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Thanksgiving Prayers

It isn’t hard to name off the usual list of things we are grateful for during Thanksgiving dinner: God, family, friends, etc.    The more difficult work involves living it, day in and day out.

In the inspiring book, “One Thousand gifts”, Ann Voskamp describes how being grateful for the small, daily things and recording them brought transformation to her heart and life.   It is a book I highly recommend, not just to read, but to implement.  I know I should be grateful, but in the Read more »

Personal Prayer

For many intercessors, there can be the unconscious thought that somehow praying for oneself isn’t as “important” or is somehow more “selfish” than praying for others.  However, when we look at the Lord’s Prayer, the model prayer that Jesus gave the disciples, it contains a number of personal requests – daily bread, forgiveness, deliverance, etc.  While honoring our Father, the Holy God, and crying out for His Kingdom to come, we also are to pray for those personal things that we require daily.  Not because He is unaware of them, but because we need to understand our dependence on Him.  In our asking Him for our daily needs, we become mindful again of the insufficiency of ourselves and His greatest pleasure in bestowing His gifts to us.

DAILY BREAD:  We often see our provision coming from our jobs, our spouse or other sources.  However, it really comes from God alone.  He is the one who gives us the ability to gain wealth (Deut 8:18).  It is His hand that gives us our daily bread.  In addition to this, Read more »

Nov 5, 2012 - 1-50, Everyday Prayers    1 Comment

Road Rage Prayers

We recently moved and, from our new home to work, there are three places where two lanes merge into one.  Since getting behind a slow car can mean a lengthier drive, I found myself being more aggressive in driving, trying to get ahead of any cars I might perceive as “slow.”

After a few weeks of this, I began to feel the conviction of the Lord that I wasn’t demonstrating “preferring one another” in my race to get ahead of the other cars.  I did find slowing down a little and showing honor to others, even if I didn’t know them, to be less stressful. It helped to practice that breath prayer “My times are in His hands” (see Stoplight Prayers) when I did get stuck behind a slow car.  Overall, the drive became more enjoyable as I concentrated on resting in God’s timing for my day instead of “getting ahead.”

Not long after this, on a drive home, I noticed a car behind me honk and swerve wildly when another driver pulled out in front of her.  I didn’t think much of it as I Read more »

Prayer Walking

In the beginning there was prayer walking.  At least that is what we can assume from the account in Genesis.  It appears that God often walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day, a time to commune together, to rejoice in creation and to establish dominion over what God had given them.

Prayer walking can be done in many different ways reflecting our God given personality and calling.  For some it might be simply walking through the neighborhood in an attitude of thanksgiving and praise for the wonders of God’s creation and redemption.   Others might be more Read more »

Oct 22, 2012 - 1-50, Everyday Prayers    1 Comment

Bumper Sticker Prayers

I used to drive as far back as possible from cars who had “yucky” bumper stickers.  However, I now see it as an opportunity to pray for them in specific ways.

From new age to sex symbols or even political slogans, bumper stickers say a lot about where people are in their life and their personal beliefs.

Now when I see a new age bumper sticker, I can ask God to encounter their life and remove deception, that they would have a power encounter with the true and living God.

Particularly in this political season, when I see Read more »

Policeman Prayers

No, this blog is not about how to pray your way out of a ticket!  Rather how to bless those who serve us in this capacity.

A police officer from our church was recently in a serious motorcycle accident that could have cost his life and yet he was miraculously spared and only spent one day in the hospital.  I believe it was due to prayer.

We often view police from a fearful perspective.  When we see them, we immediately look at the speedometer and hope we are within the limits or check to see if there is something else we are doing wrong.  They can be looked at as just waiting for us to break the law in some way so they can ticket us.  Yet their motto is to serve and protect.  They need our Read more »

Praying in the Spirit

Although praying in the Spirit or tongues can be a controversial subject, I share my own experience as encouragement to study it out and experiment.

I was raised in a church where “tongues” were considered from the devil.  I even wrote papers in college against it.  However, a number of years later I was invited to attend a Pentecostal church with a friend.  Not wanting to be rude, I accepted her invitation and went with much fear and trepidation.  During a pause in worship, the congregation began singing in the Spirit.  I was amazed at the beauty of it and it touched my heart.

A couple of years later, in a prayer group with some Spirit-filled Christians, we encountered “tongues” again.  We were deeply moved and saw the impact that it had.

When we eventually left our traditional church and joined a Spirit-filled church, I desired to speak in tongues, but didn’t know how it worked.  Somehow I thought Read more »

Breastplate of St. Patrick

While in Ireland a number of years ago, I visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral and picked up a card containing a portion of this prayer attributed to him called “The Breastplate of St. Patrick”.  While on the ferry back to England, I spent some time meditating and memorizing the lines below.  As I repeated the prayer over and over, the sense of how very real and present Christ is took deeper root in my heart. 

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left, Read more »

Enter His Rest – The Blessing of the Sabbath

Sabbath Blessing

In the beginning God created daily, weekly and seasonal cycles of rest and blessing for us.  The daily cycle begins at sunset when according to Scripture we start our day by resting (Genesis 1:5 “…the evening and the morning were the first day.”)  Although it is counter to our western lifestyle, we can begin our “day” by entering God’s rest as we trust Him to work on our behalf through the night as we sleep.  Upon arising in the morning, we ask God how we can partner with Him in what He has already been doing on our behalf all night long.  Most of us rush into our day preoccupied with what we have to accomplish, however, viewing it from this perspective can help us reorder our day.

God created the weekly cycle (resting on the seventh day) as a blessing for man.  While not meant to be a legalistic burden, we can learn much from the Jewish observance of Sabbath.  The Jews believed the Sabbath was like receiving an Read more »

Blessing Our Children

Blessing our children

For the Hebrew people, the blessing of children was a high priority.  Built into their daily lives were regular times to bless their children.  The first was every Shabbat  (Sabbath beginning Friday night), typically the father would lay his hands on them and pray blessings over them.  Each of the three yearly feasts (Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles) included activities for children to enter in and understand their value as part of the family of God.  Later on rites of passage such as Bar Mitzah (when a boy turns 13 – means “Son of Commandments”) and Bat Mitzah (when a girl turns 12 – means “Daughter of Commandments”) were added to signify their moving from childhood into the responsibilities of adulthood.  A final significant blessing was given at the end of the parent’s life and was associated with inheritance.

The typical weekly blessing included the “Aaronic” or “priestly” blessing found in Read more »