Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Adapted from the book How to be a Praying Mom by Jeannie St. John Taylor, Hendrickson Publishers.

Gracious Heavenly Father,
I praise you because you are a God of love. Thank you for being holy and righteous and calling us to imitate you – calling us to love the way you love. Give us eyes to see the world through your eyes of love. Forgive us for the many times we fall short. Thank you for accepting us, despite our tendencies to be unloving, as you lead us closer to your perfect love.
Remind us that love is an action, not a feeling. Help us act in love toward the people who wrong us. Give us wisdom to overlook flaws. Help us pray for others rather than resenting them. Help us bless rather than curse. Pull up any bitter roots that try to grip our hearts, and wind the tendrils of your love around them instead. In Jesus’ precious name we pray, amen.

Supporting verses:
“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. . . . For this is the message we heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” 1 John 3: 18, 11
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.” 1 John 5:2

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Father God, our Abba Daddy,
Teach us today that you truly are our heavenly Daddy and you love to supply our needs and give us the desires of our hearts. Just as we take pleasure in caring for our children and giving special gifts to loved ones, you enjoy caring for and giving to us. We aren’t bothering you when we ask for things for ourselves.
You want us to ask.
Over and over in the scriptures you urge us to ask you to supply physical, spiritual and relational needs, promising that if those requests fit in with your will and honor Jesus’ name, you will grant all of them. 
So as we go about our day today please remind us to ask you for help instead of
worrying. And help us not feel selfish or guilty for asking, because the answers you send will not only help us but glorify you. Thank you Father that we can pray directly to you in the name of your Son Jesus, amen.

Supporting verses:
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. . . . If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:7, 8, 11  
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:13, 14
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:7,8
“ . . .  so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” John 15:16b
Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” John 16:23 b
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made knows to God.” Philippians 4:6
In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” John 16:26,27

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

         O powerful God who stretched out the heavens and stirs up the sea so that waves roar, we know you can accomplish the impossible. We believe that if we ask you can:
Restore our impossibly broken relationships
Change our rebellious children
Provide jobs when the economy is collapsing
Supply us with food and clothing
Heal our bodies
Remove our addictions
Lift our depression and calm our fears
We believe that nothing is ever ruined if we turn and ask you for help, because you are able to impossibly renew us and remake us into your masterpieces. Remind us to keep asking you daily to accomplish the impossible in our lives.
We thank you in Jesus’ name, amen. 

Supporting verses: ESV Bible
 “I am . . . the LORD, your maker who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth . . . who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar” Isaiah 51:13 & 15
“If you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matt. 17:20
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matt. 19:26
“He saved us . . . by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:5 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus.” Eph. 2:10 (NLT)
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Matt. 7:7
“And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you he will give justice to them speedily.” Luke 18:7
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Father God, 

    You search my heart and know everything about me. You know what I’m thinking, and before I speak a single word you know what I’m going to say. No one could possibly count the many times your thoughts rest on me every day. I don’t understand why you would care so much about me, but I’m grateful that you do.
    Though I will never be able to fully comprehend your great love for me, I thank you with my whole heart. Thank you that you watch over me and my loved ones for our good to prosper us. Thank you that you will never leave me or forsake me. Teach me to seek after you with my whole heart, and help me remember the many benefits of knowing you and obeying your Word. We pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.

Supporting verses:
“O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they are more than the sand.” Psalm 139:1, 2, 6. 17 & 18
“When I look at the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:3,4
“I give you thinks, O LORD, with my whole heart.” Psalm 138:1
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Heb. 13:5b
“Therefore keep the words of this covenant and do them,  that you may prosper in all that you do.” Deut.29:9
“. . . forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems you life form the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good.” Psalm 103:2-5