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Prayers, petitions and thanksgivings

Prayers, Petitions and Thanksgivings – PRAY


Psalms 65:1-13

God’s Abundant Favor to Earth and Man.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song.

1There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God,
         And to You the vow will be performed.

2O You who hear prayer,
         To You all men come.

3Iniquities prevail against me;
         As for our transgressions, You forgive them.

4How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You
         To dwell in Your courts.
         We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
         Your holy temple.

5By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our
salvation, You who are the trust of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest sea;

6Who establishes the mountains by His strength,
         Being girded with might;

7Who stills the roaring of the seas,
         The roaring of their waves,
         And the tumult of the peoples.

8They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your
signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.

9You visit the earth and cause it to overflow;
         You greatly enrich it;
         The stream of God is full of water;
         You prepare their grain, for thus You prepare the earth.

10You water its furrows abundantly,
         You settle its ridges,
         You soften it with showers,
         You bless its growth.

11You have crowned the year with Your bounty,
         And Your paths drip with fatness.

12The pastures of the wilderness drip,
         And the hills gird themselves with rejoicing.

13The meadows are clothed with flocks
         And the valleys are covered with grain;
         They shout for joy, yes, they sing.

1 Chronicles 16:7-18

7That day David first appointed Asaph and his associates
to give praise to the Lord in this manner:

8Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;

make known among the nations what he has done.

9Sing to him, sing praise to him;

tell of all his wonderful acts.

10Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

11Look to the Lord and his strength;

seek his face always.

12Remember the wonders he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

13you his servants, the descendants of Israel,

his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.

14He is the Lord our God;

his judgments are in all the earth.

15He remembers his covenant forever,

the promise he made, for a thousand generations,

16the covenant he made with Abraham,

the oath he swore to Isaac.

17He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,

to Israel as an everlasting covenant:

18“To you I will give the land of Canaan

Matthew 7:7-23

Prayer and the Golden Rule
      7“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek,
and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
8“For everyone who asks receives, and he who
seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
9“Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for

a loaf, will give him a stone?
10“Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake,
will he? 11“If you then, being evil, know how to give good
gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who
is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

      12“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way
you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

The Narrow and Wide Gates

      13“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide
and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are
many who enter through it. 14“For the gate is small and the way
is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

A Tree and Its Fruit

      15“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s
clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16“You will know them
by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs
from thistles, are they? 17“So every good tree bears good fruit,
but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
18“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce
good fruit.
19“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown
into the fire. 20“So then, you will know them by their fruits.

      21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the
kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in
heaven will enter.
22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy
in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform
many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART

Matthew 26:41

40Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you
men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41“Watch and pray so
that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh
is weak.”

Luke 18:1-8

Parables on Prayer

      1Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought
to pray and not to lose heart, 2saying, “In a certain city there was a judge
who did not fear God and did not respect man. 3“There was a widow in that city,
and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection
from my opponent.’ 4“For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to
himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, 5yet because this
widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually
coming she will wear me out.’” 6And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous
judge said; 7now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him
day and night, and will He delay long over them? 8“I tell you that He will bring
about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find
faith on the earth?”

Psalm 62:7-8

7On God my salvation and my glory rest;
         The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8Trust in Him at all times, O people;
         Pour out your heart before Him;
         God is a refuge for us.

9Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie;
         In the balances they go up;
         They are together lighter than breath.

10Do not trust in oppression
         And do not vainly hope in robbery;
         If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.

11Once God has spoken;
         Twice I have heard this:
         That power belongs to God;

12And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord,
         For You recompense a man according to his work.

Jeramiah 29:11-13

11‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for
welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12‘Then you
will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13‘You will
seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 14‘I will
be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and will
gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’
declares the LORD, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you
into exile.’

Romans 8:24-28

24For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes
for what he already sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance
we wait eagerly for it. Our Victory in Christ

      26In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to
pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep
for words; 27and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is,
because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

      28And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who
love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29For those whom He foreknew,
He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the
firstborn among many brethren; 30and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these
whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

      31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not
also with Him freely give us all things? 33Who will bring a charge against God’s elect?
God is the one who justifies; 34who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died,
yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or
persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36Just as it is written,

37But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38For
I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things
present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created
thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 16:16-33

Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Foretold
      16“A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you
will see Me.” 17Some of His disciples then said to one another, “What is this thing He is
telling us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will
see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?” 18So they were saying, “What is this that He
says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is talking about.” 19Jesus knew that they
wished to question Him, and He said to them, “Are you deliberating together about this,
that I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me, and again a little while, and you
will see Me’? 20“Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world
will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy. 21“Whenever a woman
is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child,
she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the
world. 22“Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will
rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.

Prayer Promises

      23“In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you,
if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. 24“Until now you
have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.

      25“These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when
I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father.
26“In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the
Father on your behalf; 27for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have
believed that I came forth from the Father. 28“I came
forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going
to the Father.”

      29His disciples said, “Lo, now You are speaking plainly and are not using a figure
of speech. 30“Now we know that You know all things, and have no need for anyone to question
You; by this we believe that You came from God.” 31Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?
32“Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own
home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33“These
things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation,
but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Romans 12:9-21

9Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to
one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11not lagging behind
in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation,
devoted to prayer, 13contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
      14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice,
and weep with those who weep. 16Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind,
but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17Never pay back evil for evil
to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you,
be at peace with all men. 19Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God,
for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 20“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY,
HEAD.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Psalms 116:1-9

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death.
1I love the LORD, because He hears
         My voice and my supplications.

2Because He has inclined His ear to me,
         Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.

3The cords of death encompassed me
         And the terrors of Sheol came upon me;
         I found distress and sorrow.

4Then I called upon the name of the LORD:
         “O LORD, I beseech You, save my life!”

5Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
         Yes, our God is compassionate.

6The LORD preserves the simple;
         I was brought low, and He saved me.

7Return to your rest, O my soul,
         For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

8For You have rescued my soul from death,
         My eyes from tears,
         My feet from stumbling.

9I shall walk before the LORD
         In the land of the living.

1 Timothy 2:1-2

A Call to Prayer
      1First of all, then, I urge that entreaties
and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made
on behalf of all men, 2for kings and all who are
in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and
quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3This is
good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
4who desires all men to be saved and to come to the
knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God, and
one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
6who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony
given at the proper time. 7For this I was appointed a
preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am
not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

      8Therefore I want the men in every place to pray,
lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.

2 Chronicles 7:14

13“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain,
or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague
among my people, 14if my people, who are called by my
name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face
and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from
heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their
land. 15Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to
the prayers offered in this place. 16I have chosen and
consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever.
My eyes and my heart will always be there.