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Prayer of praise to God

Praise You, LORD!

Praise You in every place
Your people find You.

Praise Your infinite embrace
of the universe.

Praise You for Your magnitude,
magnificence, and mighty acts.

Praise You with every instrument
of musicality.

Praise You for creative gifts
of song and dance
and poetry.

May every living being
praise You,
Almighty God,
with singing
and every breath of life.

Praise You, LORD.
Praise You.



© 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, a poet, writer, and lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church, researched Psalm 150 from many of the translations on Bible Gateway before prayer-a-phrasing this poem.

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Praying for God’s Word to be in me

Oh, LORD, prepare me
to keep Your Word,
so I won’t be ashamed
when I look at my life
in light of Your commands.

Sincerely, I will praise You
as I learn more of Your
righteous rules.

Don’t ever leave me, LORD,
for I want to obey You,
but, oh! How can anyone
keep Your ways – purely
without fault – except
by discerning Your Word?

With all my heart, I seek You!
Don’t let me stray away!

Deep inside me,
I will hide Your words,
so I’ll know what to do.

Blessed LORD, teach me!
You Are To Be praised
and blessed.


Psalm 119:5-12


© 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased this poem from today’s Bible Reading in Psalm 119, drawing from several of the many translations on Bible Gateway.


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Praying with the Names of God

When this blog began three years ago, one of the first articles, “Names of God” talked about knowing Who God is and to Whom we pray. That list of “names” or aspects of God goes on and on as Ava Pennington most likely discovered when she researched and wrote Daily Reflections on the Names of God, published by Revell.

Why does this matter? As the Introduction states: “Every name of God revealed in the Bible shows us something about His character and His ways.” And “With each new revelation, it’s as if God whispers to us, ‘Come closer, My child. I have something new I want to tell you about me.’ The more we learn, the easier it is to trust Him and rely on Him.”

Most people have their own ideas of Who God is, but Ava’s book lets us know Who God says God is – names that, with meditation, draw us to look upward, inward, or outside ourselves.

For instance, the first devotional considers the name “Glory” and asks “Are You Ready?” as we look up to this aspect of God. The second devotional tur…