Sacred Assembly

Prayer isn’t just an individual’s communion with God.  The corporate expression of prayer can take many forms which we’ll explore in future blogs, but today we will delve into the Sacred Assembly.

During times of national crisis, Israel gathered to cry out to the Lord for repentance and for help in times of need.  My favorite account is when Jehoshaphat faced a huge army.  Instead of consulting his generals, he turned to the Lord, proclaimed a fast, and gathered the people.  In his prayer he said, “…we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (2 Chron 20:12).  The short version of the story is that Read more »

Breastplate of St. Patrick

While in Ireland a number of years ago, I visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral and picked up a card containing a portion of this prayer attributed to him called “The Breastplate of St. Patrick”.  While on the ferry back to England, I spent some time meditating and memorizing the lines below.  As I repeated the prayer over and over, the sense of how very real and present Christ is took deeper root in my heart. 

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left, Read more »

Enter His Rest – The Blessing of the Sabbath

Sabbath Blessing

In the beginning God created daily, weekly and seasonal cycles of rest and blessing for us.  The daily cycle begins at sunset when according to Scripture we start our day by resting (Genesis 1:5 “…the evening and the morning were the first day.”)  Although it is counter to our western lifestyle, we can begin our “day” by entering God’s rest as we trust Him to work on our behalf through the night as we sleep.  Upon arising in the morning, we ask God how we can partner with Him in what He has already been doing on our behalf all night long.  Most of us rush into our day preoccupied with what we have to accomplish, however, viewing it from this perspective can help us reorder our day.

God created the weekly cycle (resting on the seventh day) as a blessing for man.  While not meant to be a legalistic burden, we can learn much from the Jewish observance of Sabbath.  The Jews believed the Sabbath was like receiving an Read more »

Aug 21, 2012 - 1-50, Breakthrough Prayers    No Comments

Blessing our Home

Blessing your Home

Praying blessing over our homes seemed an appropriate topic as we just moved into a new house!  It was great to walk around the property and then through the rooms of our home thanking God for our new abode and inviting His presence to fill every room.  Our kids are old enough now to pray over their own rooms, asking God for them to be peaceful places where they can focus and grow in Him.

Why is blessing our homes important?  Isn’t it just dirt and wood that are “neutral”?    We don’t have to go any further than Genesis to see that land can Read more »

Blessing Our Children

Blessing our children

For the Hebrew people, the blessing of children was a high priority.  Built into their daily lives were regular times to bless their children.  The first was every Shabbat  (Sabbath beginning Friday night), typically the father would lay his hands on them and pray blessings over them.  Each of the three yearly feasts (Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles) included activities for children to enter in and understand their value as part of the family of God.  Later on rites of passage such as Bar Mitzah (when a boy turns 13 – means “Son of Commandments”) and Bat Mitzah (when a girl turns 12 – means “Daughter of Commandments”) were added to signify their moving from childhood into the responsibilities of adulthood.  A final significant blessing was given at the end of the parent’s life and was associated with inheritance.

The typical weekly blessing included the “Aaronic” or “priestly” blessing found in Read more »

Prayers of Blessing – Part One

Blessing the Lord

God began creation by blessing first the fish and birds to multiple and fill the skies and seas (Gen 1:22).  Then He blessed man (Gen 1:28).  At the end of creation, God blessed the seventh day Sabbath (Gen 2:3).  In coming blogs we will look at prayers of blessing in several arenas – how we bless the Lord (Psalm 103:1,2), how we bless our children (Gen 48:20), how to bless our homes (1 Chr 16:43 ) and how to enter Sabbath blessing (Gen 2:3).

What does it mean to bless the Lord?  We start by recognizing He is the source of all blessing and as we receive all He has given, our part is to return it in blessing back to Him.  The first mention of “bless the Lord” is found in Deuteronomy 8:10 “When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.”

It is interesting that the Hebrew word for “bless” is comprised of three letters whose meaning denotes a Read more »

Simplifying Breath Prayer

Simplifying prayer

Struggling to get focused during devotions?  Try these simplifying breath prayers from www.soulshepherding.org.

Sit comfortably and breathe deeply several times.   Then begin praying the words below from Psalm 46:10.  You can begin by breathing in as you say the lines and then breathe out your stress, concerns, or anxieties.

“Be still and know that I am God”

“Be still and know that I am”

“Be still and know”

“Be still”

“Be”

In the same way try this one as you focus on God’s love and presence surrounding you: Read more »

Commission Prayer

Commission prayer

Recently I was meditating on Isaiah 61:1-3.  While this is speaking of Jesus and fulfilled in Him (Luke 4:18, 19), it also is His promise and commission for us as His disciples (Mark 16:15-18).  I pondered what would happen if every Christian prayed this prayer and walked it out every day?  It would turn the world upside down! (Acts 17:6)

Try it today!

The Spirit of the Lord is upon mepause and reflect, feel the Spirit of God on you and in you.

Because the Lord has anointed mefeel His anointing, let it wash over you.  Don’t be in a hurry! Read more »

Stoplight Prayers

Stoplight prayers

Have one of those days when all the stoplights are red?  It can be frustrating, particularly when we are in a hurry.  Try this breath prayer “My times are in Your hands.”  As you breathe in say verbally or silently “My times” as you picture yourself taking all your plans and schedules for the day – breathe out as you say “are in Your hands” picturing yourself placing all into Jesus’ hands trusting His time, not yours.  Do this Read more »

Prayers of Adoration

Adoring Him

Another favorite for me are prayers of adoration.  No asking, just lifting up and proclaiming the glory of who God is.  It is amazing when in the midst of challenging circumstances, a few minutes of just adoring the Lord, what a difference it makes in our attitude and heart!  Can’t sleep?  Begin with the letter “A” and adore God for who He is with characteristics beginning with A (Abundant, Available, Awesome, etc.), most times you will be “zzzz” before you get to the letter Z.  Have kids?  Use this as Read more »