Before a Big Decision

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Tuesday – Mar. 8, 2016

Luke 6:12-13a: One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them.

What Jesus did right before choosing his inner circle of disciples. He prayed. Not wanting to make a mistake, Jesus intentionally spent time away. What is a big decision in your life or coming up? When can you find time to get alone and pray about it?

Lord God, your teachings about prayer are so important. As you encourage us to approach prayer boldly and honestly, make we make this part of our regular prayer life. When big decisions come our way, may you guide us to find time with you. 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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Alone on the Mountainside

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Monday – Mar. 7, 2016

Matthew 14:23: After Jesus had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.

Ministry for Jesus had to be exhausting! All the healings, the teachings, the interaction with so many people. How did Jesus restore himself? Often, he purposely rose early in the morning to be alone with God. By keeping control of his schedule, he didn’t let it control him. How do you keep prayer in your daily activities? Does it work for you? Is prayer a time of refreshment for you? Why or why not? Where is a place you find complete silence and solitude? Try this as a prayer location.

Jesus, your example of time away and alone to pray is mind-boggling. It seems nearly impossible for us find any quiet moments. Instill within me a desire to find quiet moments to be just with you every week. Let “busy-ness” not become an excuse. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Praying for My Family

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Sunday – Mar. 6, 2016  

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Often, the people we pray for the most are our family members. Today, spend time focusing just on prayers for these people. Make a list of the family members you want to pray for. Include those who you might have a difficult relationship with.

Blessings –

Dianne

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The Road Ahead of Me

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Saturday – Mar. 5, 2016

Psalm 46:10a: Be still and know that I am God.    

Chose a third person off of your helping people list and devise a way to reach out to them. Today, we use a prayer written by Trappist monk Thomas Merton. After praying it, use your words and summarize what the prayer says.

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Wide Open to God

   

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Friday – Mar. 4, 2016

Psalm 119:10: I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 

Psalm 119 is the longest psalm and well as the longest chapter of the Bible. Notice how it is broken up into various sections based on the Hebrew alphabet. It has a little different rhythm from the other Psalms. As you pray today, use an untraditional prayer. Speak to God as if you were speaking to your very best friend in the world. Tell God exactly what you are dealing with and how God can help.

O Lord, thank you for the many ways you have blessed me. I can’t express enough how much I appreciate your presence in my life. Help me to value all that I have received from you. Thank you again, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Selah

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Thursday – Mar. 3, 2016

Psalm 3:4: I cry out loud to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. Selah

In some translations of the Bible, the word “Selah” appears in some of the Psalms. A difficult Hebrew word to translate, it may be a musical notation which could mean something like, “stop and listen.” It could also indicate a musical interlude. It could also mean “forever.” Do you have a favorite word you like to use as you pray? A word that has special meaning to you? What phrases are especially meaningful to you? Build a prayer around these words.

We appreciate the wide range of words available to us as we pray, Almighty God. Thank you for giving us so many different ways to express ourselves. Certainly, you know what is on our heart as we pray. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Poems, Music, Prayers

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Wednesday – Mar. 2, 2016  

Psalm 121:1-2: I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.  

The Hebrew people would have often set the Psalms to music. Psalm 121 is indicated as “a song of ascents.” It’s a prayer inside of a psalm. What is your favorite kind of Christian music? How do you feel about Christian music that is not your favorite genre? Can you think of a song that seems also like a prayer? Listen to a favorite Christian song or read the words. Turn it into a prayer.

Lord, we thank you for music that moves our souls and enhances our worship experience. May we see ourselves in the songs of the Hebrew people and how they are part of our faith journey today. Speak to us through the power of music. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

 

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Psalms as Prayers

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Tuesday – Mar. 1, 2016

Psalm 84:1-2: How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul years, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.   

The psalms were the prayer book and song book for the Israelites. They express all parts of the spiritual journey: praise of God, prayers of anger, fear and isolation, gratitude and even anguish. Look at 5 different psalms and hear the different emotions. Use one that speaks to you today as your prayer.

Lord God, when my heart fills with joy, receive my praise. When I’m overcome with sadness and my heart breaks, be near me. Deliver me when I’m afraid. Restore me when I fall. Remind me of your never-ending steadfast love. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

 

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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

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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

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