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Thanks in all things

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  1 Thessalonians 5:18--"G ive  thanks  in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." Oh, Lord,  Thank you for a day that reminds us to be grateful. Forgive me that I need to be reminded of your grace, that I ever complain about the thousand blessings you lavish on me. Lord, thank you for your unconditional and unrelenting love. During this difficult year, you have never left me. You hold me in your hands and protect me. You sit with me in grief and hear my prayers. You are good and generous, and you never leave me or forget about me. And you never hurt me. I am safe with you. Thank you for all of it, even the hard parts. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Prayer for protection and vengeance

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A paraphrased prayer of Psalm 5 Lord God, Listen to my words and notice my aching request. In the morning I lay my requests before you, and you hear me. I wait expectantly throughout the day for you to work out your will in my life. You do not delight in evil or relish in the freedom that evil people exercise. You will not wait forever before you destroy them. The arrogant and disrespectful cannot stand up to you;  you will not tolerate their actions or attitudes. You will destroy them and bring honor to yourself. I call on your vengeance on my enemies--of your enemies-- and I ask for your mercy, also. I thank you for your lovingkindness and patience toward me. Lead me in your righteousness, toward your holy presence. Declare the evil guilty and wipe their remembrance from the earth. Separate their reputation from your name. But protect those who love you, those you faithfully serve you and endure hardship, those who suffer and remain faithful. Bless me. Surround me with your sh

A Prayer for the election

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Oh Lord, You know how confused and angry we get over everything. You understand our anxiety . You use everything, good or bad to accomplish your will. Even governments. Even citizens. Whether God-fearing, hypocrites, or downright evil, you can use anybody to further awareness and receptivity to your gospel message. I pray for our country right now and for the officials who will be elected today. I pray that they make decisions that will honor and glorify you and make the gospel go forth with power and clarity. I ask that you empower believers to speak truth with boldness, clarity, and kindness. May we never pervert the gospel because we are afraid or angry. Help us to be mindful of our testimony to the world. I pray for Americans to react to the election with grace and resoluteness. May we promote justice, love, and mercy above party politics and self-preservation. Convict us when we don't do that. Forgive me, Lord, for the many times I have not done that. I pray for you to be gl

Walk through the fire with me

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  Listen to this amazing song by Tauren Wells, "Famous For." Let these powerful words sink in. They will encourage you to trust God in any circumstance. Now pray a prayer of confident faith in a God who has a history of doing miraculous things because it glorifies HIS name, not because it makes our lives easier. I think we get that motivation confused sometimes. Fame does sit well on us. We weren't built for it. But God was. Glory is meant for Him, and everything He does brings glory to His name. Oh, God, You are miraculous. You always love us. Your works are mighty and they display your power and majesty. Why am I so worried about ordinary things? All I need to do is look at all the incredible acts you've done.  You rescue. You sustain. You redeem. You justify. You rectify. You wait. You love. You forgive. You change governments and protect armies and remember orphans and heal diseases and comfort the brokenhearted. You walk through fire with me. You call me out acro

Praying for the kingdom of heaven in my life

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  Dear Lord Jesus, You talked a lot about the kingdom of heaven . That term seems a little mysterious. I guess your listeners didn't understand it either because you explained it over and over. I'm asking your Holy Spirit to help me understand it. I'm praying for the kingdom of heaven in my life. Help me to sow good habits into my life so I can grow (Matt. 13:24) Make me like a mustard seed, small and humble, but fruitful. May my life grow to be a shade tree for everyone else (Matt. 13:33) Help me seek your kingdom because it is a great treasure . Make me brave enough to give up everything for it (Matt. 13:44) Give me perspective to live with a kingdom mindset--to see your gospel as a pearl of great price (Matt. 13:45) May my life be like a welcoming household, filled with treasures (Matt. 13:52) Give me your power, to bind evil in your name (Matt. 16:19) Make me humble , teachable, and joyful like a child (Matt. 18:4) Build into me responsibility, stewardship , and ear

20 prayers about guarding your words

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Oh, Lord, I don't have the words for what I'm feeling right now. Or what I should say. Or if I should say anything at all. Words are tricky. They tend to pop out. Help me to pray YOUR words about MY words: Make the words of my mouth pleasing and acceptable to you. (Psalm 19:14) Give me gracious words, sweet like honeycomb and healing to the bones.  (Proverbs 16:24) May my mouth speak wisdom and my heart be filled with understanding.  (Psalm 49:3) Purify my words like silver, burn off the dross in your crucible. (Psalm 12:6) Whenever I open my mouth, give me the faith to speak the gospel fearlessly, as I should. (Ephesians 6:19) Help my speech to be as beautiful and valuable as apples of gold in pictures of silver.  (Proverbs 25:11) Your words are true and faithful. They will prove to be true. May I speak them! (Psalm 33:4) I want to take hold of your words, obey your commands, and live! (Proverbs 4:4) Lord, may all of my words be just. Keep me from speaking perverse words! (Pro

7 Pick-me-up prayers

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  Speak each of these verses as a prayer to the Lord to get you through your day today. Each statement is a promise from God that He will fulfill his will in you because of who He is, not because of who you are. You just need to believe his promises. Remember God's mighty works in the past and choose to believe that he will continue to be the God he's always been. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  (2 Cor. 3:17) Lord, give me your Spirit, which makes me free from sin and death. Help me not to misconstrue freedom with the world's definition. I am free in you, and therefore, I am your obedient and submissive servant. You don't owe me anything. Amen. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:13) Lord, I am overwhelmed with how hard life it. Give me the strength and power of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I am challenged to do your will and your mission, not my own. I can't possibly see how your plans for me will play out in eternit