Category Archives: Prayer

Have Hope-pray

IMG_1173.JPG“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)

A Poem, Ruth Graham

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
the others.”
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
and she
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,
anything…
but crucified!”
With such prayers
importunate
my finite wisdom
would assail
Infinite Wisdom;
God, how fortunate
Infinite Wisdom
should prevail!

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.

A Prayer by John Calvin

“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

Love in action

Jesus Heals Bartimaeus:
Mark 10:51-52 “…Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.”

” Immediately he (Bartimaeus) regained his sight and began following Him (Jesus) on the road.” As, I pause and think how Jesus is a reactionary in our relationships when we do our part by reacting to Him, I give praise! What do you do?

My praise goes something like this. “It’s all about you, Lord. Not me – but you. Before I get out of bed, I will lift my voice aloud and pray Your Prayer. Hopefully, I will respond to your words in doing my part for love in action to become a reality where my feet are planted today.”

Prayer Growth

I would like to hear about how groups you are a part of take prayer request and handle the request. As many of us look for ways to grow and learn in prayer we look for ways to connect with others in caring and sharing.

Rebecca Dwight Bruff shares “…it’s not about us. It’s about what God is doing in the world. What if all of Jesus’ apprentices imagined a world made whole and holy by the love and grace of God?” She also shares her thoughts of the what if’s by saying, “I BELIEVE THAT asking “What if?” is a worthwhile spiritual practice. It keeps our eyes and minds open to what God is doing in the world, and it keeps us grounded as well.”

I sat in church this past Sunday celebrating “Homecoming” a practice some churches still celebrate to acknowledge their history. The history of the church was given on a digital overhead overview of just shy of 150 years. I took notice that my father’s family were ‘steel magnolias’ in that little corner of God’s earth. Before, I entered the doors I felt a little proud to acknowledge my heritage when I heard words from my heart echo,    “… The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it…” Psalm 24

Gary and I greeted our church bulletin with neon joy as we gazed upon the drawing of  the church building on its cover.  Inside was overflowing with pleasures for the day. The back cover was laden with name after name of suffering and pain.  My heart of pride turned to dust and I begin to imagine Jesus taking His finger and writing truths in my dust, all loved, accepted, healed, and gifted as mercy drops fall on each life given by grace as I prayed.

Moses asked to see God’s Glory, And God said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, ‘The LORD’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.” Exodus 33: 18,19,  Romans 9:15

Today, I hear God say, “Sara, it’s not about you and what you will and the way you run your race BUT about God who shows MERCY!” Romans 9:16 Just pray!

Pray

Jacques Ellul is quite right, it seems to Gary and I, though very bold, when he says, “It is prayer, and prayer alone, which can make history.… To pray is to carry oneself toward the future. It is both to expect it as possible, and to will it as history.”

How does one pray

“How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days.” Matthew 24:19-21 NIV

As I listen to world news today of tensions, threats of war and especially the women and children held in Iraq on a mountain with no food and water, I can’t stop the picture thrashing in my mind of the words spoken by Jesus and recorded in the Book of Matthew. The deepest compassion of Jesus shows in this passage. How my heartfelt cries go out for these woman, men and children that are being told leave your Christian faith or die!

Heavenly Father, give world leaders wisdom, courage and faith to act to help Christians around the world. Give your church grace, mercy and a knee bending desire to pray. Minds to speak and support our brothers and sisters that are being deeply persecuted for their faith. Hands to serve and hearts to love. May we rightly discern your word with understand.

“But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.…”

DAILY EPIPHANIES

Do you look for and expect surprises daily? I try to. I found one this am and it was a great epiphany for me.

Recently, I have been dealing with left knee pain. I had it checked and x-ray said, no cartilage! Oh, yes, I have a new focus now. I am having to babysit my knee. It’s been like this for a few months. Needless to say, kneeling must be a big problem for ones like me with a hurting knee. So, no kneeling have I done. Although, every once in awhile I felt like deep inside I wanted to kneel and pray but, my prayer ended up being about my knee.

This morning I was slowly painting my face with makeup when it occurred to me I wanted to pray ‘saving faith and saving grace’ for someone(s) I knew. I really wanted to kneel because I felt pain for them beyond my knee. I took off and threw myself down next to my bed. It was a cloud! The best kneeling ever. When I finished I looked down and my down comforter had fallen to the floor to catch me and my knee. I didn’t want to leave. What comfort for my knee. But, most importantly, I felt the power of the Holy Spirit moving with even more comfort to those that I felt to take my little nothing cosmetic time and my babysitting job and kneel and pray to meet a power beyond my imagination. I had an epiphany!

Look for and expect daily epiphanies! Yes, moments of sudden revelation or insight.