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?
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.
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
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:
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.