June 22, 2020

Praying for Salvation


Dis-ease, distress and unrest abound in our country, in the world, and in biblical times too. Here’s how King David prayed in such a time as this:



Psalm 69:13-21, 29-30 – a prayer of David
from the King James Version of the Bible

But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord,
in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude
of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.

Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink:
let me be delivered from them that hate me,
and out of the deep waters.

Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither
let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit
shut her mouth upon me.

Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good:
turn unto me according to the multitude of thy
tender mercies.

And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I
am in trouble: hear me speedily.

Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it:
deliver me because of mine enemies.

Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame,
and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all
before thee.

Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am
full of heaviness: and I looked for some
to take pity, but there was none; and
for comforters, but I found none.

They gave me also gall for my meat; and
in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

But I am poor and sorrowful:
let thy salvation,
O God, set me up on high.
I will praise the name of God
with a song, and will magnify him
with thanksgiving.

From the Book of KJVPrayers - actual prayers from KJV (King James Version of the Bible) collected by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019 


Psalm 69:13-21, 29-30 – a prayer of David
paraphrased into contemporary English

I keep on praying to You, Lord,
hoping You will show me favor.

In Your consistent love, O God,
answer my prayer with the truth
of Your salvation.

Rescue me from this mire!
Don’t let me sink any lower!
Save me from those who wish me ill
and pull me from deep waters.

Don’t let anything overwhelm me
or bottomless waters swallow me
or death traps devour me!

Answer my prayers, O Lord,
for Your wonderful love does not fail.

Let Your abundant mercy care for me.

Don’t hide from me! Hurry
and answer me, for I am in trouble.

Come and redeem me. Free me
from whoever is against me.

You know I’ve been insulted,
humiliated, and disgraced,
for You see what’s been brought
against me. Such insults break
my heart, and I am in despair.

If only One would show pity!
If only One would turn and comfort me.
But they give me gall and, for my thirst,
sour wine to drink.

O God, I am suffering and in pain!
Rescue me by Your saving power.
Then I will praise Your Name with songs.
I will honor You by giving my thanks.

From the Book of Bible Prayers – actual prayers of the Bible collected from a variety of translations and paraphrased into everyday English by MaryHarwell Sayler, ©2019


Lord God, Heavenly Father of us all, give us Your prayers to pray for ourselves, one another, and the world in the power of Jesus’ Name.






June 15, 2020

Praying for God’s protection


In this prayer-psalm, King David asks God to protect him – not from the enemy, whoever or whatever that might be – but from fear. He also prays, in essence, to be kept untouched by the ills and ill-will around him.


Psalm 64:1-2 – a prayer of David
from the King James Version of the Bible

Hear my voice,
O God, in my prayer:
preserve my life
from fear of the enemy.

Hide me
from the secret counsel
of the wicked;
from the insurrection
of the workers of iniquity:

From the Book of KJV Prayers - actual prayers from the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) collected by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019 


Psalm 64:1-2 – a prayer of David
paraphrased into contemporary English

Hear my voice, O God,
even when I complain!

Protect my life from fear
and dread of terror.

Hide me from hateful plots
and hate-filled people,
from trouble-making mobs.

From the Book of BiblePrayers – actual prayers of the Bible collected from a variety of translations and paraphrased into everyday English by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019


Praise You, Lord God, for heeding our prayers and keeping us safely tucked into Your Holy Spirit.

June 1, 2020

Pray for forgiveness, peace, healing!


As riots abound around our country and the world, Pentecost week has come, reminding us of the coming of the Law of Moses to bring God's people together and, centuries later, the coming of the Holy Spirit to empower us as we minister to and build up God's people everywhere. And so, in the Name of the Lord God and all that is Holy, l
et's do everything we can to communicate God's love:

  • Let's try to truly hear what others have to say, especially if their lives differ greatly from ours.
  • Let's aim to identify each problem and look for workable solutions instead of lumping everything into an impassible mountain.
  • Let's pray together.
  • Pray with the family of Korah.
  • Pray for the Lord to remind us, we, too, are One in the Family of God.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring forgiveness, peace, and healing in Jesus’ Name.
  • Pray for God’s Love to be clearly visible as the banner He places over ALL of His people.


Psalm 60:1-5 – a prayer of the family of Korah from the King James Version of the Bible

O God, thou hast cast us off,
thou hast scattered us, thou hast
been displeased;

O turn thyself to us again.

Thou hast made the earth
to tremble; thou hast broken it:
heal the breaches thereof;
for it shaketh.

Thou hast shewed
thy people hard things:
thou hast made us to drink
the wine of astonishment.

Thou hast given a banner to them
that fear thee, that it may be displayed
because of the truth. Selah.

That thy beloved may be delivered;
save with thy right hand, and hear me.

From the Book of KJVPrayers - actual prayers from the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) collected by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019 


Psalm 60:1-5 – a prayer of the family of Korah - prayerfully paraphrased into everyday English

O God, have You rejected us?

You have been angry with us
and broken down our defenses.
Restore us now!

You made the land quake
and split open.
Now heal these rifts
before the world falls apart!

You made Your people
quake from hardships
and stagger from the cup
You gave us to drink.

And yet, You have raised a banner
over those who fear You,
so we can rally together
when we’re under attack.

Save us with Your hand of power!
Answer us, so those dear to You
may be delivered into safety.

From the Book of Bible Prayers – actual prayers of the Bible collected from a variety of translations and paraphrased into everyday English by MaryHarwell Sayler, ©2019




May 14, 2020

Praying for mercy


We often equate mercy with clemency and compassion, but God’s mercy offers much more. His mercy offers us forgiveness, redemption, and peaceThat’s true for us individually and also for God's family. 

We’re all in this together! So let’s pray to receive God’s mercy over us and our country. Let's do all we can to be at peace with God, each other, and ourselves.

Deuteronomy 21:8-9 – a prayer of Moses
from the King James Version of the Bible

Be merciful, O Lord, unto thy people Israel,
whom thou hast redeemed,
and lay not innocent blood
unto thy people of Israel's charge.
And the blood shall be forgiven them.

So shalt thou put away the guilt
of innocent blood from among you,
when thou shalt do that which is right
in the sight of the Lord.

From the Book of KJV Prayers - actual prayers from the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) collected by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019 

Deuteronomy 21:8 – a prayer of Moses
paraphrased into everyday language

Lord, You freed us!
Now please
make peace with us.

Don’t let the guilt
of unsolved offenses
reside with Your people.

Give us peace, Lord.
Give us peace.

From the Book of Bible Prayers – actual prayers of the Bible collected from a variety of translations and paraphrased into everyday English by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019


April 23, 2020

Praying for our Leaders – and theirs


As the pandemic continues to affect our country and almost every other country too, tensions increase and blame abounds, spreading the contagious dis-ease of bad attitudes and depressing outlooks. 

We can contribute to the general malaise, or, as Christians, we can take another tack. Here’s how the Apostle Paul prayed in troubling times.

1 Timothy 2:1-6  – a prayer of Paul
from the King James Version of the Bible

I exhort therefore, that, first of all,
supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and giving of thanks, be made for all…;

For kings, and for all that are in authority;
that we may lead a quiet and peaceable
life in all godliness and honesty.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight
of God our Saviour; Who will have
all to be saved, and to come
unto the knowledge of the truth.

For there is one God, and one mediator
between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Who gave himself a ransom for all,
to be testified in due time.

From the Book of KJV Prayers - actual prayers from the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) collected by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019 


1 Timothy 2:1-6  – a prayer of Paul
paraphrased into current language

Remind us, Lord,
to make our requests –
our prayers,
intercession,
and thanksgiving –
for everyone,
including our leaders
and all those in authority,
so we may live
peaceful,
quiet,
godly,
holy lives.

Surely this pleases You,
God our Savior,
for You want everyone
to be saved
and come to know
the truth in You.

You alone are God,
and we have One
mediator between You
and other people –
the One, Christ Jesus,
Who gave Himself
as a ransom for us

and everyone.

From the Book of Bible Prayersactual prayers of the Bible collected from a variety of translations and paraphrased into everyday English by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019


May this Bible prayer remind us to pray for our leaders, whether we like them or not, and also to pray for those in authority in other countries too, yes, including tyrants!

May this Bible prayer remind us to pray for everyone God puts on our minds.



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