November 29, 2016

Praying with Psalm 4

Answer us when we call,
O God of our salvation!
Free us from these pressures
and distress!

Show us mercy.
Hear our prayer.


People! People!
How long will our hearts be hard?
How long will we love what is worthless
or chase after lies?

Know this: the Lord takes care
of the faithful.
The Lord God hears our cries.

We can be angry
without sinning.
We can take a rest and really
think about what’s troubling us.
We can do what’s right –
even when it’s hard --
and place ourselves
in God’s hands.

Many say, “I want to see
better times. I want the light
of God’s face to shine.”
But God has filled us
with more gladness
than we’ll ever get
from food and wine.

When we lie down,
we can sleep peacefully,
for You alone, O God
help us to rest in safety.


prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler, ©2016, with scriptures from many translations on Bible Gateway


November 27, 2016

Praying with Psalm 3

Psalm 3

How many are our foes, O Lord!
How many rise against us?
How many say God gives
no salvation for the soul?

But You, O Lord, are a shield around us,
our glory, and The One Who lifts our head.
When we cry aloud to the Lord,
You answer us from Your holy place.

We lay down and sleep.
When we awake, You have sustained us.

We need not be afraid
of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against us.

Rise up, O Lord!
Save us, O our God!
You alone can smack down our enemies
and break the bite of evil.

Salvation belongs to You, O Lord.
May Your blessings be on us
and all Your people.


prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016


November 12, 2016

Psalm 67 for today

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.


prayer-a-phrase by Mary Harwell Sayler


November 16, 2015

Praying the Lord’s Prayer for the Nations

Our Father Who Is in Heaven,
Most Blessed and Sacred is Your Name.

May Your Kingdom come
to the United States and all
continents – to reign over us
with justice, mercy, and love,
and may Your Will prevail
on earth as it does in Heaven.


Lord, give us this day
the sustenance we need
for mental, physical, and spiritual
well-being, but also for our
social and emotional health.

Forgive us for getting out of bounds!
And thank You for giving us what we need
to forgive each person – past or present
and each group – past or present,
who has ever intruded against us.

Lead us not into temptation
to do wrong or cause harm
or give in to fears and disbelief,
but deliver us from evil,
apathy, and cruelties of all kinds.

For Yours is the Kingdom we want!
Yours is the power we need.
Yours is the glory we worship
and adore in the Name
of Christ Jesus our Lord.


prayer-a-phrase by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2015



September 3, 2015

Praying for Christians everywhere

Colossians 1:9-14

Since we first heard about you,
we’ve been praying
and asking God to fill you
with spiritual wisdom,
insight,
and understanding
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
loves you,
forgives sin and
redeems.



©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in Colossians, using a variety of translations found on Bible Gateway.







August 27, 2015

Praying for unity in Christ

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13

May God our Father
and our Lord Jesus
bring us
together soon!

May the Lord
make our love
grow and overflow
for one another.

May He strengthen
our hearts to be holy
and blameless before
our Father God
at the coming of
our Lord Jesus
with all the saints.



© 2015, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s Bible reading in 1 Thessalonians from translations found on Bible Gateway. For an earlier version of these verses, see "Apostle Paul prays on and onto us."


Come, Lord Jesus! Maranatha – our Lord come!


August 15, 2015

Praising Our Father with The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father,
Our
Father in Heaven,
holy, holy, holy is Your Name.

Oh, how I want
Your Kingdom to come
and Your Will to be done
in my life, in my home,
in my church,
in The Church
on the earth
as it is in Heaven.

Thank You for giving us
Your Word each day –
our bread,
the Bread of Life.

And thank You
for giving us Your forgiveness
and helping us choose
to forgive others
for trespassing against us.

We thank and praise You, Lord,
that we can trust You
to never
lead us into temptation
but always
deliver us from evil
and all kinds of ills.

We praise You, praise You
for Your Kingdom life in us
and Your Holy Spirit power.

May all we are
and all we do
be for Your praise
and glory
forever and ever
in Jesus’ Name,
amen
.



©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler