Believing Prayer

Month: April 2011 (page 1 of 2)

The Psalms that teach us about prayer

We have all had the frustration of being misunderstood. Our words were heard, but either we used the wrong words, or the hearer misconstrued the meaning. That never happens in Prayer. God will not only “Give ear to my words,” he will also “Consider my Meditation.” That is, he will think about what we think about. But even more, God will “hearken unto the voice of my cry.” God knows what we say, how we think, and how we feel. The Psalms that teach us about prayer teach us about God (Psalm 5:1-2).

Bill Boyd

Omniscient God, let learning not go to my head

Omniscient God, let learning not go to my head, but in me make it the path to knowing you.

O God, let justice be done speedily

O God, let justice be done, and that right speedily, if not here on earth, then in heaven. Let men judge with just judgment, and let those in power acknowledge that your laws are righteous and good. However good may be a human legal system, we know that full justice will come at the End. For that day we plead.

Point them beyond a Sunday thought to a lifetime commitment

Father, I’m glad that many today are thinking of my risen Lord. May you use me to point them beyond a Sunday thought to a lifetime commitment of service to him as Savior of the world. Make my life an example of that commitment, with your words alive in my heart and sweet upon my tongue.

Let my life not be a religious holiday to punctuate my year once or twice

Let my life not be a religious holiday to punctuate my year once or twice, nor a ritual that trusts in an outward motion without the corresponding understanding of the mind, but a constant journey toward you, O God, and a tool in your hands for the kingdom.

Put steel in my spine, O Lord

The world may follow the path of the evil one,
But I’d stay true to my Lord,
Would I be like Peter, full of brave words,
But lacking in courage when push came to shove?
Put steel in my spine, O Lord,
For that moment of truth.

Lord, it’s easy to live without objectives

We acknowledge, Lord, that it’s easy to live without objectives. It takes nothing, nothing but indifference and indolence. God, help us to sit down and set some objectives, some goals. If, no more than to know You and teach Your Word, that others may be fed and grow, to start there. Whatever it is, Father, help us to set a goal, the energy, the spirit, to go at the courage of conviction, to pay any price. —John Macarthur

In heavy traffic and full agendas

prayer agendaMay God the provider
of inner solace
in the midst of doubt
be the peace in our hearts today;

May Jesus our guide
in heavy traffic
and full agendas
be the hope in our hearts today;

May the Spirit of truth
among voices of error
which clamor for clout
be the strength in our hearts today.

–Adapted from an ancient prayer

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A million voices speaking a million tongues over a million years

May many praise GodA million voices speaking a million tongues over a million years could not exhaust the praise due your name, O God.

Yet you are pleased with my simple words, for which I give you thanks. Your pleasure in your little ones like me, Father of heavenly lights, deepens my fear before your face.

Come live with me, Your Omnipresence

Bible brings us GodLead me, Lord, and I will follow.
Love, me, Father, then I’ll love again.
Purify me, O Holy One, to make me clean.
Come live with me, Your Omnipresence, and I’ll draw near to the lonely.
Strengthen me, Omnipotent God, so I may brace the weak.
Teach me, Omniscient Knower, and give me words to speak.
Fulfill in me your will, Finisher of Plans, that I might run the whole race.
Guide me, Purest Light, in my next step.

These words of Scripture are mine as well, Lord

Help me, O LORD my God!
Because you are faithful to me, deliver me!
Then they will realize this is your work,
and that you, LORD, have accomplished it.

–Psalm 109:26-27 NET

Keep me living on the edge, my Father

O Lord, the evli one would lull me into a sense of false security, to rush and overwhelm me suddenly, to take me unawares. Keep me living on the edge, my Father, ever on guard, never asleep, so I can be holy, as you are holy.

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