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Prayer for Fruit

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Lord Jesus, Somehow, help me to live a life worthy of you, to please you in every way. Produce fruit from my life through good works. Give me wisdom and insight to grow in the knowledge of God. Strengthen me with power according to your glorious might. Help me endure and be patient, give joyfully. Thank you, Father, for qualifying me to share in your inheritance of the saints in your kingdom. You have rescued me from the dominion of darkness and brought me into the kingdom of the Son you love. Thank you for redeeming and forgiving my sins. Transform me. Make me wise enough to be satisfied with you. That's when the fruit will ripen. Amen. Col.1:9-14 image by  Petr Kratochvil

My answered prayer for peace

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I'm in the middle of a pretty huge decision, regarding someone else's care. I've lost a good bit of sleep over it and spent a lot of time in research and analysis. I've been praying, too, for wisdom and direction. (Lightning bolts would be helpful.) Then Monday afternoon, I made a decision, which I obsessed over Monday night when I should have been sleeping. Tuesday morning I prayed again--this time, for peace, for an answer, and for my own faith to grow. I opened to John 14 because I know that's where Jesus talks to His disciples about peace. They're in the garden, and He knows that Judas Iscariot is showing up any minute to betray Him. He knows that torture, humiliation, and grief will follow. He knows His Father will reject Him, and His mother will weep before Him. Yet He says, "I am leaving you a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give  is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." (John 14:27) The worl

A prayer about my money

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Dear Lord, You own all my money, but you know how sometimes I get attached to it. I have plans for it, and there never seems to be enough of it. But, oh, how amazing it is to watch you multiply it when I let go. I don't have any excess, so how much do you want? All of it? How is that possible? You're showing me already where it belongs. You've written someone on my heart. You've sketched a place in my mind's eye that needs your touch. Wow. Giving hurts. I feel nervous to let it go. I feel afraid to participate. What if I've misheard you? Really, Lord? All of it? Let me work , you say. Okay, I will. I love you. I trust you. Everything is yours, anyway. Thank you for using me. Thank you for growing me. Amen.

A prayer for blessing our nation

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Lord of heaven, the God of the whole earth and of America, We are a smug, selfish people. Forgive us, Lord, for asking for you to move in our nation merely because we want spirituality to be popular and sanctification to be easy. Forgive us for wanting laws that accommodate our spiritual goals rather than laws that motivate our spiritual fervor. Bless us with your conviction and the power of your spirit! Manifest your patience and lovingkindness for our weaknesses! Continue to bless us--not with material wealth and extravagant living--but with the reality of your presence. May your presence go before us, go with us, and shield us from behind, as we deliver your message to a lost nation of peoples. Give us the courage to share your word, as it lives and breathes among us, transforming us to become more like you. Make us into missionaries within our own borders! Bless us with courage and determination to share Christ rather than impose morality. Give us patience and lovingkindnes