Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 13/06/2021
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 13th June
Heavenly Father, every day brings an opportunity to worship You, to offer You praise and thanksgiving, and to meet with You in prayer, but in particular Sunday provides an opportunity to meet with others in worship, praise, thanksgiving and prayer, at least that is how life was over the last 2,000 years or so, until recently
This last year or so, 15 months, our meeting together has been curtailed, limited to meeting online, and when restrictions have been lifted we have been unable to join together in singing our praises to You in worship. All this due to an enemy we can only see under a microscope, a virus, a deadly virus
Thank You that You have sustained us in these difficult times. "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, (the valley of the shadow of death), I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and staff, they comfort me"
Did fear stop us meeting together? Or common sense? Lack of trust? Or good advice? There are times in the Bible when people hid, or ran, or escaped. There were times when they fought and won and times when they lost their lives. There were mountain top experiences, and there were times in the valley. Did King David trust You when he hid from Saul? Did Paul trust you when he was lowered down a wall to escape? Did Elijah trust You when he ran from Jezebel?
Thank You that common sense and faith are not mutually exclusive, but that both work together. We know You are faithful and will lead us to a safe place, through faith and common sense
songs for today:
Saturday 12th June
Heavenly Father, I remember watching films when I was young with 'westerns' a regular feature at Saturday morning pictures. There were so many times one of the cowboys was an expert tracker who could pick up a trail and follow someone, usually a 'baddie'
Thank You that Jesus is the 'Goodie' we can follow as He has left a trail we can see
Lord Jesus, everywhere You went You left marks that became a trail of goodness, love, and mercy. In Your dealings with people You always left them in a better position than they were before they met You. You sent a message to John the Baptist, in prison, saying, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the Good News is proclaimed to the poor". That is quite a trail! No one could be in any doubt about where You had been
Thank You for being a trailblazer, showing us the Way to go, leaving a fiery trail that we can see so clearly
What sort of a trail am I leaving behind me? Is it a trail of destruction? Lord, I hope not! You are my shepherd so I need not fear. You are with me and lead me. You guide me along the right paths for Your Name's sake. As I follow where You lead me surely goodness and love and mercy will follow me all the days of my life
Thank You for Your assurance that I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever as You lead me there
Thank You that Your goodness, love, and mercy follow as You lead
songs for today:
Goodness Love and Mercy
The Lord is My Shepherd
Friday 11th June
Heavenly Father, I remember learning the word 'hyperbole' from when I was studying English Literature at school, and the meaning, 'exaggeration for effect'. I wonder if the definition, ‘exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally’ has been adapted so that nowadays what was previously not literal is now thought of as literal?
The phrase, "I was devastated" can be applied with some feeling because there is 'a mark' on a favourite shirt. We may be devastated because our favourite football team loses, or worse still, is relegated! But when we see real devastation, a tragic accident or a humanitarian crisis, it may put our problems into perspective
I'm sure the disciples were truly devastated when they saw Jesus hanging on the cross, a crown of thorns digging into his head, breathing His last breath. The One they had thought "... was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all our people... the One who was going to redeem Israel" was now dead and they "stood still, their faces downcast". But there was more to come! Restoration, reconciliation, revelation! Resurrection!
Father, there may be times, there will be times, when we are truly devastated, but we can trust in You to see us through. Then we can say, "Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road..."
In truly devastating times help us trust in Jesus, who can turn our mourning into dancing. "Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning". Thank You for such love
songs for today:
Mourning Into Dancing
Nobody loves me like You
Thursday 10th June
Heavenly Father, one-upmanship is a game so many play, but in real life. Trying to get one-up in words by putting someone else's ideas down is one way, or by making sure the latest car or TV, or electronic gadget is owned. We are so often cruel in the way we treat other people; getting one-up can often mean putting someone else down. We even try to get one-up on You!
The Bible records that the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap Jesus in His words. "Teacher" they said, "we know You are a man of integrity and that You teach the Way of God in accordance with the Truth. You aren't swayed by others, because You pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is Your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?"
Such flattery to deceive precedes the question. I can almost see the smug look of satisfaction on their faces as they think to themselves, "Gotcha!" But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, "You hypocrites, why are You trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax". They brought Jesus a denarius and He asked them, "Whose image is this? And whose inscription?" "Caesar's" they replied. Then Jesus said, "So give back to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's"
Father forgive me for trying to get one-up on anyone, and particularly for trying to get one-up on You. I need You to guide me in my words and actions. The only Way to be one-up, is to look to the cross and see the One up there, who is my Saviour and Redeemer
songs for today:
Lord I Need You
Before The Throne of God Above
Wednesday 9th June
Heavenly Father, thank You for this reminder which is repeated throughout the daily liturgy: "Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen"
Thank You for Your unchanging nature. You deserve our praise for there is only One God who is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is the same yesterday, today and forever
King David knew of Your glory, writing in the Psalms, "Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth! You have set Your glory in the heavens". He looked around him and saw You in all the earth and Your glory in the heavens; help me to see this too today
Thank You that through the praise of children and infants You have established a stronghold against Your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. May I come to You like a child! Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it"
Thank You that we are created for relationship with You, that we are in Your thoughts and You care for us. "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them?"
Help me to keep You in my thoughts today. Incredibly, You have made us a little lower than the angels, crowned us with glory and honour, and made us rulers over the work of Your hands. Father, Son, Holy Spirit, be glorified in me today
song for today:
Tuesday 8th June
Heavenly Father, Hallelujah! Hallelu - to praise joyously: Yah - Yahweh, Your Name
Thank You that at any time of the day or night, no matter what our current circumstances, no matter how old or young we may be, we can always cry out "Hallelujah!" You are always worthy of our praise
Thank You for Jesus, who has clearly demonstrated that You love us so much that You would rather die than punish us. Hallelujah!
Thank You for Jesus, who came into the world not to be our judge, but our Saviour. Hallelujah!
Thank You for Jesus, raised from the dead, showing us that there is life after death. Hallelujah!
Thank You for His promise that He has gone ahead of us to prepare a place for us in Heaven! Hallelujah!
Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, alive in all who believe and trust in Jesus, a deposit, a guarantee of what is to come. Hallelujah!
Thank You that we can come into Your presence today to offer You our lives as a living sacrifice
Thank You for Your Word to us, "Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship". Hallelujah!
Thank You that we are now like living stones, being built into a Spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering sacrifices acceptable to You through Jesus, our Christ. Hallelujah!
May there be many resounding 'Hallelujahs' today as all over the world Your people joyously praise Your Holy Name
song for today:
Monday 7th June
Heavenly Father, I thanked You yesterday for 'extra time', today I want to thank You for borrowed time. I wonder if we are all living on borrowed time?
Life is a gift from You, whether we acknowledge it or not, life is sustained by You. "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word"
Thank You for Your promise, "Even to your old age and grey 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". You breathed life into us at the beginning and You continue to do so even though we have fallen short of Your Glory, the Glory of God
Thank You for each breath I take, each beat of my heart
Thank You for carrying me through tough times, and thank You for forgiving me when I run off as soon as I feel strong again
Thank You for coming to seek and save the lost. It is so easy to get lost, so thank You for always knowing where I am and rescuing me by showing me the Way back to You
Lord Jesus, thank You for breathing new life into me, for I am sustained not only by the air I breathe but also Your Spirit, Your Holy presence living in me. I am sustained not only by the food I eat but also by my daily bread, Your very Word, spoken to me. When tempted by the enemy You said, "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God"
Thank You for teaching me and sustaining me through Your Word. I have all I need
songs for today:
This is the Air I Breathe
Draw me Close To You
all songs (usually with lyrics) and talks courtesy of YouTube