POTD: A Prayer for the Scared

Afraid? Terrified? You’re in good company. Let’s pray…

Psalm 10:12-18

Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.
Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief;
you consider it to take it in hand.
The victim commits himself to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked and evil man;
call him to account for his wickedness
that would not be found out.

The Lord is King for ever and ever;
the nations will perish from his land.
You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
in order that man, who is of the earth,
may terrify no more.

Thank you Lord.

POTD: A Prayer When You Can’t Figure Out What God is Doing

“What is God DOING?” “What was He THINKING?”  Let’s pray…

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Romans 11:33-36

And amen.

PTOD: A Perfect Day to Pray This Prayer

Once, when King David had a down day, his prayer became a prophecy. Today is the perfect day to pray it, too. Let’s pray…

Psalm 16:7-11

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the grave,
nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Oh, yeah…!

“…and that’s what Good Friday is all about, Charlie Brown.”

I can just hear Linus Van Pelt proclaiming these words to Charlie Brown under a bright spotlight at a Good Friday service…

“…Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”*

“…and that’s what Good Friday is all about, Charlie Brown.”

 

*Philippians 2:6-11

PTOD: Just Because He’s Wonderful

(Take a few minutes of your quarantine and have a talk with the Creator of the Universe—your Heavenly Father and Best Friend. You can’t lose.)

Just because He’s wonderful. Let’s pray…

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Rejoice!

POTD: A Prayer When Things Are Dark

(Take a few minutes of your quarantine and have a talk with the Creator of the Universe—your Heavenly Father and Best Friend. You can’t lose.)

Walking by faith can be tough, especially when all seems dark. Let’s pray…

As the rain hides the stars,
As the autumn mist hides the hills,

Happenings of my lot
Hide the shining of Thy face from me.
Yet, if I may hold Thy hand
In the darkness,
It is enough;
Since I know that,
Though I may stumble in my going,
Thou dost not fall.
Alistair Maclean

Thank you, Jesus.

(Illustration by Daniel Cordova)

POTD—A Great Day’s Beginning

Good Morning—Let’s pray…

Psalm 5:1-3*

Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my meditation.
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God
For unto thee will I pray.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

Bless the Lord.

*Bill Sprouse, Jr. wrote a fantastic worship song with these words. Listen here.

POTD: Just Loving Jesus

(Take a few minutes of your quarantine and have a talk with the Creator of the Universe—your Heavenly Father and Best Friend. You can’t lose.)

He loves you—Let’s love Him right back. Let’s pray…

What language shall I borrow
To thank You, dearest Friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end;
O, make me Thine forever,
And should I fainting be;
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive my love for Thee.
I sometimes think about the cross
And shut my eyes and try to see
The cruel nails, the crown of thorns
And Jesus crucified for me;
But even could I see Him die,
I would but see a little part
Of that great love, which like a fire,
Was always burning in His heart.
—Bernard of Clairvaux

Yes.

—j

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