Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 23/05/2021
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 23rd May
Heavenly Father, I read this, what I think is great advice, this morning: "Happy Moments: Praise God; Difficult Moments: Seek God; Quiet Moments: Worship God; Painful Moments: Trust God. Every Moment: Thank God"
I particularly like the last point, to give You thanks in every moment, so that while we praise You in happy times we also thank You. In difficult times ("In this life you will have troubles...") while we seek You we also thank You. In the quiet moments while I worship You I also give You thanks. And in the painful moments, which we know will come, we trust You and give You thanks
I know this is good advice because You have told us, "Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus". This is Your will for us, always, continually, in all circumstances, rejoice, pray, and give thanks
I was wondering how we can do this? When tough days come and the world seems a very dark place, can I truly rejoice, truly give thanks? If I focus on the tough day it is so hard, if not impossible; but if I pray and focus on You, on what You have done for me, I see things differently, from an eternal perspective. "Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal"
Help me to rejoice, pray and give thanks in all circumstances. You are with me!
songs for today:
I Will Never Be The Same Again
Saturday 22nd May
Heavenly Father, The Bible verse in my devotional today is, "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit"
This means that what I say is a life sentence or a death sentence. It also means that what I love to say will bear fruit for those who hear it and for me. Am I getting this right Lord? When I speak words of life I receive Life, I thrive and grow? When I speak words of death I receive death, I wither and diminish?
What are words of Life? Encouragement? Blessing? Kindness? Love! What are words of death? Discouragement? Condemnation? Spite? Hate!
Father, fill me again with Your Spirit so that what I say, and what I pray, will be an encouragement to me and to others
Fill me again with Your Spirit so that what I say and pray will be a blessing to me and to others
Fill me again with Your Spirit so that my words and actions flow from the kindness of Your heart to help others and lift them up
Fill me again with Your Spirit so that the love You pour into me can flow out of me to others
There is enough death in the world. Enough discouragement, condemnation, spite, and hate without me adding to it; I know none of it comes from You because You are a God of Love, in fact You are Love. Thank You for coming into this world
Jesus, You are Love personified, God personified. I can know the Father because I know the Son because You have filled me with Your Spirit
Father, may my words be a Life sentence today for me and for others. Thank You
songs for today:
Father I Place into Your Hands
My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness
Friday 21st May
Heavenly Father, it may be that many people think the words "I've started so I'll finish" were first used in the 'Mastermind' TV quiz, at the point when the buzzer sounded to end the questions, and although those words may have been used there for the first time, the concept is Yours
St Paul writes to the people of Philippi of his confidence in God, "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus". He knows, and so we know, that what God has started God will finish; what You have started You will finish
Paul also writes, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do". You created us to do good works and the good work You started You will finish
Thank You that life is far more about You than it is about me!
Thank You for making me, for being bothered about me, for having me in Your mind and in Your heart, for loving me so much that You didn't just leave me here floundering, struggling to make sense of life and all that is going on around me, instead, You came to show me the Way, Your Way
Thank You that I know what Your Way is, Jesus. Jesus is, and shows me, the Way, the Truth and the Life
Thank You that I can rely on Jesus. "If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us"
Thank You for creating me, getting me started, and You keeping me going until I'm finished!
songs for today:
Amazing Grace (My chains are gone)
Jesus Lover of My Soul
If I Were a Butterfly
Thursday 20th May
Heavenly Father, the quickest way to get from one place to another is by a straight line, sometimes we say, 'as the crow flies'
Thank You that if I want to understand something about the world we live in, the way things are, why things are the way they are, You have given me a guiding principle: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight"
I can wander in the wilderness for forty years trying to find the way but if I listen to You, trust You with all my heart, submit to You, then You will show me the Way, make my path straight, and get me to where You want me to be
When I lean on my own understanding I can wander all round the houses, but when I trust You, You show me the Way home, the Way back to You
Where do I want to be? Where do You want me to be? When I trust in You with all my heart those two destinations become one, I want to be where You want me to be. To be in Your presence, to sit at Your feet, where Your love surrounds me and makes me complete; this is my desire. This is my desire: to honour You. Lord with all my heart I worship You. All I have within me, I give You praise. All that I adore is in You
Thank You that I can trust in You, that I do not have to lean on my own understanding. Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. May my path be straight, straight to You. Lord, have Your Way in me
Thank You, Holy Spirit, for living in me
songs for today:
To Be In Your Presence
This Is My Desire
Wednesday 19th May
Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus, thank You for teaching us how to pray. Help me to pray like this every day, not to recite the words, which I know so well, having learned them as a child at school, but to pray in the same Spirit
Somewhere along the way 'trespasses' have become 'sins' but the request is the same, that You forgive me, as is my task, to forgive anyone who has hurt me in any way
Lord Jesus, thank You for reminding me who I am praying to, Your Father, and now my Father in Heaven
Thank You for reminding me that He is a Holy God, whose very name is Holy and is therefore to be honoured and praised, loved with every part of me, my heart, my soul, my mind, and my strength
Thank You for reminding me that I can ask for His Kingdom to come, for His will to be done on earth, just as it is in Heaven. I know Your will is perfect and will not lead me to be tempted in any way but will deliver me, protect me from evil
Thank You for feeding me, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually; the Bread of Life fully satisfies
In houses, churches, cathedrals, in hearts and minds, people all over the world will be praying as You taught us: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours now and for ever
Amen and thank You
song for today:
Made in perfect love (Your Kingdom Come)
Tuesday 18th May
Heavenly Father, each morning as the clock strikes six I pray for six small groups of people, my children, their children, and my wife. Thank You for everything You do for them. When the clock strikes seven I add my sisters, my brother, their partners, and their children and grandchildren
Thank You that throughout the day, as I think of other people I know and I bring them before You in prayer, You respond by rearranging things, changing things, opening doors, closing doors, touching hearts and minds, whispering into ears, and answering prayers in so many ways, more than I will ever know or even imagine. I know You love people, that You do not want to lose a single soul, and that You love to answer prayer
Lord Jesus, You are the same, yesterday, today, and forever. You showed us how much Your Father loved to answer prayer, healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, the dumb spoke, the lame walked and lepers were cleansed. St John testifies, "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written"
Thank You that today You are still hearing our prayers and answering them and there are still books being written, and to be written, by those who have received from You in so many ways. I know that in all things You work for the good of those who love You, who have been called according to Your purpose. Thank You for all the good things You will be doing today
songs for today:
Father of Creation
Monday 17th May
Heavenly Father, there is no better way to start the day than here with You. This the Way to start the day, here in Your presence. Thank You for always being here, always showing up, always having something to say, always having something to give
Thank You that in a world that is full of worries and problems You bring peace; it is beyond understanding but You are faithful and no matter what the day brings You will be with me, calming my fears
Thank You that I do not walk alone but You walk with me
Lord Jesus, thank You for all that You have done for me in the past, way back, over 2,000 years ago, You did something for me, for everyone, that I could not do for myself, You satisfied God's righteous anger, You settled my account by paying in full the price for my sin
And today, by Your Holy Spirit, You are still with me. I do not know what today will bring, it will probably be just another day, but I know that whatever comes You are here and I can rely on You
I know that there are places in the world where there is unbelievable suffering, in whole nations, but also in families. I cannot do anything to solve those problems, to alleviate the suffering, other than pray, but I believe You hear our prayers and You act upon them. In the midst of the suffering and turmoil I know You are there
Thank You for answering prayers. There will be someone, somewhere who is blessed by You in response to prayer. I know You love to answer prayer. Thank You for enabling me to be involved across the world
song for today:
Be Still and Know That I AM God
all songs (usually with lyrics) and talks courtesy of YouTube