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weekly prayer 3.26.18

Psalm 147:1-11 ESV – 
 
1 Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. 
2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. 
3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. 
4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. 
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. 
6 The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground. 
 
Almighty God, the Sovereign of all creation,
 
We praise You for who You are! You are God. You don’t need praise; You don’t need anything. We need to praise You. We need to remember that You are God, and You care for the world You have created. You know about our hurts. You know everything about us. 
You are wise beyond measure, and You know what is best — from healing a broken heart to giving strength to endure the next trial. Your care and attention are so specific that You have named and numbered every star in every galaxy! 
 
7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre! 
8 He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills. 
9 He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry. 
10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, 
11 but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
 
Father, thank You for creating music! Thank You for giving us an avenue to express our joy, our sorrow, our thankfulness. 
Thank You for sustaining this planet. It is humbling to think that, without Your direct care, this planet would not exist for even a moment. That’s how dependent we are on You. How delusional to think that our human strength or mental acuity or political influence or economic potential or social conscience can be our salvation — it is You and You alone, Your steadfast love, Your covenant-keeping, everlasting, intentional, love and grace. 
 
Thank You for Your love. Thank You for teaching us humility, though it is such a hard lesson. We need it, Lord. We need to remember that You are God; we are Your creation. You have saved us. You have a purpose for us. Show us Your ways, O Lord . . .(from Psalm 25)
amen
 

weekly prayer 03.19.18

Psalm 86:1-17 ESV 
 
1 Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. 
2 Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you–you are my God. 
3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. 
4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. 
6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. 
7 In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. 
 
O Mighty God,
I need You! Thank You for Your near-ness. Thank You for being ever-present. Thank You for allowing me to cry out to You.
 
8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. 
9 All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. 
10 For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. 
 
Lord, I pray for the day when this will be reality. There are so many places where Your Name is not worshiped, and where You are not known. Father, encourage Your servants who are ministering in hard places. Open the hearts of people to believe You, that You are God, their Savior.
 
11 Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. 
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. 
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. 
 
 Your Word, O God . . .such a gift! By Your Word I can know You. I can know Your ways, know Your heart. You have delivered my soul from death; You have revived me, strengthened me, humbled me, corrected me . . ..according to Your Word.
 
14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them. 
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. 
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant. 
17 Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.
 
Father, I need Your strength today. I need Your mercy. I need to keep my focus on You, and not on my opposition. I need to stay on the path You have set for me. I need to believe what You say about me. I need to trust You. You are my God. You are the One I love 
 
amen
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