POTD: “I’m Having a Rough Day” Prayer

(Take a few minutes of your quarantine, sit down with the Maker of the Universe—your Heavenly Father and Best Friend—and chat. You never know what might come of it.)

Having a rough day? Expecting one? Let’s pray

Psalm 3 (A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.)

O Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.” (Selah)
But You are a shield around me, O Lord;
You bestow glory on me and lift up my head.
To the Lord I cry aloud,
and He answers me from his holy hill. (Selah)
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear the tens of thousands
drawn up against me on every side.
Arise, O Lord!
Deliver me, O my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.
From the Lord comes deliverance.
May Your blessing be on Your people.

Yes and amen.

—j

POTD: To be a ‘Jesus’ Christian

Take a few minutes of your quarantine—sit down with the Maker of the Universe—your Heavenly Father and Best Friend—and chat. You never know what might come of it.

No one seems to remember who wrote it, but it captures the very Nature of Jesus and requests that His nature be ours, too…

Lord, help me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray,
My prayer shall be for others.
Help me in all the things I do,
To ever be sincerely true,
And know that all I do for you
Must needs be done for others.
Others, Lord, yes others,
Let this, my motto be.
Help me to live for others,
That I might live for thee.

Amen and amen.

—j

POTD: The Biggest Little Prayer of All Time

Take a few minutes of your quarantine—sit down with the Maker of the Universe—your Heavenly Father and Best Friend—and chat. You never know what might come of it.

Here’s the Biggest little prayer of all time—it’s model for all prayers, yet it stands alone in what God loves and wants to hear from each of us. Jesus said so.

This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come, Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one;
For Yours in the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever.’

Amen and Amen.

—j

Patrick’s POTD

Take a few minutes of your quarantine—sit down with the Maker of the Universe—your Heavenly Father and Best Friend—and chat. You never know what might come of it.

Here is St. Patrick’s ‘Prayer of the Day’. Albeit a few weeks late, God is always listening.

Let’s pray…

I arise today 
Through the strength of Heaven 
Light of sun 
Radiance of moon 
Splendor of fire 
Speed of lightning 
Swiftness of wind 
Depth of the sea 
Stability of earth 
Firmness of rock 

I arise today 
Through Gods strength to pilot me
Gods eye to look before me 
Gods wisdom to guide me 
Gods way to lie before me 
Gods shield to protect me 
From all who shall wish me ill 
Afar and anear 
Alone and in a multitude 
Against every cruel 
Merciless power 
That may oppose my body and soul 

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me, 
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, 
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, 
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, 
Christ when I arise, Christ to shield me 
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, 
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me 
I arise today.

So be it.

 

(Adapted by Sean Davey)

POTD—’Prayer of the Day’

Prayers come in all shapes and sizes—as long as we pray. We can think them, say them and read them—laugh them, cry them, worship and tremble in them—so long as we mean them and remember with Whom we’re speaking.

And don’t forget to listen.

Here is the POTD—the ‘Prayer of the Day’. Join in, even if you think God doesn’t like you. The truth is He loves you, or we wouldn’t have prayer at all.

So take a few minutes of your quarantine and have a talk with the Maker of the Universe—your Heavenly Father and Best Friend. You can’t lose.

Let’s pray…

Psalm 103

1    Praise the Lord, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2    Praise the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3    who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4    who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5    who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6    The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
7    He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8    The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9    He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10   he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11   For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12   as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13   As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14   for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15   As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16   the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17   But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18   with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
19   The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
20   Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21   Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22   Praise the Lord, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord, O my soul. [1]

Now—listen

Amen.

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). (Ps 103:1–22). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

What are You Doing Right Now?

Keep about your work that God has given you. Do not flinch because the lion roars; do not stop to stone the devil’s dogs; do not fool away your time chasing the devil’s rabbits. Do your work. Let liars lie, let corporations resolve, let the devil do his worst; but see to it that nothing hinders you from fulfilling the work that GOD has given you. He has not commanded you to get rich. He has never bidden you defended you character. He has not set you at work to contradict falsehood about yourself which Satan and his servants may start to peddle. If you do those things, you will do nothing else; you will be at work for yourself and not for the LORD. Keep at your work. Let your aim be as steady as a star. You may be assaulted, wronged, insulted, slandered, wounded and rejected of men. But see to it with steadfast determination, with unfaltering zeal, that you pursue the great purpose of your life and object of your being until at last you can say, “I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do.” ­—Pastor Matt M. Hoekstra

While the world runs for cover, we have work to do.

And wash your hands.

—j

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