Gratitude Day 307

Wed., July 24, 2019

Matthew 6:5-6 – (Jesus said,) “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 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.

It’s a question that I’ve often been asked as a pastor: What should I pray for?

The quick and simple answer?


If this still seems vague and daunting, here’s my list of Top 10 Things I Pray For:

  1. Myself. God is a safe place to spill my guts and “tell all.”
  2. Thanksgiving and gratitude for God’s presence in your life and the world.
  3. Forgiveness for God to heal your heart and soul.
  4. Those most important to you.
  5. Clarity in your work, personal life and spiritual life.
  6. Those struggling with health concerns, someone affected by something outside of their control, anyone who needs someone advocating on their behalf.
  7. Those who are feeling lonely, abandoned or confused.
  8. Your church and denomination.  
  9. People in positions of influence.
  10. Dedicate the day to following God’s leadings in your life.

What are the Top 10 Things you pray for?

For me, prayer is personal. Yes, there are times Hubby Rick and I pray together. I also feel I need quiet time with God. I need the opportunity to share with God the deepest corners of my very being. Personally, I prefer praying quietly and by myself, with no one aware this is even happening. Jesus encourages us to do so in private and I think this is awfully good advice.

Contrary to most people’s beliefs: there isn’t a “right” way or a “wrong” way to pray. The only wrong way? Not praying at all.

If you are struggling in having the words to share, go easy on yourself. Simply pray the Lord’s Prayer. It covers all the bases.

For communicating with God through, I am grateful.

Our Father in heaven, may your name always be kept holy. May your kingdom come and what you want be done, here on earth as it is in heaven. Give us the food we need for each day. Forgive us for our sins, just as we have forgiven those who sinned against us. And do not cause us to be tempted, but save us from the Evil One. The kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours forever. Amen.

Blessings –


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For a great adventure when school shopping, I am grateful.

Holy God – how fortunate we are for the opportunities for kids to learn and grow in knowledge and education. While it maybe a few weeks before school officially begins, place before us opportunities where we can support little people around us. Amen.

Blessings –


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