Psalm 119-12, Lamed (“staff”)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-12, Lamed, “staff”, (verses 89-96):

God. Abba. Father.

There is nothing of greater import than your word. It is the shepherd’s staff and your voice combined. By your word, you lead. By your word, you created. By your word, we have life. Your word lasts forever. It is our firm foundation. Your truths are always relevant, always dependable, always faithful.

We find great comfort in your word. It is our hope and our peace. It is our delight and our salvation. We will never forget your word.

Day after day, night after night, we reflect on the ancient stories through your word. And they are not just stories, but wisdom and meaning for life. When our foes seek us out, we can respond in strength and confidence via your word.

You created man and woman and all things in the earth. Each has its limits. Yet your word knows no bounds. When you speak, we are healed. We you speak, we are shown great love and mercy. When you speak, we find life, life and more life!

Thank you for your grace. Thank you for your word. It is our life.

Through Jesus.

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 119-11, (Kaf, “palm”)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-11 (Kaf, “palm”), verses 81-88:

God. Abba. Father.

Today we ask for your hand of blessing on our lives. Your word is our only hope. Your Word is our life. We will not forget your promises to us. We will not forget the many times you have rescued us.

We need your touch again, Lord. Somedays we are empty. Worn out. Spent. Exhausted. Isn’t it time yet, God?  Bring new life. Please bring healing. Bring revival. Bring redemption. Bring peace and joy to this world. To this Land. To your people. Thank you!

Your unfailing love never fails. Never. We trust you, God. We trust in your ways. We trust in your leading.

Revive our souls.

Through your Word, Jesus.

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 119-10, Yod (“hand”)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-10 (Yod, “hand”), verses 73-80:

God. Abba. Father.

We praise you today and thank you for your creation. You are the artist, the potter. You molded us with your very own hands. Then your very breath gave us life. Give us your wisdom. We need understanding in this life. We need your common sense in this world. Raise up others who will gladly open their hands to receive your instruction.

Forgive us when we do things our way; when we are selfish. Your path is the way of truth and life. We reach out our hands to take yours and say, “Lead us, Papa.” May following you be our top priority.

We find joy in the teaching of your word. In times of anxiety or pain, we have found comfort, hope, and peace in your word. It brings us life — just as when you breathed into us, when you first formed us. Thank you.

May we be quick to share with others the joy we have found in you and in your word. May we be zealous for your truth. Give us your wisdom. Let our lives reflect the clarity of your truth and grace to those in this world who hear lies and discord.

Thank you for leading us by your faithful Word. The Word is Jesus. He is our life.

And it is in His 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 119-9 (Tet, “basket”)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-9 (Tet, “basket”), verses 65-72:

God. Abba. Father.

Our hearts overflow with gratitude! We open our hands and our minds and seek your wisdom. Teach us your ways, oh great King. Be kind and gracious to us. We trust your word.

Today we thank you for discipline. When we go off the path that you have chosen for us, you guide us back with your faithful love and grace. You are good and what you do is good. Even when those who do not follow your ways speak untruths, we will warmly embrace your word. We will not follow them, but we will follow you. Your law and your grace are our delight!

When we find ourselves in trouble, we know that you will cause all things to work together for our good. Because we love you and you love us. We are your children. You are our Father. Your words are more valuable to us than wealth or great riches.

Your Word is Jesus. Your Word is our life!

Through Jesus we thank you.

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 119-8, (Chet, “wall”)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-8 (Chet, “wall”), verses 57-64:

God. Abba. Father.

Thank you for walls, Lord. Ones that surround us and protect us and keep the enemy from getting to us or prevent us from places we need not go. You are good to us in that way. Thank you!

Our hearts’ desire is to obey your word – every minute of every day. Forgive us when we put our desires ahead of your plans. Sometimes we get distracted and knocked off the path. Sometimes those distractors surround us. Yet, you give us the strength to stand, to break down walls that are meant to harm us, and follow you once again. Thank you for heaven-gifted breakthroughs!

The earth is filled with your love! Thank you for friends who love you. Give us allies who will encourage us and speak your truths to us. And allow us to be the same for our companions. Teach us how to follow your ways.

Through Jesus,

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 119-7 (Zayin, “tool”)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-7 (Zayin, “tool”), verses 49-56:

God. Abba. Father.

Thank you for your word. Like a trowel, may you plant your word deep in our hearts. Thank you for your promises of truth and life. We cling to your word every day for it brings us hope. Your promises keep us steady when the storms prevail. Yes, we are energized by your word!

Others may turn their backs to you, but we will press on. Others may mock our devotion to you, but our adventures with you affirm your love for us. Your precepts keep us on the right track. Your unending compassion guides us and keeps us safe.

We sing of your faithfulness day and night. For you are good to us. We are comforted by the peace of your word.

Jesus in the Word.

And it is in His 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 119-6 (Vav, “connect”)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-6, verses 41-48:

God. Abba. Father.

Thank you for connections, those dear friends, people, places, and things that tie us together. We need connections.  They keep us safe and secure. Thank you for your Word which is a bridge between your heart and ours. Thank you for your unfailing love and your promises to us. We trust in you and we trust you, Lord.

Our hope is in you. When we feel defeated, we remember your word, your truth, which brings us freedom!

So, we will praise your name today! We sing aloud of the greatness of who you are and what you have done for us! You have bridged the gap between our hearts and yours via the nails which held the Messiah to the tree.

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 119-5 (Hey)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-5 (Hey), verses 33-40:

God. Abba. Father.

We lift up our hands in praise to you today! You are Yahweh, the LORD, the One True God.

Teach us. May your word be the first place we turn when we need advice and counsel on how to live in this world. Give us what we need to follow your ways — they are just and true.

May we understand your guidance, as well, making it simpler to obey your word. We know that we find joy in walking the path of right, for it is good. Give us a hunger for wisdom and to devour your word. Forgive us for valuing our things, our possessions, our stuff. They are worthless and will pass away. But your word lives forever. It is the most valuable treasure we can have.

Thank you for keeping your promises to us. They are our blessing. They are our very life!

We glorify your name today, God the Father, Jesus the Son, and Holy Spirit our comforter.

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 119-4 (Dalet)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-4 (Dalet), verses 25-32:

God. Abba. Father.

Some days we are weary. Every door we try to go through is closed. Remind us that you allow us entrance and you prevent us entrance for our good. Help us to understand your ways. Give us your wisdom. Teach us your word. Let us ponder your miracles.

Give us strength, Lord. Breathe new life into our fatigued body and soul. As you guide, throw up barricades that lead nowhere and give us clarity in vision and purpose. Help us to stay on target to your truth, your ways, your life.

When we are confused, you give us understanding. Thank you! We commit to running this race with perseverance and diligence, learning the things you want from us, and for us. We trust you and know that you will never let us down.

We praise you! We love you.

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 119-3 (Gimel)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-3 (Gimel), verses 17-24:

God. Abba. Father.

We worship you today and ask that you might treat us with compassion and affection, oh King. In our hearts, we desire to obey your word above all else. Let us put our own wants down and exalt your name, and your ways.

Give us eyes to see the world the way you do. When you see people suffering, you see their hearts. When you see people making poor choices, you still see their hearts. Give us eyes to discover you moving in this Land and through your children. May we make the study of your word and your actions our priority.

We admit that we often feel out of place in a world that values things over people. We are strangers in a place where evil is applauded, where right is wrong, and wrong is right. Help us to see through the clutter of our lives to the clear paths that you have for us.

We thank you for your justice and for your grace. Our lives have no meaning without you. You have called us “chosen” and “set apart.” Help us to live holy lives for you are holy. Your word is life. Your word is our delight and joy!

Your word is Jesus, who became flesh and lived among us. He lives and rules forever! He has given us the Holy Spirit to be our guide. We praise you. We thank you. We love you.

And it is in Jesus’ name that 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.