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Heavenly Father. What an amazing universe you created just for us! You could have splashed a few hundred (or even a few thousand) stars around the heavens for us to see at night – but you are bigger than that and far more extravagant! So you filled the heavens with billions of stars – likely more that we cannot see than that we can see! What a glorious gift for our nights! Thank you for showing us your glory in this way! And thank you for your daughter Lindsey and the scriptures you gave me for this prayer for her this day:
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things (Joel 2:21)
and one of my favorite passages that says “See what God has done!”
according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! (Numbers 23:23b)
Lord, it is me again. I have come before you on behalf of Lindsey every day for a year now, and today my prayer for your daughter you love ends with scriptures that reminds us that you will do great things for her. We are reminded that you already have done great things for her. And so, Lindsey, I close one year of prayers with that reminder. I pray that each and every day you would always remember some of the great things that God has done for you. And I pray that each day you also would expect even more. God is a gracious and generous God, so be glad and rejoice, for he will continue to do great things for you. Why? Because he loves you! After all, you ARE his daughter! And so we now give all the glory to God. The glory is all to him. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)
Heavenly Father, thank you for another day amidst your blessings and your glory. Thank you for blessings that don’t seem like blessings to us at the moment. Thank you for reminding me to not be concerned when I forget something (like the third sentence of this prayer) but DO be concerned with hardening my heart. Thank you for speaking to us, for holding us close, for never leaving us. Thank you for the godly people you had intersect with me on my journey. Thank you for your loving daughter whom I lift up to you this day in prayer with the scriptures you gave me:
First, an overview of how David was righteous always, except in the case of Bathsheba and Uriah the Hittite:
Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. (1 Kings 15:5)
But being righteous “most of the time” was not what God wants, as seen by how Nathan the prophet spoke to David in reference to his adulterous relations with Bathsheba and the killing of Uriah:
And the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him,
There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord.
And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. (2 Samuel 12: 1-14)
Define blasphemy: The act of reviling, ridiculing, or being disrespectful or irreverent of, by words or conduct, God, religion, a religious doctrine, a religious icon, or anything considered sacred.
Lord, I’m here to begin a new prayer for your daughter Lindsey, who loves you very much. Lindsey, this is a difficult scripture to pray for you, but it seems like it is the one God gave me for this day. This scripture refers to prophet Nathan telling David that what he had done was bad, very bad! However, the very last sentence speaks of how his actions, while bad in themselves, were even worse because the others nations had watched what he had done and now, because of it, were ridiculing and reviling his God. And so I pray for you now Lindsey. God has gifted you with great talent and skill. He also has showered you with his favor day after day after day. I pray that in addition to all the talent, skill and favor that the Lord would grant you great wisdom and discernment so that you can always be a shining light to the world and never give anyone cause to revile or ridicule our God because of something you do. If even David, the man after God’s own heart can do such things, it seems that none of us can consider ourselves exempt from possibly behaving in an equally bad manner. I pray that God would protect you from the evil one who wants to destroy you. I pray that God would always surround you with godly people who will help you stay on solid ground. I pray that all you do will bring glory to God, for the glory all goes to him. All the glory is to God. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen
NOTE: All 150 psalms were translated into English in Metre by 1562, nearly 50 years before the King James Version of the Bible was published in 1611! The psalms were written as Hebrew poetry and were meant to be sung or read aloud.* However, translating poetry from one language to another typically loses much if not all of the poetic attributes! However, there were several groups of people who endeavored to translate the psalms into a type of poetry typical for the English language hundreds of years ago. If you have not yet encountered the psalms in metre (psalter), you are in for a treat. We read (and softly sung) all 150 psalms in a downtown coffeeshop this year using the Scottish Psalter. Since music is a significant part of you Lindsey, you may find yourself singing them with a tune you make up on the spot based on the rhythmic beat to the verses. I hope the prayer this day blesses you in this.
Heavenly Father. I glorify you and praise you. I look around at the beauty of snow, where just one snow flake is a masterpiece work of art. A man we now call Snowflake Bentley** spent years of his life, freezing and cold, just to catch a snowflake and then to photograph it. This amazing look at snow flakes has been collected into a sizable book, a gallery of beauty, a look at a tiny bit of the vast beauty you placed everywhere around us. Thank you for letting me see these bits of your beauty. And thank you for the Scripture which I am to use to pray over the daughter you delight in, whose beauty is a dim reflection of Christ:
Psalm 18 (my favorite psalm) from the Psalter of 1562 (read it aloud emphasizing every other syllable … you can even add intonation while you read it or even sing it!):
1 O God, my strength and fortitude, of force I must love thee; Thou art my castle and defense in my necessity: 2 My God, my rock, in whom I trust, the worker of my wealth; My refuge, buckler, and my shield, the horn of all my health. 3 When I sing laud unto the Lord, most worthy to be served; Then from my foes I am right sure that I shall be preserved. 4 The pangs of death did compass me, and bound me ev'ry where; The flowing waves of wickedness did put me in great fear. 5 The sly and subtle snares of hell were round about me set; And for my life there was prepared a deadly trapping net. 6 I thus beset with pain and grief, did pray to God for grace; And he forthwith heard my complaint out of his holy place. 7 Such is his pow'r, that in his wrath he made the earth to quake. Yea, the foundation of the mount of Bashan for to shake: 8 And from his nostrils went a smoke, when kindled was his ire, And from his month went burning coals of hot consuming fire. 9 The Lord descended from above, and bowed the heav'ns most high; And underneath his feet he cast the darkness of the sky: 10 On Cherubs and on Cherubims full royally he rode, an on the wings of mighty winds came flying all abroad. The Second Part. 11 And like a den most dark he made his hid and secret place; With waters black and airy clouds encompassed he was. 12 At his bright presence did thick clouds in haste away retire; And in the stead thereof did come hail-stones and coals of fire. 13 The fiery darts and thunderbolts disperse them here and there; And with his frequent lightnings he doth put them in great fear. 14 When thou, O Lord, with great rebuke thy anger dost declare, The springs and the foundations of the world discovered are. 15 And from above the Lord sent down to fetch me from below, And plucked me out of waters great, that would me overflow: 16 And me delivered from my foes that sought me to enthrall; Yea, from such foes as were too strong for me to deal withal. 17 They did prevent me evermore in time of my great grief; But yet the Lord is my defense, my succor and relief. 18 He brought me forth in open place, that so I might be free; And kept me safe, because he had a favor unto me. 19 According to my innocence, so did he me regard; And to the cleanness of my hands he gave me my reward: 20 For that I walk-ed in his ways, and in his paths have trod, And not departed wickedly from him that is my God. The Third Part. 21 But evermore I have respect to his law and decree; His statutes and commandments I cast not away from me: 22 But pure and clean, and uncorrupt, appeared before his face, And did refrain from wickedness and sin in ev'ry case. 23 The Lord will therefore me reward, as I have done aright; As to the cleanness of my hands appearing in his sight. 24 For, Lord, with him that holy is wilt thou be holy too; And with the good and virtuous man thou wilt uprightly do: 25 And for the loving and elect thy favor wilt reserve; And thou wilt use the wicked men as wicked men deserve. 26 For thou dost save the simple folk, in trouble when they lie; And dost bring down the countenance of them that look full high. 27 The Lord will light my candle so, that it shall shine full bright; The Lord my God will make also my darkness to be light. 28 For by thy help an host of men discomfit. Lord, I shall; By thee I scale and overleap the strength of any wall. 29 Unspotted are the ways of God, his word is purely tried; He is a sure defense to such as in his faith abide. 30 For who is God, except the Lord ! for other there is none: Or else who is omnipotent, saving our God alone. The Fourth Part. 31 The God that girdeth me with strength, is he that I do mean; That all the ways wherein I walk, did evermore keep clean: 32 That made my feet like to the harts' in swiftness of my pace, And for my safety brought me forth into an open place. 33 He did in order put my hands in battle for to fight; To break in sunder bars of brass he gave my arms the might. 34 Thou teachest me thy saving health, thy right hand is my tow'r; Thy love and gentleness also doth still increase my pow'r. 35 And under me thou makest plain the way where I should go; So that my feet shall never slip, · nor wander to and fro: 36 And fiercely I pursue and take my foes that me annoyed, And from the field do not return till they be all destroyed. 37 So I suppress and wound my foes, that they can rise no more; For underneath my feet they fail, I wound them all so sore. 38 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle, and Thou wilt throw down my enemies that do against me stand. 39 Lord, thou hast given me the necks of all my enemies; That so I might destroy all those that up against me rise. 40 They called for help, but none gave ear, nor came to their relief; Yea, to the Lord they called for aid, yet heard he not their grief. The Fifth Part. 41 And still, like dust before the wind, I drive them under feet, And sweep them out like filthy dirt, that lieth in the street. 42 Thou keep'st me from seditious folk that still in strife are led; And thou dost of the heathen folk appoint me to be head. 43 A people strange, to me unknown, and yet they shall me serve; And at the first obey my word, whereas my own will swerve. 44 I shall be irksome to my own, they will not see my light; But wander wide out of the way, and hide them out of sight. 45 But blessed be the living Lord, most worthy of all praise: He is my rock and saving health, praised be he always. 46 For it is lie that gave me pow'r, reveng-ed for to be; And with his holy word subdued the people unto me. 47 And from my. foe delivered me, and set me over those That cruel and ungodly were, and up against me rose. 48 And for this cause, O Lord my God, to thee give thanks I shall; And sing out praises to thy Name, among the Gentiles all. 49 Deliv'rance great thou giv'st the king, and dost reserve in store Mercy for thine Anointed, and his seed for evermore.
Lord, I am here as usual to pray for Lindsey, your daughter you love, and today seemed like the day to present a psalm interpreted in metre over 450 years ago. Lindsey, I pray that encountering the psalms in metre will bring a whole new light to them for you. May the psalms resonate in your heart the way that the original Hebrew language psalms did centuries ago. I pray that the psalms in metre will excite and thrill you so much that you will want to sing them all as soon as you can (thus I am linking to the online version of them below). I pray that you may find singing the psalms a wonderful way to worship and praise the Lord. And all the glory is his. The glory is all his. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen
* Theological Studies: Interpreting the Psalms includes this:
B. Understand that the Psalms are Hebrew musical poems and should be interpreted in light of this fact.
1. Most of the Psalms were meant to be sung not read.
** Snowflake Bentley books:
Heavenly Father. Thank you for how extravagant you were in creating this world for us. You created many kinds of plants, not just one. You created many types of trees, not just one kind. You created many kinds of fish, not just one kind. You created many kinds of animals, not just one kind. And you called all of them GOOD. Then when you created man, You created him in your image … no two alike, but all declared to be VERY GOOD. Thank you for all this GOOD that surrounds us. Thank you for all the VERY GOOD that we meet today. Thank you for being a gracious, generous and glorious God. And thank you for your scriptures for my prayer for your daughter who bears a striking resemblance to You (in Your image!):
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. (Proverbs 1:10)
Define entice: attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage.
Lord, I’m here on behalf of Lindsey, your daughter you love. Lindsey, the scripture for today’s prayer is quite simple, but profound. Simple, because it is telling you something that you already know from experience over the past years. Profound because what you actually do has consequences. So I am praying for you today Lindsey. I am not praying that you never are tempted by the pleasures of the world. Rather, I am praying that every time worldly pleasures try to entice you that you would not be persuaded. I pray that any time situations are before you that offer you a way to take advantage of others to get ahead yourself that you will resist. I pray that God would increase your wisdom and your self control. I pray that you would stay so near to Jesus that these worldly temptations are not quite so tempting because you know the joy of the Lord from experience. You know that your heart can delight in the Lord. And so we can give the glory to God. The glory is all his. Glory. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)
Hello Heavenly Father. Thank you for keeping my heart thankful. Thank you for helping me to see the many blessings that are poured on my family. Thank you for the many godly friends you surround me with. And thank you for the scripture to use for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved. And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them. (Nehemiah 8:10-12)
Lord, I’m here on behalf of Lindsey, your daughter who loves you. Lindsey, today’s prayer is a joyful prayer, for God’s Word is telling you to not grieve but to go and celebrate because you understand the words that have been declared unto you in God’s Word! Be filled with the joy of the Lord which is your strength. I also pray that others will see your joy in how you celebrate and that you will have a chance to tell them it is because you understand the words! I pray that you can help them to understand God’s Word as well. And together all the glory goes to God. The glory is all his. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)
Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for my breath. Thank you for my life. Thank you for being my protector and my provider. And thank you for the scripture to use for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey as it is one of my favorite passages:
Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. (Zechariah 8:23)
Lord, I’m here as usual to begin a prayer for your daughter who loves you. Today I see a choice before you Lindsey (and perhaps this not an either or choice but a both and). People want to see you. They want to hear you. They want to talk with you and pay extra money to do so. But consider why! Are they saying they want to go with you because you are such a fantastic inspiring dancing violinist? Or are they saying that they heard that God is with you, so they would like to be with you too! I pray that more and more people will be seeing that God is with you even more than seeing your great talent performing on stage and in videos. I pray that you would continue to not shy away from letting people know that God is with you and that all your talents are his gifts to you. I pray that God would reveal more of himself to you each day so that others watching you would see that God is part of you life … and say to themselves, “I’m not sure how God is with Lindsey so much, but I want it too! I hope she tells us how!” And we will give the glory to God. The glory is all his. Glory. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)
Good Morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the sun in the day and the moon and stars in the night. Thank you for stars that twinkle and sunsets that sparkle. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:
He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.
For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:38-44,52)
Lord, I’m ready to begin a new day’s prayer for your daughter who you love. Lindsey, being hard hearted is not a good thing. But it seems like our hearts may just tend to be that way. In this scripture we read about an all out amazing miracle… feeding 5,000 men with just 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread! But look what it says about the disciples – the guys who were travelling with Jesus day after day. They were trying to follow Jesus as best as they could. Yet, here we are told that their hearts were hard … they were hard hearted! If even Jesus’s closest disciples ended up hard hearted after witnessing such an amazing miracle, what can we do? How can we avoid a hard heart?
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:12-13)
It seems like one way to avoid having hard hearts is to take heed … to take care! Watch out that our hearts do not become unbelieving so we fall away from the living God! I pray that you heed this warning Lindsey, for it seems to be talking about people who really are trying to follow Jesus … just that they let their guard down and a bit of disbelief slips in … and they fall away without even noticing it! To avoid this we need to encourage each other each day, so I pray that the Lord would continually surround you with people who will not only encourage you, but who will notice and let you know any time you are starting to stray from the living God. I pray that you would not be deceived by what seems like good ideas in the world around you. And since by definition, if you are deceived you cannot notice it yourself, I pray that there would always be godly people to cross your path that will not shy away from telling you!
But what if you find yourself with a hard heart? How can we remove a hard heart? God can do it!
Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. (Ezekiel 11:17-20)
Lindsey, I pray that any time you find your heart hardening that you will call out to God to remove the stony heart and replace it with a heart of flesh. I ask that God would give you an undivided heart so that he would remain your focus every day. I pray that God would give you that new spirit and that you will walk with him and be a do-er! Do what God is asking. Lord, this can be very hard, so I pray that you would be Lindsey’s strength. Grant her the wisdom to see what she needs to see. Grant her the courage to walk where she needs to walk, for she is your daughter and you are her God. And we give you the glory. All the glory is yours. Glory! I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)
Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the wind. Gusts of wind. Cold blasts of wind. Fierce WIND! And then calm (for just 7 seconds, then more wind!) Thank you for letting it be a reminder that what we cannot see can be more real than what we see. Thank you for allowing me to know that you are right here with me even though I cannot see you with my eyes, for my heart can see you! And thank you for the scripture for your daughter Lindsey:
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2)
Lord, I am here again. I’m here as usual to begin a new prayer for your daughter you love. Lindsey, God loves you so much that he will give you peaceful sleep. He loves you so much that he calls you “beloved”. He loves you so much that he goes “out of his way” (so to speak) to remind you of things that are important. And today, he reminds you to not worry. Don’t get anxious about the next day, waking up too early to fuss about trying to get everything “just right”. He points out that perhaps staying up late moaning about what happened that day may not be a good idea. And so I ask God to watch over you while you sleep. I ask that he give you pleasant dreams and a peaceful moment when you awake. I ask that he be with you late at night reminding you that everything is OK because he is in charge, he has control, and you can just go to sleep! I pray for you Lindsey … that you would be content each day regardless of the circumstances. I pray sweet contentedness over you. And we will give the glory to God. All the glory is his. Glory! I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)
Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for coffee. Thank you for a Wendy’s chocolate frosty. And thank you for reminding me to try combining them! The frosty cooled down the coffee so I did not need to add ice cubes. The frosty took the place of the cream. And it even took the place of the sugar. Thank you for a wonderful drink this morning! And thank you for an interesting scripture from Jeremiah for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:
For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. (Jeremiah 31:11-13)
The center piece of this scripture can be translated as being RADIANT when in the midst of the goodness of the Lord!
they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord
They will be radiant with joy over the good things the Lord provides
They will be radiant because of the Lord’s good gifts
they will be radiant with joy because of the Lord’s goodness
Lord, I’m here again. I was anxious to come see you this morning when I woke up for I wanted to begin another prayer for your daughter who enjoys singing and playing songs of joy to you. I ask that you find a way for her to come and sing to you today. Let her joy be evident to those around her. Let her glow as she delights in you Lord. Let her be radiant with joy while she is in the midst of your goodness. And we will give the glory to you. The glory is all yours Lord. Glory. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)
Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for another day. Thank you for my breath and my life. Thank you for always being with me. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
Lord, I’m here as usual to begin another day’s prayer for your daughter you love. Lindsey, today I am praying that you are praying! Yes indeed, because when you pray, God will listen. If you seek him with all your heart you will indeed find him. God has good plans for you… plans that give you a future and a hope… plans to prosper you. And so, I pray today that you will pray. God is waiting to hear from his daughter! Pray knowing God will answer you. And together let’s give him the glory. The glory is all his. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)