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Day 31:Mary’s Song

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The last day of 31 Days of Prayer!

I hope you have found a little help with your prayers of praise, of adoration, recognizing the qualities and names of God. As a writing practice, I found if to be a great discipline. As a Bible student, each day required digging deeper into the Word and myself. I look forward to using my prayer cards consistently (since the writing and creating process are now complete).

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MARY’S SONG   (THE MAGNIFICAT)

I saved the longest prayer for today – Luke 1. Mary sang or prayed this beautiful praise to the Lord after her cousin, Elizabeth declared that God had blessed her more than any other woman.

This prayer is part of the Catholic and Greek liturgy as a hymn and a prayer. Bach, Mozart, and others created musical pieces for orchestra and voice based on this Scripture, Luke 1:46-55.

More contemporary pieces have been written using these words in recent years. I heard the word “Magnificat” used in my church’s worship service for the first time when we sang Randy Gill’s composition for a capella voices. Listen to this version by the Zoe Group, which uses the first few verses of the passage.

As you read this prayer, notice the number of elements included in just one prayer. We see God as All Powerful, All Mighty, Provider, the God who sees, merciful, holy, faithful, and His promises. For 31 days we have considered and reflected all of these attributes of God.

I used the New Century Version below with a little editing to make it personal.

Luke 1:46-55

My soul praises the Lord;

my heart rejoices in God my Savior,

because he has shown his concern for his humble servant.

All people will say that I am blessed,

because the Powerful One has done great things for me.

His name is holy.

God will show his mercy forever and ever

to those who worship and serve him.

He has done mighty deeds by his power.

He has scattered the people who are proud

and think great things about themselves.

He has brought down rulers from their thrones 

and raised up the humble.

He has filled the hungry with good things

and sent the rich away with nothing.

He has helped his servant, the people of Israel,

remembering to show them mercy 

as he promised to our ancestors,

to Abraham and to his children forever.”31.MySoul.2

I am thankful for this 31 day journey of contemplation of Yahweh.

JoyMartell

I’m writing every day in October about prayer, specifically prayers that honor and give glory to God. Click here to begin with Day 1You can click on the cards above to print them, or click here to get the documents containing all the cards in this series.

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Day 30: He Gives Strength

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. . . but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.          Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Such a comforting verse when life weighs me down! In the verses before 31, the prophet says our Lord gives strength to those who are tired and MORE POWER  to those who are weak!

Throughout this 31 day series I have quoted the verses from the New International Version and the New Century Version. The NIV is more familiar to most people, but when I read the same verse in the NCV, I see the message a little clearer.

But the people who trust the LORD will become strong again. 

They will rise up as an eagle in the sky; they will run and not need rest; they will walk and not become tired. Isaiah 40:31 (NCV)

Again, as in DAY 28, we are told that IF we TRUST the LORD, our inheritance will be blessings from our Father, in this case: strength like an eagle, we will run and walk without fatigue.Trustverse

A few years ago I bought this ball to use when I taught a Bible lesson on trust. TRUST is large enough to see across the room, because I need the visual reminder.

Trust also means lean on for support or rely.

I chose LEAN as my word for 2015. I want to LEAN on God, LEAN in to His promises, LEAN on others, LEAN in with sisters for supportI want to teach others so they can experience that peace when we LEAN on the Father30.Strength

I pray you have found these verses daily reminders of God’s promises to us. May you trust YAHWEH and lean on His promises.

I am thankful for Your promise to give me strength when I am tired.

JoyMartell

I’m writing every day in October about prayer, specifically prayers that honor and give glory to God. Click here to begin with Day 1You can click on the cards above to print them, or click here to get the documents containing all the cards in this series.

Day 29: My Rock, My Protection, My Shield

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The Lord is my rock, my protection, my Savior. My God is my rock.

I can run to him for safety.

He is my shield and my saving strength, my defender.

Psalm 18:2 (NCV)

MY ROCK, MY PROTECTION, MY SHIELD

David wrote this psalm to the Lord after He saved David from his enemies. It provides word pictures – metaphors of how Yahweh takes care of us. It’s not hard to picture our lives as a battle just as David did because Satan is waging war on our hearts every day.29.MyRock

Thanks be to God for the blessing of His enduring steadfastness, for defending me.

JoyMartell

NOTE: This link has been updated to include all the pictures with words used in this series. This should make it easier to print all 31 cards.

I’m writing every day in October about prayer, specifically prayers that honor and give glory to God. Click here to begin with Day 1

Day 28: He Will Not Leave Me

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Those who know your name trust in you,

for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Psalm 9:10 (NIV)

HE WILL NOT LEAVE ME

SEEK. KNOW. TRUST.

A complicated cycle. IF I seek the Lord, I will learn to trust Him.

IF I know the Lord (because I seek Him) then I know His power, His strength, His love.

Through this seeking and knowing I come to trust the Father.

And the promise?

He promises to never leave me!

28.He will not leaveI am thankful for my faithful Elohim. I trust Him and believe that He will never leave me.

JoyMartell

I’m writing every day in October about prayer, specifically prayers that honor and give glory to God. Click here to begin with Day 1You can click on the cards above to print them, or click here to get the documents containing all the cards in this series.

Day 27: No One Understands

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. . . the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.

Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

Isaiah 57:1,2 (NIV)

I found this passage in Isaiah during my early days of grief. I keep it in front of me as I work at my desk. I made a bookmark with Jennifer’s picture and carried it in my Bible for a long time. These verses bring me comfort, hope.Creek

“Hope is what holds a breaking heart together.” Ann Voskamp

When I wrote yesterday’s post, I knew I would follow it with this one. The passage from Day 26 leaves me still questioning God; this passage in Isaiah helps me put our daughter’s death in perspective.

Read it from the New Century Version:

. . . Good people are taken away, but on one understands.

Those who do right are being taken away from evil and are given peace.

Those who live as God wants find rest in death.27.FindRestI am thankful for Your promise to give rest to those who do what is right.

JoyMartell

I’m writing every day in October about prayer, specifically prayers that honor and give glory to God. Click here to begin with Day 1You can click on the cards above to print them, or click here to get the documents containing all the cards in this series.

Day 26: His Angels Watch Over Me

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He has put his angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go.

They will catch you in their hands so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.           

 Psalms 91:11,12 (NCV)

HE PUT HIS ANGELS IN CHARGE OF ME

Let me say first that I don’t begin to understand all of God’s promises, and I especially have a hard time with this one. I almost took this promise out; there are plenty more to pick.

I read this promise and immediately the unanswered question I’ve lived with for 13 years pops into my head. “Where were the angels when Jennifer lost her balance on that mountain?”

The next verse in this chapter reads: “You will walk on lions and cobras; you will step on strong lions and snakes.” Clearly this is figurative language, so what about the verses before?Starr Mountain

I want to know that angels are watching over me and the people I love. Such a comforting promise in this unpredictable world. But I am like the writer, Nicholas Wolterstorff, in his laments for a son who fell to his death climbing a mountain. i don’t know how to fit it together. I can’t say, “God caused her death.” But I don’t know why He did not prevent her death. Wolterstorff says he just endures like Job.

I find myself much more hesitant to give angels or even God credit for saving me or someone else. This is a great mystery that I ponder.

When Jennifer was still in high school, we were awakened early one winter morning by pounding on our door. I found a young man standing on our porch. He urged me to get everyone out of the house; our neighbor’s house was in flames. We quickly dressed and stood in our front yard watching their house burn. Water hoses were frozen, and it seemed to take the fire trucks forever to come. We were safe, but the side of our house nearest the neighbor’s had melted siding. Who warned us? We never saw the young man again. Was he an angel? I don’t know. He was with someone else who knocked on our neighbor’s house at the same time. It sure felt like God’s hand provided for our safety.26.Angels

I am thankful for Your protection.

JoyMartell

I’m writing every day in October about prayer, specifically prayers that honor and give glory to God. Click here to begin with Day 1You can click on the cards above to print them, or click here to get the documents containing all the cards in this series.

Day 25: He Will Sing Over Me

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“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” 

Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

HE WILL SING OVER ME

The Mighty Warrior, Yahweh, takes delight in me. And you. He rejoices over us with joy. The Amplified Version says He will be quiet in His love and MAKE NO MENTION OF MY PAST SINS!

This image of a warrior who sings does not quite fit in with 21st century warriors. This Father, who saves me like a warrior in battle, takes tender loving care of me and will be joyful with singing. Some versions say He rejoices with shouts, or loud singing.

This image of God makes Him active in my life, not just sitting on a throne and watching or pulling strings like a puppet master. The image I want to keep in my head, in my prayers, is the Hero in my story. He comes to my rescue, fearless in the battle against Satan.

The lyrics of a song by Dennis Jernigan always come to me when I read this verse. If you’ve never heard it, click here. It will stick with you.

When the night is falling

And the day is done

I can hear you calling, “Come”

I will come while You sing over me.

How I love you, child I love you.

25.SingovermeI am thankful for my God, the Mighty Warrior, and His promise to love me without criticism and to sing over me.

JoyMartell

I’m writing every day in October about prayer, specifically prayers that honor and give glory to God. Click here to begin with Day 1You can click on the cards above to print them, or click here to get the documents containing all the cards in this series.