Forgive Our Country #222Prayers

According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible-KJV-Large Print, there are 176 prayers in the Old Testament and 46 prayers in the New Testament. I first heard about this reference (found here) during a prayer meeting. For the next several Sundays I will post a prayer in regards to each section of scripture mentioned until I have gone through all 222 prayers.

Read 1 Kings 8:23-53

Lord,

222 Sundays: Consequences Do Occur For Wrong Choices

According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible-KJV-Large Print, there are 176 prayers in the Old Testament and 46 prayers in the New Testament. I first heard about this reference (found here) during a prayer meeting. For the next 200 Sundays I will post a prayer in regards to each section of scripture mentioned.

42. David for forgiveness of sin (29 words; 2 Sam 24:10). Answered, but judgments fell (2 Sam 24:11-25).

Choices

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222 Sundays: He Kept His Promise

According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible-KJV-Large Print, there are 176 prayers in the Old Testament and 46 prayers in the New Testament. I first heard about this reference (found here) during a prayer meeting. For the next 201 Sundays I will post a prayer in regards to each section of scripture mentioned.

41. David for fulfillment of Davidic covenant (364 words; 2 Sam 7:18-29). Answered partially, and will be fulfilled in all eternity when Christ comes to reign (Isa 9:6-7; Luke 1:32-33; Acts 15:13-18; Rev 11:15; 20:1-10).

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222 Sundays: For Uncertain Times

According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible-KJV-Large Print, there are 176 prayers in the Old Testament and 46 prayers in the New Testament. I first heard about this reference (found here) during a prayer meeting. For the next 203 Sundays I will post a prayer in regards to each section of scripture mentioned.

Read 1 Sam 23:10-12

and read 1 Sam 30:8

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222 Sundays: Never Give Up

According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible-KJV-Large Print, there are 176 prayers in the Old Testament and 46 prayers in the New Testament. I first heard about this reference (found here) during a prayer meeting. For the next 204 Sundays I will post a prayer in regards to each section of scripture mentioned.

Read 1 Sam 23:2

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222 Sundays: Repentance is Not Optional

According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible-KJV-Large Print, there are 176 prayers in the Old Testament and 46 prayers in the New Testament. I first heard about this reference (found here) during a prayer meeting. For the next 205 Sundays I will post a prayer in regards to each section of scripture mentioned.
35. Saul for guidance (16 words; 1 Sam 14:37). Unanswered because of sin (1 Sam 13:1-14; 14:37).

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The Thrill of Creative Effort

Tricia Goyer posted this on her Facebook last Monday:

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort – Franklin  D. Roosevelt

Anyone, anywhere can find achievement and thrill in any job. The most mundane job can have hidden thrills or layers we can’t see because of our boredom or bitterness.  I call them blocks. I find complete happiness in all of my creative efforts, but  most especially when my creative efforts benefit someone else. After all, creativity is a gift you give away.

That gift brings joy. But the biggest joy comes from the Creator Himself who gave us creativity. He made the sunset and the sunrise; the Rembrandts and the Mona Lisa’s; the quilts and the sewing projects; the Tolkein’s and Lewis’ of our time; and I am so happy to be a child of His, belonging to a greater family than my own earthly one. The creative efforts and achievements are arrows pointing back to the Creator Himself who first made us and gave us these gifts that we take for granted.

In the comment section, list why you are grateful for the Creator of the Universe. Use this time to worship Him.

222 Sundays: Which Direction?

According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible, there are 176 prayers in the Old Testament and 46 prayers in the New Testament. I first heard about this reference (found here) during a prayer meeting. For the next 206 Sundays I will post a prayer in regards to each section of scripture mentioned.

Choosing between the urgent and the important.  (read 2 Samuel 2:1).

Ask

On Chasing Rodents

On my own strength

The hot bath water surrounded me. I settled into the bubbles and grabbed the book from the toilet seat. After a full day, I finally could relax and read, even if that reading was a review book called, The God-First Life by Stovall Weems. Still, it was reading, and I am so addicted to books. The first thing that hit me was chapter two.

“Whatever has first place in your life directs how you live it.” (Pg. 21)

It’s been stressful for a long time. I won’t go into the reasons. Even a blogging sabbatical wasn’t really a sabbatical. A self-imposed deadline, poor choices in how I spent my time, and other unrelated items left me stretched emotionally and made me struggle physically as I trained for tomorrow’s marathon. Whatever has first place in our lives directs how we live it. The struggle began when I neglected my time with God. God wasn’t done with me yet.

Last Saturday, our Fellowship Group (or small group) met. We watched David Jeremiah’s Sunday recordings. David told the story of how we have to place the bigger rocks in the jar first which represent our priorities in life, and all the other stuff will fit in neatly (gravel, sand, water). I used to have an orderly life. It’s how I worked a full time job, running a magazine, and how I finished a novel. The stress hit its peak this week. I broke in two. God hit me over the head by reminding me of my lack of order.

In chapter two, page 30, Weems continued. He talked about how the lion has to go after the big meal because to chase the smaller meals, that would burn too many calories, which the smaller meals, the rodents, can’t replenish.

“I think the lion is on to something here, and we should pay attention to it. The lion knows what’s important, and he stays focused on that one big thing. He’s better than scurrying after rodents. And you know what? You’re better than that too. You’ve got a bigger purpose than chasing after all the little things in this life. Unless we focus on the kingdom, we’re going to burn ourselves out chasing the little rodents in our lives. The God-first life offers us that focus.” (emphasis mine, pg. 31).

Before this paragraph, God used this book to reaffirm what David Jeremiah said last Saturday to our group: recognize the difference between the urgent and the important.

I couldn’t believe what I read in chapter two! It’s as if God, after a week of stressing and crying out to Him, started to answer the prayers. He started to reprimand me for not putting Him first and relying on my own strength. I am fighting real battles (who isn’t?), but I was fighting them by myself. Hopelessness stole into my life. While the situation hasn’t really changed, my attitude is slowly firming and I am becoming stronger as I nestle deep into God’s Word once again. It will take time to heal, but I am surrounded by wise and loving friends and a wonderful husband who, not only support me, but also tell me what I don’t want to hear. I am grateful for them. The small changes I am making in my life will help me to rest a while. Marathons have aid stations for runners to get nourishment. God gives us aid stations where in our race we can pause and re-focus our eyes back on Him.

Meanwhile, my husband has placed large and small rocks all over our coffee table in the living room.

Are you struggling, too? Please write in the comments your prayer needs and let us pray for you.