Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Morning Prayer

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This morning, I continued reading in 2 Corinthians.  I am just being honest when I say nothing leapt off the page in those chapters this morning. And I was struggling because I so wanted the words to jump out at me.  Sometimes, they don't.  That's just pure fact.  

So, I turned to writing in my prayer journal. Talk to God about some struggles in our family.  At the bottom of each page is a scripture.  The scripture from today's page came from Psalm 143.  It jumped at me as it was what my heart is feeling this morning.  

So, I turned to Psalm 143 and it became the rest of my prayer this morning.  Here it that prayer. 

Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

Lord, hear my prayer,
    listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
    come to my relief.
Do not bring your servant into judgment,
    for no one living is righteous before you.
The enemy pursues me,
    he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
    like those long dead.
So my spirit grows faint within me;
    my heart within me is dismayed.
I remember the days of long ago;
    I meditate on all your works
    and consider what your hands have done.
I spread out my hands to you;
    I thirst for you like a parched land.[a]
Answer me quickly, Lord;
    my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
    or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
    for I hide myself in you.
Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.
For your name’s sake, Lord, preservemy life;
    in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
    destroy all my foes,
    for I am your servant.

 The highlighted verse was the one that was in my prayer journal.  I'm so thankful this morning for the honesty of David.  Sometimes I can just feel his heart.   This morning his prayer has become my prayer. Maybe you need this prayer this morning, too? 

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