Prayer Portal

  • Pastor Cheryl Penn
And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.’" Matthew 26:39 (NASB)

That same night less than an hour later in Gethsemane with His Disciples, Jesus would express this same sentiment in prayer to the Lord. Jesus is seen repeating this request to God: for His Father’s will to be done over His own (Matthew 26:42, 44). Praying for God’s will to be done is not just for desperate circumstances, but it is also for our everyday use. Jesus includes this desire for God’s will to be done in His instructions for us to pray as He does in “The Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:10). Is this your heart’s desire and motivation each time you make a prayer request? Let us pray together…

Father God, we understand that You are Sovereign, having unlimited power and sovereign control over the affairs of nature and all history. Our awareness of this facet of Your nature, fills us with awe and with a humble hope-filled attitude fixed on Your good plans designed for us. Our hearts brim over with warm thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciation for the gift of being chosen as Your children, Thank You for the loving, tender, merciful way You care for us and the grace You give us. We praise and lift Your Holy Name to worship You in Spirit and truth. We give You honor for all the great things You have done in us. Because You know all things including all our thoughts, help guard our hearts, when we are in a time of deep sorrow and suffering, as many in our country are today dealing with uncertainty, health issues and economic recovery. Help us to make a habit of choosing to ask for Your will to be done over our will in all our prayers, not only for ourselves but for others as we intercede on their behalf. Forgive us for thinking we know best when making requests. Help us to choose to surrender to Your desire and will. Help us to be generous in our prayers for others, praying blessings over them. Give us strength to serve others, so that in everything You will be praised through Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ powerful Name we pray, amen.

  • Pastor Cheryl Penn
“’It is written,’ he said to them, 'My house shall be a house of prayer…’” (Luke 19:46a, NIV)

In this verse Jesus is referencing Isaiah 56:6-7 (NIV), where God promises to give joy in His house of prayer; a house of prayer for all nations. This inclusive promise was given to all peoples who love the name of the Lord, keep His covenant, worship, and serve Him.

Prayer is a comprehensive term, with devotion to God as its central idea. Why did Jesus call the Old Testament temple His house of prayer and not the house of sacrifice, praise, or teaching? I believe it is because reverent awe of God in adoration is the priority to Jesus in prayer (Matthew 6:33). This priority would then extend to us when coming into His Presence, waiting, listening for His Voice and then following His will.

For us, God's house of prayer may be found anywhere and everywhere. Bible Illustrator Commentator, W. Braden, wrote about this:

“Wherever the human heart reaches out with holy longing towards our Divine Father and craves the blessing of his presence; wherever he unveils the glory of his truth and the beauty of his love, responding to the eager desires of his pleading children, there, is his house of prayer.”

Our houses of prayer may be grand or simple in form, or there may be no material structure at all. Yet these places will be consecrated for worship by our prayers lifted to God. One of my good friends and I frequently find ourselves praying in her minivan, which we fondly refer to as “the Prayer-mobile.” For us, her car has become a “house of prayer.” God promises to fill His house of prayer with joy. Are your houses of prayer joy-filled? Let us pray together…

Holy, Ever-present Father God, search our hearts and wash us clean. Thank You for providing joy in Your house of prayer! We praise, worship, and exalt Your Name in adoration. As Your children, we jump into Your outstretched arms to embrace You. Thank You for Your grace. We lift our eyes to gaze upon Your loving face. Forgive us for our impatience in waiting to hear Your Voice and will. Remind us to intercede for others and to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV). To God be the glory, in Jesus’ joyous Name we pray, amen.

  • Pastor Cheryl Penn
“One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. But Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children." And He placed His hands on their heads and blessed them before He left.” Matthew 19:13-15 (NLT)

The first part of Mark 10:16 (NIV) adds understanding to this account, “And he took the children in his arms”, while Luke 18:15-17 (NIV) notes that the little children were actually very young children and babies. Furthermore, Jesus added at the end of verse 17, “…anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." Jesus loved these little ones with His most extraordinary tender care, literally holding them close to His heart and giving them a prayer of blessing. Jesus’ actions were not some empty ritual but demonstrated His belief that even babies can receive a prayer of blessing. I also imagine Jesus receiving a blessing while holding them, splitting a smile, beaming wide like a father holding his newborn baby for the very first time.

Jesus wants us to be childlike, not childish. A baby illustrates humility, faith, and total reliance upon their Caretaker, thriving in trust. A baby has a sense of wonder that makes life exciting. The only way to enter God's kingdom of “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (from Romans 14:17, NIV) is to become like an innocent baby: trusting without fear or doubt, yielded, open, guileless, simple, unworldly, unsophisticated, unsuspicious, unwary, spontaneous, and receptive to love and life. Let us pray together…

Father God, You, are the giver and sustainer of life. “Your covenant is trustworthy” (from 2 Samuel 7:28, NIV) and as Your children we can humbly rest in Your arms of love close to Your heart, knowing You never weary of gazing into our eyes. We draw near to You so we can hear Your heartbeat and follow You in sync with Your divine agenda and purpose. We affectionately magnify, praise worship, exalt and honor Your glorious Name, Thank You for calling us into Your Holy Presence! Forgive us for not praying a blessing over others! Help us to remain childlike in our relationship with You and with each other. In Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.

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