RSVP with God: Outcome-Driven Quiet Times

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RSVP stands for the four steps I have been using to help my spirit align with God’s purposes for my life:

  • Rejoice: Meditate on yesterday’s emotional highs and lows until you find a way to rejoice in them
  • Shalom: Repeat until you can rest in God’s peace. Over time your “set point” of how much peace you expect will increase.
  • Vision: From that place of Peace, ask God what to focus on today. As part of this, I like to read a short devotional, look up relevant Bible verses, and God for a single “theme” word for the day to prime my thinking.
  • Praise: Finish by affirming God’s sovereignty over everything that is going to happen, and thanking Him for showing up.

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RohAnjali Respect Prayer

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Dear God,
We acknowledge you as our King.
Free us from sin so we can be happy with you
Teach us how to respect each other,
and help each other feel valuable,
So we can work together to spread your Kingdom.

We ask this by the blood of Jesus. Amen.

RohAnjali 2018 “Trigger” Prayer for Lent

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Dear God,

Thank you for choosing us to be your children.

Remind us our identity is in you; and not what we have, want or do.

Please heal our triggers, and teach us to not trigger others,

So we can freely enjoy and boldly share your love.

We ask this in Jesus name, Amen

John 1:12 (MSG)

But whoever did want him,

who believed he was who he claimed

and would do what he said,

He made to be their true selves,

their child-of-God selves.

Ephesians 1:4-5  (MSG)

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.

Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

RohAnjali 2018 New Year’s Prayer

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Dear God,

Thank you that our family belongs to you.

We confess we need you to free us from our sin and shame so we can love like Jesus.

Give us the grace to:

  • Trust you with our desires
  • Face our fears
  • Reflect on our anger
  • Speak the truth in love, and
  • Ask for help along the way

We ask this by the blood of Jesus, Amen.

RohAnjali Fall 2016 Prayer

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Dear God,

Teach us how to leave each other the way you love us.

Make us more like Jesus as we let go of what we want.

Help us hear your voice and obey you

so we can enjoy your abundant life.

We ask this in Jesus name.

Amen.

 

Psalm 151: A psalm of Ernie

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Psalm 151A psalm of Ernie, while waiting for funding

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Exalt His holy name.

For the LORD is good at being God, and deserves the highest praise.

The evil one laid many snares for me

Wicked and immature men plotted against me

But the Lord delivered me from them all.

Death, where is thy victory?

Shame, where is thy sting?

Though He slay me, yet will I praise Him. 

Even if my body should be burned, and all my possessions sold to the poor, yet I shall be rich in Him.

His rod of justice and staff of correction, they comfort me in my light and momentary afflictions, for they are achieving an eternal weight of glory. 

Rejoice, you who call on the name of the Lord. Remember all His mercies towards us. His kindness never fails. His love never ends. 

Bless the Lord, all Ye children of Zion. Praise Him with harmonica and ukulele, with GarageBand and six-string guitar.

All those who surrender to Him will never be put to shame.

Bless the Lord, O my soul. 

Alleluia. Amen. 

The Criminal’s Prayer

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A hardcore version of The Sinner’s Prayer. From a dream I had on December 26, 2015.

God, I am a f***ing sinner, and I deserve to die.  Save me from myself.  Do whatever you have to do to burn away all the sin in me, so that I can become like you.  I ask this by the blood of Jesus, Amen.

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RohAnjali’s New Year 2016 Prayer

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Dear God,

Thank you for the new year, and new beginnings.

Please make us more like Jesus

So everyone will know how much you love them.

Lead Daddy to the right job.

Draw our family and church closer together.

And help us have fun!

We ask this in Jesus name, Amen.

RohAnjali’s Thanksgiving Prayer

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Dear God,

Thank you for the wonderful life we lead

And all the ways you bless us.

Help us experience and share

Your peace and joy

At home, school or work

With family, church and neighbors

So others will trust you to take care of them.

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Rohan’s Summer 2015 Prayer

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Dear God,

Thank you for such a fun summer.

Help me to do a good job in Pinocchio, and have fun with old and new friends at Summer Camps.

Help Daddy to bring the Kingdom of God to his new job at Matterport.

Help Mommy to enjoy the time she spends with work, family, and the house.

Help Anjali to stay healthy and learn lots of new skills.

Help us all to be kind to each other, and become responsible enough to get a dog by Christmas.

I ask this in Jesus name, Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer for Children

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Our Father in heaven,
help us to honor your name.
Come and set up your kingdom,
so that everyone on earth will obey you,
as you are obeyed in heaven.
Give us each day the food we need.
Forgive us for doing wrong,
as we forgive others.
Keep us from being tempted
and protect us from the evil one.

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Rohan’s Spring 2015 Prayer

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Dear God,

Thank you for this new season in our family’s life. Thank you for Daddy’s new job. 

Please help us all adjust to our new schedules. 

Teach us how you love us in new ways. Help us find ways to show that love to other people. 

In Jesus name, Amen.

Anjali’s Daughter Prayer

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Dear God,
I want everyone to know
I am your precious daughter.
Thank you for loving me
and giving me everything I need.
Help me to treat everyone kindly
even when I don’t get my way.
Please make me like Jesus.
Amen.

Lenten Prayer 2015: Make Me Like Jesus

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Dear God,

Thank you that you love us like Jesus.

Thank you for laying down your life so that we can be forgiven and find our glory in you.

Thank you for sending us into the world to save those we love and you love.

Thank you for your Transforming Grace that is helping us think, feel and act like Jesus.

Thank you that your kingdom is coming, and that your will will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

We praise you in Jesus name, Amen.