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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 into everyday language
Lord, You freed us! Now please make peace wit…

Bible Prayers: forgive us

Almost every church family prays the Matthew 6 version of the “Lord’s Prayer” aka “Our Father” with regularity, unity and only one notable difference. i.e., When we get to verse 12, some say, “Forgive us our sins,” while others pray, “Forgive us our trespasses” – a word that doesn’t appear in the prayer itself but in the next two verses.

I like that word choice, however, because, from childhood on, I’ve seen “No Trespassing” signs and understood what they meant. Conversely, the idea of a debt wasn’t clear until much later, and, even now, “sin” is an abstract word that’s hard to envision, difficult to clarify, and open to interpretation.

As prayers for the Book of Bible Prayers came together, they remained in the order they appear in most translations. Then, each of those prayers was paraphrased into every day language with one exception – the Matthew 6 version of Jesus’ prayer as recorded in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible:


Matthew 6:9-13 – a prayer of Jesus
“Our Father which ar…

In review: Ask, Seek, Knock

When NavPress sent me a review copy of Ask, Seek, Knock, I realized the author, Tony Jones, had accomplished what I have been hoping to do in the Bible Prayers blog:

• Provide a working definition of prayer.

• Show prayer at work.

• Give people a glimpse of the infinite healing power of God.

• Highlight Bible prayers or prayer principles that will help us to draw closer to Christ in the loving relationship God wants and we need!


©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler


Ask, Seek, Knock, paperback