Prayer – Lent Day 13

Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these:– Daniel 2:27-28
Dear Father, you are the One True and Living God! There is no one or no thing that can compare to you in splendor, righteousness, and majesty. To you, Father, belongs all praise, honor, and glory. I trust you to lead my life and guide me into the understanding I need to do your will. In the name of the Lord Jesus I pray. Amen.

Prayer written by Phil Ware

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Thoughts

We are different! God makes us male and female so we can be complements of each other. Each is made in God’s image. God’s intention is that a husband and wife find their primary human relationship with the other. They still honor their parents, but their home is with each other. Their two lives become one. In this context of lifetime security, they share in the intimate knowledge of each other sexually — becoming “one flesh.” This relationship is to be enjoyed (Proverbs 5), protected (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8), and celebrated (Song of Solomon) for life (Matthew 19:6).

0Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 

Holy and Almighty Father, please bless me with strength to live with integrity and purity in today’s sexually charged world. Please use your Spirit and your Word to instruct, correct, and convict me as I seek to discover your truth for my relationships and celebrate your will for my sexuality. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Happiness Habit: The Power of Grateful Prayers

http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/full-post/happiness-habit-the-power-of-grateful-prayers

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace.” (Philippians 4:6-7a NLT)

Happiness Habit: The Power of Grateful Prayers

In Philippians 4:6-7 we find one of the most difficult verses in the entire Bible to obey: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace” (NLT).

It’s not easy to stop worrying about the often-scary, everyday parts of our lives, but God tells us how in the next part of the verse: “Pray about everything … and thank him for all he has done.” Grateful prayer brings peace. God says, when you start to worry, pray. 

Parents understand the power of grateful prayers. Most parents wouldn’t appreciate their children always making requests without saying “thank you” for what they’ve already received. God sees it the same way. He wants us to ask him for what we need and want. More than 20 times in the New Testament, we’re told to “ask” him. But he wants us to ask with gratefulness. 

The Bible urges us to be specific in our requests — and our praises. Instead of a simple “thank you for everything,” he wants us to tell him what we’re grateful for. When I say to my wife, “I’m so grateful for you,” she tells me to be specific. She likes to hear what I appreciate about her and what I’m grateful for about her. God does, too. So when you pray, tell God what you’re thankful for. Prayer is one of the most important ways we tell God “thank you.”

Thanking God in advance is a big step of faith. When we have the faith to thank God ahead of time, miracles happen. The more thankful we are, the more God works in our lives. The Bible says that God inhabits the praise of his people. He uses our thanksgiving as an instrument of power in our lives.  

So, what are you thankful for?

Talk It Over

Why do you think gratitude is so important for our spiritual lives?

Being as specific as possible, for what are you thankful to God? Spend some time in prayer thanking God for those things.

What are some ways you believe God will bless you in the future? Thank God for those things — even before they happen.

Happiness Habit: Give Thanks in All Circumstances

http://rickwarren.org/devotional/english/full-post/happiness-habit-give-thanks-in-all-circumstances

Dear Heavenly Father, God of compassion, please give me a more forgiving and sensitive heart. In addition, dear Father, please give me a faithful heart that will not stray from the pledges and vows I have made to you and to others. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Prayer

Holy God, I want to thank you for looking out for my needs. So many times I ask you for what I want, not what I need. Thank you for doing what is best for me and not what I want! Now, dear Father, please help me treat the significant people in my life as gifts from you. In the name of Jesus, your ultimate gift, I pray. Amen.

Prayer

Lent – Day 3

The following prayer was taken from a devotion I receive by Rick Warren. Today’s message had to do with selecting Mr. or Mrs. Right for marriage. Here is a link to the full message. I pray that you, are you blessed by this reading. 

http://www.ourdailyjourney.org/2013/12/31/mr-right/
Almighty God, please make our words strong, our commitments lasting, and our lives faithful to the promises we make to you and to each other. Thank you for the great example of so many of your people who have had incredibly strong marriages. Bless me and my house with a legacy of faithfulness that lasts for generations to come. In addition, dear Father, please use me to bring home to you those who have been broken and disheartened in marriages that failed. In Jesus’ name. Amen.