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Who Will You Eat With?

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for walking. Thank you for my knees that work so well. Thank you for my feet that know where they are going. Yes, thank you for how my body can just work together so well to accomplish a walk in the city with you! And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? (Mark 2:15-16)

Lord, it’s me again. I’m back again as usual to begin a new day’s prayer for Lindsey, your daughter you love. Lindsey, today it seems that this may be an unusual prayer, for I am praying that you continue to be careful who you eat and drink with. And I really need to include myself in this prayer as well. We need to be careful to often find ways to sit with the lost. We need to fine time for them and not just for our friends. So, I pray that God would grant us favor in this. I ask that he would open doors of opportunity to eat and drink with publicans, tax collectors and sinners. I ask that he enlarge our hearts for them. I also ask that he guard our hearts so that we can be the light to the world and not be led astray ourselves. I pray that God would guard our minds if people start wondering about who we are sitting with. I ask that he give us the words whenever we need them. And together we will give him the glory. The glory all goes to him. Glory. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Do not grieve. Wipe away the tears. Let joy be seen in your eyes again.

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for creating us and for saving us through Jesus. Thank you for giving us this scripture regarding your promise of eternal life for those who leave this world to be with you:

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14)

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We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. (2 Corinthians 4:13-14)

Lord, I am here. I am here on behalf of your daughter Lindsey, who has lost a very dear friend. I ask that you be with her and be her comforter. Lindsey, just as Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, I write my prayer for you to remind you of things you already know, for you are not ignorant concerning how everlasting life is waiting for each of us. You read God’s Word each day, so you are not uninformed about those who sleep in death.

Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. (2 Peter 1:12)

Lindsey, today I remind you of the faith and the hope that you already have. So, don’t be concerned about your good friend Gavi. Paul reminds you to not grieve for him. For we know he has eternal life as his hope is fulfilled. So, be comforted. I pray that once again God would fill you with his joy so that you could celebrate how Jesus has brought Gavi to him. I pray that the joy of the Lord could be seen in your eyes again. And in this we give the glory to God. All the glory is his. Glory. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Watch where you look. Focus on Jesus and run with patience and endurance

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for music. Thank you for uplifting songs and how they can be inspiring even without words. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Lord, here I am as usual. I am hear to lift up Lindsey, your daughter who loves you greatly. Lord, I ask that you surround her with so many witnesses that she’d be encouraged to lay aside everything that leads to sin. Lindsey, you have the endurance to run the race. Just keep your eyes on Jesus. Focus on Jesus. Remember he considered it a joy to be shamed and hung on a cross to redeem you. You are God’s redeemed daughter! And now Jesus sits at the right hand of the throne of God and is cheering you on. He is saying “Look at her go!”. Lord, I ask that you remove any distractions that pop up before Lindsey. Remove things that try to pull her eyes away from Jesus. Lindsey, remember you are not running a sprint … you are running a marathon. With tears I pray for you as you are in the midst of this race, this journey of life. Everything won’t work out right. You can’t control everything. However, God IS in control and he will make things work out right. Just keep on running with him. Just keep looking at the ultimate goal. Don’t veer to the right or the left. Keep focused on Jesus. And we will give all the glory to him. To him is all the glory. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ. Amen (more…)

May others see much love, joy, peace, patience and faith in you

Good morning Heavenly Father. I welcome another day with you. A new day with you. A day anew with you! And I thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Lord, I’m here as usual to pray for Lindsey, your daughter you love. Today I ask that you fill her with your Spirit. Fill her to overflowing so that it can be seen in her by her actions. I ask that you be her guide, her joy and her strength. Lindsey, with the power of the Spirit you can have much fruit. People are watching, so I pray that you will be living in a way that shows much fruit. I pray that you will walk in love, spread much peace and joy, be patient and longsuffering. I pray that your gentleness, meekness and goodness will be evident to those around you. There is no law against these things, so strive for them always! And we will give the glory to God. Glory to God. Glory! I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Hard Hearted?

Good Morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the sun in the day and the moon and stars in the night. Thank you for stars that twinkle and sunsets that sparkle. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:38-44,52)

Lord, I’m ready to begin a new day’s prayer for your daughter who you love. Lindsey, being hard hearted is not a good thing. But it seems like our hearts may just tend to be that way. In this scripture we read about an all out amazing miracle… feeding 5,000 men with just 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread! But look what it says about the disciples – the guys who were travelling with Jesus day after day. They were trying to follow Jesus as best as they could. Yet, here we are told that their hearts were hard … they were hard hearted! If even Jesus’s closest disciples ended up hard hearted after witnessing such an amazing miracle, what can we do? How can we avoid a hard heart?

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:12-13)

It seems like one way to avoid having hard hearts is to take heed … to take care! Watch out that our hearts do not become unbelieving so we fall away from the living God! I pray that you heed this warning Lindsey, for it seems to be talking about people who really are trying to follow Jesus … just that they let their guard down and a bit of disbelief slips in … and they fall away without even noticing it! To avoid this we need to encourage each other each day, so I pray that the Lord would continually surround you with people who will not only encourage you, but who will notice and let you know any time you are starting to stray from the living God. I pray that you would not be deceived by what seems like good ideas in the world around you. And since by definition, if you are deceived you cannot notice it yourself, I pray that there would always be godly people to cross your path that will not shy away from telling you!

But what if you find yourself with a hard heart? How can we remove a hard heart? God can do it!

Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. (Ezekiel 11:17-20)

Lindsey, I pray that any time you find your heart hardening that you will call out to God to remove the stony heart and replace it with a heart of flesh. I ask that God would give you an undivided heart so that he would remain your focus every day. I pray that God would give you that new spirit and that you will walk with him and be a do-er! Do what God is asking. Lord, this can be very hard, so I pray that you would be Lindsey’s strength. Grant her the wisdom to see what she needs to see. Grant her the courage to walk where she needs to walk, for she is your daughter and you are her God. And we give you the glory. All the glory is yours. Glory! I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Qualified? YES! With Integrity!

Note: “savour” can also be translated as “fragrance” and “aroma” – refer to the original Greek words (yes KJV validly translates two different words as “savour”, but both are slightly different words)

* Strong word G3744 ( ὀσμή ) – a smell, aroma, fragrance – From ozo; fragrance (literally or figuratively) — odour, savour.

** Strong word G2175 ( εὐωδία ) – a sweet smell, fragrance – From a compound of eu and a derivative of ozo; good-scentedness, i.e. Fragrance — sweet savour (smell, -smelling).

Hello Heavenly Father. What a world! What a wonderful world you created for us. A world full of wonders, full of amazing things. Birds that fly backwards, squirrels that glide smoothly through the air, spiders that  seem to float across to where they want to go. Thank you for the many unique parts of your complex creation. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter, Lindsey, that speaks of having a character that is like a sweet savor** (fragrance or aroma):

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour* of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour** of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour* of death unto death; and to the other the savour* of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:14-17)

Lord, I’m here to pray for your daughter again today. Lindsey, I am one of those who while shopping look for “fragrance free” products. Fragrances bother my eyes and even affect my breathing, even if it is just a faint fragrance. So I totally understand the power of a fragrance. The fragrance is noticeable even when I am not looking for it so to speak. When someone with perfume is nearby, the fragrance just seems to be all around me when I am near them. Others may find sweet smells pleasant but still are affected by “bad” smells (a stench). What scripture seems to be saying is that we can live our lives so that we are sweetly noticeable wherever we go. And so that is my prayer for you today Lindsey. I pray that you would continue to live your life with integrity, and that would be sufficient.  I pray that your character and sincerity would have the same effect as a sweet aroma, and that would qualify you to not corrupt the Word of God, but to speak it in truth, in Christ. And the glory all is to God. Glory. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen

 

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Get Alone! Jesus Often Did!

Good Morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for being our provider. My family has everything that we need. Thank you for being so generous and help me to be generous today as well. And thank you for the scriptures for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

Once Jesus was famous, he had to withdraw away from the multitudes:

But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed. (Luke 5:15-16)

Other times Jesus had to send the crowds away so that he could be by himself to pray:

And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. (Matthew 14:22-23)

And then there were times Jesus would get up early to be alone to pray and left to travel to another town even though crowds had gathered to see him:

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. (Mark 1:35-38)

Lord, it’s me. I’m here as usual to pray for your daughter who loves you. You have gifted her with great talent and skills. And she uses those talents well. So much that she has become famous. And so these scriptures apply especially to you Lindsey! As Jesus became famous we are told that he had to make a point withdraw to secluded places to pray. He needed time alone. And so that is my prayer for you Lindsey. I pray that you recognize the need to get a way and be with alone with your God. At times you may need to dismiss the crowds. At other times you may need to sneak away someplace on your own (though you may want to tell someone where you are going:) Lord, I ask that any time that Lindsey goes off alone to be with you that you would let her know that you are there with her. I ask that you hear her prayers and desires of her heart. I ask that you answer her in a way that she can hear you clearly and know it is you. And we will give the glory to you Lord. The glory is all yours. Glory. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Live by Faith and Don’t Shrink Back.

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the new day. Thank you for the sun rising in the east starting the new day. Thank you for the beauty of that sun rise, for the many colors. And thank you for the scripture for my prayer for your daughter Lindsey today:

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. (Hebrews 10:35-39)

Lord, it’s me again. I’m here to lift up your daughter who loves you. Don’t cast away your confidence Lindsey. Live by faith in your God. Believe in him and save your soul. Meet the challenges of the day head on and do not shrink back. Run with endurance. Play with endurance and your reward will be great. Yes, you need endurance to do God’s will. Lord, I ask that you increase Lindsey’s faith. Build up her endurance. And enhance her confidence. And we give the glory to you. Glory. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Dividing Your Loyalty between the World and God makes you Unstable

Good Morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the way our bodies are designed to keep us safe. We can touch something hot and back away. We can smell something “rotten” and discard it. We can see a danger approaching and react immediately. And thank you for giving us your Word as our guide, especially the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-6,8)

Lord, I’m here again on behalf of Lindsey, your daughter you love. Lindsey, God has told you that you can ask for wisdom. He promised to hear and grant your request. And I will join you in this request. Lord, I ask that you grant Lindsey much wisdom for many around her are watching her and you are her generous God. And Lindsey, God also is reminding you to have faith in him and to never waver. Take care to not be double minded and divide your loyalty between God and the world, for this will eventually lead to living an unstable life where ever you go. Trust in God only. Don’t waver or waves on the sea will toss you around and you will be unstable. Lord, help Lindsey to stay stable. And we will give you the glory. The glory is all yours. Glory. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Jesus Loves You. He Died for You. He Rose and So Now May Others See Jesus in Your Eyes

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for shoes (and socks). Thank you for protecting my feet everywhere I walk. Thank you for walking with me. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

Lord, I’m here as usual to begin this days prayer for your daughter you love. And the scripture for this prayer refers to your love for her. Lindsey, Jesus loves you. He gave himself for you by being whipped and crucified. He loves you so much that he said it was like a joy to do this for you*. But though he did die for you, he also rose again. Not only that, but as you live by faith in Jesus he is living in you! So that is the reason that I can pray that you may live your life in a way that others can see Jesus in your eyes.  And why not!? He is living in you after all! So let today be a special day where Jesus makes himself evident within you. And we will give the glory to him. The glory is all his. Glory! I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen

* Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

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