January 13, 2017 6:01 AM
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank you that you are Lord over all things. You bring peace to even life threatening situations that look completely out of control. Help us to trust in You, to have faith, to give up our own small understanding for the wonder of what Your truth and Your word instructs us. Help us to be calm and to rest in You. Lord, we pray for the many pastors and church leaders in the Willamette Valley today. Give them calm, peace and rest as they face the world and its storms. Strengthen their trust in You and give them vision and direction for the years ahead.
January 5, 2017 10:08 PM
So, rebel-kings, use your heads;
Upstart-judges, learn your lesson:
Worship God in adoring embrace,
Celebrate in trembling awe. Kiss Messiah!
Your very lives are in danger, you know;
His anger is about to explode,
But if you make a run for God—you won’t regret it!
Psalm 2:10-12 (The Message)
We ask for Your guidance today dear Lord. We want the path clear and understanding to come to us like never before. Let us run toward You and the understanding of Your giving us life and breath. Let us be willing to be used by You, not simply appreciate You, but worship and praise You all the day long. Give us a clean heart and true direction to run to You.
December 8, 2016 10:22 PM
This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God.
1 John 4:13-16 Message
Thank You Lord for Your love for us. You give us life from Your Life. You are with us all the day long. Help us to live this reality with You. Help us to rely on You, listen to You, walk with You and pray to You all the day long. Forgive us when we fail You, when we turn our back. Let us be honest and confess our sins to You. Help us to be wise and altogether stay away from sin. Let us live a sincere Christian life putting You first. We pray for the family of Christ in the Willamette Valley that we would live more and more for You.
December 1, 2016 9:55 PM
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.
1 Peter 2:9-10
Thank you Lord for developing in us Your love and kindness. Help us through that love to be those who can attract many to You. Keep us mindful that You are with us, teaching, instructing and using us to be light. We pray for evangelism in our city and state. Use Your church Lord.
November 25, 2016 6:21 AM
Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. James 5:13-15
Lord, thank you for inspiring James to write that all the saints should come before you in prayer regardless or whether they are in good times or bad. You want us to pray regardless of what we are going through. Help steady our hearts when things are not well. Help us to praise and worship you when we can. Please quiet our minds to focus on You the whole day long, bringing what we see and experience into a time shared with You. Thank you for hearing our prayers. Let Your perfect will be done.
November 18, 2016 5:54 AM
Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29 (NASB)
Lord Jesus, teach us to climb up the mountain before us with our hands wide open in praise, worship and adoration. Help those who call on Your name here in the Willamette Valley put their trust in You. Help us not to fear the future or be ashamed of our past. Let us understand that You paid our debt in Your perfect sacrifice. We pray for strength for those who are suffering loss and grief and troubling times.
November 4, 2016 6:00 AM
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.
Dear Lord, we pray that you would help us with reminders of You today. Keep up mindful of You all the day long. Help us to experience Your presence as the morning dawns and as the evening fades and all the time in-between. Thank You for Your willingness to dwell with us. Thank You for Your provision of peace and understanding.
October 27, 2016 9:52 PM
There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (The Message)
Lord, we thank you for Your Word. The Living Word. The breathe of life to us. Please help us to understand it better. Let us realize all the benefit and value Your love story has in our life. Let us take it in from Genesis to Revelation. Give us a heart to know You more. To want to be like You more. Perfect us dear Lord through knowing Your Word.
October 20, 2016 9:20 PM
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Teach us once again about prayer Dear Jesus. Repeat Your Word to us. Let us hear You instruct us on how to pray to the Father. To glorify and worship Him. To ask for Your physical return, to ask for Your work to be done here. Teach us to humbly ask for needs and food for our heart, mind and soul. Help us examine our heart and ask for forgiveness of our sins. Teach us again to pray.
October 9, 2016 11:17 PM
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1.
Dear God, In our culture this verse can seem unreasonable. Being a living sacrifice means giving of ourselves, wanting what You want, and being obedient to Your leading and Word each day of our lives. This seems a little over the top, maybe even radical. What about what we want and the plans we have for our lives? Forgive us Lord for our selfish and rebellious ways. When we look at You and see all you gave for us, how can we do anything other than live for you each and every day. You gave Your life for us while we were yet sinners and gave us the gift of forgiveness and abundant life forever. Help us daily to put down our will and bend to Yours. We can trust that You always want what is best for us. Amen.