Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Let us pray, O Lord,
Give no heed to those who are greedy, attend not to those who do wrong. For, like the green grass of spring, they soon fade and wither away. Trust in the Most High, and seek goodness; live harmoniously upon the earth in peace and assurance. Take delight in the Beloved, and enjoy the bountiful gifts of love. Commit your life to he Beloved, confident that Love will act on your behalf, making clear your pathway bright as the sun at midday.
JUNE IS PRAY A PSALM MONTH!
Pick a psalm, pray a psalm and share a psalm of your choice with someone today!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side – let Israel now say – if it had not been the Lord who was on our side when people rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us; then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us; then over us would have gone the ragging waters.
Blessed be the Lord who has not given us as prey to their teeth! Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.
PRAY A PSALM TODAY!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I yearn to know You, O Beloved, to abide in the Peace of Love; I choose to turn from the ways of the world, where ego separates and divides.
“At the set time which I appoint, I will judge with equity. When the earth totters with all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady the axis.”
I say to the powerful, “Lead with justice and mercy.” And to the greedy, “Share your abundance with those in need. Le no one see your acts of mercy or know your works of charity.”
Pray a Psalm
June is Pray a Psalm month. Go through the book of Psalms until you find one that speaks to your heart. Pray it unto the Lord throughout the day. Let me know in the comment section which ones touched you the most.
Monday, June 21, 2010
In your strength I rejoice, O my beloved, and in your Presence my heart finds rest! You heed the heart’s desire, answering the cry of the soul, and You bestow blessing upon blessing; Your love is as a crown of fine gold upon my head. I asked for life; and life you provide, eternal life comes through you Love. Amen
Today is a good day to thank God for Life. As the psalmist said, he asked for life and God provided that life. What kind of life are you asking God for?
June is Pray a Psalm month!
Find a psalm. Pray a psalm and send a psalm to someone else!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Gracious God, we come before you, unworthy of your grace, unworthy of your love and unworthy of you. Have mercy on us, O Lord. Today, we come in confession that too often we have chosen the fruit over the garden; too often we have bowed down to the golden calf; too often we have begged for a sign; too often we have declared Caesar to be Lord; too often we have demanded to see the wounds in your hands; too often we have substituted our image of you, for you. Too often we have neglected your call to be salt and light; too often we have reduced our relationship with you to a moral code; too often we have forgotten Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection; too often we have acted on sight and not on faith.
Lord, have mercy. Heal us now. Open our eyes. Empower our lives. Fill our hearts with your eternal love.
In the matchless Name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Dr. Lance D. Watson, Senior Pastor
Saint Paul's Baptist Church
"A Church for People On the Grow"
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Keeping company with you, the source of all wisdom, knowledge and power, leads to a greater revelation beyond human achievement.
Tutor my spirit, when I need to be challenged
Assure my heart when fear seeks to overtake my faith; and
Satisfy our hunger for certainty and control.
Just being with you helps us to entrust our lives to you more and more each day realizing that you are closer to us than we are to ourselves.
In Jesus name,
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Together we can Pray A Psalm:
Listen to my heart, O Love Divine; hear the cry within me! Heed my prayer from lips that would utter truth! For in You do I seek justice! Be Thou my eyes that I may see clarity.
If You try my heart, if You visit me by night, if You test me, You will discover my only desire is to draw closer to You. I see the injustice and the oppression piercing the hearts of your people.
Be Thou my feet that I may walk along your paths; that I may be a benevolent presence on life’s highway. Amen.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Let us pray:
Giver of life, we praise You! Bestower of all gifts, we give You thanks, for your steadfast love endures forever. Who can tell of your generosity in all generations, the rich variety of the living cosmos? Blessed are they who recognize the Gift and who follow the precepts of your life at all times.
Teach us to be patient with ourselves, that we might offer the gift of patience to others. O that we may learn to be clam to persevere with utter trust as we face the fears that bind us. Amen
PRAY A PSALM TODAY!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Most gracious Presence, let me not be arrogant, nor boastful of my virtuous deeds; Let me not seek fame or set my heart on the riches of the world. Help me to calm and quiet my soul, like a child quieted at its mother’s breast; like a child that is quieted, be so my soul.
I shall be at peace in You, O Breath of my breath, from this time forth and forevermore. Amen.
PRAY A PSALM
Open your Bible. Go to the Book of Psalms. Pick one that speaks to your heart and pray it. Make it personal. It is your song sung to the Lord in prayer.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know, To love what I ought to love, To praise what delights Thee most, To value what is precious in Thy sight, To hate what is offensive to Thee. Do not suffer me to judge according to the sight of my eyes, Nor to pass sentence according to the hearing of the ears of ignorant men; But to discern with a true judgment between things visible and spiritual, And above all, always to inquire what is the good pleasure of Thy will.
Thomas A Kempis
June is Pray a Psalm month! Take a moment and read through the Book of Psalms. Pick one that speaks to your heart. Pray it throughout the day or when you can until it breaths new life into your faith.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Pray with me a few verses from Psalm 25, adapted
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul! You are the Heart within my heat and I place my trust in you. Let me not feel unworthy; let not fear rule over me. Yes! May all who open their hearts savor You and bless the earth!
Compel me to know your ways, O Love; instruct me upon your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for through You will I know wholeness; I shall reflect your Light both day and night.
Monday, June 7, 2010
The Earth is yours, O Lord. You have given the world life and everyone who lives in it with fullness and glory. You have founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Help us today to take better care of the seas, rivers and the life that lives within it and beside it. Equip us with new wisdom and knowledge to overcome environmental negligence. Please help us in this hour as the seas and it creatures are being spoiled by pollutants that may change the world you so carefully created forever. In this hour of need we pray in Jesus name, Amen. Psalm 24
One Psalm per Day
June is Psalm month on Praycation. Read through the poetry, laments, praise, prayers and more in the book of Psalms. Pick one to read each day. Allow God’s word to live you all day long. Ask God to discern it’s meaning and release the power of God’s word into your life.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Jehovah Rapha, God the healer of all our diseases touch our bodies with your restorative power. We reach out to touch the hem of your garment. Reach out and touch us back by binding our wounds, deadening our pain and bathing us in grace. Reach out and touch us with a balm that soothes sins sick hearts. Restore unto us the joy of our salvation. Repair the breach between others and us. And if there is a need to heal our relationship with you, do so in the matchless name of Jesus, Amen.
A PSALM A DAY
Remember June is Psalm month on Praycation, your place to practice your spiritual disciplines. Choose a psalm that touches your heart. Pray it throughout the day. Allow it to bless your life in ways unimagined.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Lord of yesterday and today, you consistently call us to be pioneers of a future that is still on the way. Today, give us a vision of what the tomorrow which is already on the view screen of heaven looks like. Then as we venture forward, give us the courage to turn away from a no-risk life, certainty, and worldly ambitions to be a sojourner of faith, secure in the revelation that we do not travel alone. Thank you for never leaving us nor forsaking us.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
If this day I should get lost amid the perplexities of life and the rush of many duties, do Thou search me out, gracious Lord, and bring me back into the quiet of thy presence.
"Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble."
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Eternal and Everlasting God, thank you for being ready to hear our prayers again. We boldly come to the throne of grace seeking mercy because we have fallen short of your Glory. We remained safely silent when we should have spoken on behalf of another again. We ignored the hurt and pain of those around us again. We have spent too much time on our own needs and neglected our relationship with you again. God of compassion and chances, we confess our sins to you. We seek forgiveness and your healing. Wash us again. Cleanse our hearts and minds again. Give us another chance again. Help us to rise above the "again" that so easily besets us today. In Jesus name, Amen.