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)
The word “Family” was created from a need to describe a special grouping of people that love and care for one-anther. Thus, it is no wonder then that Jesus used the word to describe how he feels about all of us, and was the driving force behind his glorious sacrifice at Calgary. In many ways we are all connected, we are one despite from where we come. So with this in mind I want to offer to this world community: “Family”, I have created here with Listening Faithfully an opportunity to come together and send a special prayer for two of my sisters whom I hold very dear to my heart, friends whom I have both taught with at school, have seen them both grow in the field of teaching, and sadly today have a special need in their life. I ask that you pray for their father whom tomorrow will undergo surgery. I have been asked to not reveal their last name, nor the nature of the surgery, but I am going to say that it does indeed require many prayers from all of us here at Listening Faithfully. So I ask everyone to prayer twice tonight, and twice tomorrow, October 4, 2012 this special prayer;
Lord God in heaven, we pray to you through your son Jesus Christ, we ask that you hear our cry’s and our words of concern for a man who has been a loving, devoted father, husband, and mentor to all who have known him. We ask that your loving hand is upon him tomorrow during his surgery and that you bless his family with love, grace, and acceptance for what may transpire, always knowing that they are stronger in your abiding love. Lord let them be calmed by these words long ago whispered by your servant David, ‘The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.’ ~ Psalm 41:3 Lord we ask for your healing hand to be extended upon my two sisters father Clemente and that you are there with him holding his hand reassuring him, building him up, and taking away all fear and doubt, and that his recovery is complete in your most powerful ways. It is to you Oh Lord, God in Heaven, Father Almighty that we turn, that we pray this prayer of healing and of courage. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
While praying this prayer feel free to say “I” in place of “we” and “my” in the place of “our” where appropriate, but please do pray.
As always if you have been moved by this prayer, I invite you to leave a comment to show your support to my two sisters and their family.