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Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 16/01/2022

Derek Mill
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton

 

Sunday 16th January

 

Heavenly Father, Jesus said to the crowds and to the disciples, "The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach"
 
When King David was confronted by Nathan the prophet over his adultery with Bathsheba and the killing of her husband, Uriah, David did not try to hide his sins, he immediately confessed, saying, "I have sinned against the Lord". Nathan replied, "The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die"
 
David made a huge mistake, but when he confessed You forgave him, however there were consequences. We all make mistakes, we all sin, and the Bible recognises this: "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the Truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness"
 
We can come to You and openly recognise our failings. We can confess all that we have done. In the words of the liturgy, "We have sinned against You in thought, word and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone". Whether we thought it, said it, or did it You forgive us when we come to You and confess, but there are consequences which cannot be avoided
 
Help us all to come to You to seek Your forgiveness and also accept the consequences
Amen
 
songs for today:
O Lord the clouds are gathering
 
Who Can Sound The Depths Of Sorrow
 



Saturday 15th January

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word and the warnings it contains. Help me to heed the words of Jesus
 
Lord Jesus, there are six times in Matthew's Gospel, when You say there will be "weeping and gnashing of teeth". The first time is when You meet with a Roman Centurion who asks You to heal his servant, but does not expect You to go to his house, he trusts You can do this from a distance. You said to the people, "Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth"
 
The other five times You use these words are parables: the parable of the good and bad fish; the parable of the weeds; the parable of the bags of gold; the parable of the wise, faithful servant and the wicked, unfaithful servant; and the parable of the wedding clothes. Sometimes You talk of a 'blazing furnace,' sometimes You talk of 'darkness' but each time You say, "there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth"
 
Lord, help me to have faith like the centurion, trusting You to hear me and answer my prayers. Make me a 'good fish', plant me as 'good seed', help me to use my 'gold' wisely, to be a faithful servant and to be dressed as a guest at the wedding feast. There are always choices to make; help me to always make good, right choices
Amen
 
songs for today:
The Trumpets Sound, The Angels Sing
 
O My Soul

 


Friday 14th January

Heavenly Father, thank You for making new clothes for Adam and Eve. Thank You for the sacrifice You made to do so!
 
"The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them". When Adam and Eve sinned "the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realised they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves". When You came to meet with them and they were hiding, Adam told You, "I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid"
 
I wonder if we are still trying to hide today! It seems to me that we are! But we know that You see us as we are, we can't cover up what we are or what we have done and we can't hide from You. We are naked before You, but You have provided us with clothes; You have given us a cloak, provided by Jesus, a garment of righteousness. We didn't earn it, it is a gift from Jesus to us; we just have to accept it
 
I do wonder though, if we try to wear the new clothes over the top of the old clothes we were wearing, the 'fig leaves' we made for ourselves? The clothes made in shame and fear? Or perhaps we have left our new cloak in the wardrobe, planning to wear it one day, one day soon
 
Father, I don't want to meet You wearing my old clothes, I know I need to be wearing the new clothes You have provided, and only those clothes.  I am a new creation, wearing new clothes. Thank You
 
I know I am a 'prodigal' in a new cloak provided by The Father. I love the Way You Father me. You are wonderful
Amen
 
songs for today:
O Father of The Fatherless (Father Me)
 
I Am a New Creation
 
There's a sound on the wind (Battle Hymn)

 


Thursday 13th January

Heavenly Father, blessed be Your Name! Your Word tells us, "The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." But how can I claim to be righteous?
 
I cannot claim any of the things St Paul said made him righteous as a Jew: "circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the Law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the Law, faultless"
 
I can claim none of those things! But then Paul said that he counted them all as rubbish! And so, along with Paul I can say, "I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own, but that which is through faith in Christ - the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith"
 
I can look to Jesus and what He said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick... I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners". I can join with the Father of John the Baptist, Zachariah, and sing, "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has come to His people and redeemed them"
 
Therefore, I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the Gospel the Righteousness of God is revealed - a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith"
 
Because I have put my trust in Jesus I can run to Your tower and be safe. Blessed be the Name of the Lord
Amen
 
songs for today:
Blessed Be the Name of the Lord
 
Blessed Be Your Name
 
Bless The Lord, Oh My Soul

 


Wednesday 12th January

Heavenly Father, six people in my family have recently had Covid-19. If this had happened 18 months ago I am sure my reaction, my concerns, worries, fears would have been markedly different to what they were over the last few weeks
 
The various vaccines have given us protection that has meant there have been fewer hospitalisations and deaths. In the early days of the virus a friend was taken into hospital having contracted the virus, and never recovered; he died there
 
Now, when I hear of a friend contracting Covid-19 I tend to think much less of it, but I know this should not really be the case. Even with a double dose of the vaccine and the booster there is no guarantee that a person will survive. Yes the chances are much, much higher, but there is still a risk of death! Yes, the effect of the virus has become weaker, and the symptoms less debilitating, but that does not mean the virus is not still a killer!!
 
Father, where should I place my trust? Can I trust the politicians? I don't want to go there! Can I trust the vaccine? Yes, but not 100%. Can I trust the hospital and the doctors? Yes, but they are human and although they do an amazing job they are not able to control everything; they are not gods; they are not God!
 
So, this is yet again where I find myself, looking to You, my God, my Saviour. Thank You Jesus, You are the One I can trust 100%. Whether I live to tell the tale here on earth or not, I know I will sing Your praises in Heaven. Eternal Life is Your bequest to us. It is in Your Will
Amen
 
songs for today:
I Believe in Jesus
 
God You can tell the waves be still (Songs in the Night)

 


Tuesday 11th January

Heavenly Father, thank You for trees, a constant reminder to us of what was meant to be, what was lost and what was gained for us by Jesus. We were meant to eat from the tree of Life and live forever
 
You placed man in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die." Of course, we did exactly that, we ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and lost our freedom
 
Then You said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever". So You banished man from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken
 
The joy of the garden became hard labour; the ground became cursed because of what we had done. You said, "Through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field"
 
Fast forward through time and we find Jesus, hanging from a tree, a cross made from the wood of a tree. And the thorns? They are now a crown, cutting into Your head, blood pouring down, the blood of the perfect sacrifice of a sinless Saviour
 
Once again there is a tree of Life, the tree on which Jesus died. Your sacrifice on the tree regained for us eternal Life. Thank You for that tree
Amen
 
songs for today:
Upon a hill a Perfect Saviour (Upon Him)
 
The Old Rugged Cross
 
With a prayer (Love Incarnate)

 


Monday 10th January

Heavenly Father, thank You for recognising the hostile world we live in. In times past Your people have often spoken of how tough the world is in which we live
 
At one time they were exiled and lamented over their situation, the Psalmist writing, "By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion... How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land? ... May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy"
 
There is a book of Lamentations which begins by speaking of the loss of Jerusalem to invaders, "How deserted lies the city, once so full of people. How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave"
 
We too can lament over the losses suffered in the last two years. Churches have been locked and deserted, not through our choice, but because we have been attacked and overrun. It has been difficult to sing the songs of adoration as our worship has been limited, fellowship curtailed. But You are still God!
 
In the midst of the Lamentations: "Because of the Lord's great love for us we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness... The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord". We are returning from exile! Through Jesus we will be resurrected people. Thank You
Amen
 
songs for today:
You're Still God
 
Restore O Lord The Honour of Your Name

 
 

all songs (usually with lyrics) and talks courtesy of YouTube

 

 

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