Posted by Kyle Page on August 23, 2017 with 1 Comments
In recent sermons on prayer I have encouraged our members to pray “with the Bible open.” This means Christians can use God’s word to help them form their prayers, claim His promises, and gain assurance that they are praying for the will of God. The book of Psalms has long been a prayer book for people of faith. Practically every life experience conceivable is covered within the book of Psalms. It gives us help in knowing how to pray as we encounter various situations in life whether good or bad, happy or sad.
Below is an example of how you can pray using the Bible. This is a prayer based on Psalm 15. I chose it because it is shorter than other Psalms and less familiar.
Lord, who can dwell in Your tent? Who can live on Your holy mountain?
2 The one who lives blamelessly, practices righteousness, and acknowledges the truth in his heart— 3 who does not slander with his tongue, who does not harm his friend or discredit his neighbor, 4 who despises the one rejected by the Lord but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his word whatever the cost, 5 who does not lend his silver at interest or take a bribe against the innocent— the one who does these things will never be shaken.
Who has the right to come into Your presence? No one. Your holy, sinless character is like the sun, blazing at 93 million miles away no one can get near without being consumed. Yet, Your word explains that the one who lives blamelessly and practices righteousness can come near to You. The only problem is Your standard is perfection and very clearly we are not. Have mercy on us God . (based on verses 1-2)
We have sinned in all of these ways: unrighteous decisions and actions, failing to acknowledge truth in the core of who we are, slander with our tongues, harming friends and discrediting neighbors, trying to gain popularity in the world from those who care nothing about God, being embarrassed to be associated with those who fear God, compromising God’s word when convenient for us, and cheating others. (based on verses 2-5)
We, all of us, have not lived blamelessly. We have done all of these things and more. We have no way to enter into Your holy and perfect presence, Lord. We are locked in a dark prison of our own wrongdoing. (based on verse 1-5)
Who has the right to come into Your presence? No one… except One. Father, you sent Your only Son 2,000 years ago and He did live blamelessly and practiced righteousness. He did this for us, in our place. He never sinned in thought, word, or deed at all. Not even a speck of sin was found in Him. You made humanity to live in Your presence. Jesus, God’s Son, who became a man, does live in Your presence and He brings those who trust Him into Your presence. Now through faith in Christ and the perfect sacrifice He made on the cross we can enter into Your holy presence and live their forever. (based on verses 1-2)
We praise You for Your mercy and for Your grace poured out on forgiven sinners made holy through Jesus’s blood. We give thanks that You no longer view us just as sinners but as those who are righteous and blameless in Christ. We are grateful for the welcome You have given us through Christ. We are grateful that we can claim the promise of this Psalm through what Jesus did for us, “The one who does these things will never be shaken.” Jesus lived a blameless life for us, died in our place, and was raised to life again. Those who trust in Him and what He did will never be shaken. Thank you for Your indescribable mercy. (based on verses 1-5)
Help us to become more like Jesus in the way we live our daily lives and treat one another. Fill us up with Your presence and enable us to walk in His righteousness and His character by the power of your Holy Spirit. (based on verses 1 and 5)
In Christ we pray, Amen.
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Reta September 1, 2017 10:08am
I always appreciate what our Pastor has to say....thank you.