The former director of Bible Study Fellowship offers thirty-one prayer devotions designed to direct thoughtful meditation and prayer through an understanding of the character of God.
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PRAYING the ATTRIBUTES of GOD
A Guide to Personal Worship Through Prayer
By Rosemary Jensen
Copyright © 2002
All right reserved.
Deuteronomy 4:7: What other nation is so great as to have
their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us
whenever we pray to him?
Psalm 27:4: One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my
life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in
Matthew 6:6: When you pray, go into your room, close the
door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your
Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
John 14:6: Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and
the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Ephesians 2:13: In Christ Jesus you who once were far away
have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 3:12: In him and through faith in him we may
approach God with freedom and confidence.
Hebrews 4:16: Let us then approach the throne of grace with
confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to
help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 7:25: He is able to save completely those who
come to God through him, because he always lives to
intercede for them.
Hebrews 10:22: Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart
in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to
cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies
washed with pure water.
James 4:8: Come near to God and he will come near to you.
Lord, I have not taken full advantage of the access that
you have given me to you. Please forgive me for not praying
often enough, for not looking to you for everything, for not
even wanting to come to you when you have made yourself
available every moment of the day. I have been negligent
and am truly sorry and repent.
Thank you for being accessible.
Thank you that you are near whenever I pray (Deut. 4:7).
Thank you that the one thing I should seek is to be close
to you, to gaze at your beauty, to worship you, and to
fellowship with you (Ps. 27:4).
Thank you that when I go in my room and close the door
and pray, you will reward me (Matt. 6:6).
Thank you that I know that Jesus is the way, the truth, and
the life, and that I can come to you through him
Thank you that although I was once far away, now I have
been brought near to you through the blood of Christ
Thank you that in Christ and through faith in him I can
approach you with freedom and confidence (Eph.3:12).
Thank you that I can approach you with confidence and
receive mercy and find grace to help me in my need
Thank you that you save me completely because Jesus
intercedes for me (Heb. 7:25).
Thank you that I can draw near to you when my heart is
sincere and I come in faith (Heb. 10:22).
Thank you that when I come near to you, you will come
near to me (James 4:8).
Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created the heavens and
Genesis 1:3: And God said, "Let there be light," and there
Psalm 19:1: The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies
proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 121:2: My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of
heaven and earth.
Isaiah 51:16: I have put my words in your mouth and
covered you with the shadow of my hand-I who set the
heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and
who say to Zion, "You are my people."
Isaiah 66:2: "Has not my hand made all these things, and so
they came into being?" declares the Lord. "This is the one I
esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and
trembles at my word."
Jeremiah 27:5: With my great power and outstretched arm I
made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it,
and I give it to anyone I please.
Jeremiah 32:17: Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the
heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched
arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
2 Corinthians 5:5: God ... has made us [to be clothed with
our heavenly dwelling] and has given us the Spirit as a
deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Hebrews 3:4: Every house is built by someone, but God is
the builder of everything.
I at times fail to worship you as the Creator of everything
that is. In spite of the evidence in the heavens and on earth,
I often forget that you made it all. Forgive me for not trusting
you in the little things when you are able to do anything
you will to do. And forgive me for not thanking you for
creating me just the way you did.
Thank you for creating the world and for creating me.
Thank you that there was a beginning; I did not just
evolve (Gen. 1:1).
Thank you that when you say, "Let there be light" there
will be light in any situation (Gen. 1:3).
Thank you that the heavens declare your glory and the
skies prodaim your creativity (Ps. 19:1).
Thank you that my help comes from you and from no
place else (Ps. 121:2).
Thank you that you set the heavens in place and laid the
foundations of the earth, and that you can certainly
put words in my mouth and keep your hand on me
Thank you that your hand made everything, that you
esteem me when I am humble and teachable in spirit
and tremble at your words to me (Isa. 66:2).
Thank you that not only did you create the earth and
everything and everybody on it but you have the right
to give it to anyone you please (Jer. 27:5).
Thank you that you are sovereign and have such power
that nothing is too hard for you (Jer. 32:17).
Thank you that you made me for a purpose and guaranteed
it by giving me the Holy Spirit as a deposit of
what is to come (2 Cor. 5:5).
Thank you that you are the builder of everything, and that
you use me as a tool (Heb. 3:4).
Deuteronomy 33:27: The eternal God is your refuge, and
underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your
enemy before you.
Psalm 90:1: Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Psalm 90:2: Before the mountains were born or you brought
forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting
you are God.
Psalm 102:27: You remain the same, and your years will
Isaiah 40:28: The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of
the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and
his understanding no one can fathom.
Isaiah 46:4: Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I
am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will
carry you, I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Hebrews 9:14: How much more, then, will the blood of
Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself
unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that
lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
2 Peter 3:8: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and
a thousand years are like a day.
Revelation 4:8: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.
Revelation 4:9: The living creatures give glory, honor and
thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever
Revelation 16:5: You are just in these judgments, you who
are and who were, the Holy One, because you have so
Forgive me, Lord, for sometimes forgetting that you are
eternal and for not thanking you for your eternal love for
me. I also waste much time on things that are not of eternal
value. Cleanse my life of such things, reminding me that I
will live with you forever. Therefore, it matters what I do
now. I must use these days in preparation for eternity.
Thank you for being eternal and for giving me eternal life
Thank you that you are my refuge and that your arms
underneath me are everlasting (Deut. 33:27).
Thank you that you have always been my dwelling place
and that you always will be (Ps. 90:1).
Thank you that, because you were before everything, you
created everything (Ps. 90:2).
Thank you that you will always remain the same
Thank you that you will never grow tired or weary
Thank you that even into my old age you will sustain me.
You have made me, and you will carry me through
Thank you that the blood of Christ through the eternal
Spirit will cleanse my conscience so that I may serve
you (Heb. 9:14).
Thank you that I can't put you on my timetable. You are
outside of time and you put me on your timetable
(2 Peter 3:8).
Thank you that all creatures, including me, will spend
eternity praising you and giving you glory, honor, and
thanks (Rev. 4:8-9).
Thank you that you are just in your judgments now
because you were always just (Rev. 16:5).
Excerpted from PRAYING the ATTRIBUTES of GOD
by Rosemary Jensen
Copyright © 2002 by Rosemary Jensen.
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Meet the Author
Rosemary Jensen served as Executive Director of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) International for twenty years prior to her current ministry as general director with the Rafiki Foundation, an affiliate of BSF. The primary mission of Rafiki Foundation is to aid the people of developing nations in medical, educational, and economic enterprises, with a special emphasis on providing centers for disadvantaged women and orphans.
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