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Thanking our good God

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, Rejoice! Let your sweet spirit be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by thankful prayer and petition, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, Beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable – if there is anything of excellence or worthy of praise, think on these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in Christ, and the God of peace shall be with you all. ©2013 Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s Bible reading in Philippians 4:4-9 by comparing some of the many translations found on Bible Gateway . …

Praying in agreement

And Jesus said: Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth, from heaven is already set free. Again I say: If two of you on earth will agree about anything you ask, whatever you pray for is finished for you by My Father Who Is in heaven. For wherever two or three gather together in My Name, I Am there. ©2013 Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s Gospel reading of Matthew 18:18-20 by comparing translations found on Bible Gateway . …

Prayer as story, evidence, and honor

On this Veteran’s Day, we remember the men and women who serve our country as the people of Israel remembered their leaders and how God worked in their lives. This unique relationship set them apart as a special people whom the LORD guided, protected, and blessed as they remained true to God. May we, too, be faithful and true and blessed. Then the spiritual leaders called out to the people and said: Stand up and praise the Lord your God, Who lives forever and ever! Then they prayed: May Your glorious name be praised for You are far higher than every praise and blessing. You alone, O Lord, made the skies, the heavens, the stars. You alone made the earth and seas and everything in them. You alone preserve Your creation, and the heavenly powers worship You alone. You, the Lord God, chose Abram and brought him from Ur of the Chaldeans and renamed him Abraham. When he proved faithful, You made a covenant with him and his descendants… and You have done what You promised, f

Praying in solitude

After Jesus had dismissed the crowds, He took a walk up the mountain into the hills by Himself to pray. And when evening came, He was still there alone in prayer. ©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s Daily Bible Reading in Matthew 14:23 after searching scripture in a variety of translations provided online by BibleGateway.com . …

Prayer as worship

And those who had triumphed over the beastly law and its numerous names stood beside a glassy sea holding their God-given harps as they harmoniously sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Mighty and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Omnipotent, the Righteous, the Just. “Your ways are true, O Sovereign King of the ages, of the nations, of us, and all shall reverence and glorify Your Name, O Lord, giving You honor and praise and worship. “For You alone are holy. And all nations will come to worship You and adore You for Your justice when the righteousness You’ve shown has been made known.” ©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s Daily Bible Reading in Revelation 15:2-4 from a search of scriptures in a variety of translations provided online by BibleGateway.com . …