My prayer today

This prayer, translated from the Portuguese, reflects the reading of Isaiah 64 (in Portuguese), in parts. Say amen, if you will.

Holy and powerful Father,

You care for all your creation and exercise all authority over your creatures. We are your people, and we desire your light.

Save us, O Sovereign, from evil, even that which exists in our own hearts.

In the person of Jesus, you split the heavens and came down to earth and how wonderful it was for us, because he brought salvation in his hands.

Our Master defeated the devil, shook the world, and opened the way for everyone to walk in light.

There is no god like you, O Lord, who throughout history has done great wonders and chosen a people to bless the world through Christ.

“The Lord goes out to meet those who do good with joy, who are obedient to the Lord.” May we be among these!

Forgive us our errors, Father, and do not let us fall into temptation.

You are our Father. We are the clay and you are the potter. We place ourselves in your hands so that you may discipline us and form in us the image of Christ.

We confess that you are working in our midst and in the heart of each one of your people. You are not standing still, are not silent nor absent.

We ask today, Lord, for the people close to us, especially:

  • Those with the virus, that they may recover
  • Those who have undergone surgery, so that they may be well
  • Those who have lost loved ones; give them comfort
  • The weak in faith, so that they may be revived in the way of Christ
  • Those who have birthdays today, so that they may rejoice in this life and receive the new birth
  • The servants of the Kingdom, that they may find their strength in the Lord
  • Those who have lost jobs or have suffered financial losses; provide for their needs
  • The discouraged or depressed; open their vision to your grace
  • Families who are far away, that they may rest in the Lord
  • Those with broken hearts – renew their lives

Father, life is a process of losing many things that are precious to us. May we learn that salvation in Christ is what is most precious, but which can never be taken away.

In him we pray, Amen.

#prayer #Isaiah

Don’t make things up

It does not serve the cause of Christ when we find evidence for our assertions where they do not exist. Here’s a prime example:

The first occasion that came to mind was when He was on the cross, dying. Didn’t He pray for the criminal next to Him, saying, “I assure you that today you will be with Me in paradise?” (Luke 23:43)

Jesus was not praying for the thief on the cross beside him, but promising him paradise. There is nothing about prayer here. The point of the writer was good, about Jesus praying for others. But making up something dishonors our Lord. And the writer does it a second time.

Let us never make the Bible say something it does not say, in order to press home a point, however good the point may be.

Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately. 2 Timothy 2.15.

#Bible #hermeneutics #prayer #fairness #accuracy

One-line or one-sentence prayers

You can probably think of some prayers in the Bible that were only one sentence, can’t you? Add your favorite one in the comments, if you like. In the sermon on the mount, Jesus taught not to make long prayers in public in order to call attention to ourselves. Prayers can be short, and they can be effective prayers.

Have you made some one-line prayers? If so, what are some? Like Nehemiah (oops, I gave one away), in the heat of the moment, we can send up quick, lightning prayers.

A good idea might be to have a one-line prayer to think of during each day. Something to come back to, to look over, to review, to repeat. It’s never wrong to repeat a prayer, in sincerity and perseverance.

Sometimes the one-line prayer might reflect a phrase or verse in Scripture. These might even be the best ones.

Here’s one from Galatians 4.9:

Lord, I want to know you and to be known by you, so help me put my whole life in your hands and to love you with all my being. Amen.

Prayers and their forms can be varied, according to need and the moment, while always respecting the parameters of Scripture. Let us pray!


What does the Bible say about the sinner’s prayer

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr

The Bible does not say anything about “The Sinner’s Prayer” as is taught by so many today, which they teach will save a person who is outside of Christ.

The Bible teaches that a believer (Mark 16:16; Hebrews 11:6) must repent of sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38); confess faith in Christ (Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:10; Acts 8:37); and be baptized to be forgiven as sins are washed away by the blood of Jesus (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Revelation 1:5).

As we hear people talk of “the sinner’s prayer” or read it, the wording is different but the message is about the same as copied here:

“Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I know you died on the cross for me. I now turn from my sins and ask you to forgive me. I now invite you into my heart and life. I now trust you as Savior and follow You as Lord. Thank you for saving me. Amen.”

As noted above this idea cannot be found in the Bible to save a person outside of Christ. But the Bible says one must obey Jesus as also noted above. The Bible teaches that salvation is in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Timothy 2:10), and the only way to get in Christ is to obey the gospel that is completed by baptism (Romans 6:3; Galatians 3:26-27).

The Bible shows us that when believers asked what to do to be saved, they were told to “repent and be baptized” (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16). Thus, the disciples were carrying out the Lord’s instructions (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16).

The Bible does teach that a Christian, who is in Christ, is to confess sins, repent, and pray to God for forgiveness (Acts 8:13-24; James 5:16).

It would seem that there is misunderstanding about what one outside of Christ and one who is in Christ, as a child of God, must do to be forgiven. This is a good example to “Study…rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

God bless you in your study of God’s word and obedience to it. If I can help you, please let me know.


#bible-study, #prayer

With trembling hearts: David Binkley

*And Hezekiah questioned the priests and the Levites about the heaps. Azariah the chief priest, who was of the house of Zadok, answered him, “Since they began to bring the contributions into the house of the Lord, we have eaten and had enough and have plenty left, for the Lord has blessed his people, so that we have this large amount left.” *(2 Chronicles 31:9-10 ESV)

И спросил Езекия священников и левитов об этих грудах. И отвечал ему Азария первосвященник из дома Садокова и сказал: с того времени, как начали носить приношения в дом Господень, мы ели досыта, и многое осталось, потому что Господь благословил народ Свой. Из оставшегося [составилось] такое множество. (2-я Паралипоменон 31:9-10 Russian)

O LORD my God, we come into your august presence on this new day with trembling hearts that are full of love for you because of your many loving benefits showered upon all people. Help us to continue growing in wisdom as we read, meditate upon and put into practice the great teaching and examples of Christ and his chosen apostles. Help every believer in Jesus as Lord, to have a heart like your chosen people in the days of Hezekiah. Bless our offerings of service to Christ and accept the gifts we make to the work of the local Church. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

*David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister*

Cedar Key Church

#davidbinkley #prayer

As long as

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says! Won’t God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he delay long to help them? I tell you, he will give them justice speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Luke 18.6-8

God loves us and wants what is best for us. This does not always align with what we may think is best.

We need to be like our Father in heaven. He causes the sun to rise for both the evil and the good. He sends the rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Jesus instructed us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, Matthew 5.44-45.

Jesus taught the importance of asking for the things that we want and need through prayer to God. God will grant our requests as long as they are in accord with his word, Matthew 7.8. God gives good gifts to those who ask him!

However, that is the question at hand. Do we ask? Do we ask with the right motive? Or do we get so busy with our daily schedules and routines that we forget to talk to God? Do we cry out to him day and night? Will God find faith on the earth when Jesus returns to claim his church?

#risingjoy #Luke #prayer

Ask for justice

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

Many people seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that one receives justice. Proverbs 29.26

It is a natural tendency to look to what we see as authority for justice. It is our belief that they should act with integrity.

Jesus told a parable to his disciples in Luke 18.1-8. There was a judge in a certain city that did not fear God nor respect people. There was a widow who lived in that city who continued to approach the judge about her cause. She came before him so many times that he decided to give her justice just so she would leave him alone.

This parable is teaching about the need to always pray and not get discouraged. God loves his people and he will act on their behalf. We need to continue to ask for justice. God will grant it to those who are persistent in asking for it.

#risingjoy #Proverbs #justice #prayer

Organize your prayers

People have devised a number of ways to organize their prayers. All of them are valid, probably, as long as they submit to Scripture and fulfill the commands of God. And as long as they are not imposed upon others as divinely given structures.

It has been suggested, somewhat in jest, that the apostle Paul must have had some sort of prayer list, considering the many people he mentions in prayer. Maybe he just had a good memory. However he organized his prayers, he got the job done.

Some follow the ACTS acrostic: Adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication. One supposes that intercession is subsumed under the last item. It might be best, however, to bring prayer for others to the fore.

What’s important is that we pray, that we obey the Lord to pray as we ought, that we deepen our relationship with him, that we advance the Kingdom among the world that lies in darkness.


How do you feel about praying to God

I have a “hang-up” I guess you could say. Maybe there is nothing to it, but it is a “thing” with me. I feel guilty praying to God and asking Him to bless me or those I love when I have not been faithful in my Bible reading. It is so hard for me to have a close relationship (conversation) with God when I haven’t “listened” (read my Bible) that day. It makes me feel selfish that I could ask Him to listen to me and respond favorably when I have not listened (read His word) to Him all day.

The Bible says, “Pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:17). That is a close relationship with God to be able to pray without ceasing. That is like sharing everything with God. If we envision God with us all the time, and He is, then whenever and whatever happens to us, we can communicate with God about it. If we envision Him walking beside us everywhere we go (and He does), we can talk to Him openly. Have you had something good happen to you or hear something good and say, “Thank the Lord”? That is good, but what if He is right beside you, could you not say, “Thank you, Lord” as if you are communicating with your closest friend standing right beside you?

The Bible says Enoch walked with God (Gen. 5:24). If walking with someone means they are beside you, that you communicate with them, then it is more than just attending the services of the church one to three times a week. It is more than just picking up the Bible when you think about it. It is more than just praying to God when you need Him. It is indeed a personal relationship with Him, don’t you think? It is as if under your breath (or loudly if you choose) you talk to God. Pray without ceasing. Be in a prayerful attitude at all times. If we talk to Him in our innermost thoughts throughout the day, we will be drawn closer to Him. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8).

The beautiful thing about our God is He is always there. He is always ready to welcome us home. No matter what we have done or how long we have been out of a close relationship with Him, He is standing ready to welcome us back. How beautiful is the love of our Father? Christians who have fallen away from God only have to pray and ask for forgiveness. Whether that prayer should be public or private depends on how public or private the sin has been. The safe thing is to make a public confession and ask the church to pray with and for you.

If you have never become a Christian you must hear the Word, believe it, repent of your sins, confess your faith, and be baptized to wash away your sins. Then walk close to God and remain faithful until death. It is beautiful to grow and continue drawing near to God, realizing He is drawing near to you. It is where He wants to be in your life and mine.  


Be Careful What You Pray For

Someone has said, “Be careful what you wish for.” I’d rather say, “Be careful what you pray for.” As I sit and think back over my years as a Christian, prayer has played an important role in it. Many of you have heard that as a girl I prayed to marry a preacher. I knelt by my bed at night and prayed, “Lord, if I’m capable of being a preacher’s wife, I want to marry a preacher, but if not, just let me marry a Christian.” I didn’t know any boy making a preacher and few who were even Christians. Jerry Humphries was our preacher. In fact, I was the first one he baptized after he moved to Elba, AL. He left to preach in revivals and invited this young man from Alabama Christian to come down from Montgomery and preach in his absence. He was cute but brought his girlfriend with him! I asked them that afternoon while they were spending it with us if they didn’t have some “fine young man they could bring down when they came back and let me meet.” The girl thought for a while, snapped her fingers, and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I have been married 54 years! God answers prayers. We’d better be careful what we pray for!

I prayed for my daddy to stop drinking and return to the church. He did! He confessed living in sin 30 years. He later became a deacon in the Elba church and was faithful til death. God answers prayers! We better be careful what we pray for!

I used to paint preacher’s charts on bed sheets. I outlined the letters with stencils and then handprinted them. It took a lot of time. I prayed to be able to do it freehand and faster. God answered that prayer. I was able to outline one in a day. The painting took longer. We’d better be careful what we pray for!

I’ve prayed to be a soul winner for years. While keeping my mother I told the Lord I knew I was asking a lot because I was confined to the house with her, but he answered that prayer. A man and woman came to the house one day to return some money she had borrowed. Her friend remained in the car. I wanted to speak to him. He had been coming to church services with her for a long time. We went out to the car and after the initial greetings I asked him about his salvation. He said, “I’ve never been anything.” It alarmed me and scared me for him. I said, “Oh, let’s set up a Bible study with you and Doug.” He agreed. Doug walked up and we set it up for the next day and I would cook lunch for them. The next day the lady and I stayed at home and cleaned up the dishes while he and Doug went to the building and studied. In about an hour, Doug called and asked us to come to the church building because Ray Medley wanted to become a Christian. God can answer our prayers even when we are confined inside a house! We’d better be careful what we pray for!

Oh, how I love my Lord. He has been so good to me.


Hugh’s News & Views (Reflections On Prayer)


I have always been a person of prayer and have always believed in the power of prayer. More importantly, I have always believed in the one true God of heaven and earth who hears the prayers of His children. Even before my father became a Christian he taught my sister and me the childhood prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. If I should live for other days, I pray the Lord to guide my ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” At all three of our meals (always eaten, by the way, at the family table) my father led us in a prayer of thanks for our food. After he obeyed the gospel, it was the practice of our family for my father to read a chapter from the Bible (with the rest of us following along in our own Bible) and to lead us in prayer before we went to bed for the night. It was these home Bible readings, along with the study of the New Testament book by book and chapter by chapter at the little congregation we attended, as well as my own reading, that formed my first acquaintance with the contents of the New Testament. Our congregation had no divided classes (not that we were opposed to them), but we were so small that everyone (children and adults) met in one large class on Wednesday nights and we studied through the New Testament in the above fashion. I think there is much that could be said in favor of ten, eleven, and twelve year old boys sitting in a Bible class with adults, reading the scriptures with them, both asking and answering questions that arise from the text, and making appropriate comments on the text being studied. I know that I will always cherish those sweet and precious memories! Continue reading

#hughfulford, #prayer

Praying the Bible

By Chris Underwood — Application: Decide that at least one day this week you will use the Bible to guide your prayers.

Here are some Bible scriptures that may be helpful in your praying the Bible plan. Continue reading

#chrisunderwood, #encouragementnote, #prayer

In prayer, Psalm 25.1

“O Lord, I come before you in prayer.”

Psalm 25.1

David knew the essence of prayer as approaching the presence of God. How this simple act required him to be circumspect, at the same time he asked for help and protection.

Prayer requires the right attitude, not only a seeking for something from God. It recognizes who God is and how he acts, vv. 7-10. It honestly and humbly lays out one’s need.

#prayer #Psalms #votd

The name glorified in you: 2 Thessalonians 1.11-12

“And in this regard we pray for you always, that our God will make you worthy of his calling and fulfill by his power your every desire for goodness and every work of faith, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 1.11-12

God works in his people. He makes his power accomplish his will in them. Their work depends upon him. God does this to glorify his Son and to glorify his people in him. This was Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians.

What are my desires for goodness? What work of faith have I begun? What prayer have I offered for others like Paul’s?

#votd #2-Thessalonians #prayer #power

Guide me today: Genesis 24.12

“He prayed, ‘O Lord, God of my master Abraham, guide me today. Be faithful to my master Abraham.'”

Genesis 24.12

The servant of Abraham was sent to find a wife for Isaac. He prayed for God to guide him in the process. God immediately answered his prayer.

We have been sent on our Master’s work to wed others to Christ. Prayer is an essential component to our success. What is your prayer today?

#votd #Genesis #prayer