Friday, October 16, 2020

PM#0548 A Clean Heart Paslm 91:10 PM#0548

 PM#0548 A Clean Heart


Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."

How many times do we find our circumstances affecting how we pray, and react with others? This is an area I personally have struggled with.


What God wants of us is to let Him help us in this maze of relationship with others. May He help us come to Him through prayer and humility following the example of King David in Psalm 51:10 which says: Create in me a new clean heart oh God, filled with clean thoughts and right desires.


May we consider this prayer: Create within me a clean/pure heart Oh God, when I pray for others. May it be filled with clean thoughts and right desires. I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

PM#407 God's Peace Can Keep us


God’s Peace Keeps Us

Phil 4:7 

Have you ever been faced with turmoil that is not of your asking? – Yet you seem to get the brunt of a verbal attack stemming from anger or from accusation that seems not to be founded?

When this occurs, those situations hurt to the core of our very being and they can make us quite angry.  In times like these, we need to cry out to the Lord in prayer for His peace to keep our hearts and minds. God’s peace and his presence is something we all really do need.  In the Presence of God there is peace despite the turmoil.

I would encourage you to take time to meditate on a prayer so you will be able to pray a similar one if a verbal attack again.

Father, I do not know the source of this accusation and anger.  It is causing turmoil.  I ask for your presence and peace to help keep my heart and mind.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

PM#0205 Preparing the Soil


Preparing the Soil

Matthew 13:3-8

A farmer knows of the hard work that is done before a harvest.  It starts with preparing soil, and planting it.  If the soil is not prepared, precious seed may be lost and may not even grow.

To reach people for the Lord Jesus Christ, there is much preparatory work to be done so that people will be ready to hear and accept God’s word for them. This preparatory work starts with prayer, asking God’s help in preparing people’s hearts to be ready to receive God’s word and to respond to His Love. 

If your desire is to reach people for Christ, then join with me in this prayer.

Father, we ask you to go before us, preparing hearts to receive your word.  Help us to show your love to them.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Why is it important for hearts to be prepared to hear God’s word?

Why is prayer important for people to be able to respond to God’s l0ve?

If you have experienced a time where someone responded to God’s love, because someone prayed, please share a few words about it. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Thursday, June 2, 2016

PM#424 Bless Them That Curse You Matthew 5 vs 44


Bless Them that Curse You

Matthew 5: 44

When you have been falsely accused, can you respond in a manner that says I love you?

Most of us when falsely accused will respond defensively, and desire to set the record straight.  Is this the way Christ has taught us to respond?

Christ showed us another way in Matthew 5: 44.  It says: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you;” 

This is a difficult command for many of us because when we are hurt or have been falsely accused, we receive it personally.  Christ too could have reacted against those who crucified Him, but He chose to forgive them while He hung on the Cross.

Perhaps we should seek the Lord in prayer for His help in showing love to others and blessing them through prayer.  Consider a prayer like this:

‘Father, I ask your help to be able to show your Love through blessing others.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.’


Our responses in many situations are what you might call ‘reactionary’.   Often these reactions are defensive, and if you took a close look at them, those defensive reactions could easily become a curse.  That brings us to a difficult question, what would Jesus do?

In Matthew 5:44 He said to ‘Forgive’, and he also demonstrated this when He suffered the painful cross and said in Luke 23:34 when He said “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

It is very difficult to forgive, but that is what Jesus wants us to do.  A thought about this—does that mean we roll over and play dead?  No—in forgiving we need to pray.  Christ prayed to the Father when he was hung on the Cross of Calvary.  We need to pray for others, and for our heart our responding to them.  We try to fight the battle, but it is best to start on our knees, forgiving, and standing for the truth, letting God direct us His way.

I would like to share another thought about forgiving, forgiving frees a person.  I have seen many times when one forgives, or one asks forgiveness, the shackles that kept a barrier up for sometimes many years are removed.  This is of importance in Day to Day personal relationships in families, Parents to Children and vise versa, and other personal relationships—family, friend, or business.  Again—ask the Lord to help you forgive, and then consider blessing the other when you do.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

PM#400 Blessing Others Hebrews 3 vs 15


Blessing Others

Heb 3:13

Have you ever met a person who is having a bad day?

Probably most of us have met a person like that.  You know, there a many ways we could respond to them, but I would like you to consider the following.  Find a way to bless the other person and help them smile.  It just may bring a ray of encouragement and sunshine to them.

There is a song that says “Make me a blessing to someone today”.  Think about it.  Perhaps that should be our prayer. 

Father, I ask you to help me bless my friend who is having a bad day.  May that blessing be encouragement that will help him to smile.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Take a moment and reflect on the following question—How alert are we to what concerns others—or are we really focused on our own personal interests?  In all honesty—what would bring more fulfillment to you—your personal interests or taking the time to help someone else?

When we bless others, we may find significant fulfilment in our personal life—a fulfilment that helps us reach out to more people.  Maybe that is why our Lord encouraged us to bless others—no matter the situation.

Monday, November 23, 2015

PM#0046 Thanksgiving and Blessing Psalms 18 vs 1

Praise-Thanksgiving Prayer  46

Martin Luther once said "In thanksgiving we recount blessings received, and thus strengthen our confidence and enable ourselves to wait trustingly for what we pray."

Praise and thanksgiving prayer is important.  It can be a simple affirmation of love to God.  Ps 18:1 gives an example:  "I will love you, O Lord, my salvation".  If you read the Psalms, you will be encouraged to be thankful, as you will see other times that thanksgiving was given to God.  They will help you as you pray.

Father, Thanksgiving is not always come easy, but your word was given to help us.  May we learn from your word so we can offer thanksgiving from our heart.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Take time to list a few blessings: __________________________________________
Search the Psalms for thankfulness given by the writers of the Psalms and write down how that thankfulness encouraged the Psalmist: ______________________________
Now look over your list of blessings, how being thankful encourage you?