The Power of Prayer

Prayer is communication with God. Prayer is conversing with The Lord with an open heart and mind. It’s letting the Holy Spirit guide content and flow; while taking time to be still and listen for God’s response. Prayer doesn’t need a set time, place, or form. It is a communication of our soul to Our Father. Prayer can be informal or formal, a joy-filled thank you, spontaneous or scheduled. Prayer may be intercessory, asking for help for someone else, or a request for healing. Or prayer may be a plea for help, or a petition asking God to intervene, or a confession asking the Lord for forgiveness. Prayer maybe a song or a poem or just sitting quietly in adoration. The power in prayer is not in the words that we say, but worship that praises God and draws us closer to Him.

Prayer shouldn’t be casual or sporadic, dictated only by the needs of the moment. Prayer should be as much a part of our lives as breathing. ― Billy Graham

Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts. ― Mother Teresa

“What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.”
― Corrie Ten Boom

No one can pray and worry at the same time. When we worry, we aren’t praying. When we pray, we aren’t worrying. ― Max Lucado

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
― Corrie Ten Boom

I do believe in the power of prayer. Need prayer? I will be glad to pray for you. Leave a comment or message me on the contact page. 🦋🌺🌼

Grace to the Humble: James 4: 6-7

6 But He gives us more and more grace [through the power of the Holy Spirit to defy sin and live an obedient life that reflects both our faith and our gratitude for our salvation]. Therefore, it says, “God is opposed to the proud and haughty, but [continually] gives [the gift of] grace to the humble [who turn away from self-righteousness].” 7 So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.

 James 4:6-7 (AMP)

God is asking us to trust Him and follow His way; to resist sin and turn away from self-righteousness and pride. God is asking us to be humble and faithful to repent of sin and receive His grace. For when we yield to worldly pursuits, we turn away from God. When we follow God’s way and stand firm in faith, rejecting temptation, pride, and envy, the devil will flee. God continually gives grace to the humble.

The humble who turn away from self-righteousness receive grace. What worldly pursuit or pride is keeping you from trusting God’s way?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for Your guidance, forgiveness, patience, and grace. Teach us to be humble, to trust You, and turn away from worldly pursuits. Lead us on the path of righteousness and give us the strength to resist evil. Like the white, open blossoms of the petunia turn toward the sun, let us be open to Your word and turn toward Your light. In Jesus’ holy and loving name. Amen

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Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Written by, Henry Van Dyke,

Joyful, joyful we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love
Hearts unfold like flowers before thee


Opening to the sun above
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
Drive the dark of doubt away,


Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day. All Thy works with joy surround Thee,


Earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,


Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,


Flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain,


Call us to rejoice in Thee.

“This joyful ode is one of the best-known hymns in the English language. Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) was inspired in 1907 by the beauty of the Berkshire mountains where he was serving as a guest preacher at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.

It has been said that Van Dyke handed the poem to the president of the college, saying: “Here is a hymn for you. Your mountains were my inspiration. It must be sung to the music of Beethoven’s ‘Hymn to Joy.’” The hymn appeared in the 3rd edition of Van Dyke’s Book of Poems (1911).”

www.umcdiscipleship.org history of hymns

A link to the song Joyful, Joyful We Adore You, performed by Casting Crowns.

Joy and Blessings! 🌺

Righteousness and Justice: Psalm 89:14-15

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face. Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.

Psalm 89: 14-15 (NKJV)

God’s throne is built on a foundation of righteousness and justice. The ways of the Lord are of mercy, truth, and compassion. Children of God sing joyful praise with thanksgiving for His love, forgiveness, and protection. While they move forward, walking in the blessed light of His countenance, following His path, extolling His grace. They are wrapped in God’s love, secure in His promises.

When you feel overwhelmed by worldly problems, do you find peace knowing God’s righteousness and justice?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we are thankful for your righteousness and justice. Lord, we are blessed by Your mercy, compassion, and truth. We thank and praise You joyfully for Your love and forgiveness. Like the vibrant, radiating colors of the phlox flowers, let us be vibrant in our walk, radiating Your light. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

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Wonders: Psalm 65: 8-12

8The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;    

where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy.

You care for the land and water it;
    you enrich it abundantly.

The streams of God are filled with water
    to provide the people with grain,
    for so you have ordained it.


10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
    you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
11 You crown the year with your bounty,
    and your carts overflow with abundance.

12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
    the hills are clothed with gladness.

13 The meadows are covered with flocks
    and the valleys are mantled with grain;
    they shout for joy and sing.

David’s psalm 65:8-12 (NIV), with visuals may you find peace, joy, and hope in God’s creation.

Take time to be still, relax, and enjoy. Blessings!

Filled with God: Ephesians 3:19-20

19 You will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God. 20 Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

Ephesians 3:19-20(GWT)

Christ’s love is unconditional, encompassing, tender, forgiving, and patient. The true immensity of His redeeming love and forgiveness is unfathomable, beyond our knowledge. His extravagant love fills our souls, opens our hearts, and directs us to the will of God. When we are filled with God, we become in touch with His power, love, strength, and His direction. We lift our voices in song and praise for the glory and power of God, thankful for His abundant grace toward us.

When we are filled with God, His power is at work in us. When you feel powerless, do you turn to God and allow His power to work?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we are in awe of your power, forgiveness, and love for us. We thank you for Your son Jesus and His great sacrifice and love for us. God fill us, teach us to be open-hearted, forgiving, and thankful. Like the lovely open, centered, allium flowers, let us be open to Your presence, centered on You, and spread Your love. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

God’s Glory: Romans 5:2

Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory

Romans 5:2 (NLV)

By accepting Christ into our lives, we have become pardoned offenders. Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we have been reconciled with God Our Father. Through faith, we have become true believers, able to experience the undeserved privilege of the grace of God. We stand in His grace, praising Him, rejoicing in the confidence of sharing God’s glory.

“We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand-out in the wide-open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise”

Romans 5:2b (The Message Bible)

Are you joyfully praising God and looking forward to sharing God’s glory?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your love and forgiveness. Help us to grow in faith and confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing Your glory. As the bold and bright crabapple blossoms brighten spring days, let us be bold in our faith and bright with joy and confidence. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

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Right and Good: Psalm 97:11

11 Light is spread like seed for those who are right and good, and joy for the pure in heart. 

Psalm 97:11 (NLV)

Light is sown for the right and good (righteous), along their life’s path. Being right and good is the quality of being and doing right in the eyes of God. Christ the light of the world, illuminates our way step by step and guides our feet. Hearts controlled by the Holy Spirit, the pure in heart, lead to the path of light that produces comfort and a harvest joy. Lord, we thank You for illuminating our path and Your forgiveness, love, and mercy.

Where is their darkness in your world? Where is illumination by the right and good needed?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your love and forgiveness. Teach us to be right and good and illuminate our path with Your light. Help us to be pure in heart, and experience the joy that following Christ brings. As the calibrachoa flowers bring brightness and joy to us, let us be right and good spreading light, love, and joy to others. In Jesus’ holy and mighty name. Amen

Pray in the Holy Spirit: Jude 1:20

20 But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith. Let the Holy Spirit guide and help you when you pray. 2

Jude 1:20 (NIRV)

People sometimes find prayer difficult and are uncertain about how to pray. Prayer is a conversation with God, it doesn’t need to be rote or complicated; it just needs to come from the heart. The Holy Spirit is our Intercessor, and Advocate gives us strength and guidance when we are unsure of how or what to pray.  In Romans 8:26 Paul states: “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groans that cannot be expressed in words.” Our job is to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit, our teacher, and helper. To follow God’s Word and pray empowered by the Holy Spirit.

When you are confused, scared, or uncertain of how to pray, do you listen to, and let the Holy Spirit guide you in prayer?

Prayer: We thank you, Lord, for giving us the Holy Spirit to guide and help us in our weakness. Our Father, we are blessed to be able to communicate to You, our wishes, hopes, fears, and thanks in prayer. Like the peony bloom flourishes glowing with morning dew, help us to flourish in prayers and glow with Your love and compassion. Teach us to go and grow forward in faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ holy and mighty name. Amen

I will be taking a short writing break, back in a couple of weeks with more flower along with 😊 new puppy photos.😊

The Light of Your Presence: Psalm 89:15

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,

    who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.

Psalm 89:15 (NIV)

Blessed are those who know the Lord, and follow His way. They flourish in His love and find refuge in His strength. The Lord leads them on the path of righteousness and refreshes their soul. They walk in the glorious light of His presence and receive His peace, for God is with them.

Where do you need the light of God’s presence to brighten and illuminate your path?

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we are blessed by Your forgiveness, compassion, and love. Strengthen our faith and teach us to turn to you when we are lost, afraid, or feel alone. As the hydrangea blooms lean on a bench glowing in the sunlight, teach us to lean on You and glow, reflecting Your light into the darkness around us. Lead us Lord, and teach us to walk in the light of Your presence. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen