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Bible Promise of joy for the New Year

  Nehemiah 8:10 – “Let this day be holy unto the Lord! Let go of grief and sorrow because the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Heavenly Father, You created our emotions, so You know we cannot help how we feel! You know our moods and mind-sets swing. You gave us emotions as outlets or ways to let go, for You know that holding our feelings in or trying to bury them only makes an eruption likely at an unexpected moment or untimely time!   Help us to be honest with ourselves about our grief and sorrows. Help us to embrace our emotions as the outlets You intended, but let go of them and hang on to You in faith, believing You will work out everything for our good.   Oh, what joy that brings!   From Kneeling on the Promises of God – book of God’s promises from God’s Word followed by a prayer response by Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2019   …

Magnificat: Mary’s Magnificent Prayer

Can you imagine the Virgin Mary’s puzzlement and awe when Gabriel, the Angel of God, appeared before her? Then even more puzzling and awesome, the Angel announced that God had chosen her to bear His Son! Immediately, Mary believed him but, naturally, had questions. Gabriel answered, explaining how the Holy Spirit would come upon her or, as many translations say, “overshadow” her. As Mary took this all in, Gabriel went on to tell her something only Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah knew: that the elderly couple would soon have their first child. By then, Elizabeth was only three months away from the birth of a son, who would become known as John the Baptist. But, perhaps because of her age or Zechariah’s temporary muteness as a result of his unbelief or because she didn’t know how people would respond after years of taunting her for being barren – for whatever reason, Elizabeth had kept herself confined for six months. Surely she needed help! And, now with child herself,

Praying for Bible Prayers!

If you've saved this blog as a Fav, you might notice the new URL . We're now a website with an exciting new adventure on the way, we pray! Please ask your friends to follow us as we pray actual Bible prayers - prayerfully paraphrased (pray-er-a-phrased) into contemporary language. Just click the hotlink above or copy/paste - - into your browser. May God bless you and give you the prayers to pray. ...

Praying God's promises through a storm

As Hurricane Dorian approaches the United States, fear can sweep over us like a tidal wave! God knows this and has already given us comfort in these words: Proverbs 3:24-26,  Contemporary English Version (CEV) …you will rest without a worry and sleep soundly. So don’t be afraid of sudden disasters or storms that strike those who are evil. You can be sure that the Lord will protect you from harm. As you read and re-read those comforting words from God’s Word, what words would you use to claim that promise in prayer? For example: Heavenly Father, no matter how scary things seem, we claim Your protection for we truly believe You want only good for us and not harm. Thank You for letting us know we have nothing to fear as we rest in the strength of Your love. Praise You, Lord, for protecting me and my home, church, community, and loved ones in Jesus’ Name, amen. Mary Sayler, ©2019 …

Praying Bible prayers and Bible promises

For several years, the Bible Prayers blog has focused on actual prayers in the Bible – prayers that have been prayer-a-phrased (prayerfully paraphrased) into contemporary language after comparing many of the translations found in my home and also on the Bible Gateway website . If you’ve followed this blog (thank you very much and God bless you!) you’ve probably noticed long gaps between posts, which I pray will be only temporary. Meanwhile, I’ve been collecting and paraphrasing Bible prayers for a book, which, Lord willing, will soon be available because I believe so strongly in its importance – first as a means of providing an up-to-date version of actual Bible prayers in one easy-to-read book - and also because praying those prayers means we automatically have prayer partners from the past, present, or future, who agree with us in prayer as two or more of us gather in Jesus’ Name. In addition to that goal, a thought recently came to remind me that powerful, timeless, an

The Catholic Youth Prayer Book

This second edition of The Catholic Youth Prayer Book , which Saint Mary’s Press kindly sent me to review makes a highly appropriate gift for Easter or any time of the year – not only for Catholic teens and young people but Christians of all ages. Divided into four sections, the book includes: Part I Prayers for Daily Life Part II Prayers from the Catholic tradition Part III Methods for Personal Prayer Part IV Liturgical Prayer Throughout the book, Bible prayers appear, often from the Psalms but also Ezekiel, Matthew, Philippians, 1 Peter, and other books found in Hebrew scriptures or the New Testament. In addition, you’ll find creeds of faith and prayers from spiritual giants such as St. Augustine, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Jerome, Ignatius, and more. As you might imagine, Part II, Chapter 5, “Prayers and Devotions to Mary,” is most apt to cause concern for non-Catholic Christians, who have assumed the honor given to her is a form of wors

May the peace of the Lord be with you

Don’t worry! Be prayerful. Ask God for everything you need, and thank God, even as you pray. And the peace of the Lord, which is too great to understand, will keep watch over your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler , © 2017, using scripture from various translations on Bible Gateway …

Praising Our Father with The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Our Father in Heaven, holy, holy, holy is Your Name. Oh, how I want Your Kingdom to come and Your Will to be done in my life, in my home, in my church, in The Church on the earth as it is in Heaven. Thank You for giving us Your Word each day – our bread, the Bread of Life. And thank You for giving us Your forgiveness and helping us choose to forgive others for trespassing against us. We thank and praise You, Lord, that we can trust You to never lead us into temptation but always deliver us from evil and all kinds of ills. We praise You, praise You for Your Kingdom life in us and Your Holy Spirit power. May all we are and all we do be for Your praise and glory forever and ever in Jesus’ Name, amen . ©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler …

Prayer of praise to God

Praise You, LORD! Praise You in every place Your people find You. Praise Your infinite embrace of the universe. Praise You for Your magnitude, magnificence, and mighty acts. Praise You with every instrument of musicality. Praise You for creative gifts of song and dance and poetry. May every living being praise You, Almighty God, with singing and every breath of life. Praise You, LORD. Praise You. © 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, a poet , writer , and lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible , and the church, researched Psalm 150 from many of the translations on Bible Gateway before prayer-a-phrasing this poem. ...

Jesus’ parable on prayer attitudes

Jesus told this parable to show how some people trust their own goodness rather than God from Whom all goodness comes: And Jesus said: Two guys went up to the Temple to pray. One collected and kept all the rules of the law. The other collected taxes. So the Rule-Keeper stood by himself and said: “Thank God, I’m not like the other people in this place! Thank God, I’m not a thief or a scoundrel, and I don’t cheat on my wife. And, oh, thank goodness, I’m not a tax collector like that guy over there! Twice a week, I fast, and I tithe ten-percent of every last penny. Meanwhile, in the back of the Temple, the tax collector stood away from everyone else. Beating his chest, he said: “Oh, God, have mercy on me, a sinner!” And Jesus said: I tell you, that child of God went home justified. For who can be made right with God while lifting themselves above God? But God will exalt anyone who comes humbly in prayer. Prayer: Dear LORD God, we praise and worship and exalt

Praying for God’s help

Psalm 31 O LORD, in You I run for shelter. Let me not be put to shame. Deliver me In Your righteousness. Fold Yourself around me, and quickly rescue me. Be my strong rock! Be the stronghold that saves me for You are my fort and fortification. For the sake of Your Name, You lead and guide me. You pull me from unknown traps. You are my strength! Into Your hand I commit my spirit. And You, O LORD God of Truth, have brought me back! Others may trust in worthless ideals and obsessions, but LORD, I trust in You. I rejoice in the kindness of Your love and am glad, just knowing You understand my complaint. You understand the troubles of my soul! You did not hand me over into hurtful hands but handed me a place with ample room to stretch and grow. Even in my distress, I can see how gracious You are, O LORD! My eyes closed down with grief, my soul and my body also. For years, sorrow upon sorrow spent my life with sighs. My strength failed in wrongdoings,