Mar 3 2009

Prayer power

Please read this account in Acts 12.
Herod the King had killed James and thrown Peter in prison. Things looked bleak for the newly formed church. The body of believers were neither militarily nor politically strong but they had a weapon in their arsenal whose power was immeasurable: they prayed.

Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. (Acts 12.5)

Outwardly, the struggle continued from a worldly point-of-view, but on a spiritual plane, the battle was over, the war was already won.

God sent an angel,

Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. (Acts 12.7)

Peter walked out of the prison and presented himself to astonished friends. An angry Herod, however, executed Peter’s former guards “…and [Herod] went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.” (Acts 12.9b)
While in Caesarea, Herod received (accepted, trusted in) the praises of visitors who called him a god. The result?

Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died. (Acts 12.23)

…But the word of God grew and multiplied. (Acts 12.24)

Below, are two pictures.
The first are the remains of Herod’s swimming pool at his Caesarean palace.
The second was taken inside the Garden Tomb where Jesus was raised from the dead.
The first is a reminder of death – ruins representing the life of one who thought he was a god.
The second is a reminder of life representing the resurrection power of the One who IS God.

With prayer we touch God. With prayer chains are broken and we are set free. With prayer seas part and the way is made clear. With prayer there is healing of spirit, soul and body. All this through the love and power of the God we serve; the God through whom all things are possible (Matthew 19.26).

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3.20-21)

Feb 16 2009

A Prayer for Presidents’ Day

(Dear God)

Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet if God wills that it continues… until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid another drawn with the sword… so still it must be said that the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and for his orphans, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and a lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.


– taken from Abraham Lincoln’s address on the occasion of his second inauguration, March 4, 1865. “Dear God” and “Amen” have been added to make the above excerpt into prayer form.

Feb 12 2009

A Prayer for Today

You are God and there is no other, as it is written You “…look to the ends of the earth, and see everything under the heavens,” (Job 28:24) nothing escapes Your notice dear Lord. You “…sit enthroned above the circle of the earth”, as the prophet Isaiah wrote, and You “…stretched out the heavens like a canopy and spread them out like a tent to live in.” (Isa. 40:22) I praise Your glorious name.

I repent for greed; I repent for ill-gotten gain; I repent for the love of money and agree with Your Word that says the “love of money is the root of all sorts of evil.” (I Tim 6:10) Forgive me Lord for any and every selfish thing I have done in relationship to money; for coveting someone else’s things, for jealousy, for identity rooted in possessions rather than in Your presence and for every single way I have sinned against You. I am sorry Lord and ask for Your forgiveness and healing.

As You forgive and heal me, I also ask that You would do the same for our nation in this area of commerce. I stand in the gap for Your healing light and presence. I thank You God that those who trust in You will never be disappointed. I thank you Lord for hearing my heart cry, for Your forgiveness and for your help in Jesus name. Amen.

Jan 22 2009

A Prayer for Today

As I pray today, “Let me hear what God will speak, For God will speak peace to the people…To those who turn to God in their hearts.” (Psalm 85:8-13) Lord God, I am aware that there is nothing in my life beyond Your seeing eye.  There is no inner conflict, fear, stress, loss, or despair beyond Your heart. There is no moment when Your arms are unwilling to take me in.  God of Compassion, I ask that You would renew, rebuild and redeem every heart that has been broken by abortion.  I ask You to provide one-on-one care to those struggling after involvement in an abortion.  I ask You to heal any pain associated with abortion and I ask that You wrap Your arms of grace around them, until they are safely held in Your embrace.  And, I pray, that you will fill my heart with the same compassion, and give me eyes to see how I can lovingly be a part of their healing. I ask this for the sake of your great love and in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jan 20 2009

Rick Warren’s Inaugural Prayer, January 20

Let us pray.

Almighty God, our Father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you. It all belongs to you. It all exists for your glory.

History is your story. The Scripture tells us, “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is One.” And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.

Now, today, we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time. We celebrate a hingepoint of history with the inauguration of our first African American president of the United States. We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.

Give to our new President, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.

Help us, O God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race, or religion, or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all. When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us. When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us. And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes, even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all. May all people of goodwill today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day all nations and all people will stand accountable before you. We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, ‘Isa, Jesús, Jesus, who taught us to pray:

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

Jan 19 2009

Prayer for Presidential Inauguration Day

I pray for my new president, Barack Obama, as he is sworn in as the 44th president of our country at 12:00 noon today.  I pray for his safety and God’s complete protection and protection over the city of Washington, D.C. and its citizens and all who come to celebrate this historic moment.  I give You, Lord, thanks for the blessings of democracy in America that allow us to have a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.  I pray for continued grace and dignity in this transition.  I pray for Divine wisdom to be given to him as he is sworn in, so that he may lead in a manner that brings peace and prosperity to our nation.  I pray for his ears to be open to hear wise counsel and to have the courage to follow the path of wisdom.  I pray that his eyes would see the path of truth and that his feet would follow that path without hesitation.  I pray God’s blessings upon his wife, Michelle, and his two daughters, Malia and Sasha. 

I resolve today, Father God, to be the best and most productive citizen that I can be as I honor You, God.  I resolve today to seek You, God, and Your blessings upon Barack Obama.  Thank You for Him, Lord God.  May he always know that I am here praying for him and his family for his best welfare in all that he undertakes to do.  In Jesus’ name. Amen!

(Thanks, Allen, for this prayer.)

Jan 14 2009

A Prayer for Today

Lord, You are the God greatly feared in the counsel of the holy ones, and before You the angels cry Holy, Holy, Holy. There is no one else like You, a God of justice, compassion, and wisdom.

Lord I come before You today in the midst of great uncertainty, with concerns about how to manage the affairs of my life. I thank You for Your invitation to come boldly before Your throne to receive help in times like these. You are my rock.

Show me Lord the right choices to make at this time. Release to me Lord, Your divine wisdom. Help me move forward in confidence, and enable me, Lord, to stand in faith and honor Your Holy name in this season. Open my mouth with wise counsel for others, guide me Lord, that I might be a blessing to those around me.

Lord I need Your wisdom, there are many voices saying, “do this and do that,” but You are the One I look to. Guard me from deception, and fear, and guide me with Your eye upon me. I choose not to lean on my own understanding, but I trust in You and I wait for Your counsel. Speak to me Lord, for I am listening. In Jesus name, Amen.

Jan 5 2009

A Prayer for today

Lord, I am so grateful that You made me in Your image.  I realize that my sin and weaknesses keep others from seeing Your image in my life.  I desire to reflect You and I thank You that through Christ’s precious blood You provide forgiveness of my sin.  Help me to be quick to repent and quick to “…put on the new self, which is being renewed in the knowledge and in the image of its creator.” (Colossians 3:10).  Help clothe me and all Your people with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, so others may see You in the classroom, the community and the world.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.  (LW)

Jan 4 2009

A Prayer for Today

Here I am, standing on the edge. 
I can’t make it alone anymore. 
I fall to my knees, 
Lord, I give up. Forgive me. 
I’ve come to the place, 
Where you are is what I need. 
I have no one to blame. 
I give up, take away these sins. 
Too long the road I’ve walked, 
Carrying in my heart, 
Those things I should cast aside. 
This is where I give up. 
Here I am, waiting for your love; 
Waiting for your embrace, 
Giving my soul and might to you. 
Forgive me.  (Amen).  

(by Adam Herring)

Jan 2 2009

A Prayer for Today

A New Year Prayer


Holy Father, God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.

We praise You for Your unequaled greatness.

Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead.


Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more.

To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them.

To teach others to love by loving them.

Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us.

So that Love could be with us, and we could know You.

That we could share Love with others.


Help us, Father, to hear Your love song in every sunrise,

in the chirping of sparrows in our backyards,

in the stories of our old folks, and the fantasies of our children.

Help us to stop and listen to Your love songs,

so that we may know You better and better.


We rejoice in the world You loved into being.

Thank You for another new year and for new chances every day.

We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others.

Forgive us for falling short this past year.


We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the unknown new year knowing You will go with us.

We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what’s ahead, depending on You to help us do exactly what You want.


I say it again, we rejoice!

In Jesus’ name, Amen.