Psalm 136

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 136:

God. Abba. Father.

Thank you, Lord, that your love never fails. Like a waterfall, your love goes on forever. Your love never quits. Your love never ceases. You don’t give up. You don’t resign. You don’t forget your promises to us. Our friends, our family, our co-workers, our neighbors might abandon us in a nanosecond. But you won’t ever drop us.

You are the One True God. You will always be on our side. You are always for us. Thank you.

As the psalmist remembers your faithfulness in the Ancient Days, we choose to recall your goodness to us. When we were young and needed someone to care for us, you gave us parents. They weren’t perfect, but you took care of us through them. When we yearned to be taught, you gave us teachers. They too were flawed, but your instruction is what is written on our hearts. When we needed work, you gave us jobs. Sometimes those assignments were at the bottom of the career ladder, but you provided more than enough. When we were perplexed, you gave us clarity. When we were hungry, you fed us. When our hearts longed for companionship, you gave us spouses and caring friends. When we were angry or depressed, you have given us your perfect peace.

When we examine closely our journey, we see that you have performed supernatural miracles on our behalf, just as you did for the family of Israel in Ancient Times. You have stretched out your loving arms of grace for us. You have brought us through seasons of great storms and choppy waters. You have led us through our deserts or times of confusion as we wandered through our own wilderness.

You were with us when we have had plenty and when we have had little. You have rescued us when we were bound up by our enemies or our own foolish choices. Yes, you have set us free!

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Your love is generous. It is gracious. It is kind. You are so good to us.

We praise you today.

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 135

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 135:

God. Abba. Father.

We worship you and praise your name today. We invite all who serve you in homes, in markets, in schools, in hospitals, in governments, in businesses, in fields, in cities, in ministries, and in houses of worship to join the crowds who bow before you. You have chosen us, your children, to be your very own people.

You are the One True God. You are greater than any other. You move as you see fit. You control nature and the weather. You bring spring rains and autumn frosts. From the first act of creation, speaking to establish the heavens and the earth, to today, you are the all-powerful. You are mighty and answerable to no one. You moved governments and people in the Ancient Days so that your will would be done. Your amazing miracles, signs, and wonders delivered your children from evil.

Do it again, Lord. In your perfect timing, bring your Kingdom to earth as it is in heaven. Your name is eternal. You were in the beginning, you are here today, you will always be. Thank you for your kind and gentle compassion towards us. You hold our hands. You guide us. Every single day. Thank you!

Forgive us when we worship things above you. Those idols have no life. They offer no hope. They are just stuff. You are spirit and you are life. You are love and you are light. You are bread from heaven and living water. You are all-powerful and you are holy. You are truth and you are justice. You are infinite and you are eternal. You are love and you are joy. We trust you. We worship you.

We sing hallelujah! We praise you!

Because of 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 133

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 133:

God. Abba. Father.

Today we thank you for our spiritual family. You can take people from all walks of life, with varied backgrounds, from all over the world, and bring them together as a family. Only you can do that.

It is special. It is an anointing.  You have set aside people in this world with whom we can have extraordinary relationships. Thank you for community. We cannot live without friends with whom we can share deeply. Thank you for encouraging words, unconditional love, and shoulders to cry upon.

It is life giving. Thank you for putting people in our lives who will challenge us, teach us, and hold us accountable for our actions. We cannot grow into maturity without people who will put their arm around us and guide us.

You have created us to be together with one another. Please give us unique friendships. Ones that are deeper than blood relatives. Ones where we flourish side by side. And please give us mentors that will pour their wisdom and experience into us. Allow us to do the same for others who may be less seasoned than we are.

It is good. It is pleasant. It is wonderful. It is beautiful. It is as you have planned. Thank you for friends.

Thank you for the greatest friend we have. The One who gave his life for us. Jesus.

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.