Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 16/02/2020
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 16th February
Heavenly Father, how do I make wise decisions? Your Word gives me what I need to guide me: "Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path". I can check off against the loving lists You have provided!
What I say and do have repercussions; they affect the world around me. My words and actions have a cause and effect; things cause me to react and how I react has an effect. "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you"
So I can ask myself, is it true, straight, not crooked, are my words true. Is my action noble, worthy of being shouted out loud, or do I want to hide it? Is what I am about to do right, do You approve, have You said "Yes" to my plan
King David constantly asked You to approve his plans and You gave him victory and kept him safe. Does my plan stem from a pure heart? Is it a lovely thing to do, filled with Your love? Will people admire what I do, say it is excellent, praiseworthy?
God of peace, are You with me? Am I at peace? "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs...It always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres". Please guide me
Saturday 15th February
Heavenly Father, help me to keep things simple! Jesus said, "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven". How another person lives is between them and You, it is not for me to judge. I have to take Your Word to heart
"See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many". I do not wish to be the cause of any bitter root so I must see to it that it does not happen, at least not on my part; I know I need to rely on Your Spirit to enable this to happen
How do I do this? I do not condemn, I do not judge, but I do forgive. That seems simple enough! And the result? I am not judged, I am not condemned, and I am forgiven. I am told, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus". I must remember the last bit, "...in Christ Jesus". To be in Christ I must do as the Word tells me
In Jesus' prayer he said, "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us". When asked how many times we should forgive, Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times". Some translations have seventy times seven! We are asked, "You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God's judgement seat"
Father, I hand everything to You. No judging, no condemning, and forgiving as You forgive me. Thank You
Friday 14th February
Heavenly Father, one the most powerful elements in music is the key, the notes which open a symphony set the tone, they are the 'home notes' for the symphony. In the journey of a symphonic movement the composer takes the melodic content into other keys, sometimes called 'foreign' keys creating a musical tension which is eventually resolved when the music finally returns home to the notes where it started. The same thing happens in a song, a short journey; in a symphony the journey is longer and the tensions much stronger
When a prisoner or a slave escapes from bondage, when a soldier finishes their tour of duty, one of the first things they want to do is head for home; we often say "home is where the heart is". Home is not just a place, a building; it is where we find those who love us, and those we love. We long for home
After Cain killed his brother Abel, consumed by guilt and fear, he said, "I will be a restless wanderer on the earth and whoever finds me will kill me" Many people today are consumed by guilt and fear
Father, thank You, for coming to find us. Thank You that because of Jesus, by Your Holy Spirit, my heart is now 'home', safe with You and that one day my body will also join You; it is where I long to be
Father, many people are trying to escape, through work, drink, drugs, sex, but You have given us the Way back to You: love, forgiveness, and a new relationship. The Truth will set us free. May my life show people the Way home, to where Your heart is, in Your Son Jesus. Thank You
Thursday 13th February
Heavenly Father, who cares most, You or me? Who loves most, You or me? Who knows what is best, You or me? Who has the answers to all of life's problems, You or me? Who suffered on the cross, You or me?
Given that the answer to each of these questions is undoubtedly You, why do I keep telling You what to do? Why do I not trust You to answer my prayers? Why do I continually repeat the same requests, or instructions, over and over?
As I walked and prayed yesterday, I think You said to me, "Pray once and wait". You are not slow to answer, You do not forget what I have asked. You tell us, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"
You know the problems we face in life, You experienced them! If You are for us, who can be against us? You, who did not spare Your own Son, but gave Jesus up for us all - how will You not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? It is You who can calm the storm! It is You who can raise the dead! It is You who can cleanse lepers, give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, speech to the mute! It is You who can turn mourning into dancing! It is You who can turn a sinner into a saint!
I have a long list of prayers for all kinds of situations; I will keep looking at it, not to keep asking, but to look for Your answers. Jesus said, "Have faith in God". Thank You. Peace
Wednesday 12th February
Heavenly Father, Goliath was much bigger than David, a more experienced warrior than David, but You are bigger than Goliath and gave David all he needed to defeat the enemy. A single stone was all David needed because he fought under Your name. David said to the enemy, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied"
Problems may seem big, bigger than we can cope with but You are bigger than the problem and give us all we need to overcome our worries. David had five stones, but only needed one; You have given us prayer. David faced lions, bears, and Goliath and overcame them all. Later he was pursued by a mad king, Saul, but he remained calm and trusted in You
People face all kinds of challenges today, from minor irritations to life changing and life threatening situations. Some are physical, some are mental, some are spiritual but You are God in it all. No matter what transpires today nothing can separate us from You! "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord"
The problem may be a high mountain, it may be deep within us, but You are bigger. Nothing in life or death can separate us from You. Help me to trust You like David did, no matter what I face today
Tuesday 11th February
Heavenly Father, You said to the prophet Samuel regarding Eliab son of Jesse, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart"
You then told Samuel to reject Abinadab and Shammah; in all, seven sons of Jesse were rejected until finally David was brought in from the fields where he had been tending sheep. We are told David was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then You said to Samuel, "Rise and anoint him; this is the one". You looked at David's heart and decided he was to be king
So, after removing Saul, You made David their king. You testified concerning him: "I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do"
Father, how do I get a heart like Your own heart? How do I get a heart like David's? What do I know about Your heart? What do I know about David's heart? Perhaps the answer is found in this prayerful song by David Bryant?
"Lord, please give me a tender heart, one that is thirsting and longing for You... One that will care and forgive like You do. May Your love and compassion Your mercy and grace be known in my actions, be seen on my face, in all that I say and do, a tender heart... One that is clothed in humility, filled with Your power and purity"
Father, a heart like Yours, like Jesus, like King David, a tender heart. Thank You for Your new heart promise
Monday 10th February
Heavenly Father, news headlines have stated that "...storm Ciara battered the UK..." with videos of floodwaters flowing through streets and homes, trees randomly lying over rail tracks and cars, and warnings to people to "stay indoors" and "only go out if necessary"
I am sure many people will know the feeling of being battered, life seemingly blowing a gale against them, a flood of events out of control causing devastation, fearing what may happen if they venture out. For some, the effects of a storm in their lives will linger long after the wind has died down and the floods have subsided
Father, the mind filled with fear builds strongholds which seem impossible to penetrate. St Paul wrote to Timothy, "The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline". He also wrote the people at the church in Philippi, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus"
A song we sing includes the words, "God You can tell the waves be still, tell the ocean roar to pass... part the raging sea, bring the miracle I need... And so when I am in the storm, Lord, the storm is not in me. You will be my peace. I'll wait here"
Holy Spirit, bring peace to all battered people, be their refuge in times of trouble. And bring release when the storm is over; You are with us. Thank You