Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 21/03/2021
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 21st March
Heavenly Father, I was giving thanks yesterday for You being the Producer and Director of my life. I noticed that in some films the producer and director was the same person, but when I thought about it sometimes actors produce and direct their own films; this is what You did, but in real life!!
In Your life on earth, You were the Producer, the Director, and the main character, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God. Born of a virgin, conceived of the Holy Spirit, throughout Your life You were directed by Your Father in Heaven, being obedient to Him in all things. You said You could only do what You saw Your Father doing, spoke the Words He gave You to speak. You said, "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can only do what He sees the Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does"
This is the only Life where You walked the earth, the Word made flesh, the script of the Scripture alive. You said to the Jewish leaders, "You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life"
Thank You for Your life, well lived, following the script, the prophetic Scriptures, right through to the bitter, glorious end, Your death on a cross. But the story did not end there! It was written in the script that You would return. "I'll be back" was spoken by You long before Schwarzenegger!
Thank for every life that is a 'spin off' from Yours
songs for today:
I Believe in Jesus
From Heaven You came (The Servant King)
Saturday 20th March
Heavenly Father, thank You for being involved in my life, in my story
In the world of film there numerous different stories. In that world the producer funds the project and is involved in selecting the script and the staffing of the production, making sure the film is completed and distributed to cinemas. The director is involved in the creative aspects of the film guiding and advising the actors and crew in how he or she wants each scene to be set and acted to create the mood and effect required; however in the end it is the actors who act and say their lines
Sometimes the producer and director are the same person, however, they are never seen in the film, they are 'behind the scenes', only the actors appear in the film, but 'when the credits roll' the names of everyone involved in the production appears with producer and director in large!
Father, You are the Producer of my life! You have funded it, my birth, every breath; every heartbeat is given by You. You have planned it and will see it through to completion, "being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ"
You are the Director of my life, guiding me each day, explaining how each word should be delivered to get the desired effect, the Good News preached and delivered. You may be 'behind the scenes' but it is Your influence, Your Spirit, that empowers every action, every word. And Jesus, Your story is central to mine, making my story worthwhile
songs for today:
I Will Sing The Wondrous Story
My Song Is Love Unknown
Friday 19th March
Heavenly Father, I don't really remember this happening, it is only a very vague recollection, and yet I am quite sure it happened: being picked up by my dad and riding on his shoulders
I see this happening quite often in town or walking in a park, a dad with their child on their shoulders. I know I did this with my children, and I remember lifting my grandchildren to touch the ceiling when they visited. We can go higher when we are lifted up
Thank You for lifting me up when I am down, for showing me things I could not see from where I am, and enabling me to see things as You see them
Songs so often say so much to us, and for us! "When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary, when troubles come and my heart burdened be, then I am still and wait here in the silence, until You come and sit awhile with me"
Lord Jesus, You took three close friends to a mountain where they saw You in Your glory speaking with Elijah and Moses. What a 'pick-me-up!' You encouraged Peter to walk on the water. "Lord, if it's You, tell me to come to You on the water". "Come" You said. Peter got out of the boat and came toward You. When he saw the waves he panicked and began to sink but You reached out and lifted him up
Thank You for everything You do for me. "You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains. You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas. I am strong, when I am on Your shoulders. You raise me up to more than I can be". I am, once again, lifted up by You. Thank You
songs for today:
You Raise Me Up
Well, I Hear They're Singing In The Streets
When I Was Lost (There is a new song)
Thursday 18th March
Heavenly Father, what an incredible privilege it is to come before You every morning, and throughout the day, to pray, not only on my own, but with other people too
What is even more incredible, and I suspect more important, is that Jesus is praying for us too
St Paul asks, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" And then begins to answer his own question, "He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all - how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?" It may be that we are challenged about believing this but Paul continues, "Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies". If we are justified by You, then who can condemn us? Paul states, "Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died - more than that, who was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us"
Not only do You justify us, having given Jesus up for us, but we are told that no one can condemn us and that Jesus is right next to You, praying for us! And not only this, "In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes for us through wordless groans". He knows what we need and what You want for us! "He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God"
May we pray with confidence, knowing that You are praying too
songs for today:
You'll Never Walk Alone
Before The Throne of God Above
Wednesday 17th March
Heavenly Father, I wonder if there is a part of us that links with our Jewish heritage when we become Christians?
A friend responded to a song a few days ago, saying, "Amen beautiful Derek. I love those Jewish sounding songs". I answered, "I think they are very close to God's heart". Back came the reply, "Yes they make me feel close to God. Bless you". To which I replied, "It could be that there is a little bit of 'the Jew' in all of us?" Another text came back, "I guess that as we are children of God there must be". I concluded by quoting St Paul's words, "You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ". Your Spirit lives in us, the Spirit of Jesus, which is what prompted me to say, "there is a little bit of 'the Jew' in all of us"
Lord Jesus, thank You for fulfilling Your promise, "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you forever - the Spirit of Truth... you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you"
Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who gives us the power to follow Jesus, speaks to us about who Jesus is and what He has taught, convicts us of righteousness and guides us to the Truth. Without Him we cannot know who Jesus is! When we are overwhelmed and don't know what to say, Your Holy Spirit turns our groans and cries into prayers. Help me to pray now
songs for today:
Jesus Put This Song Into Our Hearts
Shalom My Friend
Tuesday 16th March
Heavenly Father, sometimes footballers, managers and pundits talk about "the Liverpools, the Manchester Citys, the Tottenhams and the Manchester Uniteds..." even though there is only one of each. I know what they mean though, the big, rich clubs who seem to win everything. (Well, perhaps not Tottenham?)
It struck me yesterday that there are so many 'Shadrachs, Meshachs and Abednegos' in the world at the moment! Yes, there was only one group in "the blazing furnace," put there by King Nebuchadnezzar, who was "furious with rage" because they would not serve his gods or worship the image of gold he had set up, but there are so many people today who still worship You, despite pressure put on them to denounce their faith, give up following Jesus
Whether it is in nations where Christians are persecuted for their faith, for trusting in Jesus, or individuals who are suffering pain through illness or other circumstances, so many are 'in a blazing furnace' so to speak, but say, "If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and He will deliver us... But even if He does not, we want you to know... that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up"
When Nebuchadnezzar looked into the furnace he said, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods"
Lord, be with everyone who is in a 'blazing furnace' today. Strengthen and comfort them
song for today:
What a faithful God have I
Monday 15th March
Heavenly Father, I remember a fantastic red and blue Tupperware toy with 10 different shaped holes and 10 yellow three dimensional shapes; each shape was unique and would only go through one hole, none of them would go through any other hole. Among the shapes were a star, a square, a circle, a trapezium, a pentagon, and a hexagon. It was a toy, but also an educational aid to help with spatial awareness and shape
Thank You that each one of us is unique and You have made us with a unique personality and a unique set of skills. You also have a place in the world for us where we fit and a plan for us in that place. We sometimes hear about people trying to 'fit a square peg in a round hole'. Help me to recognise the place You want me to be and the things You want me to accomplish, the right peg in the right hole
St Paul wrote to Timothy, "I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline". When I am in the right place, doing the right thing, using the gift You have given me, You will enable me to accomplish all You have sent me to do; You will provide the power, the love, and the self-discipline I need
May I be what You want me to be today, doing the things You want me to do, enabled by Your Spirit alive in me. May I not be shaped by this world, but by Your hand, transformed by the renewing of my mind, filled with Your Spirit. Thank You
song for today:
Ruach - Holy Wind of God / Let Your Living Water Flow
all songs (usually with lyrics) and talks courtesy of YouTube