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Five Powerful Prayers from Scripture

What are your favorite prayers recorded by the people of God?

 

If you ever feel at a loss for what to pray, there’s no better guidebook for petitions to our Heavenly Father than the very book He wrote—the Bible. Almost every book in there contains a plea or request, and page after page points to another reason we need a Savior. So, when you feel like you just don’t have words, turn first to the Word.

Although we could list hundreds of prayers, we plucked out five of our favorites to show just how filled to the brim the Bible is with ways to call upon our great God.

The Prayer of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:10)

When the author of Chronicles dutifully provides us with a list of Judah’s descendants, he can’t help but stop himself. Right in the midst of all these names, he comes to Jabez, a man he wants us to notice, a man of true honor. If you’ve ever felt like you’ve caused pain or if you’ve ever wanted to believe that God can do more than you can ask or imagine, this prayer is for you:

“Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request.”

The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13)

This prayer is the true classic. Most of us have said this prayer and could likely recite it right now. But there’s much more to this model that Jesus gave us than rote recitation. This is a prayer with real power: God’s kingdom coming, God’s will being done, all that we need for the day. It’s truly power packed. So, take a closer look at what it teaches:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”

Jonah’s Prayer for Salvation (Jonah 2:2–9)

We may never be swallowed by a great fish, but we can still experience the shame and regret that Jonah felt after he ran from God. The prophet’s plea to the Father provides a poignant scaffolding for our own prayers of repentance. And remember that God heard and answered this humble, honest prayer:

“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.

You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.

I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’

The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.

To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.

“When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.

“Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.

But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

David’s Prayer for Deliverance (Psalm 3)

This one was a tough choice because the Psalms are stuffed full of cries and petitions. If you ever want a primer for prayer, you can’t go wrong with this wisdom book. But we chose Psalm 3because it provides a concise portrait of crying out to God in the midst of great stress. David’s words are no less relevant to our modern workplace and lifestyle as they were to his battles:

Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!

Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!
Deliver me, 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.

Hannah’s Prayer of Praise (1 Samuel 2:1–10)

When Hannah received the child she begged God for, her first instinct is to praise the One who provided. She wants to thank Him for His greatness and His deliverance. Too often we pray before receiving, but then forget to pray after God answers. Let this prayer guide you in thanks:

“My heart exults in the Lord;
my horn is exalted in the Lord.
My mouth derides my enemies,
because I rejoice in your salvation.

“There is none holy like the Lord:
for there is none besides you;
there is no rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly,
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty are broken,
but the feeble bind on strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
The barren has borne seven,
but she who has many children is forlorn.
The Lord kills and brings to life;
he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
he brings low and he exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ash heap
to make them sit with princes
and inherit a seat of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
and on them he has set the world.

“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness,
for not by might shall a man prevail.
The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces;
against them he will thunder in heaven.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
he will give strength to his king
and exalt the horn of his anointed.”

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Jesus

I know there are many out there who claim to be “Christian” or other similar term that question and deny that Jesus, the person who came in the flesh and was born to a woman, Mary, could be God.

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Couldn’t explain it, didn’t understand it, but I knew…

This is a reblog of an earlier blog about Billy Lind’s life.  It is relevant to a new discussion on homosexuality.

A Christian at transformation time (conversion) said that was his state.  He knew something had happened–something good! But, he didn’t understand what had happened or how it happened.  He just knew, even though he could not explain what had happened to him.

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Names, Titles and Characters of Jesus Christ 8

Worship the Christ, The Savior of the World!

 

 

 

God hath given him A Name which is above every name. Phl 2:9, 10
Jesus Mat 1:21
Jesus Himself Luk 24:15
I, Jesus Rev 22:16
A Saviour, Jesus Act 13:23
The Saviour of the World 1Jo 4:14
A Saviour, which is Christ the Lord Luk 2:11
Jesus Christ Rev 1:5
The Lord Jesus Christ Col 1:2
Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself 2Th 2:16
Jesus the Christ Mat 16:20
Jesus Christ our Lord Rom 5:21
Jesus Christ the Righteous 1Jo 2:1
Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to-day and for ever Hbr 13:8
Jesus of Nazareth Act 22:8
Jesus Christ of Nazareth Act 4:10
Lord Jesus Act 7:59
Christ Jesus 1Ti 1:15
Christ Mat 23:8
Messiah, which is called Christ Jhn 4:25
Anointed Psa 2:2; Act 4:27
Christ the Lord Luk 2:11
The Lord Christ Col 3:24
The Christ of God Luk 9:20
The Lord’s Christ Luk 2:26
The Christ, the Son of the Blessed Mar 14:61
The Christ, the Saviour of the World Jhn 4:42

Part of the Fight–Repentance!

Part of the battle we are all engaged in if we cast our lot with the Messiah and follow Jesus the Christ, is repentance.  Here is what Steve Brown has said about repentance.  This is very good.

Repentance is so often misunderstood. Repentance is not changing; it is God’s way to change us. The Greek word for ‘repent’ refers to ‘changing one’s mind.’ It isn’t changing one’s behavior as is often taught. If it is that, then there are times we can repent and other times (especially in obsessive or besetting sin) when it is simply impossible.

…For years, I taught that repenting was not just asking for forgiveness for spilling the milk… it was getting a mop and cleaning it up, and then going to the store to buy some more milk for the person who owned it. So, because I believed that, I could not repent of some bad stuff in my life and I thereby robbed myself of one of the most important and wonderful teachings of the Bible. God changes us and sanctification is as much a work of God’s grace as is justification.

…Thus, I teach that repentance isn’t changing. It is ‘knowing who you are, who God is, what you have done and going to Him with it.’ At that point the ball is in God’s court and He begins an amazing work of the Holy Spirit in making us more and more like Jesus.

From at dialogue @: The Internet Monk.

Jesus

Names, Titles and Characters of Jesus Christ 7

God came down in the form of man!  He relates to us in so many ways.

He did this for you–so that you relate to Him, believe in Him, seek Him with all your heart.  Use this reflection on who Jesus is to inspire your heart to worship Him!

 

 

 

Lo, I Come, to do thy will, O God. Hbr 10:9
The Babe Luk 2:12
The Child Isa 7:16
The Young Child Mat 2:20
A Child Born Isa 9:6
The Child Jesus Luk 2:43
Her First-Born Son Luk 2:7
The Sent of the Father Jhn 10:36
The Apostle Hbr 3:1
A Prophet Act 3:22, 23
A Great Prophet Luk 7:16
The Prophet of Nazareth Mat 21:11
A Prophet mighty in deed and word Luk 24:19
A Servant Phl 2:7
The Servant of the Father Mat 12:18
My Servant, O Israel Isa 49:3
My Servant, the Branch Zec 3:8
My Righteous Servant Isa 53:11
A Servant of Rulers Isa 49:7
A Nazarene, or Nazarite Mat 2:23
The Carpenter Mar 6:3
The Carpenter’s Son (reputed) Mat 13:55
He Humbled Himself unto death Phl 2:8
A Stranger and an Alien Psa 69:8
A Man of Sorrows Isa 53:3
A Worm, and no Man Psa 22:6
Accursed of God (or the Curse of God) Deu 21:23

 

 

 

Names, Titles and Characters of Jesus Christ 6

These passage are given here to produce wonder and awe inspired by the revelation of the Dear One, beloved, redeemer–the Lord God!

Thou hast made Him a little lower than the angels. Hbr 2:7
The Man Jhn 19:5
The Man Christ Jesus 1Ti 2:5
A Man approved of God Act 2:22
The Second Man, the Lord from heaven 1Cr 15:47
The Son of Man Mar 10:33
The Son of Abraham Mat 1:1
The Son of David Mat 1:1
The Son of Mary Mar 6:3
The Son of Joseph (reputed) Jhn 1:45
The Seed of the Woman Gen 3:15
The Seed of Abraham Gal 3:16, 19
Of the Seed of David Rom 1:3

Names, Titles and Characters of Jesus Christ 5

Here are more names from the article on the Blue Letter Bible site about our the Lord God.  Use these names to help you worship Him more deeply than you have in the past ever!!  God bless you as you worship your Lord today!

No man hath seen God at any time; he hath Declared Him. Jhn 1:18
The Word Jhn 1:1
The Word was with God Jhn 1:1
The Word was God Jhn 1:1
The Word of God Rev 19:13
The Word of Life 1Jo 1:1
The Word was made flesh Jhn 1:14
The Image of God 2Cr 4:4
The Image of the Invisible God Col 1:15
The Express Image of his Person Hbr 1:3
The Brightness of his Glory Hbr 1:3
Wisdom Pro 8:12, 22
The Wisdom of God 1Cr 1:24
The Power of God 1Cr 1:24
My Messenger Isa 42:19
The Messenger of the Covenant Mal 3:1
The Angel of Jehovah Gen 22:15
The Angel of God Gen 31:11, 13;Exd 14:19
The Angel of his presence Isa 63:9

Costly Grace

Costly grace and why it costs go much from Dietrich Bonhoeffer (The Cost of Discipleship)

Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble; it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.

Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock.

Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: “ye were bought at a price,” and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.

 

Do I Worship a Child?

Isaiah 9 English Standard Version (ESV)

For to Us a Child Is Born

But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

 The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
    you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
    as with joy at the harvest,
    as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
    and the staff for his shoulder,
    the rod of his oppressor,
    you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
    and every garment rolled in blood
    will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called 
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.