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Sunday will be the second Sunday in Advent. The candle is a candle of peace.

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I forgot that I had all these photos – this Advent wreath is from Thorngrove Christian Church

A Prayer for Peace

Grant Your Peace Lord, I pray, upon those in the midst of conflict this Advent season; and indeed, in all seasons. But, there’s just something about the “Christmas” season that makes conflict more – conflicting during this time of the year.

I pray for those in genuine conflict – in battles, and in wars, with actual bullets and all too real blood-letting. I pray “Peace” Lord, knowing, that until You come again – there will be no real peace for this kind of war. So, until then, I pray “safety” instead…

 

I pray for those in figurative conflict – in battles for their minds and souls. I pray for those who know that “something” ought to be different. But what? And how?  I pray “Peace” Lord, knowing, that “this” battle can be won, that guilt and “chains” can be removed. That all that is needed is for the word to be spread. Give me the words, Lord…

 

I pray for those in spiritual conflict – in battles where the war has already been won, and the prisoners set free, and all that is wanting is for the victory to be claimed…. I pray “Peace” Lord, knowing that they (we) just (sometimes) don’t realize it. Give them (us) Grace, Lord to see the Victory.

 

I pray “Peace” Lord at this Advent season – and all seasons of the year.

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A High School Graduation

 

I thought I would watch graduation and be filled with great words of wisdom.

I did, but I wasn’t.

I thought as I witnessed the “gauntlet” of teachers applauding the graduating seniors that I would be thankful for each of them, and have deep thoughts about how they touched each of our boy’s lives.

I was, but I didn’t.

As we went out to eat at the restaurant of our choice, I looked around at my father-in-law, my husband of 30 years, our older son and his fiancee, and our graduating senior and his girlfriend; I was so amazed at where we were, and how God had blessed us. And believe it or not, I was without words…

On the way home, I kept thinking, “Why us, Lord? When there are people suffering all over the world, why have we been so blessed?”

I thought of the 8th Psalm – “What is man that You are mindful of him…” and I thought “what are we, that You have blessed us so…?”

I went to bed feeling incredibly humbled and blessed.

Then, I woke up at 2:00am to the sound of Lifestar going over. At once, the words filling my mind were, “Lord, I pray for whomever’s life is about to be dramatically changed forever.”

My next thoughts immediately went to where our boys were supposed to be. But… what if…

What if our graduating senior, for some wild unknown reason (so uncharacteristically) decided to choose this moment to rebel and not go to project graduation?  What if our older son and his fiancee decided to go to the mountains after supper? And I halfway held my breath and waited for a phone call.  (Oh ye of little faith…)

As all the “what ifs” swirled in my mind, I knew in my heart that they were ok. But even at that, I knew that someone’s life was about to change – forever. And I prayed for them.

I finally drifted back off to sleep, trusting that whatever God gave/allowed would be used for His Glory. Blessed be the name of the Lord, my God…

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Praying Nehemiah’s Prayer

Think on this phrase: “Righteousness postpones judgment.”

When we think of that, we often think of the 2 Chronicles scripture of “If My people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

However, what comes to my mind is Nehemiah’s prayer in Nehemiah chapter 1. Nehemiah asked his “kinsman” how things were in Jerusalem, and he said, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” (NLT) Nehemiah wept and fasted, and then he prayed…

The following is a paraphrased prayer based on that scripture, for our “people” for whom also, “things are not going well…”

O LORD, my God; Thou great and mighty GOD; You, Who keeps Your promises and Your relationship with all those who love You and obey Your commandments, I pray and plead now, hear my prayer, and look upon the burden of my heart today.

GOD, I have prayed night and day for these, Your people. No matter what I’m doing, they are never far from my thoughts, and their troubles weight my heart.

GOD, I have no right to ask anything for we have sinned against You and have not kept your commandments. Even those (and especially those) within the Body which we call “church”, even we have not kept your commandments – there is not a one of which we have not broken. You gave the greatest commandment of ‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength” and to “love your neighbor as yourself” and we have not come close to loving You, nor our neighbor… sometimes we don’t even love ourselves, either.

Even our talk – our “lips” are unclean, for we speak derogatory and insulting words about our very own brothers and sisters in Christ. God! That ought not to be so…

We’ve been warned, God. For we are not exempt from the curses of which You warned Moses and gave through the prophets, again, and again, and again. You will punish sin.

But You also, with such great love and mercy promised that if we’d just turn to You, You would bring us back from the deepest, darkest pit in which we might find ourselves. You promised the Israelites to bring them to the very place where You “made Your mark”; where You set your Name – literally and figuratively… And You will bring us unto Yourself as well.

O Father, we are Your people. We have been saved by the blood of Your precious Son, through the power of Your awesome might and love. Please, hear my prayer, and listen to the prayers of those of us who carry such a deep burden for Your children and Your church. May we hear Your Word, and Your Truth, and may we find answers to the specific prayers we pray today…

In Jesus’ Name – Amen.

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Overwhelmed by your prayer list?

I have what I call, my “refrigerator” list. It began as a small list of people that I wanted to be reminded to pray for, more often than “specific” prayer times.  I would see this list on the refrigerator as I passed by a hundred times a day, and I’d lift them up in what A.W. Tozer calls “countless thought prayers.”

As time went on, names kept getting added to the list until today the page is covered, and names are written in margins, along the edge and scribbled even between other names. And I, at times, am overwhelmed by it all.

How do I pray for all these people? What about all the others with the same or similar situations? And, what do I say when I don’t know what to say…?

One day as I was looking at the list I began thinking about the “list” as a whole. I thought, “There must be others with the same dilemma. How would I tell them to pray?” And this prayer was born…

Prayer List Prayer

            Father, I lift up to You today, Your servants of the Kingdom. I lift up those who are doing battle – those who are fighting the good fight; those who are running the race, who are staying the course.

            I lift up those who are striving on to perfection, those who are children in the faith, and those who are unaware, or worse, uncaring.

            I lift them up by name:

(Look at your list. Read off the names, remembering and praying for each person’s need as you know it.)

I lift them up by occupation:

(As you’re looking at your list, pray for others of their occupation. For instance, if someone on your list is a nurse, lift up other nurses, members of the medical field, and those for whom they will be caring this day.  If someone is a teacher, lift up teachers of all kinds and their students, etc.)

            I lift them up by affliction:

(If someone is sick, lift up others with the same sickness. If someone is traveling, lift up others who are traveling for business or pleasure. If someone is an unbeliever, lift up other unbelievers.)

            Father, as I see faces with each name, I know that you see hearts, spirits and souls. Touch them I pray.  Speak to their hearts and meet their needs. Strengthen their spirits, and comfort their souls. May they hear Your call and come to know the Joy of the Lord.

            Father, I pray that in all we say and in all that we do, Your Name may be praised and glorified.

            In Jesus’ Name,

                                    Amen.

 

 

 

 

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How Intercessory Prayer Works

 

Paul (in speaking about the Old Testament stories) said, “These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.” (1 Corinthians 10:11 NLT)

 

For how intercessory prayer works, read Exodus 17:10ff. In Exodus 17:10 and following, the Israelites were in a battle with the Amalekites. As long as Moses held his staff in the air, the Israelites were winning, but when he began to tire and drop his arms, they began to lose. Then, Aaron and Hur came alongside of Moses and held his arms up until the battle is won.

Are you tired and weary in a battle you are fighting? Imagine the intercessory prayer of others holding your arms aloft during the struggle. There was a time in my life where I literally remember saying (as I drove down the interstate – I still remember the spot) “The only thing that keeps me going is knowing that Ruby and Georgia are praying for me…”

Nearly every Sunday these two women would come up to me at church and ask how it was going, and say, “I just wanted to know how you were doing… I’m praying for you, you know.” That made all the difference!

Do you need your arms held up today? Or, whose arms can you hold up today?

Paul also said (2 Corinthians 1:4) “He [God] comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (NLT)

Have you been comforted? Who can you comfort today?

Do you need comfort? Ask someone to come alongside of you and pray for/with you today. DO NOT try to do it alone!

 

Prayer:

Father, I lift up those who are seriously struggling today. I picture many of them in my mind and I see their battle weary faces. May these prayers give them comfort and strength to face the battle this day. God, I have been so comforted and strengthened by the prayers of others, may I never fail to be willing to come alongside others and comfort them with that same comfort. Thank You for sending us the Comforter, Your Holy Spirit, to be with us – in us, and thank You for allowing us to participate in Your work. May everything we do bring You glory – in Jesus’ Name – Amen

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This is the last devotional in the book section “Why Pray”. I hope you have enjoyed these. Tomorrow will start with a new section.

 

Why Pray

One night as I was praying before I went to sleep I said, “Lord! There are so many and so much to pray for – so many sick; so many hurting… how can I pray for them all? How many would You have me pray for? And I heard, “How many do you want to rejoice with?

There’s a lot to be said about prayer… do our prayers really change God’s mind? Does God keep count of how many are praying? Does He ever say, “Oh gee! If you’d only had one more person praying I would have answered…”

Yes, Moses prayed and God “relented” – but was it Moses’ prayer that did it, or did God simply allow Moses to participate in His will?

I think the major reason for prayer (and this distills a multi-week study on prayer) but the bottom line is – when we pray, we get to praise God for His mighty work. If we don’t pray – we don’t limit God, we just miss out on an opportunity to Glorify Him!

This came painfully home a few weeks ago when a friend asked me to pray for a doctor’s appointment she had. The test results could have been life-changing. And, although I put the day and time on my calendar – and prayed as I wrote it down… I forgot to pray about it that day.

She called me after she left the appointment, praising God for an answer to prayer. It was good news! She said, “I felt your prayers holding me up…” Well… it wasn’t my prayers she was feeling…

However… even though I rejoiced with her, I could not participate fully in the joy, because I had not prayed…

God is sovereign – He does not need us to help Him decide” what to do – but He does allow us to glorify Him when we participate in the process.

So which ones did I pray for last night? As many as I possibly could!

Prayer:

Thank You Father for the privilege of prayer and graciously allowing us to see Your mighty hand at work. You are an Awesome God – You are Almighty and You are Sovereign. As the Psalmist said, “What is man that You are mindful of him? Yet You have made him just a little lower than the angels…” And You have allowed us access to the throne room… O God! We hear You bid us “come”. May we indeed – do that very thing. We pray this in the Name of the One who intercedes for us – even Jesus – Amen.

 

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The Privilege of the Word

Father, as I behold Your Word before me, I am in awe of the privilege that You’ve given me – and not only the privilege Lord, but the responsibility as well. GOD! This is Your WORD! Men and women have died to make this Word available to me; and what am I doing with it? I feel such a weight – such a burden to share it – to teach it – to give others the “want-to” to read it for themselves. (But who do I think I am to do that?)

Father, most of the people I know and associate with know the stories – we’ve heard them all our lives, but Lord, we don’t really “know” the stories. They are “fairy tales” – we don’t know what they are saying to us – what You are saying to us…

Father, we don’t “read what we read.” Even if we take the time to actually read Your Word, we don’t look at the words, we don’t dig for the meaning, and we think… (God forgive us) we think we already know… and so, we don’t listen, either.

What is the context, Lord? We can’t just take bits and pieces here and there and expect to really hear You. What is it they call it Lord, “proof text?” That we can “prove” anything in the world we want to prove, and say anything we want to say, (and make Your Word say anything we want it to say) if we just take Your Word away from its Holy Spirit inspired place and setting – away from its context?

Our children are woefully ignorant of Your Word. Our churches are woefully ignorant of Your Word, and You’ve said, “My people will perish for lack of knowledge…” No Lord, ignorance isn’t “bliss” – it’s as dangerous as a rattlesnake… or should I say “serpent…”

Lord, hear my cry. Lord, feel this anxiety that grips the pit of my stomach. Lord, see my aching heart. And show me what to do.

 

In Jesus’ name – Amen.

 

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O Father, I pray for those whom I would be teaching – either in a Sunday School class, Bible Study class, from the pulpit or from this book. You know, Lord, who they are, and who will be present or reading at any given time. You alone know their hearts and their needs.

Through Your Holy Spirit O Lord, prepare their hearts and stir in them a desire to hear You. And grant me Father, through Your great mercy just to have a small part in the delivery of the message. And for that great privilege, I give You all the glory and praise!

In Jesus’ Name – Amen! And may it be so!

 

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I Will Pray for You

God, I’ve done it again! I told another person that I’d pray for them. God! I just can’t seem to stop myself. When anyone tells me of struggles or troubles in their lives, I just blurt out, “I’ll put you on my prayer list.” And they seem so appreciative Lord – it really seems to lighten their load. But then Lord, I have to actually pray for them! And I don’t know what to say. I don’t know Your will for their lives. I don’t know the answers. So, what do I say, Lord? What do I say…

And not only that, but the list grows and grows. Who’ve I forgotten to pray for today, Lord? Whose face did I fail to see during my prayer time? Please don’t withhold any grace or comfort on account of my pitiful service, or my pathetic prayer life…

God, I’m so weak. The spirit is indeed willing, but the body is weak, and I, like the three disciples, simply fall asleep. While my brother or sister is crying and in pain, I… am asleep… God forgive me.

Open my eyes to see the needs. Open my heart to see the pain. And open my ears to hear the cries of Your children. God give me wisdom to know Your will, and may my prayers be a “sweet aroma” wafting back into the Throne room. May Your very Spirit carry my groans and lack of words back into Your presence, translated into the “correct” words and utterances that will bring peace and healing.

And now Lord, I lift these up to you:

 

 

In Jesus’ Name… Amen.

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I’ve added a new page to my blog. It’s called “Book Journey”. You can read about it here. I will be sharing writings that I hope to incorporate into a series of books. Some will be duplicates of previous blog posts – some are brand new. I hope to share these devotionals daily – if you haven’t signed up to receive Prayerlogue posts, please do so – and please share them.

Also I’d appreciate your feedback (especially encouraging words! Ha!) But, actually anything that you think will help me. Either comment or e-mail me (e-mail info can be found here.

So – for today let me share this…

How do I worship Thee? Let me count the ways – from the depth of my soul to the height of my dreams; from the length and breath and girth of my being; from my conception to my demise; from my insides to my outsides – O LORD, I will worship Thee.

I will call upon You in the night, and sing to You in the morning, and remember You in season and out of season, in darkness and light, in sorrow and in joy; in pain and in pleasure – You, O LORD, will I praise. Amen.

The first segment is titled:

Why Pray?

God said, “Pour out your heart to Me and I will hear and answer, and show you things you do not know.” (Paraphrase Jeremiah 33:3)

Save Me From Despair

In checking the search terms that bring people to my blog, those having to do with “despair” always touch my heart. Today one simply said, “Save me from despair”.

Oh God! What must they be feeling to type these words into an internet search engine? Are they searching for You? Have they given up on You? Do they even know You?

What is despair? Have you ever felt what you would call “despair”?

When we are children, despair is getting our ball stuck on the roof or losing the ice cream from our ice cream cone. A little later it’s not having a date for the dance or not making the team.

Then despair is not getting the job or wrecking our car – our only mode of transportation. Things change as we age and it’s the phone call in the middle of the night – or no phone call at all. It becomes the doctor’s report or the sound of sirens, coming closer. It’s the look in a loved one’s eyes, and the news that follows. It’s another bill that’s due, or two, when there is no work and no money.

For others around the world, it’s the sound of gunfire and airplanes or a knock on the door.

Despair changes as we age and our circumstances change, but the knot in the pit of your stomach remains the same. If you are in that spot today – I am praying for you.

Will you pray for me?

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