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Prayer and a Good Grilled Cheese

Father, thank You for a good night’s sleep and for gently waking me this morning. Your love is such a constant in my life. It is a river of peace and encouragement which never runs dry. What an awesome source of refreshment and sustenance! Help me to drink from it throughout this day. Remind to “jump in” when I need to be revived. Enable me to be a beacon shining bright, so others may share in this great Resource, too!

Colossians 4:2 (<<click here)

“Devoted to prayer”  “alert mind”  “thankful heart”

Some of the best things in life are not complicated. We can make them complicated but at their core, they are quite simple, sort of like a grilled cheese sandwich. Even I can make a good grilled cheese. All it takes is bread, cheese, and butter. It’s not that difficult.

Prayer – it’s not that difficult. Paul’s recipe is quite simple – devotion, an alert mind, and a thankful heart.

Lord, help me to pray. Sometimes we feel like it has to be this huge list of requests that are tough to get through and we just can’t take the time to go through it in one sitting. Paul elsewhere directs us to “never stop praying” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and our initial response is usually “I can’t pray all the time – I have way too much to get done!” When Paul says to “devote ourselves to prayer” it’s more of a mindset. “Lord guide and direct me throughout this day.”

Prayer is not just about talking – it’s also about listening. Getting in the habit, devoting ourselves to prayer helps us to be more attuned to hearing God’s voice of guidance. And that’s where an alert mind” comes in. Lord, we have to pay attention! So many things distract us! And we have to be alert because as Peter says in 1 Peter 5:8 our “enemy the devil prowls around like a raging lion looking for someone to devour” Prayer helps us to pay attention to do good and to avoid and/or stand up to evil.

The last ingredient then is a “thankful heart.” There is nothing better to keep us focused in life. Humble gratitude enables us to realize that we didn’t get where we are through sheer talent and hard work. Those are surely elements but they are also gifts our Creator has given us. Understanding that keeps as focused on Him – we need His support and guidance to get us through this life. Being thankful also goes a long way to keep our own pride in check. Acknowledging God’s generosity in our lives keeps us humble. This makes us better servants, too. We all are part of God’s loving creation and we are called to love each other.

Lord, this day and in all the days ahead, may I be devoted to prayer, help my mind to be alert to You and what’s around me and help me to give thanks when it is due and to humbly serve You in my interactions with others. Amen!

July 2nd, 2015, Thurs, 6:59 am

Reality Check

Thank You, Father, for a very productive day yesterday. My body is protesting some but it was well worth the effort. Please place Your hand upon my shoulder today, I welcome Your guidance and direction. Amen.

Lord, You pulled me to a Puritan prayer today…and it spoke to me. What it had to say wasn’t pretty but it is true too frequently in my life. Thankfully it isn’t as applicable today but it has been very much so…and not that long ago. It is comforting to know that I am not alone, others struggle, too. It is encouraging to know, too, that we can be “more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:31-39

I read through the prayer twice and then prayed through it myself. It is well worth sharing…

YET I SIN

Eternal Father,
Thou art good beyond all thought,
But I am vile, wretched, miserable, blind;
My lips are ready to confess,
     but my heart is slow to feel,
     and my ways reluctant to amend.
I bring my soul to thee;
     break it, wound it, bend it, mould it.
Unmask to me sin’s deformity,
     that I may hate it, abhor it, flee from it.
My faculties have been a weapon of revolt against thee;
     as a rebel I have misused my strength,
     and served the foul adversary of thy kingdom.
Give me grace to bewail my insensate* folly,
Grant me to know that the way of transgressors is hard,
                                      that evil paths are wretched paths,
                                      that to depart from thee is to lose all good.
I have seen the purity and beauty of thy perfect law,
                        the happiness of those in whose heart it reigns,
                        the calm dignity of the walk to which it calls,
                             yet I daily violate and contemn** its precepts.
Thy loving Spirit strives within me,
                                   brings me Scripture warnings,
                                   speaks in startling providences,
                                   allures by secret whispers,
                                        yet I choose devices and desires to my own hurt,
                                             impiously resent, grieve,
                                                  and provoke him to abandon me.

All these sins I mourn,lament, and for them cry pardon.
Work in me more profound and abiding repentance;
Give me the fullness of a godly grief that trembles and fears,
     yet ever trusts and loves,
     which is ever powerful, and ever confident;
Grant that through the tears of repentance I may see more clearly
     the brightness and glories of the saving cross.

Amen…so be it.

Nov 18th, Fri, 6:33 am

A couple of words I had to look up
*insensatewithout sense, understanding, or judgment; foolish.
**contemnto treat or regard with disdain, scorn, or contempt.

Prayer: A Foundation for Joy and Gratitude

Father, thank You so much for Your presence this weekend – in our travels, with my family, in worship, then with more family. I realize I am still a work in progress but also I am grateful that I am closer to where You want me to be than I have ever been. I know You will continue to work with me for Your love and patience is never-ending. Strengthen my resolve. Help me to hold my tongue until my head and my heart for Your glory can catch up. You alone receive the glory for who I am and where I am today!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (<<click here)

What a goal for which to continually strive! To always be joyful, praying and thankful! As my study Bible* alludes to prayer is foundational – if we pursue prayer throughout our days it will direct us to You, Lord. In doing that, You will help us by guiding us to the best courses of action for our lives which will bring joy and gratitude as we see You at work in our lives and the peace we find in being in the center of Your will.

Lord, please help me to pray through the midst of this day. Draw my thoughts to You, help them to linger on You. Influence, by Your presence, my words and thoughts and deeds. May my life be filled with joy regardless of my circumstances for You’re with me and love me and are working in every aspect of my life. And if these things come to fruition, how can I not be grateful! Thank You, Lord!

August 3, Mon, 5:53 am

*New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible

Prayer and a Good Grilled Cheese

Father, thank You for a good night’s sleep and for gently waking me this morning. Your love is such a constant in my life. It is a river of peace and encouragement which never runs dry. What an awesome source of refreshment and sustenance! Help me to drink from it throughout this day. Remind to “jump in” when I need revived. Enable me to be a beacon shining bright, so others may share in this great Resource, too!

Colossians 4:2 (<<click here)

“Devoted to prayer”  “alert mind”  “thankful heart”

Some of the best things in life are not complicated. We can make them complicated but at their core they are quite simple, sort of like a grilled cheese sandwich. Even I can make a good grilled cheese. All it takes is bread, cheese and butter. It’s not that difficult.

Prayer – it’s not that difficult. Paul’s recipe is quite simple – devotion, an alert mind and a thankful heart.

Lord, help me to pray. Sometimes we feel like it has to be this huge list of requests that is tough to get through and we just can’t take the time to go through it in one sitting. Paul elsewhere directs us to “never stop praying” I Thessalonians 5:17 and our initial response is usually “I can’t pray all the time – I have way too much to get done!” When Paul says to “devote ourselves to prayer” it’s more of a mindset. “Lord guide and direct me throughout this day.”

Prayer is not just about talking – it’s also about listening. Getting in the habit, devoting ourselves to prayer helps us to be more attuned to hearing God’s voice of guidance. And that’s where an “alert mind” comes in. Lord, we have to pay attention! So many things distract us! And we have to be alert because as Peter says in 1 Peter 5:8 our “enemy the devil prowls around like a raging lion looking for someone to devour” Prayer helps us to pay attention to do good and to avoid and/or stand up to evil.

The last ingredient then, is a “thankful heart.” There is nothing better to keep us focused in life. Humble gratitude enables us to realize that we didn’t get where we are through sheer talent and hard work. Those are surely elements but they are also gifts our Creator has given us. Understanding that keeps as focused on Him – we need His support and guidance to get us through this life. Being thankful also goes a long way to keep our own pride in check. Acknowledging God’s generosity in our lives keeps us humble. This makes us better servants, too. We all are part of God’s loving creation and we are called to love each other.

Lord, this day and in all the days ahead, may I be devoted to prayer, help my mind to be alert to You and what’s around me and help me to give thanks when it is due and to humbly serve You in my interactions with others. Amen!

July 2nd, Thurs, 6:59 am

Definitely check out the movie, War Room, it’s a great motivator for prayer!