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. 

May

 1         Psalm 111:1-10                      Minister – Jack and Janet Seymour

 2         Psalm 112:1-10                      Elders – Mel Simmons, Jenn Simmons

 3         Psalm 1 13:1-9                       Trustees – David and Roxann Bailer

 4         Psalm 114:1-8                        Clerk – Arlette Sherwood – Jared Locke

 5         Psalm 115:1-18                      Treasurer – Andy and Linda Henderson, Alex

 6         Psalm 116:1-19                      Financial Secretary – Duane Wright – Jason Wright

 7         Psalm 117:1-2                        Ministerial Relations Chair – Jenny Wright, Alex Wright

 8         Psalm 118:1-29                     Worship Director – Jim Seymour – Andrew Henderson

 9         Psalm 119:1-8                        Worship Services – David Angelo

10        Psalm 119:9-16                     Sunday School JAM – Chuck and Sue Ellen Harris

11         Psalm 119:17-24                   Bible Studies – Teal Trendowski – Karen Swierk

12        Psalm 119:25-32                   Youth Group – Mike and Cheryl Curtis

13        Psalm 119:33-40                   Christian Education Director – Kim Vile

14        Psalm 119:41-48                   One-to-One Meetings – Mark and Brenda Henderson

15        Psalm 119:49-56                   Women’s and Men’s Groups – Rick and Lois Chaffee

16        Psalm 119:57-64                   Supper Club – Garrett Crysler – Larry Wheeler

17        Psalm 119:65-72                   Outreach Director – Rich and Lisa McVicar

18        Psalm 119:73-80                   CCCC – Viola Darling

19        Psalm 119:81-88                   CNY Congregational Churches – Adele Reagan

20       Psalm 119:89-96                   Neighboring Churches – Barbara D’Aiutolo

21        Psalm 119:97-104                 WMHR (Wayne Taylor) – Terry Wheeler

22        Psalm 119:105-112                RBC Ministries – Jim and Gail Frary

23        Psalm 119:113-120                His Mansion – Matthew Henderson

24       Psalm 119:121-128                Teams 4 Medical Missions (John Heater) – Marilyn Fish

25        Psalm 119:129-136               New Hope (Kathy Jerman) – Dave and Kristin Heath

26       Psalm 119:137-144                Men’s and Women’s Conferences – Emma Crysler

27        Psalm 119:145-152                Young Life Syracuse West – Carl and Nancy Barber

28       Psalm 119:153-160               Schools for Haiti (Carla Flesch) – Faith Stopyro

29       Psalm 119:161-168                Teen Challenge (Dave Pilch) – Carole Ianuzi

30       Psalm 119:169-176               The ShoreLight – Mike Wheeler, Scott Trendowski

31        Psalm 120:1-7                       Samaritan Committee – Sherry Persad

Prayers for the Day – May 24, 2022

 

Psalm 119:121-128

 

Three times in this stanza of our prayer-psalm we call ourselves servants.  It is a good term.  It lacks the brutal force of “slave” but in reality it is the same thing.  The willing slave becomes the forever servant, at least that is how it is described in Exodus 21:5-6.  I like the reference in Matthew 10:14 that “it is enough for…the servant to be like his master,” and the one in John 15:15 where Jesus says, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”   

 

That is the kind of progression I see in verses 122-125.  The first statement is about safety, perhaps we could say about salvation.  “Ensure your servant’s well-being.”  But as we continue to walk with Jesus we want a deeper relationship than merely the assurance of our eternal security.  So we pray, “Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees.  And then we want more than just the knowledge of his teaching, we want the internal change that comes only as his mind becomes our mind.  We pray now, “I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.”   That is or should be the cry of our hearts.  

 

Our prayers today are for the TEAMS for Medical Missions and for Marilyn Fish.

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Lord, it is easy to call you by that name and to call ourselves your servants, Lord and Master, servant and slave.  Please help us to understand what we say and have our words actually reflect our hearts and not merely the repetition of what we read.  May we fully identify ourselves with you, and not as equals, but as true followers who seek only your glory.  In light of this we ask in advance that you seek us and correct us when we stray from this devotion.  

 

We thank you for the ministry of TEAMS and pray that you will supply what they need to continue their ministry on the island of Jamaica.  We pray too for Marilyn, may her personal walk with you be as a servant that is continually growing in understanding and practice.  Keep her connected to you we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – May 23, 2022

 

Psalm 119:113-120

 

As we consider this next section in our prayer-psalm we are reminded of our decision to follow God and to live by his word.  It is normal for us to be tempted and discouraged but it is for that reason that we persist in a determined commitment to follow through.  So we pray, “I hate double-minded men, but I love your law” (119:113).  Being double-minded is thinking that we have options in life and that God’s directives are not commands but suggestions that we can take under advisement.  But we don’t have any options.  As the Apostle Paul wrote, “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness” (Romans 6:18).  To seek to maintain some kind of control over our choices as Christians is to be “like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does” (James 1:6-8).

 

Perhaps the best way to look at life as Christians is to remind ourselves that we are not God.  And although God has set us free and wants us to enjoy living free lives, that freedom is best understood as living in relationship with Almighty God.  Consequently, “my flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws” (119:120).

 

We are praying today for His Mansion and for Matt Henderson.

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Lord, you have been our God since the beginning.  We have wandered in confusion and rebellion until you made the way clear.  We give you thanks for the forgiveness of our sin and for the light of your truth.  Help us now, to continue to walk with you with liberated hearts that choose you.  Keep us from the dilemma of thinking we have options about good and evil.  Give us clear direction.  

 

We pray this too for all our brothers and sisters at His Mansion who are seeking to change the pattern of their lives after struggling with addiction and rebellion.  May they discover the wonderful freedom of yoking themselves to Jesus.  We also pray for Matt.  Give guidance and success as you draw him closer to yourself.  Bring him into a deeper and fuller experience of your love and forgiveness in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – May 22, 2022

 

Psalm 119:105-112

 

In this short section of this lengthy prayer-psalm it would appear as though our author has turned the corner with regard to his faith.  I hesitate to say that it will endure as there are still eight more stanzas in this prayer.  But for now, this is a determined and positive viewpoint. 

 

I recall learning verse 105 in Sunday School in my youth.  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”  Someone put it to music, and we sing it in church occasionally as it is in our hymnal.  It is a nice upbeat tune and fits the tone of this section of our prayer very well.  After all, “we have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws…I will not forget your law…I have not strayed from your precepts” (119:106-110).  And this determination has become more than a force of our will but also is “my heritage forever…the joy of my heart” (119:111-112).  This is true despite the fact that we “have suffered much” (119:107), and still have the wicked “setting a snare for me” (119:110).  May this positive affirming attitude continue to be our strength.  Let’s pray that our hearts be “set on keeping your decrees to the very end” (119:112).   

 

As we pray this for ourselves, we are reminded to also pray for Jim and Gail Frary and for the RBC Ministries.  

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Lord Jesus, we have walked with you long enough to know that the road is not always easy.  Nevertheless, you have never failed to be present and to provide.  So today we register our heartfelt thanks and, with a touch of joy, pray a determined prayer of positive faith.  Please sustain this attitude in us in the days ahead.

 

We are also grateful for the encouraging help we get from “Our Daily Bread” printed by RBC.  Thank you also for Jim and Gail and for their encouragement to us all.  We ask that you keep them strong in their faith and focused on following you.  Bless us all in our respective faith journeys we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – May 21, 2022

 

Psalm 119:97-104

 

This section of our prayer-psalm seems particularly appropriate in the mouths of the young.  At least most of us with age can remember when we thought these things about our elders.  The focus of the prayer remains the word of God.  Our attention is to be on that as our basic source of truth.  Everything else that we learn in life is to be evaluated in light of the message of this book.  “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long” (119:97).

 

If indeed we practice this kind of attention to what God’s ways are than we can say “your commands make me wiser than my enemies…I have more insight than all my teachers…I have more understanding than the elders” (119:98-100).  This certainly sounds like young people who think that they know more than everyone who has lived before them, or, as the saying was when I was a teenager, “Don’t trust anyone over 30.”  

 

But there is truth in this psalm, and we should remind ourselves that it is a prayer, and the truth is that the one who lives according to the Scriptures is wiser than those who disregard your word, regardless of their age.  It is God’s truth that trumps all others.  So the Apostle Paul writes to the young man, Timothy, these words of counsel.  “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity…devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture” (1 Timothy 4:12-13).

 

Our prayers today are to be for Mars Hill Radio (WMHR) and the family of Terry Wheeler.

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Dear Father, we remember the idealism of our youth.  Thank you for those days, for the lessons learned and for the teachers and elders who instructed us.  And thank you that your word continues to be the Christian’s standard for faith and practice.   Inspire us to a continued appreciation and devotion to your teaching.

 

We thank you for our teachers, our parents and our grandparents.  In that regard we pray today for the family of Terry Wheeler who remember and now must deal with his death.  Grant them your peace and the security of living your truth every day.  We also pray for the ministry of WMHR radio and what they have provided to us as a church and to all who listen to their programing day in and day out.  Continue to use them to draw people to you.  Bless us all we ask in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – May 20, 2022

 

Psalm 119:89-96

 

In this section of our prayer-psalm we return to the progressive description of “affliction.”  This began back at verse 67, “Before I was afflicted, I went astray.”  The difficulty encountered may have been the consequence of our own sinful choices, or merely the trials of life that made us aware of our need of God.  In either case affliction served a positive purpose in arresting our attention. 

 

The next reference is in verse 71, “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.”  That is a profound realization.  We often say it in other words such as “the most important lessons we have learned in life we learned from our failures.”  This doesn’t make us want to fail, or experience affliction, but we can begin to see that difficulties can produce good effects.

 

The third mention of affliction comes in verse 75, “O LORD, your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.”  Here is where we begin to allow God to set the definitions of our words.  What God says, because he is good and loving, must be righteous and faithful.  This must be affirmed before it can be felt.  We wrestle with this until we discover the wonder of relationship with Jesus.  

 

And now the last word on affliction is in verse 92, “If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.”  This is not an easy thing to work through.  Affliction brings out the best and the worst in us.  And if it is to have the desired effect in our lives then we must learn to put a priority on faith and a secondary role on feelings.  The Apostle Paul said it like this, “We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:3-5).   

 

This is the progression that not only we are called to work through, but all Christians must learn life in this fashion.  

 

We pray today for our neighboring churches and for Barbara D’Aiutolo.

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Father, dealing with the ups and downs of life is always difficult.  Often it seems we spend more time in the downs then we do in the ups.  Come to us by your Holy Spirit and encourage our hearts.  Teach us the lessons of faith so that we can live by what you declare is true and not by the effects of sin, ours and others.  Use the times of affliction to make us strong.

 

We pray this as well for those in the churches around us and for Barbara.  May their journey of faith be always one of growth and understanding, in good times and in difficult.  We pray too that through us as a church family we can support each other in the times of trial and affliction.  This is our prayer today in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – May 19, 2022

 

Psalm 119:81-88

 

The last two stanzas have discussed “affliction.”  The next one will return to that again, but here we have a break of sorts.  It is a prayer of waiting.  “My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word” (119:81).  Things haven’t turned around so that all is well.  Far from it.  The “arrogant” are still up to their efforts to discredit and get the best of us.  “The arrogant dig pitfalls for me” (119:85).  We are waiting for God to finally address the concerns we have, or perhaps we could say, to teach us how to master life in these difficult situations.  

 

Instead, we wait.  And while we wait, we read and pray.  Waiting is not an easy task.  We continually ask the question, “How long must your servant wait” (119:84)?  But we cling to what we know even when our feelings don’t support it.  “Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your decrees” (119:83).  Not forgetting God’s word is the point of this verse, but it is a very picturesque image of this smoked wineskin. And what does it mean?  It is shriveled, unusable, of no value.  And that is how we often feel when things aren’t going all that well for us.  It is especially in times like this that we need to hang on and not forget what God has said.  

 

We are to pray today for our newly formed regional fellowship of churches the Central Corridor Congregational Fellowship, and we pray for Adele Reagan.  

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Father, sometimes it seems like all we do is wait.  We have been waiting for this pandemic to end and it just seems to spawn a new strain every few months.  We wait and wonder when will things really get back to normal?  We have all sorts of waiting questions.   When life will become easier?  When will we understand what we need to know so that we can live above the circumstances of life?  When will we again feel useful?  Lord, help us to see ourselves and each other as you see us.  We have never been nor will we ever be in control of things and yet we are objects of your special love and grace.  Draw us closer to yourself.

 

We have waited some time for this regional fellowship to start.  We pray now that it will provide helpful assistance to all of the churches it serves.  And we pray too for Adele.  Give her the confidence that you hold her in your hand.  Help her to commit herself to following you, to the routine tasks of Bible reading and prayer.  This we pray in the name of Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – May 18, 2022

 

Psalm 119:73-80

 

After acknowledging that God has a reason for bringing affliction into our lives and that in fact it is good for us, which was contained in the previous stanza of our prayer (119:67 & 71), we now have to deal with the seeming contradiction in all of that.  How can a God who loves us allow awful things to happen to us?  Certainly God in all his wisdom could come up with a better system for teaching those he loves than that of affliction.

 

But the reality is that “your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me” (119:75).  What is especially difficult for most of us to come to is the realization that our definition of things is not always accurate.  When we describe fairness and love and justice we always think in terms of how these can benefit us.  But what if righteousness and faithfulness can only be truly known when we allow God to write the definitions?  And what if his definitions include affliction?  The New Testament makes an amazing statement about Jesus, who is the omniscient God himself, that “he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him” (Hebrews 5:8-9).  How can God learn something?  How can God suffer?  How can God be made perfect?  All of that seems contradictory and yet, it is the only way that he could become the source of our salvation.  I guess that means that we need to keep reading and praying for understanding.  “I will meditate on your precepts” (119:78). 

 

Our Prayer Reminder has us praying today for our Conference and for Viola Darling.

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Lord, there is much that we don’t understand about life, about faith, about you, about ourselves.  As we read the Scriptures we discover so many times that our cultural upbringing has given us faulty information.  We need your help in understanding and applying your truth to our lives.  

 

We thank you for those who have walked this way before us and have been examples to us.  The faith of our fathers and mothers, although not perfect, has been a helpful guide.  Thank you for those within our denomination, the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, who have sought to provide this kind of encouraging help to our churches.  And we pray too for Viola that you will use the experiences of her life to teach her more about yourself.  We all are in need of your truth and light.  Open our eyes to your grace we pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen. 

Prayers for the Day – May 17, 2022

 

Psalm 119:65-72

 

In the next couple of stanzas I notice a progression with the experience of affliction.  This starts off with a normal Christian prayer that God would “do good to your servant…teach me knowledge and good judgment” (119:65-66).  That’s a good and honest prayer, somewhat like the one we have heard illustrated in many sermons about asking God for patience.  It is a virtue that most of us somewhat lack, but the way to gain patience is only through trial, “you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:3).  I suppose asking to be taught anything by God will always be done in the classroom of life not in the idyllic atmosphere of the mount of transfiguration.  

 

So asking God to teach us in verse 66 immediately leads to the affliction of verse 67, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.”  This particular affliction is not clearly identified but it involved having to deal with “the arrogant who have smeared me with lies” (119:69).  This is certainly not the classroom most of us would want.  Yet it produced.  “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees” (119:71).  This was a lesson money couldn’t buy.  It was “more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver or gold” (119:72).

 

Our prayer involving affliction will be continued tomorrow.  Today let’s pray this beginning prayer for ourselves and for our Outreach Director, Cathy Smith, and for Rich and Lisa McVicar.

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Lord, we need your book to understand our lives and we need our real-life experiences in order to understand your book.  We admit to misunderstanding things often and being upset about the difficult trials of every day.  We need to learn to “consider if pure joy whenever we face trials…because we know that the testing of our faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2-3).  This “affliction” can indeed help us to “learn your decrees” (119:71) but oh do we need your help.

 

We pray for Cathy, Rich and Lisa as they wrestle with this everyday practice of spiritual understanding and growth.  Teach us all and support us, show us your love even as you walk us through the ups and downs of life.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – May 16, 2022

 

Psalm 119:57-64

 

I have to admit that each day as I look ahead to reading the next section in Psalm 119, I wonder what mood or outlook will be presented in this part.  The message of the verses is similar in every stanza, a focus on attending to the word of God, but what emotion will be heard in the prayer today?  In verses 57-64 I detect the tone of matter-of-fact commitment.  There isn’t a low poor-me expression, nor a jubilant victory assurance.  It is just another day, another day to do what I know is right.

 

And the right is “You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your words” (119:57).  The lines that follow begin “I have sought your face…I have considered my ways…I will hasten to obey...I will not forget” (119:58-61).  These are the things I have done and will continue to do.  They aren’t driven by my emotional feeling but by the knowledge that they are the right things to do.  The payoff comes in the results noted in the last couple of verses.  “I am a friend to all who fear you…the earth is filled with your love, O LORD” (119:63-64).  Good relationships with God and with others follow those who continue to read and pray “teach me your decrees” (119:64).

 

We are praying today for Garrett Crysler.

 

Let’s pray together.

 

Lord, our Lord, we pray on this new day that you will be the king and master of our way.  Actually, we know that you are that so what we are asking is that by your Spirit you make us more aware of who you are and how we are to live in relationship to you.  May our everyday be lived in the knowledge of your presence.  Keep us from wandering.

 

We pray this for our Garrett as well.  May his everyday be filled with honest and real commitment to follow you.  Bless his health, his job, and especially his spiritual walk with you.  Show him that “the earth is filled with your love” made evident particularly in the person of Jesus.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen.

Prayers for the Day – May 15, 2022

 

Psalm 119:49-56

 

Arising today we pray a prayer of hope.  “Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope…Your promise renews my life” (119:49-50).  There is the recognition of “the arrogant mockers” (119:51) but they are not the focus of our lives or our prayers.  Instead “I remember your laws…and I find comfort in them…your decrees are the theme of my song” (119:52-54).  

 

It is not always easy to pray these prayers or to remember God’s word.  So today we pray for a consistency.  Our prayer began with a request that God would “remember his word to us” (119:49) and it ends with our determination to “remember you name, O LORD, and keep your law” (119:55).  I have no doubt that God’s memory of us is much more dependable than our memory of him.  The key to remembering anything is to use it, to repeat it, to share it, to do it.  So our prayer ends with the words, “This has been my practice; I obey your precepts” (119:56).  The Apostle James counsels us with a similar instruction.  “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:22-25)

 

On this day we are to pray for our Women’s Fellowship and for Rick and Lois Chaffee.

 

Let’s pray together.

 

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by your name.”  Lord, you have heard all of us recite this prayer by heart. We know it.  We say it.  Help us to do it.  The reading of our Bibles is something that we know we should do as well.  Help us to commit to a routine practice.  You remember us, Lord, help us to remember you.

 

And we pray this especially for the women of our church today.  Keep them attentive to your word, remembering your call on their lives so that they may have something to give to others.  May this be true of Lois and I as well.  May others see in each of us a faith that is consistent and real and attractive.  Hear our prayer in Jesus’ name.  Amen.