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

Praying Psalm 97

We rejoice in your reign Lord!
With all of your heritage we are glad.
Though you seem hidden at times,
We trust in your righteousness and justice.

In confidence we rest in your protection.
Your presence in our lives consumes the enemies of our souls.
Though the earth trembles and mountains melt like wax,
We will rest in your goodness and rejoice in your love.

The heavens proclaim your righteousness Lord.
And all the peoples bear the glory of your image.
While many shamefully put their trust in money and possessions,
We will worship you and hope in your goodness forever.

We your people hear the good news and we are glad.
For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth.
Though you are exalted and fill all of the universe,
We are in awe of your presence in our hearts.

We confess our need of you Lord. Cause us to hate evil!
Lead us Lord and protect from evil desires.
Thank you for protecting and delivering us!
We praise you for the light and joy in our lives.

We rejoice in you Lord and give thanks to your holy name!

Amen

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Dear Heavenly Father,

Thanksgiving Day is over and we are into a new season. I ask Your wisdom and guidance as I traverse these next several weeks. I pray I would keep my eyes on Jesus and the real reason He came to be born in the manger so many dark nights ago. I pray I would please and honor Him in the midst of this year's activity. I ask for peace in the midst of the chaos and a desire to follow You.
I pray that I would continue to be thankful, to count my blessing, and pass those blessings on to those around me. And I pray that You would continue to change my selfish heart to be more like You.

Amen
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Psalm 100 ~
"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness,
Come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God
It is he who made us, an we are his;
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
And his courts with praise'
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever,
his faithfulness continues through all generations."

Counting My Blessing! Will you join me?

Amen
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Praying Psalm 96

We your people join our hearts across the earth and sing to you Lord.
We sing, we bless your name and tell of your salvation every day.
We declare your glory among the nations.
We extol your marvelous works among all the peoples!

We exalt you Heavenly Father!

Great are you Lord,and greatly to be praised.
You are awesome and we honor you in all of our ways.
Nothing made by man compares to you Lord.
You are the Creator of all that things seen and unseen.

We bless you Sovereign Creator!

We bow down Lord and submit to you our strength.
We come before you with praise and glorify your name.
We bring you gifts of submission, worship and love.
We worship you Lord in the splendor of your holiness.

Great are you Holy Spirit!

We come with shouts and affirmation that "Jesus is Lord"!
Your throne is established forever Lord and the world is your footstool.
Your judgment is perfect and we rejoice in your justice.
We wait for your coming Lord and trust in your judgment.

Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!

Let heaven be glad and let all the earth rejoice.
Let the sea roar with praise and all that fills it show your greatness.
Let the field exult, and everything in it sing for joy.
Let all of the earth praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

Amen

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Thank you, Lord

Dear Lord,
I am a slow learner, but I have come to the place in life, finally, where I understand that pain means something bigger than I can see is going on. Thank you for being in my life, thank you for never ever leaving me alone, and thank you that I can trust You to always be there. Thank you also that mine is not the only life You are working in. Be my strength, Lord, help me through.
Amen
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A prayer to start the day




Lord Jesus, I thank you for this day. I pray you will help me to live this day with my eyes fixed on you. Open my ears to hear your slightest whisper. Open my eyes to see each opportunity to serve you. Let my feet take me where you want me to go and my hands do what you would have me do. And keep watch over my mouth, Lord. Let nothing go into it or out from it that is inconsistent with your will. I pray that all my thoughts, words, and actions will be a consolation to you. I give you praise and thanks for the many gifts you will send me today, including the gift of my small sharing in your Cross. I especially thank you for your mercy, and pray that you will enable me to be an agent of your mercy to each person I meet today. 

Amen



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Breathing

Today's prayer comes from my blogging friend Keith at Broken Pilgrim...

The Moravians have a daily devotional guide that I use regularly (okay...semi-regularly...alright, alright!...occasionally). One of the verses for today is Psalm 94:11, which they combined with one of the stanzas from a hymn in their hymnbook (#494...whichever one that is). In the ESV Psalm 94:10b-11 says:
He who teaches man knowledge—
the LORD—knows the thoughts of man,
that they are but a breath.
And then the hymn stanza:
Breathe on me, breath of God,
my will to yours incline,
until this selfish part of me
glows with your fire divine.
God is the source of all. He knows the naked truth…that we are the source of nothing. The question is whether I know that…at least more than in an abstract way?

And if I do, then I must pray as the hymn, lifting up my plea for God's active breath, his breathing, his Spirit…overwhelming all that is not…'right'…in me…until what is in me alone is God's pure fire.

Burn in me.

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~ THE BIBLE ~


"The Bible~banned, burned, beloved. More widely read, more frequently attacked than any other book in history. Generations of intellectuals have attempted to discredit it; dictators of every age have outlawed it and executed those who read it. Yet soldiers carry it into battle believing it more powerful than their weapons. Fragments of it smuggled into solitary prison cells have transformed ruthless killers into gentle saint. (Charles Colson)



"If you stand in {the Bible}, you'll get kissed by God. It is God's mistletoe."

Today I am praying that God's Word will reach into every dark place and bring light! The Light of the World is JESUS!


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Lord, help me always to do your will!

Holy Father, remove from my soul, I pray, my own will and graft on it yours so that your will and not mine is always done.

Just as when one cuts a branch from a tree and grafts on a better one, its fruit is also much better, remove from this tree, Oh Father, the little branch of my will and graft on it your holy will; then I will be certain that it will bear beautiful fruit.

~St. Francis de Sales


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Praying Psalm 95

We sing to you Lord and make a joyful noise to you.
You are the rock of our salvation!
We come into your presence with thanksgiving, joy and songs of praise!
For you Lord are is a great God and the King of kings.

We praise you O Lord of lords!

Created by your hands are the depths of the earth.
The heights of the mountains are yours also.
The sea is yours for you made it.
Your hands formed the dry land out of nothing.

We are in awe of you O Creator God!

We come, we worship and we bow down.
We kneel before the Lord, our Maker.
You are our Shepherd and we are the people of your pasture,
We are the sheep of your hand.

We magnify you O Shepherd of our souls!

We await the still small voice of your Spirit.
We pray that our hearts would be soft to you.
We embrace you in our wilderness and trust you.
We bow to your sovereignty in our lives.

You are worthy to be praised O Spirit of the Living God!

Our minds are prone to wander- gather us in Lord.
Our flesh seeks its own glory - humble us dear Father.
Our strength is sometimes misguided - direct our energies Lord.
Our will is often not yours - let your kingdom come and will be done.

Yours is the glory, the power and the kingdom forever!

Amen

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Praying Psalm 94

O Lord, my heart is set on vengeance, my eyes see in vengeful ways.
I want you to judge the earth and bring vengeance on the proud.
I want others to get what they deserve. I want them to pay.
When I see their arrogance I am tempted to want revenge.

Have mercy on me O Lamb of God.

I am hurting Lord and I am wondering how long shall the arrogant prosper.
I tire of the their arrogant words and their boasting.
I am sorrowed when I hear of the murders of the innocents in many lands.
I do not understand how people can treat others so vilely.

Rise up O God of the widow and the fatherless!

Dear Lord, please open the eyes of fools and bring wisdom to their hearts.
Help those who are spiritually deaf to hear your voice.
I am so glad that you hear us. Give us ears to hear.
I rejoice that you see us. Give us eyes to see.

We bless you O Creator in Heaven!

You are God and have the right to discipline all peoples.
You are the great teacher Lord.
You help us to know you and to understand your ways.
You know our thoughts and how limited our vision is.

Wonderful are your teachings Heavenly Father!

We are blessed by your discipline and teaching Lord.
You give us rest in the midst of trouble and calamity.
Your promise is to never leave or forsake is.
We trust you and are counting on your blessed justice.

Great is is your mercy O Lord!

We embrace you today Lord and trust in your protection.
We are counting on your justice and providence.
If you Lord had not been our help, our souls would have languished.
When my foot slips your steadfast love, O Lord, holds me up.

Awesome is your loving protection Lord!

When the cares of my heart weigh me down you cheer my soul.
When I am preoccupied by the sins of others you set my eyes on your love.
When I sorrow for the deaths of the innocents you remind me of Heaven.
When I feel alone and abandoned you encourage my heart with song.

How blessed are you O Spirit of God!

You Lord have become our stronghold.
You Lord are the rock that we take refuge in.
You Lord are righteous in all of your judgments.
You Lord are merciful and your forgiveness in great.

We praise you Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

Amen

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Wash Over Me


Dear Lord,

If only dying to self did not come with such a struggle. If only my heart was not so deceitfully wicked. Shine Your light, Lord, into those dark crevices of my heart, scrape away the dirt and all that is not pleasing to You, Father God. Make me clean; put into my soul a desire for holiness that without You is so lacking. Wash me in Your word and make me clean.

Amen
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~Yet Will You Trust Him?


Life has times of prosperity and times of adversity, the straight and the crooked. When your heart is breaking with a burden, do you wait on God?

Have you seen Him in all His majesty and can you say with Habakkuk that the righteous shall live by faith? We all need a faith that perseveres through the times when we can't see what God is doing but we can see Him, and so we say,"Yet will I trust You.

I don't know your
Thoughs: Though my parents never understand me or support me . . . . Though I never have a husband . . . . Though my husband/wife disappoint me . . . .Though I'm exhausted . . . . Though I am in pain . . . . Though my child turns away from Christ . . . .Though, though, though. . . . . YET WILL I TRUST THE LORD GOD. HE IS MY STRENGTH.

Faith that can say this, is the faith that will sustain you no matter what comes into your life!

(Taken from Calm My Anxious Heart ~ Linda Dillow)

I just got a phone call that my daughter is taking our grandson Jon (9) to ER with 4.2 fever. Please add him to your prayers.
Amen
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A prayer for understanding... and living up to... our limits

Reinhold Niebuhr was a 20th century theologian who has been credited with authoring the Serenity Prayer. This lesser-known prayer, also written by Niebuhr, is also quite meaningful:

O God, give us grace to walk humbly
and save us from pretension
and every arrogant folly.
You have made us, and not we ourselves.
Help us to remember the limits
of our power and our wisdom,
but help us, also,
to do our duty within the limits
of our power and our wisdom.

- Reinhold Niebuhr

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