“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” ~ Psalm 121:1-2, ESV
“When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.” ~ Romans 12:13, NLT
“And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.” ~ Titus 3:14, ESV
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” ~ Romans 12:1, NLT
God’s Word in Prayer
I believe Lory’s intention is to show you the intimacy that you can reach with God when you are praying regularly and developing a close relationship with Him. The more often and the longer you pray, the closer your relationship becomes.
The Cry of My Heart
Every day I say this prayer on behalf of my family and myself.
I share this so you can say it too:
Lord let me be Your eyes, ears, and mouth.
Let me be Your hands and feet.
Lord, let me be Your eyes that I may see the beauty You see.
Lord, let me be Your ears that I may hear
what You would have me hear.
Lord, let me be Your mouth that I may utter words
of life and mercy to all who need it.
Lord, let me be Your hands that I may do Your work.
Lord, let me be Your feet that You have laid out for me.
Work Your will in and through me.
Guide and direct my every move, my every word.
Let me be a channel of blessings from which You flow.
© Powerful Scripture-Based Prayer by Lory Ramsey
Now, the Cries of My Heart
Oh, God, do you see me? Do you hear the cries of my heart?
I confess I try to do things on my own mind a lot.
I confess I push for my own way and overload my plate
and look to myself for strength more often than I look to you.
I confess my stubbornness, my desire to do things my way, my pride.
I confess that these all overwhelm me.
I lay myself down.
Oh, Father, I lay myself down.
You are sovereign. I lay myself down.
You are holy. I lay myself down.
You are steadfast. I lay myself down.
You are gentle. I lay myself down.
You are trustworthy. I lay myself down.
You are mighty. I lay myself down.
You are beauty. I lay myself down.
You are hope. I lay myself down.
You are majesty. I lay myself down.
You are glory. I lay myself down.
You are alpha and omega. I lay myself down.
You are righteousness. I lay myself down.
You are healer. I lay myself down.
You are strength. I lay myself down.
You are Creator. I lay myself down.
Oh, God, come and rescue me, this heart that aches to see you,
to hear you, to feel you, to follow you. I am yours. I am yours.
Let nothing stand between us. Let my heart be soft
and open and willing and trusting.
Let my weakness this day be a testimony to your glory,
your presence in me.
You are here.
You are here.
5 I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Growing in Prayer
1.Continue your prayer time daily prayer 30 minutes-1 hour depending on your prayer needs.
2.For those joining this devotional late, you can start with 15 minutes and work up over time using one of the suggestions given on 7/5/16 .
3. Continue to develop your conversation with God with listening to the Holy Spirit living inside you as well as talking to God.
4.By now you should have settled on one or two methods that you prefer to use when praying. Continue setting an alarm on your phone or watch as a reminder to pray.You might want to try either of the two sample prayers or write/speak your own as you become closer to God.
5.Continue to branch out beyond yourself and your family to friends and church members or acquaintances who may need prayer. Consider joining a prayer group as you begin to feel more comfortable with praying if it fits into your schedule.