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Psalm 77 Prayer

Dear Abba,

I don’t spend a lot of time crying out to You. Oh, I cry out once in a while. But I never stick with it, never follow through to the end. I usually just quit and go back to the way things were. I do that in everything in my life.
At night, I’d rather pretend I’m someone else than spend time with You. In the morning, I’d rather sleep and dream than spend time with You.

In the big crises of my life, I’ve spent more time pleading than usual. But I still quit halfway through. Just like my golf swing – I stop when I hit the ball and don’t pay attention to the follow through. I spend a lot of time thinking about how things used to be. Perhaps that is what prevents my follow through.

I’m very good at jumping to conclusions. But really, I don’t even get that far. I just assume that whatever I’ve prayed for must not be in Your will, and give up. Like a rag doll, I just fall limply where I’m laid.

Even now, at this moment, I’m ready to stop and go on to something else. My mind is ready to wander away. Ready and totally willing.

Remember the deeds of the Lord. His miracles. Forget the bad. Concentrate on the good. Parents. Their love and care. Your keeping me from being hit by that car in grammar school. Eighth grade office assistant. I gave all that glory to You – no way I earned any of it. High school valedictorian. Beloved husband. Mom’s death – and a double rainbow. Foster child. Dad’s death – and a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. Best friendship. Best house. Best job.

Yes, the glory is Yours. But then again, these are all things I have worked on and followed through on. I have done it. I can do it. Show me Abba. Show me how to move forward. Lead me by the hand Abba – just as you did Moses and Aaron.

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Psalm 18

Help me to love You. Help me to let go and give You my all. To You and to everyone I meet.

God is my strength. Yesterday I ran and worked from 6 am until 9:30 pm. The only difference between yesterday and any other day was my attitude. I relied on Your energy and kept out the negative thoughts.

God is my rock. My solid base that will not crumble. God is my fortress, my shelter that no one can penetrate. God is my deliverer. He delivers me from bad attitudes, low energy and laziness. God is my refuge. When life gets too harried, I can go and rest and hide in Him. Better to hide in God than the TV.

God is my shield. He protects me from Satan’s arrows of temptation and discouragement. He protects me from negative thoughts and attitudes. He protects me. Unlike a human shield though, God is not heavy to carry. All I have to do is keep His word in my heart.

God is the horn of my salvation. God is the strength of my salvation. He is like the strong horn of a mighty, fighting bull. Not only is God my shield, He fights for me as well. And no one messes with a bull! My strength and energy come from Him. Thank You Abba! Thank You!

God is my stronghold. When I trust in Him, no one can harm me. I have plenty of supplies to outlast the enemy. As long as I stay within God’s stronghold, His will, no real harm can come to me. Help me, Abba, to call on You more often and don’t let me wait until I’m practically overrun by the enemy.

Reach down from on high, Abba. Take hold of me. Draw me out of the deep waters of depression. Draw me out of the deep waters of negative thinking. Draw me out of the deep waters of indecision. Draw me out of the deep waters of fear. Draw me out of the deep waters of laziness. Draw me out of the shallow waters of my faith.

The Lord is my support. Just as a towel supports my back when I exercise, the Lord is my support when I exercise my faith.

God brought me out into a spacious place – country living. Spacious places. Lots of room to exercise faith. God rescues me because He delights in me. God delights in me. He created me unique and He is proud of and pleased with His creation. It is time to fulfil His purpose.

The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness and rewarded me according to the cleanness of my hands. But this is Old Testament, B.C. Before Christ. Salvation depends on trust in Jesus. But heavenly rewards? Heavenly rewards depend upon my righteousness and cleanness – on how close I live in God’s will. Earthly rewards come to bring glory to His name. Earthly trials come not to punish, but to strengthen and bring glory to His name.

Keep my lamp burning, Lord. And help me to bring it out from under my bushel of selfishness.

With God’s help, I can advance against a whole troop of negative attitudes. With my God, I can scale all the walls I’ve put up around me. I can also scale the walls others put up. With God, I can overcome all my enemies.

Praying Psalm 3

I’ve come across the idea of praying Scripture frequently in my reading lately. I’ve prayed Scripture before, so I was seeking a new method when the acronym ACTS came to mind. It was a method I learned early in my Christian walk and the letters stand for Adoration Confession Thanksgiving Supplication. I thought I’d see if I could put the two together and went to the Psalms to start. I also found the New Testament works well, and some mornings, I’ve prayed the verses instead of just reading them – I’ve found it’s a wonderful way to shake things up a bit when I’m just reading the words on the page and they’re not going deeper.

Adoration

O Lord, no matter how much my adversaries have increased, You are with me and will never leave me or forsake me. No matter how many rise up against me, You keep me from being outnumbered. No matter how many say there is no deliverance for me in God, I know it’s not true and You will deliver me. You, O Lord, are a shield around me, a perfect fit. I have no glory of my own – You are my glory. You tenderly lift up my head. I was crying to You with my voice, and You heard the first peep, and You answered me from You holy mountain. I lay down and slept; I awoke, for You sustain me – You always sustain me. Because of You, I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about.

You arise to save me no matter the hour. One day You will make all things right and smite all my enemies on the cheek and shatter the teeth of the wicked. Salvation belongs to You and only to You. You bless Your people as no one else can.

Confession

Lord, I confess that my focus has been on my increasing adversaries instead of on You. Many are rising up against me, and I’ve been counting them and getting more worried and fretful by the minute. Many are saying there is no deliverance for me in You and I confess I’ve begun to believe them. You have tried to shield me, but sometimes I push Your shield away, or step aside or peek out from behind it. I have accepted glory that belongs to You and I have neglected to give You the glory You deserve. You have tried to lift up my head, but I’ve resisted, wanting instead to wallow in self-pity. I was crying so loud with my voice, I couldn’t hear Your answer. I try to lay down and sleep, but I worry instead of trusting You. I awake tired because I don’t allow You to sustain me. I’m afraid of the ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about and sometimes I imagine one person to be ten thousand.

You have arisen to save me, but I have neglected to take Your hand or the escape route You have provided. I confess there are times I desperately want You to smite all my enemies on the cheek and shatter the teeth of the wicked and that I want to be there to see it and gloat. Forgive me for the times I try to save myself or someone else. Forgive me for neglecting Your blessings to me or being jealous of Your blessings on others.

Thanksgiving

Thank You from being greater than all my adversaries. Thank you for increasing Your grace to me in direct proportion to the increase of those rising up against me. Thank You for delivering me especially when people said it couldn’t be done or wouldn’t happen. Thank You for shielding me. Thank You for being my glory. Thank You for lifting my head. Thank You for hearing me when I cry and answering me from Your holy mountain. Thank You for sustaining me while I sleep and helping me to awake refreshed. Thank You that no matter how many people set themselves against me or surround me, greater are those who are with me than those that are with them.

Thank You for arising and saving me. Thank You for being my God. Thank you for taking care of all my enemies. Thank You for taking care of vengeance. Thank You so much for providing salvation for us. Thank You for blessing us.

Supplication

O Lord, how my enemies have increased! Many are rising up against me – please take notice. Many are saying there is no deliverance for me in You – prove them wrong! Please be a shield around me – one they can’t penetrate. Please show me Your glory and let my adversaries see Your glory in me. Please, lift my head up from my sorrow, grief, pain and loneliness. I’m crying to You with my voice – please answer me from Your holy mountain. I need to sleep, please hold me while I sleep and sustain me. Please remove my fear of all those who have set themselves against me – use Your perfect love to cast out my fear.

Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God! Smite all my enemies on the cheek; shatter the teeth of the wicked. May the whole world recognize that salvation comes from You and only You. May Your blessing be upon us and remain upon us.

Praying Psalm 1

Show me, Abba, who is wicked. Show me who is righteous. Show me whose counsel to trust. Ultimately, the only counsel I should trust is Yours. Help me to walk in Your ways.

Show me which path is the sinner’s and which is the path I should be on. Help me to clear the brush and tramp through the undergrowth from the sinner’s path to Your path.

Keep me, Abba, from scoffing at anyone or anything. Teach me to stop, look and seek Your opinion before I offer my own, or even start to formulate my own.

Make Your law my delight. Help me to learn it. Show me how to make more time for it, day and night.

Right now, parts of my life feel like a freshly potted houseplant. Blow on me and I’ll uproot. I need to spend time in Your Word and in prayer so I can grow some roots.

Something inside tells me that I have a lot of fruit to yield. Yet I fell that I have much to learn yet before the fruit will ripen. What I don’t know is how much of this holding back is You telling me to learn and grow and how much is me being scared.

I feel withered right now. Worn out physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – did I leave anything out? If I spent time in the Word and in prayer, I would start to perk up – just like my houseplants.

I sure do need to prosper – right now. I’m not getting anything accomplished.

The wind isn’t driving me away, but it sure is buffeting me. Please calm the wind in me, just as You calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee.

Psalm 51 for a loved one in rebellion

Be gracious to them, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out their transgressions. Wash them thoroughly from their iniquities and cleanse them from their sin. Make them know their transgressions and show them how their sin is ever before them. May they come to realize that against You, You only, have they sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that they know that You are justified when You speak to them and blameless when You judge them. May they clearly hear when You speak to them.

May they come to know that they and everyone else was brought forth in iniquity, born with a sin nature. Show them that You desire truth in their innermost being, and in the hidden part make them know wisdom. Purify them with hyssop, and make them clean; wash them and make them whiter than snow. Make them to hear joy and gladness, let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from their sins and blot out all their iniquities.

Create in them a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within them. Do not cast them away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit away from them. Bring (or restore) to them the joy of Your salvation, and sustain them with a willing spirit. May they teach transgressors Your ways and may sinners be converted to You because of their testimony.

Deliver them from bloodguiltiness, O God, God of their salvation; may their tongues joyfully sing of Your righteousness. O Lord, open their lips, that their mouth may declare Your praise. Teach them that You do not delight in sacrifice, that there is nothing they can do to earn their salvation. Show them that You are not pleased with their efforts. Break their spirit, break their heart, and break their pride. May they come to know that You do not despise a broken and contrite heart.

Praise and Adoration – Ephesians 1:1-5

Your will is always good and pleasing and perfect.  You know best.  You never make a mistake.  You know exactly what You’re doing and why and how it all fits together.  You are trustworthy.  I can count on You.  You will never let me down.  It’s so good to finally have Someone I can trust completely!

No one is as faithful as You are!  It doesn’t matter what I do, You are faithful to forgive and not hold it against me.  I’m finally out of the doghouse and know it for sure!  It doesn’t matter how often I hurt You or disappoint You, You are faithful to wait for my return.  You never give up on me.  No person on earth is as faithful as You are!

You grant me grace and peace.  You are so generous!  You want the very best for me.  Your intention wasn’t for me to be miserable here on earth, but to have grace and peace.  Actually Your intention was for me to have perfection, and even though I  ruin Your perfection, You still want me to have grace and peace even in the midst of the messes I  create.  You want me to know the rejoicing that grace is based on and the joy that accompanies it.  You want me to have the peace and well-being that complete trust in You brings.  You are so good to me!

I bless You as the God of my Lord Jesus Christ.  I bless You as the Father of my Lord Jesus Christ.  My human mind has difficulty fathoming the depths of the relationship between and amongst You and Jesus and Your Spirit, but I can trust that one day it will be made clear.  Still, I expect I will need eternity to fathom Your depths!  At last I have something in my mind, heart, spirit and soul that isn’t shallow but has depth and meaning – You!

You bless me with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.  You are so generous!  I have no idea how abundant You are, for I am lucky if I scratch the surface or get a fleeting glimpse of a blessing or two.  How different my life would be if I accessed more of Your spiritual blessings!  You spoil me rotten!

You chose me in Jesus before the foundation of the world, before You created a single cell.  You knew I would respond to You and accept Your gift of salvation and so You made sure I would not be overlooked or left out.  It’s so good to not be left out any more!  Especially for the most important event of all – eternity in heaven with You! 

You are holy.  You are set apart in Your holiness.  You are full of awe, pure, perfect.  No person on earth has ever or will ever even come close to You.  You are blameless.  I am the exact opposite of You, and yet, because of the blood of Jesus that cleanses me, You allow me to be considered holy and blameless and stand before You as one of You.

In love, You planned for me to be adopted into Your family through Jesus Christ.  You have so much love!  No one loves me like You do!  Your love made sure to do whatever it took to get me adopted.  You spared no expense – You gave Your Son’s life as my adoption fee!  No one on earth has ever wanted me that much!

You have nothing but kind intentions for me.  You mean me no harm, but bring good out of every event and circumstance that I consider harmful.  My vision is so limited, I see only the immediate, but You see how everything in my life fits together for eternity.  You make sure that nothing goes to waste, but that everything that I’ve gone through will be used many times over to help others and bring glory to Your name.

You freely bestow grace on me.  Your grace costs me nothing, but cost Jesus His life and You great pain.  Yet, just as there is great joy at the end of childbirth, You know great joy at my acceptance of Your gifts.  You didn’t have to open heaven up to everyone, but You did.  You could have kept it just for Yourself and Your angels, but You wanted to share heaven with everyone and so You made it easy for me – all I had to do was confess, repent and accept the death of Your Son as payment for my sins.  No one on earth would ever be so free with what cost so much! 

Jesus is Your Beloved, and You want me to be Your Beloved as well.  You want more than just my entrance into heaven; You want an intimate relationship with me now.  I can never thank You enough for what You’ve done for me, want to do for me and will do for me!

Praying the Armor of God

In the name of Jesus, we put on the armor of God.  We ask that we be filled with the Holy Spirit, that He would remind us to put on the armor and teach us how to use it.

In the name of Jesus, we put on the belt of truth – may the Holy Spirit fill us with wisdom and discernment that we may recognize the lies of Satan and the lies of men, and replace those lies with Your truth.  May all that we think, say, feel and do be based on Your truth. 

 In the name of Jesus, we put on the breastplate of righteousness, the blood of Christ.  Thank You Jesus for living for us and dying for us.  Thank You for shedding Your blood that we may one day stand before God in white robes of righteousness.  May the Holy Spirit fill us with love that we may love You with all our heart and soul, mind and strength; that we might love others as Jesus loves people, and love ourselves as You love us.  May all that we think, say, feel and do pass through and pass on Your love. 

 In the name of Jesus, we shoe our feet with the gospel of peace.  We ask that the Holy Spirit remind us to put on our shoes, do all that we can do and then stand firm.  May He prepare us and make us ready to give an answer for what we believe.  When You open the door to an open soul, may our mouths open with the words You want said to them.  May we be filled with and controlled by Your peace. 

 In the name of Jesus, we put on the helmet of salvation and ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with the mind of Christ.  May He help us to cast down our imaginations and bring every thought captive to Christ. 

 In the name of Jesus, we wield our shield of faith.  May the Holy Spirit increase our measure of faith.  May all that we think, say, feel and do be based on faith, not fact or feeling. 

 In the name of Jesus, we brandish the sword of Your word.  May the Holy Spirit fill us with Your Word, help us to hide Your word in our hearts and remind us to meditate on Your word day and night that we may be sure to obey it.  May all that we think, say, feel and do be based on and checked against Your word. 

 Remind us to pray at all times in the Spirit.  Help us to be alert with all perseverance.  Teach us to start fighting back.  In Jesus’ name.