…for the heart…that aches…
…and from the heart…that sometimes has no words to pray.
These are for you…
Blessings of answered prayers…Lynn
God gladly greets the gracious, not the greedy. He hears the humble, not the haughty. He listens to the lowly, not the lofty. He rejoices over the repentant, not the recusant. He honors the holy, not the heretical. In other words, God “delights in the prayers of the upright.”
The following isn’t a formula nor is it an “open-says-me” list. It’s merely a set of guidelines to help us stay focused in our prayers.
1) to the Father…
Jesus taught the disciples, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven.” He also told the disciples, “The truth is, you can go directly to the Father and ask Him, and He will grant your request…”
2) in Jesus’ name…
Jesus said, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
3) in faith, believing we receive…
Jesus said, “Have faith in God…But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” 
Spurgeon said, “Prayer cannot draw down answers from God’s throne except it be the earnest prayer of the man who believes.”
4) according to His will and His Word …
Jesus also said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
However, there is a boundary to prayer: it is God’s will and His Word. We pray according to His will and agree with His Word. If we are not asking according to His will, then we must be asking according to our will.
5) in boldness…
6) with expectancy…
Don’t limit God by your lack of expectation, for He is able “to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
Why ask if we don’t expect results?
7) in patience…
Paul wrote, “May the Lord bring you into an ever deeper understanding of the love of God and of the patience that comes from Christ.” And “If we hope for something we cannot see, then we must settle down to wait for it in patience.”
8) with the Spirit’s help…
Paul prompts us to pray “always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit… with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” For the Spirit also leads us in certain times to be an intercessor.
9) until we have peace…
We pray releasing all anxieties that we may be in peace and we pray about a matter until we obtain peace. Confusion must be eliminated, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace.”
10) with praise and thanksgiving…
Last, but not least, prayer is not complete without praise and thanksgiving. Paul exhorted, “Always maintain the habit of prayer; be both alert and thankful as you pray.” And “In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Praise and thanksgiving should be the bookends to our prayers.
Plus one more…
“But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive you your sins too.”
If we want our prayers answered, we must put forgiveness at the top of the list.
There is a one-word prayer that is prayed so often with varying intensity:
Use it often!
May your prayers be blessed…Lynn
 Proverbs 15:8 NLT
 Luke 11:2 NKJV
 John 16:23 NLT
 John 16:23 NLT
 John 16:24a NKJV
 John 16:24b NKJV
 John 14:13-14 NKJV
 Mark 11:22-24 NLT
 John 15:7 EHV
 Hebrews 4:16a NKJV
 Hebrews 10:19 NLT
 Ephesians 3:12 NLT
 Proverbs 28:1 NKJV
 James 1:6 NLT
 Psalm 42:11a TLB
 Ephesians 3:20b NLT
 2 Thessalonians 3:5 TLB
 Romans 8:25 Phillips
 Ephesians 6:18 NKJV
 1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV
 Colossians 4:2 Phillips
 Philippians 4:6b NIV
 Mark 11:25 TLB
Just wanted to share this prayer of Thanksgiving with you.
In one of the Thanksgiving episodes of Father Knows Best, Jim Anderson, the imitable father, offers this prayer at the end of the episode as the family holds hands around the kitchen table…
“Oh, Lord, we give Thee thanks from the depths of our humble hearts, for all the blessings Thou hast seen fit to bestow on us.
We thank Thee for the food which graces our table and a roof which covers our heads.
We thank Thee for the privilege of living as free men in a country which respects our freedom and our personal rights to worship and think and speak as we choose.
We thank Thee for making us a family, for giving us sincerity and understanding.
But most of all, dear Lord, we thank Thee for giving us the greatest gift a family may know…the gift of love for one another…Amen.”
And the gift of knowing and loving You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name…amen!
However you spend this Thanksgiving, and whatever surrounds you at this time of year, may your heart be filled with praise and thanksgiving, if for no other reason than you are saved by grace and filled with the living Word of God.
Thanksgiving blessings to you!
Giving thanks for you all…Lynn
You pray and pray. Exhaustive prayers. You whisper to yourself…
So, you think your prayers go unheard, unanswered, or forgotten?
Not so! What does Scripture tell us? Our prayers are…
Peter tells us our ‟prayers…have not gone unnoticed by God!” (Acts 10:4b TLB)
David said, ‟The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.” (Ps. 34:15 NKJV) And Peter agreed with David’s sentiment, ‟For the Lord is watching His children, listening to their prayers.” (1 Peter 3:12 TLB)
I love the way the Amplified ends Psalm 18:6, ‟…and my cry came before Him into His [very] ears,” and the Good News Translation as well, ‟…He listened to my cry for help.”
He not only hears our prayers, He listens to them! As if He has cupped His hands over His ears, straining to listen to our pleading voices of distress.
Therefore, we can say as the disciple John said, ‟Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15 NKJV)
All prayers are answered: either with a yes, not now, or no!
If Scripture says we have the answer, then why don’t we see the answer?
Because we are not on the same timetable as God. We receive our answers on HST..Heavenly Standard Time.
Those savory requests and pleas of our hearts rise as fragrant incense before the Lord and settle at the foot of His throne, filling His presence with a sweet aroma. David said, ‟Let my prayer be set before You as incense.” (Ps. 141:2a NKJV)
Those aromatic prayers are never forgotten; they are preserved in bowls before the Lord as a constant remembrance before Him. John the Revelator tells us, ‟Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” (Rev. 5:8 NKJV)
*What did Jesus say?
After telling a parable one day, Jesus said, ‟So don’t you think God will surely give justice to His chosen people who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will He find on the earth who have faith?” (Luke 18:7b-8 NLT)
How many will be acting in faith? How many will be praying in faith?
What is our conclusion?
Praying…to be heard, to be listened to, to be remembered….according to God’s will, in faith, and in Jesus’ name, all bring needed answers, in God’s timing.
God is listening…don’t give up praying!
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We all have a journey in life. Sometimes, the journey’s sea is calm. And sometimes? Well, sometimes, the sea is rough…and messy. Especially when you have a child who has taken a detour.
But…practical ways of navigating those rough waters are offered by my guest Lori Wildenberg, who has authored a new book entitled Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home.
In the book, Lori offers practical and truth-filled ways of piloting this sensitive relationship with a child, “whether they are rejecting faith, dabbling in sin, or wholeheartedly embracing sinful behavior,” as the book blurb reveals. “After all, their struggle isn’t really with you, it’s with God.”
Hangeth thou in there. There is hope.
7 Mountain Moving Prayers to Pray for Your Kids
My daily prayers for my kids have become rote. My consistent plea is, “Lord, draw each one of my kids to yourself. Give them a hunger for your Word, a thirst for worship, and a desire to make you smile.”
Not a bad prayer. I just pray it a lot. I’m bored. I wonder if God is a little weary, too. My prayer life sounds like blah, blah, blah. Clang, clang, clang.
It’s time to change it up. Refresh my requests.
I want to pray bold and effective prayers.
I want to pray war-room prayers.
I want to pray mountain-moving prayers.
This week, my petitions to my great big God will focus on the heart, on character traits to be developed or deepened in my loved ones and in myself. I’m committed to no more clanging.
Without love for others or for God, we are only an annoying gong. Clang, Clang, Clang. We are nothing and we gain nothing. Just as Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 13. No matter our intelligence, natural talents, or spiritual gifts, or even self-sacrifice.
Here are my short, yet big, supernatural love prayers for this week, inspired by 1 Corinthians 13:1-8.
Sovereign Lord, give _______ opportunities to develop patience. Let my child (or me) wrestle with tenacity through life’s challenges in order to learn how to lean on, trust, and hope in you.
Father, teach _______ how to love and respond in kindness even in the face of disagreement or adversity. Train him or her (or me) to listen, discuss, and maintain convictions while demonstrating gentleness and respect.
Provider God, allow _______ to discover how a grateful heart leads to contentment in all circumstances. When life isn’t going well, I ask that you show _______ that satisfaction rests not in the external but in the eternal. When life is going well, I pray that, with a heart of thankfulness, _______ gives you all honor and praise.
Lord Jesus, give _______ an ability to accurately assess his or her strengths and weaknesses. Create a generous spirit in _______ that will encourage and raise another up. Move _______ to share credit with others and give you glory.
Heavenly Father, unclench my (or fill in the blank) fists of selfishness. Open my (or her or his) hand and heart to those who may need or benefit from ________’s time, treasure, or talents.
My King, forgiveness is not beneath you. It is you. Release _______ from any bonds of pride or bitterness so _______ can be free to love and worship. Replace the unforgiving, prideful heart with one graced with humility, repentance, and reconciliation.
Lord, I pray _______ loves the things you love and hates the things you hate. Open _______’s ears to hear that still small voice. Give him or her wisdom to understand truth. Give _______ (or me) the will to live by your words and follow your way. Give _______ the discernment to identify true truth from emotion-driven belief.
Love never fails.
Amen and amen.
*Lori is a licensed parent-family educator and co-founder of the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting ministry. If you’d like to visit Lori’s site (which she shares with Becky Danielson), you can catch her at 1cointhians13parenting.com.
You can also connect with her on Facebook
Messy Journey can be purchased at Amazon
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I’ve been working on a project on prayers. Prayers for when you just can’t pray. I think my title will be 31 Days of Prayers: for When You Just Can’t Pray. I’m thinking of doing it as a thank-you giveaway for those who subscribe or have already subscribed to my posts.
I had most of the topics I wanted to use but I thought I’d better ask others what they would like to see included. I didn’t want to leave out something others thought important. So, I asked on Facebook and got a lot of great responses. One had to do with praying for prodigals. Which I had already listed.
I’ve been pondering on this topic for a while because I knew it didn’t mean what we all think it means. Well, it has become what we think and the way we use it. However, the English definition is the same as the one in the Bible and is different than the way we normally use it.
The Greek word for prodigal is used only once and means dissolutely (meaning indifferent to moral restraints, given to immoral or improper conduct, licentious, dissipated).
The English dictionary describes prodigal as wastefully or recklessly extravagant, giving or yielding profusely, lavishly abundant, loose living, wastefulness, spending more than one’s means, a person who spends, or has spent, his or her money or substance with wasteful extravagance, a spendthrift.
Webster’s 1881 dictionary defines it as to squander away, expending money or other things without necessity, wasteful, expended to excess.
Different Bible versions use a different word. For instance:
The King James version uses riotous. The New King James Version says prodigal. The New Living Translation translates it as wild living. The Amplified interprets it as reckless and immoral living.
According to all this, many more live a prodigal life than we think.
Let’s think about this for a second.
The Lord has given us not only an eternal Home with Him but the inheritance of Himself as well. And along with that, come gifts.
On occasion, aren’t we guilty of squandering those precious gifts of the Lord, whether physical or spiritual? But sometimes, we aren’t aware we are allowing them to go to waste. We need to ask the Father to make us aware of any wrongdoing.
Other times, our loose living and distance from the Father is quite obvious. We leave His house and take that slippery path of luring into the far country, where the harlots of worldly pleasures beckon and call.
After spending all on our physical wants and desires, we end up in a famine.
Do we stay in that far country, separated from the Father? Or do we come to our senses before it’s too late and return home to the Father, asking His forgiveness?
As the father in the parable welcomed his son home, our heavenly Father welcomes us Home and there is always a celebration.
Is there a harlot that lures you away from God’s path? Wooing you to the country of prodigal living?
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I know. It’s not Thanksgiving.
But that’s not the gist of this post.
To be more precise…it’s a television Thanksgiving.
Even more precise…it’s the word thanksgiving.
If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know I don’t like much of the programs that are on television. However, I do love old series and old movies.
Remember, or maybe you’re too young and don’t remember, when praying on a television series was allowed? I love the old episodes where the prayers are preserved.
I’ve written a few posts about them. Two I can think of off the top of my head: Father Knows Best (A Thanksgiving Prayer, written for another site) and Good Times (Christmas in July).
Stars Western network now airs reruns of the old series Tales of Wells Fargo. I watched one the other day that happened to be at Thanksgiving time but wasn’t necessarily a Thanksgiving episode.
At the end of the episode, Jim Hardie, the main character played by Dale Robertson, shared Thanksgiving dinner with an old couple who had basically raised him. The husband had always wanted to retire and have a turkey farm.
As they are seated, centered on the table is a big ol’ beautifully baked turkey. They bow their heads and Jim prays…
Our hearts are full, dear Lord, for the many, many blessings that You have bestowed upon us…
…for the fruit of fields and running rivers of our beloved country,
…for the time to live and enjoy them,
…for the freedom to walk with Thee,
…for all these things, dear Lord, we are eternally grateful.
It’s so sad that television has strayed so far from words like these.
This prayer reminds me of the old hymn For the Beauty of the Earth…
For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies.
Christ, our Lord, to you we raise
this, our hymn of grateful praise.
For the wonder of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale and tree and flower,
sun and moon and stars of light, [Refrain ]
For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth, and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild, [Refrain]
For yourself, best gift divine,
to the world so freely given,
agent of God’s grand design:
peace on earth and joy in heaven. [Refrain]
But then again, maybe it’s we who have strayed so far from those words. Thanksgiving and prayers given to God are not so much “in fashion” anymore. In fact, it’s ridiculed. And so are those who choose to thank Him.
Thanksgiving is always the gist, the main or essential part of any matter. For we are to give “thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Eph. 5:20 NKJV) that whatever we “do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Col. 3:17 NKJV)
Therefore, “Let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Heb. 13:15-16 NKJV)
New Year’s thoughts popped into my head, but you’ll never guess where they came from! Here’s what happened…
The Empty Cup and Coffee Part
I stare down at the coffee cup. As I lean over it, I can smell the aroma of coffee…it’s coming from the coffee pot just inches away. I can even taste it before it touches my tongue. My palate knows that familiar hazelnut flavor.
I pour some half and half in the empty cup and fill it with coffee to the brim. I add a little sugar to sweeten it. My thoughts spill over into the cup as well…
Lord, may I be an empty cup this year. Emptied of selfishness, bitterness, unforgiveness, pride, whatever sin crowds my heart, leaving no room for You. May I be ready to receive the infilling of Your presence, Your love, joy, peace, and all the rest, for without it, I cannot overflow.
The Thumbprint Cookie Part
As I stand and stare at the filled cup, I hear a faint sound. Something is calling my name.
It’s coming from the end of the kitchen counter. I move down.
There it is again! It’s coming from…sure enough…the cookie tin!
I open the tin and, lo and behold, a thumbprint cookie is calling me. Well, you just can’t let a thumbprint cookie call your name and not respond. So I did…respond. He and one of his friends no longer live in the cookie tin. They went so well with the coffee!
As I was making the cookies this year, the dough didn’t turn out right. It was all crumbly. It wouldn’t even squeeze together to roll into balls. So, I stuck it in the refrigerator while I made macaroons with almonds and dried cranberries. Yum!
Afterward, I got the dough out of the refrigerator and tried again. Worse. So, I decided to add a little bit of half and half. Ahhh! Now, I could make them into what they were meant to be.
I finished rolling them into balls, dipping them in the egg white and pecans, and pressed in the obligatory indentation, the necessary well for filling with red currant jelly.
My thoughts overflowed again…
The Lord calls us, but if we do not respond, He sometimes sticks us in a situation for a while to transform us. And if that doesn’t work, He adds a little more cream of life, a little more love, to make us malleable and respond to His touch.
Lord, add to my life all that is necessary to make me malleable, that I may be transformed into what You desire me to be and filled with Your presence.
And the Movie Part
I so love Christmas movies, don’t you? I know one of most everyone’s favorites is It’s a Wonderful Life. I always love the part where the Martinis move into their new home and all their friends and family gather outside the front door.
George and Mary Bailey stand on the front porch to welcome the Martinis. Mary holds out a loaf of bread to Mrs. Martini and says, “Bread: that this house may never know hunger.” Next, she holds out a box of salt and says, “Salt: that life may always have flavor.”
George then hands a bottle of wine to Mr. Martini and says, “And wine: that joy and prosperity may reign forever.”
My thoughts go at it again…
Lord, as the salt of life, I will weaken and not be the flavoring I am supposed to be if I do not partake of You as the Bread of Life and the Wine of the Spirit. Be my joy and prosperity forever.
So there you have it. My thoughts and prayers for the New Year…from the strangest places!
My prayer for each of you: I pray each one of you will be an emptied cup, ready to be filled to overflowing with the love and peace of the Lord’s presence. And if you find yourself stuck in some situation, may your heart be malleable and respond to His call, and may your life be made into all it was meant to be.
I pray your home be blessed with the Bread, that you may be fed and Life may go on; with salt, that you may be the flavoring in the lives of others; and with the Wine of the Spirit, that your life may be filled with joy and prosperity throughout the New Year.
Words are not attainable today. A heavy burden hangs in the air: the future of our country.
My mind is in thought and prayer for the outcome that the Lord wills. Will you pray with me?
Lord, You know where the outcome of this election will take this country over the next four years. And in some cases, even longer than that.
We, Your children, bow before You, asking for Your guidance as we each go to the voting booth. May we pray fervently in making our decisions and seek Your will alone. May we vote, not out of our own will and not out of our own emotions, but may we vote according to the issues that line up with Your Word. Not whether we like a candidate or not.
Lord, we don’t want to pray against Your will. If we pray nothing else, may we pray for Your will to be done. We praise You for Your mighty power and guidance.
In Jesus’ holy name…amen! So be it!
I love watching old TV series, especially when there’s nothing else to watch on 900+ stations!
I watched an old episode of the series Good Times the other day. A Christmas episode. I l-o-v-e Christmas episodes. Don’t you?
Anyway, the Evans family had relatives over to their apartment to celebrate with a Christmas dinner. James and Florida were standing, saying a prayer. I’d heard this prayer before but, this time, it truly touched me.
Unfortunately, prayers like this no longer grace the airwaves. Christmas will be here before you know it, so I thought I’d share it with you. However, a prayer like this knows no season.
May the Lord bless you that you may bless others! And say to you as He said to Abram…