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Good Friday prayer of Jesus

  On Good Friday, Jesus the Son of God nailed our sins to the cross.   Only a few days earlier, throngs of people had sung His praises and thrown down palm branches to ease His ride into Jerusalem. But now, crowds gathered to jeer at Him as He hung between criminals in the worse kind of torture – crucifixion. Just to breathe, Jesus had to lift Himself up, thrusting His weight into the nails that held His hands against the hard wood while dragging His flesh further into the nails that fastened His feet. And yet…. As the people railed against Him, hurling every kind of insult, and dogs snapped at His feet, and breathing itself became a torture, Jesus used these final moments to pray His last Amen on our behalf: Luke 23:34 – a prayer of Jesus from the King James Version (KJV) Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. From  the Book of KJV Prayers  -  actual prayers from the  King James Version  of the Bible (KJV) collected by  Mary Harwell

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

Pray for forgiveness, peace, healing!

As riots abound around our country and the world, Pentecost week has come, reminding us of the coming of the Law of Moses to bring God's people together and, centuries later, the coming of the Holy Spirit to empower us as we minister to and build up God's people everywhere. And so, in the Name of the Lord God and all that is Holy, l et's do everything we can to communicate God's love: Let's try to truly hear what others have to say, especially if their lives differ greatly from ours. Let's aim to identify each problem and look for workable solutions instead of lumping everything into an impassible mountain. Let's pray together. Pray with the family of Korah. Pray for the Lord to remind us, we, too, are One in the Family of God. Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring forgiveness, peace, and healing in Jesus’ Name. Pray for God’s Love to be clearly visible as the banner He places over ALL of His people. Psalm 60:1-5 – a prayer of the family of Korah

Praying for mercy

We often equate mercy with clemency and compassion, but God’s mercy offers much more. His mercy offers us forgiveness, redemption, and peace .  That’s true for us individually and also for God's family.  We’re all in this together! So let’s pray to receive God’s mercy over us and our country. Let's do all we can to be at peace with God, each other, and ourselves. Deuteronomy 21:8-9 – a prayer of Moses from the  King James Version  of the Bible Be merciful, O Lord, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel's charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them. So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the Lord. From  the Book of KJV Prayers  -  actual prayers from the  King James Version  of the Bible (KJV) collected by  Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2019   Deuteronomy 21:8 – a prayer of Moses paraphrased in

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 a blessing

After being away for a couple of decades, Jacob heads home with two companies of peoples and a massive amount of livestock. Clearly, God has blessed him! So why does he pray to be blessed? Genesis 32:26 – a prayer of Jacob And he (a man of God or angel) said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he (Jacob) said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. From  the Book of KJV Prayers  –  actual prayers from God’s Word collected by  Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2019, from the  King James Version  of the Bible Genesis 32:26 – a prayer of Jacob Lord, I will not let You go until You bless me! From the Book of Bible Prayers – actual prayers of the Bible collected from a variety of translations and paraphrased by Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2019 Jacob had already prayed for deliverance from his brother Esau and sent over 500 animals ahead as a peace offering. He remained behind with his family and servants, but sometime during the night, he

Turning stones into prayer

Acts 7:59-60 As they kept stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Then he dropped to his knees, crying loudly, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” Having said this, he slipped into sleep. © 2015, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in Acts from several of the many translations on Bible Gateway. For a longer version of this episode, read “ Stephen prays for his murderers .” …