The Prayer’s of Black Men

October 20

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Once again, I’m struggling to write a prayer. I’ve prayed but not in public and it was a communal prayer. Asking God to help several people that have fallen ill as they are very instrumental in helping me settle my mom’s estate. I tell you! This has been one of the most challenging task God has every given me. Really. And! Each day I’m finding just how much humankind can be selfish, selfless, understanding, lack understanding, greedy or generous. And! Oh! Don’t let me forget crafty or gullible! As my experience intensify the word of God rings truth to my current situations that there is nothing new under the Sun. I find peace in knowing trouble don’t last always. So this morning as I struggle with finding words I’m sharing a prayer of Consuello Hodges. Let’s pray!

Let us begin this Wednesday morning in prayer! Father, We’re missing the point in our times of distress…We must seek You on the authority of Your Word. We must attempt to find You and stand on Your Word that graces us through Christ Jesus. Let us diligently search like never before today. In Jesus Name. Amen.

The Prayer’s of Black Women

October 17

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

While I studied for my Masters In Divinity I learned a very helpful tool. How to apply knowledge centuries old to a current situation. It seems in Deuteronomy Israel had gotten scared again. Once before they became full of fear and refused to fight for the land God said belonged to them. As a result, they spent years wandering in the wilderness. OMG! That sounds familiar! Well anywho, the land that was promised to them was occupied by mean and horrible people. And adding to Israel’s fear was the large army. I’ve had to face a few giants and found myself shaking in me boots! But! God, being God, gave Israel and Joshua another chance to claim what He freely gave them. So to ensure they didn’t run scared again God gave them a pep talk. He assured them several times He would be with them. A practice He continues today. Let’s Pray!

PRAYER

Lord, forgive me. I’m only human. As I read the above scripture I thought about all my missed opportunities because of fear. Then I thought about the opportunities that returned. My life is richly blessed because I entered into the land you reserved for me and my family. I thank you for those blessings each and everyday. I pray you continue to be with me and never forsake me. Always giving me your courage to secure and keep the blessings you said were mine. Asking you to continually do the same for my children, their children and our descendants. Amen

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 8

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

Sometimes it’s hard to see God’s plans amidst a cloudy life. In Jeremiah 29:11 the author writes, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” To be prosperous we must ask God for help and seek His face when life becomes cluttered and cloudy. The Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are the only spiritual beings capable of carrying life’s burdens and clearing life’s clutter. Let’s pray!

PRAYER:

Lord, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight. Father God, I thirst for your peace. My life is cluttered. There’s too much noise pollution from burdens I’ve collected. As you can see the noise keeps me from hearing you. And, sadly, it keeps me from seeing your plans for me. To my dismay my troubles are holding me back from having hope and a future. Please help me clear my life’s clutter. 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 5

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 was a tough day! First, I forgot to pray! And, waking up talking to God always start my day right. Prayer cements my thoughts on positive things even when something negative happens. Well anywhohow, I arrived at my mom’s only to find someone had stolen two patio chairs. The contractor was upset with the insurance claims adjuster. He’s ready to repair the ceiling and can’t because we need water restored in the house. Patching the damaged walls is taking longer than expected. We had to spend the better part of the day traveling to several Guiry’s paint stores because one store didn’t have the paint we’d used for interior trim. And to end my day were the harsh words of my poor friend hoping God takes her mom to Heaven before she suffers crudely from dementia. Let’s pray!

PRAYER:

Lord, this morning I’m praying for family members of dementia patients. Please give them a wonderful medical team. Let the team be well informed and capable of answering all their questions. Let each staff member play an important role in helping family members make life awesome for their loved ones. Only in frustration do people ask for you to end a life. Help family members celebrate life that blooms everyday despite the hardship dementia brings. Sandy’s mom can no longer speak but she wants to communicate with the world around her, thus, making Sandy thirsty. She’s seeks compassion for her mom. Help Sandy fill in the gaps by traveling back in time. Sharing wonderful stories her mom may or may not remember. As she ends each moment with “I love you mom.” Lord, love is something we never forget. 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

The Prayers of Black Women – Bad Company

Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Artist: Henry Lee Battle

1st Corinthians 15:13 states:  Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for this day.  Your word says “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.”  Please help those that continue hanging out with people that aren’t good for them.  Put your loving arms around them.  Whisper in their ears that you love them and you want better for them.  Open their eyes so they can see the true character of their so called friend(s).  Give them your courage to leave and never look back.  Amen