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

Praying Psalm 88

O Lord, God of my salvation.. I cry out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you.. incline your ear to my cry!

My life is troubled with remorse and my mind wanders to past times as my life draws nearer to death.. I am a man who is in need of strength.

Yet this I recall and I have hope.. you have rescued me from darkness.. you have shown me the light of your love.. I no longer walk in darkness.. I walk as your son.

You overwhelm me with waves of your goodness Lord.. I can see your hand in my life providentially guiding me and helping me to become a better man.

Though all abandon me.. you remain faithful.. though life is sad sometimes.. I still find joy in you.. you cause my heart to sing.. and my soul to soar.

Every day I will call upon you, O Lord.. each morning I will spread out my hands to you in worship - you are worthy Lord Jesus!

You work wonders God.. and I praise you! I will declare your steadfast love until I die.. you are faithful.. your mercy is great!

I, O Lord, cry to you.. this morning my prayer comes before you. O Lord, you have embraced my soul and shown your face to me in kindness.

You are good Lord.. you have filled me with hope and not despair.. because of your love I will embrace the day.. because of your grace I will overcome.

Faith, hope and love surround me like still waters all day long.. they water my soul and feed my heart with good things.

You are worthy to be praised. I will rejoice in in you my Lord, my God and my Strength.

Amen


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Praying Psalm 87

On Christ the solid rock we stand.. in Jesus name we pray.. there is no other rock and no other name that endures.. Jesus is Lord.

Our citizenship is in heaven.. we are your children Lord.. open our eyes to the beauty of your city that we may live as faithful citizens.

We proclaim your name and your faithfulness God.. both in and out of the city.. to those who love you and to those who have strayed from your paths.

And of your kingdom it shall be said that it is invisible, eternal and filled with your Spirit.. all who live there are filled with love.. help us to live there Lord.

You O Lord will establish us.. you will finish the work that you have begun in us.. we are filled with thanks that you are using events in our lives for good.. you are making us like your Son.

All my springs are in you Lord.. everything that gives me life comes from your hand.. you are great and greatly to be praised.

Amen


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Life as a Prayer

Instead of merely saying a prayer..
perhaps our lives can be prayerful expressions to God.

Instead of merely giving a heavenly thanks..
perhaps our lives will be filled with thankfulness.

Instead of merely asking for divine forgiveness..
perhaps our lives can be lived from forgiving hearts.

Instead of merely singing songs of worship..
perhaps our lives will be transformed in living worship.

Instead of merely interceding for others..
perhaps our lives can be poured out in service to them.

Instead of merely petitioning God for grace..
perhaps our lives will be display glorious graciousness.

Instead of merely loving God in a prayer..
perhaps our lives can be rooted in love for God and others.

Instead of merely praying..
perhaps we will live life as a prayer.

© Kansas Bob


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Praying Psalm 86

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I need to know you are here today.. breathe life into my soul.

I trust in you.. you are my God.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.. gladden my soul and send encouragement to me.

To you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

You, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.

In this day of my trouble I call upon you.. I trust you to answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.

One day all the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.

You are great and do wondrous things.. you alone are God.

Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear and love your name.

I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.

Great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of darkness.

O God, insolent men have risen up.. a band of ruthless men seek to take life.. they do not set you before them.

You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.. have mercy on your creation.

Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to me and save me from myself.

Show me a sign of your favor Lord.. manifest your grace to me.. help me and comfort me today.

Amen


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Praying Psalm 85

Lord we remember your goodness and how you forgive us.. thank you for being who you are.. thank you for your heavenly fatherhood.

Restore unity in your people Lord.. help us O God of our salvation to be a healthy body that brings healing to the nations.

In grace you have restored us.. in mercy you have picked us up.. in love you remember our sins no more.

Your love is steadfast Lord.. you are not an angry father.. we rejoice in the cross of Jesus and revel in your salvation.

Open the eyes and ears of our hearts Lord that we may know life from your perspective.. help us to know you.

You have spoken peace to your people.. to your saints.. help us to be steadfast and not turn back to folly.

Surely your salvation is near to those who have come to the end of themselves.. to those who have seen the folly of their ways.

Cause your glory to rule our land Lord.. help your people to rise up in love and serve our neighbors in our nation.

Because of Jesus steadfast love and faithfulness have met.. in Him righteousness and peace kiss each other.

In you Lord faithfulness springs up from the ground.. righteousness looks down from the sky.

You Lord will give what is good.. Your kingdom will yield its increase.. righteousness will go before you and you will lead us in life.

Praise Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen


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