Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 15/07/2018
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 15th July
Heavenly Father, at the end of the great crime dramas there is almost always a scene where the truth is revealed, whodunit! Sometimes we have no idea who committed the crime, but in some we know from the beginning and it is then a matter of how the truth will be revealed, how the evidence will be discovered or uncovered
In some love stories the rich man does not reveal his true identity so he knows that the lady in his life loves him for who he is, not what he has. The story of our relationship with You includes a great crime, the Sacrifice of an innocent Man, Jesus, on the cross, and the Greatest Love ever shown, the Sacrifice of an innocent Man, Jesus on the cross
The depth of Your love for us, for me, is a mystery and unfolds in the pages of the Bible and in the lives of everyone who has found the Greatest Love. It is revealed from the beginning that we commit the crime, eat what we shouldn't, have knowledge we shouldn't, find evil when we shouldn't. The consequences of our actions are shown throughout the Bible and still today in the world we now live
You have shown us the end from the beginning; You pay the price, not a fine, not a slap on the wrist, but execution, crucifixion, the Truth revealed. Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, You are involved in our lives throughout
Help me to turn the page for someone today that they too may discover whodunit, the crime, the punishment and the Revelation of the Saviour, the One who pays the price so we can go free, The Greatest Love revealed. Amen
Saturday 14th July
Heavenly Father, we know that we can't be in two places at once, but the advent of modern technology means that we really do try hard. Many times I step aside to avoid someone walking towards me, not looking where they are going, with their eyes fixed to their phone as they text
Sometimes I measure how successful my day has been by how much I have done, how hard I have worked, how many steps I have walked! Fullness of life is not the same as a full life. Fulfilled is not the same as life being filled full. I wonder how You would like me to measure my day? I looked at the list of things I have planned to do today: it was long! I imagined the list You had for me, it said two things: go for a walk with Jesus, go for another walk with Jesus
Because You are God You can be everywhere at once, omnipresent; but one of the limitations Jesus had when He walked the earth was being in one place only at a time, so He prayed and asked You what to do and where to go, He said He could only do what He saw You doing
Father, help me to be like Jesus, one place only, in Your presence, one step at a time, guided by You, life in all its fullness but not necessarily packed full. Thank You that You ordain rest, Sabbath. Your Way is the best Way; help me to live Your Way. Amen
Friday 13th July
Heavenly Father, I met a man yesterday at the hospital who told me he was waiting for his wife to wake up; she had a tumour removed from her brain in June and had been in a coma since then. I told him I was a Christian and would pray for her. He told me he used to believe in God but not any longer. I found this to be such a sadness to me, and I dare say it is to You too, even more so
Your Word tells me that You provide for us while we sleep, so I trust that You are providing for this lady while she sleeps and pray that she will wake up and her husband will be filled with joy, but mostly filled with Your Holy Spirit as he gives thanks to You for Your provision. I know that not every prayer is answered, even if we do add, "...in the Name of Jesus"
Prayers may not be answered in the way we wish, or when we wish, but Jesus is the Yes to every prayer and one day in Heaven we will see that You answered every prayer. In Heaven there are gold bowls which have incense which are the prayers of Your people, You have every single one of them
Jesus called miracles signs, signposts pointing to what happens in Heaven. No more tumours or comas, so I do ask that this lady will wake up again, here on earth and at some stage she and her husband will wake up in Eternity, in Heaven with You and will meet Jesus, their Saviour and join with the twenty-four elders praising and worshipping the Lamb of God. Amen
Thursday 12th July
Heavenly Father, I hope I am not here with You this morning out of some sort of routine or ritual, something I think I have to do, like paying a premium for an insurance policy and then once I have paid I can forget all about it. I do not want to be here because of an obligation, reluctantly, wishing I was elsewhere, looking at the clock waiting for the minutes to tick by so I can escape and get on with life
Being here is not just about praying to the air, it is about You, the person, Jesus, my closest Friend. Being here is about our relationship, not about ritual, repetition or superstition. This is the reality of life, being with You, listening, talking, sharing the trivia and the deepest things; this is not a rehearsal, this is true life. This is not me being good, or even trying to be good, this is about Your Grace, sharing Yourself with me
There is no point in hiding the reality of my hopes or fears, especially my fears, as You know them all. This is not about me being prepared for ministry, this is about being with You, just that, nothing more, simply being with You. I have to remember I am a human being not a human doing!
Messiah, Christ, Saviour, Redeemer, Good Shepherd: You are all of these things and so many more, but as much as any of them, You are my Friend. Draw close my Friend, draw close and share Your Life, Your Breath, Your Love. As we walk together through this day, help me to remember You are my Friend, my best Friend. Share my day, share Your Life with me, side by side. Amen
Wednesday 11th July
Heavenly Father, there are many times when I miss hearing what is said to me by my wife because I am in a different room and can't quite catch what is being said, but sometimes it is because I have walked away in the middle of a conversation. In both cases I need to come back to her, where I can see and hear her, usually apologise "Sorry, I didn't quite catch that, what did you say?" and then take on board what is being said and I guess on many occasions do what I am asked to do
I am not sure I give You the same attention or the same response to what You are saying to me. Not only do I not stay in the room with You long enough to hear what You are saying, but often I have one eye on the clock ready to run, well, walk out of the door to go and do something which seems so important, even urgent, that taking time to listen to the Father of Creation, the Lord of the Universe, my King, my Redeemer, my Saviour, taking time to be with You becomes secondary, even 'thirdary' or 'fourthary' in my thinking
In fact I may not take time to listen at all as the demands of the day crowd in and when I get to the end of the day, usually exhausted, I realise that I left You without listening to You at all and missed the most important conversation I have on any day
Forgive me for walking out on You, for not coming back to You, for not taking time to listen to You, and talk to You. I know You are Grace and Mercy personified, but I know I must not take advantage of that. So I will now wait for You. Amen
Tuesday 10th July
Heavenly Father, I wonder what You will want me to be today? What I will need to be today? Will I need to be as innocent as a dove? Do I have to be as cautious as a snake? Will I be like a deer panting for water, thirsting in a drought? Are there going to be wolves? And do I need to be a sheep, threatened with being torn apart? Or will the wolves be in disguise, in sheep's clothing? In a world where not everything is as it seems, how do I know what I need to be? What attitude to adopt? Whether to be defensive or on the attack? Who to trust and who be wary of?
Lord Jesus, You always knew what to say and what to do, and You never seemed to have any doubts about how to deal with any situation or any particular person. You could sense the spirit that was at work in every moment and dealt with that spirit with authority and decisive action whenever necessary
Father, Jesus said that He could only do what He saw You doing, He had the perfect gift of discernment of spirits. I need Your Holy Spirit and Your Word to guide me throughout this day. I do not want to give what is Holy to dogs! I have but one Pearl, the Pearl of Great Worth, Jesus, and I want to make sure that I do not cast Him before a herd of pigs!
Help me to discern what You want me to say and do so that in everything You are glorified. I may not have silver or gold, but what I do have I give to you, in the Name of Jesus... Guide me, Lord, to the right Word for every situation. Thank You. Amen
Monday 9th July
Heavenly Father, I think the saying "old habits die hard" is probably true, after all, they are habits, things we do habitually, without thinking, even religiously. Another saying, with a similar theme, may also be true "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"
However, there is a flaw in this... I am not a dog. It may take time to break old habits, the die is cast, and it is hard, but Lord Jesus, You are in the business of formation and transformation! Built into the word rehabilitation, hidden in it, is the word ‘habit’ and by the power of Your Holy Spirit You can bring about new habits, new ways of thinking, new ways of working, new ways of living
Lord I come to You, let my heart be changed, renewed, flowing from the grace that I found in You. I ask You Lord to "make my day!" and hear Your response "make My day!". You love to rehabilitate, to reform character, to rebuild my broken and shattered life and dreams, to bring new life and new dreams
Lord Jesus, shape my day. I must come to terms with my old habits; what are the terms? I give you my broken, warped, twisted life, unrecognisable to what it was meant to be, and You give me back my life, a new heart, a renewed mind, all by the Power of Your Love. Amazing Grace. We are in this together! What a Faithful God have I! Thank You, Amen