Formation Prayers and Scripture Meditation

In my endeavors to grow in personal spiritual formation and to help my daughters grow in praying and applying God's Word, I've come across these two helpful acrostics/acronyms to use as guides. I'm not sure about the origins of HELP, but the APTAT acronym is from pastor and author John Piper.

H  “Hear me lord and answer me for I am poor and needy” ( Psalm 86:1).
E  “Establish my steps in your word” ( Psalm 119:133).
L  “ Let your compassion quickly meet our needs because we are on the brink of despair”
      ( Psalm 79:8).
“ Protect me, God, because I take refuge in You (Psalm 16:1).

Admit you can do nothing without God
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).
Pray for Help
and call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me (Psalm 50:15).
Incline my heart to your testimonies,
and not to selfish gain! (Psalm 119:36, ESV)
Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law (Psalm 119:18, ESV)
Unite my heart to fear your name (Psalm 86:11, ESV)
Teach me your way, Lord,
and I will live by your truth.
Give me an undivided mind to fear your 
name (Psalm 86:11, CSB)
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days (Psalm 90:14)
Trust a specific promise
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding;
in all your ways know him,
and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13).
Thank God for his provision and goodness
Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 106:1)

Particularly after times of fighting and conflict, I've found the following Scripture Verses especially helpful to meditate on. It is good to meditate and pray through Scripture as we ask God to change our hearts and conform us more into the image of His Son.  

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look not to his own interests, but rather to the interests of others (Philippians 2:3-4).

Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-3).

Let all bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ (Ephesians 4:31-32).

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed (James 5:16).

But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head —Christ (Ephesians 4:15).

Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-2).

Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Take the lead in honoring one another (Romans 12:10).

Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer (Romans 12:12).

Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation (Romans 12:15-16).

For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love (Galatians 5:13).

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another (Galatians 5:22-26).

And let us consider one another in order to provoke love and good works (Hebrews 10:24).

- Daniel Englehart

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