Psalm 126

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 126:

God. Abba. Father.

We remember sweet times of answered prayer. When you brought family and friends together. When you gave blessings and we cheered with great joy. When you ushered in new life. When you escorted us to that sweet spot of service. When you led us to safe places and beautiful seasons of rest.

We marveled at the work of your hands. We celebrated with laughter and songs of praise. We exclaimed, “God has done this! It is a miracle! He is amazing!”

We humbly ask you to do it again, Father. Bring life where there is death. Bring flourishing where there is barrenness. Bring rain where there is drought. Bring light to the darkness. We have planted in tears. We are desperate. We need you.

Restore to us that which has been ravaged. May we sing anew with great joy. Swing wide your doors of blessing once again.

Let us find delight in your presence.

We sing your praises. Always. For you are faithful.

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 125

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 125:

Lord. Abba. Father.

We proclaim today that we trust you, our protector, and our mighty rock. We can always depend on you. You cannot be moved. You are not shaken by the whims of culture. You are our firm foundation. We build our lives up from the bedrock of your love and your grace which always surrounds us.

We see wickedness in the world. There is evil that tempts us and seeks to pounce at a moment’s notice. Forgive us when we let the popular garbage of the day fill our thoughts and our minds and our lives. Deliver us from the evil one. One day, there will be no more hurt, no more pain, no more abuse, no more fraud, no more lies.

Those who refuse to follow the ways of life and truth will be brought to justice. There will be peace throughout the Land. We pray, “Come, Lord Jesus, come.”

And, indeed, that day is here… it was a day that began the moment Jesus walked out of the tomb. Alive! He is our conquering King! He has given us his Holy Spirit, in whom we find strength, boldness, joy, peace, and love. And he will come again. Soon! We worship and praise the One True God!

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 124

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 124:

God. Abba. Father.

Thank you, Lord. We celebrate with humility your presence with us. When you are here, nothing will defeat us.

Sickness is defeated.

Poverty is defeated.

Addictions are defeated.

Worry is defeated.

Fear is defeated.

Pain is defeated.

Loss is defeated.

Mourning is defeated.

Death is defeated.

We praise you Lord!

Thank you for being with us. Thank you for protecting us. Thank you for freeing us. Thank you for restoring life to us. The grip of everything hurtful has been broken. You make everything new again. You have never left us. You are always here.

We are humbled as we rejoice! Nothing will ever separate us from your unconditional love! We are victorious!

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 123

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 123:

God. Abba. Father.

We lift our eyes to the heavens and praise your holy name! You are the One True God. You are the maker of heaven and earth. You were before time began. You are with us now. You will always be.

You care about us deeply. Whatever is of concern to us is of concern to you. We thank you for hearing our prayers. You have been faithful to answer us in the past. We trust you will answer us now. Fill us with your Holy Spirit. Like a lover who runs to his beloved across the meadow, we fix our eyes on you with joy and anticipation.

Yet, some days we feel defeated and without hope. Let us not face our doubts alone. We look to you, and to our community of faith, to encourage us, to challenge us, to minister to us. Have mercy, Lord. Have mercy. We need you. Our cities and towns need you. Our governments need you. Our world needs you. We need your grace. We need your wisdom.

Those who have turned their backs on you are quick to insult your followers and take advantage of us. Thank you for showing us your compassion and unconditional love. Thank you for being with us. We trust you, oh great King of kings.

Through Jesus 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 122

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 122:

God. Abba. Father.

We love to worship you. Whether it is in our home, among tall trees in the woods, walking along the beach, in the heart of the city, or in a building designed for worship. You are with us always. We worship your holy name.

But there is something special about praying, singing, and communing with you in Jerusalem. It is where your people first declared your glory. It is where your temple stood in the ancient days. It is where our Savior walked on cobblestone streets. It is where he proclaimed the good news. It is where he set people free from the bondage of sin. It is where he gave sight to the blind and healed the brokenhearted.

Today, as there has been since its founding, joy is found in Jerusalem. But there is also much angst. There is conflict and contentiousness. We weep knowing what happened to our Lord there. Yet, our hearts also leap for joy knowing that His life did not end in Jerusalem. No, our eternal life began in Jerusalem when He walked out of that tomb. So, we sing Hallelujah!

Today, we pray for the peace of the City of David. We humbly ask you to bring the perfect peace that is defined as “shalom” throughout its streets, businesses, and homes. And may your perfect peace radiate from there to the rest of the world.

We see the storied history of Jerusalem as a parallel for our own lives… filled with seasons of conflict, deep sadness, hope and great joy. Give us your perfect peace. We ask for your boldness and courage to be carriers of that special peace to those we meet today. May your love be reflected through our hearts and actions to others.

In the name of the One who is the Prince of Peace: 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 121

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 121:

God. Abba. Father.

When we see nothing but obstacles in our path, let us remember that our strength comes from you. We will not be dismayed by hardships. We will not be frightened by trials. We will take courage from you, our maker, our guardian, our protector. You are the One True God. You are our Lord.

Thank you for being with us every step we take. You never sleep. You are always on watch. When our trust is in you to lead, when we are carefully following, we will not fall, we will not trip, we will not stumble. Our footing is assured and steady when you are showing us the way. You provide just the right amount of help. No matter the time of day, or even the place. You are our guide, like arrows on trees in the woods. You are our shelter, like an umbrella during a spring rain. We find respite in your presence. We find peace in your leadership.

Thank you for protecting us. Thank you for guarding us. Thank you for being our shepherd, our navigator, our advisor, our faithful friend, and our savior. You have promised to watch over us, now and in the age to come. We are humbled by your care and your love.

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 120

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 120:

God. Abba. Father.

Come save us. We are thankful that whenever we are in trouble, you are quick to hear our prayers. Save us from those who are dishonest, from those who would con us or make promises they cannot keep. Those who use lies as their currency will be punished. We are reminded of the proverb that death and life are in the power of the tongue. Let us be life givers and truth speakers today.

Even when we live among those who do not value truth, give us the courage to speak truth. Your truth is life. Your words are life.

Jesus is the word who is the one way, the single truth, and the abundant life.

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 119-22, Tav, (“covenant”)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-22, Tav, Sign or Covenant, verses 169-176:

God. Abba. Father.

We thank you for the promises you have made and fulfilled to us. You always listen to us. You hear our prayers. As we search, you give us understanding and wisdom from your word. You keep us safe. So, we praise your holy name! You have taught us your truth.

Thank you for extending your hand to bring us peace. Even when life’s circumstances bring angst, deep in our hearts we can be calm because we live by your word. You have encouraged us to cast our cares on you. What a privilege to always have you close!

We long to be in your presence; thank you for showing us that you are always near to us. We praise you as we trust in your word. Your truths give us deeper meaning and bring us joy.

When we wander off, when we get distracted or our internal compass is off just by even one degree, please be quick to steer us back to you, our true north, into your presence. We know our purpose and meaning in this life is found in you and your plans for us. We will not forget your grace. We will not forget your compassion. We will not forget your word.

Your word is our life. The word is 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 119-21, Shin, (“consume”)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-21, Shin, Teeth or Consume, verses 161-168:

God. Abba. Father.

Sometimes it seems like people, even our government, is consuming us without cause. So, we turn to your word, today, for encouragement and stability. Your word is sure and steady. It is our firm foundation. When all the rest of life is like a tree arching over in a fierce thunderstorm, we find treasure, shelter, and joy in your word.

We love your word. Its truthful message confronts the lies that are prevalent just about everywhere we turn. We worship you in the morning, at noon, in the evening. You are to be praised throughout the day.

We find the gift of peace when we meditate on your word. We love the beauty and balance in the seasons of life. We celebrate the new life of joyful flowers of the spring, the warmth of the summer, the harvest of autumn, and the dormancy of winter. We love the way you keep our feet from stumbling when we walk on your pathways.

You are our only hope. We obey and trust your ways. You know our hearts and our deepest thoughts. Give us the courage to follow you where you lead.

Thank you for the grace and peace we find through our Messiah, Jesus.

And it’s 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 119-20, Resh, (“thoughts”)

Here is today’s prayer from Psalm 119-20, Resh, Head or Thoughts, verses 153-160:

God. Abba. Father.

When we see your grace, we marvel. Your love, your compassion, your mercy is great. Our hearts and our minds remember your ways. Deliver us. Help us. Forgive us. Keep us on your path.

Those who have turned their back on you have no hope. We have hope. We have confidence. We are dependent on your ways which are just and true. We love your word. It is our guide. Your word is truth. Your word is life.

We thank you that your word is eternal. It lasts forever. We can trust your word. Thank you for our salvation.

Through Jesus, who is our life.

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.