O, Lord, God of heaven,
Our great and awesome God,
You keep Your promises and
to those who love and obey You.
Please let Your ear be attentive
and Your eyes open to us,
so You may hear our prayer,
which we pray before You,
day and night,
for Your children,
for our children,
for our country.
We confess our sin against You
for we have done wrong.
My family and I have done wrong.
My country and I have done wrong..
We have acted badly toward You
and have not kept Your commandments,
which You gave to Your servant Moses.
Remember what you said to Moses?
‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you,
but if you return to Me
and keep My commandments
and do as I ask -
even though you’ve been cast
as far from Me as you can get -
yet I will gather you and bring you
to the place I have chosen to be.’
We are Your servants and Your people,
whom You have redeemed
by Your great power and strong hand!
O, Lord, please let Your ear be attentive
to this prayer and those of Your servants
who desire to honor Your name.
“Thou art my father, my God,” Psalm 89:26. Our Father which art in heaven
“The Lord our God is holy,” Psalm 99:9. Hallowed be Thy name.
“Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,” Psalm 145:13. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
“I will be exalted in the earth,” Psalm 46:10. in earth, as it is in heaven.
“And the Lord God humbled you, let you hunger, then fed you with manna….to make you know that we do not live by bread alone, but by every word from the mouth of the Lord,” Deuteronomy 8:3. Give us this day our daily bread.
“Hear in heaven Your dwelling place and forgive! To those whose hearts You know, let it be according to their ways – for You, Lord, You alone, know the hearts of all,” 1 Kings 8:39. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
“Listen, O Shepherd of Israel, You Who lead us like a flock,” Psalm 80:1. And lead us not into temptation,
“Fear the Lord your God, and God will deliver you from the hands of all your enemies,” 2 Kings 17:39. But deliver us from evil
“Yours, O Lord is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty! All that is heaven and earth is Yours! Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted above all,” 1 Chronicles 29:11. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Growing up in a church that relied on spontaneous prayer, rather than prayers from the Bible, I didn’t hear the Lord’s Prayer aka Our Father right away. However, my Sunday School teachers encouraged us to get into the habit of bringing a Bible to church and reading it regularly at home, which I did at the time and have kept doing for decades.
At some point in those early years with God’s Word, I ran across a short prayer in Psalm 19:14 that’s often referred to as “David’s Prayer.” Whether King David was the actual psalmist for these particular lines, I don’t know, but I do know that the prayer became my prayer.
Since I first learned “my prayer” in the King James Version of the Bible (KJV), that’s still my first choice for praying and sharing with you:
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer,” KJV.
Today’s “Verse of the Day” on Bible Gateway featured this Bible prayer, which I then searched out in other English versions such as the Good News Translation (GNT.)
“May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my refuge and my redeemer!”
Since the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE) often counts the title or inscription of a psalm as the first verse, this version can be found as Psalm 19:15:
“Let the words of my mouth be acceptable,
the thoughts of my heart before you,
Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Regardless of the translation you prefer, my prayer can be your prayer too.
Dear Lord God, Heavenly Father,
help me to say only what’s true
and acceptable to You.
Write Your words upon my heart,
and help my thoughts to keep You
continually in mind and spirit
for You are the Rock, the Tower
to Whom I run. You are
The Spirit Who redeems
our untoward words
and fills us with Your power.
Kneeling before the Father –
from Whom every family
in heaven and earth
has its true Family Name –
let's pray for God’s great glory
to give us the power to be
strengthened in our spirit
through the Holy Spirit.
Let's pray for Christ to quicken
our hearts with faith,
so our lives will be built
on unshakable love.
And pray for all of God’s people
to be fortified by Christ’s love,
so we can see how wide,
how long, how high, how deep
His Fortress of Love really is.
For Christ’s love is greater
than anything we can know!
And His love fills us with God.
Now to Him Who Is Able
to do far more than we
can ask or imagine,
let's let His power be at work in us,
the Body of Christ, and may we,
as one church, bring glory to God
for ever and ever.
As you read Psalm 12, keep the media in mind and prayer. Perhaps our complaints about them and our prayers for them might help them to see the tremendous power they have for good, for healing, and for unity in this country and around the world.
Have godly people gone?
Have the faithful disappeared
from the human race?
Who’s lying now? Slick speech
make it hard to tell.
LORD, please put a stop to slick talk!
Shut boastful mouths who have said,
“We can say what we like!
Who will stop us?”
LORD, You know how
poor people have been oppressed,
and needy people
from every race and culture
Help us to stand up for them!
And, please, LORD, provide the help
they’re gasping to get!
Only Your promises
have no self-serving motives.
Your Word is like silver
purified seven times.
You, O LORD, will protect us from all ills.
You will guard us from all jadedness,
even while wickedness struts about,
and people keep lifting up the evils
in the land.
Some might say, “Fly like a bird
to the mountains to escape
the bow and evil arrows
ready to shoot in the dark
the upright in heart.
If our foundations
collapse, then what could
a good person do?”
LORD, from Your holy temple –
from Your holy throne in heaven,
surely Your eyes see! Surely
You lift Your eyelids to see
how people are acting, LORD.
You examine each action, but
Your soul hates wicked ways
Someday You’ll rain coals of fire
on all evil and fill the cups
of Your enemies with nothing
but a scorching wind!
You alone are righteous, LORD,
and You love what’s done right.
May decent, honest people
see Your face
God, be merciful to us and bless us.
Let Your face shine upon us,
so Your ways may be known on the earth
and Your saving strength among all nations.
Let the people praise You, O God.
Let all the peoples praise You.
O, let the nations be glad and sing for joy
for You shall judge us rightly
and govern the nations of the earth.
Let the people praise You, O God.
Let all the peoples praise You.
Then the earth will yield abundance,
and You, God, our God, shall bless us.
Yes, God shall bless us,
and all the ends of the earth will hold You in awe.
Since we first heard about you,
we’ve been praying
and asking God to fill you
with spiritual wisdom,
so you may walk in a way
that’s worthy and pleasing
to the Lord – bearing
the fruit of good work
and growing in knowledge of God.
May you be strengthened
with all power
according to God’s glorious might.
May you endure
with patience and joy,
giving thanks to our Father,
Who has qualified and enabled you
to share with the saints –
the inheritance of God’s holy people
who live in The Light.
May our Father rescue you from
the power of darkness
and transport you into the Kingdom
of the Son Who Is Loved, Who
forgives sin and