King David’s Prayers

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Monday – Feb. 29, 2016

2 Samuel 22:1-3a: David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation.”

King David was more than a king. He was a shepherd, a musician, a singer and a composer of poems. Many of the Psalms are attributed to David. Read Psalm, 18, which is a version of the poem from 2 Samuel listed above. Have you ever written poetry, prose and stories? If so, do these writings reflect your faith in God? Think of a meaningful poem to you. If possible, use this as a prayer today.

What may or may not start out as a prayer to you often ends up as a prayer. In our rawest of moments, we are able to express our deepest feelings. May our prayers reflect these same range of emotions. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com  

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Praying for Our Neighbors

Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Sunday – Feb. 28, 2016

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Today, pray for those neighbors who live closest to you. If possible, walk or drive by their homes. As you pass by, lift up the people in each location by name. If you are not sure of a name, simply lift up the household.

Blessings –

Dianne

I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com

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Pen to Paper Prayer

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Saturday – Feb. 27, 2016

Psalm 90:1: Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.    

Have you ever written a prayer to God? Some people find it helpful to write out their prayers than say then aloud or in their head. Yes, it takes longer, but this also allows for more time to think through your prayers. Today, write out a thank you prayer to God. Children can draw a picture. As God has been with you and your family for generations, indicate the ways you are thankful for God’s daily presence in your family’s life.

Choose a second person from your helping others list. Determine how you can be the light of God in their live in the next day or two.

As my pen or pencil glides across paper this day, I’m reminded of all my ancestors whose presence was graced by you. Thank you for your faithfulness yesterday, today and tomorrow. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com

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Here I Am

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Friday – Feb. 26, 2016

1 Samuel 3:4: The Lord called Samuel, and Samuel answered, “Here I am.”

Find at least five minutes to pray today. Take a few deep breaths. Inwardly say to yourself, “Here I am in your presence, God.” Slowly and silently repeat, “Here I am.” Allow for space and silence. Try not to rush the prayer process. Be still and know God. If thoughts come into your mind, repeat, “Here I am.”

Thank you for always being present with me. When we say, “Here I am,” please engage us. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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The Everywhere God

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Thursday – Feb. 25, 2016

Psalm 139:7-8: Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

Continue reading this psalm from verses 7-12. Where is God? God is everywhere. We can’t escape God! Today, leave your regular prayer spot. Go to a completely different spot; maybe something unusual like a closet or small, dark room. Be still and listen for God in the whisper. Then, go to another new spot: in the car, the basement, etc. Repeat as many times as you’d like. In each place, listen quietly for God. Thank God for always being present with you.

It’s amazing, God, that I can’t run away from you. No matter where I go, your presence is always with me. May this encourage me in my spiritual journey and how I then pray. Thanks for always being there. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Prayers of Others

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Wednesday – Feb. 24, 2016

Psalm 141:1: I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me: hear me when I call to you.  

Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with our own prayer. A good alternative is to use prayers written by other people! There are lots of prayer books available, such as the Book of Common Prayer as well as countless other devotional books. The internet is also a great resource. Simply read or say these prayers aloud. Today’s prayer was written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

I cannot do this alone. O God, early in the morning I cry to you. Help me to pray and to concentrate my thoughts on you; I cannot do this alone. In me there is darkness, but with you there is light. I am lonely, but you do not leave me. I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help. I am restless, but with you there is peace. In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience. I do not understand your ways. But you know the way for me. Restore me to liberty and enable me to live now that I may answer before you and before men. Lord, whatever this day may bring, Your name be praised. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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From the Mountain Top

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Tuesday – Feb. 23, 2016 –  

Luke 9:35: A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”   

Peter, James and John are with Jesus on a mountain top when Moses and Elijah show up in Luke 9:28-36. So the disciples are sure where Jesus’ power comes from, God speaks to them. Have you had a “mountain top” faith experience that impacted your faith? Does this experience continue to impact you today? Describe the feelings you experienced from this situation.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the many examples of faithful disciples of your kingdom. Give us courage to follow your will for us. Help us to be great people of faith. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Finding God in the Silence

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Monday – Feb. 22, 2016

1 Kings 19:11: The Lord said (to Elijah), “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Elijah has been running for his life away from Jezebel. He runs to Mount Horeb, the mountain of God. He stands on the mountain side, waiting for God. God doesn’t come in a great wind or an earthquake or in fire. No, God came as a gentle whisper. Read this story in 1 Kings 19:1-18. God came as the silence after the storm.

Have you heard God in the silence? Pick one word to represent God. Reflect on that word. Listen quietly. Thank God for being with you.

Elijah was a very special person, O God. Yet, this ordinary guy also complained to you about his life. Please help me become more aware and sensitive to your presence with me. Teach me to still myself and listen for you. Help me distinguish your “voice” in my life and in the silence. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Praying for Church Leaders

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Sunday – Feb. 21, 2016

Today, name the servant leaders of the church you attend by name in prayer. Also pray for the denominational leaders your church is affiliated with, as well as other denominational leaders. Light a candle so the church may truly become a beacon of light within this world.

Blessings –

Dianne

I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com

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Praying for Church Leaders

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Sunday – Feb. 21, 2016

Today, name the servant leaders of the church you attend by name in prayer. Also pray for the denominational leaders your church is affiliated with, as well as other denominational leaders. Light a candle so the church may truly become a beacon of light within this world.

Blessings –

Dianne

I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com

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