Praying for America

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Being a Christian with benevolence residing in my heart, I pray daily for America.  With a positive outlook, let us never forsake our nation or any nation.  Because we can learn and apply many lessons from America’s roots; may we, as a nation and as a global community, reach out with renewed hope.  

Some proclaim America is drifting away

But God is great, He will point the way

He totally understands our weaknesses—yes!

From them come God’s strengths—no less!

 

God sees our miscalculations and missteps

Our Lord observes the discord we’ve met

God hears and sees all, He lets out a sigh

May He fill us with His wisdom from high

 

The Lord hears harsh words, we regret

They are but, an utterly empty breath

God will not forsake us or any nation

He won’t abandon our grave situation

 

The righteous experience the arrival of hope

Those upright in hearts, follow God’s scope

When our nation’s footing continues to slip

God’s steadfast love marches, without a skip

 

Look up, always trust, and continue to believe

Allow Christ’s assurance to shine and please

God reigns faithfully, compassion so awesome

His love prevails with Spirit, always to blossom

 

We, like Christ’s Disciples, occasionally lack faith

Recall the feeding of five thousand on that date

Jesus brings the Gospel forward, front and center

Soften our harsh rhetoric, allow the Gospel to enter

 

God’s House shall not be divided, nor torn apart

United, a nation stands resilient, God in its heart

The Lord is our stronghold, gather together

Allow His safe refuge to be our rock forever

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Billy Graham Quote

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The Christian life is not a constant high.  I have my moments of deep discouragement.  I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, “O God, forgive me,” or “Help me.”

From Joshua 1:9:  “I hereby command you:  Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Daily Prayer

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Dear Lord

Make me a man

Of fervent prayer

 

God’s Holy Word

Commands me to pray

Without ceasing

 

Encourage me

To bring everything

To you my Lord

 

When discouraged

Let me pray

You are my refuge

 

When joyful

Let me offer

Prayers of thanksgiving

 

In all things

Great and small

At all times

 

Whether happy or sad

Let me seek

Your wisdom and grace

 

Amen

 

Today, may God bring you the courage to ask him for guidance.  Ask Him to lead you to a “right” place.

Why?

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On the morning news, I was watching a young girl bravely and calmly give an account of the carnage at a San Diego, California synagogue shooting that took place recently.  Around the world, people of faith have been attacked in their houses of worship.  I stopped and asked my Lord . . . Why?

Psalm 26:5:  “I hate the company of evildoers and will not sit with the wicked.”

Psalm 68:1:  “Let God rise up let His enemies be scattered; let those who hate Him flee before Him.”

Dear Lord

Sitting here

Watching news

Wondering again

 

Why?

 

Darkness comes

Another shooting

More violence

 

Why?

 

Godly people

With faith

Under attack

 

Why?

 

Where does

Such hate

Come from

 

Why?

 

Turning to

Reading scripture

Praying fervently

 

Why?

 

Our Father

Bring all

Faithful strength

 

Amen!

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As I was preparing this poem, I took a moment to go back to a previous poem about prayer.  I found some peace from Morning Prayer.

E. M. Bounds Quote

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Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer can move God.

From Mark 11:23:   “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. “

Morning Prayer

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I was reading a devotional based on some of the text found in Psalm 103.  The reading and the Psalm provided me with an urge to write this poem.  The Psalm is filled with many inspiring verses.  Here is one from Psalm 103:8:

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

 

Morning arrives quietly with much on one’s mind

Wanting to reach out in prayer for God to find

Psalms surround one’s inner soul with a frame

Blessing the Lord, blessing His Holy name

Thoughts go to one’s inequities and life full of sin

Asking the Lord for patience and forgiveness again

The Lord redeems one’s life from the Pit

Seeking to be closer to Him is where to sit

God fills all with His steadfast love and praise

Helping everyone make it through life’s maze

The Lord is merciful, gracious, and forgiving

Praying to Him deepens a person with living

This time of prayer offers much humbleness to the Lord

Slow to anger and abounding with so much love in store

A prayerful moment prepares a heart for a great day

Spending precious time with God who has much to say