Prayer, Friday, June 2, 2017

Looking forward to Heaven

The other day I was sitting in my recliner looking through my library of ebooks on my iPhone  I have an iphone 7 plus and I love it because its large enough that I can read my books on it.  My poor old ipad was getting so old and cracked that I almost couldn’t read my ebooks on it anymore.  So I’m really happy to be able to use my iphone now.

As I was scrolling down through my lists of ebooks, I noticed one name “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn.  I remember loving reading this one a great while back and I opened it and began reading some parts of it again.

I really enjoyed reading about what Randy thought of Heaven and what the Bible indicates about heaven.  Randy believes that Heaven will one day be basically the new, restored earth – an earth like God had originally intended it to be and that is where believers will be spending their eternity with God.

I loved this part of the book:

Of the New Jerusalem, we’re told that “nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27). Isaiah tells us the same, using inclusive language that could not apply to the old Earth under the Curse: “Then will all your people be righteous” (60:21). Isaiah adds, “and they will possess the land [erets] forever.” The earth will be theirs, not for a glorious decade or century or millennium, but forever.82

Alcorn, Randy. Heaven (Alcorn, Randy) (Kindle Locations 1910-1915). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Just think, nothing impure, nothing shameful or deceitful.  All the people will be righteous!

When I think of our world today and see and read about the actions of people on this earth, I long for the new earth and Heaven and an eternity with God.  There seems to be no act that is too shameful or evil for someone to do in this day and age.  Even in our nation – the US, hate has taken over people’s hearts and the acts of hatred, even toward our own sitting President are becoming commonplace each day.  It seems like nothing is sacred or to be respected anymore.  Today my prayer is for our nation’s peoples to once again become at least a tiny bit pure in heart.  Join me please in this prayer.

My Prayer for today

Dear Lord, my heart is full of sadness as I read in the newspapers and on my computer, about acts of hate and vulgarity and shame that are rampant in my nation today.  Our peoples so need to know You and to recognize the great Love and Mercy You have to offer each and every one of us.

Our hearts and our minds need a great cleansing of the sin and the evil that has taken root in us.  We need Your spirit in each of us, cleaning us and filling our minds with those things that are acceptable to you.  Your word says we are to think on good things and not evil things: (Philippians 4:8)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Lord, if even those of us who claim You as our Lord, would cease our evil thoughts and deeds, we could make a great difference in this land today.

So many of our nation’s leaders do say they are Your followers, but many do not show that in their words and actions Oh Lord.  I pray You will send Your Holy Spirit to fully indwell each of us, Your followers – creating in us, clean hearts and pure thoughts and the desire to become more and more like our Savior, Jesus.

I pray for our President, our Vice President and each member of Congress who claim to believe in You Oh Lord, that each one, man or woman, will feel the Holy Spirit within them, showing them how to act and speak in ways that will please You, our Father in Heaven.

I pray You will raise up men and women in the different media and news outlets of our nation that believe in and follow Your precious son, Jesus, our redeeming Lord.

I pray for those men and women who are teachers and educators throughout this land, who claim to believe in You.  I pray for You to give them courage and strength and great faith and the wisdom to be good, kind and Godly men and women, examples before the children and youth of our nation.

And Lastly Lord, I pray for those many, many, men, women and children who dwell in our nation – in the darkness, following, not You, but the evil one, the Adversary and his evil ways.  I pray Your Holy Spirit will work in the lives and in the hearts of those living in that darkness, drawing them to seek out You and Your people and to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus and the great gift of mercy and reconciliation You have provided to us.

I pray for the battles in unseen realms that are going on all around us.  I pray for victory for Your mighty angel armies and that battles will be won for You and for those You would save from destruction and eternal death.  May Your angels overcome Satan and his minions and disrupt all evil intentions and attacks against Your people and Your Church in our nation.  Lord God, may Your will be done here on earth, as it is in Heaven.

I ask for You to forgive me of my many sins and weaknesses and to grant me the strength and faith to be true to Your precepts and to honor You with my thoughts, words, and deeds.  I ask this in the name of Jesus, Your Son, and my Savior.  Amen.

Sharing the following also:

Every Christian friend that goes before us from this world is a ransomed spirit waiting to welcome us in heaven. There will be the infant of days that we have lost below, through grace to be found above. There the Christian father, and mother, and wife, and child, and friend, with whom we shall renew the holy fellowship of the saints, which was interrupted by death here, but shall be commenced again in the upper sanctuary, and then shall never end. There we shall have companionship with the patriarchs and fathers and saints of the Old and New Testaments, and those of whom the world was not worthy. . . . And there, above all, we shall enjoy and dwell with God the Father, whom we have loved with all our hearts on earth; and with Jesus Christ, our beloved Savior, who has always been to us the chief among ten thousands, and altogether lovely; and with the Holy Spirit, our Sanctifier, and Guide, and Comforter; and shall be filled with all the fullness of the Godhead forever!

Alcorn, Randy. Heaven (Alcorn, Randy) (Kindle Locations 6076-6080). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.


I request that you join me in praying the prayer above and ask that you share your own prayers in the comments.  Your comments and your own prayers are welcome. – Shirley

April 6, 2017, Prayer

Being a Mom

Today I was thinking about my daughter and son-in-law who are on the mission field thousands of miles away from me in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.  I love my daughter dearly and have prayed for her all of her life, as an infant, a toddler, a grade school child, in Junior High, Senior High, College, in her marriage and as a mom herself.  Many years ago I read a book by Stormie Omartian about praying for your children.  I remember I loved it.  That was many years ago and now my lovely christian daughter and her family are serving on the mission field in a third world country.  Today I was thinking about that book which I no longer have.  (I gave away tons of hardcover and paperback books when I decluttered my home and went digital for my books).  So I searched for her book and found this one “The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children” and downloaded it.  I will be reading this new book and praying again for my adult daughter.

Our nation is so different from when I was growing up and even from when I was raising my now 29 year old daughter.  We need to pray that our nation is still a place for raising godly children.

My Prayer for Today

Image of mom and child
Image of mom and child

Lord I come to You today thinking about the children who live in our nation today.  Its so different from when I was growing up.  It seems like there is a “War on Christianity” in our media, our schools, our entertainment industry and some parts of our government.  I pray Lord that You will show each Christian parent how to raise a godly child despite the worldly and fleshly society we live in.  I pray You will be with those in the education and entertainment arenas who believe in You and Your Word, to strengthen them and grow their faith in You, so that they can stand for you in an ungodly world.  I pray that those men and women who pastor the churches in our nation will reach out to parents to teach them how to impart godly principles to each of their children.  May we be true and wise role models to our children and the children of others who are around us.

I found these 7 prayers online to pray for my child and I share them here.  The original online article is found here.

1. That Jesus will call them and no one will hinder them from coming.

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away. (Matthew 19:13–15)

2. That they will respond in faith to Jesus’s faithful, persistent call.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

3. That they will experience sanctification through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit and will increasingly desire to fulfill the greatest commandments.

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37–39)

4. That they will not be unequally yoked in intimate relationships, especially marriage.

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)

5. That their thoughts will be pure.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

6. That their hearts will be stirred to give generously to the Lord’s work.

All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord. (Exodus 35:29)

7. That when the time is right, they will GO!

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20)

I thought these are awesome prayers for our children.

Here is a cool link to praying for your grandchildren.  I know I love my two darling grandsons dearly and pray often for them, especially as they are growing up in a third world country and I only see them every few years.  The different things to pray in the linked article definitely apply to them.

Lord, today I was watching the TV and the news on the beginning of the “Nuclear Option” vote to begin to confirm a new supreme court justice for our nation.  The men and women who make up our supreme court are very important to what the future of our nation will be like.  We need to pray for godly men and women to be appointed and confirmed to sit on the Supreme Court.

It is important for our prayer life to include different prayers for those in high places and the leaders in our country.  So Lord, I pray that the men and women who serve as Supreme Court Justices for this nation be those that you approve of and that know You and serve You as well as being well versed on the laws of our land.  I pray for this coming vote on Mr. Gorsuch tomorrow.  I pray that your good and perfect will be done with this vote and this position.  I pray for each congressman and woman who cast a vote – that they will prayerfully seek Your will in this matter and not just respond to a party line vote.

I also pray for our President, Donald Trump and each of those who serve in his administration.  I pray that You will gift these men and women with love, wisdom, discernment, and skill to perform their duties in a way that will honor You and is according to Your will for our nation.  I pray for the safety of the President and VicePresident and their families.  I pray that these leaders will seek you daily and learn from You how to best serve our nation.

I pray for those in high places in our land who do not know you or serve you.  I pray they will somehow be shown the truth about Your love and the gift of Jesus for their salvation and eternal life and that they will choose to accept Your free gift and turn their lives over to you.  And if they refuse to acknowledge You, then I pray You will not allow them to continue to serve Satan and his evil intentions for our country.  May they be discredited and removed from their jobs so they can do no harm to our nation.

Finally Lord I ask for forgiveness for my many sins and give you all the glory for sending Jesus to take my sins upon his innocent body to give me the opportunity to be reconciled to You and live with you in eternity.  I praise and worship You today.  In Jesus name I pray all these things, amen.


I request that you join me in praying the prayer above and ask that you share your own prayers in the comments.  Your comments and your own prayers are welcome. – Shirley

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Prayer for Our Nation

A Special Prayer today for our President

An image of a heart shaped cloud
An image of a heart shaped cloud

Today is Valentine Day in our Nation.  A day that we celebrate our love for special people in our lives.  But as I read post after post and news articles, one after another, I see that love is very far from the minds of many of those in our nation.  There is a great lack of love and even civility towards our elected President, Donald Trump.  In fact, the hatred shown is great and disturbing.  Today my prayers are for President Trump and his administration and his leadership.

Continue reading “Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Prayer for Our Nation”

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Battle Continues

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted a prayer.  Life has gotten pretty busy as it does for all of us during the holiday season.  This year I’m really trying to focus on the “reason for the season”.  So I’m saying “Merry Christmas” to all of you who read this.  Christ is truly what this season is about, not parties, presents, feasting or Santa.  December 25th is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ who died a horrible death to save us from receiving the just reward for our sins against a holy God. Continue reading “Sunday, December 18, 2016”

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Depressed today

An image of a sad woman
An image of a sad woman

Today was a depressing day for me. I tend to get like that in winter anyway, but today I realized this was my last Christmas for at least two years with my daughter and son-in-law and grandbabies.  They go on the mission field to Papua New Guinea in early 2017.  I’ve been supportive because I know this is their dream to serve their Lord on mission.  But I feel old and sad today.

Then I had to go read the news online and realize there is so much evil and pain in this world for God’s children to endure.  Our country is truly fallen away from the Lord and His precepts.  No wonder so many people are unhappy, sick and depressed to the point of suicide.  Unless we have the “hope of heaven”, then life can be extremely depressing and sad.

Tonight I want to pray again for our nation, for the followers of Jesus and those who love the Lord and for those who do not believe and have no hope. Continue reading “Thursday, December 1, 2016”

Tuesday, November 22, 2017

Fanning the flame?

an image of fire blazing
An image of fire blazing

Today Lord, I come to you, asking for forgiveness and Your help for myself first.   I was gently admonished today by a non-believing friend and reminded that words are divisive.  Of course its not something I was unaware of and I definitely agree that words can both help and hurt.  It seems like in our world of today, not only is there a battle of spirit, mind and body, but certainly that of words too.  I think a wide-spread disease that runs through our society of today is “diarrhea of the mouth”.

There are 84 verses in the Bible about the tongue and most of them have to do with the words that our tongues form and let slip from our mouths. Continue reading “Tuesday, November 22, 2017”