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Pastor David’s Weekly Devotional
     In the wonderful book of Puritan prayers, “Piercing Heaven”, we find awesome examples of what it means to pray Scripture.  Simply put, praying the Scriptures is using the sacred words of the Bible as the guide and fuel for our prayers.  Praying Scripture enables us to pray the same things in new ways, and may even lead us to pray in new and deeper ways.  It follows the example set by Jesus (Matt.27:46, Lk.23:46) and the early church (Acts 4:23-26).  Praying Scripture not only directs our prayers, but also reminds us of biblical truths.
Here is a wonderful, Scripture-based, prayer by Philip Doddridge:

Blessed God, I humbly adore you as the great Father of lights, and the Giver of every good and every perfect gift (James 1:17).

I seek every blessing from you, and especially those which may lead me to yourself, and prepare me for the eternal enjoyment of you.

I adore you as the God who searches the hearts and tries the reins of the children of men (Jeremiah 17:10).

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts. See if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24).

May I be renewed in the spirit of my mind (Ephesians 4:24).

You give me a new heart, and place a new spirit within me (Ezekiel 34:26).

Make me a partaker of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), and as he who has called me is holy, may I be holy in all I say (1 Peter 1:15).

May the same mind be in me which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5), and may I walk even as he walked (1 John 2:6).

Deliver me from being carnally-minded, which is death; and make me spiritually-minded, since that is life and peace (Romans 8:6).

And may I, while I pass through this world, walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) and be strong in faith, giving glory to God (Romans 4:20).

May your grace teach me to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly (Titus 2:11-12).

Work in my heart the kind of godliness which is profitable for all things (1 Timothy 4:8).

Teach me by the influence of your blessed Spirit, to love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30).

May I yield myself to you, as alive from the dead (Romans 6:13) and present my body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable in your sight, which is my most reasonable service (Romans 12:1)! Amen.

Together in and for Christ
Pastor David

Scripture Readings for the Week (Monday – Sunday ~ Week #40):
Numbers 29-32; 2 Chronicles 11-15; Psalm 117-118; Proverbs 28; Jonah; Acts 3-4; Hebrews 5-7
Recommended Reading:
“Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans” edited by Robert Elmer

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