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Bible prayer for wisdom, for hope

“May God the Father of Glory give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know our Lord Jesus Christ. And with your heart enlightened, may you know the hope to which God has called you and know this rich and glorious inheritance among the saints, and know the immeasurable greatness of the power of God for us who believe. God put this power to work in Christ Whom He raised from the dead and seated at His right hand in the heavenly places above all rulers and authorities and powers and above every name named, not only in this age but in the age to come. And God has put all things under the Lord’s feet and made Christ the head over all things for the church body, filled now with Him Who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:15-23 (c) 2012 prayer-a-phrase by Mary Sayler . ~~

James calls us to pray

In one of today’s timely readings, James exhorts Christians with this timeless, biblical word on prayer: Are any of you suffering? Pray! Are any of you cheerful? Sing songs of praise! Are any among you sick? Call the elders of the church to pray over you and anoint you with oil in the name of the Lord. Pray in faith to save the sick. Pray, and the Lord will restore you, and sins will be forgiven too! So confess your sins to one another. Pray for one another, so you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous has power! The prayer of the righteous has a powerful effect. Remember Elijah? He was human like us, but he prayed with passion for no rain to come, and no rain came for three and a half years! Then Elijah prayed again, and the heavens released their rain and the earth released its harvest. Oh, child of God, if any of you wander from the truth, bring them back! You will save a sinner's soul from death and cover countless sins. James 5:13-2

Persistent prayer and our persistently loving God

In Luke 18, Jesus told His followers a parable to illustrate the need to pray and pray without getting discouraged. “And Jesus said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who showed no respect to God nor to people. In that same city lived a widow, who kept coming to the judge and saying, “Grant me justice against my foe!” But the judge did not. Finally though, he realized that, even though he had no fear nor reverence for God or mankind, this woman would keep on pestering him until he gave her justice, and so he did.’ “Then Jesus said to His followers, ‘Pay attention to what the unjust judge realized then you will realize this: God will defend and protect His children, who cry to Him day and night. God will not delay help but will surely defend and protect and grant you justice. But, let Me ask you this: When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:1-8. Question: What hinders your prayers or discourages you most often? What do you believe God wants you to

Thanksgiving prayer of thanks to God

One of the psalms for today's reading provides an ongoing prayer of thanks, especially timely during the coming week of Thanksgiving. As you continue to pray this Bible prayer from Psalm 136, substitute one of the following synonyms for “endure” with each new reading, now and throughout the year: Withstands Bears Tolerates Sustains Suffers Continues Persists Stays Goes on and on and on! Psalm 136 poem paraphrase by Mary Harwell Sayler Thank You! Thank You, LORD, for You are good. Your mercy *endures forever. Thank You! Thank You, God of gods. Your mercy *endures forever. Thank You! Thank You, Lord of lords. Your mercy *endures forever. Oh, the great wonders You do for Your mercy *endures forever! By Your wisdom You made the heavens, and Your mercy *endures forever. You spread earth upon the waters. You spread light and more light – in the day sun, night stars and moon, for Your mercy *endures forever. You rescued Your people in the Bible, and

Pray for wisdom. Pray for faith.

Bible Prayer, Call to Prayer: James 1:1-8 Bible Pray-er or one who prayed: James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ Prayer Conditions: James wrote to encourage Christians, facing trials of every kind, to “Consider it all joy!” Huh? Joy by trial? Why, oh why would such a wise man (and possibly member of Jesus’ family) offer such weird advice? As James himself explained, “Because you know the testing of faith helps you to endure. And when your endurance has been strengthened, you will be spiritually mature, lacking nothing.“ Having spiritual maturity and lacking nothing are surely causes for joy. The catch is having the faith and wisdom to see that coming! James’ Ongoing Call to Prayer: “If any of you lacks wisdom ask God, who gives generously and willingly to each of us, and wisdom will be given to you. But, ask in faith! Do not doubt! For doubting sets you adrift as though you’re on a wave in the sea, driven and tossed by wind. Oh, do not be double-minde