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Praying for boldness

  A s the early church faced persecution, Jesus’ followers could have asked to be spared suffering or harm to themselves, but they did not.  Instead, this Bible prayer from Acts shows the first Christian asking for boldness to speak God’s Word and bring the good news of Christ the Savior to people everywhere. May we, too, pray to be bold in ministering healing and making peace in Jesus' Name.   Acts 4:29-30 – a prayer of Jesus’ followers from the King James Version   And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.   From  the Book of KJV Prayers  -  actual prayers from the  King James Version  of the Bible (KJV) collected by  Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2019      Acts 4:29-30 – a prayer of Jesus’ followers in contemporary English   Lord, can You hear how they’r
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Good Friday prayer of Jesus

  On Good Friday, Jesus the Son of God nailed our sins to the cross.   Only a few days earlier, throngs of people had sung His praises and thrown down palm branches to ease His ride into Jerusalem. But now, crowds gathered to jeer at Him as He hung between criminals in the worse kind of torture – crucifixion. Just to breathe, Jesus had to lift Himself up, thrusting His weight into the nails that held His hands against the hard wood while dragging His flesh further into the nails that fastened His feet. And yet…. As the people railed against Him, hurling every kind of insult, and dogs snapped at His feet, and breathing itself became a torture, Jesus used these final moments to pray His last Amen on our behalf: Luke 23:34 – a prayer of Jesus from the King James Version (KJV) Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. From  the Book of KJV Prayers  -  actual prayers from the  King James Version  of the Bible (KJV) collected by  Mary Harwell

Confessing with Jeremiah

Living in troubled times, the Prophet Jeremiah drew close enough to hear God’s word, and we can do this too! As Lent reminds us, we prepare for Easter by confessing and turning away (repenting) from whatever obstacles stand between us and the Lord. May God Himself put on our minds and hearts any fear, anger, bigotry, violence, idolatry, complacency, or other sin we need to release into His forgiveness. Freed of these dark stains, we’re ready to receive the light and living water of Jesus Christ.   J eremiah 14:20-22 – a prayer of Jeremiah from the  King James Version of the Bible We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee. Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us. Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O Lord our God? therefore we will

Job prays for a referee

  Thousands of years ago, people thought terrible hardships meant a person had sinned against an avenging god. Obviously, Job’s friends had been taught to think that way, but Job knew he’d done nothing to disobey God, and he could think of nothing that might even have offended the Lord.   In this prayer, Job longs for a mediator, an advocate, an umpire, a referee – someone to stand between himself and God, interpret as needed, and restore them into fellowship.  Centuries later that Mediator came to earth as our go-between – Jesus Christ, The One Who forgives and forever reunites us with the Almighty God.   Job 9:25-35 – a prayer of Job in contemporary English   My life sprints by like a runner – so swiftly it’s hard to catch a glimpse of happiness. Life vanishes like a speedy little boat made of paper or like an eagle swooping down on its prey. If I made up my mind to forget my complaints and put away a sad face to be cheerful, I would still shudder with pain.   O, God, I know You’ll

Job prays through to God

For many days, Job sat in shock, pain, and anger, looking for answers while listening to friends who didn’t believe in his innocence nor get why he kept questioning God. Although the Lord did not directly answer Job’s questions, His very presence quieted Job’s need to know.   Job 42:1-6 – a prayer of Job from the King James Version of the Bible   Then Job answered the Lord, and said,   I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.   Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.   Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.   I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.   Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.   From  the Book of KJV Prayers  -  actual prayers from the  King James Version  of the Bible (KJV) c

Bible Promise of joy for the New Year

  Nehemiah 8:10 – “Let this day be holy unto the Lord! Let go of grief and sorrow because the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Heavenly Father, You created our emotions, so You know we cannot help how we feel! You know our moods and mind-sets swing. You gave us emotions as outlets or ways to let go, for You know that holding our feelings in or trying to bury them only makes an eruption likely at an unexpected moment or untimely time!   Help us to be honest with ourselves about our grief and sorrows. Help us to embrace our emotions as the outlets You intended, but let go of them and hang on to You in faith, believing You will work out everything for our good.   Oh, what joy that brings!   From Kneeling on the Promises of God – book of God’s promises from God’s Word followed by a prayer response by Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2019   …

Bible prayer for God’s healing

As 2020 comes to an end, let’s pray for our nation(s) to return to the Lord God. Let’s seek God’s healing and salvation for ourselves and all peoples. Let's faithfully praise the Lord throughout the New Year. Jeremiah 17:13-14 – a prayer of Jeremiah from the King James Version of the Bible   O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters.     Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.   From  the Book of KJV Prayers  -  actual prayers from the  King James Version  of the Bible (KJV) collected by  Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2019    …   Jeremiah 17:13-14 – a prayer of Jeremiah in everyday English   Lord God and hope of Your people, whoever abandons You will be put to shame!   All who turn away from You will find their whole lives written

Isaiah prays through misery

  The prophet Isaiah had a close relationship with God but agonized over his own mistakes and the corruption around him. No matter how bad things seemed, however, Isaiah acknowledged the power of the Lord God and remained faithful.   Isaiah 6:5 – a prayer of Isaiah from the King James Version (KJV)   Then said I, Woe is me!   for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips,   and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.   From  the Book of KJV Prayers  -  actual prayers from the  King James Version  of the Bible (KJV) collected by  Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2019    Isaiah 6:5 – a prayer of Isaiah in contemporary English   It’s no use! It’s over! I’m doomed!   I’m so sinful, even my lips are filthy, and I live among such foul-mouthed people!   And yet, somehow my eyes have recognized You, the King – You, the Lord of Hosts, You, the Commander of Heaven’s Armi