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Examples


      I’ve decided to take one chapter from the Bible to serve as an example of what I’ve done in the past. This is the 1st  chapter from  the book of  James.  I hope it will give you ideas on what you can do for the person you’re committing to prayer.
 

I love this book.  The theme is If you’re saved and you know it then your life will surely show it.

 
Keep him strong Lord.  Keep his feet solidly on the ground, not double-minded but steadfast in his knowledge of you, stable in all he does.

 

Hard times will come into your life but your attitude will play a huge part in how you get through it. These times can make you a bitter or a better person. Ask God for wisdom, He promises to give it. Make sure He is the first person you go to because He is the source of all knowledge. Give in to Him. He already sees the end and He can get you there wiser and stronger in the end.

Temptation.  Satan knows exactly where to attack you so you have to know what your weakness is.  Be careful what you look at, it starts with the eyes and then affects your thinking.  Thoughts become actions.
Actions become habits.
Habits determine character.

 
Follow Grandpa’s example.  As you know, when he talks we listen because it’s so worth hearing.  Be like that and listen well to others.

Lord, get rid of anything impure.Give him a gentle spirit receptive and obedient to your word.

  I grew up in church being a hearer of the word and not a doer. What a waste of all those years. 

 

One thing I’ve always appreciated about you is that you’re careful in what you say.  You seem to know if something said would hurt someone and you enjoyed helping people.  When you  were about 7 you saw a guy walking down the street that was really limping badly.  You asked him if he needed some help.  It was so thoughtful.  He said no thanks but he really appreciated you asking.  That’s putting others first.


James 1


1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
Greetings.

Trials and Temptations

 2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

 9The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. 10But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. 11For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.

 12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that  God has promised to those who love him.

 13When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death

16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  18He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created.

Listening and Doing

 19My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

 22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

 26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

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At the end of each Bible I write out a final letter to the one for whom I am praying and a final prayer. 


(Example of a final letter)

  My dear son, There is so much wisdom I want to give you.  So many pitfalls I want to warn you about but God says it far better than I ever could.  Stay in His word.  Don’t let it depart from you because it is the way to a fulfilling life with Him directing.  I have made so many mistakes that I pray you will never experience and the very reason is because I ignored everything I heard from the Bible.  I didn’t think it really mattered.  I didn’t think it applied to me, I didn’t trust it, I thought I knew better and consequently my life turned into a giant mess and I just about ruined yours.  But God, in his infinite mercy found me and carried me back, just like that little lost lamb.  We all fall, we cannot possibly keep all that God has instructed us to do and he knows we are only human but His desire is that we strive every day to do His will.  To keep His words at the forefront of our minds so when we struggle they are there to keep us on the narrow road.  Never walk away from Him, son.  Throw yourself on his mercy if you must but never walk away because the road back is long and painful.

I love you so much and my hope is that God gives you the desires of your heart as you walk with Him daily.  I pray His hand on your life until the end of it when at last you well see Him face to face and you hear Him say, "Well done, my goode and faithful servant."

If you're saved and you know it, then your life will surely show it and others will be drawn to Him because of it. - All my love, Mom




(Example of a final prayer)

Heavenly Father,

You know I have only one child.  It's hard to believe you could possibly love him more than I do and yet it's true.  I've spend quite a bit of time bringing him before you each day and now I ask again, raise him to become a man of integrity.  Cause him to be a man after Your own heart, supple in Your hands.  Give him courage.  Keep him on the right path and his face resolute toward the goal.  Give him a hunger for your Word.  Let others see You in him.  When he falls, Lord, pick him up.  Bring him a wife that loves You.  I pray he will always see Your hand guiding him. 

I give him to You once again, Lord.  He is more Yours than mine.  Thy will be done.  Take care of him.

In Jesus Name,
Amen