Twenty-Third Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside still waters;
He restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil;
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff–they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalms 23: 1-6

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7 Days of Prayer

SUNDAY

A Heart Free From Pride

MONDAY

Prayer for Expressing Gratitude

TUESDAY

Prayer for Strength

WEDNESDAY

A Prayer for My Wife

THURSDAY

Prayer for a Worthy Family

FRIDAY

Praise to the Father

SATURDAY

The General Thanksgiving

Say a Little Prayer: Religious People Less Anxious

Research from the University of Toronto found that those who believe in God have less anxiety and stress than those who are not as religious.

To test the theory, the university’s assistant professor of psychology Michael Inzlicht conducted two studies in which he hooked participants up to electrodes to test their brain activity.

The result indicated believers and non-believers have significant differences in their brains.

According to Inzlicht, the religious participants had a lot less activity going on in the portion of the brain that signals when attention or control is needed because a person is producing anxiety.

“You could think of this part of the brain like a cortical alarm bell that rings when an individual has just made a mistake or experiences uncertainty,” Inzlicht said, who teaches and conducts research at the University of Toronto Scarborough. “We found that religious people or even people who simply believe in the existence of God show significantly less brain activity in relation to their own errors. They’re much less anxious and feel less stressed when they have made an error.”

Inzlicht’s report appears online in the journal Psychological Science.

Healing Scriptures

Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and healing shall spring up quickly.
Isaiah 58:8

Who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that
we, being dead to sin, should live unto righteousness, by
whose stripes we were healed.
I Peter 2:24

He sent his word, and healed them, and
delivered them from their destructions.
Psalm 107:20

Daughter your faith has made you well, go in peace,
And be Healed of your disease.
Mark 5:34

Whatever you ask for in Prayer with faith you will receive.
Matthew 21:22

But he was wounded for our transgressions he was bruised
for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5

Heal me, O Lord and I shall be healed; save me,
and I shall be saved; for thou art my praise.
Jeremiah 17:14

Prayer for My Buddies

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness and protection. You guard us always and defend us, for we have no hope apart from Your grace.

I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and buddies. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power.

I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment.

Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy.

Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace.

Bless their homes, family, finances, their goings and their comings.

In the name of Your Son, and our Savior, Jesus Christ,

Amen.

Praise to the Father

Praise to You, Father, because You are a God who loves to answer prayer and who begins to answer even before I pray. (Isaiah 65:24).

Praise to You, Father, for You made the heavens and all their starry host, even the highest heavens, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. (Nehemiah 9:6)

Praise to You, Father, because You are a loving God, Your very nature is love. (1 John 4:16)

Praise to You, Father, because You are a faithful God, keeping Your covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love You and keep Your commands. (Deuteronomy 7:9)

Praise to You, Father, for Your great mercy, You are a gracious and merciful God (Nehemiah 9:31)

Praise to You, Father, because You are a generous God, who gave even Your own Son. (John 3:16)

Praise to You, Father, for You have always been and forever will be; the ‘Ancient of Days’, the ‘Everlasting Father’, who lives forever and ever. (Daniel 7:9, Isaiah 9:6)

Amen.

As Long as There’s a Christmas

As Long as There’s a Christmas

The first few lights glow brightly,
as you watch the season start.
You know you should be happy,
but don’t feel it in your heart.

Instead you think about a time
when someone laughed with you,
and the love you shared then filled your soul.
But too soon it was through.

So Christmas comes with sadness,
and a yearning deep inside,
a thirst for love and peace and hope
that will not be denied.

Late one night you hear a voice,
so soft, and without blame,
and then, surprised, you realize,
He’s calling you by name.

“I know your hurt and loneliness,
the heartache that you bear.
I listen and I cry with you
through every single prayer.

“I promised in the manger
and fulfilled it from the cross.
I built a home that’s filled with love
for all those who are lost.

“So let me come and heal your heart
and give you rest within.
For my way is kind and gentle
and will bring you joy again.”

His words still echo through the years,
a vow that He made true,
“As long as there’s a Christmas,
I will be in love with you.”

Jack Zavada