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With People Watching, Your Actions Speak Loudly!

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

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Sing praises to God!

Good Morning Heavenly Father. What a good day. What a happy day. As some might say, “Oh, Happy Day!” Thank you for another day to praise and thank you. Thank you for another day for our hearts to sing to your name, just as it says in the scriptures for today’s prayer for Lindsey:

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:
And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. (Romans 15:8-9)

Consider what is written in 2 Samuel:

50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. (2 Samuel 22:50)

And also what is written in the psalms … from Psalm 18 (MY psalm … see: mypsalm18.com/ ):

49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name. (Psalm 18:49)

Lord, it’s just me sitting here before you. I’m just enjoying time to just SIT! Just sitting with you is a joy. But now I also want to say “Look at Lindsey! Look at your daughter! She loves you, thanks you and sings to you!” Lindsey, God is indeed looking at you… and smiling in delight. He is proud of his daughter as she runs and sings and dances just for him. And so today I pray that God would let you actually see how proud he is of you Lindsey. I pray that God would let you feel his smiling presence there by your side. I pray that God would let you sense his presence as he delights in his daughter whom he loves dearly. 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…)

Play and Dance before the Lord with all Your Might!

Heavenly Father, Welcome! Yes, Welcome! Thank you for being with me these last 200 days of praying for your daughter you love, for Lindsey. Thank you for bringing the right scriptures to mind for each of my 200 prayers for your talented daughter. Thank you for filling her heart with your joy and letting it show to all who see her. Thank you for these last 40 days of prayers all based on scriptures about music and musicians. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer as it describes your daughter so well … playing and dancing with all her might!

And it was told king David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness. And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.

And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.

Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel: therefore will I play before the Lord. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.  Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death. (2 Samuel 6:12-23)

Lord, I’m here again, as usual. I am here to lift up your daughter who loves you with this special prayer. Lord, let her play and dance with all her might before you today. Let the joy of the Lord be evident in her performance. Give her the opportunity to play and dance with all her might, with all her strength and to celebrate before you Lord. Some may wonder how she can be dancing like this before you … but as David said, it was not shamelessly, it was before the Lord! And those common women honored him for showing his intensity in loving his God. I pray this over you Lindsey. I pray that you may have opportunity to play and dance with such intensity before your God. And all the glory is his. The glory all goes to God. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

All types of instruments can be used to praise the Lord

Good morning Heavenly Father. What a good and great morning it is. Thank you for the dawn where light shines forth from the prior darkness. Thank you for the light so that our eyes may see. And thank you for the scripture to use for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey.

And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. (2 Samuel 6:5)

But also keep in mind what immediately follows (pointing out how they were incorrectly transporting the ark of God):

And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. (2 Samuel 6:6-7)

Lord, I’m here again. I’m ready to lift up your daughter. Let her play before you Lord. Let her play on an instrument made of wood. Let her music be joyful and acknowledging you Lord. Let her dance and play joyful melodies and harmonies. Let her fly through the air with joyful dancing. But I also ask that you protect her Lord. I ask that you keep her rejoicing on track and  on the path you would have her go. I ask that anytime her rejoicing is for the wrong reasons, that you open her eyes and her heart.  Let her not be deceived nor misled. Let her not forget that you have set down guidelines for her to follow, just as you set guidelines for the Israelites to follow when transporting the ark of God. And we will give the glory to you Lord. The glory is all yours. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

(W) Walk (and Dance) in the Light

Today’s prayer seems to be an extra special one … a tiny group of us meets every weekday at a coffeeshop or at Wendy’s from 7-8am to read scriptures aloud around our table … and now and then we pause to share thoughts that we have regarding the scriptures. And today one of the people mentioned dancing to the Lord or dancing for the Lord … and I had to say … wow, that is part of my prayer I was just typing before we started our reading!  And so I need to expand this prayer a bit and add a second scripture to it referencing how king David danced before the Lord!

Heavenly Father, good morning! Thank  you for a wonderful morning feeling fully refreshed. Thank you for the many things that I can eat and drink, the vast amount, all different. Thank you for showing us that unique can be good! Thank you for being my guide and lighting the path for me to walk… and for the scripture for the letter W for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

Lord, today it is even more a joy to be here with you than usual. The scripture for today’s prayer is so very applicable to your daughter you love … for she strives to walk in the light not only in her private life but also in public. But today I pray that you would show her how she also can dance in the light. Lord, I ask you to find ways for her to make dancing in the light part of her. Show her the way to do this Lord. Perhaps King David can be an example for her (see the ESV translation to help understand the Old English):

And it was told king David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness. And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house. Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel: therefore will I play before the Lord. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour. Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death. (2 Samuel 6:12-22)

So let there be a celebration, let there be a party, let there be a dancing party. Lord, I ask that you sit with your daughter, that you walk with your daughter, that you DANCE and PLAY with your daughter in front of many crowds of people. Let the dance and the music be to you Lord. Let others know that we can celebrate with all our might before the Lord. Some of those around your daughter may not approve of this, however, but we know that you, Lord, DO approve, and so I pray that you will give your daughter the courage and strength to dance and play before you regardless of what others might say. And we will give all the glory to you. All the glory is yours Lord. I ask this all in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)