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How to cast away your cares

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Dear Lord, Today has been really stressful. I'm reminded on Peter's advice to the church in 1 Peter 5:7: "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." I'm looking up the meanings in this verse, and with your help, I want to really "cast my anxiety on you." I'm not being critical, but this sounds way easier than it it. Here's what I found out (which you already know): The idea of "cast," which is epiriptō  in Greek, means  "to throw out, throw on, throw down." In other words, chuck it! Heave it far from you. Lord, I think you're serious about this casting  thing. Then Peter uses 2 different words for "care" in this little verse:  merimna,   melei. The first (a noun) means "anxiety; distraction, cares, anxiety pertaining to earthly things"; the second (a verb) means "to care about, have regard for." So here's my prayer--my deep soul-hungering prayer that is despera

Specific things to pray over your children

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Dear God, who is the perfect Father, I pray your presence over my children today. Please send your Spirit to guide, direct, encourage, prompt, and convict them, so they will lean into the Spirit's voice and follow it, even if they aren't aware that it's really You. Give wisdom and courage to the one who's interviewing for a job. Give resolve and determination to the one who's in school. Give patience and vision to the one who's planning out his life. Encourage integrity and purity in the one who's dating. Comfort the one who's discouraged and dismayed. Spark imagination in the one who's feeling uncreative and unproductive. Bring healing to the one who's heartbroken. Reveal mission to the one who's longing to serve. Stir compassion in the one who's inattentive to suffering, generosity to the selfish, stability to the insecure, joy to the saddened. And above all, lavish Your love on them, as You always do. But help

Spiritual warfare over the rebellious child

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Sometimes, we notice our children slipping away from active faith. Or we notice stagnant lives, and we stress about them taking a spiritual nose-dive. Or perhaps they are actively pursuing God, yet we worry about outside influences. And then there are those frightening times when they just don't care about God at all; perhaps they are making dangerous and sinful choices. And we can't stop it. BUT WE CAN PRAY ! Here's a prayer of spiritual warfare  to pray over your wayward child: Dear Father in Heaven, You understand a parent's heart. You know that even though I trust You, it's so hard to leave my child completely in Your hands. I'm worried, even angry about the evil influences that push against ________. Please place Your hands around _________ and guide him/her into Your presence. Give him/her a thirst for You and a dissatisfaction for the pleasures of this world. Place people in _________'s path to influence and encourage him/her toward the

A Prayer for 2017

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Lord, God of Time and Eternity-- A year is passing, and a new year is beginning. This is no big deal to you, because You've watched a millennia float by, neither rushed by it nor slowed by it. But we humans are obsessed with time; we can't get enough of it. Yet You give us exactly what we need to do exactly what You've decided we should do. (If only we would follow Your plan, we'd always have enough time for everything!) That's why I'm praying. I'm tempted to ask for a better year, but I know that's selfish and short-sighted. So instead, I'm asking for Your will, Your guidance, Your discipline, Your conviction. Make me more like Jesus this year. Please. I need more of Him and more of You and more of the Holy Spirit. I need the Trinity at work in me. I suspect that endeavor will use up all the time I have. It will be time well spent. Thank You for investing in me! Thank You for blessing me! Thank You for creating a way f