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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 9: Remembering

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 9 (Original text, NIV)

“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.

I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you. For you have upheld my right and my cause; you have sat on your throne, judging righteously.

You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.

Endless ruin has overtaken the enemy, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished.

The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Sing praises to the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted.

O Lord, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death, that I may declare your praises in the gates of the Daughter of Zion and there rejoice in your salvation.

The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.

The Lord is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.

The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God. But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.

Arise, O Lord, let not man triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence.

Strike them with terror, O Lord; let the nations know they are but men.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 9:

Thank you, Lord, for all you have done in my life. Please give me the ability to share it with people in a way they will understand.

Thank you for the relief and joy you have brought me over the years. I’ve called on you many times, and you have never failed me!

In my life, some problems have seemed insurmountable. And yet, they are problems to me no longer! To the extent that, sometimes, I hardly remember them. You have made a way in impossible situations. You have restored relationships. You have brought physical healing, material resources, spiritual freedom, and mental wellness. You have sustained me during my darkest times. For all of these, Lord, I praise and thank you. I don’t know where I would be without you.

You’re with us for the long haul. We read of your many victories in the Bible. We experience the touch of your Spirit. We look forward to your righteous rule on earth. You don’t give up on us.

You have a special way with anyone who is in distress. You never ignore us when we call on you.

You always remember us. We must always remember you, and all the things you have done in our lives. Lord, help us to not forget. To not forget your goodness and faithfulness. To not forget to thank you for the hope you have brought us.

I’m not done here yet, Lord. I still ask for your mercy. I will need your help. There are many things that scare me. Many things that threaten me. Struggles lay ahead. Be merciful, Father. Take care of me, through it all.

Help me to focus on your past victories in my life. May I gain strength from those memories, when my faith wavers.

I put my trust in your justice, even as I live out my days in a world that seems so dark. I know you have put limits on evil, on how far you will let it go. And no matter how dark or hopeless it seems, we know that you will always fight for those who remember their need for you.

Come back, Lord. We need you here. We need your help to restore our world.

Amen.

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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 – Pause (Selah?)

Good morning! I am speaking to you from yesterday evening, as I write these posts the night before. And tonight, I am tired. It has been a day. I invite you to catch up on any Psalm prayers you may have missed (links are below), and do leave any prayer requests you have in the comments. I hope to resume with Psalm 9 tomorrow.

Let’s remain at Jesus’ feet, where true life is found!

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Warmest wishes, love and blessings –

Lisa

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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 8: Humility

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 8 (Original text, NIV)

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 8:

Lord, you created everything we see here. Even in my small life, I’ve seen and experienced things that have amazed me. Fluorescent sunrises and sunsets. Frost that intricately coats tree branches, and then sparkles in the air when the wind catches it. The intoxicating aroma of a warm June day. The music of a child’s laughter.

And that’s only what I can see. That’s only what I know. You created, not only all those things, but the things that stretch beyond my sight and experience. You’re more amazing than the most amazing things, though I cannot comprehend it.

Incomprehensible, yet accessible to the smallest child. I thank you for the faith of children. For how soft their hearts are to your gentle touch. For how quickly they put their faith in you, with abandon. For how you use them, to bring light and joy and drive away darkness.

And to think of it – that this great big story, which you are slowly weaving, revolves around us, as small and insignificant and slight as we are? Just the other day, I was reflecting on how little I’ve traveled. But even if I had seen the whole world, that is only a fraction of what you have made. In the midst of all of that – could we really be the object of your affection and attention? That’s what you said. And Jesus proved it.

We may boast of human progress, but all that advancement, all that glory, is only there because you have bestowed it. You have allowed it. It’s not to our credit.

You’ve given us some abilities, sure – but even more than that, I think, it’s because of your permission that we have been able to do what we’ve done. You’ve allowed us to use the things that you made – to learn, to discover, to build.

But let us never forget, that you are the source. Help us to submit to your sovereign rule, and not become all puffed up with pride, as if we had made the world ourselves.

Amen.

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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 7: For When You Are Attacked

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 7 (Original text, NIV)

“O Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, or they will tear me like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

O Lord my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands – if I have done evil to him who is at peace with me or without cause have robbed my foe – then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.

Arise, O Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice.

Let the assembled peoples gather around you. Rule over them from on high; let the Lord judge the peoples.

Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.

O righteous God, who searches minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure.

My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses his wrath every day.

If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.

He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.

He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment.

He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made.

The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 7:

Oh, Lord. We’ve all been here before: attacked. It seems to come from nowhere. A sideswipe, perhaps. Or maybe, a punch directly to the gut.

It’s shocking. And it hurts.

Lord, if there’s anything I’ve done – a sin I need to repent of – please reveal it to me! If there is a reason for what I’m experiencing that I can’t see, please show me your perspective.

Please fight for me, Lord. I feel so alone in this. Even if I were to attempt to explain it, I don’t think anyone could understand it but you. I need your intervention in this situation!

You are the best one to judge between us, Lord. Only you know what is in our minds and hearts. I invite you to do this, because you are good. You will restore what is right – even in the most impossible situations. You can, and you will. You will do it, right before our eyes. I wait for this, Father. I anticipate it. Your judgments. Your righteous rule.

What a blessing, to feel your approval! And how gently you restore me, whenever I lose my way. You save me, because you see my heart. You see how badly I wish to follow you. You know how I love you, Jesus.

And, you are powerful! All too quickly, we water you down. We assume that you can’t, or you won’t. But you can, and you will! Lord, humble our hearts before you. Remind us of who you are! You are well-equipped to defend and save, any and all who call on your name.

Though I may be tempted, I know there is no benefit to acting poorly in this situation. It will only recoil back on myself. For that is the way of things. That is your design.

Instead, I bring my case before you, Father. Thank you for your goodness; your righteousness; your trustworthiness. You will never let me down.

Amen.

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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 6: A prayer for those who suffer

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 6 (Original text, NIV)

“Oh Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony.

My soul is in anguish. How long, O Lord, how long?

Turn, O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.

No one remembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from the grave?

I am worn out from my groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.

My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.

Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping.

The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.

All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed; they will turn back in sudden disgrace.”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 6:

Lord, have mercy on us. We don’t deserve your favour, but you give it to us anyway! I choose to claim that truth in our lives today!

Today, I lift up the people who suffer. There are many of them. You already know this, Lord. Those who suffer in physical pain, or mental anguish, on a daily basis. Those who wonder if they can go on another day. Those who are in the midst of a dark season; a long, long winter. Are you there, Lord? Make yourself known to them, I ask.

In addition to the suffering, there is the loss of purpose. They can’t do the things they used to do. The things they thought you wanted them to do. They feel stuck. Imprisoned by their illness or situation. “What is the point?” they may ask.

The suffering has made them exhausted. There isn’t strength for anything else, except bearing the burden of one moment to the next. Even their eyes hurt from crying.

But you see them, Lord. You hear them. Every groan, every cry. Every prayer. I ask on the authority of Jesus’ name that you lift these people up out of the pit. Give them hope and relief. When their strength is not enough to carry them to the next moment, please do it for them. Whisper wisdom and encouragement to them. Help them to see from your perspective. I ask that you would heal them. Give them insight, that they would understand your purposes in what they are experiencing. Bless them with a peace that doesn’t make any sense, as they present their requests to you with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6-7).

We know, Lord, that you will never abandon your people. Nothing can snatch them out of your hand (John 10:28-30). Please fight on their behalf and sustain them in their wait for deliverance.

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 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.)

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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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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