Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer for Frank McCourt, His Family and Friends

posted by nsymmonds

“‘I didn’t call myself anything. I was more than a teacher. And less. In the high school classroom you are a drill sergeant, a rabbi, a shoulder to cry on, a disciplinarian, a singer, a low level scholar, a clerk, a referee, a clown, a counselor, a dress-code enforcer, a conductor, an apologist, a philosopher, a collaborator, a tap dancer, a traffic cop, a priest, a mother-father-brother-sister-uncle-aunt, a bookkeeper, a critic, a psychologist, the last straw.’”

Frank McCourt

 

frankmccourt.jpgFrank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Angela’s Ashes” is gravely ill with meningitis and is unlikely to survive. Please join us in prayer for this literary great.

Heavenly Father,

I thank you for the life and gifts–writing and teaching–that you have bestowed upon Frank McCourt. Through the trials and tribulations of his life, he used his work as a witness to how he made it through and inspired millions to greater works. I thank you for his life and pray that as this illness is taking him, that many would be inspired to remember what drew them to his work in this world and quicken them to pray for his beautiful release into your arms. Comfort his family and friends at this time of uncertainty. Let this be a moment when they all come together to celebrate him. Let this be a moment when we all come together to celebrate him. May he enter peacefully into your rest and may it be well with his family, his friends and his fans.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Join Others in Prayer on this Prayer Circle for Frank McCourt  

“Down-and-Dirty, Honest-to-God!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I read again today an old poem of prayer.  It’s 3,000 years old, but tell me, can you relate?

 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
      and he turned to me and heard my cry.
 He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
      out of the mud and the mire.
 He set my feet on solid ground
      and steadied me as I walked along.
 He has given me a new song to sing,
      a hymn of praise to our God.
 Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
      They will put their trust in the Lord…

 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.
      Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.
For troubles surround me–
      too many to count!
My sins pile up so high
      I can’t see my way out.
They outnumber the hairs on my head.
      I have lost all courage.

Please, Lord, rescue me!
      Come quickly, Lord, and help me… (Psalm 40:1-3, 11-13)

Desperate. Truthful. Humble. Direct. Real. That’s good and proper prayer.

The author’s name was David, the Hebrew King and his lyrics are in the Bible as Psalm 40. David lived as a man totally honest with God. His prayers didn’t get trapped into formulas or religious rites. He spoke his mind, and his heart. And God honored that simple honesty and said that David had a heart after God’s own heart. I want that as my byline! How? I’ll follow David’s model of down-and-dirty, honest-to-God prayer.  

Pray for Iran Plane Crash Family and Friends

posted by nsymmonds

A Russian-made Tupolev 154 plane carrying 168 passengers crashed into the small Iranian city of Qazvin. All 168 of the passengers died and the plane has created a small crater in the land of the city of Qazvin. Please join us in prayer as we intercede on behalf of the families of the passengers.

Heavenly Father,

As many are mourning the death of their family and friends who were passengers on the Caspian Airlines flight 7908, I pray that you would be a comforter. Speak words of comfort and solace to them. Heal the wounds of those who are suffering heartbreak because their loved have passed away. In due time, let it all be well with their souls. Considering the history of the Tupolev 154 planes, I pray that you would give the engineers knowledge, wisdom, and discernment, to know in advance any problems that would prohibit the aircraft from making a safe journey. Be a restorer in helping the town of Qazvin to rebuild after any structural damage that was sustained from the crash. May every person that was and will be affected by today’s plane crash look to you to be the lifter of their heads. May we all turn our hearts toward you for a moment of prayer for those we have lost.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Bible Prayer: The Priestly Blessing

posted by nsymmonds

A part of praying plain and simple is realizing that prayer has already been well laid out for us in the Bible. Praying God’s word back to Him is one of the most simple things we can do and it doesn’t require a lot of lofty words on our part. It just necessitates us reading His word, meditating on it, and then praying it back to Him. From time to time, I will share some of my favorite prayers and scriptures that can be prayed from the Bible. I encourage you to share your favorites too so that all may be edified.

Here is the first of the Bible Prayer series from Numbers 6:24-26:

“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.”

The Lord gave Moses this special blessing to give to Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel. I’ve often thought of this scripture as a prayer of blessing for my family, friends, colleagues, strangers, and anyone whom I meet on any given day. It’s such a simple scripture, but it has such profound power because it came from the mouth of the Lord as His blessing to His people. What more could we need for an assured blessing?

Consider using this the next time you are at a loss for words during your prayer time. Read it, meditate on it, and bring people to mind that you want to be under the authority of this scripture. And in doing so, may the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.  

 

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