Making a Prayer List

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Saturday – Feb. 20, 2016 –

Romans 1:9: God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to the one I serve with all my might, telling others the Good News about his Son.

While we often pray for ourselves, it is just as important to pray for others. Do you have a prayer list of people that you pray for on a regular/daily basis? If not, create one today. A starting point would be the weekly prayer list in your church’s bulletin. Add additional names that you want to include. Then during your prayer time, mention each person’s name aloud as a way to lift them up in prayer.

Look at the people you plan to help this Lent. Pick one person off this list and prepare a way to help them.

Dear God – it is powerful when I know someone else prays for me and/or over me. Help me become a prayer warrior for others; someone who takes seriously the opportunity to pray for those I become aware of who need prayer. Open my heart to making this an important and regular part of my day. Make clear a way that I can reach out to the person I plan to help. May they be prepared by you to receive my assistance. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne 

I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com

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Praying Through Breathing

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Friday – Feb. 19, 2016 –  

Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

One way to become more aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence with you is through breath prayers. The Holy Spirit is as close to you as the air we breathe. Pick two simple sentences. One you will pray as you inhale a breath; the other you will pray as you exhale. Examples:

Inhale – “Jesus, Son of God”, Exhale – “Be merciful to me, a sinner.”

Inhale – “Holy Spirit, let me feel your joy”, Exhale – “O Lord show me your way.”

Inhale – “Holy One, open my eyes”, Exhale – “Holy One, heal me.”

Yep, we think we have enough to do already. Or maybe we’re uncomfortable reaching out to someone who might need help, afraid we will offend. Lord, thank you for giving me the names of these people. Give me the courage to reach out and help them this Lent. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com  

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Breaking Down Prayer Barriers

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Thursday – Feb. 18, 2016

James 5:13-16: Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offering in faith will make them well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.    

What keeps you from praying? Seriously. Make a list, and if possible, do this with your family. Write a list of all the reasons. Then, tear the piece of paper up, symbolizing your desire to remove these barriers from prayer. Explore ways you can add even a few minutes of prayer to your day.

Sometimes we say we believe in the power of prayer. Now, encourage us to live like we believe in the power of prayer. May we see every prayer we lift up as important to you. Help us remove these prayer barriers during this season of Lent. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com

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Hungry For … 

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Wednesday – Feb. 17, 2016

Psalm 107:9: For he satisfies the thirsty soul and fills the hungry soul with good.

When our stomachs are hungry, they tell us. But how do you know when your soul is hungry for prayer? Too many days without spiritual prayer leaves us cranky and difficult; much like a child who is “starving!”

Does your family say grace together? Are you comfortable praying when in a restaurant? When with people outside of your family? These are not times to catch-up on your prayer life, but they are another opportunity to connect with God throughout your day. Challenge your family to make grace part of every meal. May this be an important way for your family to connect together and with God.

We know grace only takes it a minute. Yet, sometimes, we skip it. Dear Lord – just as we satisfy our physical hunger with food, may we see the great need to satisfy our spiritual hunger with prayer. Help us to pause before each meal and give thanks to you. Amen.  

Blessings –

Dianne

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Just Be Still!

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Tuesday – Feb. 16, 2016

Psalm 46:10: Stand silent! Know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation in the world!”

Prayer is like riding a bike. What we learn from a book or class isn’t enough. Proficiency comes through practice. Prayer isn’t a performance. Sometimes, it’s best just to be still. Throughout Lent, trying setting a timer for a period of time that you will pray. Start with 3-5 minutes and try to increase each week. If quiet music will help you relax, play this in the background. Then, be quiet and rest in God’s presence.

Dear God – Sometimes prayer comes more natural than others. Other times, my prayer experience is dry and lifeless. May you meet me in the spaces between “dry and lifeless” and “wonderful?” I desire to have an authentic relationship with you. Thank you for loving me and I love in return. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

 I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com

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But Moses Said to God

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Monday – Feb. 15, 2016

Exodus 4:13: But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

God asks Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and back to the Promised Land. Moses has every excuse under the sun. Finally, he says, “Just send someone else.” Read the entire story in Exodus 3:9-4:17.

Have you ever argued with God? Why? What, like Moses, limits you from doing great things? What limits keep you from sharing your strengths for God’s kingdom? How can you shift your focus?

Lord, help me be more honest with you. Help me love you even when I’m unhappy with my life. Wrap your loving arms around me and protect me. Expand my faith so I can see your glory, even when things aren’t going well. Use me as an extension of your love to bless others in their suffering. Be patient with me when I allow frustrations and anger to hinder my relationship with you when things don’t go as I would like. Amen.

Spend some time praying specifically for the church(es) you attend and your pastor serves. Ask God to direct the mission and vision of these faith communities. Name each staff person by name and pray for God’s Holy Spirit to direct them.

Blessings –

Dianne

I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

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Sunday – Feb. 14, 2016

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Matthew 6:6: But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.   

Prayer can be intimidating. Few people really think they are good prayers! But look closely at this verse. Jesus encourages us to humbly seek God as we pray. It’s not something we do so others will see us pray. No, prayer is much more personal and private. It’s a two-way conversation between us and God.

Designate a special place as your “prayer spot” for throughout Lent. Then, every day, make this the place where you quietly participate in the Passport to Prayer devotion. Make this a comfortable location. Have a Bible nearby. Place anything else in the area which would make it meaningful for you. Designate a time when you will sit in your “prayer spot” daily and use this passport.

 Lord, I believe there are other people who have this praying thing figured out. Yet, I long for this two-way communication with you. Remind me that my words are sufficient. Assure me prayer is less about me doing it right and more about us simply spending time together. May I discover a richer experience with you these 40 days of Lent. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com. 

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Helping Others

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Friday – Feb. 12, 2016 

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Matthew 6:3-4: So when you give to the poor, don’t let anyone know what you are doing. Your giving should be done in private. Your Father can see what is done in private, and he will reward you.  

Life is busy and often full. Our plates seem already full. Yet, one of the best ways we demonstrate our love for God is when we love our neighbors. Helping others is hard. Sometimes we feel the receiving party doesn’t appreciate what we do. Other times, we get hurt. Jesus also how this feels.

In the space below, write down the names of six people you can help this Lent. Identify how you can reach out and assist them. Challenge yourself to help one person a week during Lent. You choose the order!

 

Yep, we think we have enough to do already. Or maybe we’re uncomfortable reaching out to someone who might need help, afraid we will offend. Lord, thank you for giving me the names of these people. Give me the courage to reach out and help them this Lent. Amen.

Feasting & Fasting

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Thursday – Feb. 11, 2016 

Isaiah 58:6: Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen, to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 

Some people fast during Lent. Often, fasting is going without something, like soda, candy or chocolate. My husband considers ketchup its own food group. One Lent, he gave up ketchup which was a big sacrifice for him! On Easter Sunday, he was looking for meat to put ketchup on!

Let’s continue looking at Isaiah 58:7-12:

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Then your light shall break forth as the morning, and your healing shall spring forth quickly, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your reward.

Then you shall call, and the Lord shall answer; you shall cry, and He shall say, Here I am.

If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
and if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul,
then your light shall rise in obscurity, and your darkness shall become as the noonday.
And the Lord shall guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Those from among you shall rebuild the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called, the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Paths in which to Dwell.

The Prophet Isaiah seems to be talking about a different kind of fasting. He says we should give up some bad things and choose instead more helpful habits. An example would be to fast from being greedy and feast on sharing with others. Or fast from hating and feast on loving.

Prayerfully consider what you will fast from this Lent. Decide what behavior you will feast on instead. Then, fill in these sentences:

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During Lent 2016,

I will Fast from: _______________________________________________________________. Instead, I will Feast on: _________________________________________________________.

Make a little card with this information and display it in a location you will see every day.

Lord God, help me see these next 40 days as a chance for me to fast from a behavior which often becomes a barrier for me. Instill within me a deep desire to replace this fast with a positive feast. Walk with me daily as I try to honor this commitment. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

 

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Washing Away Our Messiness

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Psalm 51:1-3: God, be merciful to me because of your faithful love. Because of your great compassion, erase all the wrongs I have done. Scrub away my guilt. Wash me clean from my sin. I know I have done wrong. I remember that sin all the time.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of another season of Lent. I’ve put together a Passport to Prayer, which is a way for people to work on their prayer lives during Lent. Each day, I’ll post about how we can embody prayer during Lent.

On Ash Wednesday, we remember we came out of dust and will return to dust. In between these two points in our lives, we will do many great things. We will also allow many hurtful things to happen. King David wrote these words after being confronted by his good friend Nathan for his sin. While initially he denied doing wrong, he realized how many lives his actions had affected. His response: Psalm 51.

Admitting our sin isn’t fun. In fact, it’s often very messy. Share some of the ways you’ve recently hurt God, yourself and others in this space:

Now, go to a sink. Lather your hands with soap. As you place your hands under the water and wash them, share this prayer aloud:

Gracious God, today begins a period of inner reflection and examination. May these next six weeks be a time when I become closer to you. You know all the sins that I have named as well as the ones I have not named. Please grant me your forgiveness. Thank you for being merciful with me. May I open my soul to you and allow your loving kindness to flow over me, as the water flows over my hands. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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