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God’s Grace & Peace
Is there someone in your life who needs peace?
This is what God promises and delivers to you:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Pray this simply powerful prayer at 1:11 pm with me in spirit.
Master Gardener, I heard some folks complain about the weeds in our gardens that ever so often wrap around our tongues, hands and feet.
Weeds interfere with our ability to be at peace and give peace.
Many struggle to release these weeds, roots of entanglement that kill the peace that you give us.
As one vice is released another one stands up against many of us.
It’s a constant battle to be free and at peace.
Master Gardener, hear our prayer.
Holy One, release all who are bound and at war.
O Merciful Peacemaker, prune our gardens.
Magnificent Lighthouse, shine your Divine Light on all who fear.
Shower your people with your Holy peace.
Thank You O God for giving us your everlasting peace.
In Your Holy Name we pray. Amen.
Remember God’s Promise
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
John 14:27 NRSV
To the God who does extraordinary things through ordinary people. Give us peace.
To the God whose power is bountiful. Let not a virus prevail. Spread your love, O God.
To the God who moves mountains, raised the dead to life and heals all manner of diseases, conquer our fears and all that breaks our body, mind, and spirit.
Holy Spirit, that permeates every cell within us, cleanse whatever is spoiled. Strengthen whatever is vulnerable and protect whatever is healthy.
Bless us with a common love for you and one another.
In our Savior’s Name we pray. Amen
A 1:11 Prayer 🙏🏾
Gracious God, as I park and pray at 1:11 may I receive your constant love and compassion to guide me and those in my prayer throughout this day.
Please watch out and Look out for us.
Divine Spirit, satisfy our needs as You will.
O Holy Shepherd watch over us as your sheep.
In my Savior’s Name I pray. 🙏🏾 Amen
“God Bless America!”
I wonder what the speaker understands about this request. Listen carefully while saying this powerful prayer request out loud. “God Bless America!”
It often appears at the end of politically charged speeches. In this context, it may sound like a command, demand, or mandate rather than a prayerful request. Practice saying, “God, bless America.”
These words spoken with humility are a supplication, petition and prayer. Try saying, God, bless…
The comma offers a way for us to practice pausing, parking, and praying. We reflect on our thoughts before proceeding.
“God, Bless, “allows us time to turn our attention away from ourselves and towards Spirit. The comma positions us to PARK. Commas will enable us to stop the excess chatter in our mind and lay our thoughts in our hearts. When we park at the thrown of Grace, we connect with the Holy One. We are fully present with God.
Many of us wouldn’t begin our phone conversation by saying, “Diane, give me” or “Martha bless me!” We usually give a greeting or say a welcoming statement. “Good Morning John, how are you? I hope all is well.” We check in with one another.
Try saying, “Good Afternoon, God! Thank you for taking my call.” Then, “God, I am not satisfied with…” Or, “God, I am thankful for what you did…” Then ask, “God, Bless America.” Our prayer ends with a powerful affirmation of faith that indicates God is the source of power. Therefore, say, “I pray in Your Holy Name.” Finally, consider ending your prayer with “Amen,” or “So be it,” or “According to God’s Will.”
I believe God answers our prayers. I hope you will recognize God’s answer as a blessing. God often gives us what we need, and when we need it.
Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11 pm this prayer:
Almighty God, we thank you for your omnipresence. Thank you for the many ways you share your unconditional love with us. God, keep us healthy in body, mind, and Spirit so we may live according to your will and ways. Give us hope for our future and patience to endure and overcome our troubles. Heal our brokenness. Bless us with your truth as the source for our wisdom and decisions. Forgive our sins and help us to recognize and overcome our transgressions. May we live each day to satisfy you and to receive your favor. Merciful God, we pray in our Savior’s Name. Amen.
Merciful God, Who calls us the Most Valuable Players, have mercy on the Bryant family and all who are suffering due to lives lost in the recent helicopter crash.
We remember Kobe as one who expressed love for us through his gifts to unite people. Basketball was a tool which helped him reach so many of us beyond the bleachers. He dreamed, he lived successfully, shared his goodness and he showed mercy on those in need.
Our sadness intersects with the storm in our country’s democracy. For we are reminded that one who plays the game of life fair and square wins our hearts.
When the clock runs down and the Holy One says “well done,” come home my daughters, my sons, my loved ones, “it is finished.” We are called to that eternal place where life is everlasting. Well done Kobe! You’ve finished your assignment.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8
Merciful God, Let not this day and these moment’s be John’s last,
Let not his body rapidly slow down, nor his thoughts wrestle and run too fast,
May every cell in his body behave, cooperate,
May your Spirit, O God rule and dictate, his time and present state,
Almighty God, Ruler, Breath of Life and Bread for life’s journey,
Give Congressman John this day, his Daily Bread and clothe him for the journey ahead.
Forgive him as he forgives loved ones, strangers, coworkers and friends,
O Holy One, deliver John whole and intact to his final destination,
Gracious God, help him to know our agape love and appreciation for his lifetime of witness, work and service.
Lord receive our prayers in Your Holy Name. Amen.