Bible Prayers: The Forbidden Fruit

Genesis 3:6 “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”

Bible Prayers

The fruit did not make Adam and Eve wise, but they did realize for the first time that they were not wearing clothes. Adam and Eve thought they would get pleasure and wisdom from eating the forbidden fruit, but they got neither. Their lives were ruined because of their sin.

Lord, I worry at times that my life is not pleasing to you, that my walk is not good enough. It is hard to forget my past sins even though I know that you have forgiven them. I know the grace that saved me. When I sin, I am convicted knowing that I have offended you. When my soul is troubled, I turn to you and you are always there. I can come to rest in that profound inner peace knowing that you will be my advocate when I stand before my Father.

Your Word is full of treasures, the more I explore it the more riches I find. The Bible is a love letter to me from the creator of the universe. It was your Word that led me to you, where you revealed your love for me. It changed my life. It introduced me to Jesus.

Your mercy gives me time to repair the many mistakes that I have made. I can begin over again knowing that you will accept me and love me. You never make me feel judged, you give me as many chances as I ask for. Your mercies are new every morning.

Your Word says that salvation is found in Jesus Christ. That there is “no other name by which we are saved”. Does this mean that only Christians are saved? God is not that small. All people are touched by the Spirit of God in many ways that we do not always see or understand. However, those who are touched, it is always by Jesus Christ. Jesus, you are the human face of God, you are the God who took on human flesh, you are the revelation of who God is for me.

By Lissette Trahan

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Bible Prayers: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

Genesis 2:15 “And the Lord God took the man, and  put him into the garden of Eden to dress and to keep it.”       

Bible Prayers

The Lord God planted a garden of Eden. And there He put man who he had formed. Life in the garden of Eden would be life in the Kingdom of God. Lived in the presence of God, a place of grace and blessing upon humanity.

I am amazed at the immense variety of birds and animals and the beauty you created. The Garden of Eden, where you placed the first two human beings, Adam and Eve, was paradise. Everything about your creation was perfect. When you finished it, you said, “It was very good.” Imagine living in a world with perfect temperature, without sickness, no injustice, no poverty, being able to commune with you everyday with no separation, because there was no sin. This was life as God intended it to be and because of you, Jesus, I can look forward to someday living there. When everything here seems to be in chaos, please remind me that this is not my home.

Let me go into my heart and examine myself daily. No one knows when their time on this earth will end. Death approaches me everyday, I want to be prepared, ready to meet the one who died for me. I pray that the way I live my life will not bring shame when I stand in front of you.

I remember the first time that you revealed yourself to me. My enthusiasm, my joy! Lord, rekindle that love for you in me. May it never get cold. I earnestly pray to receive this grace.

I am saved. I have the hope and conviction of life after death. I also know that salvation means more than life after death. When I was saved, you touched me, Lord, something became possible in my life, not because of my power, but because of your power. I am saved and everyday continue to be saved. Your blood cleanses me as I walk through this world full of sin. I have access to you as a child has to its father. You knew me and knew that I would be yours before the foundation of the earth. Make me worthy, Lord.

By Lissette Trahan                                                 

Bible Prayers: In His Image

Genesis 1:26: “Let us make man in our image”

In the vastness of this universe, on this tiny little planet, earth, God placed His most perfect creation, men and women made in His image.

                                 We are made in God’s image, we are spiritual beings,                             

  with intelligence. God placed us above everything

else. He gave us authority and dominion. A gift of   

love.

BIBLE PRAYER

You created me, you made me in your image. All my existence from beginning to end is to fulfill the goal of making me more fully what you made me to be, your faithful servant. As I ask for your forgiveness, fill my life—a life so full of flaws and deficiencies—with the hope that your Word promises. I am covered with your blood, Jesus, all of my sins are forgiven. I can rest in peace knowing that the best is yet to come. Spending an eternity with you in your Kingdom. I rejoice!

Lord, you say I am not of this world, yet you command me to go into the world. I need your help to not sit back and see the world go by and do nothing. I selfishly am only concerned with my small world around me. Let me reach out to my neighbors, to whomever you put along the way and show them by my attitude and actions that I care. I need to give of myself and serve so that people see the joy and love that comes from you.

Give me the ability to  recognize beauty and truth when I see it. Holy Spirit, let me always be open to your promptings—convict me when I am blind and deaf to your guidance. Give me discernment to know evil; if I go the wrong way, help me to quickly turn and repent. Don’t let me become spiritually deaf, keep me aware and sensitive so that I will always obey and follow your leading.

Lord, give me a heart that is dedicated completely to you. I want to renounce anything in my life that is not your will for  me.

By Lissette Trahan

Bible Prayers: The Beginning

Introduction to Bible Prayers for this summer:

My hope in writing this collection of prayers is that it would be an aid anyone struggling with their prayer life. To be used, not as a substitute, but as a primer for the times that we yearn to approach God and cannot find a starting point.

The comments accompanying each Bible illustration come from sermons that have inspired me or my heartfelt feelings.

I hope it will help readers create the communication with God that is so essential in our lives, and that it will establish that intimate relationship that God wants us to have with Him.

Sincerely,

Lissette Trahan

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

The universe had a beginning. Before God spoke it into creation there was no universe, no planet earth. The sense of how small we are, how fragile the earth is shows me the creator in all his power and glory. The order throughout the universe proves to me  that we have a creator holding it all together. As we search for meaning we can know that there is a God in control. We are alive, a speck, in this huge universe, but we are not alone.

BIBLE PRAYER

One clear night I looked up and really saw the stars, the galaxies. the huge universe and I felt awe. Then I read in the Bible:

Psalm 19:1

       “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God;

          the Skies Proclaim the Work of His Hands.”  

I look at our small planet. It is the size of a grain of sand compared to our universe. How can I not believe that there is a God holding it all together? Let me never forget, Lord, to stay in awe, to say WOW! At the beauty of nature, when a baby is born, how we are suspended in this vast universe. The human spirit longs to experience awe. The ability to awe is the first step of faith. Thank you, Lord, for giving us a life full of awes.

Lord, help me to be constantly aware of your presence. I want to form a habit of continually talking to you through each day. Forgive me for the times I have ignored you. Help me to reject any thoughts that distract me when I am praying.

Never let me lose the sense of your presence. I have confidence in your goodness. In the same way that you pursued me I know you will keep me always by your side guarding me from sin.

When I awake in the morning, my first thought is of you, when I lay down to sleep, my last thought is of you. Continue to bless me, Lord, I want you to be the center of my life, the anchor of my soul.

By Lissette Trahan