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A Bible prayer to begin Advent

This year, Advent began on the first day of December and will continue to Christmas week. The timing is appropriate since the very word “Advent” comes from a Latin root, which means “come” or “coming.” Therefore, this special season of the church calls on Christians from every part of the Body of Christ to prepare the way for the Lord in our individual and corporate lives. May Paul's prayer help us to get started in this year’s advent ure into Advent: 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24, 28 – a prayer of Paul Dear God, sanctify us through and through – through You – our God of peace. May our whole bodies, souls, and spirits be free of blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, for You are faithful and can do anything! May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all. from the Book of Bible Prayers – actual prayers collected from the Bible and paraphrased by Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2019 For those who prefer the King James Version of t

Praying for God to empower the church

Kneeling before the Father – from Whom every family in heaven and earth has its true Family Name – let's pray for God’s great glory to give us the power to be strengthened in our spirit through the Holy Spirit. Let's pray for Christ to quicken our hearts with faith, so our lives will be built on unshakable love. And pray for all of God’s people to be fortified by Christ’s love, so we can see how wide, how long, how high, how deep His Fortress of Love really is. For Christ’s love is greater than anything we can know! And His love fills us with God. Now to Him Who Is Able to do far more than we can ask or imagine, let's let His power be at work in us, the Body of Christ, and may we, as one church, bring glory to God for ever and ever. Ephesians 3:14-21 prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2017, using scripture from various translations on Bible Gateway . …

Praying for unity in Christ

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 May God our Father and our Lord Jesus bring us together soon! May the Lord make our love grow and overflow for one another. May He strengthen our hearts to be holy and blameless before our Father God at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints. © 2015, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s Bible reading in 1 Thessalonians from translations found on Bible Gateway. For an earlier version of these verses, see " Apostle Paul prays on and onto us ." Come, Lord Jesus! Maranatha – our Lord come! …

Praying with Jesus

Jesus taught us how to pray, saying: When you’re praying, do not use meaningless phrases as others do when they think they’ll be heard because of their many words. Do not act like that for your Father knows what you need before you ask. Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, Holy is Your name. May Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us for intruding on others as we forgive those who intrude upon us. And do not bring us into times of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For You have the kingdom, and You have the power, and You are the glory forever. Amen. If you forgive people for wronging you, our heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive their wrongs, how can things be right with you and our Father? ©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase of today’s Daily Bible Reading in Matthew 6:7-15 Note from Mary : Most church denominations and most Christians kn

Paul's prayer for us and the church

I (the Apostle Paul) have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all who believe in Him, and so I cannot stop myself from giving thanks for you every time I pray! And, oh, how I pray for God the Father of Glory in our Lord Jesus Christ to give you the Spirit of Wisdom and reveal to you the knowledge you need so your enlightened heart will know and acknowledge the hope to which you are called. Oh, what riches God gives to the people of God! Oh, what vast and endless power we have when we believe in the work of God for God put this power to work in Christ when God raised Him from the dead and seated Him as Truth in heavenly places far above all earthly laws and above all rulers and authorities and powers of every kind – above every name – not only now but in times to come. For God has put all things under the feet of Christ and made Him the head over all things of the church, which is the Body of Christ, full of God, Who