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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The Sinners Prayer, 2.0

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Dear God,

Thank you for creating me in Your image, and for loving us like Jesus.

Make me more and more like Jesus as I listen to your Word, your Spirit, and your Body.

Heal the wounds in my spirit that keep me from loving You, myself and others as Jesus did.

Help me show Your love to the world by practicing the generosity and vulnerability Jesus showed on the cross.

Teach me to always rejoice in the privilege of being your child.

I ask this because of everything Jesus did for me. So be it!

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 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.

Redeeming Charlottesville: A Cry of Radical Compassion

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O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:

We praise You because You are a good God. In a world that seems filled with brokenness and evil, thank You for taking all that upon Yourself through the cross, so that we might be made whole.

Our hearts go out to the people of Charlottesville, and all those wounded physically and emotionally by the tragic violence of August 12th. We pray especially for the family and friends of Heather Heyer and the police who were killed, that they would experience Your peace and comfort.

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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.

 

A Pre-History of the San Francisco Revival

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“Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” – Matthew 26:13 (NLT)

April 1st, 2024 A.D.

By now, one-quarter of the way through the 21st century, almost everyone has heard of the San Francisco Revival.  While skeptics question its longevity — and theologians its validity — there is no denying the impact it has had on the city and the region: the eradication of homelessness, conversion of red light districts into family neighborhoods, stadiums full of young people dedicated their lives to Jesus, legions of techies quitting their VC-backed startups to pursue social entrepreneurship, etc.

There has also been endless coverage both lauding and critiquing the organizations responsible for shepherding and publicizing the Revival: YWAM SF, TBC, and of course Harvest Evangelism.  Regardless of how you feel about their methods, you have to admire those organizations for having the foresight and courage to invest in the region and move quickly to capitalize on this strange phenomenon, despite the enormous risks.

Yet there is another, deeper story that still hasn’t been told. Unlike the general public, scholars are well aware that the revival first started in the South Bay before spreading up the Peninsula to San Francisco and beyond.  But even most of them are unaware of how it all began.

Allow me to explain.

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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.