Grace and Peace!

Paul used those three words in the greetings and words similar to them in the closings of his letters. “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” resounds in the opening verses of each of his epistles, except Romans, until he comes to his letters to Timothy, where he adds “mercy” to his repertoire. In a couple of letters, the “our” and “the” are interchanged. In Philemon, he drops the word mercy.

“Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,” and its variations close each of his letters.

Why?

Because he loved Christ and he loved the people of his day—especially those who loved Christ. Part of displaying that love was to intercede for them, and that’s why you can read some of the greatest prayers in the Bible from Paul’s writings. We’ll have some of those on this site for you shortly.

There’s a lot in store for you here. We’ll be introducing prayer guides. We’ll be presenting prayers. We’ll have free downloads to help in your prayer life. We’ll offer books on prayers and praying. We’ll have a section for prayer requests, and we invite you to share your prayers so that all might participate with them and enjoy your blessings.

We hope you draw closer to our Savior by visiting often.

In the meantime, may “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

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A Daily Prayer

Father…

… thank You for letting me see another day in service to Christ.

Forgive me for sinning and have mercy on me. Help me to feel the joy in my heart that only You can bring. Fill me, please, with Your Spirit, Your energy, Your wisdom so that I may behave as a true disciple of Jesus, one sinner who has been touched and transformed by Your saving grace.

Please bless my family today, Father — those brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters of my blood and those of my faith, their spouses and their relations. Have Your holy angels protect each of them from physical harm and shield them from the evil one. Touch them, please, Lord God, as only You can. Let all of us feel the grace of Your love and respond to it. Thank You, Father.

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Be With Me This Day

Jesus, I ask that I may draw nearer to You today. I ask that You be with me as my God, my ruler, and my constant companion. My friend.

I pray for Your grace and blessing that I may do Your work in Your way, in Your will, and that I might succeed in completing the tasks that You have set before me—to Your standards and for Your and our Father’s honor and glory, not mine.

Let my heart be pure enough so that others may see the strength and goodness and love of You through this vessel, through this imperfect clay. For, You are molding me, my Lord, I know. And I thank You for it. With a joyous heart, I can only imagine the completed results of Your Most Holy Spirit’s work.

Jesus, teach me Your will. Teach me to do Your will. Teach me how. For You are my God, and I seek to bring honor to You and to Your Holy Name and in some small way be a son in whom our Father might be, at least, a little pleased.

Oh my God, my Master, my Savior, let me be like You, if only in some small way.

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Lord, You promise us in the Book of James (Chapter 4) that if we draw near to You, You will draw near to us; that if we reject our self-centered ways, turning away from the whims of this world and submitting ourselves to You, we can resist the evil one, and he will flee. So, please help us to stand strong in the grace of Christ Jesus so that we might do that and…

“… draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

“For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.” Hebrews 10:22-27, NKJV

Thank You, Lord God, for loving us.

“… In the Midst of a People of Unclean Lips …” (Isaiah 6:5)

Father …

… all hail Your name, all beg forgiveness for sinning against You, all bow and bend our knees to the Lord Jesus, our Christ, Your Son. All hail Your mercy, love and care. Forgive me, Father, for my sins of grumbling, complaining and ingratitude and for not showing those in my sphere my true love for You, a blessing You have given me, which is Your love. Please fill me, Father, with Your Most Holy Spirit to depths that cause me to overflow with the Living Water of Your Son. Help me to be more like You, more like Him. Help me to be holy because You are holy. Help me to advocate and proclaim Your great glory.

I am sorry that the SCOTUS failed You. I am sorry for failing You. I am a part of this country. I, too, am a man of unclean lips who lives in a land filled with people of unclean lips. Woe is me, except for Your loving kindness. We have failed our Lord, our God. I am ashamed to be a part of the country and culture that mocks Your precepts, legitimizes perversion of Your natural law, and authorizes the slaying Your unborn children. How dare we? We are so disgusting, and no wonder that You may have turned aside from us. Please forgive us, have mercy on us, and turn us from our ways to Yours, Oh God. Revive us, Father. You’ve done it twice before. Please, once more.

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