Let Them Pray

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“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.

Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs

of praise. Is anyone among you sick?

Let them call the elders

of the church to pray over them

and anoint them with oil

in the name of the Lord.”

James 5: 13, 14

I love how the Book of James is so practical, and really meets us right where we are.

Here are wonderful instructions on what to do in the different circumstances we face each day!

If we are happy we can praise God. If we are in trouble we should pray for help! He hears our prayers.

And notice too we can seek the help of others, when we are sick. There seems to be something special about leaders praying for us.

Some churches save this type of prayer for people on death’s doorstep. But perhaps the intention here is to keep us from getting to that point!

And the oil? I’m told this is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, a beautiful and encouraging illustration of God’s care for us.

Lord God thank You for these beautiful verses, instructing us about the different forms of prayer and when to use them.

We praise You, our God and thank You for working in our lives! Lead us and guide us each day. Amen!! And amen!!

   

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

 

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The Lord Bless You and Keep You

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“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine

upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord

turn his face toward you

and give you peace.”

Numbers 6: 22-26

In countless churches and Jewish congregations, around the world this beautiful and timeless prayer is recited each week.

God bless you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

Before Dawn, Before the Birds Even Sing

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Before dawn, before the birds even sing,

a single light

in the window of a small kitchen

where a young mother prays,

for her sick child.

And in another town

a husband kneels by his bed

in the shadow of a hall light,

praying for his estranged wife.

So many know

the desperation

and the comfort of the Lord God

as they pray, before dawn

before the birds even sing.

     

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Guide My Heart

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My God You know everything,

so please guide me, help me,

to make right choices,

to respond with faith

even in the most horrendous circumstances,

and may I always have the strength

to carry

compassion for others

within me.

Amen.

   

Prayer Poem, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

 

Rejoice Always

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“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances……”

I Thessalonians 5: 16 – 18a

Ok, so we all know how difficult this is to do! There’s not one of us that hasn’t struggled with rejoicing always. And yet God has given us a recipe of sorts on how to accomplish this – by praying continually!

Alright, so does God want us to forget about doing the laundry or going to our jobs, and pray instead? No, what this means is – as we go about our day we can pray here and there as we run into circumstances that are difficult.

And what exactly is a prayer? It is simply words from our hearts, spoken or silently lifted up. You can even pray with your eyes open! I’m serious! It could be as simple as, “Lord I need some help down here!”

Lord God, please help us to pray continually so that we can walk in an attitude of praising you, and rejoicing always! Amen, and hallelujah!

   

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

I Will Give You a New Heart

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“For I will take you out of the nations; gather you from all the countries…..

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean….

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you…. “

portions of Ezekiel 36: 24 – 26

You know sometimes the Old Testament can seem so foreign to us, as if it is for someone else, or perhaps it is too ancient for us today.

And yet often this part of God’s word has such power, that we realize it was for the people back then, and it is also for us today.

Here in Ezekiel we see so much of God working in a group of people, making them clean, giving them a new heart, and blessing them so that they can have a new outlook, a new life of walking with Him!

It kind of reminds me of the New Testament!

Lord God thank You that Your word is very consistent, and that You give us a new heart, a new spirit, so that we can walk with you through the challenges of life. Hallelujah!

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

 

He Wept

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“Jesus wept.”

John 11: 35

This is one of the shortest and yet most profound of all scriptures.

Why was He weeping? He was weeping over the jewel of a city – Jerusalem.

More importantly, He was weeping over people, people that in many cases had rejected God. They simply would not receive what He had to say.

But this was not only a problem of Jerusalem but of all people. Rejecting God is a human problem. Many believe He was weeping and praying about all of us. Why?

Because God always wants the best for us, and we are all, each one, His children.

Lord God please help us to love other people and have compassion for them. Help us to see people the way You do.

And Father we do pray for the victims of Las Vegas, and their families. Please bring healing, restoration, and comfort to all. Amen.

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

The Eyes of the Lord

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“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

and his ears are attentive

to their cry;

but the face of the Lord

is against those who do evil…”

Psalm 34: 15, 16a

Now the first thing about this verse that I want to mention is, the word “righteous” does not mean self-righteous! We should never be proud of how holy or great we are. That’s called the sin of pride.

Righteous in this sense, means those who are humbly following Him. We are the redeemed, and did you know that His eyes are on us, watching over us?

And because we humbly follow Him, He hears our prayers!

Ain’t that cool?!

Lord God, thank You for loving us, watching over us, and listening to our prayers. Help us to be humble followers of You. Amen!

      

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible