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Prayer to stop the wildfires

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Oh, Lord God, My prayer today is a lament and an intercession concerning the Colorado wildfires that are sweeping through neighborhoods and towns. You can overwhelm nature and intervene in this natural disaster. Please intervene today. While you always use tragedy and disaster to point people toward yourself , I'm asking you to stop the Colorado wildfires. Silence the strong winds and scatter snow across the valleys to stop the flames from engulfing any more homes, businesses, schools, or hospitals. Declare " Peace , be still." Protect families, animals, and frontline workers. Shield the firefighters and sustain the healthcare professionals. Comfort the sick and elderly who have been moved. Bring peace and comfort to grieving families who have lost everything. I pray for our nation to rally to help Colorado residents rebuild and recover. I ask for your Spirit to hover there, to draw residents to hope and security in you instead of their things. I pray that this disaster

Lord, heal all of me

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Jehovah Rapha, Heal my body and my soul. Protect me from disease and illness but use everything that you allow into my life to direct my heart towards you. I trust you and depend on you. Let me not be  afraid  of what happens to me and what I'm afraid will happen. You have my present and my future . I will follow you. Lord, heal my mind and my heart. Protect me from poisonous thoughts and beliefs. Root out my fear and my faithlessness. Heal me in every way, even the painful places like grief and insecurity.  I give every part of me to you. Only you can heal what's broken  in me. I trust you. Heal me. In Jesus' name,  Amen. Heal  me,  Lord , and I will be  heal ed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.-- Jeremiah 17:13 free image from Pixabay

Praying justice for the single parent

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Lord God, You champion the cause of the widow and the orphan all through your Word. I pray for your justice, mercy, and vengeance on behalf of single parents and especially for ___________. I pray for just compensation, for money lost and support not paid. I pray for your covering over the children involved that they would feel your presence and find security in your love. Cause the attorneys to perceive injustice and make a case for fairness and equity. Comfort the broken hearts of these kids and their parents. Bring conviction to the oppressor's heart. Forgive the contrite spirit. Bring unity, collaboration, and even restitution between warring parties. Help all those involved to discover life-giving options. Close opportunities where malice, revenge, and cruelty can thrive.  Give the judge wisdom and understanding. Protect the weak and vulnerable. Defend the widow(er) and abandoned children. Heal their grief. Shine your light of hope and healing into relationships and scenarios

Thanking God for Christmas

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  Lord God of heaven, Thank you for Christmas. Thank you for breathing on us the Word of Life, for pouring out your Spirit on Mary, for empowering Joseph, for transforming shepherds and wise men. Christmas is a heavenly gift with global proportions. Thank you, Jesus, for coming to earth to save me. Thank you for humbling yourself to be born as a helpless infant (see Philippians 2 ) a human with frailties and limitations so I could trust that you understand me. So that you could take my place before God as a sinner who needs salvation ( 1 Peter 2:24 ). You created me with love in your heart-- Thank you for designing me for a purpose. And not just me: you've made and loved every person throughout human history, regardless of their response to your love. You offer everyone the hope of heaven. Thank you for fulfilling your own promises on Christmas Day, for living and dying for, for rising again in power over death--also for me. Thank you for forgiving my sins and interceding before

A Christmas prayer about waiting

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God promised Adam and Eve that a Savior would come. David, Hosea, Malachi, and Isaiah (and others) prophesied about his birth and his life. All the Old Testament pointed to his coming. People waited for thousands of years for him. They waited for the Messiah--the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, and the Prince of Peace. God in flesh, Emmanuel. Mary and Joseph waited for Jesus' birth and then for his revelation. Jesus' followers waited for him to take action. The church waited for him to return.  We wait for Jesus to answer our prayers. We wait for circumstances to change. We think he doesn't move fast enough, but he has never stopped moving. Christmas proves that.  We wait. We expect . We hope . We trust . Oh, God of heaven and earth,  I praise you for your gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Thank you for sending him to save us from our sins over 2000 Christmases ago. Your generosity astounds me! Thank you for always fulfilling your promises. You are never late an

Come, Holy Spirit of Christmas

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  Come, Holy Spirit, Fill our hearts this Christmas. Speak to us, and help us hear you. You called Mary and Joseph to be the earthly parents to your Son , and you told them not to be afraid, even though the calling was overwhelming. You promised them blessing and direction and hope . You filled Mary; you planted a God-man inside of her, a miraculous conception. Then you breathed destiny over her life. You filled Joseph with love, courage, and wisdom to protect Mary and Jesus from harm. You allowed Elizabeth to become pregnant with John the Baptist, who would point a nation toward the Messiah they'd been waiting for. You filled her with words of praise and encouragement for Mary. You filled Zechariah with joy, and he prophesied power and influence over his son. You directed unlearned shepherds to leave their flocks to find a new baby in a stable. They believed that he was their Savior, and they worshipped him and spread the news throughout their sleepy village. You led astronomers

7 Christmas Prayers everyone should pray

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  Did you know that many of the key characters in the Christmas story left  prayers for us to read ? They were overwhelmed, amazed, frightened, and thankful. They were like us, really. They witnessed Emmanuel "God with us," just like we do. They had to stop in their stress and anxiety and notice God's wonder. And let that experience change them. Below are 7 prayers from that first Christmas.  Plus one from me.  They all address the issues we feel on a regular basis. The first 7 prayers are by the Christmas story characters themselves. Read their stories. Pray the prayers. Then watch and wait--God will fill you with wonder. I just know it! He really does wonder well. Prayer #1:  Mary--"How is this possible?"--a request for understanding ( Lk. 1:21-28 ) Prayer #2:  Mary--"Glory to God!"--a song of praise ( Lk. 1:21-55 ) Prayer #3:  Joseph--"What should I do?"--a prayer of grief and confusion ( Mtt. 1:18-20 ) Prayer #4:  Wisemen--"Where is

Praying over the Michigan shooting tragedy

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  Heavenly Father, My heart is grieved at the loss of life in this recent school shooting.  I pray for your Spirit to comfort the families of the four high school students who needlessly lost their lives this week in Oxford, Michigan. I ask for your power of conviction and repentance to fall on Ethan Crumbly, whose soul and mind must surely be under evil influence. I pray for him to find you. I pray for his mental health and the mental health of America's children. I pray for school authorities to make mental health a priority in dealing with students, parents, and teachers. I pray for Ethan's parents , who have also been arrested. Lord, speak to them during this time about who you are and how they need you. I pray that the truth of their involvement will be discovered.  While the country and the town of Oxford is grieving and angry, Lord, I pray that hatred and retaliation don't take over. Give justice to these grief-stricken families and wisdom to the authorities. I ask t

Praying for a change in abortion laws

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  Lord God, You are not surprised by the case before the Supreme Court or the people on either side of the issue of abortion and the right to life . You love all of us equally. You don't condemn the woman who aborts her child or the lobbyist who fights for a woman's right to choose; you don't condemn the conservative who shouts hateful remarks about Planned Parenthood or people who shout back.  But you love them equally. You grieve over the hate and the misrepresentation of your love and your law. You weep over the loss of life. You grieve with those who will experience the trauma of taking another person's life, even if that life cannot survive on its own. So Lord, without judgment of either side, I lift up this issue of life and love. I pray for our country to value what you value over political leanings and policies. We are not conservatives or liberals--we are children of God, created in your image. We are on this earth to bring people to Jesus, not list all their

Peace and getting closer to God

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Oh, Lord, I pray and ask for your presence . Draw near to me, to be with me in my troubles, to comfort me in my sadness. Is that a silly prayer? It's helpful to me, but I guess it's not accurate. You never leave me. You're always present. I'm the one who wanders, who gets lost , who struggles to find my way back to you. I feel the unrest, anxiety , and turmoil of being a soul out of sync with your Spirit. When I feel tossed about, it's not because you're not here. It's because I've taken my eyes off you; I'm looking at the storms all around me; I'm asking for peace while I welcome chaos. Lord, I fix my eyes on you. There is peace in your presence because you are faithful . Everything else is a wicked and pointless pursuit of self. Forgive me and change me, O God. I'm yours. Heal me,  use me, guide me, restore me, change me. In Jesus' name, Amen. "I have sen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to h

Why should you be thankful after a hard year like this?

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Why should you be thankful after a hard year like this? " Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever. Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare his praise? Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right." ( Psalm 106:1-3 ) Dear Lord, Thank you for everything you give me  and everything you don't give me. You bless me because you love me. Your love never fails. I will proclaim your goodness openly. You always do what's right . I will wait on you because you are good . I will do what's right because you command it. Thank you for blessing me--however you want to do it-- your way is perfect. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Thanks, hope, & overcoming sadness

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Oh, Lord, My spirit is so heavy .  I feel sad, even while I look around at your beautiful world and thank you for your provision. You have given me so much. Your love and grace isn't lost on me. And yet... I'm human. Circumstances are often painful. People are often cruel. The future doesn't always look bright. So how can I keep my mind in a state of thankfulness and hope? I will praise you. I will count my blessings . I will remember how you have never failed me, how you have protected me, blessed me, and called me. That gives me hope, and that drives out sadness and discouragement. You alone are great and powerful. Nothing in this world can interfere with your blessing and calling on my life. Thank you. In Jesus' name, Amen. "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." ( Psalm 43:5 )

When you feel lost...

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  Lord Jesus, You've never been lost, have you? But maybe, in your human moments,  you felt adrift, hopeless, or lost. You're both a shepherd and a lamb. So maybe it's possible you  understand how I feel. I feel lost . I want your will in my life, but I feel incapable of understanding it. I want your calling on my life, but I feel unable to practice it. I want your blessing on my life, but I feel overlooked in receiving it. I want your power in my life, but I feel unable to access it. I just feel lost. Come after me. Search me out  because I want to be found . I'm yours, and I want to feel your presence. Come find me where I hide because I'm too weak to move towards you. But your love is reckless and boundless. You fight for me, look for me, and always find me. Lord Jesus, find me now! Wrap your Shepherd's arms around me and carry me home. Reassure me that you care, that I matter, and that you will always accomplish your will in my life,  if I let you. Drown

Lord, you will not disappoint

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When you experience trauma and grief, you feel hopeless. The future is frightening. But God's promises are powerful.  Pray this prayer, based on Isaiah's prophecies in Isaiah 49 :  God of heaven, You declare great things over me-- help me to believe them! You say, "You have formed me and designed me for your purpose. No matter what I've done,  no thing is too hard for you to redeem ." You say, "You who are overlooked and hated, some day, you will be noticed and accepted. The Lord is faithful ." You say, "In good times, I will pour out my blessing on you; I will covenant to you to set you free from darkness. You will find sustenance on every hill. You will not hunger or thirst. I will make roads for you where there are none. My compassion will lead you." Shout for joy! The Lord remembers his people; he will comfort me in distress. It's not possible for a mother to forget her nursing baby; it is not possible for you to forget me. You have eng

I'm thankful to vote

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Oh, Lord,  I could have been born anywhere-- Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, North Korea, Argentina, Afghanistan, India, Mexico.... But I was born in the United States. I don't know why you gave that to me; the privilege and responsibility overwhelm me with gratitude. My country is not perfect. It's not the Promised Land.  It's not heaven on earth. But I am free. I have opportunity . I can speak out. I can vote people in or out of office. Thank you , Lord. I'm grateful for this privilege. I don't discount it. I will not malign what you've given me  or demand more, as if I'm entitled  to this freedom, prosperity, and support. I deserve much less. And so many millions around the world don't have a fraction of what I do. Thank you for my freedom. Thank you for my voice. Thank you for my vote. I promise to use each to honor and glorify your name. In Jesus' name,  Amen. " You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your  freedom  

A Prayer for peace and attentiveness

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Lord God, I pray for my heart and mind to rest in peace . Help me to trust with the things I can't see and can't control. Forgive me for not paying attention to your words, not listening to your voice, not waiting in the quiet place for you. You say that if I pay attention to your commands, your peace will flow like a river over me. Your righteousness will wash over me without end. And you tell me that I will never find peace without your righteousness . I cannot give over my thoughts and emotions to the enemy's lies and feel comfort in your arms or hear your words of blessing. I will hear the noise instead. I will feel the anxiety that chaos brings. And I will think you've forgotten about me or can't protect me. Lord, protect me from this dangerous path toward unbelief ! If I want peace, I only need to crave righteous living. In Jesus' name, Amen. Isaiah 48:18, 22 "If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a rive

Help me obey your call: a prayer to establish harmony with God's spirit

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Oh, Lord,  I'm scared. I have anxiety and dread all the time, and I think it's from not obeying your call on my life-- not doing the things you've told me to do or loving the people you've told me to love. I'm afraid to follow you  because I don't know what will happen to me when I do and because I've been hurt by people so many times when I did. I have reasonable  excuses  for hesitating: I'm not good enough, not talented enough, not lucky enough, not spiritual enough. I'm too busy, too stressed too unprepared. I need to heal, to find myself, to get into a safe space. Yet the longing and the frustration in my spirit persists. That tells me I'm not living in harmony with your calling and with the Spirit of God living inside of me. You say I am enough-- in you I am always enough. You can do anything, through anyone, and you just want me to trust you with my life. I confess my pride and self-reliance to you. Steady my heart and clear my mind. H

Raise up a generation; change a generation

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Lord, God of heaven,  Raise up a generation who speaks of your glorious acts, who tells of your mighty power, who proclaims your mighty deeds, who defies the enemies of truth, who wages war against their own human natures, and who loves their neighbors like you love us. Change a generation to commend your works to the young, who models righteous living, who defends the fatherless and the widow, who walks in the law of the Lord, who promotes the welfare of the young, who plows the path for them and sets them up to succeed. Then we will glorify your name in all the earth! The lost will see you through us and seek your face. You are good and gracious to all. You are compassionate to all you have made  You are patient with us who fail. All you have made will praise you; we will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak your might. Your kingdom is everlasting. You are faithful and loving toward us. In Jesus' name, Amen. Psalm 145 Related Prayers: A prayer for youth group A prayer for

Hallelujah!

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Hallelujah! I needed some joy today in my outlook, so I scrolled through Spotify and found The Messiah done by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir . Then I searched YouTube and found a ton of videos. This production is more than a Christmas program. It's glory come down to earth. I listened, and The Messiah lifted my spirits. Of course, when I got to the "Hallelujah Chorus," I started to cry.  That's what happens to me when the Holy Spirit falls on me. I cry. Tears of joy , gratefulness, humility, conviction, calling . All the things that remind me who I am and who God is. How great and mighty God is! Take a listen to this song and pray a little prayer of praise .  (I picked their latest world-encompassing virtual version. How cool is that?) We belong to a victorious God! Lord God, You are Wonderful! You're a Mighty God, an Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace ! You are not swayed by the chaos of this world or worried about the choices I made in my life. You lead me

Help! A prayer for perspective

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Help! I need a prayer for perspective. Lord God, Help me to hope in you, not control things around me. Help me to trust you, not to compare my life to everyone around me. Help me to forgive , not resent and judge those who've hurt me. Help me to give, not hoard your favor, your redemption your grace, your gifting, or your provisions. Lord, help me. I am weak , but in you I can be strong . In Jesus' name, Amen. "That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in  weak nesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am  weak , then I am  strong ."  ( 2 Corinthians 12:10 ) "We are glad whenever we are  weak  but you are  strong ; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored." ( 2 Corinthians 13:9 )

Praying courage and power over a tough path

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Praying courage and power over a tough path.   Isaiah 42 is a Messianic chapter which Jesus quotes from in New Testament. It provides an encouraging framework for anyone experiencing fatigue, discouragement, or oppression. Isaiah reminds the readers (as he talks about the Messiah), that God does not forget or hurt the broken. He remembers them and places them on a path to victory. See for yourself... pray this over someone who's struggling. Maybe yourself. Oh, Father, You delight in me. You are pouring out your Spirit on me, bringing justice to the nations through my obedience. You won't push me down when I stumble or break me when I feel broken . You will not snuff me out like a smoldering candle. Instead, you will rebuild me. You will fan the flame in me. You will lift me up and place my feet on solid rock. You will set me on the mountaintops. You have called me into right living because you are always right. You hold my hand and walk with me. Open my eyes that I may see

A prayer for the ONE

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Lord Jesus, Shepherd of our Souls, Guide me to the one who's seeking you, even if he/she doesn't know it. Prompt me to visit, call, help , text, befriend , pray for, share with, give testimony to-- someone who is seeking truth -- someone who needs you. Fill me with your Spirit so that I will not overlook the lost one. Prod my heart so I don't get off-track, self-absorbed, afraid, discontent, or unconcerned. Massage my heart so I become and remain completely full of your Spirit and your mission. I pray for the lost sheep who needs you, and I surrender to your using me to find him/her. In Jesus' name,  Amen. "I tell you, in the same way, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent." ( Luke 15:7 )

A prayer for your opposition

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My Lord and Father and Son, You know I'm trying to follow you. You know the enemy is trying to trip me up,  slow me down, take me out. You know I'm discouraged, exhausted, afraid. Jesus, you felt this way when you were human. Thank you for your promises . Thank you for your power. Thank you for your patience. God, you found me at the ends of the earth and called me ( Isaiah 41:9 ). You promise to strengthen me and hold me up ( Isaiah 41:10 ). You tell me that my enemies will be ashamed of their deeds ( Isaiah 41:11 ) and will perish in their disobedience. I will not be able to find them, even if I look for them, because you are holding my hand ( Isaiah 41:12-13 ). I am in awe of your compassion and your everlasting love. So I pray for all who oppose me, in my personal or professional life, that they will reach out to you because you want to hold their hands, just like you hold mine. You search for all of us and love all of us equally, and no one is an enemy is your eyes. Teac