Showing posts with label Bible Gateway. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bible Gateway. Show all posts

Friday, February 3, 2017

How to handle suffering and sickness


“Are any of you suffering?
Pray!
Are any of you joyful?
Praise God!

Are any of you sick?
Call on the spiritual leaders of your church,
and ask them to pray over you,
anointing you with oil in the name of Jesus.

The prayer of faith will restore you,
and the Lord will lift you up.
If you have committed sin, you will be forgiven.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another,
and pray for each other to be healed.
The prayer of a righteous person
has a super powerful effect!”



James 5:13–16 prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2017, using some of the many translations found on Bible Gateway.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Jesus Heals Ten Lepers


Luke 17:11-14

On His Way to Jerusalem,
Jesus traveled through Galilee
and Samaria,
healing the towns as He went.

And in one village, ten men met Him,
missing their noses and fingers –
toes stubbed
by leprosy – and they didn’t ask for
a make-over or plastic surgery.
They asked for pity –

the kind of compassion you give
to people you care about or feel
bad for, but for
these lepers, no one could bear
to look at their maimed bodies .
No one could go nearer than
a freaked out shout to “Stay away!”

But Jesus saw them.
He saw their flawed faces
and disfigurements. He saw
their desperation and need,
and He said, “Go
show yourselves to the priest.”

By faith, they heeded and obeyed
and received healing on The Way.


by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2015. All rights reserved for this poem, based on readings from several translations found on Bible Gateway.






Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Exorcism in the power of Christ


Luke 4:31-37

And Jesus went down to Capernaum –
a town in Galilee where He
taught the people on the Sabbath day,
and they were dazed by His teaching –
amazed by His Word
of power,
of authority.

And in the synagogue, a man
possessed
by an evil spirit
cried out with a terrible cry:
‘Oh, let us alone!
What have You to do with us?
We have nothing in common
with You, Jesus of Nazareth!
But we know Who You are –
the Holy One of God.’

Then Jesus commanded the spirit:
‘Be quiet! You are bound
to come out of him!’

And the demon threw the man down
to the floor but came out of him
without hurting him more!

Perplexed the people
turned to one another and asked:
‘What’s happening?
What’s happening?
What just happened here?
For with power and authority,
He commands hostile spirits,
and they come out and obey.’

After that, many say
word of Jesus traveled
quickly around the country.



©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, writer, and Bible reviewer, prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in the Gospel of Luke from online translations on Bible Gateway.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Jesus heals through the faith of others


Prayer-a-phrase of Matthew 9:1-8

Crossing over the sea, Jesus came to His own town where the people brought a paralyzed man to Him to be healed. Seeing the faith of his friends, He said to the paralytic:

“Take courage, My child! Your sins are forgiven.”

“What!” some scribes thought, “This Man blasphemes!”

But Jesus knew what they were thinking, so He said:

“Why think such sinful thoughts? For which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Arise and walk!’ But just so you’ll know that the Son of Man has the authority to forgive sins on earth….”

Jesus then turned to the paralytic and said, “Get up! Pick up your bed, and go home.”

The man did! And the awe-struck crowd glorified God for giving such authority to human beings –


for giving us such authority.


©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, writer, and Bible reviewer, prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in the Gospel of Matthew from translations provided online by Bible Gateway.



Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mercy, faith, and healing

Mark 10:46-52

As Jesus, His disciples, and a sizable crowd
left Jericho, they saw a blind man –
Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus –
sitting by the road, begging.

When the man heard that Jesus of Nazareth
was passing by,
he began to cry out,
“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

People told him to hush, but he just
cried out all the more!

“Son of David, have mercy on me!”

So Jesus stopped and said,
“Call him here.”

As they called the blind man, they told him,
“Take courage. Get up! He’s calling you.”

Flinging off his coat, the blind man
jumped up, and came to Jesus.

Then Jesus asked, “What do you
want Me to do for you?”

“Master, I want to see again!”


So Jesus said, “Go then.
Your faith has healed you.”

Immediately, the man received his sight,
and he followed Jesus on The Way.


©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in the Gospel of Mark from some of the many translations found on Bible Gateway.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Healing our nation


Deuteronomy 4:5-9

Listen carefully!

The Word of God
has given us
wholesome statutes,
ordinances, commands,
and laws to carry out
in the land where we live.

Follow carefully
and show God’s
wisdom and insight
to other nations who hear.

For what great nation
has a god so near as our God
is to us when we call on Him?

And what great nation
has healthful laws and regulations
like the Law God gave
for our well-being?

So be on guard.
Watch your souls exceedingly
to do as God says,
and do not forget!

Teach God’s ways
to your children
and all who follow you
as you follow God.


©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in Deuteronomy from translations found on Bible Gateway.




Saturday, February 21, 2015

Healing conditions


Isaiah 58:9-12

Here’s what the LORD says:

If you remove
oppression,
false accusations,
and ill words
from your midst….

If you give food
to the hungry
and help the afflicted….

From the darkness,
My light shall arise for you,
and the gloom shall become
like noon!

Then the LORD your God will guide you
and give you all you need.
Even in harsh dryness,
God will make your bones strong

God will renew your strength –
like a well-watered garden,
like a spring
whose water does not fail.

The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt
for your sake,
and you shall raise up
the broken.

People will call you,
repairer of the breach –
restorer of what once
was ruined.


©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in Isaiah 58 from many of the translations found on Bible Gateway.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Jesus sends us out to heal


Mark 6:7-13

Jesus called twelve of us
and sent us out,
two by two,
as His ambassadors.
And He gave us His power –
His authority
over every evil or ill spirit!

He told us to take nothing
but a walking stick
on our journey –
no bread,
no purse,
no money tucked out of sight –
but to go with only
sandals on our feet
and clothes on our backs
with none to spare.

Then Jesus told us, “When
you enter a house, stay there
until you’re ready to leave
the area. If the people
refuse to listen to you or will
not receive you with welcome,
you must shake the dust from your feet
as a testimony against them.

So we went,
and we warned everyone to repent,
and we cast out malevolent spirits,
and we anointed the ill with oil,
and all were healed.


©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading from Mark 7 with the help of the many translations available on Bible Gateway.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jesus Christ exorcizes evil


Mark 1:22-27

The teachings of Jesus
astonished people,
for He did not sound like
their teachers of the law
but One with authority.

Then, in came a man who had
an unclean spirit that cried out:
‘What have we to do with You,
Jesus of Nazareth? Did You
come to destroy us now?
I know Who You are –
the Holy One of God!’

But Jesus commanded,
‘Silence!
Come out of this man!’

Throwing the man down
with a shriek,
the cruel spirits left.

The people shook with awe
and asked each other:
‘What just happened here?
He commands evil spirits
to obey, and they do!’



©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler – a Christian poet, writer, and lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church – prayer-a-phrased these verses in the Gospel of Mark from translations found on Bible Gateway.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Healing waters of God


Poem prayer-a-phrase of Isaiah 41:17,18,20

Water! Water!

The poor and needy
seek but find none.

Oh, wait, and God
will answer.

God will not
forsake.

On a barren mountaintop
God will open rivers
and, in the valley,
fountains.

God will fill the desert
with water pools.
Springs of water
will spring from dry land.

Then all will see
and know and understand
that the LORD God,
the Holy One of Israel
has done this.



©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler – a Christian poet, writer, and lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church – prayer-a-phrased these verses in Isaiah 41 from translations found on Bible Gateway.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Faith in Christ heals the blind


Matthew 9:27-30

As Jesus walked down a road,
two blind men followed behind him,
praying loudly:

“Lord, have mercy on us!
Oh, pity us, Son of David!”

Even when Jesus
went into a house,
the blind men followed!

So the Lord said to them:

“Do you believe
I Am able?”


“Yes, Lord,” they said,
and Jesus
touched their eyes,
saying

“According to your faith,
let it be.”


And immediately
sight appeared.


©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler – a Christian poet, writer, and lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church – prayer-a-phrased these verses from Matthew 9, found in many translations on Bible Gateway.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Jesus Christ heals with His word


A Roman officer, who had authority over 100 soldiers under his command and also over the Jewish people in the area, came to Jesus to ask for healing for his servant. When Jesus agreed to come into the centurion’s house, the man replied with great faith:

Lord, I am not worthy
to have you come into my home.

Only say the word,
and the ill shall be healed.


Matthew 8:8


©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler – a Christian poet, writer, and lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church – prayer-a-phrased these verses from Matthew 8:8, found in many translations on Bible Gateway.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Protecting yourself and others from ills


Family of Christ,
draw your strength from the Lord
and His mighty power.

Put on the armor God gave
to protect you, so you
can take a firm stand
and withstand evil ways.

People are not our true enemies!

Our struggle is with the rulers,
with the authorities,
with the cosmic powers
in this present darkness –
darkened by spirits of ill will.

Therefore, cover yourself
with the full armor of God,
so you can resist evil
and hold your ground, standing firm.

Stand!

Fasten the truth around your waist.

Get righteousness as your breastplate
to let you know you're right with God,
and shod your feet in readiness
to run with the Good News of peace.

In every situation,
hold faith as your shield
to put out flaming arrows
and stop malice aiming toward you.

Receive the helmet of salvation
to cover your mind with Christ,
and hold fast to the sword
of the Spirit, which is the word
of God.

On every occasion,
pray in the Spirit,
and at all times,
stay spiritually alert!

Persist in the power
of prayer,
praying for all believers
everywhere.


Ephesians 6:10-18


©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler – a Christian poet, writer, and lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church – prayer-a-phrased verses from Ephesians 6:10-18 after researching the many translations found on Bible Gateway.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Prayer resolve for our nation


Hosea 6:1

Come!
Let us return to the LORD
for God has torn us,
but He will heal us.

We have been injured,
but God will bind us
and tenderly tend
our wounds.



©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased this verse from Hosea 6:1 after researching the many translations found on Bible Gateway.