DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 89, 8.14-20.2022, Wonder in Creation.

WEEK 89, DAY 1, DID YOU KNOW?

“Despite accounting for only 2% of our body mass, the brain uses 20% of our oxygen and blood supply.”

Righteous Father, help me remember, this intricate mechanism called the body has major responsibilities, one of which is to keep the brain (receiver and transmitter) safe so that it can participate in glorifying You.

In Christ.

Amen

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WEEK 89, DAY 2, DID YOU KNOW?

“About a third of our body mass is fluid outside of our cells such as plasma, plus solids, such as the calcium scaffolding of bones.”

Holy God, it is good to pay attention to our inside and outside environments. After all, You created them. Who am I to ignore them?

We love You, Father God. We love You, Lord Jesus. We are humbled to know You indwell us, Holy Spirit. Help us be godly hosts.  Amen.

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WEEK 89, DAY 3, DID YOU KNOW?

“The remaining 2/3 of our body mass is made-up of roughly 30 trillion human cells.”

Whoaaaaa, it’s busy inside. Thank You for this nearly unequalled gift, Father. Yet, surpassing this magnificent vehicle to carry our brains around, You have given each of us a soul and a spirit, forgiveness and relationship, mercy and LOVE, namely Yourself. Amen and amen.

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WEEK 89, DAY 4, DID YOU KNOW?

“Approximately 72% of our 30 trillion human cells, by mass, are large fat and muscle cells, which last an average of 12 to 50 years, respectively.”

Wonderfully made, we praise Your Name for the life you have given us. You are the architect of gift giving. May we never take Your perfect work for granted.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

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WEEK 89, DAY 5, DID YOU KNOW?

“Blood and gut cells dominate cell turnover. Our bodies replace billions of cells every day.”

“We are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion says my soul. Therefore, I will hope in Him. Therefore……………I will…………………hope…………..in Him.

Each cell, each organelle inside the cell, each chemical inside the organelle inside the cell…all are Yours O God. All the Glory is Yours as the Son showed us. Amen.

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WEEK 89, DAY 6, DID YOU KNOW?

“Approximately 330 billion cells turn over every day. About 86% are blood cells and app. 12% are gut cells.”

Each cell, each organelle inside the cell, each chemical inside the organelle inside the cell, each atomic structure inside the chemical inside the organelle inside the cell…all are Yours. Thank You for Your words of instruction, “comeuppance,” and forgiveness given to Job AND record of them so that we don’t have to make the same mistakes. Unfortunately, Father, I still do make similar mistakes, but I know where to turn when I do. Thank You in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?” Job 38.

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WEEK 89, DAY 7, DID YOU KNOW?

“Large cells live longer, so daily turnover is dominated by plentiful, small cells with very short life spans. RBCs live app. 120 days. Colon epithelial cells last app. 3-5 days. Muscle cells live 30-70 years. Many cells in the heart, eyes, and brain last a lifetime.”

Even so, Father, Paul reminds us, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed…. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through out Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”  1 Corinthians 15:50ff

Amen and amen.

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 88, 8.7-8.13.2022, PRAYERS FOR HEALING.

WEEK 88, DAY 1

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my NAME humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now, I have chosen and consecrated this house that my NAME may be there forever. 2 Chronicles 7:14ff.

Holy God, throughout scripture You have beckoned Your created ones to follow You, and Your very words indicate You prescribe a specific way to do just that. Your words are no less instructional today than at any other time when You have spoken them. Our situation is different from these ancient Hebrews, but You still expect us to humble ourselves, pray, seek You, and turn from our wicked ways. A new Christian is quickly instructed ANY sin is reason enough to separate us from You. So, as we approach You with our prayers for healing, may we seek Your intent in all matters. It is Your will, Your way, and our privilege to obey. In Christ’s perfect example. Amen.

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WEEK 88, DAY 2

But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5.

Righteous Father, we often come to You with physical ailments, pain, diseases, infections, and life-threatening illnesses. Some of us have worked our entire adult lives combatting physical problems on behalf of others and beseeching you for miraculous healing when medical knowledge falls short. While these problems can be severe and all-encompassing, we ask You to show us how to keep our hearts centered on You without dread or fear in our physical problems. There is very real pain here on this earth, Father. Keep us steady when we face it because, one day, it will be conquered altogether. I can only imagine how the Savior stayed on the cross.  Amen.

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WEEK 88, DAY 3

Our Lord was crushed for our iniquities. Isaiah 53:5

Holy God, the Messiah walked this planet having to witness His/Your creation suffer. This must have been a terrible burden for Him and for You. Mankind has brought this on himself. We pray for the day of new heaven and new earth when suffering is a distant memory of the past which vanishes to no more. We thank you Lord Jesus. We thank you Holy God. Amen

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WEEK 88, DAY 4

Upon Him was the chastisement (rebuke, reprimand, punishment) that brought us peace. Isaiah 53:5

Heavenly Father, the intent was never to be separated from You. Had we never disobeyed You, we wouldn't have been separated from You. But as it is, there is suffering, there is fear, but there is also hope and redemption (salvation) from the mercy granted us from the resurrection of Christ according to Your good purposes. For everyone who is suffering with whatever kind of anguish or pain they are feeling, please God be with us now and forever. In Christ. Amen

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WEEK 88, DAY 5

That brought us peace. Isaiah 53:5

Father, You have allowed many of us to be at bedside with someone in physical pain riddled with cancer or other deadly disease, but with a calm peace that surpasses the most wicked of the evil one’s ploys. He intends to hurt us because he hates us in our love for You. To the end, please Father keep us in the palm of Your hand no matter what any of us is suffering. We fix our eyes on You Holy God and hope for the day we can be with You forever in peace in Christ. Amen

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WEEK 88, DAY 6

With His wounds, we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Father, I hate the stripes I have laid on the Savior’s back. Yet, He looks on me with love and pays the price that I should be obliged to pay. Impossible price. Astounding grace. May my heart stay in awe of what merciful gift I’ve been given. In His Name. Amen.

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WEEK 88, DAY 7

We are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Abba Father. You are always here. We need You. Every moment, we need You. Help us remember how You heal us. The Savior made this possible for us. We love You. Amen

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DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEKS 86 and 87, 7.24-8.6.2022, HEALING CONTINUED.

WEEKS 86 and 87, DAYS 1-14.

Dear Congregation,

Weeks 86 and 87, July 24 through August 6, 2022, will be directed toward the lessons of healing as learned from 2 Chronicles, chapters 1-7.

Special emphasis is directed to 2 Chronicles 7: 11ff, but the backdrop and preceding historical context is essential to understand the weight of these Solomonic prayers, culminating in God's answer to them. I am requesting you use these two weeks in individual reading and prayer of this significant interaction between Holy God and His people. I am to be at YBC Teen Camp as the Medic. Please also pray for all the teens and staff.

I request one read these chapters in context as to time, place, and to whom YHWH was addressing.

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my NAME humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now, I have chosen and consecrated this house that my NAME may be there forever. 2 Chronicles 7:14ff.

Amen and amen.

Mary

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 85, 7.17-23.2022, HEALING.

WEEK 85, DAY 1

Righteous Father, there have been requests from members of this congregation bidding us pray for healing: the process of (a) making one sound or healthy, (b) alleviating distress or anguish, (c) correcting or putting right undesirable situations which necessarily implies there is antecedent suffering: the state of undergoing pain, distress, illness, hardship.  (Is anyone among you suffering)?  James 5:13, ESV.

We can scarcely imagine the perfect peace You created prior to the fall and first sin of mankind, in which we were to live, work, and share in Your righteousness. There was never an intent by the great I AM for any human to experience the greatest suffering of all, namely being removed from the presence of Holy God. The evil one would have us believe our physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, political, and economic suffering casts doubt in Your good purposes.

Father, as we pray together these next few weeks regarding healing, will You bring the words from Your Word to my mind so that I can share a few examples of how You work via Your Spirit when we pray? In Your Son’s Name. Amen.

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WEEK 85, DAY 2

Solomon and the Israelites built and dedicated “an exalted house, a place for You to dwell in forever…. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, Who with His hand has fulfilled what He promised with His mouth to David my father…. And now arise, O LORD God, and go to Your resting place, You and Your Ark (of the Covenant) of Your might…. O Lord God do not reject the face of Your anointed one. Remember Your steadfast love for David Your servant.” 2 Chronicles 6:1ff.

As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple…. When the people saw the fire come down and the glory of the LORD on the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, “For He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 7:1ff.

Heavenly Father, it occurs to me we often come busting into the throne room with our bucket list of needs, hopes, and requests without due recognition of Your manifest holiness. As we prepare our minds, hearts, and spirits giving You gratitude for everything especially for Your magnificent power and tender mercies, may we first remember Who You are and collectively praise Your Name. We love you Father. Christ Jesus the Savior taught us many ways to exhibit our love for You. Amen.

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WEEK 85, DAY 3

Then the king turned around and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel stood. 1 Chronicle 6:3ff.

Holy God, we are grateful for long past and recent ancestors and current day leaders whom You have appointed who “turn to bless the people.” We receive with gratitude the encouragement this imparts to us. Desperately needed, we bow with humble hearts to know You have sent them. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

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WEEK 85, DAY 4

And Solomon said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who with His hand has fulfilled what He promised with His mouth to David my father, saying ‘Since the day that I brought my people out of the land of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that my Name might be there, and I chose no man as prince over my people Israel; but I have chosen Jerusalem that my Name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel.’” 2 Chronicles 6: 4-6.

Father, we see in Solomon’s prayer how he clearly recognized You and Your plans mentally, spiritually, verbally, and faithfully first. May we take this instruction into account each time, each prayer, each thought, each breath. The Savior lived and died thinking of You in each moment. May that be our goal. Amen.

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WEEK 85, DAY 5

Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel. But the LORD said to David my father, “Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my Name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless, it is not you who shall build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build a house for my Name. 1 Chronicles 6: 7-9.

Holy God, it must have been difficult for David to hear he was not the one appointed to build the House of the LORD’s Name.  Was it suffering for him, Father?  Whatever Your reasons, sometimes we are obliged to watch as You appoint others to specific tasks You assign. You continually build this magnificent tapestry of people and use every circumstance toward Your good purposes, and while it may be perplexing to us, help us to remember to pray, “Thy will be done.” Amen

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WEEK 85, DAY 6

Now the Lord has fulfilled His promise that He made. 1 Chronicles 6:10.

Righteous Father, this is one of my favorite sentences repeated many times in Your Book. It is Your Book. Your WordYour plan. Your glory. Your creation. Your promise. Your fulfillment. Your timing. It is my job to patiently watch, wait, and pray, even if there is suffering attached to the circumstance.

“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Amen.

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WEEK 85, DAY 7

Now the Lord has fulfilled his promise that he made. For I, Solomon, have risen in the place of David my father and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and I have built the house for the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel. And there I have set the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD that He made with the people of Israel.  2 Chronicles 6: 10-11.

Holy God, we often think of healing primarily for physical wounds or ailments, however, there can be great suffering with emotional and spiritual anguish. If I can keep my eyes firmly fixed on You, the pain of this life is manageable when I remember You are here. Forgive me when I forget in my sorrow, loss, physical pain, emotional turmoil, spiritual shortsightedness, or bodily fatigue.  Help me remember You will test me no more than I can stand. You are God. I am the created. It's amazing You listen to me. Knowing full well that is Your choice, I bow my head with absolute respect and humility.  I am saved by the Savior’s work. Amen.

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DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 84, 7.10-16.2022, SUFFERING.

WEEK 84, DAY 1

HEALING: the process of a) making one sound or healthy, b) alleviating distress or anguish, c) correcting or putting right (as in an undesirable situation).

Is anyone among you suffering (the state of undergoing pain, distress, illness, or hardship)? James 5:13, ESV.

One night on call in the ER as an intern, a man and his 2yo distraught daughter were up next to be seen regarding her arm pain. There was an odd intensity of the worry in this child’s face that was accompanied by her terrified clinging to her father, more raucous than any of us had ever seen. Dirty and disheveled both, it was apparent the little girl was malnourished, but it was not until we were finally able to peal her away from the dad was I able to see the fresh cigarette burn on her arm (perfectly round raw hole in her skin) and the several variously aged healing ones on the rest of her little body. I learned the meaning of suffering that night. Terrified of her dad, but simultaneously terrified to be away from her dad, this child was in a living hell.

As we pray this week about suffering, Holy Father God, may we witness Your holiness firsthand in whatever state we are living. You have disciplined me, but You have never hurt me. Hallelujah. Amen.

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WEEK 84, DAY 2

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. James 5:13, ESV.

Righteous Father, given an option, my choice would be to skip this step…suffering. There are those among us who have severe physical pain, and putting all those bodily territories together, virtually every square centimeter of the human frame would be covered in our congregation alone. It is clear any kind of pain can be mutually incompatible with peace, but James tells us to pray. For the pain, fear, and hopelessness associated with that pain, will You bring relief to those who are experiencing physical, emotional, or spiritual pain and fill them with Your gift of hope. Please keep them in the palm of Your Hand. In Christ we pray. Amen.

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WEEK 84, DAY 3

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. James 5:13, ESV.

Count it all joy, brethren, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. James 1:2, ESV.

Holy God, skipping the step of suffering is not the answer, is it?  James, Paul, and Peter all wrote about this, and the Messiah absolutely experienced this step. Will You open our eyes to this paradoxical testing of faith, and may we be ready to stand with and pray for those who are suffering. Father, whoever is affected by suffering at the time of this reading, will You comfort her/him in ways that surpass understanding? Help us pray earnestly for healing. In Christ we pray. Amen.

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WEEK 84, DAY 4

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord. James 5:14, ESV.

Father, You have granted miraculous healing to some, but it is not promised to all. Help us do all that You prescribe. In the meantime, Father, will You guide those who are sick to the medical professionals who can help them? Please help us continue faithfully in prayer. Please keep our brothers and sisters safe from the discouragement of the evil one. And please keep their eyes fixed on You, we pray in Christ. Amen

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WEEK 84, DAY 5

So, to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:7ff, ESV.

Father, You are God. We are the created. Whatever we are to learn from You and however You want to teach us is Your business. Yet, You give us this powerful connection of relationship with You and with other believers. As You continually beckon us to You, open our eyes to Your will for us collectively and individually. We love You Father. Fill us with Your Spirit and receive our thanksgiving in Christ. Amen

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WEEK 84, DAY 6

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:12ff, ESV.

Righteous Father, there are countless ways a human can suffer. That said, Peter tells us not to be surprised. Your creation was not meant for suffering, conflict, chaos. Yet, here we are, in the midst of a sin-riddled world. The apostles kept their faith despite tremendous suffering.  We need help, especially when suffering, to remain faithful. Help us not turn back. In the Savior’s Name we pray. Amen

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WEEK 84, DAY 7

I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. Job 42:1ff

I had heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Job 42:5

Father God, whatever happens to us, may our eyes see You. Whatever the suffering we and our brethren are facing, keep us transfixed on Your purposes. Thank You for the courage demonstrated in those who have loved You over all generations, for the embodiment of the Word in Jesus, and for the written Word in our Bibles.

We recognize suffering has been a part of godly lives since the first sin. For those suffering, please give them hope, Father.   We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 83, 7.3-9.2022, PSALM 90, PART THREE

WEEK 83, DAY 1, PSALM 90, PART THREE.

Turn, O LORD. How long? Have compassion on Your servants!

(So, teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart).

Righteous Father, we acknowledge Your perfect righteousness is justified to be angry with all sin and unrighteousness, yet You consistently tell us about Your undying love. This walk of life seems simultaneously short and long. Sometimes a few seconds seems long. Sometimes a few minutes seems long. Sometimes a few years seems long. But, sometimes a few seconds, a few minutes, a few years can seem so short, so brief, but a breath in length. Help us wait for You, and in our confusion, will You help us experience Your compassion. Amen.

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WEEK 83, DAY 2, PSALM 90, PART THREE.

Satisfy us in the morning with Your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

(So, teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart).

Holy God, open our eyes to Your morning, Your creation, Your work, Your steadfast love, and help us to be grateful and to say we are grateful. You remind us to rejoice. It is our hope to be glad all of our days, starting right here, right now, and forever. Amen.

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WEEK 83, DAY 3, PSALM 90, PART THREE.

Make us glad as many days as You have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil.

(So, teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart).

Father, it’s just a fact. There is so much evil. Make us glad in You anyway. The days can be long, mundane, seemingly insignificant in what we do. Make us glad in You anyway. We can grow weary. Make us glad in You anyway. And we are often stuck in the ruts of our own doing. Make us glad in You anyway. 

In Christ we pray. Amen.

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WEEK 83, DAY 4, PSALM 90, PART THREE.

Let Your work be manifest (displayed, demonstrated) to Your servants, and Your glorious power to their children.

(So, teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart).

Your work, our Father God, is displayed EVERYWHERE. Help us see it.

Your glorious power can be seen by Your children and to the next generations. Help us open our eyes.

Our Lord Jesus spent His life on earth teaching us, showing us, guiding us, demonstrating Your/His power to us.

We open our eyes, O God, to You. Today we open our eyes. Amen.

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WEEK 83, DAY 5, PSALM 90, PART THREE.

Let the favor of the LORD our God be upon us and prosper for us the work of our hands.

(So, teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart).

Holy God, of all our requests, we ultimately desire Your favor.

All the days of our lives, we search for Your favor.

The Savior paved the Way for us to receive Your favor.

We can only say, Hallelujah! Amen.

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WEEK 83, DAY 6, PSALM 90, PART THREE.

O prosper the work of our hands!

(So, teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart).

Heavenly Father, may we remember the work of our hands is to be Your work!

Your work, Your will, Your way. Today and always, may the work of our hands be Your work.

Amen.

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WEEK 83, DAY 7, PSALM 90, PART THREE.

So, teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.

Father, there are those who don’t know You. May someone find them and teach them to count their days before it is too late.

Father, there are those who don’t want to know You. Please, Father, draw them to You before it is too late.

Father, there are those who trivialize Your anger and power and warnings, who doubt Your love and glory and majesty. We beseech You Father, use us to demonstrate Your love and mercy.

And Father, there are many of us who grow weary. But, today, Father, help us remember what we may see as insignificant is Yours to make significant.

We will count our days. We anticipate with joy Your promise of gaining wisdom generated by You.

We love You Father. We pray in Christ’s Name. And we walk in Your Spirit. Hallelujah! Amen

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DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 82, 6.26-7.22.2022, PRAYER FROM MOSES, PSALM 90, PART TWO.

WEEK 82, DAY 1

For we are brought to an end by Your anger; by Your wrath we are dismayed.

Dear God, I have often thought how difficult it must have been for Moses in his responsibility to be the intermediary between two disparate parties. Everlasting, sinless, and all-powerful Creator YHWH on the one hand to contrast with the other party who was finite, sinful, and weakened created beings. Being with You on the mountaintop in the absence of chaos to return to an idolized golden calf must have been terrifying by contrast. It’s not so different today, Father. At once, we are struck by Your peace and simultaneously dismayed by our sin. Will You deeply reveal Your meaning of this prayer and keep us safe from Your anger and wrath? We understand we can ask only because of Your mercy. In Christ. Amen

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WEEK 82, DAY 2

You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your Presence.

Uugghh! I’m visualizing a beautifully set dining table carefully trimmed and decorated with all of my disgusting sins in the middle of it. Some of these sins I don't even know I committed because of naivete, carelessness, lack of knowledge, and pride. Most of these sins, however, I know very well. It's untenable to think of my sins being placed in front of You, O God. You see everything. May I behave in a way that brings honor and glory to You, just as your Son did. Amen

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WEEK 82, DAY 3

For all our days pass away under Your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.

Heavenly Father, our lives seem tedious sometimes, even without worth. Yet, You continue to watch us, watch over us, watch for us. How is it You love us so? How is it You are patient? How is it You are merciful? Some days are tedious, trying, terrifying. Moses knew this firsthand as a whole generation died in the wilderness right in front of him. Keeping on is what You expect. Moses knew in this lament he was to keep on. He trusted You. Thy will be done, Father, and in that endeavor, please help us to “keep on .” Amen

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WEEK 82, DAY 4

The years of our life our 70, or even by reason of strength 80; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.

Father, as we watch and learn from this life, it seems so short and even futile. This is one more example You use to show us Your Infinity versus our finite lives. May we always keep in mind who You are, Holy God, no matter what our circumstances. I am not sure why You created me; however, I am so grateful that I have an opportunity in this life to have relationship with the great I AM. Because of Christ. Amen.

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WEEK 82, DAY 5

Who considers the power of Your anger, and Your wrath according to the fear of You?

Holy God, we have seen Your power in the recent floods, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, famines, lightning storms, and blizzards. We know there is also power in Your righteousness end judgments which are completely pure and just. I think as a human. My thoughts are not like Your thoughts, Father God. But as I learn about You and learn from You, my thoughts are more like Yours than they were even a year ago. I do not want to be apart from You. Even Jesus on the cross cried out not wanting to be apart from You. Father, save us from Your anger and Your wrath by the blood of Christ. Because of Him, we have hope; it is the hope that You gave us and we are grateful. Amen

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WEEK 82, DAY 6

So, teach us to number our days………………

Holy God, we know that we are given only a finite number of days. We have no idea how many those are, but You do. We recognize we are finite and small and weak compared to You. On the other hand, those who listen to You know that You are with them and will save them and keep them for a glorious day to be with You without the trappings of this life’s finite timespan. Today, Father, help us number our days………………In Christ we pray. Amen

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WEEK 82, DAY 7

So, teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Heavenly Father, may we receive Your wisdom in our thinking, in our hearts, in our prayer life, in our relationship with You, and in our relationships with one another. Jesus showed us His mastery of wisdom in You. Each day, may we become more like Your merciful gift, our Lord Jesus. Amen

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DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 81, 6.19-25.2022, PRAYER FROM MOSES, PSALM 90. PART ONE.

WEEK 81, DAY 1, PSALM 90. FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING. PART ONE.

A prayer of Moses, the man of God.

LORD, You have been our dwelling place (refuge) in all generations.

Holy God, thank You for these words of praise from Your prophet Moses. Like him and all generations since, we face disasters (floods, tornados, droughts, loss, temptations, pain, death) and are prone to lamentation, but You consistently remind us, what is this temporary condition compared to Your eternity? Today, Father, help us remember the infinite numbers of gifts You have given us. We stand in awe of Your Eternity and pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen

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WEEK 81, DAY 2, PSALM 90. BEFORE CREATION.

Before the mountains were brought forth….You are God.

…..And for these words of chronological reference of Who You Are……………..as opposed to the realization of who we are, we must bow our heads in humility, O God.

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WEEK 81, DAY 3, PSALM 90. BEFORE CREATION.

Or ever You had formed the earth and the world….You are God.

…. And, Father, another layer of Your Majesty in Your creation, we recognize how finite we are without You.

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WEEK 81, DAY 4, PSALM 90. BEFORE CREATION.

From everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

Heavenly Father, we praise Your Name and are exceedingly glad You are from everlasting to everlasting! No power, no authority, no force, no evil, no group, no one will change this enormously important fact. You were and are and ever will be. Hallelujah! Amen

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WEEK 81, DAY 5, PSALM 90.

You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man (Adam)!”

Father, it can be a struggle to face this looming fact. One day our insides and outsides, our flesh, will return to dust. Yet, we have hope that You alone can promise. We live in the hope. We dream of the hope. We hope in the hope………………that one day, we may be with You, forever, without chaos, without sin, without death, and without distance from You. Christ our Savior made this possible.

Praise You Holy God.

Amen

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WEEK 81, DAY 6, PSALM 90.

For a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. You sweep them away as with a flood;

Father, the word “flood” is a sore subject right now, but You use ever subject to lead Your children home. This disaster, bump/chasm/ absence of the road, will pass. Our time is promised to us because of Your plan for us. Time with You. Time with the Savior. Time with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We rejoice the troubles are temporary, but the PROMISE is forever. Together we stand and say, Amen!

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WEEK 81, DAY 7, PSALM 90.

Like grass that is renewed in the morning: in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.

Here we are Father, considering the courage of Moses as he wrote his prayer to You. Even he was flesh and returned to dust. May we be faithful while we recall we are like grass…………. because one day, You have promised us eternal life with You. Until then, help us to keep it straight. You are the Creator. We are the created. And You love us. In Christ. Amen

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DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 80, 6.12-18.2022, PRAYERS FROM SCRIPTURE.

WEEK 80, DAY 1, You have told us in Isaiah 41:10.

Do not be afraid for I am with you.

Father, sometimes I’m still afraid.

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WEEK 80, DAY 2, You have told us:

Do not be dismayed for I Am your God.

Holy God, sometimes I’m dismayed or distressed unexpectedly, so troubled. Isolated, lonely, scared, fatigued.

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WEEK 80, DAY 3, You have told us:

I will help you.

Yes, Father, if I can only keep my eyes fixed on You instead of the messes that come up.

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WEEK 80, DAY 4, You have told us:

I will strengthen you.

You know I am so weak, Father.

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WEEK 80, DAY 5, You have told us:

I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

Yes, Lord God, I know You wouldn’t tell us this if You didn’t mean it.

Help me believe You, Father.

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WEEK 80, DAY 6, You have told us:

Do not be afraid or dismayed.

I can imagine You saying to me, “When will you believe me?  Is it now that you will believe me? Are you ready to let the problems be mine instead of yours? Are you ready to follow me?”

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WEEK 80, DAY 7, You have told us:

For I Am with you.

Now, my child, You know that I’m here because I told You: “I will help you. I will strengthen you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

“I AM with you.”

Please don’t ever leave me, Father.

Please don’t ever let me leave You, Holy God. I love You, Father.

On that heinous day, the Savior cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Psalm22:1, Matthew 27:48…………………I know it was because of me ………….and all of us He was purchasing with His anguish and blood. Somehow, Father, help me start treating this precious gift with the respect and reverence in which it was given. Thank You, Father God. Thank You, Lord Jesus. I believe You.

You are with me.

Amen

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