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Praying the Psalms for One Another
Using the pamphlet "Praying the Psalms Daily" and combining it with our "2022 Amber Church Prayer Reminder" which lists all the members of the church family, we encourage you to pray for each other every day.  Below is the list of daily Psalms and the office or mission and the individual for each day.  Perhaps after praying for the person of the day you could call, text or email them and let them know you prayed for them. 

July

 1         Psalm 1:1-6                            Minister – Jack and Janet Seymour

 2         Psalm 2:1-12                          Elders – Mel Simmons - Jenn Lawton

 3         Psalm 3:1-8                           Trustees – David and Roxann Bailer

 4         Psalm 4:1-8                           Clerk – Scott Trendowski – Butch Schmidt

 5         Psalm 5:1-12                          Treasurer – Andy and Linda Henderson – Alex Henderson

 6         Psalm 6:1-10                         Financial Secretary – Duane Wright – Jason Wright

 7         Psalm 7:1-17                          Ministerial Relations Chair – Jenny Wright, Alex Wright

 8         Psalm 8:1-9                           Worship Director – Jim Seymour – Andrew Henderson

 9         Psalm 9:1-9                           Worship Services – David Angelo – Dawn Grace Simmons

10        Psalm 10:1-18                       Sunday School – Chuck and Sue Ellen Harris

11         Psalm 11:1-7                          Bible Studies – Teal Trendowski – Karen Swierk

12        Psalm 12:1-8                         Youth Group – Mike and Cheryl Curtis

13        Psalm 13:1-6                          Christian Education Director – Kim Vile

14        Psalm 14:1-7                          Men’s Club– Mark and Brenda Henderson

15        Psalm 15:1-5                          Women’s Fellowship – Rick and Lois Chaffee

16        Psalm 16:1-11                        Supper Club – Garrett Crysler – Dan and Alex Southard

17        Psalm 17:1-15                        Outreach Director – Rich and Lisa McVicar

18        Psalm 18:1-24                       CCCC – Viola Darling

19        Psalm 18:25-50                    CNY Congregational Churches – Adele Reagan

20       Psalm 19:1-14                        Neighboring Churches – Barbara D’Aiutolo

21        Psalm 20:1-9                         WMHR (Wayne Taylor) – Jeff and Debi Southard

22        Psalm 21:1-13                        RBC Ministries – Jim and Gail Frary

23        Psalm 22:1-31                       His Mansion – Matthew Henderson

24       Psalm 23:1-6                         Teams 4 Medical Missions (John Heater) – Marilyn Fish

25        Psalm 24:1-10                       New Hope (Kathy Jerman) – Dave and Kristin Heath

26       Psalm 25:1-22                       Men’s and Women’s Conferences – Laura Isgar

27        Psalm 26:1-12                       Search Committee – Nancy Barber

28       Psalm 27:1-14                       Schools for Haiti (Carla Flesch) – Faith Stopyro

29       Psalm 28:1-9                         Teen Challenge (Dave Pilch) – Carole Ianuzi

30       Psalm 29:1-11                        The ShoreLight – Mike Wheeler

31        Psalm 30:1-12                       Samaritan Committee – Sherry Persad

Prayers for the Day – July 13, 2024

 

Psalm 13:1-6

 

This is a short prayer-psalm, just six verses.  That in itself is a positive thing since four times in the first two verses we pray the words, “How long?”  “How long” is a question that people ask when they are living before the promise of something good.  How long do we have to wait, to endure, to suffer, before something happens that ends all of this pain?  And while we are waiting we also throw in questions like “Will you forget me forever?...  Will you hide your face from me?...Must I wrestle with my thoughts?...Will my enemy triumph over me?” (13:1-2).  This is not the kind of waiting that is like the old Heinz ketchup ad that showed their thick and delicious tomato condiment coming out of the bottle in slow motion to a waiting hamburger while everyone’s mouth watered with anticipation.

 

No, this is the “How long” of those who live with disappointment and loss.  It is the prayer of the sick who wonder if they will recover or even want to.  The ones whose hearts have been broken by divorce or death pray this prayer as they try to see some hopeful sign that life is still worth living.  “How long…How long…How long?”

 

Yet the prayer ends with the great conjunction of contrast, the little word “But.”  “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.  I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me” (13:5-6).  Is the person praying the first part of this psalm the same person who prays the last part?  Yes, it can be.  No matter how long the “How long” lasts there is always hope because there is always God’s unfailing love.  I know it sounds crazy, but let’s sing.

 

Our prayers are for Kim Vile today.  

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Lord, there have been many times in our lives when we have wondered and prayed “How long” prayers.  Some of us are still praying them.  Perhaps the pain of waiting is our own.  Sometimes we pray for a friend or loved one who seems to be stuck in the “how long” time frame.  Hear us as we pray these waiting prayers.  Show us your “unfailing love…your salvation.”  Give us that divine perspective that you have been “good to us.” 

 

We pray this also for Kim.  She has known the long nights of stress and waiting as she cared for both her mom and dad as they slowly aged and passed away.  No doubt there have been other long and waiting times for her as well.  We pray that your grace and love will become abundantly evident to her as you meet her needs and longings in the name of Jesus.  Amen. 

Prayers for the Day – July 12, 2024

 

Psalm 12:1-8

 

“Help, LORD” (12:1).  That is how are prayer-psalm starts.  It reminds me of Anne Lamott’s book “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.”  How often do we pray this prayer, a prayer by those who basically don’t know what to do or even what to ask for so they simply cry out for divine assistance.

 

The situation in this prayer seems particularly dark as “the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men” (12:1).  In other words, we don’t feel as though we have any support, no church friends who rally to our aid.  We stand alone against a world of liars.  “Everyone lies to his neighbor” (12:2).  Yes, and we struggle sometimes to even know who in this world of competing truth claims not only knows God’s truth but actually cares to speak this truth in a compassionate way.  There is little evidence of the kind of truth that the New Testament speaks of around us today (Ephesians 4:15).  Yes, we can agree with this prayer that “the wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men” (12:8).  

 

Still we pray.  We cry for help.  And today we cry for our youth and for Mike and Cheryl Curtis.  

 

Let’s pray together.

 

O Father in heaven, we cry out to you in the midst of a world of lies and unrest.  It is often so difficult for us to discern truth in the midst of all the competing voices.  But these are serious times and there are serious issues at hand.  The seriousness of life confronts us, not just in political differences but in the reality of the brevity of our life span.  O Lord, please help us.  Make your truth evident to your people.  Keep us from the deceivers, the wicked who “freely strut about when what is vile is honored” (12:8).

 

We pray for clarity in our world especially for our youth.  They are just beginning to listen and think about the big issues of life.  Make yourself known to them and keep them from the discouragement of Christian inconsistences.  We pray too for Mike and Cheryl that you would protect them and guide them as people of influence in their family, their neighborhood, and their church.  “Keep us safe and protect us” all we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – July 11, 2024

 

Psalm 11:1-7

 

“In the LORD I take refuge” (11:1).  That is a great beginning to our prayer-psalm.  Refuge is a secure place in the midst of trouble.  And there is trouble all around.  But since God is our refuge “how can you say to me: ‘Flee like a bird to your mountain’” (11:1).  Why would anyone run away and hide when there is no place as secure as being in the very presence of God?

 

That is the question we ask even though we acknowledge that “the wicked bend their bows…to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart” (11:2).  Yes, the world does seem like it is not a safe place.  Indeed, “when the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do” (11:3)?  Our world seems like that doesn’t it.  People are drawn up in antagonistic camps in many places across the world and even in our own country there is a clear political divide.  And despite the fact that Christians have the Word of God before them our institutions seem to lack a clarion call that would unite the nation.  Where is God in all of this?

 

“The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne” (11:4).  He hasn’t moved or gone anywhere.  He isn’t nervous and threatened by evil.  “He observes…and examines” (11:4-5). “The LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face” (11:7).  The upright men are the ones who said at the beginning of our prayer “In the LORD I take refuge.”  There is no cause for fear.  So let’s take this prayer of ours and sing it out just as David did when he submitted it to “the director of music.”  Let’s join him in this confident song.

 

Today we are praying for our regular Church Bible Studies and for Teal Trendowski and Karen Swierk.  

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Hear our prayer today, O Lord God Almighty.  You rest supreme above the fray, always in control, unmoved by the anger and dysfunction of the wicked.  We thank you that we can rest in you.  We are safe in your temple.  You are our refuge; may we always know that security.

 

Enlighten us as we meet together for Bible study.  Bless, O God, our Friday Bible Study and our Adult Sunday School class.  May they be places of learning, encouragement and strength.  We also pray that you would provide to Teal and to Karen the confidence that only you can give as they seek to live for you in this world of discord and insecurity.  Give them the stability that only people of faith know.  This we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – July 10, 2024

 

Psalm 10:1-18

 

This is a rather depressing prayer-psalm today.  It is a prayer of waiting and wondering why.  “Why, O LORD, do you stand far off?  Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble” (10:1)?  The bulk of the remaining 16 verses describe the activities of the “arrogant wicked man” (10:2), who “does not seek the LORD” (10:4), and is sure that “nothing will shake me…God has forgotten…he won’t call me to account” (10:6,11,13). Indeed, it appears that this is accurate and that the wicked get away with “catching the helpless and dragging them off in his net” (10:9).

 

Yes, this is a depressing prayer.  But you and I see the world like this from time to time.  It is a good to have such a prayer in our prayerbook to give us permission to express these down thoughts to God.  And we do cry out for God to intervene.  We know that “the LORD is King for ever and ever” (10:16) and that he does “hear the desire of the afflicted” (10:17).  We pray that he will not delay in bringing justice even as we articulate exactly what we would like him to do, “Break the arm of the wicked” (10:15).   Thankfully, God knows how to read our hearts as well as those of our enemies and he can be trusted with our innermost thoughts.

 

Our prayers today are for our Sunday School and for Chuck and Sue Ellen Harris.

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Hear our prayer, O Lord, and be merciful to all those who are stretched to their limits.  There are so many of them as we consider the world around us and the injustice that is so much a part of the daily news.  How long?  How long?  We pray that you will either punish the wicked now or return and set up your kingdom, or both.

 

We are praying today for our Sunday School and for Chuck and Sue, two of our regular teachers.  Thank you for their willingness to share their lives with us and to lead us in discussions of Biblical truth that can sustain and guide.  Bless us all as we seek to align our lives with your truth even as we open the dark places of ourselves to you.  Give to us the confidence of your sufficient grace.  This is our prayer today in the strong name of Jesus.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – July 9, 2024

 

Psalm 9:1-20

 

It is significant to note that the superscription to this prayer-psalm says that it is “to the tune of ‘The Death of the Son.’”  Now what son’s death is referred to here we don’t know.  Indeed, it may be that this was written to apply to the awful feelings of grief that follow any such event.  Imagine the pain of this kind of loss.

 

And then read the first lines of this prayer: “I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of your wonders.  I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High” (9:1-2).  This is a determination to live our faith in the midst of the worst that life can throw at us.  

 

The bulk of this prayer describes the experience of being opposed by strong and wicked enemies.  Yet God has come to his defense and delivered him for “the LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble” (9:9).  And not only does God rescue “those who seek him” (9:10), he also avenges those who oppose him.  “The LORD is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands” (9:16).  In the end God’s judgment brings the awareness that we are not in charge for even “nations know that they are but men” (9:20). See the Apostle Paul’s remark about those who do not live by faith as acting like “mere men” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3). 

 

We are to pray today for our Worship Services and also for Dave Angelo and Dawn Grace Simmons.

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the one we praise.  You are the one we sing to and worship.  You are the one who is our Deliverer and Savior, our Judge and Friend.  In the midst of all of life’s losses help us to determine to keep praising you.

 

We pray this for all who assemble each Sunday in our place of worship to praise, pray and hear your word proclaimed.  We pray too for those who are unable to be with us for one reason or another.  Bless, O Lord, the recorded services that are posted each week.  And be with Dave and Dawn Grace as well.  Supply them with your grace and presence to sustain them and to give them confidence and joy.  Strengthen us all in our faith as we commit ourselves to you in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – July 8, 2024

 

Psalm 8:1-9

 

We have a familiar song in our hymnal written by Michael W. Smith that begins with this opening verse, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth” (8:1)!  It is also the last verse of this prayer-psalm so everything we pray gets sandwiched in between these two affirmations of God’s majesty.  So in other words, all of what we pray has to find itself somewhere in reference to the glory and acclaim of God’s ultimate priority.  I also like the two different words for Lord in this verse, one all capital letters and the other just the first letter.  The one in all caps is the personal name of God, Yahweh, the other is more of a title as master or boss.  That is the God who calls us to relationship with himself.

 

This prayer is really about the significant-insignificance of mankind.  When compared to the “heavens…the moon and the stars…what is man?” (8:3-4).  We are just a speck on the ground, a blip in time.  And yet God made us and “crowned us with glory and honor… and made us ruler over the works of his hands” (8:5-6).  All of this should put us in our place and make us realize what a wonderful and amazing place we have been put. Indeed, all of this is between and a result of the majesty of God.

 

Our prayers today are for our Worship Director, Nancy Barber, and for two of our inactive members, Jim Seymour and Andrew Henderson.

 

Let’s pray together.

 

O LORD, our Lord, we give you thanks and praise for who you are and for the marvel of your creation.  The world and all that is in it is amazing and unexplainable.  And beyond the beauty of earth and space is the wonder of humanity.  The complexity of body, soul and spirit, or mind, emotion and will, is still a mystery even to the wisest of the scientists.  In addition we praise you for desiring relationship with us and for giving us such an honored place to care relationally for everything else in this world.  Oh the wonder of it all.

 

We pray that you would inspire Nancy, our Worship Director, to lead us all into a deeper reality of worship.  We also pray for Jim and Andrew that you would amaze them with the beauty and glory of their existence and of you.  Draw them to a heartfelt praise to you for your grace and majesty.  We pray this in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – July 7, 2024

 

Psalm 7:1-17

 

Our prayer-psalm today stresses personal accountability.  Everyone says that they are in favor of holding people accountable for their words and actions, but often it seems we actually implement this very poorly.  I heard someone describe the political problem of voting out of office someone who is clearly crooked as folk opposed to your crook but wanting to keep mine.  Our prayer today takes a far more personal approach and calls God in to judge our own actions and even our intentions.

 

“O LORD my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands…then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground” (7:3-4).  Now clearly the author, David, doesn’t think he is guilty of what he has been accused of, but the willingness to be judged and examined by God himself is what a proper accountability is all about.  “Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity” (7:8).  Such a judgment will become visible to those in the world around him.

 

The reality of living an accountable life is the recognition that we must all stand before God who “is a righteous judge…who expresses his wrath every day” (7:11).  There is no escape, no hiding from him.  This enables us as Christians to live openly and without fear even in the midst of folk who falsely accuse us and seek our harm.  David had many people from the tribe of Benjamin who didn’t like him (Cush is mentioned here but there was also Saul, Abner, Shimei, and Bicri in 2 Samuel), yet he rested his case with God.  So can we as we submit all of our lives to him in prayer.

 

We pray today for our Ministerial Relations Chair, Mike Curtis, and for Jenny Wright and Alex Locke-Wright.

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Lord Jesus, what a benefit it is to have a brother or sister who can hold us accountable for our walk with you.  We want to do what’s right.  We want to control our tongues and our tempers and our hearts.  We also know that certain folk always seem to either push our buttons or accuse us of things we didn’t do.  Lord, we submit our lives to you and ask for your protecting and determining hand.

 

We pray also today for Mike and Jenny and Alex.   Bless them in their respective roles and responsibilities that you would keep them from false accusations and use them to assist others to live for you.  We offer this prayer with thanksgiving and assurance in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – July 6, 2024

 

Psalm 6:1-10

 

This prayer-psalm is again “for the director of music,” although instead of being “for flutes” as was Psalm 5, this one is “with stringed instruments.”  I think of guitars and violins and cellos, perhaps a string quartet.  I like this kind of music, and yet the lyrics to this song are certainly somber.  “Do not rebuke me…be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint…in agony…in anguish” (6:1-3).  “I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping…my eyes grow weak with sorrow” (6:6-7).  This is more than a passing down day for included in the cry are the words, “How long, O LORD, how long” (6:3)?

 

There is no explanation for this rather depressing situation.  There is simply the call to “deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love” (6:4).  In other words, there is the recognition that God is the only way out of this dilemma.  It has already lasted longer than we thought we could endure.  Please come, Lord.  

 

We do believe that there will be an end for we know that “the LORD has heard my weeping.  The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer” (6:8-9).  There is an assurance of escape even if our emotions haven’t yet caught up with our beliefs.  Please come, Lord, and lift our tired, weary souls.  

 

Our prayers today are not just for ourselves but also for our church Financial Secretary, Faith Stopyro, and for Duane Wright and Jason Wright. 

 

Let’s pray together.

 

O Father in heaven, please look down on us your servants and lift us from the feelings of despair to joys that you alone can grant.  We have been saddened by the circumstances of our lives and ashamed of our sinful behaviors, but we know that you are a loving and forgiving God.  So we come to you.  Please do not leave us in these emotions of despair but give us confidence and hope. 

 

We pray this also for Faith, for Duane, and for Jason.  We know that life has not always been easy for them either.  Bolster their faith.  Keep them from discouragement and help them to maintain their practice of prayer.  Answer our requests as we come in the name of the one who is merciful and loving, Jesus our Savior.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – July 5, 2024

 

Psalm 5:1-12

 

I do not consider myself much of a musician, but I note that in today’s prayer-psalm superscription that it was written “for flutes.”  That is my favorite instrument other than the guitar and piano.  It always seems to me to have a light and dreamy kind of sound suitable especially for either relaxing times or to express depressing times.  Our prayer has a little of both in it as I read the words.   

 

One of my preferred “other versions” of the Bible is The Message, a rather free translation-paraphrase.  I especially like it in the Psalms.  There are two lines in particular that I want to comment on for our prayer today and will quote them from The Message.  The first one is verse 3, “Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and watch for fire to descend.”  What an amazing picture to begin the day as one who desires to be completely consumed by God.  If indeed all of our lives are his then all the depressing things and the difficult choices will all find their proper place.

 

The second line is in verse 7.  “Here I am, your invited guest – it’s incredible!”  What a wonder it is to be invited into the very presence of God.  What a privilege it is to pray with the assurance that we have access and are heard by one who loves us and welcomes us like special guests.  All of this makes my prayer a lot easier to say regardless of what my mood or circumstance.  No wonder this prayer-psalm was “for the director of music.”  I wish I knew the tune.

 

Our prayers today are for our Treasurer, Gail Frary, and for Andy and Linda Henderson and Alex Henderson.  

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing” (5:1).  Life has seemed hard sometimes with all the conflict and evil in our world and we are often anxious about what tomorrow may bring.  Yet with your help and your strength we will rise and face a new day, a new week, a new month.  “Morning by morning we lay our requests before you and wait…” (5:3).  Thank you that you hear us and are never far away.  

 

We are angry at some things politically in our country and wonder sometimes who we can believe.  “Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction” (5:9).  But “spread your protection over us,” all who “take refuge in you” (5:11).  “Surround us with your favor as with a shield” (5:12).  

 

This is our prayer for ourselves and for those we love.  We pray it for Gail and Andy and Linda and Alex.  May this next season of our lives be a good one for us all as we surrender ourselves into your hands and seek to follow and praise you with our lives.  Hear us, dear Lord, in the name of Christ we pray.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – July 4, 2024

 

Psalm 4:1-8

 

We are praying today a prayer of urgent request in the midst of trouble.  “Answer me when I call to you…give me relief from my distress” (4:1).  The problems we face are not merely physical or material.  They are spiritual.  Our prayer quickly turns to “How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame?  How long will you live delusions and seek false gods?” (4:2).  As a people we have worshiped at the idols of money and success, of science and technology, of a we-they mentality of justice.  We are past time for renewal.  Our churches and our society need true revival, a reckoning of Biblical priorities.  “Many are asking, ‘Who can show us any good?’” (4:6).  The answer is that God can for it is only he who can “fill my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound” (4:7).  It is only God who enables us to “lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone make me dwell in safety” (4:8).  

 

Our prayers today are for our Church Clerk, Cheryl Schulte, and for Scott Trendowski and Butch Schmidt.

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Thank you, Father, that you always hear us when we cry out to you.  Help us as we pray today not just for ourselves but for those around us who are influencing our culture in clearly ungodly ways.  As Christian people help us to both advocate for truth and justice and to point others to the only Redeemer who can save both soul and body, both individual and society.  We thank you for Jesus.

 

We pray prayers also today for Cheryl for Scott and for Butch.  These are three different unique individuals.  Grant each one a freshening of faith and hope.  Enable them to live to please you in all their endeavors and to enjoy the peace of right relationship with you.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – July 3, 2024

 

Psalm 3:1-8

 

The prayer-psalm today has a superscription that tells us David wrote it “when he fled from his son Absalom.”  This was certainly not a pleasant time in David’s life.  The story is given to us in 2 Samuel 15-16. Absalom was a violent man who killed his own brother to avenge a wrong done against his sister.  (David’s family life left a good bit to be desired.)  In punishment for his crime David had banished Absalom, a punishment that lasted only three years, and then he allowed him to come back home.  This proved to be a mistake as Absalom plotted a coup and tried to take over the kingdom.  He succeeded in driving David out of the city initially but was unable to take over and was killed in battle with David’s army.  

 

Our prayer groans “O LORD, how many are my foes!  How many rise up against me!” (3:1).  This is the prayer of a discouraged and dejected man.  At the end of verse 2 there is a “Selah.”  This appears in many psalms and our footnote says of it, “A word of uncertain meaning.”  Many writers think it is a musical term that means a pause or break in the accompaniment.  If so it is fitting to have it come at this point in the prayer as the words of despair are voiced.  When the prayer begins again at verse 3 there is a new perspective.  “But you are a shield around me, O LORD” (3:3).  There is reason to go on despite the tragedies of life.  God is still present to hear our prayers.  

 

“I cry aloud, and he answers me…I lie down and sleep…because the LORD sustains me.  I will not fear” (3:4-6).  David did rise and go on although it was one of the worst times emotionally in his life.  He was able to conclude “From the LORD comes deliverance.  May your blessing be on your people” (3:8).  His own family battle brings not only a personal victory but also had a corporate effect.  May our struggles also be seen in a new light, be a cause for our growth, and effect the lives of those around us in a positive way.

 

Our prayers today are for our Trustees and for David and Roxann Bailer.  

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Lord, thank you that you hear us when we cry out to you.  Our troubles are often very personal and deeply relational.  They can also often be traced back to our own poor choices.  But thank you that you can provide a way out of no way.  You can lead your children home as long as they come to you as the source of righteous deliverance.  Help us to pause in the midst of our lives, breathe, and pray to gain your perspective.

 

We pray for our Trustees as they seek to fulfill their responsibilities to the church family in the areas of property and finance.  Thank you for making their jobs easier by the generosity of your people which you have prompted.  Thank you for your provision.  And bless David and Roxann as well.  They have known many emotional and physical trials over the years.  Give them a new perspective of your grace, your love, your provision.  And bless others through them we pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – July 2, 2024

 

Psalm 2:1-12

 

Today’s prayer-psalm sounds very political.  “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot,…kings…and the rulers gather together against the LORD” (2:1-2).  I guess it is political, after all, all areas of life are to be under the control of our Lord.  So, although there are no Christian political parties, we are still responsible to vote as Christians.  

 

But the real thrust of this prayer is not really about government policies or positions.  It is about serving the Lord’s “Anointed One…the King he has installed on Zion” (2:2,6).  In other words, this is about Jesus.  Now it is true that he will one day return to rule and reign on this earth as so many of the prophets proclaimed.  Every knee will bow to him and every throne will surrender to his control.  But in the present what are we doing to acknowledge him now, even in the face of a political scene that we may not agree with at all?  In our free land we are to seek to “serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling” (2:11).  We are to advocate for all the things Jesus stands for in truth and justice.  And we are to pray for “kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).  Any government that does not pursue justice and righteousness for its people is doomed to failure.  “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way” (2:12).  

 

People in authority include our church Elders who we are to pray for today as they seek to provide spiritual leadership for the congregation.  We are also to pray for Mel Simmons and Jen Simmons Lawton. 

 

Let’s pray together.

 

O God of heaven and earth, God of creation and ruler of all, we come to acknowledge that you are King over all things.  We are your subjects, citizens of your kingdom.  Jesus Christ is our Head.  Teach us your ways so that we may both live by your truth and advocate for it in the public square.  In the midst of a nation in upheaval about so many social and political issues, may we, your people, be instruments of your peace and healing. 

 

We pray that the testimony of our church will provide that clear message to the community around us.  Be with our government leaders both local and national.  Give our church Elders guidance as they try to live and proclaim the kingdom of God.  Be with Mel and with Jen as both of them seek to apply your truth to their lives.  Draw them closer to you and use them to aid others as well.  This we ask that Jesus may be praised.  Amen. 

Prayers for the Day – July 1, 2024

 

Psalm 1:1-6

 

Our prayer-psalm today is a general prayer that affirms our place as those who align ourselves with God and with those who do right.  It is a black and white prayer in the sense that there are two extremes, two groups, and we must choose one or the other.  Everything else is a consequence of that choice.

 

We pray about it because although the two sides are clearly identified the way of the wicked can be quite appealing.  But “blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked” (1:1).  There is a progression here from walking to standing to sitting (1:1).  In other words, when we start down this path it isn’t long before we get comfortable there.

 

The opposite is to “delight in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (1:2).  The results of this intentional act is prosperity, “whatever he does prospers” (1:3).  This is not true of the way of sinners.  The conclusion then is that “the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish” (1:6).

 

This is a great prayer to begin a new day, a new month, a new lifestyle.  Let’s pray it for ourselves and for Jack and Janet Seymour, the folk in our Prayer Reminder for today.

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Father, we have a new day before us.  Help us to choose wisely as we move ahead.  We have all known the consequences of choosing poorly.  Help us instead to put in the time on reading and meditating on your word “day and night” so that we can truly prosper in all the ways that are important.  

 

We pray this too for Jack and Janet.  Thank you for the long life you have given them together and for the stability that they have known.  Continue to prosper them as they choose to walk with you.  Hear our prayer, O Lord, as we come in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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