Prayer, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Thoughts


Each day, I almost dread turning on the TV or logging onto the internet.  I see more and more tragedies, terrible fires in our northwest, killer hurricanes in the Atlantic oceans raging down on our coasts, earthquakes in various places and threads of war being discussed in the political realms.

Alternate lifestyles of all kinds are destroying God’s natural order and the “core family” in our society.  Biblical morals are fading and being replaced with “anything that feels good in our own eyes” being OK and right.  Sometimes I wonder if God came down like he did to Abraham in response to the evil of Sodom and Gomorra, He would indeed find much the same if looking for 10 righteous men.  Many in our society serve the “God of Tolerance”, justifying their hate toward righteousness and biblical morality.  The world and our nation still face the threat of terrorism from radical Islamists whose evil quest for murder and torture continues against those who believe differently from them.

I read this verse again:

2 Timothy 3:1-5 …’This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.’

and this one also:

Matthew 24:37-39… “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.

This sounds like our society today and I wonder just how many still read this verse and cringe in fear that our time is running out.

The Bible also says in Luke 17:26:

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man: People were eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.…

Here’s an interesting article on the “The Signs of the End Times”.

Are we in the “End Times”?  I don’t know but I do know that our society and world is showing many of the signs of the end of days God warns us about in His Word.

My Prayer for today

Image of a woman praying
Image of a woman praying

My prayer today is for men, women, and children to open their eyes and their hearts to the good news of the gospel before it’s too late.

Dear Heavenly Father, I think of You and Your love for us.  A love that is so amazing and a gift which none of us deserve.  I know that those of us who have accepted that gift are not receiving the wages we have earned – death, but will be saved only because of Your compassion and the sacrifice of Jesus, our Savior.

And yet there are so very many of your human creations that are broken and fallen and live separated from You.  Oh God, that must break Your heart.  Our sinful, nature has created that barrier between You and ourselves.  We praise You for the gift of Jesus’s death and resurrection, which bridges the gap for those who believe.  God, I pray today that Your Holy Spirit will reach out and touch each of those separated from You one more time and that those ones living in Darkness will turn to Your light and accept the free gift You offer each of them.  I pray they will be convicted of their sin and be broken in spirit and repentant of their wicked ways and that they will turn and believe in Jesus and His sacrifice for them.  I pray they will be saved to serve You in eternity.

Lord, I pray this especially for those who are leaders in our nation.  I pray for those whose lips acknowledge You but whose actions and deeds are not that of a child of Yours.  I pray many, many of Your children whose hearts have grown lukewarm will once again become passionate in following Your Son, Jesus.  I pray especially for those who have been deceived by the lies of Satan and live in ways that are against Your natural order – that the Holy Spirit will touch their hearts and their minds to know and desire to serve You in spirit and truth.  May they be given the strength and the faith to change their evil ways and to become true followers of Jesus.

I pray for You to send Your mighty angel warriors to fight Satan and his minions who are attacking our leaders and the people of our nation.  I pray each attack will fail and Satan will not be allowed to bind Your human creations, nor to capture their hearts and their minds to turn against You, the Creator.

I know Your word says in Matthew:  Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.…

As I understand your Word, many, many follow the path to hell and few go the way of the narrow gate to Your eternity.  God, I pray for those who go that horrible way to destruction, that Your Holy Spirit will touch their blind eyes and they will repent and change directions.

Image of an open Bible
Image of an open Bible

Lord, I ask forgiveness for my own many sins against You and for strength and the faith I need to be a true follower of Jesus in this evil and broken world and society.  I pray for a great passion to serve You, to study Your Word and to tell others of the free gift You offer them.  May I and my family be faithful and true in Your eyes and may we serve You so that one day we will hear from Your lips “well done, my faithful servant”.

I pray all these things in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

 

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.

Comments

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

Wednesday, May 4, 2017, My Prayer for Today

Time Does Pass Quickly


image of person kneeling at the cross
Image of person kneeling at the cross

Yesterday was my Mother-in-Law’s 90th birthday.  She is doing very well for being 90.  She walks better than I do and her mind is still active and pretty sharp.

Mel and I took her out for dinner last night to celebrate her special day. We took her to Cracker Barrel because there are lots of veggies for her to choose from as well as soups.

Esther is a lady that truly loves the Lord and I know where she will be heading when her life is over here.  She has had a long life, but not all of us are granted 90 years here on earth.  My own parents only lived until they were 67 and then passed.  I won’t see them again until I see them in heaven.

The Bible says in Matthew 7:

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”

I took a Bible study once that referred to this verse and stated that it meant most people would not enter heaven; they would be choosing the wide gate that many enter.

That statement hit me like a ton of bricks.  Just thinking that most of the people around me would be going to a place of darkness, away from the Lord and all that is good, is so sad.  

Image of narrow country road
Image of narrow country road

We need to pray fervently for our family, co-workers, friends, and neighbors.  Our nation is so in need of prayer for repentance and mercy.

My Prayer Today

Lord, I come to you today with sadness in my heart and fear for those around me who are lost and dying and missing out on being with You in eternity.  I pray Lord for the souls of my family and friends who are not Your children and who do not follow after Your Son, Jesus.  I pray You will send your Holy Spirit to convict them of their need for You.  I pray they will turn from the ways and temptations of this world and ask for forgiveness and seek after You with all their hearts.

Lord, I pray for a great revival across our nation.  We are so in need of You and Your Holy Spirit working in our lives and in our society.  Please Lord, forgive us our iniquities and our love of the things of this world and please work in the hearts of the peoples of this land, convicting them of their need for You and Your wonderful gift of salvation through Jesus, our Savior.

Image of woman lifting her arms to heave
Image of woman lifting her arms to heaven

Lord I especially lift up the leaders of our nation today as they perform the duties of their jobs in making decisions for our health, economy, and protection of this nation.  I pray for those that call on Your name and claim You as Lord of their lives – that they will seek your will in making the decisions for our nation.

I pray for the decisions on health care for our peoples, that You will be in that decision and guide our leaders with Your wisdom.

I pray for the issues with North Korea also, that You will give President Trump and our military leaders the right decisions to make in dealing with that country and its leader.

I pray for the economic problems and the enormous debt our nation is undergoing; please help our leaders make the right choices about regulations, budgets,  taxes and trade agreements that will help with these issues.

I pray for our President, Mr. Trump and our Vice-President, Mr. Pence and for the entire cabinet and workers in this administration.  I pray You will reach out and call them unto Yourself, convicting them of their need for You to be Lord of their lives and guide of every action and decision they make as leaders in our land. I ask for Your protection over their health and that of their families.  I pray You will protect each of them from the evil attacks of the Adversary.  I pray also that You will keep Your mighty hand of protection over our land and our resources.

May many of the peoples of our land repent of their sins against You and turn to You, accepting Your free gift of mercy and life eternal.  May a love of Your word and a desire to read, study and follow Your precepts fill their hearts and their minds.  I pray all this in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Comments

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 16, 2017. Have a blessed Easter!

My Easter Day!


An image of three crosses
An image of three crosses

Today has been a different kind of Easter sunday for me.  Mel and I moved from my home town, the town I grew up in last summer.  We are loving it here in the gorgeous Ozark hills of Bella Vista, Arkansas.  But it is definitely different from my home town in the delta region of central Arkansas.  We have a new church, life is slower, we have fewer friends and acquaintances here, we have no other family (other than my mother-in-law who is in a nursing home here) anywhere near here.

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Special prayer for our nation today

The security of our nation is in peril


An image of a praying woman
An image of a praying woman

Today my heart is heavy with worry for my nation because it seems that the security of our citizens has been compromised from within and many evil plans and plots are underway to undermine our elected President and his administration.  What’s worse is this evil is being led by a former president and his minions in order to disrupt the government of our country.  This puts every aspect of our government and all of our citizens in danger.  This is my prayer focus for today.

My Prayer for today

Lord God, my God and God of my country, I come to you today, in total humbleness, asking for your intervention to help my country.  Please Lord, send your Holy Spirit and your mighty angel armies to seek out and make public and known to our citizens, those who are engaged in a shadow government intended to sabotage our new administration and the security of our nation.  In addition Lord God, please give our current and legally elected leaders the perfect solution to this issue and lead them to every act they need to perform to stop this and to make our citizens, our leaders and our country safe from the evil now being perpetrated upon our leaders.

And Lord, if former President Obama’s and Mr. Soros’s and any others  intents are to harm the U.S. and our constitution and law and order in this country, I pray Yu will stop every evil plan and plot from succeeding and that you will bring them to justice, using law enforcement who love our nation and our constitution and obey the laws of our land.

God, this needs to be addressed and stopped now and all the minions of our evil former President and Mr. Soros and others stopped and arrested.  Show our congress, our President, our Vice President, the Attorney General and other true Americans exactly what to do about this and the perfect timing in which to do it

I pray you will bring to light all laws that have been broken, including the espionage act and who has broken them, why they were broken and who instituted the breaking of our laws and that each and every evil doer will be stopped, arrested and prosecuted, no matter who they are.

Lord, President Obama changed the rules on espionage on January 3rd, along with former AJ Lynch and others in the former administration.  This is so evil and unprecedented and certainly needs to be acknowledged and the evil intent brought to light to all our citizens.

Lord, I lay this at your loving and mighty feet, asking You to protect our nation and our new President and his new administration, and to root out and destroy this evil in our land.

I pray the following scripture for our new President, Donald Trump and his team.

“The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. Psalm 41:2”

Father God, I pray all this in the name of Jesus, Your son and my savior and I pray and give praise and honor to You who deserve all our praise and worship.  Thank you God for Your faithfulness even to those who are unfaithful to You. Amen

Comments

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.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017, Prayer for our Nation

My Prayer on Super Bowl Sunday


an image of a person praising God, arms outstretched.
An image of a person praising God, arms outstretched.

As American all across this country, prepare to sit back, relax, eat and enjoy the traditional Super Bowl football game, our nation continues to be attacked from within.  Many of our own misguided citizens, those who live in darkness and ignorance of a Holy and loving God, continue to promote their ungodly and evil ideas.  Many of our wealthiest citizens, those who have acquired their great wealth by living in this land of freedom and opportunity, fund evil organizations and violent ones whose objectives are to destroy the American way of life and the rights of conservatives and Christians who live in this land.  Many persons who have taken advantage of our open borders and weak former President are even now plotting to destroy our infrastructure and our peoples.  They will not be satisfied until every non-Muslim is killed in the most horrible manner and all references to the Living God of the Bible, are removed from our land, our laws, our history and our media.

So people, just continue to sit back in your comfy recliners and watch the game on your big screens, eating junk food and have a great time with your friends and family.

As for me, tonight I will be on my knees praying for my family, my state, my President, his administration, my church, my nations, my freedoms and my great Christian family here in the U.S.  My heart is heavy as I read about so many of my fellow citizens who live in darkness, being manipulated and controlled by the evil “lord of this world”, Satan and his demons.  These, my neighbors and fellow citizens, live without the hope of an eternal soul and an eternal life, not to even mention the hope of spending an eternity with a loving and holy God. Continue reading “Sunday, February 5, 2017, Prayer for our Nation”

Friday, January 20, 2017 prayer

Special Day for Prayer


An image of a marching band
An image of a marching band

Today is a very special day for our nation.  Our constitution provides for the orderly transition of leadership.  The 20th amendment to our Constitution was ratified on January 23, 1933.    Check out this link on the history of the 20th Amendment.  These paragraphs are included in the article.

In order to ensure a smooth transition of power, there is a need for a period of time between the election and the swearing in of the new period.  New presidents have to choose cabinet members and other key administration members, as well as get up to speed on security issues and simply began the task of physically moving a new team to Washington.  For the old president, this time in office is referred to as “the lame duck” period, a term taken from Wall Street that used to refer to people who could not pay off their loans–persons, like the lame duck president, without much capital.

Before the enactment of the 20th Amendment in 1933, the new president was not sworn until the March following the election.  This long delay caused problems.  In the “secession winter” after the election of Abraham Lincoln, President James Buchanan watched as secessionists seized federal forts and arsenals.  By March 1861, when Lincoln finally took office, the Civil War was nearly lost before it even began.  Seven decades later, in the middle of the Great Depression, the lame duck period of president Herbert Hoover seemed far too long.  Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt barely communicated and the country waited for decisive action from its newly chosen leader.  In response, the 20th Amendment was proposed and adopted.

Because of the 20th Amendment, January 20th became Inauguration Day.  The oath is taken as close to noon as possible.

Later today, our nation will once again be transitioning from one administration and President to a new administration and President.  Donald Trump will be our 45th President.  Here’s a link to a list of all of our Presidents.

This past election process and even these days since the election has been one of the more “ugly” and tumultuous of my lifetime.  Each of us has our own thoughts and opinions and we should, for we are not a nation of robots or a creation of clones and puppets.

As Christians, whether we voted for the new President or not, Your Word, Oh God, tells us to pray for our leaders.  For you and I to be obedient to our Lord and our Savior, we should take heed and follow this request of yours Lord, given to us in 1 Timothy 2:1-3:

1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” -1 Timothy 2:1-3

Image of a woman praying
Image of a woman praying

I’ve been watching the news today and listening to the various talking heads and reading on the online news sites and of course in the various Facebook posts and comments.  I too have a fear that today may result in our citizens harming each other and damaging property.  There are reported to be thousands upon thousands who will be protesting and then again thousands who will be engaged into protesting the protesters.  How awful for one citizen to be pitted against another and even more, one child of God against another child.  I’m happy to read that there are also thousands committed to praying for our new president and for this day in our nation.  Early this morning, I join my own prayer to others who will be praying later and maybe even now.

My Prayer for Our Nation

Lord God, I come to you in these wee hours of the morning with a heavy heart to lay my cares and fears at Your holy feet.  Lord You do tell us to bring our cares and our worries to You, so I am doing so today.  Lord I pray You will protect our nation and our leaders today and each person at the inaugural events – each of them this day and the coming days as the new President and his administration begin to take on their duties.

I pray for the protection of Donald Trump, Mike Pence and each member of their teams and also their families during these days.  I pray Your hand of power and mercy will be held strong above our nation, holding back every strike or arrow thrown at us by the evil one, your ancient adversary, Satan and his minions.  I pray no loss of life or injury will occur in the mobs and masses who attend the various events today and this weekend.  I pray for all law enforcement and the special agents whose duty is to protect our leaders.  I pray for those who have allowed hate and anger to rise up within themselves and who intend to act out in violence and anger – even hate toward their fellow men and women.  I pray Your Holy Spirit will touch their hearts and calm their anger and in some manner drawn their lost souls to You, reminding them that You are a God of forgiveness and mercy and You want a special and unique relationship with them so You will be a friend to them throughout all of eternity.

An image of a praying woman
An image of a praying woman

I pray for the hearts of each leader who will take up new jobs and responsibilities for our nation.  I pray they will be convicted to seek Your hand and Your guidance for each task and each decision they have.  I pray You will divinely gift them with the best and wisest words and actions to take to please You and grow Your kingdom here in our nation.  May Donald Trump and Mike Pence and each new cabinet member, be a follower of Your precious son, Jesus and seek to know You more closely in the coming days.  And may each one resolve to become a better follower of Jesus during this new period of their lives.

May Your Holy Spirit sweep throughout our land, beginning today, to bring about a great revival across our nation in those who are now living in darkness without the hope of an eternity with You.

I pray no group or individual who plans evil against our nation or one of our leaders will be unstopped and their evil plans succeed.  I pray Your justice will be that which You desire for each one given over to evil deeds and plans.  Lord, this is Your prerogative, for “justice is Yours, You tell us in your Word.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19

May each of us, Your children of this nation, be reminded of this today, so that none will take vengeance unto their own hands.

And lastly Lord, I pray and plead your blessings upon our nation.  May I and every follower of Yours, seek forgiveness for our many sins and repent and seek Your face for that forgiveness today.  I pray these words to you this morning.

I know there will be many praying this verse today and I join with them in humbly asking for Your forgiveness and healing for our nation.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Comments

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

Saturday, December 24, 2016 – My Christmas Eve Prayer

Christmas Eve Is A Great Time to Pray


An image of 3 wise men on camels.
An image of 3 wise men on camels.

It’s now Christmas Eve and my mind turns toward the ‘Reason for the Season”.  Tonight and tomorrow, as believers, we will celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Just thinking about how the birth of an infant – a holy, divine infant and also a man child – born over 2,000 years ago has changed our world and yours and my life as individuals, is totally amazing.  Only our wonderful heavenly Father could make such a plan to reconcile himself to a sinful and dying world.  Even His mighty angelic creations understood and praised the birth of Jesus, as He lowered Himself from the Father’s throne and took on the form of a man and entered this world to live and to die for us.

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

The angels that night proclaimed “peace on earth” to those on whom God’s favor rests.

What does that mean, to have God’s favor? The Psalmist says:

“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” – Psalm 51:12

So, do we have to be righteous?  If so, how is that possible?

Fortunately, even though we are flawed, sinful people, we can certainly can attain righteousness.  The Bible tells us:

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5;21

Our righteousness is found in Jesus only.  The angels proclaimed our favor with God on that night long ago.  What a reason for us to celebrate this season.  Our Savior, Jesus, bestows His righteousness and God’s favor on us and because of Him, we also receive the peace promised to us that night.

Today, my prayer is for that peace to be realized in our nation.

My Prayer For Peace On The Earth

An image of the nativity
An image of the nativity

Dear Lord, I come to you early this morning, thanking You for Your gift of Jesus who you sent to become our sacrificial lamb.  The lamb that was slain to take away our sins and reconcile us with You.  I pray for all those in this nation today who call Jesus their Lord and Savior, to understand that we are already promised Your peace through Jesus’s birth.  Jesus himself comforted His disciples as recorded in John 14:27, saying “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

So Lord, I pray we each be reminded that although this fallen world contains many sorrows and fearsome things, we can receive peace from Jesus our Savior and because of Him, our hearts can be unafraid or troubled.

And Lord, because Your love has given me such a wondrous gift of peace, I want to pray for those who live without You, in darkness and in hopelessness and fear.  Perhaps they haven’t ever heard of You and the good news of Jesus; or perhaps they have been deceived by the evil one to follow false gods, but I pray You will send Your Holy Spirit to touch each heart and convict them first of their sins against You and that they can reach out to You asking for Your help.  If they do that, I pray You will send Your servants to tell them the good news about Jesus and that they will repent and receive Him as Lord and Savior.  I pray that many will turn to Jesus today and tomorrow and become Your child and a follower of Your holy Son.

I pray especially for those lost in the service of Mohamad and the Lie of Islam.  I pray for conversions, many, many of them who will turn from that false doctrine and turn to Jesus and receive Your Salvation and Your peace today.

Lord, I pray Your blessings on my country, the United Stated of America this Christmas and that Your hand of protection will be upon her, protecting her from the evil plots and schemes of Satan.  I pray those who are beyond redemption and are full of evil and corruption and hold high positions in our land, be brought down and destroyed and our leadership returned to You, oh God.  May we truly be One Nation, Under You, oh Lord. And may the peace of Jesus be upon us this Christmas.

I pray that You will forgive my sins and the sins of my nation and bless us in the name of Jesus, Your son and our Savior.  Amen.

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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”