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When kicked, what comes out? Good? Evil?

Heavenly Father, good morning. Thank you for the rain that is essential for growth. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer that reminds me of something I learned a decade ago:

[Jesus said:] For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (Luke 6:45)

Lord, I am here to sit with you, as usual. I am here to begin another day’s prayer for Lindsey, your daughter you love. Lindsey, today I pray for your heart. I pray that your heart would be filled with good. I pray that whenever you find your heart filled with ill intent, anger, frustration, evil … that God would help you to notice it and give you suggestions on what you can do to remove the bad and refill with good. Perhaps today’s scripture helps point out that we need to monitor our own hearts. A good indicator is what happens when we are kicked. When you get kicked, slighted, put down, insulted … what comes out of your mouth? Yes, your mouth, for out of the abundance of your heart your mouth speaks! If honey comes out, praise God that your heart is doing well. However, if you snap, yell, mumble, insult back … then take note that your built in indicator just lit up it’s red warning light. Your heart has been infiltrated with evil. Your heart has become a bit corrupted. I pray that when your warning indicator lights up that God would help you to notice it immediately and that he would show you what you need to do to refresh your heart, to refill it with good to overflowing and to expel everything that has polluted your heart! This is not easy, so I pray that God would be there at your side and that he would help you. I pray that he would pull you out of any pit you may have fallen into. I pray that he would dust you off, fill you with his joy and send you back smiling. And we can give the glory to God. All the glory is his. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

What do you see? What do you hear? Jesus privately asks you!

Heavenly Father, good morning! Thank you for vision. Vision in dim light. Vision in bright light. Peripheral vision. Depth perception. Vision itself is a wonder. Thank you. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for Lindsey, your daughter you love.

And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. (Luke 10:23-24)

Lord, I’m here to sit with you again. Look at Lindsey Lord. Look at your daughter who loves you and strives to please and praise you every day and enjoys telling others about it. Today I ask that you bless her Lord. Open her eyes that she may see things that prophets desired to see. Open her ears that she may hear things kings wished to hear. I also ask that you open her mind to understand what she sees and to find meaning in what she hears. Come sit with her and explain it to her. And we will give you the glory. The glory is all yours. Glory! I ask this all in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

With Jesus in paradise

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for breakfast to start my day. Thank you for the tiny group of friends that gather with me weekday mornings to read your word around a table in a restaurant or coffee shop. And thank you for the scripture to use for today’s prayer for Lindsey, your daughter:

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:39-43)

Lord, I’m here again and ready to start a prayer for today for your daughter you love. Lindsey, today’s scripture reminds you that there is indeed a paradise because Jesus himself says so.  He confirmed that the criminal who repented would be there in paradise after he died. So today I pray that you would hear Jesus confirming to you that he has a place for you in paradise as well. I pray that with that to look forward to, that you may be filled with such joy that it continues to overflow from you and is contagious to all around you. May God’s joy fill you. And may that joy in you that others see be a sign to them of the good news available to all. And we will give the glory to God. All the glory is his. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and he is revealing things to you Lindsey!

Good Morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for a day surrounded by the beauty of your creation. And thank you for not just one, but two scriptures to use for my prayer for your daughter Lindsey this day:

Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. (Luke 22:70)

And also…

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 16:15-17)

Lord, it’s me again. I’m here on behalf of your daughter you love. I am praying for you Lindsey. Yes, I am praying for you every day. And today I pray that this truth will resonate in you, because you are not afraid to publicly tell the world that you are a daughter of God and that you are drawing closer to Jesus. And so I pray that Jesus will meet with you as you draw closer. I pray that as you draw closer to him that he will draw closer to you. I pray that he will reveal things to you. I pray that you would clearly hear him when he is talking to you and that any “static” would dissipate. And we will give the glory to God. The glory is all his. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Pray that you will not fall into temptation!

Heavenly Father, good morning. Thank you for allowing me to be calm in the midst of a storm. Thank you for often calming the storm as well. And thank you for the scripture that has Jesus telling us that it is OK for us to pray for ourselves!

And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. (Luke 22:40)

Lord, I’m here to pray for your daughter Lindsey again. Today, Lindsey, Jesus is telling you that it is OK for you to pray for yourself! Yes, I will pray for you as well, but here is something you can pray for every day. Pray that you will not fall into temptation. I join you in this prayer. Lord, I ask that you protect Lindsey from all the temptation that is around her, especially as she is on tour. Let her know that you are there with her and that you always give her a way out of any temptation that presents itself before her. And we will give you the glory. The glory is all yours God. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

God’s Kingdom is in our midst within us now, though not with something observable

Heavenly Father, good morning. Thank you for giving us your Word. Thank you for all the people who preserved it and those that diligently translated it into our language so that we could read it ourselves. Thank you for bringing us understanding as we read it so that it is not just a lot of words. And thank you for the scripture to use for the prayer today where Jesus tells us about the kingdom of God:

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:20-21)

Lord, it’s me again. I am here to pray for your daughter Lindsey. And today I pray that your kingdom would be right there within her in such a way that she can feel it. Let her know that God’s kingdom is right there within her. Lindsey, I pray that you will not need to ask for a sign because the kingdom has come in a way that is not observable, yet it is real. Lord, make your kingdom real for Lindsey today. And we will give you the glory. The glory is all yours Lord. I ask this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Stay Humble – Let God Exalt You!

Good Morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the children. Thank you for their example of how to not complicate things, that simple is ok. Being childlike is not a problem, but a solution. Thank you for the joy in the eyes of the children involved in such simple things. And thank you for the scripture to use for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

[Jesus said:] For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (Luke 14:11)

Lord, it’s me. I’m here again as usual on behalf of your daughter. I’m here to pray for her. Lindsey, I pray that you can remain humble, and let Jesus exalt you in his way. God’s favor has given you great fame. I pray that you will not let it go to your head. I pray that you keep your feet planted firmly on the ground (except when you are leaping and dancing). I pray that God would extend his favor and help you to remain humble, day after day after day. And the glory is all his. All the glory goes to God. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

As prophesied, Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and set the bruised free

Good morning Heavenly Father. I welcome the new day with you. Looking out the window I see evidence of majesty, of your creation. Flowers. Many kinds of flowers. Many, many flowers of each kind. Trees. Many different trees. Bushes. Grass. Clouds. Tree leaves swaying in the breeze. All this you created just for us! Thank you! And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. (Luke 4:16-21)

Lord, I’m glad to be able to be here again … as usual … to sit with you. I am happy to come on behalf of Lindsey each day. And today’s scripture is quite interesting. Jesus read out of the Old Testament and proclaimed that it was a prophecy, and that he was fulfilling it! And it is quite a prophecy! Look at what he says he will do:

  • Preach the Gospel, the Good News to the poor
  • Heal the brokenhearted
  • Proclaim deliverance and freedom to the captives
  • Recovery of sight for the blind
  • Freedom and liberty for the bruised and oppressed
  • Announce, proclaim and preach the acceptable year of the Lord, the time of God’s favor

Lindsey, I know that you are following Jesus. You are clinging to him each and every day no matter where you are. Perhaps he would like to work through you. Perhaps you can be a way for the brokenhearted to be healed. Perhaps the oppressed can see hope. And perhaps you can show how God’s favor can be had right now, this day, this very hour. Just perhaps. And it is that “perhaps” that I pray over you today. I pray that God would show you if any of these “perhaps” are for you and for your journey. And then I pray that God would continue to fill you with his joy which can be your strength. I pray that he would continue to give you the courage to actually DO what he is asking of you. And finally I pray that he would give you the words. I pray that he would give you the words that others need to hear. And we will give all the glory to him. The glory all goes to God. I pray this all in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Worship and Serve only God

Heavenly Father, good morning. Thank you for the bright sunshine this morning. Thank you for the crisp cool morning that includes a bit of warmth from the sun already! And thank you for the scripture to use for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Luke 4:6-8)

Lord, I’m here to lift up your daughter Lindsey. You have greatly gifted her with skill and talent in music and performing. She is using those skills and talents wisely Lord and you have shown her favor wherever she goes. Thank you for this Lord.  We both thank you for this!  The initial scripture for this prayer refers to our need to worship only the Lord, and so we do.  We worship you Lord. However, your daughter seems to be in a peculiar situation. Her performances are so good that many people appear to be worshiping her! This is not how you want it, Lord, as seen by this scripture that came to mind just now:

And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. (Acts 10:25-26)

So, Lindsey, perhaps my prayer is in two parts this day.  For next I pray that the Lord would help you see when others are misplacing their worship by worshiping you, who are only a woman, merely a human being like them. I pray that the Lord would help you to find ways to pull them up and redirect them to worshiping the one true God rather than a great violinist. I pray that you will find ways to point to Jesus when they look upon you in awe and worship.  I don’t know how you can do this.  But I trust that God knows, and that God will share this with you. I pray that he would let you know clearly and that you would hear him clearly and see what you can do. And I pray that you would then have the courage to actually do what he is asking of you. And we both will give all the glory and worship to God and only to God. All the glory is his. I pray this all in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Give … and it then will be given to you in the same measure!

Heavenly Father good morning. Thank you for cereal. Thank you for the many kinds. Thank you that we can eat cereal any time day or night. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for Lindsey (who also really really likes cereal):

[Jesus said:] But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:35-38)

Lord, I’m here as usual to begin another day’s prayer for  your daughter you love. Lindsey, today I pray another scripture over you regarding giving. This time Jesus is encouraging us to be generous, for in the same measure that we are generous, that same measure will be used when he is gracious to us. So I pray that God would keep your heart soft.  I pray that God would fill you so full of joy that you can only think about how to respond to him. I pray that being generous would continue to be simply a way of life for you.  And I pray that those around you would see this in you as you are a role model for them. And we will give all the glory to God. The glory is all his. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)