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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
through misery.

And because He obeyed –

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.

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.

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