For one of our Lilies, Rena…Hope you enjoy your church experience with your children today. 👏🏻👏🏻🙏🏻🕊 Pray your travels will be safe. Give thanks for successful breast cancer surgery this week. Give thanks for team of supporters that walked with you and gave of their time in being available in helping hands and praying hearts. I (we) pray that each server in your team will be filled with much wisdom, guidance and many other spiritual inclusions from the throne of God as they continue their ministry that God has called them to.
I (we) pray above all that unity in the body of Christ will be a community Light that shines high on a hill that will cause many to see the good deeds of Mary, Ellen, Pam, Jon, Jean and other ones even though not named. Good deeds and faith and faith and good deeds are the trees of stars that has low hanging fruit.
Our Lily member, Reggie Webb…as he remains in Duke Hospital with his beautiful, caring, loving wife, Nancy by his side and church family and community in concert to give cheers of praise for each step, Small it seems at times but major indeed when God is the Father and author of Reggie’s Book of Life. Healing and compassion becomes the crown upon Reggie’s Head…
A shout out to Carl Smith, Mr Copeland, Mr Hunt and others that are named in our prayers of hope as they heal.
(Of Prayer) “Hence it appears that to pray aright is a special gift.” John Calvin—- 10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564 was a French theologian, pastor and reformer in Geneva during the Protestant Reformation.
In reading “Praying with Smith Wigglesworth Faith-filled prayers for Fervent prayer warriors by Larry Keefauver” I ran across a prayer entitled “Praying Through.”
It raised questions in my mind as to how I’ve been praying.
Here is the paragraph I need help understanding.
“Teach me, O God,
Instead of praying about, to pray through the problem,
Instead of praying for, to pray in the Spirit,
Instead of praying to, to pray with Thee.”
Questions I have is, am I praying with God and what does that
“God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart.” – Psalm 46:1-2 (CEB)
My prayers today are for the Supreme Court of the USA. The selection and confirmation of a new justice in God’s timing only and His choice for the good of all.
The candidates running for the next President of the USA to have their hearts enlightened with God’s glory. And, the peoples’ listening ear, seeing eye and voting voice to be guided by the hand of the Living God.
And, of no less importance, for your needs and personal concerns to be at the top of the Holy Triune’s decisions for each day. In His Holy Name, I pray!
“The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer. Psalm 6:9 (ESV)
Had I been Joseph’s mother
I’d have prayed
protection from his brothers:
“God keep him safe;
he is so young,
so different from
Mercifully she never knew
there would be slavery
and prison, too.
Had I been Moses’ mother
I’d have wept
to keep my little son;
praying she might forget
the babe drawn from the water
of the Nile,
had I not kept
him for her
nursing him the while?
Was he not mine
but Pharaoh’s daughter?…
Had I been Mary –
Oh, had I been she,
I would have cried
as never a mother cried,
“…Anything, O God,
With such prayers
my finite wisdom
God, how fortunate
This poem is from Ruth Bell Graham’s “Collected Poems.” It’s also available in This Christmas Night: Reflections from Our Hearts to Your Home.
“Nowe let us kneele downe in the presence of our good GOD with acknowledgements of our faultes, praying him to make us feele them better than we have done, so as our whole seeking may bee to submit our selves unto him, and hee may vouchsafe to reach us his hand, not suffering us to bee any more given to our own fancies and affections, but that wee may magnify his goodness which he uses towardes us, and fare the better by it by yielding him the obedience that hee deserveth: specially because hee hath vouchsafed to bring us his lawe and declare it to us, and hath not only showed us the way how to live well, but also vouchsafed to adopt us to bee his children, and to shewe himselfe to be our father and Saviour for our Lorde Jesus Christes sake. That it may please him graint this grace not only to us, but also to all people.”
A prayer of John Calvin from his Sermons Upon the Fifth Book of Moses
Old English as from Calvin’s Day