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Goodbye Anxiety, Hello Joy!

I’m delighted to welcome fellow contributing author, Colette Schaffer, of Whispers of Grace to be sharing with us on the comfort we receive when turning to God our rock if feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Anxiety. It’s a subject we seem to hear a lot of nowadays – especially since the pandemic. Just recently, we watched Read more…

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A Prayer for When We Need Justice

Sometimes I just want to put things right. I want to step in and dispense a dose of justice. Whether it’s, still many years later, confronting the “friends” who bullied my daughter in college to talking sense into those who make racial slurs. Perhaps there is undeserved hurt in your own life, or unfairness inflicted Read more…

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3 Ways to Find Peace When We Face the Heat

I am delighted to welcome Cecille Valoria teaching us lessons from the Hydrangeas in her garden. I encourage you to take to heart and put into practice the three things we need to do to give us peace when we are in trouble and facing the heat. Brutal triple-digit temperatures predominated last week’s weather. This Read more…

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3 Principles to Help You Trust God

Trusting God might be easy to do when life is going well but when things get difficult, trust is much harder. Scripture tells us we have what it takes to build our trust in God and continue to have confidence in our heavenly Father.

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How to Give Depth to Our Prayers

I am delighted to welcome Peg Arnold as my guest this week explaining a structure for prayer that has added depth to her prayers. Even if you are familiar with the ACTS acronym, you will find it useful as a reminder to help you focus when you pray. Peg and I are both contributing authors Read more…

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Why Prayer Includes Being Watchful and Alert

All of us have good intentions when it comes to prayer. Yet, we still find ourselves getting distracted. Perhaps you’re reading this and realizing you haven’t found the time to pray today. Maybe you manage a regular prayer time for a few days, but then your routine gets disrupted by work, children, appointments, or an unwanted crisis. It can seem like everything is stopping us from making prayer a habit.

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Bringing Your Real Words to the Welcoming Heart of God

The welcoming heart of God is at the center of the gospel, and it’s at the center of a praying life. When Jesus offered the invitation, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28), it was not a want ad for the pulled-together and the omni-competent. In A Praying Life, his classic book on prayer, Paul Miller expounds upon the verse this way: “The criteria for coming to Jesus is weariness. Come overwhelmed with life. Come with your wandering mind. Come messy.”

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How to Find Comfort Through Prayer

When we are in distress and life is full of problems, we can gain comfort from remembering who God is and giving him praise and thanks at the same time as we cry out to him.

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How to Use Our Imaginations Well

As we grow into adults, all too often the most we use our imaginations for is considering the what-if’s of life. What if I fail that test, miss my plane, get into a car accident, get lost, or I or my loved one get hurt? But what if we consider the positive side? What if we use our imaginations to think on what is lovely, pure and true?

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When Prayers Are Being Answered But Yours is Not

We may not even be aware of our reaction, but comparing how God is answering our prayer to that of someone else’s prayer can lead to our minds running away with all sorts of unhelpful thoughts and questions. Our response to the answers to our prayers, whether they are yes, no, or wait, should be to focus on God and his graciousness shown to us.

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3 Things to Do When You’re Angry with God

Over the years I’ve learned to do three things when I’m furious with the man upstairs. It doesn’t change my circumstances, but it does take me off DEFCON 1 anger alert. I’m more able to cope and feel His peace and love. I can keep my head above water when life threatens to drown me. – Guest Niki Hardy

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When God Says “No” — part 2

Sometimes when our prayers are answered with a “no” it can feel like God is not taking everything into account. Does he know how I feel? Does he know what this means? Does he really think there is good in what has just happened?

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How to Pray for Adult Children

My adult children live their own lives, which can drive me crazy. Maintaining a healthy relationship with them when they make wacky decisions is challenging. But I’m able to restrain myself from nagging or offering unsolicited advice when I talk about it all to Jesus instead of them.

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When God Says “No” — part 1

We live in an imperfect world and with prayers which are not always answered in the way we would like or how we think are best. So how should we react when God says “no” to our requests?

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Recognizing Spiritual Hunger

When I looked back over the weeks that had preceded that day, I discovered that I had been living on spiritual cotton candy–listening to an occasional Christian radio program, sending up prayers on the run. These were good things in themselves but not sufficient as the primary nourishment of my spirit. I ended up with occasional short sugar highs but was malnourished inside.

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When God Says “Wait”

When we’re waiting for our prayers to be answered, we can behave like we’re in a doctor’s waiting room. We may be patient to begin with, but then impatience sets in. We ask God “why ” and “when.” The longer the wait, the harder it becomes. We don’t rest. We can’t relax. “If God answers my prayer, then everything will be okay,” we think.

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When Prayer Feels Empty

If prayer feels empty, we need to keep coming to Him. Keep showing up. Keep seeking Him. He longs for our presence far more than our perfect prayers.

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Praying with Expectation and Hope

Does it seem like you have faced problem after problem this year? In the middle of unusual circumstances, we have a chance to find glimmers of hope and focus on those things, however small, that bring us joy.

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Turning Scripture into Powerful Personal Prayers

Why not take some time in your own devotions, to transpose a portion of Scripture into a powerful personal prayer? Writing it down in a journal will be a great way to keep track of God’s answers in the days to come.

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Hope for When You Feel Like Giving Up

Sometimes we can feel like giving up. And we find ourselves in a situation where all hope has gone. Maybe the pandemic and quarantine has you in this place, or some other circumstances. You’re tired, stressed and feel like you’re run out of options.

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How to Pray for Strength When Facing Trials

I have admired Lyli Dunbar’s writing and her passion for prayer for a long time. So, I was thrilled to meet her (virtually) at a conference we both attended this summer. And, equally thrilled to have her share her wisdom today. Be ready to find strength if you feel inadequate for the tasks and trials Read more…

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Discovering the Power of Earnest Prayer

Maybe you doubt whether your prayers can really be effective, especially when you’re asking for the impossible or what seems unlikely. In the back of your mind you’re thinking, “will my prayer really make a difference?” Or, as one of my readers asks, “Can I move God?”   Just the other day, I found myself Read more…

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Prayerwalking: Walking for your health, praying for your community

By Janet McHenry: Some years ago I was falling apart physically. I needed to do something about my health, but I also knew God had been nudging me to spend more time with him. So I decided to get up just a little bit earlier the next day to walk. And while I walked, I would take care of my prayer lists. 

There was a lot of my-ness in those early prayers: my marriage, my kids, my teaching job. But that changed when I saw a young man entrust his blanketed little girl to the daycare worker outside Toddler Towers in our town of eight hundred in the Sierra Valley. 

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Never Give Up Praying for Those Who Are Lost

I’m sure like me, there is someone in your life you are desperately praying for because of the choices they are making or have made. Maybe it’s a brother or sister who has drifted away from faith. Perhaps it’s a child who, having left home or at college, is hanging out with a less than Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 100

Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God. Experience for yourself the joyous mercies he gives to all who turn to hide themselves in him. (Psalm 34:8 TPT) Start with: God, I praise you because you protect me and keep me safe from everything and everyone who wants to harm me. I worship You because Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 99

We are encouraged to come to God and ask Him for forgiveness. Although we may find this hard and burdensome, it is freeing. Through forgiveness we find freedom. Keep this in mind as you pray. Use the following prayer prompt.  Today, give praise to God for His gift of forgiveness.  Use these words: Be merciful Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 98

Tim Keller writes that “there is no situation or emotion a human being can experience that is not reflected somewhere in the Psalms.” “Immersing ourselves in the Psalms and turning them into prayers helps us pray in accord with God’s character and will.” A prayer for when you need victory Lord, listen to me for Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 97

The person of Jesus Christ is altogether powerful to change our lives in every aspect. But, how often do we focus on the richness of who Jesus is for us?  As we center on an aspect of our Savior each day, the prayer below will lead you to celebrate who you are in Jesus and Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 96

Jesus began His ministry announcing the Kingdom of God had come to earth. And, He encouraged us to pray to God saying “Your kingdom come, Your will be done.” Pray for God’s might and power to break into specific areas and situations of your life, and for God’s will to be done. Spend time with Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 95

The Lord is the greatest God, king over all other gods. He holds the deepest part of the earth in his hands, and the mountain peaks belong to him. (Psalm 95:3-4 CEV) Start with: God, I praise you because of your greatness. No one is like you. I praise you for the world I live Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 94

God sent his only Son to die for you. You are valuable to God but how often do you struggle in knowing your worth? God reminds us, through his word, in many different ways of our importance and value to him. These prayers are to help you know you are priceless not worthless. Read this Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 93

The Bible commands us to “not be afraid,” “fear not” and other variations over 300 times. There is said to be one command for each day of the year.  The Bible also tells us: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 91

Sometimes we forget how much God has promised us. Today, we will focus on one of the many promises God has made to you and me. We also tend to forget that God never breaks his promises, he always follows through. You can keep God to his promises. God promises: extravagant blessings when we’re all Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 90

Intercessory prayer might be defined as loving our neighbors on our knees – Charles Bent The Bible is full of examples of people praying for others. We are going to follow their example to pray for people in our lives. As 1 Timothy 2:1 (CEV) says: First of all, I ask you to pray for Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 89

A prayer for when you are suffering Tim Keller writes that “there is no situation or emotion a human being can experience that is not reflected somewhere in the Psalms.” “Immersing ourselves in the Psalms and turning them into prayers helps us pray in accord with God’s character and will.” My God, my God, I Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 88

God has many different names which express the characteristics of his being and the rich relationship he has with us. Today, we will focus on one of God’s names or characteristics. I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there;  Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 87

Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. (Psalm 45:6 NIV) Start with: Lord God, I bow down before you because reign with justice. I praise you today and each day because your reign is forever and ever. Think about the day Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 86

Forgiveness is at the heart of our relationship with God. We are encouraged to come to God and ask Him for forgiveness. Although we may find this hard and burdensome, it is freeing. Through forgiveness we find freedom. Keep this in mind as you pray. Use the following prayer prompt. Today, prayer for forgiveness for Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 85

A prayer for forgiveness Tim Keller writes that “there is no situation or emotion a human being can experience that is not reflected somewhere in the Psalms.” “Immersing ourselves in the Psalms and turning them into prayers helps us pray in accord with God’s character and will.” Lord God, by your teachings I am warned; Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 84

Jesus began His ministry announcing the Kingdom of God had come to earth. And, He encouraged us to pray to God saying “Your kingdom come, Your will be done.” In this next set of guided prayer prompts we are going to be praying for God’s might and power to break into specific areas and situations Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 83

How great are your actions, Lord! How deep are your thoughts! (Psalm 92:5 GNT) Start with: God, I praise you because you do only great things. Your thoughts are profound, with wonderful purpose and meaning. Think about the day ahead. Ask God to meet your needs.  Heavenly Father, today I need You to do a Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 82

God sent his only Son to die for you. You are valuable to God but how often do you struggle in knowing your worth? God reminds us, through his word, in many different ways of our importance and value to him. These prayers are to help you know you are priceless not worthless. Read this Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 81

The Bible commands us to “not be afraid,” “fear not” and other variations over 300 times. There is said to be one command for each day of the year.  The Bible also tells us: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 80

The Bible instructs us: When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer. Matthew 5:44 MSG Why does the Bible tell us to pray about our challenging relationships? What difference can prayer make to a relationship that is out of sync? When we turn to prayer, we allow God to enter Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 79

Sometimes we forget how much God has promised us. Today, we will focus on one of the many promises God has made to you and me. We also tend to forget that God never breaks his promises, he always follows through. You can keep God to his promises. God promises: to heal your broken heart. Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 78

Today, pray for relief in your family from arguments. Intercessory prayer might be defined as loving our neighbors on our knees – Charles Bent The Bible is full of examples of people praying for others. We are going to follow their example to pray for people in our lives. As 1 Timothy 2:1 (CEV) says: Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 77

A prayer for safekeeping Tim Keller writes that “there is no situation or emotion a human being can experience that is not reflected somewhere in the Psalms.” “Immersing ourselves in the Psalms and turning them into prayers helps us pray in accord with God’s character and will.” Here is today’s prayer prompt based on Psalm Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 76

God has many different names which express the characteristics of his being and the rich relationship he has with us. Today, we will focus on one of God’s names or characteristics. For the Lord your God is merciful—he will not abandon you nor destroy you nor forget the promises he has made to your ancestors. Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 75

Sing praise to the Lord, all his faithful people! Remember what the Holy one has done, and give him thanks! His anger lasts only a moment, his goodness for a lifetime. Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:4 GNT Start withLord God, I praise you because you are Read more…

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Today’s Prayer Prompt Day 74

Forgiveness is at the heart of our relationship with God. We are encouraged to come to God and ask Him for forgiveness. Although we may find this hard and burdensome, it is freeing. Through forgiveness we find freedom. Keep this in mind as you pray. Use the following prayer prompt.  Today, pray for forgiveness from Read more…

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