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Reshape our hearts

The Angel of the Lord #10000 by Howard Finster

The Angel of the Lord #10000 by Howard Finster

Lord God, You “stand with us and give us strength” (2 Timothy 4:17).   Center us now in the truth that will change the landscape of our limited perspective.   Yes, we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves, but we are also captive to the living Word of God that will not let us go. It holds on to us even when we stray. Some of our sins we know…but some are known only to You.

Help us to know that we are welcome at Your table with all of our joy, sorrow, anger, and regret.   Just absorb all of the storms that we have to offer, for we have many. For today, “everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed” (Martin Luther).

We’re sorry when we doubt You and make mistakes.   Jolt us out of our complacency and awaken us to the needs of others. Reshape our hearts so that we can go out and touch lives and change the world. In the name of the all knowing and ever loving God we pray. Amen.

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Posted by on August 30, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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One sinner to another

Park in Atlanta, Georgia

Park in Atlanta, Georgia

Great Protector, we give thanks and dedicate this time to You. Forgive us, if we asked You more than we thanked You. Help us to see that we are not the only ones in need of Your mercy.  Let Your music fill the silence of our hearts so that we can sing Your praise.

We’re sorry for words we said or didn’t say. We’re sorry for things we did or didn’t do. We come here to be cleansed from our mistakes, and to be made new.   Speak to us, lead us and guide us because we cannot be heroes of our own making. We’re just people who share the same brokenness and need the same healing. Let us just be still and know exactly who You are.

Lord, don’t let us be divided over the ways of the world but allow us to be united in the kingdom of God. Wrap us in the armor of truth, justice and love so that we can truly see those around us as ourselves and say to each other that “we’re sorry you’re heartbroken and we’re sorry that we’re not perfect, but we have a perfect love in Jesus Christ and we would love to share that with you right now and right here…one sinner to another.” In the name of the creating and sustaining God whose love knows no end.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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God Provides

Rain clouds in Nevada

Rain clouds in Nevada

Great provider, thank You for blessing us with so much! Each breath, each sunrise and each moment of life is a gift. We pray for a thankful heart. We pray for a gracious heart.   And we pray for a humble heart. “Beneath our clothes, our reputations, our pretensions, beneath our religion or lack of it, we are all vulnerable both to the storm without and to the storm within” (Fredrick Buechner).

Comfort us with the truth that You are always with us, that You will always love us regardless of the works that we do or don’t do, and that You will always redeem us every time that we fail. Help us to believe in the miracle of God’s never ending love.

Give us the wisdom to trust You, O Lord, so that we can let go of our fear of failure and our hunger for success. Reorient our perspective so that we can see that the living bread from heaven is for all of us, and that it will never run out. Let us know that we can live this life in the abundance of all that God provides.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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Where You are, we shall be also!!!

Park in Atlanta, Georgia

Park in Atlanta, Georgia

Great Provider, hear our prayers today and not our demands. Supply us with a greater understanding of Your love. Create new ways of thinking as “we live our lives before the wild, dangerous, unfettered and free character of the living God” (Walter Brueggemann).

Help us to pray for each other and not just ourselves. Give us the wisdom to have less ego, hate, and condemnation, but have more compassion, love and mercy. Instead of demanding what we think we deserve, let us give thanks for what we don’t deserve: Grace and forgiveness. We’ve all made mistakes. We all need to forgive each other and point each other back to God. So strengthen us to run toward the experience of love. Guide us to wherever it is that You are.

“So when the devil throws our sins in our face and declares that we deserve death and hell, we can tell him this: “we admit what we deserve…For we know (of) One who suffered and made satisfaction on our behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there we shall be also!” (Martin Luther)

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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Only one category

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Great Provider, let us be aligned with You, O God. Mend the broken and embrace the forgotten. Remind us, that “our glory cannot save us, but the Glory of God is eternal” (Jonathan Cahn).   Speak to us directly and cure the infection of hate, so that we can be propelled into the Light of the world and be instruments of healing.   Don’t let us get lost in the desert of unused life.   Open up the floodgates and wash away the hurt and the shame.   And from our nothingness, create in us a clean heart and a clear mind that seeks You in everything that we do.

Calm the storms when we are overwhelmed by the hunger of the multitudes. Remind us that it is not what we have that will provide but that God will always provide when we come up short. “In Jesus, there is not one category of people who heal and one who need wholeness.   There is not one category of people who minister and one who needs care. There is just one category: Hungry sinners in need of a Savior” (Nadia Boltz Webber). So let’s claim our miracle today and grab hold of the only truth that matters: That there is salvation and hope in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Conversations with God

 

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