DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS WK 42 DAYS 1-7, SEPTEMBER 19-25, 2021, HOLY SPIRIT AND PRAYING THE SCRIPTURE

WEEK 42, DAY 1    HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Holy God, may we be a people of learning relationship with You, Your Son, Your Holy Spirit.  We know that “perfect love casts out fear,” 1 John 4:18, so as we continue to approach Your throne room at Your invitation, may we not fear the study of the spirit life. Discernment is our request, Father. We believe You will never leave us.  May we never leave You.  In the Christ’s Name we pray.  Amen

Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will return to You. Psalm 51:13

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

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WEEK 42, DAY 2     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Father, as You teach us the prayers of our forebears, we humbly ask You to credit to their account their willingness to expose themselves, their sins, and their experiences of repentance and joy upon restoration with You. All these years, You have retained their work in written form for us, who centuries later, are learning the same lessons. Nothing is too hard for you. For us, however, we marvel at every detail you have included for later generations of believers. Help us not take for granted their lessons and guide us in learning how to pray the scriptures, O Lord our God. Amen

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness (guilt of bloodshed, death), O God, Thou God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of Thy righteousness (deliverance). Psalm 51:14 (KJV)

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

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WEEK 42, DAY 3     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. Psalm 51: 15

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

Father, this gorgeous autumn day, we declare Your praise, and we continue to ask You never cast us away from Your Presence nor take Your Holy Spirit from us.  Astounding we are given permission to ask this……astounding the Lord Jesus cleanses us……astounding the Holy Spirit guides us.  It is all to Your Praise.  Amen

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WEEK 42, DAY 4     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

For You will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it. You will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:16, 17

As a teen (and even as an adult), I was not too excited about being broken.  Then life continued to happen.  It didn’t matter whether or not I was excited about being broken.  It just was. His ways are just that: His ways.

Father, considering Your ways is what You expect from us.  May we reconcile ourselves to the truth of You and what You the Creator expect of Your created.  The mere thought You want us, the clay pots, the cracked and broken clay pots is overwhelming.  We present our broken spirits to You, O Holy God.  Beyond comprehension, our King of kings met the awful task of taking on our sin, my sin. We don’t even know how to say thank you. Please hear our groans and the groans of Holy Spirit.  Amen

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

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WEEK 42, DAY 5     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

In sacrifice and offering You have not delighted, but You have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required. Then I said, here I am; in the scroll of the brook it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart. Psalm 40:6-8

Today, Righteous Father, as it was written in prophecy of the Son, may we say with sincerity, “I delight to do Your will, O my God. Your law is within my heart.”  Amen

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

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WEEK 42, DAY 6     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to complete His work.”        John 4:34

Father, as Jesus came to this earth to complete Your work, will You empower Holy Spirit to guide us in completing Your work assigned to us.  We are yours, we pray, forever and ever.  Amen

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

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WEEK 42, DAY 7     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

Elohim, Yahweh God, thank you for David’s raw and uncut prayers asking You for Your continued Presence.  Today, Father, we ask “Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.”  Amen and amen

 

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS WK 41 DAYS 1-7, SEPTEMBER 12-18, 2021, HOLY SPIRIT AND PRAYING THE SCRIPTURE

WEEK 41, DAY 1    HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

A penitent’s Psalm of David after the prophet Nathan confronted him regarding his sin with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!           Psalm 51:1,2 (ESV)

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 11

This prayer, O Holy Father, we pray with earnest hope.  Please do not cast us away from Your Presence or Your Holy Spirit.  Amen

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WEEK 41, DAY 2     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You may be justified in Your words and blameless in Your judgment.  Psalm 51:3,4

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 11

Always, Father, we are confronted with ugliness, sin, unrighteousness, even from childhood. Years ago, a grandmother watched her 2yo grandson and 2yo granddaughter play on separate sides of a room, quietly and seemingly without any upset.  Of a sudden, and before GM could stop it, the grandson went over to his cousin and clocked her on top of her head with his truck toy causing pandemonium.  Where does this unprovoked aggression originate? How is this possible?  And angry thoughts in adults….how does that happen?  David is not alone in needing mercy, cleansing, and confession. We love You Father. Amen

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WEEK 41, DAY 3     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me. You desire truth in the inward being, therefore teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Psalm 51:5, 6 (NRSV)

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 11

Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, lead us to inward truth.  Amen

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WEEK 41, DAY 4     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51: 7

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 11

The Lord Jesus’ sacrifice cleanses us.  Amen

Your Holy Spirit guides us.  Amen

Your mercy amazes us.  Amen

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WEEK 41, DAY 5     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that You have broken rejoice. Psalm 51: 8

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 11

When we miss the mark, the anguish of being broken before You cries out for right relationship with You.  One day, this cycle of sin will be finished. A great day of rejoicing with You is the hope You give us.  Amen

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WEEK 41, DAY 6     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right (steadfast) spirit within me. Psalm 51: 9,10

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 11

Holy God, we never want our sins to separate us from You. We pray as David did. Amen

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WEEK 41, DAY 7     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold (sustain) me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51: 12

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 11

Father, You make it clear, we must uphold our side of the relationship, a willing spirit.  Thank You for the prayers of David. Thank You for the prayers of all who have ever ached to be in Your Presence and in one accord with our Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit.  Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS WK 40 DAYS 1-7, SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2021, HOLY SPIRIT

WEEK 40, DAY 1    SPIRIT OF GOD

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision (revelation, prophecy). 1 Samuel 3:1 ESV

Righteous Father, the days of Samuel are long gone.  Yet, are they really? Are there lessons we are to learn from the mistakes the Israelites made while influenced in pagan cultures? They demanded a human king rejecting being led by You as their King.  1 Samuel 8:7.   So, You directed Samuel to anoint Saul king, allowing the people their own way, (1 Samuel 2-10). 

….and the Spirit of God rushed upon him (Saul), 1 Samuel 10:10 and 11:6, and he prophesied among the prophets. 1 Samuel 10:10. 

But because of Saul’s disobedience and sin, “The LORD regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.” 1 Samuel 15:35b. 

Father, even though the Israelites rejected You as their king, You still blessed Saul with the Spirit of God to empower him to be king.  How is it You are merciful despite human disobedience?  Will You bring to mind the ways we reject and dishonor You, so that we can repent?  We ask in Christ.  Amen

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WEEK 40, DAY 2     SPIRIT OF GOD

And the LORD said (to Samuel), “Arise and anoint (David) for this is to be the king.  Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the LORD tormented him.   1 Samuel 16:12-14

Holy God, the ancient stories of disobedience and loss are difficult to bear.  Saul seemingly “had it all.”  You selected him, anointed him, and even sent Your Spirit to empower him as king, but he would not obey You.  Please, Father, help us see beyond ourselves and never let us put ourselves in discord with Your Spirit. Amen

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WEEK 40, DAY 3     HOLY SPIRIT

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  Romans 8:5

Heavenly Father, the mere thought of losing relationship with You and Your Spirit like Saul did is overwhelming.  Help us never give You reason to take Your Presence from us. Help us become aware of the work the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives.  In Christ’s Name and because of His resurrection.  Amen

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WEEK 40, DAY 4     HOLY SPIRIT

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6

Father, we have opportunity to experience life and peace because of Jesus and the Spirit.  Help us set our minds on the Spirit and learn how to do this.  We ask it in Jesus.  Amen

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WEEK 40, DAY 5     HOLY SPIRIT

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law.  Indeed, it cannot.  Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.  Romans 8:7

Help us, Father, keep our minds set on the Spirit. Jesus was able to do this despite forty days of fasting, temptations by the evil one, the shame of the cross, and betrayal by His friends.  You have sent the Counselor, the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth to us.  Help us listen to Him moment by moment.  Amen

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WEEK 40, DAY 6     HOLY SPIRIT

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.” Amos 8:11 ESV

They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it. Amos 8:12 ESV

Father, there are days the news across the world is depraved and ghastly, not unlike the news of the world of Old Covenant days.  Those are wearisome and troubling days because there does seem to be a famine in our 2021 world of “hearing the words of the LORD.”   Jesus told His disciples, “When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own but will speak whatever He hears and He will declare to you the things that are to come.”  John 16:13. We praise You that the Anointed King Jesus conquered death and has sent The Spirit of Truth to Advocate for us.  Without You Father, You Jesus, You Spirit, there is no life, no truth, no hope.  But with You Father, You Jesus, You Spirit, there is all life, all truth, all hope.  And Your people exclaim with great joy, Amen.

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WEEK 40, DAY 7     HOLY SPIRIT

Where there is no vision (revelation, prophecy), the people perish.  Proverbs 29:18 KJV

Praise You Holy God, the Spirit of Truth guides us into all truth.  The vision and prophecy of our Lord and Messiah have been accomplished, and we are not left without vision; until He returns, we have been given the greatest gift, the Advocate, the Holy Spirit.  We cannot claim any work of our own, but only Your mercy leading us home.  We love You, O Holy God.  In Christ.  Amen

Jesus said, “The Spirit of Truth will glorify me, because He will take what is mine and declare it to you.  All that the Father has is mine. For this reason, I said that He will take what is mine and declare it to you.”  John 16:13, 15

We are His, Praise God, Hallelujah, Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 39, DAYS 1-7, AUGUST 29-SEPT. 4, 2021, HOLY SPIRIT

WEEK 39, DAY 1     HOLY SPIRIT

The Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded, and he went out to meet ASA (king of Judah) and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”                     2 Chronicles 15:1,2

Righteous Father, how difficult it is for us to understand the spirit world because of insatiable need for direct measurement by sight, sound, smell, taste, touch. Help us hear You, our Father, in the ways You speak to us.  Amen

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WEEK 39, DAY 2     HOLY SPIRIT

As soon as ASA heard these words, the prophecy of Azariah the son of Oded, he took courage and put away the detestable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities that he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim, and he repaired the altar of the Lord that was in front of the vestibule of the House of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 15:8

Speculations over time by multiple nations, cultures, agendas, and fearmongers make it difficult to for us to understand the Truth of Your relationship with Your Spirit, while our culture confuses spirits with the Spirit of Truth. Thank You, for Asa’s obedience to the Spirit of You God, and please lead us not into disobedient temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen

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WEEK 39, DAY 3     HOLY SPIRIT

Heavenly Father, You have made it clear in many examples similar to Asa You expect us to be with You. The Spirit of God told Asa via Azariah, “The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you.”  For all the days of our lives, may we be led by Your Spirit, O Holy God. Amen

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4: 30

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WEEK 39, DAY 4     HOLY SPIRIT

I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 

This wondrous responsibility to “maintain the unity of the Spirit” given to us mere humans bewilders us under the weight of Your glorious love. Amen and amen

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WEEK 39, DAY 5     HOLY SPIRIT

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.  But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Ephesians 4:4-7

Our Father in heaven, it is nearly impossible to say Your Name without including the names of the Spirit of Truth and the Anointed Savior in the same breath. As we come to understand this more and more, may we prepare to meet You as You are as opposed to how we think You are. Please forgive our finite ideas as we eagerly anticipate Your infinity.  Amen

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WEEK 39, DAY 6     HOLY SPIRIT

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 2:7

Jesus, the Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth reminds us again and again, to hear.  Help us hear more each day, Father.   Amen

 

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WEEK 39, DAY 7     HOLY SPIRIT

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death. Revelation 2:11

Almighty God, You insist upon us listening. Even more You insist upon us hearing. You have said it. It is ours to do it. Help us hear You and You alone by way of Your Son and the Spirit of Truth.  Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 38, DAYS 1-7, AUGUST 22-28, 2021, HOLY SPIRIT

WEEK 38, DAY 1    HOLY SPIRIT

Righteous Father, these next several weeks we dedicate to your majestic gift of the Holy Spirit. We are grateful for the numerous scriptural references to this Person of the Trinity. Today, we claim our responsibility for our part of the relationship with the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit. We ask for guidance, clarity, and obedience to whatever You want to teach us. We love you, Holy God, we love You, Jesus the Anointed, and we love You Spirit of Truth.  Amen

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”  Genesis 1: 2

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WEEK 38, DAY 2

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in (contend with) man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” Genesis 6:1-3

Holy God, how we humans have been ruthless to your mercy, for as long as we've been on the earth. Your holiness exceeds everything that any of us can even perceive. Help us want holiness more than anything else. We love you imperfectly here on earth. We hope for perfection one day when we are in your presence made perfect by the blood of your Son. Amen

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WEEK 38, DAY 3

After Joseph interpreted Pharaoh's dreams and suggested overseers and food preservation for the famines, the proposal pleased Pharoah and all of his servants.

And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command.”               Genesis 41:37-40

Righteous father, it is illuminating to read the scripture, noting even people who do not know You can witness the work and accurately the name the Spirit of God. We want to be people “in whom is the Spirit of God.” Help us grow, O God. In Christ. Amen

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WEEK 38, DAY 4

The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.”

Holy Father, as we pray and learn about the Spirit of God, may we let the scripture speak for itself. Amen

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WEEK 38, DAY 5

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Gather for me 70 men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone. Numbers 11:16-17

We are listening and learning and grateful, our glorious God. Amen

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WEEK 38, DAY 6

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD. And he gathered 70 men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the 70 elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it. Numbers 11:24-25

Heavenly Father, He is Your gift to share.  May we appreciate Your precious mercy….and His.  Amen

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WEEK 38, DAY 7

Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD's people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp. Numbers 11:26-30

O God, thank You for Your Word. Help us to read, reread, and understand whatever You want us to learn together.  By the Savior’s Name we pray.  Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WK 37, 8.15-21.2021, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2

WEEK 37, DAY 1, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2, SHEEP

Curious animals, these.  The 16yo old boy purchased the Suffolk ewes and raised their young establishing a nice sized flock for one so young, showing them at the 4-H County Fair and saving every cent for upcoming educational endeavors.  Working hard all year, his parents gifted him a chance to visit relatives for a week affording him a well-earned rest.  Sadly, upon his return, he found his entire flock had consumed Osage Orange hedge apples, suffocating to their deaths.  His work, his college savings, and his heart all being dealt a severe setback, he felt despair, and as you may expect, the parents were dismayed to find the flock in the morning after all of them had been healthy the evening before.  I wonder, Holy Father, how it must be for You to watch the miseries of Your children.  Please, Holy God, direct us back to your consolation, and draw young people back to Your fold and to the Great Shepherd.  Amen

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.”

Psalm 23:1-3

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WEEK 37, DAY 2, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2, MOURNING DOVES

And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on Him.”

The mourning doves converged in an evening symphony as the mother and daughter worked well past dusk in the garden, the time of day unlike any other. One of peace, this stillness recalled years later calms the chaos and clutter even when city rush blares its noise. And upon the Lord, the dove-like Spirit lit and stayed.  Heavenly Father, may Your peace bestowed in Holy Spirit become our best Friend these next several weeks. You are God.  He is God. And He descended onto our Messiah Who is also God.  How like You to present such a mystery in Three Persons. We stand with open hearts and minds to listen to You, to Holy Spirit, to the Savior, all Three.  Help us not be afraid to tell each of You we love You.  Amen

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WEEK 37, DAY 3, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2, HORSES

He was a magnificent patriarch of the herd of mares, their foals, geldings, and awkward yearlings, protecting with watchful eye and unquestioned courage.  As such, few approached him especially at feeding time save the matriarch and curiously all the foals.  He displayed such a tenderness to the little ones, it was noticeable even to the crankiest in the pecking order of the herd.  None bothered the babies.

Matthew 19:13-14. Then children were brought to Him that He might lay His hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.

Righteous Father, even in the animal Kingdom, Your characteristics of protection are evident. It is necessary for humans to learn how to interact with other humans, so the examples we see frequently in the animal world can point us to basic level kindness. Will you help us to remember “the other,” and to recognize we have responsibility well beyond what may be obvious. Thank you, Holy God for order and peace, and that one day, chaos will be completely eradicated in the return of the Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. Amen

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WEEK 37, DAY 4, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2, CHEETAHS

This coalition of three male cheetahs, likely litter mates, protected their Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, territory and improved predatory endeavors.  Occasionally seen, this brotherhood seems to work well and avoids most infighting of its members. Together, they exhibit group success in unity.

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity (dwell together)!” Psalm 133: 1

Heavenly Father, incline our ears, our hearts, our hopes, and our actions toward unity. Through the Anointed One we pray. Amen

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WEEK 37, DAY 5, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2, ANTS

Following the single file procession of ants for over 300 yards, she marveled at their tenacity and contribution to the colony.

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” Proverbs 6:6  

Got it. Each time there seems to be too much to do and too little time to do it, it is a comfort to think of these tiny responsible insects. Have you forgotten nothing, O Lord, our God! Amen

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WEEK 37, DAY 6, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2, GNATS

Righteous Father, will You remind me again why I'm supposed to be grateful for gnats?

Help us not be blind guides. Amen. Matthew 23:24

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WEEK 37, DAY 7, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2, TORTOISES

The 800 pounds giant Galapagos tortoise had somehow been overturned on flat land in a recent fight and was rocking back and forth on its shelled back with extended feet in the air. Fortunately for him, he lived in a zoo where attendants could right him. Otherwise, his demise would likely have been complete.

Heavenly Father, will You help us stay out of fights with other humans? Perhaps we can take a cue from Moses.

And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:13- 14  

Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 36, AUGUST 8-14, 2021, PLANT LESSONS--PART 2

WEEK 36, DAY 1    HAPPY FLOWERS

Have you ever seen anything happier than the abundant roadside volunteer sunflowers that survive grumpy days of record setting heat and lack of rainfall?  No human had anything to do with their faithful return each year.  So, Heavenly Creator, this week will You help us learn from the plants about Your steadfast fidelity to all You have designed.  Amen

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WEEK 36, DAY 2    PINE NEEDLES

Some kids asked what are dead pine needles good for?  Righteous Father, this is the year we remember all about the kindling, lightening, wise and poor decisions, and dangerous fire.  May we praise You this is not eternal for those who love You.  Amen

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WEEK 36, DAY 3    HEIRLOOM TOMATOES

Water content a whopping 95%, Vitamin C (essential vitamin) 28% RDI (reference daily intake), potassium (essential mineral), ETC.

Dear Father, thank You for providing fun-to-eat yet nutritious food.  Summertime is usually the best in Montana.  May we remember Who made this possible and remain hopeful for better days.  In His Name we pray.  Amen

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WEEK 36, DAY 4    CATTAILS AND REEDS

“And they were striking His head with a reed and spitting on Him and kneeling down in homage to Him.”  Mark 15:19

King of kings and Lord of lords, Your signature reigns over every blade of grass, every drop of water, every blink of an eye.  There is nowhere we can look without seeing either the honor or the disrespect directed at You from humankind.  May we remember the stripes humans inflicted on You with the very plant Your created.  Amen

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WEEK 36, DAY 5    BLUEBERRIES

It must have been a very happy moment when You created these.  😊  So very grateful. Amen

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 WEEK 36, DAY 6    BITTERSWEET VINE

Father, this poisonous woody vine seen in fence rows has given many some of the greatest memories of family autumn outings collecting them for table decorations but sadly not for consumption. What an accurate name, Bittersweet Vine.

It is bittersweet to recognize with rejoicing the great gift of the cross Your Son gave while still remembering the anguish He suffered.  Praise to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit for this mercy.

Thank You for giving us a plant to remind us with its very name Your sacrifice.  Whatever it takes, help us to always remember, in Christ.  Amen 

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WEEK 36, DAY 7    LILIES AND SPRING BEAUTIES, HARBINGERS OF SPRING

Father, these tiny woodland flowers each year remind us of hope beyond the long winters. But Jesus said, “Do not be anxious about your life.” Matthew 6:25. “And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil no spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore, do not be anxious…. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:28-33

Today, Father, forgive us in our worry and anxiety, and help us to rest in Your peace.  Our Lord Jesus made this possible to ask it.  Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WK 35, DAYS 1-7, AUGUST 1-7, 2021

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY, THE KING’S INSTRUCTIONS

WEEK 35, DAY 1

And He (Jesus) said to them, “When you pray, say:” Luke 11:2

“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulders, and His Name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”       Isaiah 9:6

Everlasting Father (Father of Eternity), today we hear You and understand You meant what You said: “When you pray, say:” We stand ashamed for any time the words of Your instruction have become lifeless to us.  Today we correct this and pray in earnest according to Your instructions. Our Father, hallowed (HOLY) be YOUR NAME.  Amen

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WEEK 35, DAY 2

“His Name shall be called Wonderful Counselor.”  Isaiah 9:6

“Your kingdom come.” Luke 11:2

Your Glory/Honor is beyond what we can fully perceive. Will you help us to hang on believing You and praying for that great day when the hope of being with You in purity is realized?  We believe You, three in One.  Amen

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WEEK 35, DAY 3

Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6), Your will be done (Matthew 6:10).

We must remember to Whom we are speaking, Mighty God.  Help us to remember with each thought, each breath, each struggle, each joy, each time we receive a cup of water. We love You. Amen

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WEEK 35, DAY 4

“Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6

Holy God, You sent the Prince of Peace to crush the evil one and to break our stubborn hearts for Your good pleasure in saving us into spiritual peace.  May we always praise You for restoring us to relationship with You.  Amen and amen.

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WEEK 35, DAY 5

“Authority rests upon His shoulders.”  Isaiah 9:6

“On His robe and on His thigh He has a Name written, King of kings, and Lord of Lords.”          Revelation 19:16

We stand together in respect for Your authority, Lord Jesus, King of kings, and Lord of lords.

We believe Your instructions in prayer, and because You said “When you pray, say:” we believe You meant for us to address the Sovereign God as You always have and with every prayer we ever utter. You are perfect. We are not. Forgive us in our lapses of fatigue, familiarity, defeatism, and fear.  Lead us to rejoice in Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen

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WEEK 35, DAY 6

“A Son is given to us.”  Isaiah 9:6

Nearly unbelievable, Holy God!  Help us rejoice and rejoice and rejoice.  Amen

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WEEK 35, DAY 7

“Forgive us our trespasses (debts, sins), as we forgive those who trespass against us (debtors, those who sin against us).” Matthew 6:12

Today, Father, please bring to mind any grudge, ill-will, contempt, disdain we harbor toward any human, nation, race, ethnicity, anyone You have created.  Please help us remember and forgive now as You command in the words of Jesus the King.  Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WK 34, DAYS 1-7, JULY 25-JULY 31, 2021

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY.  JESUS’ INSTRUCTIONS

WEEK 34, DAY 1

Matthew 6:5-15

Righteous Father, the Savior spent so much time alone in prayer and in teaching His disciples and believers how to pray.  As a man, He understood the wide chasm between us humans and You on so many levels: knowledge, faith, trust, purity, honor, temptation, obedience, submission to Your authority, forgiveness, glory.

May we pray this prayer as the Messiah Himself would have prayed it, acknowledging relationship

  1. of You with the Christ and Holy Spirit;
  2. of You with us because of the Christ;
  3. of You with Your kingdom, will, glory/honor
  4. of the Savior with us
  5. of the Holy Spirit with us;
  6. and of us with each other

These instructions are immensely important, but often said without remembering the deep relationships You desire because of Love.  For this week, may we highlight each day a unique Person and people Jesus’ commands us to notice and to love without reservation. We ask this remembering Jesus’ supreme sacrifice as orchestrated by You, Jesus, and Holy Spirit for us.  Amen

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WEEK 34, DAY 2   Matthew 6:9-13

“Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your Name.

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.”

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WEEK 34, DAY 3   Matthew 6:9-13

“Our Father in  heaven,

Hallowed be Your Name.

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.”

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WEEK 34, DAY 4   Matthew 6:9-13

“Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your Name.

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.”

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 WEEK 34, DAY 5   Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your Name.

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.”

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WEEK 34, DAY 6   Matthew 6:9-13

“Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your Name.

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.”

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 WEEK 34, DAY 7   Matthew 6:6

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.  And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Lord Jesus, in awe we acknowledge Your sacrificial gifts of pray, instruction, and the cross.  No other but You could confer with authority access to Holy God, Holy Spirit, and Messiah King.  May we offer You our broken flawed hearts, thoughts, bodies, and spirits in faith.

Holy Father, may we bow down to Your Love and enjoy this merciful relationship forever as You have ordained.

Holy Spirit, may we remember You live inside this temple and listen to Your counsel.

Today, Father, we approach the throne room because You have called us. Amazing Grace!  Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 33, DAYS 1-7, JULY 18 -24, 2021

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY

WEEK 33, DAY 1   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“Pray then this way:

Our (belonging to/associated with)

Father (the first Person in the Trinity)  

in heaven (the abode of Holy God),” Matthew 6:9

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WEEK 33, DAY 2   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed (worthy of veneration, respect, reverence, adoration)

be Your Name (Jesus taught we are given the gift to say His Holy Name).” Matthew 6:9

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WEEK 33, DAY 3   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“Your kingdom come. (Other ancient authorities ‘Your Holy Spirit come upon us and cleanse us).’

Your Will (intention) be done on earth as it is (present tense) in heaven.”  Matthew 6:10

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WEEK 33, DAY 4   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“Give us this day our daily bread (‘our bread for tomorrow’).” Matthew 6:11

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WEEK 33, DAY 5   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“And forgive us our debts (sins, trespasses, transgressions)

As we also forgive our debtors (those indebted to us, those who have sinned against us) (have forgiven our debtors).” Matthew 6:12

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WEEK 33, DAY 6   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“And lead us not into temptation (into the time of trial),

But rescue (deliver) us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13

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WEEK 33, DAY 7   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14

Merciful Savior, we are grateful for the person(s) who requested You teach us to pray.  You showed us we have privilege and license to express adoration and reverence, intention and understanding, petition and expectation, confession and forgiveness of others to Holy God, by Your Name and through Holy Spirit.

Father, may we forgive as You require.  May we rejoice in being forgiven. And may we ever remember Your Glory, Your kingdom, and Your Will.  Through Your precious Son we pray.  Amen 

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