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Praying to hear and be heard

Many Psalms began as the personal prayers of King David, who consistently turned to God with his problems and praise. These prayers and others in the Bible still speak for us today.Psalm 143:1, 7-8 from the King James VersionHear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.Hear me speedily, O Lord: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.From the Book of KJV Prayers - actual prayers from the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) collected by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019 …Psalm 143:1, 7-8paraphrased into everyday English

Sacrificing fear and anger for prayer

Flames and people raging. Wild fires. Wild accusations. Everywhere anger. Everywhere fear! What in the blazes is going on! 
This Bible prayer from Psalms reminds us: Throw prayer onto the flames!

May every fear, every worry, every flare-up become fuel for prayer. May everything that incenses us become incense to the Lord.Psalm 141:1-3 – a prayer of David
from the King James Version

Lord, I cry unto thee:make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.From the Book of KJV Prayers - actual prayers from the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) collected by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019 …Psalm 141:1-3 – a prayer of David
paraphrased into everyday EnglishI’m calling to You, Lord.Please hurry and help!Let my prayers come before Youlike incense.Let the lifting of my hands

Praying for God to protect

King David, a strong man of God, found strength in praying for God’s protection. Many of his Bible prayers in the book of Psalms provide a pattern of praying for God to protect us in frightening times that threaten our safety.Psalm 140:1, 7 – a prayer of David
from the King James Version
Deliver me, O Lord,
from the evil man:
preserve me
from the violent man;
O God the Lord,
the strength of my salvation,
thou hast covered my head
in the day of battle.
From the Book of KJV Prayers - actual prayers from the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) collected by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2019 Psalm 140:1, 7 – a prayer of David
in everyday English
Deliver me from evil, Lord!
Protect me from violence.
O Lord, my God,
my mighty Savior,
You have covered
my head for the battle.
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 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…

Prayer in time of trouble

O Lord, turn Your ear toward me
and hear me please
for I feel poor and pitiful
with none to trust
but You.

Keep my soul safe, O God,
for I am faithful.

Save me to serve You.

Answer my all-day call
with Your grace and mercy.

To You I lift my mind,
my will, my spirit,
and You raise my soul on high!

For You are kind
and eager to forgive
all who call on You.

O Lord, I give You
the voice of my plea
for You will hear
and answer.



©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler studied several translations of Psalm 86:1-7 on Bible Gateway before writing the above prayer-a-phrased poem.