Anyone who is having troubles should pray. ... When a believing person prays, great things happen. -James 5:13,16 NCV

Praying Psalm 12

Save, O Lord, for the godly ones seem to be gone and the faithful appear to have vanished from among the children of man. It seems that everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

O Lord, cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that makes great boasts, those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?”

These words from your word give me so much strength Lord:
“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
Your words Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.

You, O Lord, will keep us.. you will guard the poor; you will guard us from this generation forever.. even though wickedness seems to prowl all around us and vileness is exalted among the children of man.

Amen


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Prayer with Thanksgiving

Today's post comes to us complements of my friend Eileen..

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

I’ve been pondering the incident in Luke 17 when Jesus healed ten men with leprosy. Only one of the men came back and thanked him. If we can forget to give thanks for amazing good things, will we remember at all when we are in hard times? Paul makes it clear that we should be thanking God as often as we pray. Right now, let us give thanks…

Father, God, I thank you for senses to perceive all your good creation that provides such beauty, as well as provision for food, clothing, and shelter.

Thank you for today, for breath and life, and the privilege of knowing you.

Thank you for Jesus who came into this world, and suffered and died to deliver me from sin and give me eternal life.

Thank you for the privilege of talking to you, and the assurance that you are listening.

Thank you for loving me.

Amen


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The Radiant Face of God

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. "So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them." (Numbers 6:22-27 ESV)

Ever wonder what it means to have God's face shine upon you? Matthew Henry comments on this and likens God's face "to the shining of the sun upon the earth, to enlighten and comfort it, and to renew the face of it." I really like this picture of God's face shining down upon us.. warming our hearts.. helping our souls to grow.. and causing us to grow as His words light our paths.

Father, I am so thankful for the warmth of Your Spirit.. thank you for causing me to grow in Your grace.. and all praise be to you for the light of Jesus.. Your living Word.

Amen


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Keeper of My Soul

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. "So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them." (Numbers 6:22-27 ESV)

This morning I started praying and thanking the Lord for keeping my soul. I was overwhelmed thinking of all of the ways that the Shepherd of my soul has kept me. Like a keeper of sheep He feeds me, protects me and causes my soul to prosper. I am blessed in knowing that I can trust Him to keep me in all ways.

Thanks you Father for keeping me.. thank you Jesus for keeping.. thank you Holy Spirit for keeping me. All praise, honor and glory to your blessed name!

Amen


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The Blessing of Grace

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. "So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them." (Numbers 6:22-27 ESV)

Here is the way that John Gill comments on the phrase "keep you":
from, the evil of the world, from the evil one Satan, from the evil of sin, and the power, prevalence, and dominion of it, and from falling totally and finally by it, and keep in a state of grace unto everlasting salvation.
I love the way he speaks to grace being a state. The blessing of grace is what keeps us.. it is God's grace that causes us to stand when we are tempted to bow to temptation. It is complicated though because.. as in the Lord's prayer.. we must ask for grace to stand against temptation.

Father, we come to Your throne of grace today with thankful hearts. Please shower mercy and grace on us that we might stand in the face of temptation.. that we would triumph as our faith is tested.. that endurance would be sown deep in our souls.

Amen


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