Who is like you, Jesus – a wonderful prayer of praise

May 13, 2014

Thanks to Trevin Wax for posting this fantastic prayer this week. I needed this reminder of who Jesus is… (And hey, it even counts as an Easter devotional prayer since it reminds us that Jesus is the life of those who are spiritually dead. 🙂 )

Who is like You, Jesus, sweet Jesus?
You are the light of those who are spiritually lost.
You are the life of those who are spiritually dead.
You are the liberation of those who are imprisoned by guilt.
You are the glory of those who hate themselves.
You are the guardian of those who are paralyzed by fear.
You are the guide of those who are bewildered by falsehood.
You are the peace of those who are in turmoil.
You are the prince of those who yearn to be led.
You are the priest of those who seek the truth.

– Johann Freylinghausen, 1670-1739, from Prayers for Today


Middle East

February 5, 2014

Psalm 29:10-11 Young’s Literal Translation
Jehovah on the deluge hath sat, And Jehovah sitteth king — to the age, Jehovah strength to his people giveth, Jehovah blesseth His people with peace!

Our Father in heaven,
There are many currents flowing over the Middle East–currents of war and destruction and currents of revival of the Christian faith by many conversions of Muslims to Jesus. Your eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose hearts are blameless toward You. Give strength to Your people in the Middle East. Bless them with peace. Amen.
2 Chronicles 16:9


Habit of gluttony

July 5, 2013

Song of Solomon 8:5a (AMP)
Who is this who comes up from the wilderness leaning upon her beloved?

O Lord, help me to lean on You and not on my fleshly memories. Amen.
Proverbs 3:5


Jesus the Homeless (statue)

June 17, 2013

New bronze statue of Jesus as a homeless person.

Deuteronomy 15:11
For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.’


Narrow

November 21, 2012

In Ezekiel’s vision, as one moves from the inner temple to the most holy place, the entrance gets smaller.

Ezekiel 41:1-4 (ESV)
The Inner Temple
Then he brought me to the nave and measured the jambs. On each side six cubits was the breadth of the jambs. And the breadth of the entrance was ten cubits, and the sidewalls of the entrance were five cubits on either side. And he measured the length of the nave, forty cubits, and its breadth, twenty cubits. Then he went into the inner room and measured the jambs of the entrance, two cubits; and the entrance, six cubits; and the sidewalls on either side of the entrance, seven cubits. And he measured the length of the room, twenty cubits, and its breadth, twenty cubits, across the nave. And he said to me, “This is the Most Holy Place.”

O Lord, I am a fallen creature. Take pity and help me enter by the narrow gate. Amen.

Matthew 7:13-14


Prayers for Election Day

November 6, 2012

Just now getting online after a full and busy work day here in W. Africa. I’ve not had any time to do any blogging, or write any original prayer or reflection for Election Day, but here are a few links with prayers for the US and for today’s election.

Pastor Scotty Smith’s Heavenward Blog: A Prayer for Election Day  (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!)  Here’s an excerpt:

 On this Election Day, we bow to you and cast our votes. The brokenness in our country, hearts and world leads us to cry out, “How long, Oh, Lord? How long before you return, Lord Jesus, and finish making all things new?” Until that Day, we will seek to “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” (1 Pet. 2:7). We will seek to live as good citizens of two kingdoms—the city of man and the City of God. We will seek to adorn the gospel and serve you faith-fully, wherever you place us in the community and culture.

     Whatever the results of this Presidential election, (as well as the many, many other offices which will be decided today), we affirm with renewed confidence and in-this-moment gratitude, that you, Lord Jesus, are the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Hallelujah, what a Savior; Hallelujah, what a salvation. And you shall reign for ever and ever! So very Amen we pray, in your loving and triumphant name.

 

Anglicans United: Prayer for the national election

 

Kendall Harmon has a series of excellent prayers posted at TitusOneNine:

A Prayer for Election Day 2012 (I)

A Prayer for Election Day (II)

Please Join Me, no matter what your Perspective or Party, in praying for the American Election

 

Southern Baptist leader Dr. Albert Mohler:  A Prayer for America on Election Day


Invite the good guest after evicting the trashing tennants

November 3, 2012

Here is a useful prayer journal reflection by Christian leadership coach Dave Kraft.

His thoughts contain sound advice for spiritual warfare. Some additional thoughts from L&B:

Knowing our weaknesses, confessing them and repenting of them is an essential part of prayer.

Yet it is vitally important that we be filled and re-filled as well. The evil one waits to reoccupy spiritually empty people:

“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation.” (Matthew 12:43-45 ESV)

That’s the warning, but Jesus gives positive instruction as well:

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 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 11:11-13 ESV)

Father, help us to evict the world, the flesh and the devil, who we’ve foolishly allowed as squatters in our souls. Send us your Holy Spirit to fill us with the life of Jesus, who stands at our door and knocks.

Thank you, Father, for the grace by which you make us into Temples of the Holy Spirit and transform us into living stones built on Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.


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