Praying for Joy!

When life has tumbled your around until you don’t know which side is up, when too many circumstances are outside of your control, when boredom or burden so beats you down that next steps are agony; you need joy. Not just an emotional high. Not a party. Not escape through some addiction of your own making. You need joy, God-breathed, Spirit-infused, irrepressible, heart-expanding JOY! And the only One who can give it is God. That’s where today’s prayer comes in. I have prayed this prayer over and over when life gets complicated and feels like it squeezes every bit of hope and joy out of me. I pray that God, the source of hope, Will fill you completely with joy and peace Because you trust

Praying for Pleasing Words

Who are you trying to please? I think we all agree that we need to please God first, that pleasing Him is in our best interest, that anything we do that pleases God makes us better as well. Well, there’s a prayer for that. You’ve read it many times, probably quoted it in unison as a part of worship. But it’s not just a Sunday morning prayer. This prayer does serious work in your heart. Read it again with me: May the words of my mouth And the meditation of my heart Be pleasing to you O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 How many times have we said something out of frustration or hurt only to regret the words that left our mouth? They cannot be sucked back like inhaled breath. As

The Kneeling Prayer

When spiritual stakes are high, when some fierce battle of choice rages, when I fear a person I love could turn the wrong way, I pray this prayer: For this reason I kneel before the Father . . . I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. Ephesians 3:14, 16 We aren’t a kneeling people these days. However, there are some prayers I believe are still best prayed on our knees. Kneeling humbles me. Kneeling reminds me of my place before God. Kneeling closes my mouth and opens my heart. It’s not really about the physical posture. Before anything else, kneeling is an attitude of the heart for unless the heart knows its place

Praying for Healing

No prayer is more desperate than a prayer for healing, whether for yourself or for someone you love. I’ve prayed for healing for our Lisa from the first diagnosis through all the complicated, life threatening and life altering diagnoses that followed. But no prayer gave me more peace than the one I share with you here. It’s where I start any prayer for healing because it helps me start at the right place. You probably missed it when you read the very familiar story of Mary and Martha sending word to Jesus that their brother was dying. Except that’s not exactly how they worded it. The message came to Jesus this way: Lord, the one you love is sick. John 11:3 You know what they expected be