The Prayer’s of Black Men

October 16

Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

Joshua 1:6

This has been a stressful week. I had to overcome hurdles not of my own making. I had to find peace to quite the raging thoughts within. I had no prayer to share for the week and all I could do is ask God to “please help.” Today I opened my Facebook feed to something positive. A video of my friend and her husband singing in some type of Moroccan clothing. She sharing her travel experience is what the doctor ordered. Then to cap off my morning I came across a daily prayer from Consuello asking God for courage. His prayer was befitting for my week and days to come.

Pastor Consuello Hodges

Let us begin this Saturday morning in prayer! Father We come to You in prayer for courage. Courage to not only stand strong in Your Word, but to stand strong in actions. How can we be true examples if we are not displaying the courage in every word and step we choose to take. We pray for Your Strength in meekness and listening today. In Jesus Name. Amen.

The Prayer’s of Black Women

October 12

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

John 17:15
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Today is a great day for an excellent day! Honestly! Everyday is a great day for an excellent day! And don’t let anyone tell you differently through words and or actions. Always celebrate life, your life. Your value is more precious than silver or gold and it should never be devalued.

I apologize for the quick prayer yesterday. I was trying to gather information for a friend concerning bed bugs, answer emails and organize workers. My plate was full and running over! But! I’m focused today. And! I’m ready to give God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit high praise! Let’s Pray!

PRAYER:

Lord thank you for asking the Heavenly Father to give us protection from the prince of this world. Your request makes me fall deeper in love with you. It showed and shows you thought about me, little ole’ me, long before I became a twinkle in my parents eyes. You knew the moment I took my first breath I would be a target and the gift of life could be unbearable at times. It’s because of your prayer and your never ending love I find peace in the midst of life’s storms. Thank you for everything. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

October 9

14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood!

2 Peter 2:14 NIV

There is nothing worse than a person or a group of people that see things one-sided. They are quick to set boundaries to the foolishness of their own hearts. They rob people of joy and rights of passage because of their delusional ways and beliefs. And, more often than not, leaving a pile of ashes symbolically where a person once stood. A change in their behaviors and the community they thieve within can only become healthy and constructive through prayer. So! Let’s pray!

PRAYER:

Father, here I am again. I’m so grateful you made yourself available to me and others 24/7. We need access to you around the clock. This you know! Well, today I’m praying for toxic people, groups and communities. Sadly, toxic folks are mad men begetting more mad men. As they join together and destroy the lives of others seeking fulfillment that only last temporarily. Put a hedge of protection around those they seek to ruin. Cover everyone involved with the blood of the lamb. Speak peace to the hearts and minds affected and or infected with things that are common to humans. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

October 7

Since this is Throwback Thursday, I’ve decided to repost a prayer from Monday, September 2, 2013. Back then I gave my prayers titles. The title for this prayer was “Staying On Your Path.” Let’s pray!

Artist: Henry Lee Battle

Stay on the path that the Lord you God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy.

Deuteronomy 5:33

Speak to my heart Lord.  Your words have commanded me to follow a path you have divinely paved only for me.  Help me Lord to stay on my path when the storms of life are raging, when I can’t see my way clear from the dust and I must walk alone.  Give me your strength to journey on by giving me faith to believe in you; and hope by knowing I will live long and have a prosperous life in the land I will enter and occupy. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

October 6

But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?”

Exodus 17:3 NIV
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Yesterday, I prayed for my friend Sandy’s thirst for God’s compassion concerning her mom’s quality of life. Unlike my friend, for me, I’ve noticed it’s easy for people to pray and or expect something so drastic as death when it’s not their life ending. As to why my friend’s words of concern about her mom’s fate really bothered me.

Looking back at things, for my mom, despite her health challenges or the doctors feeling she should die by suicidial assistance because she was sickly and old, my mom wanted to live. She believed God should make the decision as to when she would die. It was my mom’s life, her desire and her faith. And as her Power of Attorney (POA), I honored all three! Especially since, I’ve learned life is a gift that so many people fail to enjoy and my mom loved her life no matter how bad things became. Let’s pray!

PRAYER:

Father, God, thank you for this life I live and deeply love. It’s truly a blessing. Let me always celebrate this gift that so many people take for granted and or don’t appreciate. Let me come to you everyday and especially on my day of entry into the world with thanksgiving. I pray for the souls that can’t see how wonderful life is, yet, they have a thirst to live. I ask that you open their spiritual eyes to the blessings of life and show them how to obtain joy. For it is joy that will help them to celebrate them and the life they were given. I also pray for people that mentally, emotionally and physically imprison others, thus, taking their victims God-given right to enjoy and celebrate life freely. Lord, I once heard prayer can go where 747’s can’t land. So, please hear my request and move expeditiously in freeing bound souls. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

October 3

Water From the Rock

17 The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.”

Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?”

But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?”

Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.”

The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the place Massah[a] and Meribah[b] because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

Exodus 17:1-7 NIV
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Life’s pursuits can be like the Israelites traveling from one place to another and not finding the desires of the heart. Some people learn to make do until they find a solution and others become impossible to deal with on all levels. And when a person or a group of individuals become despairingly they “can’t see the forest for the trees.” Therefore, they make everyone around them unhappy until they are appeased. In the meantime those that chose to live a harmonious life are forced to live through their chaos. Let’s pray!

PRAYER:

Father God, can I talk and you listen? I have a heavy heart. It’s not of my own making. Yet, it’s heavy nonetheless. I once had a peaceful life. I’d learned the secret to living a stress free life a long time ago. I’m not saying I didn’t have problems but they weren’t compared to a 9.5 earthquake! And because of my peace and joy I’ve cultivated enemies. Now these individuals are in my camp. Everything I do to remove them falls through. And because of their hostile behaviors I don’t feel safe spiritually and physically. The thing(s) they hunger for and don’t get makes them dangerous and capable of killing. When Moses felt his life in danger because those under his leadership was thirsty, he was told to strike the rock at Horeb and water will come out for the people to drink. Lord, you are that rock! My strike is this prayer for peace. Bring peace to all that reads this prayer and desire it. Amen

Prayer’s of Black Women

September 27

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14 ESV
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Sometimes people find their thoughts and words changing when facing difficult moments. It’s during those times words can become mean and nasty. And as a result people find themselves plotting how to protect themselves from evil with evil. Let’s just say that’s not good. I remembered a Gunsmoke episode about an evil town. What led to an old man saying, “evil eats itself up” was the most important message. And! It’s true! Evil always consumes evil. So never allow anyone to goat you into doing something mean and nasty that you’ll regret later. Let’s pray!

PRAYER:

Father God, ‘Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.’ Lord please become a visible rock during turbulent times and a redeemer when thoughts and words aren’t savory. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

September 24

Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’

John 4:13-14

Wow! As I read this passage I think about my current situation and a memory that has fallen to the back of my mind because of daily living. The memory is one of few I have of my dad.

Naw! My dad didn’t die when I was a child. He died about ten or so years ago. He was so verbally abusive. Poor guy! He had not a clue that as an adult I limited the time I spent with him because his words were poison to my soul. His abuse was done out of love and desire for me to achieve. However, enough said about my dad and his harsh words. Well anywho . . .

One morning my mom asked my dad to go to 7-Eleven and get my brother an ICEE. An ICEE was a flavored frozen beverage that was either blue or red back in my day. My mom wanted to put a tasty drink in the fridge. So, when my brother woke he would find his treat as she’d “promised.” My dad . . . Lord, have mercy! My dad began to spout his cock-eyed wisdom about children learning to deal with disappointments. But! My mom wasn’t having it! She went to the convenience store and purchased the frozen treat herself! Let’s pray! 

PRAYER:

Father God, thank you again for another day. Thank you for your kept promise to be everlasting water. That whoever shall drink your water will never thirst again. It’s a source for navigating through life. It cuts through rocky situations and pulls us out of muddy environments. It helps all who believe arrive safely to appointed and sometimes unknown destinations. Therefore, thank you for just being the loveable you, the almighty God that keeps His word! Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

September 19

Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

Corrie ten Boom
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During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus took time to give His followers words of encouragement concerning worry. He told them not to worry about tomorrow for it would take care of itself. He emphasized that each day will have their own problems. And! Boy! He was spot on! As why I love Corrie ten Boom’s quote. She added more wisdom to words that were peppered with inspiration for living a productive life. Let’s pray.

PRAYER: Father God, thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ. My savior and redeemer. I believe had I been the only person that need deliverance He would have died for me only. So, again, thank you for your only begotten Son.

Lord, I speak your peace to hearts and minds that are fearful and worried. Your peace surpasses all peace that humankind create to free souls from worry. Amen

The Prayer’s of Black Women

September 17

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins

Matthew 6:14-15

Life isn’t always fair and most days won’t be sunny. Yet, you can learn to appreciate the partial cloudy days, rainy days and violent storms once you learn the art of forgiveness. Forgiveness teaches the soul that despite the gloom that comes with bad days you can move forwards. So, always be quick to forgive and ready to move forwards with giving yourself a peace of mind. Let us pray.  

PRAYER:

Father God, thank you for this day we’ve never seen before. It’s precious. Let your love guide our thoughts to making this our best day. Amen