A Self-Ish Prayer

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Lord,

I pray for my self today.  That my self, which is a bit unruly at times, would be a better self with your help.

I pray that my self would not react in its human nature to the actions or words from my spouse, children or co-workers that push my buttons. Even the angry driver on the road. Help my self to see the truth and heart in the situation, which is most always good-intentioned–even the angry driver just wants to stay alive.

I pray for my self today.  That it would be hard working at thankless jobs.  That my self would put in its best effort even when it goes unnoticed.  That it would not seek recognition for deeds, but serve and work for the glory of you, God.

I pray for my self.  That it would be grateful among all circumstances…even those that seem impossible to be thankful for.  May my self reflect a spirit of gratitude from the second its tired feet touch the soft rug in the morning to the last waking moment of the day.  For gratitude is the secret to peace and joy.

Lord, please forgive my self, which I am responsible for.  Forgive its self-ish ways, its seeking of personal Glory, its careless acknowledgement of abundance, its lack of compassion for those in need, its desire to take control away from you all the time and keep it balled up in its fist.  Open the fist.

I pray for patience for my self.  Not for others, which is important, but today, for this self alone.  Let me have grace for its mistakes, understand the incredible breadth of your forgiveness, and in turn, forgive my-self.  I pray that it can grasp the truth and power of second chances.  You are the God of second-chances.

I pray for my-self today.  Self, I am talking to you. Hear this prayer, store it inside, live it out,

for you are me.

Amen

Maddie’s Prayer

Written By Amy

Ashley And Maddie

 

I wanted to share a prayer that my daughter, Maddie (10), wrote this past Sunday morning during a family devotional time.  When I first read it, I was touched by the simplicity of the prayer, reminding me that my prayers to God don’t need to be complicated and full of words, just an honest outpouring of my heart.

It is with her permission that I share it (and if you know her you will believe she was very excited when I asked if I could share this on my blog…no shyness with this one!)

Dear God,

God you’re a magnificent God.  You made the heaven and the trees.  You created  heaven so that people can have a good place to look forward to when they die.  I praise you God because you are an amazing God.

Please forgive me for when I lie.  I have gotten way better because you have helped me.

Thank you for an amazing dog and family.   They have blessed me with so many things.  And thank you for amazing friends like Ashley.  She is so sweet.

Please put your holy spirit inside of people so they can become Christians and follow you, God.

In Jesus Name, Amen

Maddie

31 Day Challenge Begins Today!

Written By Jen

Hey friends!  Remember the 31 Day Challenge?   THE CHALLENGE is to pray each day of August for our children.  Instead of my usual mind wandering, I found, 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children by Bob Hosteler to help us stay focused. Each day I will post the prayer of the day on our Grace Full Home Facebook page.  If you “LIKE” us on the sidebar on the left  –>  on Facebook you can follow the daily challenge.  I also pasted the original post below for a reminder.  There is also a page you can click and print and post somewhere you go each day to help you remember.

Who is going to join me in intentionally praying the next 31 days for our children?

Simple steps:

1. Click on the graphic below or the daily prayer (posted each day on FB) and print it.

2. Post it somewhere you will see everyday. (I am going to post mine in my master loo.  Surely, that is a place I will have at least 2 minutes of alone time a day! lol!  It is summer and my alone time feels scarce!)

3. Pray!  As we pray, I am excited to see how God uses these 31 virtues to remind me of His goodness and the wonderful ways He works in our children’s lives!

4. Who’s in?  I hope you will join me!  Everything is better with friends!

 

Here is Day 1.  Followed by the summary printable of 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children.  Followed by the original post.

A quick thought on prayer.  Prayer can feel funny if you are not used to praying.  It’s simply talking to God.  He has searched us and knows and is familiar with all of our ways.  My advice is to just be honest in prayer!  I like to start praying like this. “Lord, please teach me to pray.  Help me to hear your voice and follow you.  Open my eyes, ears and my heart and let your Word and Holy Spirit speak truth into my heart and mind.  As I read my Bible, please help me to understand.  I ask for your wisdom and knowledge…. and then I pray on.  Ending in a “In Jesus Name, Amen.”   My way isn’t the right way, it is just my pattern.  And remember it doesn’t need to be an hour prayer time, it’s can be a simple minute as you wake up.  You can go to your knees, or lie in your bed and take a focused minute to pray for your children.  Good luck! Have fun.   Jen:)  Happy August 1st Friends!!

 

 

 

 

By Jen

I CHALLENGE YOU to PRAY with me for 31 DAYS for YOUR CHILDREN.  The month of AUGUST has 31 days, so who is with me?

Prayer is something I believe in, but I can get lazy and repetitive with them at times. My mind goes on auto pilot and isn’t always engaged. My friend Michelle has been posting a daily prayer based on 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray For Your Children on her Facebook account and I love it!  Her posts cause me to stop and think.  They are engaging, challenging and encouraging me to intentionally pray for my kids. It has been a nice change of pace.  My prayer life is in a new groove and these simple prayers are wonderful to think through.

Prayer doesn’t have to be long.  This is just a simple sentence a day.  If you want more, there are two verses with each sentence you can look up.  You can look them up and meditate on them and the whole process may only take you a few minutes.  It’s a wonderful way to start or end you day.

THE CHALLENGE:  I challenge you to join me for the month of August to pray with me for our children.  Pray 1 virtue a day for your children.  I found this cool graphic you can print of  the 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children.  SO it couldn’t be easier.

1. Click on the graphic and print it.

2. Post it somewhere you will see everyday. (I am going to post mine in my master loo.  Surely, that is a place I will have at least 2 minutes of alone time a day! lol!  It is summer and my alone time feels scarce!)

3. Pray!  As we pray, I am excited to see how God uses these 31 virtues to remind me of His goodness and the wonderful ways He works in our children’s lives!

4. Who’s in?  I hope you will join me!  Everything is better with friends!

Click Here to Print

 

1. Salvation—”Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” (Isa. 45:82 Tim. 2:10)

 

2. Growth in Grace—”I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. 3:18)

 

3. Love—”Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them.” (Gal. 5:25Eph. 5:2)

 

4. Honesty and Integrity—”May integrity and honesty be their virtue
and their protection.” (Ps. 25:21)

 

5. Self-Control—”Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.”
(1 Thess. 5:6)

 

6. Love for God’s Word—”May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb.” (Ps. 19:10)

 

7. Justice—”God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do.” (Ps. 11:7Mic. 6:8)

 

8. Mercy—”May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)

 

9. Respect (for self, others, and authority)—”Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as Your Word commands.” (1 Pet. 2:17)

 

10. Biblical Self-Esteem—”Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in therealization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:10)

 

11. Faithfulness—”Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts.” (Prov. 3:3)

 

12. Courage—”May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions.” (Deut. 31:6)

13. Purity—”Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions.” (Ps. 51:10)

14. Kindness—”Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thes. 5:15)

15. Generosity—”Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay uptreasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.” (1 Tim. 6:18-19)

16. Peace-Loving—”Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace.” (Rom. 14:19)

17. Joy—”May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Thes. 1:6)

18. Perseverance—”Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.” (Heb. 12:1)

19. Humility—”God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all.” (Titus 3:2)

20. Compassion—”Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion.” (Col. 3:12)

21. Responsibility—”Grant that my children may learn responsibility, for each one should carry his own load.” (Gal. 6:5)

 

22. Contentment—”Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength.” (Phil. 4:12-13)

 

23. Faith—”I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them.” (Luke 17:5-6Heb. 11:1-40)

 

24. A Servant’s Heart—”God, please help my children develop servant’s hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men.” (Eph. 6:7)

25. Hope—”May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13)

 

26. Willingness and Ability to Work—”Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work at it with all their heart, as working for the Lord and not for men.” (Col. 3:23)

 

27. Passion for God—”Lord, please instill in my children a soul that ‘followeth hard after thee,’ one that clings passionately to You.” (Ps. 63:8)

 

28. Self-Discipline—”Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.” (Prov. 1:3)

 

29. Prayerfulness—”Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers.” (1 Thess. 5:17)

 

30. Gratitude—”Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:20; Col. 2:7)

 

31. A Heart for Missions—”Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see Your glory declared among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among the peoples.” (Ps. 96:3)

 

31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children by Bob Hostetler, graphic by KeepingitPersonal.com .  Click Here to print this graphic.

 

31 DAY CHALLENGE for AUGUST

By Jen

I CHALLENGE YOU to PRAY with me for 31 DAYS for YOUR CHILDREN.  The month of AUGUST has 31 days, so who is with me?

Prayer is something I believe in, but I can get lazy and repetitive with them at times. My mind goes on auto pilot and isn’t always engaged. My friend Michelle has been posting a daily prayer based on 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray For Your Children on her Facebook account and I love it!  Her posts cause me to stop and think.  They are engaging, challenging and encouraging me to intentionally pray for my kids. It has been a nice change of pace.  My prayer life is in a new groove and these simple prayers are wonderful to think through.

Prayer doesn’t have to be long.  This is just a simple sentence a day.  If you want more, there are two verses with each sentence you can look up.  You can look them up and meditate on them and the whole process may only take you a few minutes.  It’s a wonderful way to start or end you day.

THE CHALLENGE:  I challenge you to join me for the month of August to pray with me for our children.  Pray 1 virtue a day for your children.  I found this cool graphic you can print of  the 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children.  SO it couldn’t be easier.

1. Click on the graphic and print it.

2. Post it somewhere you will see everyday. (I am going to post mine in my master loo.  Surely, that is a place I will have at least 2 minutes of alone time a day! lol!  It is summer and my alone time feels scarce!)

3. Pray!  As we pray, I am excited to see how God uses these 31 virtues to remind me of His goodness and the wonderful ways He works in our children’s lives!

4. Who’s in?  I hope you will join me!  Everything is better with friends!

Click Here to Print

 

1. Salvation—”Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” (Isa. 45:82 Tim. 2:10)

 

2. Growth in Grace—”I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. 3:18)

 

3. Love—”Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them.” (Gal. 5:25Eph. 5:2)

 

4. Honesty and Integrity—”May integrity and honesty be their virtue
and their protection.” (Ps. 25:21)

 

5. Self-Control—”Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.”
(1 Thess. 5:6)

 

6. Love for God’s Word—”May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb.” (Ps. 19:10)

 

7. Justice—”God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do.” (Ps. 11:7Mic. 6:8)

 

8. Mercy—”May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)

 

9. Respect (for self, others, and authority)—”Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as Your Word commands.” (1 Pet. 2:17)

 

10. Biblical Self-Esteem—”Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in therealization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:10)

 

11. Faithfulness—”Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts.” (Prov. 3:3)

 

12. Courage—”May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions.” (Deut. 31:6)

13. Purity—”Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions.” (Ps. 51:10)

14. Kindness—”Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thes. 5:15)

15. Generosity—”Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay uptreasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.” (1 Tim. 6:18-19)

16. Peace-Loving—”Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace.” (Rom. 14:19)

17. Joy—”May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Thes. 1:6)

18. Perseverance—”Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.” (Heb. 12:1)

19. Humility—”God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all.” (Titus 3:2)

20. Compassion—”Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion.” (Col. 3:12)

21. Responsibility—”Grant that my children may learn responsibility, for each one should carry his own load.” (Gal. 6:5)

 

22. Contentment—”Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength.” (Phil. 4:12-13)

 

23. Faith—”I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them.” (Luke 17:5-6Heb. 11:1-40)

 

24. A Servant’s Heart—”God, please help my children develop servant’s hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men.” (Eph. 6:7)

25. Hope—”May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13)

 

26. Willingness and Ability to Work—”Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work at it with all their heart, as working for the Lord and not for men.” (Col. 3:23)

 

27. Passion for God—”Lord, please instill in my children a soul that ‘followeth hard after thee,’ one that clings passionately to You.” (Ps. 63:8)

 

28. Self-Discipline—”Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.” (Prov. 1:3)

 

29. Prayerfulness—”Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers.” (1 Thess. 5:17)

 

30. Gratitude—”Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:20; Col. 2:7)

 

31. A Heart for Missions—”Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see Your glory declared among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among the peoples.” (Ps. 96:3)

 

31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children by Bob Hostetler, graphic by KeepingitPersonal.com .  Click Here to print this graphic.

 

Sharing the Good Stuff: Prayer Tips

Written By Amy

I’m all about “tips” these days.  I just seem to need practical concrete solutions to the problems in my life to make them easier.   One of the struggles I have been having in this time of busyness is finding time to pray.  In God’s goodness and his desire for me not to grow stagnant in my faith he sends a little help my way every now and then.  I have been in Arkansas this week with my family visiting Jon’s parents, and one day I drove to the nearby dollar store to find some hair bands that we had forgotten to bring.  As I was walking through the store, a shelf of books caught my eye, and one in particular…A Busy Woman’s Guide to Prayer, for Amy Hayes  by Cheri Fuller.  Just kidding, it wasn’t  written JUST for me, although I knew I needed to grab the $3.00 book to take home!  As I have been reading through it, it has reminded me not only of the importance sharing my life with God, the good and the bad, but that I don’t need to keep prayer in a box of just in the morning, or just before bed, or at least ___ minutes long.  Here are some practical tips on prayer I have gleaned from the book:

1.  Pray while you exercise. 

Cheri calls it “Treadmill Prayers.”  God cares about our health, physically and spiritually. Put a notebook of prayer requests on the treadmill to pray while you work out.   This morning I went for a walk on the back nine of the golf course behind Liz and Vin’s home.  While I walked, enjoying the lush forest and chirping birds, I prayed.  It was a great conversation with God and I just asked him to speak to me.  I prayed for my family members, my friends, and some things in our life that needed prayer.  I finished the walk feeling refreshed in body and spirit.

 

2.  Post Your Prayers

Write down your prayers on sticky notes and post them on the inside of a kitchen cupboard.  Each day take one or more down and stick them somewhere you will bump into them throughout the day.  The next day, rotate a few more out.

 

3. Light a Candle

When something is pressing, or you have received a prayer request that needs a day full of prayer, light a candle in your home to remind you to pray for that issue or person whenever you walk by.

4.  Pray And Release

Many of us hold on to the same prayer as if clinging to one side of it while asking God to take the other will render you some bit of control of the situation (me!!).  Instead, hand your prayer completely over to the Lord, trusting in his power and love and wisdom.  Let it go, knowing that in His hands the problem is under control.

5. Pray On The Go

You can pray all day long, in all situations, and you will begin to feel connectedness to God in a new way.  Including Him in conversation in the little things like driving in traffic, or walking through a store, or at your job helps us to see that He really is working in all areas of our lives!

(Adapted from pages 44-47, A Busy Woman’s Guide To Prayer)

I will wrap up with a quote from Cheri that I loved:

“Often we think it’s our work and our efforts that will make the most impact in bringing success or needed changes.  But understanding that prayer is the major work and the most productive use of our time makes a huge difference.”  p. 62

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