Between Heaven and Earth - Prayers and Reflections of Others #8

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by LittleBluestem, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    I am starting Part 5 - HOW DO WE PRAY? of Between Heaven and Earth: Prayers and Reflections that Celebrate an Intimate God edited by Ken Gire, so decided to start a new thread. The first section is Personal Examples.
    [This Message was Edited on 12/06/2007]
  2. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Psalm 19:1-6 (New American Standard Bible)
    <FONT SIZE=-1>A Psalm of David</FONT>
    The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
    And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
    Day to day pours forth speech,
    And night to night reveals knowledge.
    There is no speech, nor are there words;
    Their voice is not heard.
    Their line has gone out through all the earth,
    And their utterances to the end of the world.
    In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
    Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
    It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
    Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
    And its circuit to the other end of them;
    And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
    </PRE>[This Message was Edited on 12/05/2007]
  3. Lms526

    Lms526 New Member

    This poem/prayer is from the daily devotional "Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman. It is an older devotional, but I have an updated version. This devotional has ministered to me so many times. It is a good one to read when you are really struggling. Many of the daily devotions deal with suffering, trials, and God's faithfulness in the midst of it all. It is a devotional that will bring you closer to God and strength your faith. Anyway, this this part of the devotional from July 6th. I hope you all enjoy it! This devitional contains many poems like this that can easily be turned into prayers. Usually, the author is given. But in the case, there was no author listed. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy it.

    Being perplexed I say
    "Lord, please make it right!"
    Night is as day to You
    Darkness as light
    I am afraid to touch
    Things that involve so much
    My trembling hand my shake
    My skilless hand might break
    Yours can make no mistake."

    Being in doubt I say
    "Lord, make it plain
    Which is the true, safe way?
    Which would be gain?

    I am not wise to know
    Not sure of foot to go
    What is so clear to Thee
    Lord, make it clear to me!

    [This Message was Edited on 12/07/2007]
  4. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    <FONT SIZE=-1>(354-430) Bishop of Hippo in North Africa. </FONT>

    O Father, light up
    the small duties of this day’s life:
    may they shine
    with the beauty of Your countenance.
    May we believe that glory can dwell
    in the commonest task of every day.
  5. windblade

    windblade Active Member

    These devotionals were so helpful to me - just what I needed to hear as I struggle to receive God in daily circumstances. I need a lot of help with that!

    It's good to have this thread to come back to and read again.

  6. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    The following quotations are from the section titled Practical Advice.[This Message was Edited on 01/30/2008]
  7. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Oswald Chambers
    <FONT SIZE=-1>(1874-1917) Scottish minister and devotional author.</FONT>

    14th: Sunday morn. What a blessed habit I have found my prayer list. Morning by morning, it takes me via the Throne of all Grace straight to the intimate personal heart of each one mentioned here, and I know that He Who is not prescribed by time and geography answers immediately.
  8. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Andrew Murray
    <FONT SIZE=-1>Leader of the 19th century South African Dutch Reformed Church know for his deep devotional life.</FONT>

    With Christ in the School of Prayer

    Moses gave neither command nor regulation with regard to prayer: even the prophets say little directly of the duty of prayer; it is Christ who teaches to pray.

    The first thing the Lord teaches His disciples is that they must have a secret place for prayer; every one must have some solitary spot where he can be alone with his God. He wants each one to choose for himself the fixed spot where He can daily meet him. That inner chamber, that solitary place, is Jesus’ schoolroom. That spot may be anywhere; that spot may change from day to day if we have to change our abode; but that secret place there must be, with the quiet time in which the pupil places himself in the Master’s presence, to be by Him prepared to worship the Father. There alone, but there most surely, Jesus comes to us to teach us to pray.[This Message was Edited on 03/12/2008]
  9. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Romans 8:15 (NASB)

    For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"
  10. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.
  11. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    The following quotations are from the section titled Proven Methods. The first method is “Silence - Listening to God”.
  12. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Psalm 62:5-6 (New American Standard Bible)

    A Psalm of David:

    My soul, wait in silence for God only,
    For my hope is from Him.
    He only is my rock and my salvation,
    My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
  13. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Psalm 46:10a
    <FONT SIZE=-1>a psalm of the Sons of Korah</FONT>

    Be still, and know that I am God ... (New International Version)
    Cease striving and know that I am God ... (New American Standard Bible)
    Stand Silent! Know that I am God! (The Living Bible)
  14. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    The following quotation is from the section titled Proven Methods, subsection “Prayerful Contemplation of the Scriptures”.[This Message was Edited on 04/16/2008]
  15. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Gemma Galgani
    <FONT SIZE=-1>(1878-1903) Italian devotional writer who wrote of her deep spiritual peace in the midst of intense physical pain.</FONT>

    In my prayers , dear Jesus, I am with you wholly.
    If I meditate on the cross, I suffer with you.
    If I meditate on the resurrection, I rise with you.
    So daily I die and rise.

    If I walk with you along the hot dusty roads,
    I become hot, sweaty, tired; as you surely did.
    If I hear you preach, my ears tingle with excitement,
    And my heart is pierced by the sharpness of your words.
    If I watch you heal people, I can feel your touch,
    So my own body trembles at your power.

    Let me walk with you during every minute of my life,
    Let me constantly be inspired by your words,
    Let me daily be renewed by your power,
    That I may die to sine and rise to perfect righteousness.
  16. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    The following quotations are from the section titled Proven Methods, subsection “Formal - Liturgical Prayers”.
  17. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    The Book of Catholic Worship


    Priest: The Lord be with you.
    Priest: Lift up your hearts.
    Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

    It is truly right and just,
    proper and helpful toward salvation,
    that we always praise you, O Lord,
    but more especially so on this day
    when Christ our Pasch was sacrificed.

    For he is the true Lamb
    who has taken away the sins of the world,
    who overcame death for us by dying himself
    and who restored us to life by his own resurrection.

    Therefore, with the Angels and the Archangels,
    the Thrones and Dominations, and all the militant hosts of heaven,
    we continually praise your glory in song, and say:

  18. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    The Book of Common Prayer

    The Great Liturgy

    To be said or sung, kneeling, standing, or in procession, before the Eucharist or after the Collects of Morning or Evening Prayer; or separately; especially on Lent and on Rogation days.

    O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,
    Have mercy upon us.

    O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
    Have mercy upon us.

    O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,
    Have mercy upon us.

    O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God,
    Have mercy upon us.

    Remember not, Lord Christ, our offenses, nor the offenses of our forefathers;
    neither reward us according to our sins. Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people,
    whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and by thy mercy preserve us forever.
    Spare us, good Lord.

    From all evil and wickedness; from sin; from the crafts and assaults of the devil;
    and from everlasting damnation,
    Good Lord, deliver us.

    From all blindness of heart; from pride, vainglory and hypocrisy;
    from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all want of charity,
    Good Lord, deliver us.

    From all inordinate and sinful affections;
    and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil,
    Good Lord, deliver us.

    From all false doctrine, heresy, and schism;
    from hardness of heart, and contempt of thy Word and commandment,
    Good Lord, deliver us.

    From lightning and tempest; from earthquake, fire, and flood;
    from plague, pestilence, and famine,
    Good Lord, deliver us.

    From all oppression, conspiracy and rebellion; from violence, battle, and murder;
    and from dying suddenly and unprepared,
    Good Lord, deliver us. ...
  19. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    The following quotations are from the section titled Proven Methods, subsection “Spontaneous - Breath Prayers”.

    The Jesus Prayer, the most widely used breath prayer, had it’s origin in the Orthodox Church.
    Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
  20. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Arrows Flashed to Heaven
    <FONT SIZE=-1>Excerpt from The Cloud of Unknowing, an anonymous 14th century Christian Classic</FONT>

    Why does it penetrate heaven, this short little prayer, even of one syllable? Surely because it is prayed with a full heart, in height, depth, length, and breadth of spirit of him who prays it. In the height, for it is prayed in all the might of his spirit; in the depth, for in this little syllable is contained all that the spirit knows; in the length, for should it always feel as it does now, it would always cry to God as it now cries; in the breadth, for it would extend to all men what it wills for itself.[This Message was Edited on 04/27/2008]