Pass it on!