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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Posted Prayers - Week 2

I'm still thinking about prayers when we don't do all the talking. This week, I'm looking at prayers where God does pretty much all the talking while we keep silent. I want to give the prayer time a little direction, though, so I'm doing what I'll call a "guided listening prayer," where I will suggest an area of concern, you bring to mind specific persons or things in that category and wordlessly lift them up to the Lord, for Him to touch as He knows best. Listen to what He has to say. Then, after a few moments, you can move on to the next topic.


Heavenly Father,
Today,
I want to listen to You.
To present my concerns
And know Your thoughts.
To share my dreams
And know Your plans.
To hold my life up
Open to Your gaze.
To wait in the silence
And hear Your voice.

First, Father, I bring You my relationships
The people I care for....
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Next, I offer You my fears
The things that hold me back from serving You....
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Here, Papa, are my sorrows
All the tears You collect like gems....
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Here are my dreams
The desires You placed in my heart....
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Here, Father, is my ministry
The purpose for which You created me.
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Here is my life
Show me Your will....
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Amen.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Posted Prayers - Week 1

When we talk about prayer, we usually think of us talking and God listening. But what if we could have an actual conversation with Him? Exodus 33:11 says:

"Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend."

Today's prayer is based on that idea, entirely using scripture passages.

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THE LORD CAME CALLING

"Where are you?"

“Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

“Who am I, Lord? How can I save them? I am the weakest. I am the least. What if they do not believe me? What if they do not listen?"

 “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” 

"Show me your glory.”

"The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished...."

“Woe to me! My eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty!  I have seen the Lord face to face!”

"The Lord's fire has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” 

"Lord, you made the human mouth. Help me speak and teach me what to say."

Go in the strength you have. Am I not sending you?”

“If your Presence does not go with me, do not send me up from here."

"Be strong and courageous, Be strong and very courageous. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

"Here am I. Send me!”