Daily Congregation Prayers, Week 77, 5.22-28.2022, Romans 8.

Dear Church Family, it is my (Mary) great pleasure to present the prayers of Jeri Ford who shares them with you this 77th week of our prayer vigil together. Will you join in her great love and reverence of our Holy God by deeply meditating and praying the prayers she is gently sharing with all of us? Father, thank You for those becoming vulnerable in this community effort of honoring You with their precious prayers, especially this week our beloved sister Jeri. May we support one another in encouragement for the words to glorify You together. In our Savior’s Name we pray. Amen

 

WEEK 77, DAY 1, Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Righteous Father, being “in Christ” means we are free from the punishment we actually deserve. Living freely in You is far superior to being trapped in the snares of sin. Thank You that the law of the Spirit brings hope and life. We praise You for being our Life-Giver. Because of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

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WEEK 77, DAY 2, Romans 8:3 (NIV)

For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.  

Holy Father, without Jesus and the Spirit, we could never fully meet the requirements of the law. There’s no way we could do this “righteous living” without Your Spirit. Thank You for this incredible gift, the gift of righteousness because of Jesus Christ. Through His name we pray. Amen.

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WEEK 77, DAY 3, Romans 8:11 (NIV)

And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.

Father God, it is astounding to think Someone with resurrection power has allowed Himself to take up residence inside of us, giving life to bodies otherwise destined to die. May we acknowledge and yield to the Spirit living in us - the very Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead. Through our Savior, we pray. Amen.

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WEEK 77, DAY 4, Romans 8:26 (NIV)

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

Father, You know our weaknesses even better than we do. It comforts us to know that the Spirit goes between You and us when we don’t want to pray or can’t seem to articulate the things in our hearts. Father, You are such a merciful God who compensates for our weakness, even in prayer. We pray through Jesus, who is also interceding. Amen. 

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WEEK 77, DAY 5, Romans 8:31-32 (NIV)

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Gracious God, is there anything You wouldn’t do for us to show us Your great love? I can’t imagine willingly giving up any of my children - especially for the sake of ungodly people. Your capacity to love and offer grace is beyond our comprehension. Thank You for being on our side. We can’t lose with You as our teammate. Through Jesus, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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WEEK 77, DAY 6, Romans 8:33-34 (NIV)

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died - more than that, who was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Father, You went out of Your way, taking the most painful path, to make a way for us to be close to You. I feel so inadequate and undeserving, but that’s exactly why You gave up Your Son - to bridge the gap between You and us. We praise You for Your great love. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

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WEEK 77, DAY 7, Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels not demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Father in heaven, the love that binds us to You is stronger than any chain. It’s indestructible, powerful, and more secure than the heaviest anchor. Your love never fails, never wears out, never skips a day to rest. Even death itself can’t keep us from Your bottomless love. Because of Christ, we receive Your great love. Amen.

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DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 76, 5.15-21.2022, PROGRAMMING.

WEEK 76, DAY 1, Facts and Confusion.

Oh, wow, Father. Life has been confusing the last three years. Tipping the nightmare scale is the ongoing war affecting millions, not just in Ukraine, but to varying levels in the entire world. And prior to that, tenets of American life have been severely challenged since 911 resulting in a 20-year war on terrorism in Afghanistan with USA but before that, USSR that had invaded Afghanistan in 1979. Devolving behavior seems the norm. The Persian Gulf War started February 24, 1991, lasting 43 days, but ramifications remain until this day. And prior to that, the Cold War dragged on from 1945 eventually ending in the USSR dissolution on December 26, 1991. And before that Vietnam and Korean wars, WWII killing 73million, WWI killing 16 million people, 1918 Influenza Pandemic killing 50 million people worldwide…… Bubonic Plague 1346-1343 killing an estimated 75-200 million people.

Righteous Father, it is not clear to me how to process any of this. As a medical doctor, the oath “Do no harm” weighs persistently and heavily, and the past three years have educated the 7.5 billion people now living on this planet a curious lesson: we are intricately connected whether we want to be or not. Jesus made it abundantly clear; there is no denying His command and therefore no excuse:

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12

We need help, Father, to see through the chaos and to insist upon obeying Your Love Command. Amen

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WEEK 76, DAY 2, UNLESS.

Brain --> Mind --> Stimuli --> Thought(s) --> Ideas --> Codes --> Repeat --> Controlled Operating System (Brain)

Controlled Brain Operating System……………………….UNLESS……………….Psalm 127.

Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.

Father, we praise You for building the house for those who believe in You. We especially thank You for building the Lord’s Church. Will You help us this week to consider our cultural programming that may be incompatible with obedience to You? In Christ, Amen

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WEEK 76, DAY 3, UNLESS.

Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

Father, without Your blessing, our work means nothing. Wherever I am currently putting forward effort without Your blessing, will help me see clearly Your path? I am not interested in unfounded labor. I hope to bring a halt to whatever is not of You. In Christ Who was and will always be eternally true. Amen

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WEEK 76, DAY 4, VANITY.

It is vanity (in vain) that you rise up early and go late to rest, …eating the bread of anxious toil;

Father, I confess deadlines are the bane of American existence and are filled with anxious moments. I seek peace and lack of chaotic last-minute frenzy. May I seek to please You and accept that we mortals need sleep. You created the circadian rhythm. It’s my job to live at peace with it. In all ways, may we follow the steps of the Savior. Amen

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WEEK 76, DAY 5, SLEEP.

For He gives to His beloved sleep.

What a great gift, Father. Please help us accept Your loving, caring gifts, no longer ignoring Your gracious intent for our good health. We are grateful. In Christ. Amen

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WEEK 76, DAY 6, CHILDREN.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD…Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are children of one’s youth.

Holy God, You tell us children are gifts and blessings from You. My own parents saw their children as gifts and blessings. Never would I have wanted to disappoint them. In the same way, disobeying You is a disappointment to me. Help us, Father, in eager obedience and in hopeful expectation to serve You. We love You, O God. In Christ. Amen

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WEEK 76, DAY 7, CHILDREN.

Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them (children)! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

As Your children, we never have to worry Who will prevail. Until then, Father, help us to deal with the milieu of this life as You would expect. We have the greatest teacher to emulate. Thank You, Lord Jesus. Thank You, Righteous Father, for every detail, every instruction, every gift of Love, and every moment of hope to be with You. In the Son we pray. Amen

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DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 75, 5.8-14.2022, McNallys, PRAYERS IN PROVERBS.

It's a privilege for us to participate in sharing prayers for our congregation and readers around the world! God’s blessings, Keith and Susan McNally. Week 75, PRAYERS IN PROVERBS WEEK 75.

 

WEEK 75, DAY 1

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

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Dear Sovereign God,

 Today we come humbly confessing that we have often trusted in ourselves, and our ways, and our wisdom. On our own we make messes, so today we acknowledge how much we need you. We pray for trusting hearts, fully committed to your ways. Help us hear the Spirit’s gentle voice and recognize your presence all around us and in praise, acknowledge you every day to direct our paths. May today be the beginning of the best days of my life living in your guidance. In the holy name of Jesus we ask this. Amen, and amen. 

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WEEK 75, DAY 2

  “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

Holy Father,

  You are the great protector, and we need protection from the attacks of the evil one that hit our hearts and make them bitter and callous. Please be our armor protecting our hearts to remain supple and open to your truths and your kind and forgiving ways. Fill our hearts with more love for you and our fellow man today, like you have for us. Thank you, Holy Father, for hearing us through our Savior Jesus, amen. 

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WEEK 75, DAY 3

  "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)

Most Holy God,

 We come before you humbly in awe and fear of you as the all-powerful sovereign God. May we know you more today so we can be wise in our thoughts, words and actions and bring the glory and honor to your name, that you alone deserve. We ask for more wisdom and understanding as we get to know you more intimately each day. Thank you for your patience and love as we seek your counsel today. In Jesus’ holy name we pray, amen. 

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WEEK 75, DAY 4

  “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.”

Proverbs 10:9 (NIV)

Our holy Father, 

 As we come before you today, we ask for your help in self-assessment. We realize the evil one deceives us and allows us to lie to ourselves at times to make us think we’re something we’re not. Today we ask for integrity to be found in us. First as we look in the mirror, may we be honest with ourselves and willing to change where we need to, and secondly may we be people of  integrity when we don’t know we’re being observed by others. Lead us in your straight paths today please Father. Through our precious Savior Jesus, amen. 

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WEEK 75, DAY 5

  “Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.”

Proverbs 11:4 (NIV)

Dear God,

  We love you and praise you. Today we ask for your reminders for us to keep our priorities right before you. We know all the wealth and physical things will go away, so help us seek your righteousness above all today Holy Father. Thank you in Jesus, amen. 

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WEEK 75, DAY 6

   “Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.”

Proverbs 10:19 (NIV)

Dear Heavenly Father,

 We often talk way too much, and it gets us into trouble. Please help us hold our tongues today and be quick to listen and slow to speak. Thank you for your patience and forgiveness for our excessive words in the past. Today and in the days ahead, please give us fewer words and more compassion. 

In the holy name of Jesus we pray, amen. 

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WEEK 75, DAY 7

  “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”

Proverbs 13:12 (NIV)

Oh, Holy God,

  You know us so well and know we are often impatient in our hopes and become heartsick. Keep our hearts trusting in your unfailing love today, knowing that you fulfill our greatest longings and have more glorious and eternal blessings awaiting than we can fathom. Thank you for access to the tree of life through Jesus our Savior and King. In Him we pray, amen.

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 74, 5.1-7.2022, OMNISCIENCE.

Dear Church Family,

Several members of the congregation have volunteered to write a week of prayers for our daily corporate communion with our Holy God. It is my honor to present Week 74 DCPs from our beloved sister in Christ, Katherine Treat. Having labored over them for several weeks, she is sharing her precious prayers related to how much Psalm 139 has affected her life. Please join me in thanking the Father for her courage and tender heart. Mary

WEEK 74, DAY 1. Latin, Infinite knowledge: OMNIS (all). SCIENTIA (knowledge).

OMNISCIENT.  ALL KNOWING.

PSALM 139:1-2. O LORD, You have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down and stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. (NLT)

Heavenly Father, what joy it is to know that You know everything about me, even those sins not revealed to friends and family. I praise your Wonderful Name that You are with us every step of our lives. In Christ, Amen.

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WEEK 74, DAY 2. ALL WISE.

OMNISCIENT.  ALL SEEING.

PSALM 139:3-4. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. (NLT)

Father, let my speech be motivated by Your wisdom. Then I am full of purity, peace, consideration for others, submission, mercy, sincerity, impartiality, and goodness. From my grateful heart, I pray. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

OMNISCIENT. ALL WISE.

PSALM 139:5-6. You go before me and follow me. You place Your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! (NLT)

Thank you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for Your protection through every phase of life. I trust the Trinity will always be there to guard me from the enemy and see me through the trials of this life on earth.

In Christ, Amen.

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WEEK 74, DAY 3. ALL PLACES.

OMNIPRESENT. PRESENT IN ALL PLACES AT ALL TIMES.

PSALM 139:7-8. I can never escape from Your Spirit! I can never get away from Your presence! If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I go down to the grave You are there. (NLT)

Thank You, Father for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Father, I acknowledge Your sovereignty as our creator. The calm You bring to my soul when I read these verses is unexplainable. In Christ, Amen and Amen.

 

OMIPRESENT. EVERYWHERE WORLDWIDE.

PSALM 139:9-12. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there Your hand will guide me, and Your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in the darkness I cannot hide from You. To You, the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to You. (NLT)

Whether it be day or night, Father, You are with me. You are the light guiding my way in the darkness and You protect me from the enemy. In Christ, Amen.

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WEEK 74, DAY 4. EVEN IN THE WOMB.

OMNIPRESENT. EVEN IN THE WOMB, GOD OF CREATION.

PSALM 139:13-15. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous---how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion. (NLT)

I stand amazed at all Your wonders, Lord, especially those of knitting together another human being. I need to be reminded, Father, You didn’t just create me; You created me in Your likeness. In Christ, Amen.

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WEEK 74, DAY 5. GOD of CREATION.

GOD OF CREATION.

PSALM 139:16-18. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are Your thoughts about me (or How precious to me are Your thoughts), O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, You are still with me! (NLT)

Father, these verses tell me what You think of me. You adore me. You care for me. Your love for me is immeasurable. Your love for me is very real. You have always loved me. I praise Your name and am very thankful. In Christ, Amen.

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WEEK 74, DAY 6. WICKED AND SELF.

PRAYER FOR THE WICKED AND SELF.

PSALM 139:19-22. O God, if only You would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers! They blaspheme You; Your enemies misuse Your name. O LORD, shouldn’t I hate those who hate You? Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for Your enemies are my enemies. (NLT)

Father, I need You to stand and fight for me when I am going through challenges and when my enemies are up against me. In Christ, Amen.

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WEEK 74, DAY 7. MY FATHER GOD, AMEN.

FINAL PRAYER.

PSALM 139:23-24. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (NLT)

Father, today I am asking You for a contrite and holy heart. I want Your dealings and Your hand to touch my life. I need You to show me the way of the light and the everlasting life. In Christ, Amen.

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DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 73, APRIL 24-30, 2022, EVERYWHERE.

WEEK 73, DAY 1, TREASURE EVERYWHERE.

Hobbes (stuffed Tiger): “Why are you digging a hole?”

Calvin (6yo boy in a hardhat): “I’m looking for buried treasure.”

Hobbes: “What have you found?”

Calvin: “A few dirty rocks, a weird root, and some disgusting grubs.”

Hobbes (with an excited grin): “On your first try???”

Calvin (explaining in triumphant success): “There’s treasure EVERYWHERE.”     (A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson)

Heavenly Father, will You open our eyes to see You everywhere? In Christ. Amen

For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be. MT 6:21

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WEEK 73, DAY 2, HIS FAME EVERYWHERE.

And they were amazed at Him (Jesus)….and at once His fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee. Mark 1:21ff

Father, Your Son’s fame spread so strongly that it exists these two millennia later. Use us, Father, to witness to the far corners of our neighborhoods, our jobs, our families, our communities, and for Your Glory. Amen

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WEEK 73, DAY 3, GOSPEL EVERYWHERE.

And they went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. Luke 9:1-6

Father God, may we see the desperate souls right in front of us who don’t know You, and may we say the words of life to them just as Jesus taught His disciples to do. Amen

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WEEK 73, DAY 4, ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE.

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a Man He appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead. Acts 17

Holy God, we rejoice the Good News is for all people everywhere made possible by Your gracious gift. We have a lot of work to do in spreading this merciful message. Help us not grow weary and lead us to share everywhere we go. In His Name we pray.  Amen

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WEEK 73, DAY 5, AROMA OF CHRIST EVERYWHERE.

But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 2Cor2:14FF

Father, Paul read, led, spread, the fragrance of Christ and became the conduit for many to be saved. Help us not ignore the perishing. Help us not be selfish. Help us extend the hand that may mean the difference between eternity lost versus eternity found in Christ. Amen

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WEEK 73, DAY 6, TEACHING EVERYONE EVERYWHERE

“…This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against….the law and this place.” Acts 21

Righteous Father, could it be said of us we are teaching everyone everywhere? I hardly think so. Paul was accused by the Jews of Asia who stirred up the whole crowd against Paul. The apostles taught everywhere as You directed them and paid for it with their lives. Could we be so courageous? Will You direct us today, Father? In the Christ we pray. Amen

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WEEK 73, DAY 7, TREASURE EVERYWHERE.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be. MT 6:21

Father, I want the treasure only You, Your Son, Your Spirit can give. As I learn to fix my eyes on You, the peace You give allows me to continue in the work of this life until You say it is enough. There is ugliness here on this earth, Father. But You say go. There has been ugliness on this earth since the first sin. But Jesus commanded “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” MT 28:19

I understand, Father, that Your treasure is Your created. May I seek Your treasure and share with each one the Way Home. I love You, Father. Amen

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DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 72, 4.17-23.2022, PSALM 11.

WEEK 72, DAY 1, PSALM 11, CRISIS.

In the LORD I take refuge (shelter, safety).

Holy God, Your shelter is exactly where I want to be whether the circumstance is desperation or tranquility. 

How can you (anyone) say to me, “Flee....for behold, the wicked have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart.

Righteous Father, tests of my fidelity to You from various mocking world views as seen in the news, in commerce, in social structures, in “accepted moral practices,” and even from close friends, continue to surprise me, even now.  I confess to You, Father God, there have been times I have wanted to flee.

So, where else would I go?

If the foundations (leaders of Israel or principles of justice foundational to Israel) are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

Holy God, Your Word is sharper than any two-edged sword as You have told us. Frightening as that is, it is imperative I examine myself, not by human standards but by Yours. The righteous are righteous only because of You, and if all godliness unravels on earth, You are the same in all eternity. Hallelujah. Amen

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WEEK 72, DAY 2, CONFIDENCE.

The LORD is in His holy temple.

YHWH, Hallelujah.

Today, may we consider Your dwelling, unmoved, impervious, forever. Desperation comes and goes. Rulers/dictators/ warmongers come and go. But, Father, You are forever.  Amen

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WEEK 72, DAY 3, CONFIDENCE.

The LORD’S throne is in heaven.

YHWH, Hallelujah.

From eternity to eternity, from our limited understanding to Your infinite understanding, we consider Who we claim as our Holy God. Fleeing only to You. There is no other choice. Amen

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WEEK 72, DAY 4, SCRUTINY.

His eyes behold, His gaze examines humankind.

Father, I would not pass Your scrutiny but for the blood of Your Son, my Messiah. Never will I ever be able to complete thanksgiving for this mercy. Here I am, Father, soiled human that I am. But for Jesus, I would be so lost.

Lord Jesus, Your blood saves me from separation from You, from the Father, from the Spirit. May I never retreat or flee from You. Amen

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WEEK 72, DAY 5, TESTS.

The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, and His soul hates the lover of violence. 

Holy God, there is so much violence (physical, emotional, spiritual) in our lives right now which nearly incapacitates us. Obscuration of the obvious is one of Satan’s war plans. I wonder, Father, if it a ruse by the evil one for us to forget to notice our “little white lies,” snarky remarks, tacit intimidation, exclusionary actions, private judgmentalism, bullying behaviors, etc.

Open our eyes, Father, to the log lodging there.

In Christ, Amen

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WEEK 72, DAY 6, JUDGMENT.

On the wicked He will rain coals of fire and sulfur; a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.

Father, without the Savior, I was once one who would have been subject to receive this treatment. Paul, Peter, Andrew, John, James, Mary, Martha, Lazarus, Philip, Stephen, 3000 on the Day of Pentecost, Mary, Mary Magdalene, etc., etc.……………..same thing. Forgive us, Father, in our arrogance, forgetting how much our freedom cost. In Christ, Amen.

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WEEK 72, DAY 7, CONFIDENCE.

For the LORD is righteous; He loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold His face.

YHWH, to hope for the day of being with You forever must start this day. Eternity begins today. Righteousness even now is because of You, Your Son, Your Spirit. Keep me awake to everything You reveal. I love You, Father God. In Christ and counseled by the Spirit, Amen

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DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 71, 4.10-16.2022, PSALM 9.

WEEK 71, DAY 1, Psalm 9:1 of David to the choirmaster.

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of Your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your Name, O Most High.

Holy Father, some days the "I will" and the "I want to" are a mismatch for me, perhaps because fatigue, cares of the day, lack of trust, irritation, world chaos, fear, and confusion interfere with what I know to be true. You have shown me many times that the current circumstances of my life and Your ultimate intentions for my life seemingly don't immediately match, yet the struggle of life reaffirms Your plan and that You deserve all praise, all thanksgiving, and all exultation no matter the current mess I'm facing. It is beyond comprehension how You must have "felt" watching Your created humans crucify Your Son. Nevertheless, You Holy Father, You Lord Jesus, You Holy Spirit acted by Your Will to save Your human creation despite the terrible feeling it must have been. You never wanted us to be evil or to be separated from You. You've never wanted to lose even one. Amazingly, You still want us.

So today, Father, even in this jumbled world, thank You for allowing me to reaffirm my stand. "I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart." In Christ Who paved this path for even me. Amen

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WEEK 71, DAY 2, Psalm 9

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;

Give thanks: to transfer possession of appreciation/gratitude.

Holy God, even my heart that surrenders thanksgiving to You, is mine only because You gave it to me. Will You receive my deep appreciation and gratitude more from me with each passing day? I love You, my Father God. Amen

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WEEK 71, DAY 3

I will recount all of Your wonderful deeds.

Recount: to give an account /description/ report.

Heavenly Father, where do we start to describe the acts of YHWH? Shall it be to report Your infinity? Your fidelity? Your tenderness? Your power? Your attention to the orphans and widows? Your breathing into existence the fragile monarch butterfly that can migrate thousands of miles? The red blood cells that allow oxygen exchange for continued life? The baby who became the King? The transformation of fishermen who became Your messengers? The generations of humans telling Your story? The perfect Plan initiated prior to the creation of the world? We have no excuse, Father. Your deeds are literally everywhere around and inside us. May we shout it to the world! In the Son's Name, we are allowed to recount Your wonderful deeds. Amen

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WEEK 71, DAY 4

I will be glad and exult in You;

Exult: triumphant elation/jubilation; a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion.

Today, Father, will You allow me to celebrate in elation the gift of Your love for me? Open my eyes to see Your majesty with every glance, every breath, every heartbeat, every thought. Despite the Messiah's mission on the cross, He exulted in You. He is my Savior. You are my God. I submit to You this day. Amen

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WEEK 71, DAY 5

I will sing praise to Your Name, O LORD most high.

Well, Father, this is not so easy for one who cannot sing. 😊

Will You listen to the joy in my heart?

Every animal, plant, human, organelle, cell, heart has a rhythm. Just because I can't sing doesn't mean I don't appreciate how You individually wound us up. Thank you, Father. I wonder if You and Jesus and Spirit sing together. It must be when the mourning doves coo.

I love You. Amen

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WEEK 71, DAY 6

Praise to Your Name, O LORD most high.

Praise: expression of respect, gratitude, admiration, worship.

Holy God, You have given each of us individual and specific gifts to be used for Your praise. For some it is eloquent speech. Others, keen observation. Some have received the gift of empathy; others, a listening ear. Some have beautiful voices; others have tender hearts. Some are big and bold. Others are quiet and reserved. Either way, Father, will You receive our expressions of praise this day? We are Yours. There is no other god but YHWH. There is no Savior but Jesus. There is no Spirit of Truth but the Holy Spirit. Here we are, Father. Hear our prayers in Christ. Amen

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WEEK 71, DAY 7

So today, Father, even in this jumbled world, thank You for allowing me to reaffirm my stand. "I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart." Just like David, there are those who still today love You and intend to praise You no matter what. It's just that I know my walk with You is not perfect......not because of You but because of me. Please, Father God, help my "want to" coincide with my "I will."                       In Christ Who paved this path for even me. Almighty God, it is Your creation, not man's. In Jesus. Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 70, 4.3-9.2022, PSALM 8.

WEEK 70, DAY 1, LINE of SIGHT

Line of sight: a line from an observer’s eye to a distant point. (The book of Genesis was likely written circa 15th century BCE. The Psalms were written 1400-500BCE).

Holy God, as we meditate on Your Word together this week, may You enlighten our vision of Who You are and what You have done? We need quiet time this week, Father. Chaos surrounds us. Please hear each of our individual prayers this week for maintaining our line-of-sight laser focused on You. May we each listen carefully to You. In the precious Name of our Savior Jesus. Amen

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the earth. Gen 1:1

O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth! Ps 8:1

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WEEK 70, DAY 2, LINE of SIGHT

Line of sight: the line between two points specifically, straight path.

You have set Your Glory above the heavens. Ps 8:1

Jesus lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said……”And now, Father, glorify me in Your own Presence with the Glory that I had with You before the world existed.” John 17:5

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WEEK 70, DAY 3, LINE of SIGHT

Line of sight: unobstructed view.

When I look at Your heavens….Ps 8:3

And God said, “Let there be light,” Gen 1:3

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WEEK 70, DAY 4, LINE of SIGHT

Line of sight: unobstructed transmission and reception of data between two points.

When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the sun and moon that You established, Ps 8:3

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night…for signs and for seasons, for days and for years…to give light upon the earth. AND IT WAS SO. God made two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night… Gen 1:14

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WEEK 70, DAY 5, LINE of SIGHT

Line of sight: field of view

What are human beings that You are mindful of them, mortals that You care for them? Ps 8:4

Then God said, “Let us make man (generic adam/proper name Adam) in our image. Gen 1:26

Yet You made them a little lower than God (NRSV, RSV, NASB), heavenly beings (ESV), angels (NIV) and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under their feet…Ps 8:5-8

And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Gen 1:26

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WEEK 70, DAY 6, LINE of SIGHT

Line of sight: observer to object coincident with path of light.

AND GOD SAID……….AND IT WAS SO. Gen 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 15, 20, 24, 26, 29, 30

O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth! Ps 8:9

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WEEK 70, DAY 7, LINE of SIGHT

Clear line of sight

When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon, and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Ps 8:3ff

What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man, that You care for him? You made Him for a little while lower than the angels; You have crowned Him with Glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under His feet.” Hebrews 2:6-8

Righteous Father, this line of sight connecting You directly, without obstruction, to Your creation, to Your Glory, to Your Son, and to Your Spirit is repeated in Your Word throughout. We ask for eternal memory of how You have loved us, directing this line of sight long before “the world existed.” Thank You, Father. Thank You, Lord Jesus. Thank You, Holy Spirit. Amen

 

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 69, 3.27-4.2.2022, PSALM 2.

WEEK 69, DAY 1, PSALM 2. The nations.

Why do the nations rage (noisily assemble, conspire) and the peoples plot in vain?

Yes, Father, why do we humans plot and conspire….

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD (YHWH) and His Anointed (Messiah)/(anointed kings), saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”

….and seemingly hate prosperity……..true prosperity? It starts in childhood. And it can sneak up on adults. How is it we so often miss the treasure trove of gifts You planned many millennia ago. May this Psalm which foretold rebellion, past and present, teach us about ourselves and our precious King Messiah. Lead us home, Father, we ask in His Name. Amen 

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WEEK 69, DAY 2, PSALM 2. The LORD.

He who sits in the heavens laughs; the LORD holds them in derision (scoffs at them). Then He will speak to them in His wrath and terrify them in His fury….

Dear God, I never want to be far from You much less be the recipient of Your wrath or fury. It is so easy to get off track in our thoughts and understanding. Yet, You desire everyone be saved.  Please, Father, keep us sane, safe, and solid in our relationship with You today, tomorrow, and forever. In Christ we ask this. Amen

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WEEK 69, DAY 3, PSALM 2. Davidic king.

….saying, “As for me, I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”

It has always been Your plan, O God. Help us remember we are not the stars of this production. You are. Your plan, Your sons of Judah, Your Son of the Davidic line, Your city, and Your glory are all Yours. Today we marvel again You have included us. May we praise You, now and forever more. Amen.

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WEEK 69, DAY 4, PSALM 2. DAVIDIC MESSIAH.

I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten You. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall rule (break) them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

Some days, Lord Jesus, I hope for Your imminent return. Thank You the Hope You have given us. Keep us steady, steadfast, and eyes fixed on You. Thank You, Righteous Father for the King of kings in whom we pray. Amen

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WEEK 69, DAY 5, PSALM 2. Be warned.

Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.

I am grateful to be warned, Father. I am grateful for the King of kings. And I am grateful for the meticulous attention You have given us from so long ago when You gave the words to the Psalm writers foretelling us about the Messiah. In His name we thank You. Amen

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WEEK 69, DAY 6, PSALM 2. Serve the LORD.

Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling.

Fierce lightning storms, hurricanes, major floods, and volcanoes exhibit only a bit of Your power, and that’s plenty enough to convince me. Here we are, Father. You tell us to serve You. What’s next, Father? Amen

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WEEK 69, DAY 7, PSALM 2. The MESSIAH, King of kings.

Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.  Psalm 2:12

Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of His name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. Amen

Amazingly, we Gentiles have also been led to refuge and grace by the Son. Help us remember the gifts given us by Your mercy. We love You Father. Amen and amen.

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DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 68, 3.20-26.2022, PSALM 1.

WEEK 68, DAY 1, PSALM 1.

Blessed (happy) is the man (a godly person) who walks not in the counsel (advice) of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers (those who ridicule or mock); but his delight is in the law (instruction, Torah) of the LORD, and on his law, he meditates day and night.

Righteous Father, humans often look for happiness. Here it is, Your written word instructing even the “how to.” Some good friends shared how difficult it is to work in this current climate of worldliness which mixes up the definition of happiness. We were encouraged by sharing with one another. Please keep us steeped in Your instruction. May this make a difference to someone who doesn’t know how desperately they need Your gift of blessedness. May we delight in Your instruction. Amen

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WEEK 68, DAY 2, PSALM 1.

Holy God, You gave us Your instructions. You gave us Your Son. These amazing blessings of Your magnificent gifts are available to everyone, and we so want to share the blessings we’ve been given. Help us delight in the instructions, meditating (actively pursuing understanding and conviction) and be happy. Thank You for special friends who sharpen and encourage one another. Grateful in Christ. Amen

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WEEK 68, DAY 3, PSALM 1.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

Thank You, Father, for written descriptions of stability. Amen

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WEEK 68, DAY 4, PSALM 1.

The wicked are not so but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Heavenly Father, comparison to being dispensable chaff blown away is not appealing. Keep us safe and help us not reject Your New Covenantal gift. You say: meditate on Your law (instruction), day and night. Jesus showed us how and prays for us. Holy Spirit leads us to You. Help us in the Savior. Amen

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WEEK 68, DAY 5, PSALM 1.

Therefore, the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

We want to stand with You, Father, all the days of our lives. Thank You for friends who stand with one another in Your word. Help us share Your instructions with those who haven’t heard You yet. We want to be with You, with Jesus, with the Spirit. Amen

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WEEK 68, DAY 6, PSALM 1.

For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Our ancestors who knew only the Law, longed to know what You have shared with us in the Name of the Messiah. Help us treat this relationship with You as the greatest gift that it is. Forever and ever amen in Christ.

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WEEK 68, DAY 7, PSALM 1.

Blessed,

Delight in instruction,

Of the LORD who has shared the Old and now-revealed New Covenant.

May we meditate on this day and night.

And may we recognize Your intent for us to be in prayer all the days of our lives.

In Christ we pray.

Amen

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