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Praying with Abraham for our children

Abraham, the great patriarch of three major religions, talked with God often, but the Bible records very few of his actual prayers. Here’s one we, too, might pray for our children. Genesis 17:18 – a prayer of Abraham Oh, that my child might live in Your presence, Lord, and be under Your blessing! paraphrased by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019 from the Book of Bible Prayers: actual Bible prayers  collected and prayer-a-phrased from God’s Word …

Bible Prayers: forgive us

Almost every church family prays the Matthew 6 version of the “Lord’s Prayer” aka “Our Father” with regularity, unity and only one notable difference. i.e., When we get to verse 12, some say, “Forgive us our sins,” while others pray, “Forgive us our trespasses ” – a word that doesn’t appear in the prayer itself but in the next two verses. I like that word choice, however, because, from childhood on, I’ve seen “No Trespassing” signs and understood what they meant. Conversely, the idea of a debt wasn’t clear until much later, and, even now, “sin” is an abstract word that’s hard to envision, difficult to clarify, and open to interpretation. As prayers for the Book of Bible Prayers came together, they remained in the order they appear in most translations. Then, each of those prayers was paraphrased into every day language with one exception – the Matthew 6 version of Jesus’ prayer as recorded in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible: Matthew 6:9-13 – a prayer of Jesus

NEW! the Book of Bible Prayers

After decades of researching what the Bible has to say about prayer and buying a bunch of prayer books that weren’t quite what I wanted, I felt led to collect the  actual prayers in the Bible then prayer-a-phrase (prayerfully paraphrase) them into THE prayer book I personally want and need. If you do, too, you’ll be happy to know the Book of Bible Prayers is now available on Amazon. With the gathering of these prayers, I saw things I’d never before noticed. As the Foreword notes, for example, “The prayers in the Hebrew scriptures (aka Old Testament) are frequently pleas, praise, thanksgiving, complaints, and petitions, but in the New Testament such requests or responses are less likely to occur. Instead, Paul and other apostles typically ask believers in Christ to pray for them. Or, more often, they offer parental blessings over the Christian communities they’re addressing. Similar to the priestly blessing of Aaron in Numbers 6, these New Testament blessings are directed toward

Praying for Bible Prayers!

If you've saved this blog as a Fav, you might notice the new URL . We're now a website with an exciting new adventure on the way, we pray! Please ask your friends to follow us as we pray actual Bible prayers - prayerfully paraphrased (pray-er-a-phrased) into contemporary language. Just click the hotlink above or copy/paste - http://www.bibleprayers.net - into your browser. May God bless you and give you the prayers to pray. ...