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

 

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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!

   

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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!

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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!

      

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quote from the NIV Bible

Humility

 

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“Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages

are riches and honor and life.”

Proverbs 22: 4

It does take humility to believe in God, and to follow Him. And when we see the word fear in this verse, it is the type of fear that says I respect and have a reverence for God, so therefore I will do what He wants.

And when we do right according to God’s ways, He rewards us on many different levels. This is not a technique or method though to get rich! We can prosper in so many ways, in health, in our relationships with others, and in a life of peace!

Lord God thank You, that when we follow You, and when we choose to follow Your ways, there are great blessings, on many different levels. Help us God, strengthen our faith, and may we always have an attitude of humility, amen.

   

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quote from the NIV Bible

Lord God, Heavenly Father

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When I was growing up, some 50 years ago (no I’m not kidding it really was about 50 years ago), I didn’t grow up praying to Jesus. Churches taught us to pray to the Father, through Christ. In other words, it was through the atoning work of Christ that we could have access to God, and pray to Him.

I know some of this had to do with the Bible, and the Lord’s Prayer, also known as the Our Father. Jesus taught us to pray to Him. Now please keep in mind, I do not criticize anyone. God knows our hearts, our love for Him, our faith.

It is all a matter of love, and our relationship with Him being based in loving Him. But I’ve shared this for two reasons. One, is I am sharing a little more about myself. I do struggle at times if I go to an evangelical church, and the prayers are all said to Jesus. It just well – feels weird.

And secondly when I pray here, I am addressing God, as Father, God Almighty, Lord God, Heavenly Father, and I love the Hebrew word Abba. In my own personal prayer times, I pray this way. Sometimes I feel like I lean towards the Jewish side of the house!

Heavenly Father thank you that You know our hearts, and You know we love You. Help us, help me, to better understand prayer and talking with You. Help us to love You always, in Christ’s name, amen.

     

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Bringing Healing

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“…where there is darkness, light; O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love…..”

from the Prayer of St. Francis

 Did you know that part of our job on earth is to bring healing, as we are able? St. Francis had it right, that what we should be seeking is – understanding others, consoling them when we can, and loving them. That’s not always easy is it?

But that’s why we are here, and that is how we bring light into the darkness! Now I’m not saying forget about the Gospel, but how much do we care about people? We need to show compassion, and sometimes preaching may have to wait. Because if we don’t show we care, they will see that very quickly, and dismiss anything we have to say.

Heavenly Father, help us to care about others. Help us to be in a sense – healers, bringing light into the darkness! Amen.

P.S. The rest of this beautiful prayer will be shared tomorrow.

      

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quote from the NIV Bible