Spiritual Friends

A Blog for You and Me

I am writing this blog for my own spiritual needs. I need the accountability of doing what will be described in these blog articles. I hope you benefit from reading these articles, too.

Over the years, I have been greatly enriched by various “great” Christians. I will include their spiritual practices in weekly articles. I encourage readers of the blog to experiment with me and to write your experience in the space where responses are invited.

Glenn Clark and God’s Blank Checks

Glenn Clark was a coach, an author, an educator, a publisher, and a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. In his book, I Will Life Up Mine Eyes, he asked his readers to imagine the following scene.

Parents are going on an extended vacation. They give their children ten blank checks and tell them to use the checks to take care of any needs they may incur while they are gone.

When the parents return from vacation, the children are in a tough spot because they didn’t use any of the blank checks. The parents asked, “Why didn’t you use the checks we gave you? Did you think we are bad parents, who make great promises, but never follow through with them?”

Rather than neglect God’s great gifts, Clark encourages his readers to examine the Bible and to “cash” the blank checks Jesus has given to those whom he loves.

Ten “Blank Check” Promises from Jesus

1 Thursday – Mark 11.24

Jesus’ Promise: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Suggested Prayer for Today: I pray for your Spirit to enter me and fill me completely.

Try praying this prayer or a similar one several times today. Trust Jesus’ prayer promise as you pray this prayer.

2 Friday – John 14.13

Jesus’ Promise: “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

Suggested Prayer for Today: I pray for your kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.

3 Saturday – John 16.23

Jesus’ Promise: “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”

Suggested Prayer for Today: I pray for my will to become completely and utterly your will.

4 Sunday – 1 John 3.21-22

Today’s Prayer Promise: Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.

Suggested Prayer for Today: I pray for my actual needs to be met by the right supply, in the right way and at the right time.

5 Monday – 1 John 5.14-15

Today’s Prayer Promise: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of him.

Suggested Prayer for Today: I pray for the right persons to come into my life, at the right time and in the right way.

6 Tuesday – John 15.16

Jesus’ Promise: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last — and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”

Suggested Prayer for Today: I pray for the right ideas to come to me in the perfect sequence and in the perfect order, in the right time and in the right way.

7 Wednesday – John 11.22

Today’s Prayer Promise: [Martha speaking to Jesus] “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

Suggested Prayer for Today: I pray for my deepest soul’s sincere desire to be fulfilled in the right time and in the right way.

8 Thursday – John 14.14

Jesus’ Promise: “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Suggested Prayer for Today: Grant me, O Father, the power to love everybody and everything.

9 Friday – Matthew 18.19

Jesus’ Promise: “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

Suggested Prayer for Today: Grant me, O Father, the capacity to see everything as intensely beautiful.

10 Saturday – 1 John 5.14

Today’s Prayer Promise: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

Suggested Prayer for Today: Grant to me, O Father, the ability to see infinite value and importance in everything that you have made.


13 thoughts on “Spiritual Friends

  1. I have the opportunity to share yesterday’s prayer with a co-worker. It led to a really good discussion.

    I know God is capable of answering any of my prayers. But sometimes I doubt if He will, because it’s not the right time, because it’s not the right thing, because it’s something I don’t need. I try to pray inside God’s will. sometimes I’m not sure what his will is and that makes me doubt that the prayer will ever be answered. Today’s thought gave me more hope for the things I really want in my heart to come about. I know they’re inside God’s will. There’s nothing wrong with what I’m asking God to do in my life. Thank you for bringing up yesterday’s verse, it makes me feel Just a Little Bit Stronger about my prayers, gives me a little bit more hope to build on. So many times I pray God I have faith, please help my unbelief.

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  2. This is good for me to have a prayer I can pray all day long. In this world of homelessness, political turmoil, and poverty, I can pray “Your kingdom come” to keep negative thoughts from popping in and out of my mind and keep me focused on the hope of the kingdom yet to come. HOPE

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  3. There will be many decisions in my day today. Help my mind be ready to hear God’s will in each one, always seeking His direction.

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  4. Considering what the Kingdom on Earth would look like I think it would bring more joy, Fellowship , a worship experience that’s really close to God. When I have all these things in line it’s a very joyful experience. Trying to stay in that experiences is difficult. Thursday’s assignment, to be filled was easy to remember Friday trying to remember to pray his kingdom on Earth was more difficult.

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  5. I was thinking about God being interested in our joy, and that surprised me. But this morning as I was driving to work enjoying the colors of the trees, I thought how wonderful a gift that is, the changing seasons all bring gifts of joy. As we walk through the winter seasons , it’s so hard, so when everything blooms again it’s just so amazing. I have a great deal of joy in my life because of my hope in Jesus. I’m amazed to find out that he cares about my joy. That’s amazing.

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  6. I think in John 14:14, Jesus is telling us that we have more power in our personal Ministry for him then I had really thought about. This makes me think I need to be bolder and be more powerful ask for that power in my Ministry for him it’s exciting to think about and a little intimidating. Well, a lot intimidating thank you for this thought this is amazing thing to consider.

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