I could not pray any better than this….

Psalm 85

LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin.
You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.
Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us!
Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.
Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky.
Yes, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.

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Praying for our Country

Most gracious and heavenly Father. I bow before you today recognizing that all that I am and all that I will be is because of You. I pray Lord that today I would be reminded of the gospel. I would long for Jesus, my Savior and Lord who has saved me! Would you remind me of how great a grace I have received? Father, I pray for our country today. Our hope is not in Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Liberal, but in Jesus Christ the Son of God! Lord you raise and lower kings for your purposes and your glory O God. We lay the worries of today and the issues of our day at your feet O God. Would you Awaken a Generation Jesus? We bow before you in the mighty name of Jesus! Amen

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The immeasurable riches of your grace

Father in heaven, help us to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. Jesus, would you help us grow in grace? Lord would you allow us to be grateful for the mercy that you have lavished upon us? It is an amazing to be saved by grace. We have been saved by grace through faith! Praise be to God! We are no longer separated from you, but connected to you. We have the immeasurable riches of your grace at our disposal! Transform our hearts through faith, through your Spirit, though your Word!

Keep our hearts from wandering. Allow us to gaze upon the beauty of your majesty. You are God and we are not. We love you Lord, we need you Lord, we want you Lord! Give us the grace to offer grace to whom we encounter! May we share the grace that has been given to us by Jesus. Lord show your power, awaken our hearts, draw us close to you. We ask all of this in the matchless name of Jesus, amen.

What is keeping you from loving the Lord today? Whatever it is, Confess and Repent!

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Hope for Marriages….

Lord we have been praying for marriages and I thank you for answering prayers. Lord, thank you for changing the heart of my friend who has withdrawn his divorce petition. Now Lord would you heal the wounds that were created by his actions. Do not let he or his wife lose hope. Reinvigorate them to this new beginning. Help him love his wife unconditionally through the power of your Holy Spirit. Have the words of his mouth and the meditations of his heart be pleasing to you O Lord. Guard him from moving back into isolation O God. Guard all of us men from moving into isolation. Help us move toward our wives with the goal of oneness. We ask this boldly in the name of Jesus, amen.

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He paid a debt He did not owe ….

Father in heaven, I bow before you as my Creator today, as my Sustainer, as my King, as my Hope. You are great and glorious. You desire for me to have relationship with you by faith through your grace and I keep wanted to drift back to earning favor from you. Lord, your gospel tells me that you loved me so much that your Son paid a debt He did not owe and I owed a debt I could not pay. Yet through the cross of Christ my debts were paid for by Jesus’ death.
I love you Lord, I need you Lord, I want you Lord. Remind me daily of your great love for me. Lord, help me be a proclaimer of the gospel in word and deed! Lord glorify yourself though my life. Lord, help me live for you each and every day. I ask you Lord to work in and through me through the power of your Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit have your way with me. Draw me to the throne of grace. Awaken our hearts to your grace and your mercy O God. I ask all of of this in the perfect name of Jesus, amen.

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Heal broken marriages O God

Father in heaven, you are good and glorious and worthy of our praise! Lord, we need you desperately each and every day. Father, I bow before you today on behalf of several marriages that are falling apart. Lord, would you rekindle the love that once was the hallmark of those relationships? Lord, would you cause hearts of confession and repentance? Would you give them hearts of forgiveness? Lord, give these men a desire to nourish and cherish their wives. Give these women a desire to honor their husbands. Let the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to you. We thank you in advance for what you will do. Awaken our hearts to you O God. Mold us and shape us into the image of your Son Jesus and it is in His name that we pray, amen.

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Hearing God in a noisy world ….

Father in heaven we bow before you today. There is so much noise in our world that is destructive to our minds. Lord I confess that I am obsessed with Talk Radio and with the news. Lord whether it is CNN or Fox, there is little that I hear that is giving me encouragement to follow you with my whole heart or follow you at all. If anything Lord, it is leading me to believe that a solution to man’s problem is in a man, woman or political party. That is a lie. The truth Lord is the only solution to man’s problem is your Son Jesus, for people to know the gospel and to have the “great news” impact their everyday living. Lord you have raised kings and lowered kings for thousands of years and you do as you please for the sake of your glory. Lord glorify yourself in our current circumstances. We trust you O Lord my God! You are worthy to be praised. Lord move in the hearts of people all over the world. Lord Awaken a Generation of believers who would unashamedly live for you! We beg of you and cry out to you in the perfect name of Jesus, amen!

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Reset, recharge, remember … A dad’s view of Family Camp

Recently I was reading one of the family camp evaluations and it was so encouraging to hear what the Lord had done in the life of this family in one week of family camp at Pine Cove.

The dad wrote “This week helped us grow up in our personal relationship with Christ.  Our children were exposed to amazing college-aged role models and we were able to reset, recharge and remember”.  In addition the date said that “date night was the best date in our nine year marriage”.

He went on to share that one of his children trusted Jesus Christ as her Savior at camp too.  What an unbelievable transforming work by God in the life of this family.

We are so thankful that Pine Cove exists to be used by God to transform the lives of people for His purposes and His glory!

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The perfect storm ….could lead to revival

Father, let us be men and women who remember the gospel. Not only to proclaim it, but also to rejoice in it We have been saved by the gospel, we stand in light of the gospel today and the gospel gives us a future hope. Let us preach the gospel to ourselves each and every day! Lord you are so good to be willing to redeem me through the work of Jesus. Jesus, you are so good to be willing to obediently go to the cross on my behalf. Holy Spirit have your way with me today. I pray that you would grant me a deeper desire for you each and every day. Lord, please awaken our country today with the gospel, please awaken our world with the gospel. The perfect storm is brewing, use it for you glory. We ask this in the mighty name of Jesus, amen

1 Corinthians 15:1-2 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received (past tense), in which you stand (present tense), and by which you are being saved (future tense), if you hold fast to the word I preached to you (believe and continue believing).

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A posture of confession …. David

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. [2] Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! [3] For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. [4] Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. [5] Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. [6] Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. [7] Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. [8] Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. [9] Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. [10] Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. [11] Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. [12] Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. [13] Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. [14] Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. [15] O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. [16] For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. [17] The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. [18] Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; [19] then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar. (Psalm 51 ESV)

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