Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 14/10/2018
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 14th October
Heavenly Father, I often ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit and I believe this is what You want to do and what You tell me to do, to ask
I wonder if sometimes You cannot fill me with Your Spirit because I am so full of myself? I know that You are not at my beck and call, that You do not come running when I snap my fingers, when I crook my finger and summon You into my presence. But I also know that You are my loving Heavenly Father and that Jesus said that even an earthly father would not give his child a snake if he asks for a fish, or a scorpion if he asks for an egg; how much more then would You want to give me Your Holy Spirit?
How do I empty myself of me so that You can fill me? The Bible tells me to humble myself and You will lift me up; but how do I this? You also tell me to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but to value others highly and consider their needs first; perhaps this is something I need to work on? Correction, something I definitely need to work on!
Father, help me to act justly and to love mercy, help me to walk humbly with You, listening to Your voice, acting upon Your Word. Help me to feed on the Bread of Life. I like the picture of the Bread and You give me what I need to spread the Word. Without Jesus I am nothing, but with Jesus I can do anything when He strengthens me. As John Denver sang, You fill up my senses, come fill me again
Saturday 13th October
Heavenly Father, the Bible tells me of the First Adam, created by You from dust in the Garden of Eden, and then of the Second Adam, Your only Son, Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem, conceived of Your Holy Spirit
The First Adam and his wife Eve brought sin into the world, their nature becoming corrupt, therefore all descendants since then, all mankind has a first nature which is also corrupt, including me. There was nothing I could do about this first nature, finding my selfishness quite natural to me, hardly noticing how easily I wanted my own way with little thought for anyone else. This got worse as I got older
Then I heard about Jesus, listened to stories about Him, and finally met with Him, by the same Holy Spirit. Filled with Your Spirit I find I have a Second Nature, a desire to live as You want me to; guided by You, I find my own nature and my Second Nature sometimes battle for supremacy, but it is Your Way, the Way of Jesus that I desire
Help me Father to strengthen my desire to follow Your will. Make Your love the love in my heart. Give me a new perspective, seeing the world through Your eyes, serving with Your hands, so that it becomes Second Nature to be like Jesus. When I fail, forgive me; lift me up to start again, afresh, cleansed by Your Holy Spirit
Thank You for loving me so much that I am born again because Jesus came into the world. I know You will finish the work You have started. Thank You again
Friday 12th October
Heavenly Father, help me to understand how Jesus was born into time on the earth, but was also with You before the creation of the earth and when the earth was formed!
The angel Gabriel told Mary she would become pregnant, even though a virgin, by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Yes? The Son of God and the Son of Man? Yes? In order for Mary to become pregnant a cell from her body and a part of You, a drop of God, joined together to form the embryo that grew to be born as Jesus, yes? That "drop of God" from You, by Your Holy Spirit was fully You, had always been with You, part of You, even at the beginning, at the creation of the universe
You are complete in Yourself and every part of You can never be separated, You are One God, without beginning and end. As Jesus grew in the womb He was God throughout and continued to be so throughout His birth, life, death and resurrection, yes? In Him was Your complete character, Your complete love, Your complete being, but also a man. Your Son, born of Your Holy Spirit and Mary was fully God and fully human, and is still the same, yesterday, today and forever, yes?
Father, help me to understand the great cost to You, giving Yourself to us, living with us so we can know You in a Way we understand. Father, is this the Truth You want me to know leading to Life everlasting?
Thank You for Jesus, my King and brother, my Lord and God, my Rock, and my Redeemer; Immanuel, God with us. Help me to know You better, and understand You more, and to walk through life with You
Thursday 11th October
Heavenly Father, when I was very young I had a weekly magazine called ‘Treasure’ and within it was a section called 'Mr Answers'; young children and, I suspect, some adults, wrote in asking questions about the world we live in. There was also a TV programme called ‘How’ which did something similar
Many churches across the world run the Alpha course, which does the same sort of thing, but allows anyone to come and ask questions about life, about the struggles and difficulties we face, about You and Jesus and Holy Spirit. I guess it is called Alpha because it looks at everything from the beginning, and Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end
Our relationship with You is a love story, about Your love for us and Jesus coming to this world to seek us, to restore our relationship with You. The song ‘Love Story’ (the early version by Francis Lai & Carl Sigman) begins "Where do I begin to tell the story of how great a love can be?"
It is a great question and applies to our relationship with You. It begins and ends with Jesus, but in between there are so many more questions and You have the answers. Help us to be ready to answer any questions through the power of Your Spirit. Help us to live lives that prompt people to ask questions. Thank You for Your great love and what You have done to bring us back to You; Jesus is where we begin to tell the story of how great a love can be
Wednesday 10th October
Lord Jesus, thank You for the promise that You gave us that whenever we gather together in Your Name, even two or three of us, then You are with us
Thank You that You also told us to meet with the Father individually, quietly in a room or as we walk alone
And thank You that You gave us an example of prayer, showing us how to pray
Thank You that as we gather together in groups all over the country, all over the world, You will be there, by Your Holy Spirit. What a privilege to meet with our Father, who is in Heaven, who's Name is Holy, Yahweh, and to be greatly respected and honoured. What a privilege to meet to pray for Your Kingdom to come and to seek Your will together, knowing that we are always blessed by Your presence
Thank You that You feed our souls, strengthening us in faith, lifting us up and blessing us with the Bread of Life
We know that as we gather together Your Holy Spirit cleanses us as we forgive one another any and all wrongs, making us fit to minister in Your Name. What a privilege to be led by You, knowing You never tempt us, but that You are our Deliverer from evil, our Redeemer, our Holy and Righteous King
As we meet to listen for Your voice, give us boldness to speak out the Word, to call on Jesus, to seek His face. Guide us into the Way, the Truth and the Life that we are blessed and become Your blessing to one another and to the world around us. This is Your Kingdom, sustained by Your power, and we will be with You today and forever and ever. Thank You
Tuesday 9th October
Heavenly Father, I have always known from my times-tables that multiples of 9, have digits that add up to 9; 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81, 90. You told me to go on, 99 (two 9s which equal 18, the digits add up to 9),108, 117, 126, 135, 144. I wondered where this would end; You said it doesn't!
Try any number where the digits add up to 9! 100044÷9=11116; 10101033÷9=1122337. Multiples of 9 will always produce a number with digits that add up to multiples of 9: 45219x9=406971 (4+0+6+9+7+1=27=9x3)
Incredible! What are You showing me? Universal Truth, Jesus. No matter where I go, Your love never changes. Psalm 139, Ephesians 3:18. Interesting numbers!
Monday 8th October
Heavenly Father, sometimes we take time to collect our thoughts, think things through, ponder a little while, mull things over. I wonder if all of this is also prayer? A conversation with You? King David wrote Psalms saying that You knew his thoughts. Elsewhere it says that Jesus asked the teachers of the Law a question because He knew what they were thinking. I am also told that Your ways are higher than my ways, Your thoughts higher than my thoughts
When I am trying to make a decision, one of the phrases I am mostly likely to use with friends is "What do you think?" When I am thinking, I can also hear in my mind my own voice, what is on my heart. Jesus told the disciples to take care because out of the heart come evil thoughts. King David implored You "Create in me a pure heart, and renew a right Spirit in me". You tell me to guard my heart and that Your peace, which passes all understanding, will guard my heart and my mind
Help me Father to think the way You do, to think about things that are true, noble, right and pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. If I am thinking like this then only good will come from my heart. Where my heart is, there will be my treasure. Holy Spirit, may my thoughts, my words, my actions be guided by You today. May we have deep conversation as You share the mind of Christ with me. What do You think?