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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 5: Perseverance

The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.

Psalm 5 (Original text, NIV)

“Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing.

Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell.

The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong.

You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the Lord abhors.

But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple.

Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies – make straight your way before me.

Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongue they speak deceit.

Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 5:

Lord, I feel weary. But that should not stop me from coming to you for help. In reality, my exhausted times are when I need you the most!

So please help me to stop neglecting my time with you. It is so hard, to get up early enough or have the ability to concentrate on you when there is so much commotion in my home. In my life.

But when I’m away from you, I miss you. Why should I deprive myself of someone so good as you?

Part of that goodness is that untruths have no place with you. You are just; you set things right. I’m thankful that I can trust you in these things.

Because I read something in the news today that upset me. Something a politician said. I don’t believe it was true and I think it will have only done one thing: pit people against each other. Against me, even.

But although I may feel unwelcome in some places, I know that you are full of mercy. You welcome me into your house, with open arms. Thank you for that, Jesus.

Help me not to get sidetracked or behave poorly, even if I am upset. Please give me the strength, self-control, and endurance to not misrepresent you or give you a bad name.

And Lord, I ask that you would help truth to be revealed. That you would stop the spread of any harmful lies.

I ask for your blessing over my brothers and sisters. Especially the ones in other parts of the world, who face extreme consequences for simply confessing you as their Lord. Please give them strength. Cover them with your protection, and fill their hearts with joy.

Strengthen us as well. May we not lose heart due to the extreme cold, the shorter hours of daylight, the restrictions, the inconveniences, the cancellations. Give us stamina and perseverance to continue to seek and serve you with a good attitude. Thank you for the many freedoms that we do still have. Help us to use our time and resources well.

We love you, Lord. Please grow our love for you, Jesus. Increase our passion.

Amen.

To catch up on the rest of this series, you may click the following links:

As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 4: Distractions

The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.

Psalm 4 (Original text, NIV)

“Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.

How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?

Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him.

In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.

Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.

Many are asking, ‘Who can show us any good?’

Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.

You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 4:

Here I am again, oh Lord. I will keep coming back, again and again. Because I know that you are good. And you care, when I am in distress.

You are the best thing that has ever happened to me. But many people just don’t get that. How can they? There are so many distractions. So many things offered by the world, promising happiness, joy, safety, comfort, fulfillment. So many things to turn our attention away from you.

My quest for fulfillment has led to you. That is where you intended it to take me. You placed these desires within my heart, to draw me near to you.

And yet, who am I? Do I have a right to be angry with anyone? To be upset, because they do not understand me?

No. They are on a journey, just as I am. May they find you, Lord, when they need something more. When relationships fail. When health is threatened. When addictions no longer satisfy. When leaders fall. When money isn’t enough. When all their toil brings them nowhere.

Lord, it’s you who we need! Help us, to turn away from worthless distractions. They have failed us, again and again! Come to our rescue, Father.

Fill me with your Spirit! I’ve enjoyed the holiday feasts. I’ve savoured the wine. But nothing compares to the fullness you bring.

And because of you, I sleep at night, despite the many things that trouble me. I know that you hold them all in your hands.

Amen.

To catch up on the rest of this series, you may click the following links:

As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 3: Deliverance

The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.

Psalm 3 (Original text, NIV)

“Oh Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!

Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’

But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.

To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill.

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.

Arise, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 3:

Oh, Lord. It breaks my heart. The way we turn against each other. The way that some have turned against me. The hatred that can even grow unfettered in my own heart.

Please forgive me, Lord. Help me not to take things so personally! Father, it doesn’t matter what other people say. All that matters is you. And you know me so deeply. How I love you, Lord.

I am so thankful that you never ignore me. Everything I say is important to you. Thank you for always being near, whenever I call. I need you, Lord. I need you every moment of my life.

Father, you are the only reason I can sleep at night. I praise you for your faithfulness, when I call out in fear from my bed, in the dark. I thank you for your comfort. For your peace, that surpasses our understanding. I thank you that we can have this peace in the face of so many frightening thoughts and circumstances, that seem to haunt us from every angle.

The world is yours, and everything in it. I rely on you. I call on you and ask you to defend me from any evil thing that would rise up against me or my loved ones. You are my hope, Lord. You are my only hope. How I love you.

May you bless us, Lord. May you hear the prayers of your people!

Amen.

To catch up on the rest of this series, you may click the following links:

As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 2: The World

The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.

Psalm 2 (Original text, NIV)

“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.

‘Let us break their chains,’ they say, ‘and throw off their fetters.’

The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.

Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, ‘I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.’

I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, ‘You are my Son, today I have become your Father. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.’

Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.

Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 2:

Lord, we look to our leaders, our rulers, our politicians – as if they are in control. You have anointed them, but I know that you are the only one who can truly help us. Please guide them and give them strength and wisdom, to do their jobs well.

Thank you for your direction, laws, and wisdom, which you have provided in order to protect us. Help us to value and trust in your words.

We look forward to your return to Earth – something that is difficult for us to imagine right now. However, the Bible says, and our Christian faith hinges on this belief: you are the risen Lord. One day, you will return, and put an end to the tyranny, evil, and pain that we constantly see all over the news. Lord, we rely on this hope, and ask that you would hasten your return, and strengthen our faith. (“Lord, I believe – help my unbelief!”)

I pray for our leaders and decision makers. I thank you for them. Please keep their intentions pure, and their focus clear. Give them the ideas, resources, and abilities they need to help the people of the world. Take care of them, Lord. Help them to know you, and understand your character and heart; your intentions for the nations. May they be humble, and honest in their dealings.

Lord, we take our refuge in you, and assert in faith: you are the only one who can truly help us. May you bless us, and forgive us for the countless sins and travesties that have been committed over the years. Only you can renew our world.

Amen.

(This post first appeared in its original form on The Manitoba Mom Blog on April 29, 2020. Click here to view.)

To catch up on the rest of this series, you may click the following links:

As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 1: Thought Life

The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.

Psalm 1 (Original text, NIV)

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wickedor stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 1:

Lord, please focus my thoughts. Direct my steps towards the ways that please you. Please provide friendships for me that will bear good fruit and draw me nearer to you. Help me to be open to those friendships. Help me, Lord, to not dwell on negative things. This can be such a struggle, some days!

Write your words on my heart, Lord. Fill my head with your thoughts. Please help the Bible to be meaningful to me; give me understanding and insight.

Help me, Lord, to thrive – could you be my water? Help me to be healthy in every way: mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually. Help me to do good work that will be effective in the right ways.

I know that your ways are best. May I not get sidetracked by the things of this world: selfish ambition, wealth – the things that pass away.

Have mercy on me, Lord. I know that your eyes are always on me, and I thank you for that.

Amen.

(This post first appeared in its original form on The Manitoba Mom Blog on April 24, 2020. Click here to view.)

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What is Better (Series Intro)

As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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What is Better

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’

‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.'”

Luke 10:38-42 NIV

Hustle and bustle. Work hard. Be heard. Keep busy.

This is the cry of our culture. This is often the cry of my heart.

It’s not all bad. Work and productivity are gifts from God that yield rewards. This is a biblical truth – we read about it throughout Proverbs, and throughout Ecclesiastes.

But listen to our Lord’s gentle advice, to hardworking Martha. A woman He loved, and indeed appreciated.

I can hear the smile in His voice. I imagine Him stretching out His arm to her and calling, the same way I do to my kids when they are all wound up about something.

“Martha, Martha! Please, it’s alright.” He sees her distress. “You’re all upset. Come here and take a break. Sit with me a while. The world will not fall apart without you. You don’t have to keep it all going. You don’t have to keep the plates spinning and the balls in the air and the pans in the fire all on your own. That’s actually my job. I just want you to come and sit with me a while. That’s all.”

I love to end and open the year in Jesus’ company. Yesterday evening, as I sat with Him and watched an online prayer service, He filled me with peace, and joy. He renewed my love, not only for Him, but for other people – which, to Him, is equally important. He warned me about something that is likely to happen in my life in the near future, but also filled me with reassurance and peace that it would be alright. He gave me ideas of how to reach out to others. He renewed my focus and sharpened my direction, in the things that I am already doing.

One of the ideas I had, as I sat with Him yesterday evening, was to bring back a blogging series that I began in the Spring of 2020 but did not continue. I had intended to pray through the Psalms on my blog. To read through the Psalms, which is a book of prayers, and then write my own prayer to go along with each one, personalizing it line by line.

What better way to begin 2022, than to spend it at Jesus’ feet?

So, I will do my best to show up here every day, for the month of January, and pray through a Psalm with you. I will invite you to pray along with me in the comments and leave your prayer requests. I would be so blessed to pray with and for anyone who wants to join in.

There are many things that will compete for our attention in 2022. I would like to begin by choosing what is better – and indeed, what is best. If this is the cry of your heart as well, join me. It will not be taken away from us.

Happy New Year, and I hope to see you back here tomorrow!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Decluttering, Prayer & Fasting, and Emotional Wounds: A January Update

It’s been a long time since I just wrote about what’s been happening in my life. And honestly, I am not feeling very inspired when it comes to writing blog posts! I don’t have any big ideas to share, and the things that I would want to write about, I wonder if anyone would be interested in except myself. (Maybe I’ll end up writing about them anyway.)

A big focus for me lately has been decluttering my home. This is one of the things I may write about in a future blog post. It’s been a slow process, because I get sentimental about objects and agonize over each thing that I try to get rid of. But between selling things online, donating them, and using the trash bin once in a while I am gradually getting the house to where I want it to be. The exciting part, for me, is seeing a space that was previously cluttered with junk now open and available, and making it pretty with objects that I actually want to look at each day. My husband got me an Ikea gift card for Christmas, so I am planning to use that to buy some fake plants or a new piece of furniture as a sort of reward for getting rid of so much stuff.

My church is having its annual prayer and fasting month, a topic that I wrote about more in-depth last year. It’s been quite meaningful for me thus far, and I’ve been keeping track of insights and how the Lord is guiding me in my journal. One of my main personal prayer requests is a direction for my career in the future. But in response to all my petitions God has really pressed upon my heart the huge value of making my boys my priority right now, loving on them as much as I can while I have the chance. I get a very heavy impression that this time in their lives is pivotal in the spiritual sense and will impact their futures in countless ways. This realization has renewed my strength, focus, and dedication to be what they need in a mom. It is still difficult some days, as I often wrestle with inner struggles, fatigue, boredom, and frustration.

To expand on that last word – frustration – we have reached nearly two months here in Manitoba of being under extreme restrictions due to the pandemic. I haven’t been able to see family or friends, even during Christmas, aside from a few brief curbside visits; large portions of stores are completely blocked off so that we only buy essential items; and pretty much everything else is closed. I could go on but I won’t. Suffice it to say, I am holding out for the day that I am able to go out and buy a “non-essential” 2021 calendar! I love paper calendars, I hate using the one on my phone, and I need to keep track of meals and other events somehow. I’m running out of space on the bottom of the December 2020 page…

My messy meal plan

Moving back to prayer and fasting – another topic that has come up (somewhat unexpectedly) is relationship struggles. I feel that God has shown me I have a severe wound of rejection that hinders me from being able to connect with people the way that I desire to. This wound has come from a variety of situations throughout my life. If not for God, it would have been a fatal wound. The picture that comes to mind is of several swords in my mid-section, which is cut completely open. I’m sorry if this is a disturbing image but quite honestly, I have had great peace in this realization. God is like that. He sees not only my mistakes and sins, but the pain that lies behind them, and He desires to heal me.

And if there ever were a time to practice not taking things personally, not bearing grudges, and behaving decently despite differences of opinion – it would be now!

I know there is a very real possibility of things continuing to shift and change in 2021, both worldwide and in my personal life. This sometimes causes me to fear. However, I am encouraged by another picture that came to mind during my prayer and fasting time: an earthquake, causing fractures along fault lines that were actually all there in the first place, though we may have been unaware of them. I think this has been a time of adjusting, exposing, breaking, shaking away excess, and re-considering. I know that some not-so-nice areas of myself have been revealed lately, and shown for what they are. Now, I can fight them off through prayer with the help of the Holy Spirit.

I pray that you will stay strong in the Lord this year, and I look forward to reading the posts of all my favorite bloggers as I am able to do so in the coming months.

With warmest wishes and love,

Lisa

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Ask, Seek, Knock

I’ve been looking at my phone more than ever lately.  Times of upheaval and change call for desperate measures.  Like reading news stories, compulsively searching job ads, grasping at deals on local used items, and researching government programs.

I’m kidding, of course.  But those are precisely the things I’ve found myself doing.  I feel a course adjustment in the works but I don’t know which direction to take, or where it will lead us.  And I’m afraid.

And the words ring through my mind: “ask, seek, knock.” Ask…Google?  Seek…the guidance of website, after website, after website.  Knock on the screen of my phone.  Tink, tink, tink.

But nobody’s listening.  There’s no one there.  There are no answers, no solutions.  (I guess Google just doesn’t get me.)

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“For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Luke 11:10 NIV

In Luke 11:5-13, Jesus is teaching about prayer.  He describes two vignettes.  One is of a person knocking on his friend’s door late at night, asking for food to help feed an unexpected house guest.  His friend, at first, declines to help.  But because the person keeps knocking, he gives in and helps the poor guy out.

The second example is of a father with his child.  Jesus explains that even earthly fathers will normally feed their children when they are hungry.  A good father will not give his child something damaging, like a snake, or pointless, like a rock, when what the child needs is good, wholesome food.

In the past when I have read the first scenario, the message seemed to be: if you’re really annoying and keep begging God for what you want, eventually, He’ll give in.  At least, that is the impression given by the New International Version:

“Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.”
Luke 11:5‭-‬8 NIV

I do believe that persistent prayer is of value for the purposes of developing and nurturing a relationship with God, and allowing Him to shape me and my requests.  Maybe sometimes, there are even forces at play in the spiritual realm, that I need to persist in praying through.  But…really?  Does He give in out of annoyance?  Is He waiting for me to impress Him?  To beg, or show off, or ask a certain number of times?  There must be more to the picture than that.

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So let’s imagine Jesus with us.  Let’s put ourselves in that little circle of disciples, hungry for His guidance on prayer.  And let us listen to how He begins His sentence.  First, the King James version:

“And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?”
Luke 11:5‭-‬6 KJV

And then, the English Standard Version:

“And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’?”
Luke 11:5‭-‬7 ESV

Do you see the question mark at the end of the passage, that was removed in the NIV version?  Notice, that Jesus is phrasing the scenario as a question.  He says, “Which of you?” Or in other words, who has this ever happened to?  Who has a friend like this, who wouldn’t even get out of bed to help?  If even he will finally help if you keep asking, imagine how your Father in Heaven will respond!  Will He give you snakes and stones to eat?  No, no…He’s better than all of that.

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This is where I had a little help from an online commentary on the passage.  Elisabeth Johnson of workingpreacher.org writes:

“Hearers today might empathize with the woken-up friend and think that the midnight caller is pushing the limits of friendship.  But in the culture of the biblical world, it is the woken-up friend who is behaving badly.  The ability of his friend to provide hospitality, and thus his honor, is at stake.”

She goes on to say:

“Jesus’ parable implies that if it is so among friends with their mixed motives and self-interest, how much more so with God who wants to give us what is good and life-giving, and who is invested in keeping God’s name holy.”

How much more so.  How much more so!  With God, than with human friends, who may be unreliable.  Or even than with a human father, who may disappoint, ignore, or hurt his children.  How much more so, will our loving God hear, and answer, and fill our prayers.  The first time.  The second time.  The third, the fourth, the fifth, AND the sixth.

Every.  Single.  Time.  He’s not waiting until we get to 100 repetitions in order to listen.

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Luke 11:13 ESV

I don’t know about you.  But I can’t spend hours praying about each item on my list.  (Sometimes, I do.)  But other times, it’s just a quick sentence under my breath.  Or even, a thought.  What my pastor calls “dart prayers”:  “Lord, I give this to you.”  “I put this in your hands.”  “Lord, please bring resolution.”  “Oh God…HELP!” 

“Dart prayers” such as these may not cultivate a rich, fulfilling prayer life.  But I don’t think that God listens to them any less.

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In summation, I believe that the thrust of Jesus’ teaching in this passage from Luke is:

Rest assured.

When you hear no answers, rest assured.  You are heard.  The Lord is better than a sleepy friend or an imperfect parent.  If you ask, seek, and knock…you will receive, find, and walk through.  Maybe it will take longer than you like.  Maybe what you’re asking for is no better for you than a rock or a snake, and one day you’ll be glad the answer was no.  Maybe, there’s an angle to your story that He sees, that you cannot.  Maybe, He’s helping you get down to the heart of your needs, and it’s different than what you are aware of on the surface.  But whatever the case, you can trust Him.

And maybe, I’ll still ask Google.  But I know who can really help me.  In fact, He’s the only One who can.

What are your thoughts on this passage from Luke?  How do you understand it?  As always, I would love to hear your ideas in the comments section below!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 2: The World

The Psalms is a book of prayers.  It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God!  Join me as I pray through the Psalms.

Warm wishes,

Lisa

A prayer inspired by Psalm 2:

Lord, we look to our leaders, our rulers, our politicians – as if they are in control.  You have anointed them, but I know that you are the only one who can truly help us.  Please guide them and give them strength and wisdom, to do their jobs well.

Thank you for your direction, laws, and wisdom, which you have provided in order to protect us.  Help us to value and trust in your words.

We look forward to your return to Earth – something that is difficult for us to imagine right now.  However, the Bible says, and our Christian faith hinges on this belief: you are the risen Lord.  One day, you will return, and put an end to the tyranny, evil, and pain that we constantly see all over the news.  Lord, we rely on this hope, and ask that you would hasten your return, and strengthen our faith.  (“Lord, I believe – help my unbelief!”)

I pray for our leaders and decision makers.  I thank you for them.  Please keep their intentions pure, and their focus clear.  Give them the ideas, resources, and abilities they need to help the people of the world.  Take care of them, Lord.  Help them to know you, and understand your character and heart; your intentions for the nations.  May they be humble, and honest in their dealings.

Lord, we take our refuge in you, and assert in faith: you are the only one who can truly help us.  May you bless us, and forgive us for the countless sins and travesties that have been committed over the years.  Only you can renew our world.  Amen.

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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 1: Thought Life

The Psalms is a book of prayers.  It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God!  Join me as I pray through the Psalms.

Warm wishes,

Lisa

A prayer inspired by Psalm 1:

Lord, please focus my thoughts.  Direct my steps towards the ways that please you.  Please provide friendships for me that will bear good fruit and draw me nearer to you.  Help me to be open to those friendships.  Help me, Lord, to not dwell on negative things.  This can be such a struggle, some days!

Write your words on my heart, Lord.  Fill my head with your thoughts.  Please help the Bible to be meaningful to me; give me understanding and insight.

Help me, Lord, to thrive – could you be my water?  Help me to be healthy in every way: mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually.  Help me to do good work that will be effective in the right ways.

I know that your ways are best.  May I not get sidetracked by the things of this world: selfish ambition, wealth – the things that pass away.

Have mercy on me, Lord.  I know that your eyes are always on me, and I thank you for that.