Three Prayers Based on Matthew 6-8

Summer in the Scriptures (6)

Prayer Based on Matthew 6
Matthew 6:7-8
Jesus said, “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

I hide in a cave of well-worn words
Prattle prayers echo in the dark
Empty phrases, stale clichés
Trying to barricade the entrance

You meet me there anyway
Inviting me again to what is deeper and true

Help me come to you honest and real
nothing veiled, nothing hidden
Help me come to you present and fresh
new every morning, new every moment

Prayer Based on Matthew 7
Matthew 7:1-2
Jesus said, “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.”

Father of heirs and orphans
Sustainer of rich and poor
Wisdom of educated and ignorant
Salvation of saint and sinner
Lord of the Nations
Lord of All

Forgive me for judging
labeling
presuming
excluding

Change my heart and ways to match yours
No partiality, only welcome

Prayer Based on Matthew 8
Matthew 8:8
The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed.”

Jesus, only speak the word
Speak peace and the storm is calmed
Speak go and souls are made whole
Speak life and the new is born, and it is good

Jesus, only speak the word
Speak justice and the oppressed are freed
Speak truth and the mask of hypocrisy falls
Speak grace and the path of peacemaking appears

Jesus, only speak the word
Speak light and we are light
Speak our names and we are found
Speak welcome and we are home

Jesus, speak
We are listening
We trust in you

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For the next few months, I’m reading a chapter from the Gospels each day. This is part of the Summer in the Scriptures reading plan sponsored by the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Click Here for the reading plan.

You’re most welcome to read along and to join the Facebook discussion group, Summer in the Scriptures. You don’t need to be a Methodist or attend a Methodist church. All are welcome and all means all.

As part of the Facebook group, I’ve been supplying prayers based on the day’s reading. Feel free to post your prayers and observations based on the readings here or there as well.

May the grace of the Gospels, the challenge, and the call, inspire us to great faith and great good works in Jesus’ name. – Lisa <><

A Heap of Empty Words (Matthew 6) © 2019 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
No Partiality (Matthew 7) © 2013 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
Jesus, Only Speak the Word (Matthew 8) © 2017 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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A Heap of Empty Words (Matthew 6)

words pile scraps

Matthew 6:7-8
Jesus said, “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

You are there in the midst of my prattle
and my hiding

Thank you for your patient presence
Thank you for calling me again to what is deeper and true

Forgive me for defaulting to well-worn words
Empty language borrowed from ritual or even scripture
Help me come to you honest and real
nothing veiled, nothing hidden
Help me come to you present and fresh
new every morning

Matthew 6:9-10
Jesus said, “Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Glory to You, Heavenly One
Abba, Maker, Creator
I long for your kingdom, the fullness of your grace and victory

The longing is a sign of you in me
Abide more and more, so I not only long but look and see
Abide forever, so I not only long but pray and speak and act
Full-filling your words
now mine

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A Heap of Empty Words © 2019 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Prayer- Show Me My Soul (Matthew 6.1-6)

roots secret rest soul

Based on Matthew 6:1-6

Lord, show me my soul.

Am I truly seeking you and your ways?
Am I watching for you
or watching who is watching me?
Am I awake
Alert for the chance to bless
or looking for a way to be recognized?
Do I hunger and thirst for you
or applause?

Take me to the secret place,
the place only you can see
See my soul
See me
Show me my me
Show me my true motivation
Now show me true life

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Show Me My Soul © 2017 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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