One Single Prayer

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One single prayer from a broken heart is worth more than

the most articulate sermon, as the shattered reaches

into the heavens for some hope, and a reason

to believe, looking even beyond the scars

being washed

with wholeness.

    

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Rejoice in the Lord

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“Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.

Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing all you who are upright in heart!”

Psalm 32: 1, 2, 11

Lord God, thank You for working in our lives. Thank You for Your forgiveness! We rejoice in You and all that You have done. Hallelujah!

My wife came home from the hospital today. Even though she is still recovering, and we are still waiting for test results, we are sure glad she is home!

Thank You God!

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quote from the NIV Bible

And You Healed Me

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“O Lord my God, I called to you for help 

and you healed me.”

Psalm 30: 2

One of the great joys of the Psalms is that they often talk to God like we do. Every day average folks like us can relate so well to words like these!

Be encouraged and blessed!

Lord God we thank You for words of encouragement! Help us to look to You and to not be discouraged!

Amen and amen.

    

P.S. If you did not know my wife has been in the hospital. In some ways she is better but there is still an upcoming biopsy and the fear of cancer once again. We are trusting God. 

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

 

Healing and God’s Will

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“A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’

Filled with compassion, the Messiah reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.”

Mark 1:40-42

So why does God not heal this way today? Some would argue that he does, and that we simply need faith to believe it, and receive it. Well it could be true that there is less faith in the modern world today, but we should never judge someone when they are sick.

And although faith is important it is not some type of energy force that can go up or down on some type of scale, when we have more or less of it. In this example from the Gospel of Mark, it was God’s will for the man to be healed. But how can we say that it’s God’s will for everyone? We cannot say that. Otherwise no one would die.

Do you know what? I think God uses doctors and nurses and medicine all the time, to bring healing to people. We have much more available in the way of miraculous medicine now. There are some miracles here and there, but its ok for God to bring healing differently today.

And besides, ever seen a minister with a healing ministry? There is tremendous pressure on that minister to think too highly of himself, and to enter into the sin of pride. God is not interested in ministers being exalted, no! People cannot handle and should not handle that much temptation to sin.

So maybe God heals people today the way He does, because of His great compassion, including for ministers.

God is to be praised forever and ever, amen!

  

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quote from the NIV Bible

Trauma and Faith

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We as people can be easily broken, torn up inside, shredded through the circumstances we face. And there are times when we don’t know why. We may never know why. No amount of reasoning through it, makes any sense.

The more I blog, the more I see, both men and women attempting to recover. And as people of faith we are often tempted to offer advice and say……”you need to do, this or that…..”.

We sometimes say, if they would just have more faith…..or if they would just forgive. We want to help don’t we? But sometimes a sermon is not what the injured need.

Perhaps all they need is a friend, someone willing to listen. Our well meaning advice can often sound like we are judging them. So be careful!

God has not called us to be judges, has He? And did you know that trauma can change our beliefs, how we view life and God? Yep, I just learned this recently.

I know of a woman who became mentally ill due to what she faced. It happens. And some need alot of help, even professional help, not just a quick prayer and amen, see you later.

Lord God, please bring healing to those we know that have been traumatized. And help us, to be light, to be the compassion they need.

Maybe we can be the ones to listen, give us wisdom, and the humility to say we don’t have all the answers, but we care. Lord God, we cry out for healing to take place. Amen and amen.

    

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With All Your Heart

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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul

and with all your strength. These commandments

that I give you today are to be

upon your hearts.”

Deuteronomy 6: 5,6

God has always been concerned about our hearts. We should love Him for who He is and for what He has done in our lives.

And you know what? When we love Him, everything else begins to fall into place. When we love God, we will be very good employees. When we love God, we love our spouses, and we forgive them, and pray for them…… and so on. This is what makes this verse so important. We are told later in the Scriptures it is indeed the Greatest Commandment.

And when we love God, we care about other people, or at least we are supposed to! Which leads us to the Second Greatest Commandment, loving our neighbor as our self. So, it is good to feed the poor, and maybe even work to have policies that help them.

And it’s ok to carry signs in the streets. Among those recently protesting gun violence, I saw one sign with a Scripture on it. We are to love people, not our guns.

And in our country, we sometimes confuse conservatism with loving “what is right”. We must be very careful to love our neighbor and not worship idols.

Lord God, help us to love You with all our hearts, and to love people as ourselves. Only You can do this Lord.

We trust in You and praise You! Amen and amen.

      

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quote from the NIV Bible

A Prayer for Racial Healing

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Lord God, you know the history of our country, of many countries, that there has been so much oppression of one group over another. We ask that you would work in the hearts of people to bring understanding and in some cases forgiveness for the wrongs that were done.

And even today some brown people are still not treated right. God have mercy and forgive us. May we value each person, including those that are different from us. May we respect all people.

And may we realize that we are all descended from Adam and Eve, which means we are all related! We are indeed brothers and sisters, interconnected in wonderful ways.

Heavenly Father bring healing to us – individually, between different groups, and within our nation. We need You God. Amen.

Note: My wife and I still get strange and even angry looks, simply because we are an inter-racial couple. It just happened again today. Each time, we forgive and move on. 

 

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A Prayer for Good Health

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As I get older Lord God, and this tent I’m living in continues to wear thin,

help me to take care of it, to respect this gift, the life you’ve given

and if it is Your will, please reduce the pain, give me wisdom

and keep me healthy. Amen.

   

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A Cheerful Heart

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“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 17:22

Did you know that being happy is like medicine? Or maybe it is medicine!

Now we all go through terrible things, disappointments, and sometimes we even get crushed internally. But God does not want us to live there. It’s not good to dwell on, and be overwhelmed by the negative.

Yes, there are traumatized victims that may need therapy, and professional help, but for those of us that are able, the Lord, the King of the Universe, the One who made us all, loves us so much he wants a cheerful heart for us!!

Lord God, You know everything, and that there are times we don’t feel like being cheerful. Help us, encourage us, and help us to be healthy internally. Help us to trust in you! Amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

A Prayer for Cancer Patients

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Lord God, you know everything we face, and for those facing cancer right now, we ask that you would be with them in a special way.

You know the pain, You know the fear, Lord God bring comfort and hope.

Bring encouraging words through family and friends, and Lord – maybe even some hugs!

Please help the doctors to help each patient according to their needs.

And Lord God, if it is Your will please bring healing!! We humbly ask You our God. Amen.

    

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