Showing posts with label Holy Spirit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holy Spirit. Show all posts

June 1, 2020

Pray for forgiveness, peace, healing!

As riots abound around our country and the world, Pentecost week has come, reminding us of the coming of the Law of Moses to bring God's people together and, centuries later, the coming of the Holy Spirit to empower us as we minister to and build up God's people everywhere. And so, in the Name of the Lord God and all that is Holy, l
et's do everything we can to communicate God's love:

  • Let's try to truly hear what others have to say, especially if their lives differ greatly from ours.
  • Let's aim to identify each problem and look for workable solutions instead of lumping everything into an impassible mountain.
  • Let's pray together.
  • Pray with the family of Korah.
  • Pray for the Lord to remind us, we, too, are One in the Family of God.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring forgiveness, peace, and healing in Jesus’ Name.
  • Pray for God’s Love to be clearly visible as the banner He places over ALL of His people.

Psalm 60:1-5 – a prayer of the family of Korah from the King James Version of the Bible

O God, thou hast cast us off,
thou hast scattered us, thou hast
been displeased;

O turn thyself to us again.

Thou hast made the earth
to tremble; thou hast broken it:
heal the breaches thereof;
for it shaketh.

Thou hast shewed
thy people hard things:
thou hast made us to drink
the wine of astonishment.

Thou hast given a banner to them
that fear thee, that it may be displayed
because of the truth. Selah.

That thy beloved may be delivered;
save with thy right hand, and hear me.

From the Book of KJVPrayers - actual prayers from the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) collected by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019 

Psalm 60:1-5 – a prayer of the family of Korah - prayerfully paraphrased into everyday English

O God, have You rejected us?

You have been angry with us
and broken down our defenses.
Restore us now!

You made the land quake
and split open.
Now heal these rifts
before the world falls apart!

You made Your people
quake from hardships
and stagger from the cup
You gave us to drink.

And yet, You have raised a banner
over those who fear You,
so we can rally together
when we’re under attack.

Save us with Your hand of power!
Answer us, so those dear to You
may be delivered into safety.

From the Book of Bible Prayers – actual prayers of the Bible collected from a variety of translations and paraphrased into everyday English by MaryHarwell Sayler, ©2019

June 6, 2017

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.

April 3, 2015

Praising God on Good Friday

In Psalm 31:5 (Psalm 31:6 in the New American Bible, Revised Edition, NABRE), we find this prophetic Bible prayer of faith:

“Into Your hand I commit* My spirit,
and You have redeemed Me,
LORD God of truth.”

In Luke 23:46 Jesus quotes that Bible prayer in Psalms but pluralizes God’s “hand.”

“And with a loud voice,
Jesus called out,
`Father, into Your hands
I commit* My Spirit,'
and having said this,
He breathed
forth the Spirit
with His very last breath.”

*Commit or Commend?

In KJV, NABRE, and other translations, the word “commend” is used, rather than “commit.” As Jesus Christ the Son of God hung on the cross, He surely committed Himself wholly to the Father. However, “commend” is even more awesome (in the truest sense) as the word indicates approval, praise, and applause!

© 2015, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s readings from many of the translations found on Bible Gateway.

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