Last revised: April 19, 2019

The Ten Commandments - John 3:16 - The Lord's Prayer
 23rd Psalm - The Golden Rule! - Sermon on the Mount

Donald M. Meekhof, Author

A Prayer for Those in Harm's Way to Pray
(Especially Military Folks in Iraq and Afghanistan)


 The Psalm says: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death..."
        Lord, to be born is to enter this valley.  There is a time set for our lives.
        For some of us, to walk this valley is a march under orders...
        for others, it is a call to service...  for others, it is a cloud of injustice...
        for still others, it is an act of love... or maybe all these. 
                "He who seeks to save his life will lose it,
                but he who loses his life for My sake will find it."
The Psalm says:  "...walk through the valley..."
        Lord, this valley is not a permanent dwelling; it is only temporary.
        The shadow of death is a dark cloud.  Going through means coming out of it as well.
        The other side is the call to eternal life.  This gives me hope in the darkness.
The Psalm says:  "I fear no evil, for Thou art with me."
        Lord, your presence makes all the difference in the world.  I am not alone.
        Your Word says, "Fear only the One who can destroy the soul,"  
        and "Perfect love casts out fear." 
        Thank you, Blessed Jesus, for walking with me through it all and loving me there.
The Psalm says: "Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me."
        Lord, your rod is the sword of the Spirit. It strikes deeper than any two-edged sword.
        Your staff is the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Who is with me always.
        You protect and guide me through the darkness and You never leave me. Praise God!
The Psalm says: "Thou preparest a table before me...."
        Lord, the bounty on that table is unbelievable.  A feast!  To partake gives life:
        love and mercy, courage and strength, forgiveness and grace piled high.
        May I always focus on Your provision day after day and hunger after You.
The Psalm says:  " the presence of my enemies."
        Why this, dear Lord?  Why not in the presence of my friends?
        "Yes, there too, My child.  But when you are in the midst of enemies, I want you to
         focus, not on the enemies, but on the bounty on the table.  Your enemies will
         empty you; My provisions will fill you.  They are more than enough.
The Psalm says:  "My cup overflows."
        Yes, Lord.  May Your cup overflow in me.  May what I am and what I do be unto You,
         Lord Jesus.  You are worthy of all that I am and all that I do.  You have already
         forgiven me and prepared me for your Kingdom. 



"Blessed Jesus, you are my Good Shepherd.  You never leave me nor forsake me.  You walk with me on mountain peak and deepest valley, in familiar surroundings and islands of unease.  Your presence surrounds me. 

Gracious God, thank you for walking before me into foreign lands with strange tongues, customs and foods.  Prepare the way for me in Iraq and Afghanistan, Palestine or Southeast Asia.  Wherever I or my brothers and sisters are called, be our constant Companion.  I know not what the temptations or anxieties will be, but You, Blessed Lord, are relevant. 
Guard, guide, protect, and grow in us with words of faith and encouragement.  And give all of us the peace and confidence that we are in Your hands whether in life or in death.  This is but the shadow; the cloud will pass away, and the eternal sun will shine in Christ. 
Reveal Yourself, dear Lord, to all our military men and women and to servants of Yours throughout this world. 

 In Jesus' Holy Name, Amen!



"When we pray to God, we are simply children walking and talking with our Father at hand." There are certain attitudes which help us when we pray.

1. Gratitude. Thankful that we have someone who is interested in being with us and listening to us.

2. Awe. We are constantly amazed at who God is and that he would even allow us to address him as "Father."

3. Helplessness. We are convinced of our own inability to accomplish the thing for which we are praying to God. We come to Him with our requests.

4. Faith. Without faith our helplessness would only be a vain cry of distress in the night.

5. Confidence. The essence of faith is our confidence in God's ability to do what he has promised.

6. Persistence. In Matthew 7:& Jesus says, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." This shows us the importance of persistent prayer, of continuing to bring our prayers to God.


"Gracious and loving Heavenly Parent, I am so thankful for you. I could have never imagined a God like you, so loving, powerful, just, wise and yet available to me. I stand amazed at your abilities. On the one hand, I feel frightened by your hugeness and power, on the other, I feel warmed by your presence and intimacy.

Lord God, I bless you and humble myself before you. What an Awesome God you are! Blessed Jesus, we walk hand in hand with you because you walked this dusty trail. You know what we think, feel, experience, and fear. You are so relevant to our anxieties. You are there with us in our valleys. You know the secret sins and the desires of our hearts, and yet you claim us as your friends.

Thank you Lord Jesus. We bring the emotions of Christmas, New Years, and the New Millennium to you. Holy Spirit wrap your arms around us and help us to rest in your presence."

In Christ's name, Amen


by Josephine Delphine Henderson Heard (1861-1921)

My God, sometimes I cannot pray.
Nor can I tell why, thus I weep;
The words my heart has framed I cannot say,
Behold me prostrate at thy feet.

Thou understandest all my woe;
Thou knows't the cravings of my soul;
Thine eye beholdest whereso'er I go,
Thou can'st this wounded heart make whole.

An oh! While prostrate here I lie,
And groan the words I fain would speak;
Unworthy though I be, pass not me by,
But let Thy love in showers break.

And deluge all my thirsty soul,
And lay my proud ambition low;
So while time's billows o'er me roll,
I shall be washed as white as snow.

Thou wilt not quench the smoking flax,
Nor wilt Thou break the bruised reed;
Like potter's clay, or molten wax,
Mould me to suit Thy will indeed.



"Blessed Lord Jesus Christ we are so privileged. It is beyond description. You are light, wisdom, forgiveness, restoration, encouragement, affirmation, salvation, joy, and truth. You bless my soul, enlighten my mind, forgive my sins, lift my burden, give energy to my step, and shoot adrenaline into my soul. Blessed Savior you are the beginning, middle and consummation of our hope. We love, praise, and honor you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."              Amen!

The Ten Commandments - John 3:16 - The Lord's Prayer
 23rd Psalm - The Golden Rule! - Sermon on the Mount

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