A Call to Prayer – Fearless Faith in Turbulent Times

July 2, 2015

A great article by Scott Ward of  the ACNA Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.  Here’s an excerpt (bold added):

Several qualities that Daniel displayed seem very relevant and quite helpful to our present legal and cultural moment. First, Daniel lived with utter integrity at all times. His worst enemies knew that the only “weakness” they could use to attack him was actually a great strength – his faithfulness to God. “We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God.” (Dan. 6:5) (italics added). Second, Daniel perceptively discerned the ultimate objectives of the ruling legal authorities more accurately than the authorities themselves did, and he came up with creative ways to more effectively accomplish those objectives by remaining obedient to, rather than transgressing, the law of God, as Daniel chapter 1 recounts.  Third, Daniel and his friends had unwavering clarity about their priorities, even in the face of the idols of their age and no matter the cost. As Daniel’s three friends eloquently explained, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Dan. 3:17-18).

Most of all, Daniel had great faith in a great God – and he prayed like it. Daniel was wholeheartedly devoted to prayer. He prayed and gave thanks regularly throughout every day and he did so without regard to what others might think or do. Indeed, his primary response to hostile legal changes – changes specifically designed to use his faithfulness to God as a weapon against him – was simply to pray to God, just as he had always done. “Now when Daniel knew that the document [requiring that all people, on penalty of death, worship an idol of the present ruler] was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.”  (Daniel 6:10) (italics added). But Daniel not only prayed regularly, he engaged in deep, prolonged, fervent, humble intercessory prayer, repenting of his people’s sins and imploring God’s grace and mercy upon them. Daniel 9 recounts one example of Daniel’s prayers and of God’s powerful response.

Daniel saw that God is always at work at a much deeper level than we can understand or even see. Daniel also found that God alway works powerfully for the glory of His Name and for the ultimate good not only of those who trust in Him now, but also of those who will come to trust in Him in the future, often as a direct result of the faithfulness of His people.

May we all follow Daniel’s example in engaging in regular and deep prayer for our nation, humbling confessing and repenting of our sins and fervently imploring God to pour out His mercy, forgiveness, and grace through His Holy Spirit on our culture. […]  And may we all, like Daniel, have a great faith in a great God Who does great things for the good of all who will trust in Him. 

Read it all

It was written PRIOR to the Supreme Court decision on marriage, but it still remains extremely relevant.  Prayer is needed now more than ever.

 


Elisabeth Elliot’s Daily Prayer (as a prayer card)

June 18, 2015

I turned the prayer by Elisabeth Elliot which I posted the other day into a prayer card that I could print out and paste up by my desk.  I hope it’s a blessing to many.

The photo is my own work and I give free permission for others to copy and share it without restriction, although credit to Lent & Beyond (@AnglicanPrayer) would always be appreciated.

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Pastor Scotty Smith: A Prayer of Hope

November 6, 2014

A really good, PRACTICAL prayer today by Scotty Smith at his blog Heavenward – what does it truly mean to hope in Christ in various circumstances, versus hoping in our own efforts.  I like his examples…

Here’s an excerpt:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Rom. 15:13

Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Prov. 23:18

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isa. 41:10

     Dear heavenly Father, thank you for revealing yourself as the God of hope—the one who intends our hope to abound; who promises our hope will never be cut off; the God who is our hope. We praise, bless and adore you.  […]

         We come boldly to your throne of grace today, bringing with us some of our challenging stories into the storehouse of your goodness and faithfulness.

     Father, for our children who have yet to find their peace, rest, and home in Jesus, we declare our hope is in you—not in our parenting skills, our “getting it right”, our groveling over past mistakes, or our anything.

     Father, for our marriages, which need refreshment, reconnection, and renewal, we declare our hope is in you—not in our spouses changing, some “magic bullet” marriage conference, or finding the “perfect” counselor.

     Father, for our own brokenness and weaknesses, we declare our hope is in you—not in our multiplied resolutions, certainly not in beating ourselves up, not in our doing more and trying harder.

Read the whole prayer here

 


Trust in God

September 11, 2014

Ecclesiastes 11:1 Young’s Literal Translation
Send forth thy bread on the face of the waters, For in the multitude of the days thou dost find it.

Sweet Jesus, You are the bread of life. We send You forth on the face of the waters, on the sea of humanity. As Your Spirit hovers over the face of the waters, over the sea of humanity, You bring light out of darkness, order out of chaos, and abundance of life. We send You forth trusting that Your love can fill every dimension and every realm, seen and unseen. We send You forth, declaring Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
O Bread of Life on the face of the waters, go forth! Amen.


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.


A Puritan Prayer: Accept Jesus in my Place

June 22, 2014

I found this prayer at Trevin Wax’s blog.  Wow.  It is so powerful and helpful in terms of bringing to life what it means to come to the Father trusting in Christ’s righteousness and not my own.

 

O Lord of grace,
All Your lovingkindness is in Your Son,
I bring Him to You in the arms of faith,
I urge His saving name as the One who died for me.
I plead His blood to pay my debts of wrong.

Accept His worthiness for my unworthiness,
His sinlessness for my transgressions,
His purity for my uncleanness,
His sincerity for my guile,
His truth for my deceits,
His meekness for my pride,
His constancy for my backslidings,
His love for my enmity,
His fullness for my emptiness,
His faithfulness for my treachery,
His obedience for my lawlessness,
His glory for my shame,
His devotedness for my waywardness,
His holy life for my unchaste ways,
His righteousness for my dead works,
His death for my life.

– Puritan Prayer

 

You can find all the great prayers Trevin has published at his blog, here.


A Celtic Prayer – We Look to You to Save and Help Us

March 17, 2014

Over the weekend Trevin Wax posted a wonderful Celtic prayer:

Jesus, Savior of the world,
come to us in Your mercy;
we look to You to save and help us.
We look to You to save and help us.

By Your cross and Your life laid down,
You set Your people free:
we look to You to save and help us.
We look to You to save and help us.

When they were ready to perish,
You saved Your disciples:
we look to You to come to our help.
We look to You to save and help us.

In the greatness of Your mercy,
loose us from our chains:
forgive the sins of all Your people.
We look to You to save and help us.

There’s more, go read it all….  And, oh yes, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The prayer is from:  The Rhythm of Life: Celtic Daily Prayer by David Adam


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