Prayer

He cares for you


Where do you take disappoints?

You have shared them with relatives, friends, and neighbors. But, you have never taken them to God.

In his letter to the Jewish Christians dispersed outside of Palestine, James, a servant of and brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, wrote:

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms,” James 5:13.

NKJV-Bible Gateway

Before you go anywhere else with your troubles and disappoints, go to God.

Perhaps, you do not want to bother God with your cares. You think he has got enough wars and famines in the world to tend to; he will not have time to care about your hurts. If that is your mindset, then I think you should let him decide.

There is no doubt in my mind that if Jesus cared so much about a wedding that He provided the wine; cared so much about a centurion dying servant that he healed him; and cared so much about Cornelius, that He sent Peter to minister to Cornelius, then, He cares for you too.

Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7 NKJV-Bible Gateway

Turn your worry into prayer


Even though the Bible tells us not to worry when problems come, we do anyway. And yet, only a few of us, if any at all have experienced the plethora of issues the apostle, Paul endured without worrying. Despite his more than fair share of problems-threats on his life, beatings and imprisonments, he writes the following.

Be anxious about nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 KJV. Bible Gateway

Essentially, Paul is saying if your problem cause you to worry, it means you do not have a solution. Hence it is time to take it to Jesus in prayer.

Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need action.


Heavenly Father, I come before you with a sad heart today. Once again, our country is reeling from another mass shooting. This time it was at a Municipal building in Virginia Beach. Twelve lives have been cut short by the hands of a lone gunman. And as usual, our political and religious leaders are sendingthoughts and prayers’ to the bereaved and the survivors. But thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need action.

Lord, gun violence in these United States are as common as oxygen and water. Still yet the men and women in our Congress are not convinced that they need to pass meaningful gun legislation, to put the brakes on gun violence.

My good Father, I pray that you will pull back mask from over the eyes of those individuals in the United States Congress who cannot see that gun violence is a significant social problem. Soften their hearts, Lord. And bring them to tears every time gun violence wreaks havoc on our citizenry.

Heavenly Father, I place the bereaved and the survivors in the hollow part of your hands. Comfort them, Lord. And I hope they can find solace in your Holy Word.

Amen.

Prayer for America


Dear Jesus, I pray for everyone in America. I pray that one day, we can all get along and be happy together. I pray for those who continue to sow hate and division. Soften their hearts Lord, and remove the scales from their eyes. Help them to see and accept your truth and strive to become good Samaritans.

I pray for those who have little or nothing at all; some of whom have worked all their lives tirelessly. Now, they have hit hard times. Gone are the days of plenty for them. Many of them do not know where the next meal comes from. Give them courage, Lord, give them hope. Send them a good Samaritan, preferably one who will not judge.

Father, I am thankful for what you gave me and what I will receive in the future. Give me the spirit of caring and sharing, so when I gather the harvest, I do not store it up for myself alone.

Jesus, I thank you for my family, and I thank you for my friends. Lord, I thank you for placing me among some of the most incredible people. Thanks for giving me the chance to live and thanks for teaching me how to forgive my trespassers.

Father, I thank you for my legs so I can walk on your beautiful earth, I thank you for my eyes, so I can see the beautiful things in life, and I thank you for letting me be me.

Bless those in need and bless those who are suffering, that they can be healed. Bless those who continue to dedicate time and resources to help the poor and needy. Heavenly Father, You are our leader, our savior. You have sacrificed your life for us and asked for nothing in return.

Amen

Sing praise to God


When your heart is in tune with God you are more likely to sing His praise.

Psalm 47:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
Sing praises with understanding.
God reigns over the nations;
God sits on His holy throne.

Bible Gateway

Christian encouragement.


Praise You in this storm–Casting crowns

Praise You in this storm–Casting Crowns.

1Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’


Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version (NKJV). Bible Gateway