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A Prayer to Emmanuel

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Lord Jesus,

Thank you for being Emmanuel,
"God with us."
(Click here for "A Christmas Prayer for you.")

There's no reason that You should want to be with us,
to be our God
or offer forgiveness,
much less become human like us.

What a degradation
for the Creator to become the created.
Why did you do it?

Here's why:

"For God so loved the world
that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Love.

What a wonderful reason to take human form,
and what a compelling reason for us to trust you!
It's a wonder we don't comprehend "God with us" more often.
(Click here to read "9 Prayers for Christmas hope.")

You loved us.
You and God the Father and God the Spirit.

You created our world.
You placed us in it.
You came to us because we couldn't be good enough on our own.
Then you died and paid our debt.
Then to rose again to give us power to live in a fallen world…

When your kids rebel

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Did you know that God had rebellious children?

In Isaiah 1:1-4, God talks about the children that didn't "turn out," even though they "knew better."

For the Lord has spoken:
"I reared children and brought them up, they have rebelled against me... Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him."


Does that make you feel any better? Even God experienced this problem.

So if (and when) your kids rebel, go to God in prayer.
He understands.
His kids rebel all the time,
and He's even a perfect parent.
It feels personal if our kids forsake our faith
or our wisdom or our friendship.
But God understands.
We've all done it to Him.

And He sticks.
He's always there.
Don't give up!

Here's a little prayer for rebellious children--

Lord God and Heavenly Father,

I praise you for your patience and grace t…

Discouragement, abandonment, & faith

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I read Psalm 5 & Psalm 13 this morning. They are prayers of lament and praise.
David feels forgotten and assaulted, so he shares his discouragement, despair, fear, abandonment, and call for justice in his communication with God. He praises God for who He is and believes that God will make all things right in His own way.
I am convicted.
I turned these two Psalms into the following prayer:

Lord God,

How long will you forget me?
Forever?
Do you remember that I'm wrestling with my emotions and thoughts
all the time
and I can't get clarity
on who you are or what you're doing in my life?

I feel abandoned and forgotten.
Weak.
Misunderstood and assaulted.
I'm trying to serve you,
and always,
someone or something is coming for me--
disappointing me,
hurting me,
rejecting me,
discrediting me.
Sometimes it's my own thoughts and faithlessness.
Many times, I believe it is the enemy.

Friends become foes.
They secretly enjoy my misfortune.
They talk about me to other people.
Thi…

A month of thankfulness

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Dear Lord,

How great is your love!
How numerous are your blessings!
There are too many to count.

But this month, I counted 30 simple blessings.
They were:

old friends
the Psalms
autumn weather
computer files
literature
the theater
an evening at home
kind strangers
a surprise visit from my son
a sunny day
veterans
sunsets
letters from friends
chocolate and peanut butter
memories
small children
my church
fall colors
the ability to buy want I want and need
my sons coming home
my country's heritage
my future daughter-in-law
sleeping in
antiques
not working on Mondays
my students
Thanksgiving decorations
Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends
online shopping
Christmas decorations

You are so good.
All the time.
In the little things and the big things.
I love you.
In Jesus' name,
Amen.


Psalm 100 
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his peo…

Prayer for a giving spirit

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Lord God in heaven,

We've entered the holiday season of giving.
Thank you for giving Jesus as a Savior to save my soul.
Thank for you for
Thanksgiving and Christmas,
for this season of peace, hope, gratefulness, and love.

Fill me with your Spirit so I radiate your love during the next month.
I want to be like you--completely generous,
compassionate toward the poor and needy,
thankful for your generosity,
full of contentment and grace.

Show me where and how to give of myself,
my resources,
my patience,
my compassion,
and my faith this season.
May I not hoard the blessings you've given me.

Make me a cheerful giver!
In Jesus' holy name,
Amen.

For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerfulgiver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

A simple prayer for tiredness

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Lord,

I'm tired.
Emotionally, physically, spiritually.
I need you.
Fill me up with your power and your Spirit
and help me see the things today that really matter.

Thank you.
I love you.
Amen.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Some more prayers for tired people:

Prayer to "be still"
A prayer for tired people
What to pray when you feel yourself shutting down


Praying for a friend

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Lord Jesus,

You are full of power and strength.
You have already defeated the devil on the cross.

Show your power in my friend's life.
Cover _________ with the protection of the Holy Spirit.
Speak truth to ________ and work in his/her spirit to hear your words.
Convict, encourage, uplift.
Bring __________ back into full relationship with you.
I confess __________'s sin on his/her behalf.

Help me to be an encourager and a voice of truth, with compassion.
May I never shrink from what the Holy Spirit is telling me to do or say.
Keep me from pride, self-righteousness, or condemnation
because that is not how you act towards any of us.

You forgive.
You love.
You wait.
You woo.
You rescue.

I pray your power and love over my friend.
I believe in your restorative power, in regeneration and resurrection.
You make all things new,
even the things we mess up.

Thank you for my friend,
and thank you for putting me in ________ life to represent you.
I am grateful for this friendship, where we…