Psalm 119-2 (Beth)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-2 (Beth):

God. Abba. Father.

Teach us your ways, for they are holy, true, just, and pure. We know that following you leads to grace and genuine blessing. Thank you! We ask today that you will guide us to a place of daily conviction, where we seek you, pursue you, and worship you with every fiber of our being and every thought in our mind.

Help us to store up heavenly treasures and to value your word and your truth. We praise you! Let us hide your word in our hearts so that we can recall your truths in times of trial. Your word is our comfort and peace. We will proclaim your goodness and your grace to others. Let us sing for joy as we ponder your ways, oh great King.

You are the source of all wisdom. You are the source of all love. We trust your Holy Spirit to lead and direct our every step. Thank you!

In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 119-1 (Aleph)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-1 (Aleph):

God. Abba. Father.

Thank you for your Word. Thank you for your Son, who is the Word. We humbly ask that you will give us the courage and strength to follow your Word, your Son, today.

We thank you for the blessings that come to those who keep your ways and seek you with all their hearts. You have given each of us a pathway on which to walk, one that is safe and steady and sure. Forgive us when we selfishly turn to the left or right in search of our own direction. Thank you for reaching out to us with your holy right hand when we call. You have designed us and created us. You know what we need. Thank you for guiding us back to your perfect ways.

When we are confused or lacking in sound judgment, remind us that you have already given us your Word, filled with wisdom and direction. Let us write your Word on our hearts so we have your counsel in our minds.

We praise you today for your Word. We thank you for its importance in our lives. Let us read, study and value it. Help us to honor, respect, and obey. For your ways lead to truth and peace. And thank you for your grace, which is best displayed in all that is Jesus, our Messiah. Thank you for the relationship you have designed that we might have with Him, who is the Word. In Him we find our true worth. In Him is life! He is the first and the last. The beginning and the end. We praise Him who was, and is, and is to come again! We love you.

In Jesus, the Word,

Amen.

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 118

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 118:

God. Abba. Father.

This is the day you have made! We will rejoice! When we experience your vast mercy and compassion, we are filled with great joy, deep love and, even unexplainable happiness.

We proclaim your goodness because your love never fails. Never! When we are disappointed, frustrated, angry, scared, lonely, depressed, or anxious, we can find hope because we are confident that nothing will separate us from your love, God. Thank you!

You are with us, always. You are our strength, our rock, our fortress. When the circumstances of life overwhelm us, we find sanctuary in your loving arms. When we find our footing to be unsteady, you hold us tight and keep us from falling into the ravine.

We thank you for Jesus, the one whom the psalmist identifies as the stone the builders rejected, who has now become the capstone, high and lifted up. When we look at how you have blessed us, we say, “This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes!” We often cannot believe how much you have blessed us. We pray that others would be able to see the bounty of your grace and love. We celebrate you, Lord, for this new day you have given to us!

Thank you for the salvation that comes from the cross of grace. We have been given freedom and joy at your hands. Thank you! We walk in your light, your life.

You are our savior, the One True God. Thank you for never quitting on us. You are always here for us, with love overflowing! Thank you for offering your compassion to any who call on your name.

And we thank you for Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 117

All of you nations, come praise the Lord! Let everyone praise him. His love for us is wonderful; his faithfulness never ends. Shout praises to the Lord!

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 117:

God. Abba. Father.

We praise you today! Your love is never ending. It began when you spoke to create light. It will continue for all eternity. We will sing of your glory.

We ask that every nation, every tribe, every language will bow and worship you today. May we observe your hand in creation. May we notice you in the smiles of the people we interact with today. May we look for, and find, your hand as you guide us through each moment. May we wonder, “What miracle will we see today?” And when find evidence of you, give us pause to say “thank you.”

Thank you for being the One True God. We are in awe that you created the heavens and the earth. Yet, you also care about us and the things that concern us. Your love never fails! When other people disappoint us, your faithfulness never ends. Thank you for being our rock, our solid foundation. Thank you for loving us!

And thank you for Jesus, in whose name we pray.

Amen.

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 116

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 116:

God. Abba. Father.

Today we proclaim the love we have for you because you turned your ear to us. You heard our prayers. Thank you for the assurance that you, the God of the universe, care so deeply for us that you listen to all of us when we pray.

Even when we were near death, when pain emanated from our hearts, we cried out to you, earnestly seeking relief from the anguish. You are so gracious, so compassionate, so kind. You make all things right, Abba. You saved us when we were completely helpless. We need not worry, ever. For you have shown us your great grace time and time again. Thank you.

Deep in our spirits we can rest. Our eyes are freed from tears. You have kept our feet from stumbling. We can walk in the land of the living. You are so good to us, God. We trust you. Even if we can’t trust another human soul, we can always trust you.

How do we repay you for all your many blessings? We can’t. We will praise you. We will give offerings to you because you have saved us. We will obey you and do all we can to keep our promises to you.

Thank you for welcoming those who pass from this life into your eternal kingdom. To you, the death of one of your chosen ones is beautiful. And indeed it is, for we too will be greeted with care when it is our time.

We worship you as a part of a legacy of faith. We thank you for freeing us from the chains of death and sin through the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and humbled by your compassion and grace. When your people gather, we will offer praise!

In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 115

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 115:

God. Abba. Father.

Let those with breath sing praises to God! We are not deserving of any praise. Only you, oh great King. You alone deserve all honor. Why only you? Because you alone are the One True God. You are alive and you rule and reign from heaven! Continue to show us your glory.

The gods of this earth have no breath. They are dead. They have no value. Forgive us when we create idols and worship anything other than you. When we treasure our possessions, or institutions, or even other people above you, forgive us. Bring us back to that sweet place of having no other gods before you.

Give us the courage to trust only in you. When our backs are up against the wall, we will trust in you. When we find ourselves in situations that appear impossible, we will trust in you. When our hearts race in fear or anxiety, we will trust in you. You are the LORD, Yahweh, maker of heaven and earth. You will protect us. You will help us. Always.

Thank you.

We open our hands and our hearts today to receive a blessing from you, the One True God. You will bless our families, today and in the generations yet to come. You will bless those who worship you.

You will bless Israel. Bring peace to The Land. Bring peace to our country as well.

Let everyone shout praises to the LORD! Hallelujah!

In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 114

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

Here is today’s prayer, preceded by the text from the Contemporary English Version, copyright 1995, by the America Bible Society:

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God brought his people out of Egypt, that land with a strange language. He made Judah his holy place and ruled over Israel. When the sea looked at God, it ran away, and the Jordan River flowed upstream. The mountains and the hills skipped around like goats.

Ask the sea why it ran away or ask the Jordan why it flowed upstream. Ask the mountains and the hills why they skipped like goats!

Earth, you will tremble, when the Lord God of Jacob comes near, because he turns solid rock into flowing streams and pools of water.

There is always a way forward when we take Your hand.

psalm 114

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 114:

God. Abba. Father.

Thank you for the plans you have for us. When we remember the ancient story of how you led your people out of captivity, we see your creative hand to demonstrate your glory and to increase our faith. You led your children to the edge of the sea, where there appeared to be no way out. But you made a way! You did something impossible. You parted the waters!

And our faith, thousands of years later, is made stronger because of what you did then. If you did something like that, we believe you will do it again, for your glory and our joy!

So today, we ask you for a miracle. Please, move in places where it seems impossible. Where there is illness, bring life. Where there is fear, bring courage. Where there is strife, bring peace. Where there is anxiety, bring joy. Where there is uncertainty, bring faith. Where there is despair, bring hope. Where there is hatred, bring love.

There is always a way forward when we take your hand. Thank you for leading us to this place. We need you. We will always need you.

We praise you and thank you!

In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 113

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

Here is today’s prayer, preceded by the text from the Contemporary English Version, copyright 1995, by the America Bible Society:

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Shout praises to the Lord! Everyone who serves him, come and praise his name.

Let the name of the Lord be praised now and forever. From dawn until sunset the name of the Lord deserves to be praised.
The Lord is far above all of the nations; he is more glorious than the heavens.

No one can compare with the Lord our God. His throne is high above, and he looks down to see the heavens and the earth. God lifts the poor and needy from dust and ashes, and he lets them take part in ruling his people. When a wife has no children, he blesses her with some, and she is happy. Shout praises to the Lord!

From dawn to dusk. From east to west. We praise You, God of glory!

psalm 113:3

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 113:

God. Abba. Father.

We sing Hallelujah to you! We are humbled to be in your presence wherever we go. When we think of the multitudes of the past and all who will live in the future, we are counted among the blessed who sing your praises today. We thank you for the dawn. We are grateful for the sunset. We join with all creation in praising your name every minute of this day! Yes, from dawn to dusk. From east to west. We praise You. God of glory!

You are lifted up, higher than anything! You provide more safety than any nation. You give compassion greater than any ministry or service organization made by humans. Thank you! There is nothing on earth that compares with you. Even in our most vivid imagination, we cannot truly see the majesty of your throne of grace.

Yet, you are the One True God who has reached into our world with love and care. Everything you create, you have a plan to redeem. We thank you for creating us and redeeming us. You have rescued each one of us! Thank you. Yes, in your economy, you take the poorest of the poor and seat them among kings. You care deeply for the homeless, the widow, the childless, the orphan. You give each of them what they need most. Love.

And we rejoice! Because it is through your great Love, through Jesus, that you have provided all we have and all we need. Life. Life. And more life!

We love you in return as much as we can humanly love you, oh God.

We thank you for Jesus. We sing Hallelujah this day. Amen.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 112

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

Here is today’s prayer, preceded by the text from the Contemporary English Version, copyright 1995, by the America Bible Society:

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Shout praises to the Lord! The Lord blesses everyone who worships him and gladly obeys his teachings. Their descendants will have great power in the land, because the Lord blesses all who do right. They will get rich and prosper and will always be remembered for their fairness. They will be so kind and merciful and good, that they will be a light in the dark for others who do the right thing.

Life will go well for those who freely lend and are honest in business. They won’t ever be troubled, and the kind things they do will never be forgotten.  Bad news won’t bother them; they have decided to trust the Lord. They are dependable and not afraid, and they will live to see their enemies defeated. They will always be remembered and greatly praised, because they were kind and freely gave to the poor. When evil people see this, they angrily bite their tongues and disappear. They will never get what they really want.

Bad news won’t bother them; they have decided to trust the Lord.

psalm 112:7

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 112:

God. Abba. Father.

We sing praises to you, oh LORD, Yahweh! We are thankful for your Word. We celebrate your blessings to us as we embrace your truths and your teachings. We pray for our children and our grandchildren today. That they will be filled with your Spirit and reflect your strength and grace to all. We ask that you bless them as they honor you. Give them, and us, generous hearts. May we be people of compassion, mercy, and justice. May we point people to you and your unconditional love.

We are grateful for the promises you have made with us, your children. You are our rock and firm foundation. We will not be shaken. We will not fear bad news, for we trust you in all things, God. Give us pure hearts, strong hearts, no matter what circumstances chase us today. May we be remembered for continuing a legacy of faith and hope and love. May we see the sufferings of others and be generous to help them.

We thank you that our strength is in our trust in you, our Father.

In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 111

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

Here is today’s prayer, preceded by the text from the Contemporary English Version, copyright 1995, by the America Bible Society:

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Shout praises to the Lord! With all my heart I will thank the Lord when his people meet. The Lord has done
many wonderful things! Everyone who is pleased with God’s marvelous deeds will keep them in mind. Everything the Lord does is glorious and majestic, and his power to bring justice will never end.

The Lord God is famous for his wonderful deeds, and he is kind and merciful. He gives food to his worshipers
and always keeps his agreement with them. He has shown his mighty power to his people and has given them the lands of other nations.

God is always honest and fair, and his laws can be trusted. They are true and right and will stand forever. God rescued his people, and he will never break his agreement with them. He is fearsome and holy.

Respect and obey the Lord! This is the first step to wisdom and good sense. God will always be respected.

Everything the Lord does is glorious and majestic!

psalm 111:3

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 111:

God. Abba. Father.

Hallelujah! We praise you today and sing with all our hearts. Anytime we meet with other believers we will be quick to give you thanks!

Your works, Lord, are stunning and beautiful. When we see the bubbling smile of a child, we are filled with joy. When we see stunning sunrises, or the elegance in the fine details of a flower, we are in awe. You are our God. You are our creator. Everything you do is glorious and majestic!

You are compassionate, kind, loving and the author of grace. You give us everything we have and everything we need. You give us more than enough! Thank you.

You keep your promises to us and to the nations around the globe. You are faithful to us. We can trust you every day. You are the one constant in our fractured lives. Your ways are just and true. You lead us to take the right path.

You have provided a way to eternal life. Your Son, our savior, Jesus has paid the ransom for us. You have redeemed us from the pit of guilt and shame. You have lifted our heads so that we may smile with joy again. Thank you.

We are in awe of everything about you God. We respect you. We honor you. We thank you for the wisdom and understanding that we receive as we follow you.

You have blessed us with life! Again, we sing Hallelujah!

In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

(c) 2021. Rich Ronald.