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Golden Rule

Good Morning Heavenly Father! Thank you for being with my family today. Thank you for keeping everything calm all day. Thank you for helping me in knowing what to do now and what to do tomorrow. And thank you for the scripture to use for the prayer for your daughter you love:

[Jesus said:] Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)

Lord, it’s me. I am here as usual. I’m ready to begin another prayer for another day for Lindsey, your daughter. Lindsey, today our scripture is sometimes referred to as the Golden Rule. It seems that you follow it already, but today I am praying that it become a habit. Lord, Lindsey is following you. She listens for your voice. She reads your Word daily. I ask that you give her an added touch of your joy each time she treats others as she hopes they will treat her. Let her smile each time she is doing something for someone else. Let others see how gracious she is towards others. And I pray that she would continue to be a role model to the many who are watching her attentively. I pray that they would see how Jesus is at the root of her life in public as well in her private life. And Lord, I pray that you would help her to have more private time, more time out of the eye of the public. I pray that you would help her to find rest, to find rest in you Lord. And we will give the glory to you. All the glory is yours Lord. Glory! I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Ask, Seek, Knock! A good habit!

In GreekMatthew 7:7 – Αιτειτε και δοθησεται υμιν, ζητειτε και ευρησετε,  κρουετε και ανοιγσεται υμιν·

Looking at each of the verbs here we see that  αιειτε, ζητειτε, and κρουετε are each in the present active imperative with the present being in a customary sense as in “make it a habit” to ask, seek, knock – in other words: ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking.  

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the wind. I can’t see where it is coming from nor where it is going. I can’t even see it, yet I know it is there because I can feel it. I might not be able to see you Heavenly Father, but I can feel you all around me, so I know that you are there. Thank you also for the scripture for today’s prayer, which is one of the few places where scripture points out what we should be striving to make a habit in our lives… make it a habit to ask… make it a habit to seek… make it a habit to knock:

[Jesus said:] Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)

Lord, I’m here again. I’m here to sit with you. I’m here on behalf of your daughter Lindsey. Today, I pray over your habits Lindsey. You may have a habit of practicing on your violin (or even in the air while sitting in a car… click to see it). Jesus seems to be suggesting that you add another habit to your life (or is this already firmly in place for you?) To become a habit, we must actually do something repeatedly for a while. And so, today I pray that you would keep in tune to the Lord as you walk with him each day. Ask for what you need. Seek the opportunities. Knock at doors so they may open to you. And then do it all over again the next day (or even the next hour). Be persistent. And Lord, I pray that you would open the appropriate doors when Lindsey knocks. I pray that you would reveal to her all that she seeks after. And I pray that her asking would not be in vain, but that you give to her when you hear her asking. The glory is all yours Lord. Glory! I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Where are your treasures? That’s where your heart will be!

Heavenly Father, good morning! Thank you for revitalized friendships. Thank you for coffeeshops that allow conversations off to the side yet not in private. Thank you for your Word that you gave to us and thank you to all those who kept it intact and translated it into our own language! And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

[Jesus said:] Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)

Lord, I’m here again. I’m here as I am every day, on behalf of your daughter you love. Lindsey, I pray a big prayer for you today. I pray that God would help you to see where your treasures really are. Are they a collection of beautiful violins? Are they a throng of people screaming with enjoyment during one of your performances? Is your treasure racking up a billion views on YouTube? All these seem to be a result of God’s favor on your life. Yet, Jesus today seems to be reminding you to take care! Be careful about what exactly you treat as your ultimate treasure! I pray that God would give you many opportunities in the coming week for you to DO THINGS that matter for God’s kingdom. I pray that God would open doors for you in this regard. I pray that you would recognize these opportunities and that you would have the courage to walk through the doors, that you can bravely walk on the path God shows you! Look into your heart today Lindsey. Double-check it. It is following after what you treasure most. I pray that today you would be accumulating treasures in heaven. I pray that you will set out to store up more heavenly treasures this day.  I pray that the desires of your heart would be heavenly today, and that it would be evident to all those around you. And all the glory goes to God. The glory is all his. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Go out into the world… go out there teaching as well as playing violin!

Heavenly Father, good morning. Thank you for the children. Thank you for holding the children up as an example for us. Thank you for letting us know that it is not only OK to be like a child … but it is preferable! And thank you for your word today to speak over your daughter you love… this is the word for your Lindsey:

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)

Lord, I’m here again. I’m here to begin another prayer for your daughter. Lindsey, today the scripture given to me to pass along to you in this prayer is a powerful one. Jesus is telling you to GO.  Yes, I know that you are GOing almost all the time.  Jesus is telling you to go to THE NATIONS! Yes, I know that you just got back from going out to the nations around the world. But Jesus is saying a bit more that just GO … a bit more than just go to THE NATIONS. Yes, he wants you to take your violins out with you. He wants you to utilize the gifts, skills and talents that he has given you. But he says it is more than just that. While you are going, while you are in the nations, while you are out there in the world he wants you ALSO to be teaching. Yes, you can be teaching wherever you go because Jesus said you can. He sent you. Teach all the things he has commanded (which means that you are wise to be reading the Bible every day so that you know what God is saying to everyone). So I pray for you as you go. I pray for you as you go to the nations. And I pray for you as you teach there. I pray that you can teach by what you do as well as by what you say. I pray that God will give you the words as well as the opportunities. And we can both glorify God. The glory is all his. GLORY! I pray this in the name and authority 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…)

Know Jesus and do the will of the Father… only then ask in his name!

Good Morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for steam. Thank you for mist. Thank you for wispy clouds. Thank you for showing us how at times there can be something covering our field of vision just a bit and perhaps we might not even notice it.  A slight mist or slight fog can alter how the world looks, make it a bit more ominous. Help us to not let the powers of darkness cloud our vision of your world, of your creation, of you … as the scripture for today’s prayer abruptly warns us:

[Jesus said:] Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)

Lord, it’s me again – as usual. Yep, I’m here on behalf of Lindsey, your daughter who loves you. I am praying for you today Lindsey. I am praying a big prayer for you today. I pray that you will truly know Jesus. I pray that you both can sit and talk today, have a real heart to heart talk. I pray that you will clearly see what God’s will for you and your life is. And I pray that God grant you all the courage you may need to walk in his will. I ask that God remove any fear or lingering doubts that cloud your mind. And I ask that he will always give you the words wherever you go! And we will glorify him. The glory all is his. Glory to God! I ask this all in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings, Savior and Lord, the Anointed One who calms my storms. Amen (more…)

Follow Jesus

Heavenly Father, good morning. Thank you for never leaving me. Thank you for being with me even when others seem distant. And thank you for the scripture to use for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Matthew 4:19)

Lord, I’m here again as usual. This is an important time for me each day when I can sit with you and talk with you. And now I lift up your daughter Lindsey. Lindsey, I pray that you will continue to follow Jesus. I pray that the Lord would let you be a fisher of men, of people wherever you go. I pray that people would be drawn to what you say as you lift up the name of Jesus. And all the glory is to him. The glory is all his. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

During your daily reading of the Bible Jesus is there in your midst!

Heavenly Father, good morning. Thank you for my good health. Thank you for showing me how to maintain a thankful heart. And thank you for the scripture to use for my prayer this day for Lindsey, your daughter:

[Jesus said:] For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20)

Lord, I’m here again to lift up Lindsey to you. She has committed to reading your word with others every day this year. I ask that each time she gets together with someone to read your word, that you would make your presence known to them. Let them be aware of you right there with them. Let them know that you are there among them. Let them sense that you are there in their midst. And all the glory goes to you Lord. The glory is all yours. I ask all this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Don’t just love those who love you… love those who do not love you!

Heavenly Father good morning. Thank you for a new day. Thank you for a new day with you. Thank you for the new day from you as you hold all things together. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

[Jesus said:] For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:46-48)

Lord, I am here again. Here to sit with you on behalf of your daughter you love. Lindsey, today the scripture for the prayer is all about love. However, it focuses not on reminding you to love others, but on who it is that you are choosing to love. And that is hard. And so Lord, I ask that you be the strength for Lindsey today. I ask that you be her guide. Help her to be loving even to those who appear to be against her. For what reward is there in loving only the people who are so fondly loving you? Perhaps this is another big prayer today, since it appears that there are literally thousands who are loudly and publicly proclaiming how much they love you Lindsey (and likewise there are the detractors as well).  And so my big prayer is that the Lord would enlarge your heart and keep it filled with his joy so that you could love not only those who say they love you, but also those who don’t. I pray that the Lord would guard your heart, that he would keep it from breaking and at the same time add more love to it right then. And we will give the glory to God. All the glory is his. I pray this big prayer in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness

Mammon: An Aramaic word meaning “riches,” personified in Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:9, 11, 13. [from Bible Dictionary]

Good Morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for thunder and lightning (and how they both are actually the same thing) for it allows us just a glimpse of how power can be unleashed in the world. Thank you for the display of lightning that goes across the sky in an instant and a blink of an eye later is completely gone. Thank you for the LOUD crack of thunder to remind us of the power that was behind that very brief display in the sky. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

[Jesus said:] No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:24-34)

Lord, I’m here again to pray for your daughter. I enjoy my time here and the chance to lift her up to you. Lindsey, today is a day to remember that all you need to do is to seek FIRST the kingdom of God. If you do that God has said not to worry, that he would take care of you. Not only just take care of you, but that he would ADD all the things you need to the result of seeking first his kingdom. He also reminds you that tomorrow will have its own problems and troubles … all you need to do is focus on today’s :) Lord, I ask that as Lindsey does seek first your kingdom, that you would show up in her life each day to relieve some of the problems of each day. Let her feel your presence as you take care of her wherever she may be.  And all the glory is yours. The glory all goes to you. I ask this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)