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Praying to our Creator God

How strange that the slogan “All Lives Matter” has been a recent source of dissension and debate! Instead of viewing those words as a political or social statement, let’s try to get a glimpse of God’s perspective.Revealed throughout the Bible, this higher view shows us clearly that all lives matter to our Creator God – the God of Love Who favors each of us equally and uniquely – the Holy God Who created each of us to be forever in His presence, His family.Perhaps this Bible prayer from the book of Psalms will help us to refocus our vision.Psalm 139:13-24 – contemporary versionLord, You formed my inward parts.
You wove me in my mother’s womb!
I give thanks to You, for I am
fearfully and wonderfully made.Your works fill me with wonder,
and my very soul knows that quite well.My frame was never hidden from You
when I came together in secret – as though
skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.Your eyes have seen my embryonic self,
and in Your book You have written
all the days ordained for m…

Thanking God with Asaph

Asaph and his musically inclined descendants served as Temple Musicians,  ministering before the Ark of the Lord, singing songs of praise, and thanking God with Bible prayers such as this psalm:

Psalm 75:1 – a prayer of Asaph
from the King James Version
Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks,unto thee do we give thanks:for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.From the Book of KJV Prayers - actual prayers from the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) collected by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019 ...Psalm 75:1 – a prayer of Asaph
paraphrased into contemporary EnglishWe give thanksto You, O Lord.We give thanks.For Your Nameis near.Your Nameholds wondrousdeeds.From the Book of Bible Prayers – actual prayers of the Bible collected from a variety of translations and paraphrased into everyday English by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019…

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
“Our Father which ar…

Praying Bible prayers and Bible promises

For several years, the Bible Prayers blog has focused on actual prayers in the Bible – prayers that have been prayer-a-phrased (prayerfully paraphrased) into contemporary language after comparing many of the translations found in my home and also on the Bible Gateway website.
If you’ve followed this blog (thank you very much and God bless you!) you’ve probably noticed long gaps between posts, which I pray will be only temporary.
Meanwhile, I’ve been collecting and paraphrasing Bible prayers for a book, which, Lord willing, will soon be available because I believe so strongly in its importance – first as a means of providing an up-to-date version of actual Bible prayers in one easy-to-read book - and also because praying those prayers means we automatically have prayer partners from the past, present, or future, who agree with us in prayer as two or more of us gather in Jesus’ Name.
In addition to that goal, a thought recently came to remind me that powerful, timeless, and relevant praye…