Psalms for Prayer: Day 6

Grace Day

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Today's Text: Luke 11:2-4

Use today to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading, giving thanks for the grace that is ours in Christ.

He said to them, “Whenever you pray, say,

Father,
your name be honored as holy.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves also forgive everyone
in debt to us.
And do not bring us into temptation.”

—Luke 11:2-4

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  • Karla Rossi-Gonzalez

    Sometimes forgiving myself seems the hardest thing to do.

    • Rosella Gadison

      I agree and have felt many times that I don’t deserve forgiveness of myself because I am inadequate and flawed in the first place. Then I reflect on how mercy from the Father fits in the whole forgiveness scheme. I then wonder am I being humbled or sorrowfully ashamed that it does a number on my conscience. I have asked the Father for forgiveness for many many of my vices and then I remember we’re all sinners who need forgiveness regularly and will need to forgive ourselves as well as others. Hard to manage sometimes when guilt sets in!

  • Peony Noirr

    Amen!

  • Denise Powers Fabian

    Honor You as holy!

  • blue eyes

    may God remind me of this again and again. every morning. every moment.

  • Speaking of prayers, SRT sisters I need them. My friend Nathan is in a coma and halfway across the world. Please pray for him and for his mom and sister and that they raise enough money to pay for the medical bills. Another one of my friends is currently experiencing homelessness and we’re trying to help her apply to live at a Christian camp. Please pray that God will make her path straight. Another friend is at a funeral for her Grandpa right now. My cousin is chronically ill and her throat is closing. A friend is doing drugs and might put off going to college. Two of my wonderful teachers I’ve known for years have cancer. Please pray for healing and God’s grace.

  • Help me Lord to walk this prayer daily. It’s beauty is infinite.

  • Brittany Holmes

    What’s missing in this translation is a powerful key: “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” When we pray and shift our focus to bringing God’s kingdom to this earth, miraculous things happen. Forgiveness occurs. People receive healing. Perspectives change. I want His will to be done in my life

    • Katelyn

      I noticed this, too. I love how you expressed it

    • Teri Keys

      Very good point… as I was reading it I knew something was missing… I most definitely want his will to be done in my life as well!

    • Sherry Craig

      That isn’t included because Christ never said it.. that ending was added by the Catholic Church.

      • Brittany Holmes

        “The majority of Greek texts and even the corrupt manuscripts retain [thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven], with the exception of Vatican MS. NO. 1209, which does not contain Revelation, Titus, I and II Timothy, and Hebrews 9:14-13:25 either” – G.A. Riplinger
        This section was not added by the Catholic Church. I didn’t intend to start a debate on translations, however, but merely to mention that we should be seeking His Will to be done on earth.

      • Nina Dluzynski

        I agree Brittany, thanks for sharing!

    • Emily W

      Actually, it is probably Matthew 6:9-13 that most of us are more familiar with. Luke’s version of the “Lord’s Prayer” is much more abbreviated.

  • Hummingbird

    I am new SRT reader. This is my first time posting after having walked through the Exodus study without saying anything. This is an incredibly heart wrenching time in my life. My mother died at age 54 in February after a 7 year battle with cancer despite many countless heartfelt prayers. She was the light of our family and one of the kindest people you can imagine. I am 27 years old and it feels like my life just stopped . My family and I have always been strong believers but this has rocked our core.

    I felt a strong connection to this study as I have been feeling very disconnected from God, praying has become the exception, as if I am angry with God. Yet I am not angry and I don’t ask “why”, all I feel is a big nothing.

    Writing down my prayers in this study has allowed me to reach out to God again. In my prayer that I wrote down in the study book on the day that we covered “When God seems silent” I wrote just how much I miss her and that I physically feel the VOID of her presence in my life. The silence from God and my deceased mother has been deafening to me until now.

    Last week Saturday I traveled to the coast and sat at the bottom of a lighthouse, staring out at the ocean. I felt so small and alone looking out at this big mass of water. Something I normally love, and yet all I could see that day was a dark swooshing quiet massive shadow despite the sunshine around me. Similar to the shadow of grief that has been covering my life.

    Then I read Psalm 27 and man did I have one of those WOW moments. The SRT author talks about God being our lighthouse in the middle of a storm. I realized that I had been focusing on the waters. I can’t see the light because I have my back turned to it looking out. Yet the light (i.e. lighthouse) was literally right there next to me the entire time. That hit me hard. This whole sad event is behind me, I am on dry lands, but I can’t see God if all I can focus on is the storm of life out there.

    Then I opened my study bible and my jaw dropped again when I read the comment about Psalm 27:10. The study text stated that the loss of a parent through whatever circumstances can be a trauma. But God can take that place in our lives and fill THAT VOID and heal the hurt.

    I felt like I had to share this. God may seem silent but gosh silence might be his invitation to draw us in. Yesterday I also read a quote that said that our wounds are where the light enters us. I am just now starting to understand.

    I would appreciate your prayers for my family and I, as we ask God for guidance, strength and comfort in this season of loss.

    • PamC

      Wow. Thanks for sharing. ❤️

    • Krystle

      I’ll be praying for strength, comfort, and peace for you & your family! I’m so glad the Lord has spoken to you through this study! Continue to cling to Him and His Word, even and especially when He seems silent. We have to have faith that He’s always there, and He’s always good, and He’s always for us. ❤️

    • Amanda

      My heart is so sad for you and your family; I will keep you all in my daily prayers! The ocean has always been where I feel God is able to speak to me loudest too, and I’m praying you can have more of those moments when a wave of grief hits another crest.

    • Kelsterina

      thank you for your bravery in sharing your story. My Mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer and the unknown of that is so terrifying. Your story touched me. Thank you for letting God speak through you.
      Praying you feel the Light in the darkness today.

    • Katelyn

      That is an amazing analogy. I’ll be praying for your continued healing

    • She Reads Truth

      Thanks so much for sharing this. We’re praying for you and your family during this time. We’re so grateful that you’re a part of our community! -Margot, The SRT Team

    • Karen

      Thanks so much for sharing your personal story. It was very powerful and insightful as you walk through this journey of grief. Praise God that He is gently showing you the way to take another step each day and out of the hole you have felt. I will be praying for your and your family’s healing…one day at a time.

  • “And lead us not into temptation.” Wow! Temptation was the topic of a women’s Bible study that I attended last night, so that verse immediately jumped out at me. We just started the study “12 Women of the Bible” and the first woman we studied was Eve. It was so insightful to look at the way that the serpent tempted Eve in Genesis 3 and compare it to how he tempted Jesus in Matthew 4. He uses the same tactics with us today!

    If you’ve never done the study, here’s a blog post I found that sums up the session on Eve: https://lysaterkeurst.com/2009/06/satans-plan/

    Also, since this is a study on Psalms of prayer, I came across Psalm 141 this morning, which is described in my Bible as “a prayer for help when facing temptation.” I will be meditating on those verses (as well as last night’s teaching) this weekend.

    • Dot Hardin

      Thank you for sharing this link. What a concise and interesting way to look at Satan’s plans for us…make us crave physical gratification; make us want to acquire “the shiny things of the world;” and make us “obsessed with status and significance.” We can find victory in Jesus’s example and His grace.

  • Naomi Smoot

    I feel like all to often I focus on the request for God to forgive me, and skip over the need to also forgive others myself.

  • Kelly Chataine

    Some translations say “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Whether you use debts or trespasses, God is referring to sin. When we pray those words, we are asking God to forgive us in the same manner in which we forgive others. Something to reflect upon and consider. In fact, I have some forgiving to do.
    Isn’t God amazing!

  • Churchmouse

    Whenever.
    Pray.
    Say.
    Father.
    Holy.
    Kingdom.
    Give.
    Bread.
    Forgive.
    Sins.
    Forgive.
    Others.
    Do.
    Not.
    Bring.
    Into.
    Temptation.
    Whenever.
    Pray.

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