Showing posts with label Revised Common Lectionary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Revised Common Lectionary. Show all posts

June 14, 2018

Praying triumphantly with Psalm 20

May the Lord answer us
in times of trouble and distress.

May the Name of the God of Jacob
protect us.

May the Lord send help from His holy place
and sustain us from on high.

May the Lord remember
and graciously accept
all we have to offer.

May He give us the desires of our heart
and fulfill our plans and life purpose.

Let’s sing a song of triumph
and raise our flag in the name of our God!

May the Lord fulfill our requests.

Now this is what we can know for sure:
the Lord gives victory to His anointed.
The Lord answers from a place of holiness
with success in hand.

Some depend on war machines
and others on horses,
but we rely on the Name of the Lord our God.
They collapse and fall,
but we rise and firmly stand.

Give success to our leaders, O Lord.
Answer us on the day we call.


Mary Harwell Sayler
, ©2018, prayer-a-phrased today’s Psalm reading in the ecumenical Revised Common Lectionary, with the help of many translations on Bible Gateway.

October 22, 2012

Taking a new tack with Bible Prayers

Plans for my one-year book of devotionals to coordinate with All the Prayers of the Bible went awry, so I’ve been praying and waiting to see what tack to take before continuing with a new posting. Since many churches have begun to use the Revised Common Lectionary to guide sermons, Bible lessons, and readings of Holy Scripture each week, postings here will also aim toward that goal. Oh, what power we'll have as Christians from all denominational backgrounds pray in one accord!

This week, for instance, Psalms 126 provides a timely theme followed by Questions for discussion in your Bible study group or use in your private devotions.

“When the Lord returned us to Jerusalem, we were like those who dream. Our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing until even the heathens said, ‘The Lord has done great things for them!’

“Yes! The Lord has done great things for us, and, oh, we are so glad!

“Please restore us now, Lord, as You restore a dry desert with water. Let those who sow in tears reap in joy. Let those who go forth, weeping as they sow, come again rejoining, bringing in the sheaves.”
(Psalm 126)

Questions: Do you ever feel as though you’re held in bondage to something or someone? In what ways has God freed you from captivity?

Personal Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for freeing me from sin in the power of the risen Christ and for restoring my relationship with You in Jesus’ Name.

~~

© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved, but pass it on!

~~