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Praying for the media with Psalm 12

As you read Psalm 12, keep the media in mind and prayer. Perhaps our complaints about them and our prayers for them might help them to see the tremendous power they have for good, for healing, and for unity in this country and around the world. Help, LORD! Have godly people gone? Have the faithful disappeared from the human race? Who’s lying now? Slick speech and double-mindedness make it hard to tell. LORD, please put a stop to slick talk! Shut boastful mouths who have said, “We can say what we like! Who will stop us?” LORD, You know how poor people have been oppressed, and needy people from every race and culture groan. Help us to stand up for them! And, please, LORD, provide the help they’re gasping to get! Only Your promises have no self-serving motives. Your Word is like silver purified seven times. You, O LORD, will protect us from all ills. You will guard us from all jadedness, even while wickedness struts about, and people keep lifting up the e

Praying with Psalm 11

LORD, I choose to hide myself in You. Some might say, “Fly like a bird to the mountains to escape the bow and evil arrows ready to shoot in the dark the upright in heart. If our foundations collapse, then what could a good person do?” LORD, from Your holy temple – from Your holy throne in heaven, surely Your eyes see! Surely You lift Your eyelids to see how people are acting, LORD. You examine each action, but Your soul hates wicked ways and violence. Someday You’ll rain coals of fire on all evil and fill the cups of Your enemies with nothing but a scorching wind! You alone are righteous, LORD, and You love what’s done right. May decent, honest people see Your face everywhere. Psalm 11 prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler , using many of the translations found on Bible Gateway , ©2017. …

Praying with Psalm 10

LORD, why does it feel like You’re so far away? Why do I have trouble finding You in my troubles? I could go on and on about how wicked ways seem to prosper, and helpless people get crushed, but I know You know. … O LORD, arise! Lift Your hand to help! The wicked think You won’t, but I know You see and note wrongdoings. Take them in hand! Helpless ones commit themselves to You. Don’t leave us Fatherless! Break the hold of evil on us, and call us into account for anything not of You until You find nothing ill in us. LORD, be our King forever for people and nations perish without You. Hear our desires, O LORD. Strengthen our hearts. Incline Your ear to us and do justice to those who feel oppressed and Fatherless without You. Let no one on earth strike us with terror. prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler , © 2017 …

Praying Psalm 7

NOTE : The first half of Psalm 7 prays for God’s rescue from adversaries, which, as Christians, we might think of as the nemesis or archenemy of Christ. O LORD my God, I want to run and hide inside You! Save me! Deliver me from ill will ready to rip my soul apart like a hungry lion, tearing it to pieces before help arrives. O LORD my God, if I have done something wrong or used my hands for a poor purpose – if I have repaid good will with ill will or taken something without cause, then let me be overtaken! Let my life be trampled to the ground. Cover my glory in dust. Arise, O LORD, with wrath against the fury of the enemy. Awake and give Your judgment. Let Your people gather around You. Rule us from on high. Psalm 7:1-7, prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2016, after studying scriptures from the many translations found on Bible Gateway ….

Praying with Psalm 6

O LORD, please don’t scold me when You’re angry or discipline me in fury. Have mercy, LORD, for I am suffering. Heal my trembling, troubled bones. Even my soul feels shaky! O how long, LORD, will this go on? Turn back to me, LORD, and rescue me with Your unfailing love. It’s hard to remember You when I feel dead inside. How can I lift Your Name in praise, LORD, when grave worries weigh me down? My sighs tire me. My sobs wear me out! My pillow swabs my face. Grief blurs my vision. My eyes ache with distress. Get away from me, you evil thoughts! The LORD hears my cries. The LORD listens! The LORD answers all my prayers. prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2016, with scriptures from many translations on Bible Gateway

Praying with Psalm 5

Hear my words, O Lord! Listen to me sigh. Attend to the sound of my cries, my King and my God, for to You do I pray. In the morning, You hear my voice. In the morning, I lay my pleas before You and expectantly await Your answer. O God, You do not delight in wickedness. Nothing evil can live in You. Arrogant people won’t be close to You. You hate all wrongdoing. Your truth destroys all lies. You despise violence and deceit. But because of Your overflowing love and kindness, I can enter Your house to worship You in the sanctuary. Oh, Lord, I need You to lead me or my foes and failures will overtake me! Make Your way clear and obvious. Let all foul talk, lying mouths, and flattering tongues be silenced and driven away for such sins show rebellion against You. But let all who take refuge in You be glad. Let them celebrate and sing Your praises. Spread Your protection over all who love Your name. For You bless the righteous, O Lord. You shield them wit

Praying with Psalm 4

Answer us when we call, O God of our salvation! Free us from these pressures and distress! Show us mercy. Hear our prayer. People! People! How long will our hearts be hard? How long will we love what is worthless or chase after lies? Know this: the Lord takes care of the faithful. The Lord God hears our cries. We can be angry without sinning. We can take a rest and really think about what’s troubling us. We can do what’s right – even when it’s hard -- and place ourselves in God’s hands. Many say, “I want to see better times. I want the light of God’s face to shine.” But God has filled us with more gladness than we’ll ever get from food and wine. When we lie down, we can sleep peacefully, for You alone, O God help us to rest in safety. prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2016, with scriptures from many translations on Bible Gateway …

Praying with Psalm 3

Psalm 3 How many are our foes, O Lord! How many rise against us? How many say God gives no salvation for the soul? But You, O Lord, are a shield around us, our glory, and The One Who lifts our head. When we cry aloud to the Lord, You answer us from Your holy place. We lay down and sleep. When we awake, You have sustained us. We need not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against us. Rise up, O Lord! Save us, O our God! You alone can smack down our enemies and break the bite of evil. Salvation belongs to You, O Lord. May Your blessings be on us and all Your people. prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler , © 2016 …