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Confessing with Jeremiah

Living in troubled times, the Prophet Jeremiah drew close enough to hear God’s word, and we can do this too! As Lent reminds us, we prepare for Easter by confessing and turning away (repenting) from whatever obstacles stand between us and the Lord. May God Himself put on our minds and hearts any fear, anger, bigotry, violence, idolatry, complacency, or other sin we need to release into His forgiveness. Freed of these dark stains, we’re ready to receive the light and living water of Jesus Christ.   J eremiah 14:20-22 – a prayer of Jeremiah from the  King James Version of the Bible We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee. Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us. Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O Lord our God? therefore we will

Job prays for a referee

  Thousands of years ago, people thought terrible hardships meant a person had sinned against an avenging god. Obviously, Job’s friends had been taught to think that way, but Job knew he’d done nothing to disobey God, and he could think of nothing that might even have offended the Lord.   In this prayer, Job longs for a mediator, an advocate, an umpire, a referee – someone to stand between himself and God, interpret as needed, and restore them into fellowship.  Centuries later that Mediator came to earth as our go-between – Jesus Christ, The One Who forgives and forever reunites us with the Almighty God.   Job 9:25-35 – a prayer of Job in contemporary English   My life sprints by like a runner – so swiftly it’s hard to catch a glimpse of happiness. Life vanishes like a speedy little boat made of paper or like an eagle swooping down on its prey. If I made up my mind to forget my complaints and put away a sad face to be cheerful, I would still shudder with pain.   O, God, I know You’ll

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. …