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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

©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, for You alone…

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