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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 through to God

For many days, Job sat in shock, pain, and anger, looking for answers while listening to friends who didn’t believe in his innocence nor get why he kept questioning God. Although the Lord did not directly answer Job’s questions, His very presence quieted Job’s need to know.   Job 42:1-6 – a prayer of Job from the King James Version of the Bible   Then Job answered the Lord, and said,   I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.   Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.   Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.   I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.   Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.   From  the Book of KJV Prayers  -  actual prayers from the  King James Version  of the Bible (KJV) c

Praying for pardon

We’ve heard about the “sins of the fathers” being “revisited upon the children,” but God said – whether child or parent – each of us carries responsibility for own actions. That’s true, of course, since God said so! But it primarily refers to punishment such as fines or jail time. Bad decisions and unhealthy lifestyles today can, and most likely will, affect even a great-grandchild. For example, they might eat the nutrition-less foods they had growing up. Or they might do drugs because their grandmother did. They might not be taught social skills or the godly standards expressed in God’s word.   As one generation passes poor choices onto another generation who doesn’t know they even have choices, the chain continues – unless we seek God’s power in our lives and those of our ancestors and offspring for generations gone and to come. That’s what Moses did. As the mediator between God and God’s people who had been enslaved for hundreds of years, Moses pleaded for this visitat

Jacob prays for deliverance

Trickery and an aptitude for manipulating people marked Jacob’s early years, but after being treated that way for a long time by his father-in-law, this son of Isaac headed home with a new attitude. The problem was, Jacob didn’t know what his twin brother Esau, whom he’d tricked more than once, might do! However, Jacob did know God had blessed him. Humbling himself before the Lord, he asked for protection and deliverance in this prayer. Genesis 32:10-11   – a prayer of Jacob I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children. From  the Book of KJV Prayers   actual prayers in God’s Word collected by  Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2019, from the  King James Ve

Praying in confession

Daniel 9:4-10 Praying to the LORD, I confessed: O Lord, great God of Whom I am in awe, You keep Your promises and show mercy to those who love and obey You, but we have sinned! We’ve done wrong! We have turned away from You and what You told us is right and true. We have not listened to Your servants or the word You gave to our leaders, our ancestors, and the people of our land. To You belongs righteousness, O LORD, but to us belongs shame. We, Your people near and far – in all the lands to which You dispersed us because of our disloyalty to You – own our own shame. We, the people and our leaders, have not followed You nor obeyed You, but even though we have rebelled against You, O LORD God, to You belong mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. © 2015, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in Daniel 9 from some of the many translations of Holy Scripture found on Bible Gateway. …