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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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Have an Understanding of the Times and Know What To Do

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for providing us with food. Not just my family, but our whole neighborhood. Not just our neighborhood, but all the neighborhoods in our city. And not just in our city but in our whole state. And not just in our state but food for our entire country. And not just our country but food for every country. You are an awesome God that can provide enough food for every country in the world today … and every day! Thank you! And thank you for the interesting scriptures to use for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

Therefore came all the elders of Israel to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the Lord; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the Lord by Samuel. (1 Chronicles 11:3)

Then in the next chapter of 1 Chronicles we are told who came to David after he was crowned king! Here is how scriptures refers to each tribe (summary of 1 Chronicles 12:22-40):

  • Judah: men bearing shield and spear, ready and armed for war
  • Simeon: mighty men of valour for war
  • Levi: a young man mighty of valour and twenty two captains
  • Benjamin: formerly of the house of Saul
  • Ephraim: mighty men of valour, famous in their land
  • Half Tribe of Manasseh: men expressed by name to come to make David king
  • Issachar: men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do and 200 leaders with all their brethren
  • Zebulun: those come from battle, expert in war, with all weapons of war, they were not of double heart, not divided in their loyalty to David
  • Naphtali: 1,000 captains and men with shield and spear
  • Dan: expert in war
  • Asher: those come from battle, expert in war
  • Reuben, Gad and Half Tribe of Manasseh: all manner of weapons of war for battle

Lord, I’m here again as usual to begin another days prayer for Lindsey, your daughter who loves you. Lindsey, today we see something interesting in how scriptures refer to all the tribes of Israel gathering together to transfer the kingdom of Saul over to David right after he was annointed king of Israel. Review the list of tribes in the summary just above (or the full text below) and you will see virtually all the tribes are referred to as sending men of valour, men bearing shields and spears, captains and leaders with all kinds of weapons, experts in war and ready for battle. They all came to turn over Saul’s kingdom to David. After this list of tribes, scriptures tell us they were all of one heart to make David king! But one thing seems to stand out as each of the tribes are listed. Look at Issachar! Yes, they had 200 leaders and all their people under their command similar to all the other tribes. However, this is the only tribe that scripture mentions one additional qualification, one extra quality. With Issachar came men that understood the times and knew what Israel out to do. And that is a quality that I pray over you today Lindsey. I pray that you can be ready for the battles that you will undoubtedly face, just like everyone should be alert, trained and ready. However, I pray that God would grant you the ability to understand the times. I pray that God would help you to see what is going on in your city, your state, your country. I pray also that God would also fill you with the knowledge of what people should do. Not just what YOU should do, but what the people in your country should do. And now an even bigger prayer. I pray that God would place you in a position where you can speak out what you see and what ought to be done. And I pray that God would protect you as you step out on the path he sets before you, for he will not send you and leave you alone. We know he will be with you every step of the way. Lord, I ask that you would often give Lindsey tangible things to remind her that you are there with her. And we will give the glory to you. The glory is all yours. Glory! I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen

Full Text of Scripture:

For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God.
And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the war, and came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord.

The children of Judah that bare shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred, ready armed to the war.
Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for the war, seven thousand and one hundred.
Of the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred. And Jehoiada was the leader of the Aaronites, and with him were three thousand and seven hundred; And Zadok, a young man mighty of valour, and of his father’s house twenty and two captains.
And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept the ward of the house of Saul.
And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valour, famous throughout the house of their fathers.
And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, which were expressed by name, to come and make David king.
And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.
Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.
And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty and seven thousand.
And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.
And of Asher, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, forty thousand.
And on the other side of Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of instruments of war for the battle, an hundred and twenty thousand.

All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king. And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them. Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was joy in Israel. (1 Chronicles 12:22-40)

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Accept God’s Deliverance and Be Holy, Otherwise You May Get What You Deserve

Good Morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for my life. Thank you for my breath. Thank you for healing my knees. Thank you for helping me to maintain a thankful heart. And thank you for the scripture for today for Lindsey:

For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.
For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.
But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. (Obadiah 1:15-17)

Lord, here I am. I am here to lift up Lindsey, your daughter who loves you. I pray that you will remind her how you have delivered her. Lindsey, Jesus died for your sins so that you don’t get what you deserve (which is death). Instead you are delivered, rescued, saved! So live holy and full of joy. May those around you want what you have and accept God’s deliverance as well. And all the glory we give to God. Glory! I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

God’s laws: do them and be loved and blessed

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for community. Thank you that I am able to meet with others around me in the coffee shops and restaurants. Thank you for the conversations and discussions around a table. Thank you that we also can use those times to read your Word aloud around the table. And thank you for this portion of your Word to use for my prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the Lord thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers: And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. (Deuteronomy 7:12-13)

Lord, I’m here again. I’m here on behalf of Lindsey, your daughter you love. This scripture also is a good IF… THEN… scripture to remember Lindsey. Look at the promises God gives you if you pay attention to his laws and judgments and are careful to actually do them. Let me pray for you now. Lindsey, I pray that you would take to heart God’s judgments and laws and not just read them, but also strive to follow them as best as you can. I pray that God would be your guide in this pursuit and that he would help you stay on his path not veering to the left nor the right. And then I ask God to love you as he promised. I ask him to bless you as promised. I ask God to prosper you. And we will 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…)

God will be with you if you listen, walk in his ways and do what is right in his sight

Heavenly Father, good morning. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for loving Lindsey. Thank you for the scripture to use for my prayer for her this day:

And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee. (1 Kings 11:38)

Lord, I’m here again. As usual, I’m here on behalf of Lindsey, the daughter you love. I ask that you be with her today and the days to come. I ask that you be with her as she strives to listen to hear your voice. I ask that you be with her as she sets a goal to walk in your ways and to do what is right. And we will give the glory to you Lord. The glory is all yours. I ask this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Be a Do-er not just a Hear-er

Good Morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the interesting night sky as we just witnessed an eclipse of the moon. Thank you for the clear night to see the eclipse from start to end. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. (Genesis 26:4-5)

Lord, I’m here, but I’m a bit distracted. I ask you to help me with distractions. Help me know what is a distraction and what is the item at hand that you’d have me do. Lindsey, today’s scripture is amazing in how it refers to obedience, hearing God’s voice and then actually doing what God asks. Abraham did. And the earth was blessed as a result! I pray for you today Lindsey, that as you hear God’s voice that you would be a do-er as well as a hear-er. And then I pray that God would bless not only you, but your family, your friends, and all those around you. And the glory goes to God. All the glory is his. Amen (more…)

Joy as you do good in God’s sight

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for fast typing fingers that know where to go as I type without my looking at them or at the keyboard. Thank you for the instant coordination from what I am thinking to what I am typing. And thank you for speaking to me in the same way that I can instantly hear you. And thank you for the scripture for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit. (Ecclesiastes 2:26)

Lord, it’s me. I am ready to begin as I stand before you on behalf of your daughter you love. Lindsey, today I pray that you can do good in God’s sight. I pray that you will please your God this day. I pray that you will be able to do what is right each time a choice is set before you. And then I ask God to give you more joy with each choice. I ask that he grant you great wisdom and knowledge with each decision you make. And we will give the glory to God. All the glory is his. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

What must you DO?

Heavenly Father, good morning. Thank you for letting me see the many ways that we can help those around us, especially those who are critically ill. And thank you for the scriptures to use for today’s prayer for your daughter Lindsey:

As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. (Luke 3:4-6)

And we find that Isaiah did say this:

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 40:3-5)

But what is interesting is that in the very next sentences Luke tells of how John the Baptist warned the people who came out to him! He did not mince words but came right out and told them that they could not just sit back and do nothing claiming to be a son or daughter of God! They had to DO things too! Their ACTIONS had to confirm their BELIEF!

Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. (Luke 3:8)

And so the people ask him … well, just what ARE we supposed to do? And it was interesting that his answer varied depending upon who they were and what they did for their living!

10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.
12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?
13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. (Luke 3:10-14)

Lord, I’m here. I’m here on behalf of your daughter Lindsey. Lord, I think that she may be asking you the same thing all these people were asking of John the Baptist! She may be saying, “Yes, I am a daughter of God … so what must I DO?” Lord, I pray that you answer her. I pray that you speak clearly to her, just as clearly as John the Baptist did! He told the Tax Collectors to only collect the correct amount of tax and nothing more (nothing extra for themselves). He told the Soldiers that they must do something different than that. The soldiers were to be content with their wages – and to not extort money nor accuse people falsely. Lord, Lindsey is not a soldier. She is not a tax collector. She is one of the crowd though … and so it seems that one thing she might do is to give clothes and food to those who need them. But what else specifically for a talented touring musician? Lord, I pray for you to sit with Lindsey and to let her know the answer to this very important question “What must I DO?” I pray that you let her know it is you speaking to her. I pray that you take her aside every now and then to remind of of the things you are asking her to DO. And we will give all the glory to you Lord. The glory is all yours. I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Golden Rule

Good Morning Heavenly Father! Thank you for being with my family today. Thank you for keeping everything calm all day. Thank you for helping me in knowing what to do now and what to do tomorrow. And thank you for the scripture to use for the prayer for your daughter you love:

[Jesus said:] Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)

Lord, it’s me. I am here as usual. I’m ready to begin another prayer for another day for Lindsey, your daughter. Lindsey, today our scripture is sometimes referred to as the Golden Rule. It seems that you follow it already, but today I am praying that it become a habit. Lord, Lindsey is following you. She listens for your voice. She reads your Word daily. I ask that you give her an added touch of your joy each time she treats others as she hopes they will treat her. Let her smile each time she is doing something for someone else. Let others see how gracious she is towards others. And I pray that she would continue to be a role model to the many who are watching her attentively. I pray that they would see how Jesus is at the root of her life in public as well in her private life. And Lord, I pray that you would help her to have more private time, more time out of the eye of the public. I pray that you would help her to find rest, to find rest in you Lord. And we will give the glory to you. All the glory is yours Lord. Glory! I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)

Blessing: May You Live by the Scriptures You Read Daily to Prosper and Find Success

Lindsey, today I pray this blessing over you. May you continue reading scriptures every day and be careful to live by what is written. Then may you prosper and find success in this world.

Heavenly Father, thank you for a mind that can understand. Thank you for a mind that can reason. Thank you for the saying “use your head“! And thank you for the scripture that includes today’s blessing over your daughter you love:

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

Lord, it is with joy that I am here to begin the day with blessing Lindsey. She loves you Lord and has publicly declared that she aims to read and study your Word each and every day. And this blessing seems fitting for you today Lindsey! May you continue to read scriptures each day and take care to actually do what is written in scriptures. May you prosper and find godly success. I bless you in the name of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen (more…)