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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 Version   Hear 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, 7-8 paraphrased into everyday English   Hear my prayer, O Lord. Bring Your ear close. Answer me in Your righteousness, Your faithfulness.  

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 English   I’m calling to You, Lord. Please hurry and help!   Let my prayers come before Y

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 version Lord, 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 hav

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 English We give thanks to You, O Lord. We give thanks. For Your Name is near. Your Name holds wondrous deeds.   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. …