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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

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. …

Praying through the ashes

A Bible prayer for Ash Wednesday to begin the church season of Lent Psalm 51:1-10 Be merciful to me, O God! In the greatness of Your mercy, wipe out my sins and wipe away the stains. I’m aware of my faults, and my rebellions against You haunts me! Against You – and You alone have I sinned. I’ve done wrong by You! So You’d be right to judge me. And You have every right to condemn me. I’ve gotten myself into trouble since birth. I’ve been inclined to be selfish ever since my conception! But You want me to get real. You desire me to look inward – with sincerity and truth – and find Your wisdom waiting for me there. Purge my sins, and I will be clean. Cleanse me, and I will be as fresh as new snow. Help me to hear the sounds of joy and gladness. Help me to be aware that my brokenness is healed. Hide my sins from Your face, and blot out all ill will in me. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew Your Spirit within me. © 2015, Mary Ha