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Praying for the glory of God

“Then Moses prayed, ‘Show me Your glory,’ “and the LORD replied: ‘I will bring My goodness before you, and I will give you My Name, The LORD, and I will show grace and mercy on whom grace and mercy will show, but you cannot face Me fully now (and still stand to live on earth.) “And the LORD continued, ‘See! Beside Me you have a sure place to stand, and as My glory goes before you, I will keep you safe in the cleft of the rock, and I will guard and shield you with My hand.” © 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler , Bible prayer-a-phrase, Exodus 33:18-22

The song of Mary, Mother of Jesus

Magnificat My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord! My spirit rejoices in God my Savior! God favored me, His lowly servant, and from this day all generations will call me blessed. The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name. In every generation God has mercy on those who awe and honor Him. With strength of arm that can be seen, God scatters the pride of the proud. From high places, He casts down the mighty and lifts the lowly to new heights. God fills with good things those who hunger for Him but sends away those too filled with themselves to know they are empty. God comes to help His people! He remembers well the promise of mercy made to our forefathers and foremothers – to Abraham and the children of God forever. ©2012 Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase of Luke 1:46-55

Jesus’ word on the end times

Beloved, remember what our Lord Jesus Christ told you about the end times through His apostles? Remember how you heard that people will disregard God and yet regard their own ungodly wants and worldly ways? Lacking in God’s Spirit, those people will cause divisions, but you, Beloved, must build yourselves up together in most holy faith. Pray in the Holy Spirit. Uplift each other in the love of God. Look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, leading you into an endless life with no end time ever! And now, have mercy on those who waver. Save others by snatching them from fiery (thoughts, acts, decisions!) To others still, give mercy but with fear, despising even the clothes their bodies harmed by harmful choices. And pray to Him who is able to keep you from falling – The One who makes you stand strong and flawless in the presence of His glory – The One Who rejoices over you – to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. Giv

When praise is a sacrifice

Hebrews 13:15 speaks of a “sacrifice of praise,” and on this sad day following the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, the phrase seems especially significant as does this Psalm of faith in the readings for today. Psalm 30 O LORD, I lift Your Name in praise as You have lifted me away from those intent on hurting. O LORD our God, I cry to You: Restore my well-being! I feel as though I’m dead today, but LORD, You will restore my life from this lifelessness. Let’s sing to the LORD, every one of us who is His servant. Let’s give thanks for the holiness of God. Even when anger flashes all around, God loves each child beyond each lifetime. Yes, we have spent the night weeping, but in the morning, joy just might be found. Once I thought nothing could ever hurt me again. I said, "I won’t be disturbed. God favors me with the strength of a mountain.” But then You hid Your face! And fear filled me. I cried out to you, O LORD, and said,

Praying for God’s help

Psalm 31 O LORD, in You I run for shelter. Let me not be put to shame. Deliver me In Your righteousness. Fold Yourself around me, and quickly rescue me. Be my strong rock! Be the stronghold that saves me for You are my fort and fortification. For the sake of Your Name, You lead and guide me. You pull me from unknown traps. You are my strength! Into Your hand I commit my spirit. And You, O LORD God of Truth, have brought me back! Others may trust in worthless ideals and obsessions, but LORD, I trust in You. I rejoice in the kindness of Your love and am glad, just knowing You understand my complaint. You understand the troubles of my soul! You did not hand me over into hurtful hands but handed me a place with ample room to stretch and grow. Even in my distress, I can see how gracious You are, O LORD! My eyes closed down with grief, my soul and my body also. For years, sorrow upon sorrow spent my life with sighs. My strength failed in wrongdoings,

Apostle Paul prays on and onto us

How can we thank God enough for you? What joy we have before God because of you! Night and day we pray and pray to see your face and your faith not lacking. Oh, may our God and Father guide us back to you. And may the LORD cause your love to increase and prosper for each other and for all! Oh, how our love abounds for you! May God strengthen your very hearts in holiness and keep you unfettered and free in the Holy Spirit,kept blameless before our God and Father when our LORD Jesus Christ comes with all the saints in whose sure company you surely belong. © 2012, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 prayer-a-phrase by Mary Sayler ~~