4 “O God, you have declared me perfect in your eyes; you have always cared for me in my distress; now hear me as I call again. Have mercy on me. Hear my prayer. 2 The Lord God asks,‘Sons of men, will you forever turn my glory into shame by worshiping these silly idols, when every claim that’s made for them is false?’ 3 Mark this well: The Lord has set apart the redeemed for himself. Therefore, He will listen to me and answer when I call to Him. 4 Stand before the Lord in awe, and do not sin against Him. Lie quietly upon your bed in silent meditation. 5 Put your trust in the Lord, and offer Him pleasing sacrifices. 6 Many say that God will never help us. Prove them wrong, O Lord, by letting the light of your face shine down upon us. 7 Yes, the gladness you have given me is far greater than their joys at harvest time as they gaze at their bountiful crops. 8 I will lie down in peace and sleep, for though I am alone, O Lord, you will keep me safe.” ~ Psalm 4: 1-8
~ Pray Silently ~
Dear Lord, O’ God, how I tremble before you, how I fall to my face and pray with such excitement. You hear my words before I can utter them and you answer my fears with resounding love and grace. I hear your voice in my heart; I feel your presence working throughout my body even unto my very bones. I so long for the silence within each day so I may spend it with you My Lord, My God. O’ How I fall into your arms through meditation as I lay still at night. O’ Lord, My God, I hear your voice calling out to me and I hear what you say, the questions you ask that I am afraid to answer for many of them lovingly convict me in my sin. I hear the might in your voice and feel your absolute authority over all your people; your child. I feel you chase away the evil which would attach itself to my heart; O’ Lord I am relaxed within your divine salvation. With this I testify to you my God, I know you work your will through me and I ask you to do the same for all your children. O’ Lord, My God, I beg of you to hear my prayer – baptize your elect with the Holy Spirit, Anoint our heads with your kiss, confirm your love with ever lasting peace, and forgive the sons and daughters of man. Reassure their mind, heart, and soul that faith in you is never lost, let them feel you as I do, let them know your sacraments lead to a positive change, and that this is your holy invitation to come home to your everlasting grace. I ask of you O’ Lord, My God to enable your children to once again believe. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen ~ Brian Stark (2014, Jan. 18)
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3 A psalm of David when he fled from his son Absalom
“O Lord, so many are against me. So many seek to harm me. I have so many enemies. 2 So many say that God will never help me. 3 But Lord, you are my shield, my glory, and my only hope. You alone can lift my head, now bowed in shame. 4 I cried out to the Lord, and he heard me from his Temple in Jerusalem. 5 Then I lay down and slept in peace and woke up safely, for the Lord was watching over me. 6 And now, although ten thousand enemies surround me on every side, I am not afraid. 7 I will cry to him, ‘Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God!’ And he will slap them in the face, insulting them and breaking off their teeth. 8 For salvation comes from God. What joys he gives to all his people.” ~ Psalm 3:1-8
~ Pray Silently ~
Oh Lord, it is to you that I pray. It is to you I hang all of my hopes and fears upon, for it is only you who truly knows my heart. Lord, I call out to you as my redeemer; as my savior; for you have never left me when everyone else has abandoned me. Oh Lord, I know you see my struggles, my hardships, and all my difficulties I have endured. I know you have been there with me because I can feel you every moment of every day. Though my head is bowed, and I am weak from the fight, I have your assurance I will prevail. Though there are many who would bring me low, I have your promise that in that hour you will lift me high upon your shoulders. You will keep watch over me when I sleep and vanquish all who would come after me in the darkest of night. Oh my Lord, My God, with these truths I have no reason to fear or be in any distress, for you are with me and I am with you. For you give me your divine peace and holy security and it is through this I know I am truly saved. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen ~ Brian Stark (2014, Jan. 16)
1 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the wicked, Nor standeth in the way of sinners, Nor sitteth in the seat of scoffers: 2 But his delight is in the law of Jehovah; And on his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the streams of water, That bringeth forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also doth not wither; And whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The wicked are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For Jehovah knoweth the way of the righteous; But the way of the wicked shall perish.” ~ Psalms 1:1-6
~ Pray Silently ~
Oh’ Lord God in heaven hold my hands as they tremble, calm my mind as it struggles with doubt, bestill my heart for it will not relent, Oh’ God renew my faith. Lord, I ask you – the one who knows all things, the one who knows my troubles and tribulations, the one who knows best the next course I should travel, Oh’ My God, My Savior, I pray that you might renew my strength. Oh’ Lord in heaven, take me past these people of wickedness, these people of selfishness, these people who are so blind with sin, Lord My God I beg you to deliver me from this place and shield me forever with your love, might, and mercy so that I might know peace. I pray not for an easy life, but that of the will to endure this difficult path which tho has called me to travel. Oh’ my Lord give me strength. In this I pray, Amen ~ Brian Stark (2014, Jan. 13)