Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Praying through the Bibile with Lindsey - Genesis 8

Read the Bible passage, then see the following prayer to take inspiration on how you might pray through this Scripture.


Genesis 8

(English Standard Version)


But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.


At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. 10 He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. 11 And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. 12 Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore.


13 In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry. 14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out. 15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him. 19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark.


20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. 22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”


Prayer for Genesis 8

Heavenly Father,


1-5) You remember me in my times of stress. You remember my family in our times of need. You whisper peace to my heart, and my fear recedes. The effects of my stress subside. No matter how long stressful days last for me, You hold back the anxiety with Your promises of peace. How many times have you closed doors to protect my life and my heart? How many times I’ll never know, but I’m grateful You protect. You bring me to Your fortress of rest. You remind me I belong up in heavenly places close to You. With You holding me up, I’m able to be more than a conqueror despite whatever floods my life. When I focus my eyes on Your death on that hill, I remember Your gift of the hope for eternal peace and rest. How could I ever say thank You for all the peace and rest You provide in this world of chaos??


6) You have opened the window of my heart, and I now see what a day that will be when Your kingdom will come and Your will be fulfilled. What hope I have for this crummy world! The view from this window keeps my heart hopeful and safe. Allow my heart to see more hope and reveal to me more beauty of Your kingdom.


7-15) When I forget the hope I have in You, when I forget Your promises, when I forget all the blessings You’ve ever provided, I find dead things to fill my heart. I don’t want to be like a raven who is satisfied with dead, empty things, but it’s what I do, and my heart often reflects that. I’m sorry, Lord. Have mercy and fill my heart with Your spirit, with Your spirit of peace. I want to be gentle as a dove. I want to be a peaceful person. I know the only way to accomplish that is seeking You and turning my heart back to all the wonderful things I’ve forgotten. Help me to send away the things in my life that are dead, and return me to peace. You are merciful time after time. Thank You! I cannot wait for the day when I don’t have to ask. What a day that will be! I can only imagine what Your kingdom established on earth will be like!


16-19) I pray, Lord, and maybe beg, that I will get to experience Your new earth with my family. I want my children and their children to experience eternal life with me. Help me to be fruitful and multiply the fruits of the Spirit in their lives. I want them to multiply Your love too! Guard and open their hearts, Lord. Lead them straight to Your goodness and mercy.


20-21) I want to be pleasing to You. I pray I make sacrifices that honor You. Thank You for Your sacrifice, the greatest sacrifice ever made. When everything crumbles around me, I can trust in You to keep Your word.


22) When my life is full and abundant, You are there. When things around me are sparse and dying, You are there. Thank You for being who You are.


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