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Prayer vine

Jesus, the True Vine, bears with us in bearing fruit – fruit that lasts and lasts – if, in His Name – we just ask! © 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase of verses in John 15:1 and 16

Jesus prayed for Himself too

Here on earth, Jesus prayed to God for help. The Only Son prayed with a shout and tears to the Only One Who could save Him from fears of death, and God heard this prayer of trust. Even Jesus, the Son of God knew obedience through misery. And because He obeyed – completely, perfectly – Jesus became our High Priest like Melchizedek, and in this way Christ gave eternal salvation to all who obey. © 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase poem, Hebrews 5:7-10

Approaching God in prayer

We have a great high priest! Jesus the Son of God, Who ascended for us into Heaven. So let’s believe what we say we believe, knowing our High Priest feels for us, even in our weakest moments, because He was tempted too – just like you and me – but He did not sin. Believe it! Then we can approach God’s good graces with bold confidence in Christ and reliably receive the goodness and mercy we need. © 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase, Hebrews 4:14-16

Ash Wednesday: piety, priorities, and prayer

As Jesus taught His disciples, then and now: Be careful not to get showy with your good deeds to gain anyone’s admiration. That brings its own little reward from others but not from your Father in Heaven. Instead give to those in need without even letting yourself know how important you are! Yet, as you give, your Father will see and know and reward you. And when you pray, don’t be like those hypocrites who want approval so much they blow their own horn wherever they can be seen or heard, not knowing that’s their only reward. Instead when you pray, go away by yourself and close off everything else as you talk to your Father, Who you cannot see, but Who sees and rewards you as you pray – even when you’re hidden away. © 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase poem to begin Lent from today's Gospel reading, Matthew 6:1-6 ~~

Seek and pray for God’s way

Seek the LORD God. He can be found. Call on Him. He is near! Get rid of those wicked ways and iniquitous thoughts! Turn again to God and gain pity and pardon. As the LORD Himself says: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor My ways your ways.” For high above the earth is the view seen from heavens and high, too, is the way of God – way higher than what we pray for or see. © 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase, Isaiah 55:6-9 ~~