A prayer

A prayer from The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions

Lord Jesus, may I walk in the steps of the Savior who is meek and lowly in spirit, who humbled Himself to take on flesh to live our life and die the death we deserved. May I choose to be poor in spirit. May I esteem all others as better than myself. May I not seek to impress others, but only to please others, but only to please You. May I decrease, and may be Christ be magnified.

O, Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, let us learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit . . . that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, that to have nothing is to possess everything, that to bear the cross is to wear the crown . . . that to give is to receive.

Let us find Thy light in our darkness, Thy joy in our sorrow, Thy grace in our sin, Thy riches in our poverty, Thy glory in our valleys, and Thy life in our death.

Advertisements

Lord, this is my prayer for 2016

  1. Guard my heart.
  2. Fill me with Your love.
  3. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit.
  4. Clothe me in humility.
  5. Make me a servant.
  6. Guard my tongue.
  7. Give me wisdom and discernment.
  8. Give me a grateful heart.
  9. Teach me the fear of the Lord.
  10. Help me to walk by faith and not by sight.

My Deliverer

My Deliverer

11r*

Job 19:25 ”For I know that my Redeemer lives!”

*

My name is Ana. I was born in Romania, in a lovely village where I lived a very simple and quiet life, in a small house with no running water and no bathroom inside. My parents were hardworking people, but the Communists were stealing “in a legal way” almost everything they earned by their honest work. As a child, I learned to be content with what God gave me. God took care of us. My mother is the most thankful, grateful and generous person I know, even though she still lives in the same house and conditions.

My grandmother taught me to pray and prayer became my first love.

At age 14, I went to school in the city. I attended a big church where I learned to sing and to praise God. Praising the Lord became my second love.

I was baptized at 17, and I am so glad I made this important step.The church was a great blessing, a real protection, and a wonderful family the Lord gave me to help me grow spiritually and to know the truth.

God opened a door for me to another church where Bible study was very important. I enjoyed the beauty of God’s Word and the Word of God became my third love.

I left Romania to live in “the land of the free”. I am proud (grateful) and humble at the same time to be a U.S. citizen. I know what it means to have freedom because I lived 29 years in the communist regime. When Americans will lose freedom, then they will understand what freedom is. But communism is not the hardest prison, but sin. No one can save us from the bondage of sin. Nobody, but God!

Here, in America, I began to fall from one depression to another. I needed an experience with the Lord, my Redeemer. I decided that I will not take drugs, but I will call upon the Lord and I will not leave Him until He will bless me with His victory. One day, when I couldn’t take it any more, I took the Bible in my hands and I began to read aloud, to cry, with a desperate voice to my Savior. I was reading (Psalms 27 to 40) and praying through the verses I had read, proclaiming the victory of Christ in my life. I lost track of time reading, crying, praying, before the Lord. When I was reading Psalm 40, I noticed that my voice was stilled, calmed down and I was talking normally. Then I knew that the Lord has brought healing to my soul. In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears. He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under His feet. He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.” (Psalm 18 ).

He delivered me out of the pit, because ”I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God.”(Psalm 40:1-3a).

What a great Deliverer we have! What a wonderful Savior! What an amazing grace! What a powerful Healer! What a mighty God we serve!

I know my Redeemer lives!

He is my Deliverer! He is my Joy and my Comforter! He is my Provider! He is the Prince of Peace! He is the great I AM!

I thank You, Jesus! I love You Jesus! I praise You, Jesus!

I will humbly serve You! I will follow You to the end! And one day I will see You face to face, I will humbly bow down before You, and I will joyfully sing: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord, God Almighty; worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing; thanks unto Him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

 

by Ana Tatar Andras

Billy Graham’s Prayer for the New Year

Billy Graham

Our Father and our God, as we stand at the beginning of this new year we confess our need of Your presence and Your guidance as we face the future.

We each have our hopes and expectations for the year that is ahead of us—but You alone know what it holds for us, and only You can give us the strength and the wisdom we will need to meet its challenges. So help us to humbly put our hands into Your hand, and to trust You and to seek Your will for our lives during this coming year.

In the midst of life’s uncertainties in the days ahead, assure us of the certainty of Your unchanging love.

In the midst of life’s inevitable disappointments and heartaches, help us to turn to You for the stability and comfort we will need.

In the midst of life’s temptations and the pull of our stubborn self-will, help us not to lose our way but to have the courage to do what is right in Your sight, regardless of the cost.

And in the midst of our daily preoccupations and pursuits, open our eyes to the sorrows and injustices of our hurting world, and help us to respond with compassion and sacrifice to those who are friendless and in need. May our constant prayer be that of the ancient Psalmist: “Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end” (Psalm 119:33).

We pray for our nation and its leaders during these difficult times, and for all those who are seeking to bring peace and justice to our dangerous and troubled world. We pray especially for Your protection on all those who serve in our armed forces, and we thank You for their commitment to defend our freedoms, even at the cost of their own lives. Be with their families also, and assure them of Your love and concern for them.

Bring our divided nation together, and give us a greater vision of what You would have us to be. Your Word reminds us that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).

As we look back over this past year we thank You for Your goodness to us—far beyond what we have deserved. May we never presume on Your past goodness or forget all Your mercies to us, but may they instead lead us to repentance, and to a new commitment to make You the foundation and center of our lives this year.

And so, our Father, we thank You for the promise and hope of this new year, and we look forward to it with expectancy and faith. This I ask in the name of our Lord and Savior, who by His death and resurrection has given us hope both for this world and the world to come.

Amen

Click here to read the original article on BillyGraham.org

Say “NO!”

Matei 6:33

,,But

seek

you

first

the kingdom of God,

and

His righteousness.”

Lord, help me say ,,NO!” to:

Anxiety, arrogance, anger, adultery,
Busyness, bored, bitterness, blame others, boast, boasters,
Complaining, concerns, coveting, compromise, car speed, coldness, criticism, confusion, competition, covetousness,
Down, deceit, doubting, depressed, defeated, dismayed, disrespectful, deception, defense (let God), disappointment, divorce, debate, disobedience of God, drunkenness (physical or spiritual),  
Evil desires, evil thoughts, envy, expectations, easily provoked,
Fear, foolishness, fornication,
Greed, gambling, grumbling, gossip, guile (viclenie),
Hurry, haste, hurt, harsh words, hypocrisy, haters of God, hatred, heresies,
Inner turmoil, ignorance, independent of God, impatience, irritability, irresponsibility, idolatry,
Judgments, jealousy,
Laziness, lies, lost, lasciviousness,
Maliciousness, murder, malignity, murmuring,
Naivety,
Pride, pressure, pay back, passive, panic, prejudice,
Revenge, resentment,
Sadness, small talk, self-centeredness, self-pity, strife, superficiality, selfishness, stubbornness, stupidity, seditions,
Violence,
Unrest, unfaithfulness, unforgiveness, uncleanness,
Worry, wrath, weakness, witchcraft, wrong doing, whisperers, wickedness.

Lord, You, only YOU, can help me say ,,NO” to all of  these, because these things do not belong to Your Kingdom!

Love, agape love, does not keep records of wrong doing, but forgives all and everything!

Lord, my God and my Father, You are agape love! YOU are my help!

I say “YES!” to  AGAPE  LOVE!

Lord, YOU can help me say “NO!” to all that is not of  YOU!

Merry Christmas to my Glorious King!

I celebrate Jesus, my King and my Lord every day!

1 Corinthians 3:7 ,,Aşa că nici cel ce sădeşte, nici cel ce udă nu sunt nimic; ci Dumnezeu, care face să crească.”

,,So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”

 

Nobody, but God!

It’s all about HIM!

 

Lord, my God, the Word, Prayer and Faithfulness are very important to me.

I like to spend time with You, my glorious King. I enjoy telling You what it is in my heart not only at Christmas but every day, because I know You, my God, my King, are faithful to give ear to my prayers, answer to my questions and give me guidance for my work.

My King and my Lord, I am committed to:

The truth and authority of the Bible,

The power of the Cross of Christ to deliver me from sin and death,

The fullness of the Holy Spirit as I die to self,

The sufficiency of God’s love,

The abundance of God’s grace.

My King and my Lord, I know I need to remember every day:

Spreading the Bible is my mission,

Jesus Christ and His Gospel is my passion,

Reaching the next generation is my responsibility,

Supporting the church is my purpose,

Prayer is my approach,

Love, humility, unity and compassionate care for one another are not options

but they are God’s command and my calling.

I celebrate YOU, my Jesus, my King and my Lord, at Christmas!

You are my Christmas!

I celebrate YOU, my Jesus, my King and my Lord, everyday!