Friday, February 26, 2016

Prayer: How we view God when we talk to Him

How do you pray or know how to pray? Does Jesus really get everything from you? How about before you start your day?

Psalm 17:1-15 NIrV
[1] Lord, hear me when I ask you to treat me fairly. Listen to my cry for help. Hear my prayer. It doesn't come from lips that tell lies. [2] When you hand down your sentence, may it be in my favor. May your eyes see what is right. [3] Look deep down into my heart. Study me carefully at night. Put me to the test. You won't find anything wrong. I have made up my mind that my mouth won't say sinful things. [4] I don't do the things other people do. By obeying your word I have kept myself from acting like those who try to hurt others. [5] My steps have stayed on your paths. My feet have not slipped. [6] God, I call out to you because you will answer me. Listen to me. Hear my prayer. [7] Show the wonder of your great love. By using your powerful right hand, you save those who go to you for safety from their enemies. [8] Take good care of me, just as you would take care of your own eyes. Hide me in the shadow of your wings. [9] Save me from the sinful people who attack me. Save me from my deadly enemies who are all around me. [10] They make their hearts hard and stubborn. Their mouths speak with pride. [11] They have tracked me down. They are all around me. Their eyes watch for a chance to throw me to the ground. [12] They are like a hungry lion, waiting to attack. They are like a powerful lion, hiding in the bushes. [13] Lord, rise up. Oppose them and bring them down. With your sword, save me from those evil people. [14] Lord, by your power save me from people like that. They belong to this world. They get their reward in this life. You satisfy the hunger of those you love. Their children have plenty. And those children store up wealth for their children. [15] Because I do what is right, I will enjoy your blessing. When I wake up, I will be satisfied because I will see you.

Psalm 20:1-9 NIrV
[1] May the Lord answer you when you are in trouble. May the God of Jacob keep you safe. [2] May he send you help from the sacred tent. May he give you aid from Zion. [3] May he remember all of your sacrifices. May he accept your burnt offerings. Selah [4] May he give you what your heart longs for. May he make all of your plans succeed. [5] We will shout with joy when you win the battle. We will lift up our flags in the name of our God. May the Lord give you everything you ask for. [6] Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed king. He answers him from his holy heaven. The power of God's right hand saves the king. [7] Some trust in chariots. Some trust in horses. But we trust in the Lord our God. [8] They are brought to their knees and fall down. But we get up and stand firm. [9] Lord, save the king! Answer us when we call out to you!

This psalmist is right to talk about prayer. Learn to love to pray and give Jesus everything! 

Psalm 102:1-28 NIrV
[1] Lord, hear my prayer. Listen to my cry for help. [2] Don't turn your face away from me when I'm in trouble. Pay attention to me. When I call out for help, answer me quickly. [3] My days are disappearing like smoke. My body burns like glowing coals. [4] My strength has dried up like grass. I even forget to eat my food. [5] I groan out loud because of my suffering. I'm nothing but skin and bones. [6] I'm like a desert owl. I'm like an owl among destroyed buildings. [7] I can't sleep. I've become like a bird alone on a roof. [8] All day long my enemies laugh at me. Those who make fun of me use my name as a curse. [9] I eat ashes as my food. My tears fall into what I'm drinking. [10] You were very angry with me. So you picked me up and threw me away. [11] The days of my life are like an evening shadow. I dry up like grass. [12] But Lord, you are seated on your throne forever. Your fame will continue for all time to come. [13] You will rise up and show deep concern for Zion. The time has come for you to show favor to it. [14] The stones of your destroyed city are priceless to us. Even its dust brings deep concern to us. [15] The nations will worship the Lord. All of the kings on earth will respect his glorious power. [16] The Lord will build Zion again. He will appear in his glory. [17] He will answer the prayer of those who don't have anything. He won't say no to their cry for help. [18] Let this be written down for those born after us. Then people who are not yet born can praise the Lord. [19] Here is what should be written. "The Lord looked down from his temple in heaven. From heaven he viewed the earth. [20] He heard the groans of the prisoners. He set free those who were sentenced to death." [21] So people will talk about him in Zion. They will praise him in Jerusalem. [22] Nations and kingdoms will gather there to worship the Lord. [23] When I was still young, he took away my strength. He wasn't going to let me live much longer. [24] So I said, "My God, don't let me die in the middle of my life. You will live for all time to come. [25] In the beginning you made the earth secure. You placed it on its foundations. Your hands created the heavens. [26] They will pass away. But you will remain. They will all wear out like a piece of clothing. You will make them like clothes that are taken off and thrown away. [27] But you remain the same. Your years will never end. [28] Our children will live with you. Their sons and daughters will be safe in your care."

May Jesus bless you and look after you and give you His Peace! 🎁🛐✝

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