Sunday, May 23, 2021

Praying through the Bible with Lindsey - Genesis 7

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


Genesis 7

(English Standard Version)


Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him.


Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.


11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, 14 they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. 15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in.


17 The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. 18 The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. 21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.



Prayer for Genesis 7

1-3) Thank You, Lord, for the shelter and safety of the cross. The only thing that makes me righteous is Jesus’ sacrifice on that cross for me. I can come to the cross day after day and remember You have taken all my faults, all of my uncleanliness, and made me clean. I hope I can be pleasing to You!


4-9) You have made it very clear there will be trouble in this world, and when that trouble arises, I want to find safety in You. I want to follow Your commandments. You’ve provided a way of peace in the midst of trials. Help me to raise my children in a way that shows them peace in the midst of trouble, that You are our escape and safe place. Help me prepare my family for trials and tribulations. I need Your provisions of love, peace, patience, grace, and hope to get through hard times. Thank You for the Holy Spirit that gives us those things. Thank You that You always provide exactly what my family and I need.


10-12) I have seen You work in our trials, Lord. I know the times You have helped us. And I know those trials and temptations have refined me and glorified You.


13-16) Lord, thank you for that. Thank You for a place I can come to You. At Your cross, I can bring everything that I have to You. I can bring all the things I think will do me good, all my sins I’m aware of and not yet aware of, and I can bring my family to You, and You show me every time that all I need is You. I only need Your provisions. I only need “shut in” with You, and everything else in my life will be refined and filled with peace. You are my safety.


17-20) Please use waves of temptation and the crushing waves of trials to refine me and make me new and closer to You. Wash my sins away that I may come out of whatever tribulation I face through Jesus’ strength. I want You glorified in my sufferings. I am more than a conqueror only because of You, and I want that truth to show.


21-24) Whatever sin is left in me, crush it! Kill it. I want sin gone from my life! Show me where I fail. Show me all aspects of my life. I want to resist sin during all seasons of my life. Hard times and easy times,-may sin be gone! I live in a broken world, though, Lord; the only thing I can do is rest in Your grace until You come to fix the world in final triumph. Thank You for the hope and safety You give us in the cross, Lord.


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