July 31, 2014

Isaiah 57:15,18-19 Living Bible
The high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: I live in that high and holy place where those with contrite, humble spirits dwell; and I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts. I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them and comfort them, helping them to mourn and to confess their sins. Peace, peace to them, both near and far, for I will heal them all.

O high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, O Holy One,
Peace, peace to the sufferers of autism, especially ______. Shalom, shalom to their bodies.
Shalom, shalom to their souls.
Shalom, shalom to their spirits. Amen.


July 30, 2014

Job 38:16 (ESV)
“Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
or walked in the recesses of the deep?

Almighty God,
Only You have traveled the far reaches of creation. Only You know its intricacies. You have walked the recesses of the deep. You have walked the Hamas tunnels. We extol Your manifold greatness. Come to the aid of the Israeli Defense Forces and guide their footsteps in the dismantling of the tunnels. Amen.


July 30, 2014

Micah 5:4-5a (AMP)
And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God; and they shall dwell [secure], for then shall He be great [even] to the ends of the earth.
And this [One] shall be our peace.

O Anointed One, Ruler in Israel and the household of faith,
Stand and feed Your children suffering with autism, especially ____, in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord our God. You are their peace. Amen.


July 29, 2014

Deuteronomy 33:1,13 (ESV)
This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death. . . .
And of Joseph he said,

“Blessed by the Lord be his land,
with the choicest gifts of heaven above,
and of the deep that crouches beneath . . . “

Our Father in heaven,
I do not know what choice gifts lie in the tunnels that Hamas has dug in Gaza and Israel, but You do. You have promised Joseph with the choicest gifts of the deep that crouches beneath. We humbly beseech You to bless the descendants of Joseph with the choicest gifts from the Hamas tunnels. Amen.


July 29, 2014

Isaiah 48:17-18 (NKJV)
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
Who teaches you to profit,
Who leads you by the way you should go.
Oh, that you had heeded My commandments!

“O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day. (Daniel 9:4-7)

Then your peace would have been like a river,
And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

“O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him. We have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His laws, which He set before us by His servants the prophets. . . . O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see the desolations of ____, an autism sufferer who is a Christ-bearer and called by the name of Your Son; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your child ____ who is called by the name of Your Son.”(Daniel 9:8-10,18-19)


July 28, 2014

From Wikipedia: Slavery in Mali has persisted for centuries,and the Arabic population kept slaves well into the 20th century, until slavery was repressed by French authorities around the mid-20th century. There still persist certain hereditary servitude relationships, and according to some estimates, even today approximately 200,000 Malians are still enslaved.

James 5:1,4 (New Living Translation)
Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. . . . For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Lord Jesus,
You are the door to freedom for the enslaved in Mali. May they open their hearts to You and find themselves in the spaciousness of Your presence, away from the strife of tongues and the hand of the enemy.
O Lamb of God, You have laid down Your life for the poor and oppressed.
O Door of Hope, open a portal in the heavens over them.
O Strong Deliverer, ride forth and rescue Your children from enemies that steal, kill, and destroy.
O Good Shepherd, come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come! Amen.
Psalm 31, John 10

Free Kindle Book: John Calvin – Praying through the Prophets (Jonah, Micah, Nahum)

July 28, 2014

Just discovered an interesting book by John Calvin among the latest free offerings for Kindle:

Praying through the Prophets: Jonah, Micah & Nahum [Kindle Edition]

It’s part of a series. (Here are the links for each individual book)

There are short prayers compiled from John Calvin’s commentaries.

Here’s an example of a prayer from Jonah 1:

Jonah 1:4-7

Grant, Almighty God, that though we are here disquieted in the midst of so many tossings, we may yet learn with tranquil minds to recumb on thy grace and promise, by which thou testifiest that thou wilt be ever near us, and not wait until by a strong hand thou drawest us to thyself, but that we may be, on the contrary, ever attentive to thy providence: may we know that our life not only depends on a thread, but also vanishes like the smoke, unless thou protectest it, so that we may recumb wholly on thy power; and may we also, while in a cheerful and quiet state, so call on thee, that relying on thy protection we may live in safety, and at the same time be careful, lest torpor, which draws away our minds and thoughts from meditating on the divine life, should creep over us, but may we, on the contrary, so earnestly seek thee, morning and evening, and at all times, that we may through life advance towards the mark thou hast set before us, until we at length reach that heavenly kingdom, which Christ thy Son has obtained for us by his own blood. Amen

Wow!  I’m very excited to have found this book, and the whole series… What a great resource to help us pray through the Scriptures.


July 28, 2014

This verse is buried in the geneology of Ephraim’s descendants. It caught my eye because it was unusual for a woman to build cities. I think one interpretation is that praise builds defenses.

1 Chronicles 7:24 (NIV)
His daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth Horon as well as Uzzen Sheerah.


The two towns, Upper and Lower Beth Horon (Josh. 16:3,5), were separated by only a few miles. These twin towns were called Upper and Lower because of the great difference in elevation between them. Upper Beth Horon was approximately 615 meters (2,000 feet) above sea level, while Lower Beth Horon was only 369 meters (1,200 feet) above sea level. The steep descent between them provided the best pass through the mountains from Jerusalem to Joppa (modern Jaffa) and the Mediterranean Sea. For this reason both towns became heavily fortified at various periods in history as a means of defense for Jerusalem.

Father in heaven,
We thank You for the gift of song. May there be continuous music that magnifies Your Holy Name on earth and in realms unseen.
When the wall around Jerusalem was dedicated to God, musicians were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres. The musicians had built villages for themselves around Jerusalem.
Today, may there again be a ring of praise music in the villages around Jerusalem. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Amen.
Nehemiah 12:27-29


July 28, 2014

Psalm 85:7-10 The Voice (VOICE)

7 O Eternal One, show us Your unfailing love;
give us what we truly need: Your salvation.

Thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus.
8 I will hear what the True God—the Eternal—will say,
for He will speak peace over His people,
peace over those who faithfully follow Him, [but do not let them abuse His gift and return to foolish ways].

Speak peace–shalom–over Your people who suffer from autism spectrum disorder, especially _________.
9 Without a doubt, His salvation is near for those who revere Him
so that He will be with us again and all His glory will fill this land.

Through the church, make known Your infinite and boundless wisdom to all rulers and authorities in heavenly realms. (Eph 3:10)
10 Unfailing love and truth have met on their way;
righteousness and peace have kissed one another.

Make known Your unfailing love, Your truth, Your righteousness, and Your peace (shalom) in ________.


July 28, 2014

Psalm 140:4-7 (ESV)
Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
preserve me from violent men,
who have planned to trip up my feet.
The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,
and with cords they have spread a net;
beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah
I say to the Lord, You are my God;
give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord!
O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.

O Lord, cover the heads of the Israeli Defense Forces dismantling the tunnels and preserve them from harm. Amen.


July 27, 2014

In 2000, only 62–65% of the population was estimated to have access to safe drinking water and only 69% to sanitation services of some kind.

Exodus 15:23-27 (ESV)
When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.

Triune God, we throw the cross of Christ into the waters of Mali.

There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.”

You are the healer of Mali.

Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water.

You are the fountain of living water. (Jeremiah 17:13)

John 7:37-38
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

Let Mali be a land of rivers of living water, O God. Amen.


July 27, 2014

Isaiah 9:6-7 (ESV)
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Christ Jesus, You are the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. We humbly beseech You, by the zeal of the Lord of host, to imprint Your peace upon the body, soul, and spirit of those suffering from autism spectrum disorders, especially ________.
Shalom, Lord Jesus. Shalom for chaos. Shalom.

Ebola virus

July 27, 2014

From the BBC:

Nigeria says it has put all entries into the country on red alert after confirming the death of a Liberian man who was carrying the Ebola virus. The man died after arriving at Lagos airport on Tuesday, in the first Ebola case in Africa’s most populous country.

O Father,
The Blood of the Lamb over the portals of Nigeria! The Blood of the Lamb!

Previous Ebola prayers

Hat tip: TitusOneNine

South Carolina litigation

July 27, 2014

1 Chronicles 28:9-10 (NIV)
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”

Our Father in heaven,
We lift up the Episcopal Church in South Carolina and the Diocese of South Carolina–the parishes, the litigation teams, and the bishops. May they seek You and dedicate themselves to become households of faith, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord, a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Amen.
Ephesians 2:19-22


July 27, 2014

Job 12:21-22 (ESV)
He pours contempt on princes
and loosens the belt of the strong.
He uncovers the deeps out of darkness
and brings deep darkness to light.

With You, O God, are wisdom and might. Uncover the tunnels and bring them to discovery by the Israeli Defense Forces. Pour contempt upon the demonic princes of Hamas, and loosen their belt. Amen.

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