Three things I pray

Day by Day,” is a folk-rock ballad from the 1971 Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak musical Godspell. The refrain’s origin has been ascribed to the 13th-century English bishop Saint Richard of Chichester.

Refrain:

“Day by day
Day by day
Oh Dear Lord
Three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day”

I was 10 years old in 1971. And then over the years I would sing this song to myself whenever I was anxious and scared. I often think about the many times in the middle of the night I would hug my younger self singing this song in my head eventually falling asleep.

That song always comforted me. It still does today. Perhaps this song was the seed planted all those years ago that is now become The Prayer Journals. I hadn’t thought about that until now.

God’s perfect timing

While I have written in journals over the years, my prayer journal did not become a consistent practice until about eight years ago. I cannot imagine not going a day without my daily writing and praying visits with God.

“To see thee more clearly”

Even on the cloudiest of days my prayer journal has helped me to see God more clearly. The practice of reading God’s Word every day has given me new insight on His presence and asking Him to show me His presence in the darkest days. Because no matter how much I rely on my faith, there are days I when I feel the raindrops of doubt are the ones I do see Him more clearly.

1 John 4:12-15 (GW)

“No one has ever seen God. If we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.  We know that we live in him and he lives in us, because he has given us his Spirit.  We have seen and testify to the fact that the Father sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God lives in those who declare that Jesus is the Son of God, and they live in God. We have known and believed that God loves us. God is love. Those who live in God’s love live in God, and God lives in them.” 

Acts 2:32-35 (GW)

“God brought this man Jesus back to life. We are all witnesses to that. 33 God the Father used his power to give Jesus the honored position—the one next to him on the heavenly throne. Jesus has also received and has poured out the Holy Spirit as the Father had promised, and this is what you’re seeing and hearing. David didn’t go up to heaven, but he said,
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Take the honored position—the one next to God the Father on the heavenly throne
until I put your enemies under your control.”’

“To love thee more dearly”

On some days when it is difficult to love myself or others because this world seemingly becomes more hostile and unforgiving, God’s Word and my prayer journal are my refuge for reminding me of God’s love and the power of His peace that only He can provide me. It’s my place where I talk it out whether with tears of anger, hurt or hopeless, I know I am loved. But it isn’t just on the difficult days, it is every day that I praise Him for His many blessings and I find that I love Him more dearly.

Luke 10:27 (GW)

“He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as you love yourself.’”

Luke 1:77-79 (GW)

“You will make his people know that they can be saved
through the forgiveness of their sins.
A new day will dawn on us from above
because our God is loving and merciful.
He will give light to those who live in the dark
and in death’s shadow.
He will guide us into the way of peace.”

“To follow thee more nearly”

This third thing is often the most difficult to do because I want what I want when I want it. You too? And when I find myself being bitter about not receiving the thing I want or something not happening when I think it should happen, I go to the prayer journal and I write:

“Lord, I only want to be where you want me to be. I only want what you want me to have and when you want me to have it and not a minute sooner.”

God lifts the burden and I feel His peace.  It never fails to amaze me the feeling that comes over me. “I follow You more nearly, Lord.”

Deuteronomy 32:4 (GW)

“He is a rock.
What he does is perfect.
All his ways are fair.
He is a faithful God, who does no wrong.
He is honorable and reliable.”

1 Peter 4:19 (GW)

“Those who suffer because that is God’s will for them must entrust themselves to a faithful creator and continue to do what is good.”

These things I pray

Dear Lord God, I pray for the grace and wisdom to understand that in Your gentleness there is power, in Your kindness there is strength, and in Your forgiveness, there is life. Keep me from relying on my own power, my own purpose and the love of this world instead of my love for you. Help me to understand that wisdom is born and grows to maturity through faith in Christ. Grant me the patience and confidence in Your mercy and hope in Your promises. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who is Wisdom. I love You. Amen

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May I pray for you?

The Prayer Journals blog is my personal spiritual journey in conjunction with writing my spiritual memoir. My posts in 2018 are a series relating to this theme. If you have just joined The Prayer Journals, I hope you will take the time to explore previous posts on this site.

Please reach out to The Prayer Journals if I can answer any questions about keeping a prayer journal of your own. A prayer journal is an intimate communication between you and God. You don’t have to be a master writer. Perhaps you are an illustrator, a painter, a poet, a lyricist or creator of scrapbooks. Use your gifts to communicate with God, however you wish in your prayer journal. God enjoys hearing from you and you will be blessed!

Blessings on your day,

Sheri

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The 5 P’s of Faith

Spirit of Faith

It has been almost two months since I last posted here at The Prayer Journals. Within two weeks after my last post, Praying the Scriptures, I received and accepted a job offer from a nationally respected insurance company.

The Lord has blessed me abundantly throughout my lifetime. And in writing my spiritual memoir I was communicating how I was transformed by growing closer to God, particularly since the collapse of my career in the summer of 2009 during the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression. Yet here I am again. I have experienced another sudden end to what I thought was a beginning of a new career to only have the company to completely dissolve operations this time. My reaction to the unsettling news would be much different than the summer of 2009 because I listened to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to fully and completely turned my face towards Jesus Christ.

Praying the Scripture

“If (I) have died with Christ, (I) believe that (I) will also live with him. (I) know that Christ, who was brought back to life will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once and for all to sin’s power. But now he lives and lives for God. So (I) consider (myself) dead to sin’s power but living for God in the power Christ Jesus gives (me).” Romans 6:8-11

The “5 P’s” of Faith

No doubt many of you have heard the phrase, “Prior planning prevents poor performance.” Often that phrase is heard when someone must make a presentation to another or a group of people. I heard it many times throughout the course of my sales management career.

God has awesome power to turn the negative into a positive

When my career came to an end in 2009, I was two years shy of turning 50 years old. I feared I would never obtain a job worthy of my past position. I was right. I didn’t. At least not in terms of compensation, but I would gain something even more valuable – insight into the power of faith in God. With God and his angels on earth, I created a job in the form of a contracting business in another sector of the financial services industry. It would help keep my family financially afloat.

God be the glory!

Within seven years in 2016, I was given an opportunity of full-time employment in a related sector in the financial services industry of the contracting business I had created. The position offered learning new skills, stability in compensation, a retirement plan, and dinner every night with my family.

Again, God was firmly in control.

So, when the news came again that I would need to look for a new job on Friday, April 13, 2018, I turned to my own “5 P’s” statement. It has become my personal statement of faith.

“Poised prayer produces purposeful performance.”

What does this statement mean?

Poise: God is control

God is in control of all situations and outcomes. That is, if I allow Him to be in control of my life rather than the world.

Prayer: God’s promises and presence

Praying without ceasing relying on God’s promises and fervently asking for His presence in my life and in all situations.

Productivity: Positive attitude

In my fervent prayer to God, asking for his help to present a positive Christ-like attitude that reflects the power of His mercy, love and peace.

Purpose: In joyful service

Accepting wherever God places me, so I may joyfully serve others in Christ’s name to fulfill His purpose through me.

Performance: God-centered

And in every position, not just in my job, but in all I do and say that I may keep God as the center of life’s work giving Him all the glory and praise.

“Blessed is the person who places his confidence in the Lord.” Psalm 40:4

The attitude of Christ

“So then, as Christians, do you have any encouragement? Do you have any comfort from love? Do you have any spiritual relationships? Do you have any sympathy and compassion? Then fill me with joy by having the same attitude and the same love, living in harmony, and keeping one purpose in mind. Don’t act out of selfish ambition or be conceited. Instead, humbly think of others as being better than yourselves. Don’t be concerned only about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others. Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2: 1-5

On May 29th, a full month after my last blog post, I started a new career once again. At the end of this coming week, I will have been employed one month at this new company. I am thoroughly enjoying it! I know that all I have gone through in my life, God has and will continue to prepare me to joyfully serve with the attitude of Christ. I gratefully give Him ALL the Praise and Glory.

My prayer journal of May 3, 2018 – Accepting an offer of employment

Dear Lord, Great and Wondrous God who is in control of this world and of my life, it is with thanks and praise I acknowledge Your majesty and power. Because in Your steadfast love and mercy You have made Yourself my Father in Jesus Christ and recreated in me the image of Your holiness. I cannot by fully comprehend the extent and fullness of Your love. In faith, I thank and praise Your grace and mercy. You do so much for me without any merit in me that I all I can do is thank and praise Your holy name through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen

(Prayer adapted from the Lutheran Book of Prayer.)

May I pray for you?

The Prayer Journals blog is my personal spiritual journey in conjunction with writing my spiritual memoir. My posts in 2018 are a series relating to this theme. If you have just joined The Prayer Journals, I hope you will take the time to explore previous posts on this site.

Please join me next time as I continue my series, Getting to Know God.

Please reach out to The Prayer Journals if I can answer any questions about keeping a prayer journal of your own. A prayer journal is an intimate communication between you and God. You don’t have to be a master writer. Perhaps you are an illustrator, a painter, a poet, a lyricist or creator of scrapbooks. Use your gifts to communicate with God however you wish in your prayer journal. God enjoys hearing from you and you will be blessed!

Blessings on your day,

Sheri

Connect with The Prayer Journals

Facebook: Facebook/ThePrayerJournals/PrayerPrompts

Twitter: @PrayerPrompts

Email: Hoot@thebloggingowl.com

© 2017-2018 All Rights Reserved