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God prays for us and our prayers

“The Lord invites us: “Sing with joy for the peoples of Jacob. Be a cheerleader for your nation! “Raise your voice with praise and call: ‘The Lord has saved the people of God, those in Israel.’ “For I will bring back My people from the north and gather them from everywhere on earth. “The blind and disabled, expectant women and those in labor. A great crowd will return. “With joyful tears they will come, and as they pray, I will bring them back. “I will lead them by quiet streams and along smooth paths where they will not stumble. “I will be your Father, O My people, and Israel will be my oldest child,” Jeremiah 31:7-9. Question: In what ways do the prayers in the books of the prophets show God’s prayers for us and the Family of God? Personal Prayer: Dear Lord, we praise and thank You for Your faithfulness as the One True Holy and Perfect Father Who does not give up on His children! Thank You, Father, for bringing u

Taking a new tack with Bible Prayers

Plans for my one-year book of devotionals to coordinate with All the Prayers of the Bible went awry, so I’ve been praying and waiting to see what tack to take before continuing with a new posting. Since many churches have begun to use the Revised Common Lectionary to guide sermons, Bible lessons, and readings of Holy Scripture each week, postings here will also aim toward that goal. Oh, what power we'll have as Christians from all denominational backgrounds pray in one accord! This week, for instance, Psalms 126 provides a timely theme followed by Questions for discussion in your Bible study group or use in your private devotions. “When the Lord returned us to Jerusalem, we were like those who dream. Our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing until even the heathens said, ‘The Lord has done great things for them!’ “Yes! The Lord has done great things for us, and, oh, we are so glad! “Please restore us now, Lord, as You restore a dry desert with water. Let