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How to Pray Scripture

How to Pray Scripture

 

On the National Day of Prayer in the first part of May, as I drove I heard someone on the radio praying for the nation from II Chronicles 7:14 which says, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.”

As I drove, I quoted the scripture with the speaker and was surprised when they left off half way through the scripture dealing with our wicked ways and God’s response if we will do our part.

In order to enjoy God’s blessings, we have to DO what He requires, before we see Him move on our behalf. How can we fulfill His requirements if the person speaking doesn’t tell us what God says to do?

It’s a little like someone giving us a treasure map and says, “X marks the spot.” When we look at it, half the map is torn away. We need to hear and do the whole truth in order to receive the treasure.

In my quiet time this morning, I was drawn to Ezra 9:6-15 and Daniel 9:4-19. Both are powerful prayers because they give a powerful pattern of how to pray for God’s intervention. Click the blue words to be taken to those scriptures.

What do you think? Have you seen God intervene as a result of prayer?

 

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God’s Wings

God’s Wings

God's Wings

Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

This scripture, when examined deeply is so full of encouragement. He promises to put a hedge or fence about us. To shut us in. To overshadow us.

The word “wings” here means “the uttermost part of a garment, a hem, fringe, edge, border of a skirt or shirt.” When the lady touched the hem of Jesus’ garment (Matthew 9:21), in essence, she was saying “Your are the God in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:2).

God’s truth is described as a shield and bulwark. The meaning of a bulwark is “a wall of earth or other material built for defense, a rampart. Protection against external danger, injury, or annoyance. Any person or thing giving strong support or encouragement in time of need, danger, or doubt.”

Jesus is exactly that. He will draw near to us when we draw near Him (James 4:8). He promises to protect, support, and encourage us in our time of need, whether that is physical, mental, or spiritual danger.

Lord God, my God, thank You for Your ever-present help
at all times, in every circumstance.
May Your name be ever on my lips.

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The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

Isaiah 44:3
(God said) “For I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground. I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring, and My blessing on your descendants;”

For those who are willing to admit our thirst for God and His ways, God is ready and able to meet our need.

God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit, is there waiting for us who are willing to ask for Him. God’s Spirit infuses us with strength we do not possess in our own strength. He gives courage to the faint-hearted.

The Holy Spirit is given to people to further God’s kingdom. Some of those gifts are listed in I Corinthians 12:8-11. They are word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues.

God hasn’t changed His mind or cancelled His gifts. They are available today. We need to ask Him to fill us with the gifts of His choosing.

Lord God, I am thirsty for You.
Please come and fill me with Your Holy Spirit.
May I give to others
as freely as You have given to me.
Thank You, my Lord and my God.

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The Valley of the Shadow

The Valley of the Shadow

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Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.

There is a deep gorge in Israel between Jerusalem and Jericho called the Valley of the Shadow of Death. The sun only shines there when it’s directly overhead. Shepherds even today, move their flocks through that valley when they guide their sheep to green pasture. When David, who wrote this Psalm, was a shepherd boy, he must have walked that same valley with his sheep.

Jesus is our Good Shepherd. He walks with us with His protection and support, consoling us in our dark times.
Through many years I often wondered why my father taught me to memorize this Psalm at age four. Today, the Lord showed me something.

Daddy fought in WWII in Germany. He didn’t return until after I was three. This psalm must have ministered greatly to him during that time. That’s why He was so anxious to make it a part of my life, even at four years old.

Thank You Lord Jesus for always being with us.
I rejoice that You are our Good Shepherd.
Thank You for Your constant consolation,
Your unending support, and Your sure victory.

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Heavy Burdens

Heavy Burdens

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Proverbs 16:3
Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

That word “commit” has an interesting meaning. It means “to roll.” I see us with a heavy load on our backs. Until we pray and commit that burden to the Lord, we struggle under the weight of it. We are not built to carry it.

Then we invite Jesus to enter the situation. He comes alongside us. As we pray, we roll the burden off onto Him. He is equipped to handle the load.

This scripture tells us our plans will be established. That means the thing we try to do on our own and fail, will not fail when we let Him bear it. It will be firm, stable, secure, enduring, fixed, established aright, be settled.

Why do we struggle so hard when He’s always there waiting for us to roll our burden onto Him?

Is there something you need to roll onto Jesus today?

Lord Jesus, forgive us when we carry burdens
too weighty for us.
Teach us to roll our way on You
so we may see the thing established
in Your strength and timing.

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Our Heritage in God

Our Heritage in God

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Isaiah 54:17
(The Lord said) “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.

Satan is known as the accuser of the brethren (believers). (Revelation 12:10).

Take heart. A day is coming when believers will receive our inheritance as God’s children. On that day we will sit in judgment of Satan and his angels (I Corinthians 6:2,3)—our enemy who has accused us day and night. This one who has continually set himself against us. The one who comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10).

Our vindication, our justification, our salvation, is from the Lord. He will bring it to pass because He promised it. He is the Almighty God. No one is greater or more powerful. What He says, He will do.
Remember this. Never forget it.

Is there an area of your life you need to ask God to intervene with His power?

Father God, thank You for our inheritance in Christ Jesus
which is far above anything we could think or dream.
Keep reminding us of the day we sit next to You judging our accuser.
Thank You for Your ever-present, power
which bonds us to You and You alone.

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God’s Gift

God’s Gift

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I Peter 2:24
And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness, for by His wounds you were healed.

Jesus took the punishment for our wrongdoing that we might share in the inheritance of God. That we might walk blameless before Him. That we might be healed of the infirmities we experience in our bodies—our mind, soul and spirit.

He came to heal that which is broken. He came in order to be fastened to a cross so that we could be released from that which binds us to wrong thoughts, words, and actions.

He came to bleed and die for us that we might be welcomed into God’s own family as His own sons and daughters.
Jesus death and resurrection is a gift to us. It does no good until we receive it.

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your obedience
to hang on the cross for me.
Through Your sacrifice I am set free
from wrong actions, thoughts, and deeds.
One day may I hear You say, “Not guilty.”

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God’s Book of Rememberance

God’s Book of Rememberance

Book of Rememberance

Malachi 3:17
“And they will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on that day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”

In the scripture just before this in Malachi 3:16, God tells us He has a book of remembrance of everyone who fears Him (holds Him in awe) and who esteems His name. That means to hold His name in high regard.

Those will be His. They will be counted as His own possession (His treasure). There must be coming a terrible danger, because He makes a solemn promise to spare (pity, have compassion on) those who serve Him.

That word “spare” refers to those people He is going to spare as servants or subjects. Subjects are people ruled by a king. Do we see Jesus our absolute ruler, our king, our Lord? Are we serving Him and doing His bidding? Do we hold His name in high regard or use His name as a swear word?

Lord Jesus, on that day You prepare Your possession,
may I still hold You in awe, and honor Your name
above every name in heaven and on earth.
May I receive Your pity and compassion
as one who serves You with every fiber of my being.
Thank You for Your iron-clad promises
to those who follow You, my Lord, my King.

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Myth vs Truth

Myth vs Truth

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In the Bible God tells us, “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2).

In case we miss it, He tells us again in Deuteronomy 12:32, “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.”

In His final instructions in Revelation, He makes sure we haven’t forgotten. Revelation 22:18 and 19 says, “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.”

Sounds like he means it, doesn’t it? I wonder if those people who are so quick to poo poo parts of the Bible and declare certain passages “myths” and “folk tales told around a campfire for generations and finally written down,” understand the penalty they place themselves under when they choose to disregard God’s word. Some even go so far as to teach their unbelief to others.

In II Timothy 3, verse 16 we read, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;”

I have a question. By what criteria does one choose what to believe as God’s truth, and what is myth or campfire stories? Are the campfire stories the stuff they don’t want to do, or passages they don’t understand?

In II Timothy 4:3,4 God says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.”

The real myth is the insinuation that God’s word is untrue.

I don’t see anywhere in the Bible where God says, “OK, people, everything I’ve said before this is merely stories. This is the part where you need to listen up.”

Perhaps, if people spent time digging in the Bible to find God’s message to them for their life today, there wouldn’t be such a plague of unbelief.

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God’s Throne

God’s Throne

God's Throne

Hebrews 4:16
Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.

God offers and has provided the way for us to be saved through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sake. Therefore, we can come into His throne room with boldness and assurance and openly present our petitions of need before Him (Hebrews 4:16).

He loves us. He is merciful. He cares about us more than we can ever dream or imagine.

Come before Him, the creator of the universe, and lay your needs at His feet. He turns no one away (John 6:37).

Lord Jesus, ruler of all, defender of the weak,
I speak my petitions before You.
I put my faith and trust in You
because You are trustworthy,
You care about what concerns me,
and You make a way
where there seems to be no way.

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