October 16, 2017
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.
by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2017
September 16, 2017
After being without power all week due to Hurricane Irma’s sweep through Florida, my electricity has been restored, thank God! May our spiritual power be restored with this prayer-a-phrase of Psalm 80.
Listen, O Shepherd
Who leads us like a flock –
yes, You, Lord, who lives
among cherubim and us –
For we who feel powerless,
stir up Your mighty power,
so we can see Your help.
Turn us toward You, O God.
Let Your face shine on us,
and we shall be saved.
O Lord God of hosts,
some say You’re too angry with us
to hear our prayers.
Some say You feed us with
bread made from our moans
and flood us with tears.
Some say You cause quarrels between us,
so our enemies laugh among themselves.
Restore us, O God of All.
Show how Your face glows over us.
We praise You for we have been saved.
Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2017, prayer-a-phrased Psalm 80 with the help of scriptures on Bible Gateway.
June 6, 2017
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.
Ephesians 3:14-21 prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2017, using scripture from various translations on Bible Gateway.