Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 27/01/2019
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 27th January
Heavenly Father, we are sometimes told that opposites attract; You are God and I am not
You are I AM and I ask the question "Am I?"
You are I AM and I am not
You say, "I AM Holy" and I ask "Am I holy?"
You are loving and I ask "Am I loving?"
You are full of grace, full of mercy, full of kindness, full of Truth. I ask myself "Am I full of grace, mercy, kindness, Truth?”
From the cross, suffering, in agony, You offered forgiveness. Do I offer forgiveness as quickly while I am living in comfort?
Lord Jesus, You attracted people to Yourself who were hurting, sick, lost, hopeless. Do I attract people like this, do I draw people in or do I push people out?
What was it that made You attractive to so many? I know people were amazed because of the miracles that happened when You touched people's lives but I also know that people were equally amazed by Your teaching because You spoke with authority
Your holiness attracted the unholy and also led You to the cross
Your positive attracts my negative, so I am becoming more positive about You and what You want me to do, how to live my life
On the mountainside with Peter, James, and John, You were transformed, transfigured, becoming as light. Am I like a light? Does Your Spirit shine through me?
It is because You died that I can live. And it is because You live that I can die to self and live in peace
Your perfection covers my imperfection, Your blood washes away my sin. Your Way has become my way. Son of God, Son of Man, opposites attract. Thank You
Saturday 26th January
Heavenly Father, praying yesterday about BC and AD got me thinking about another similar group of letters, AC/DC, Alternating Current and Direct Current in electrical circuits (not the Australian rock band or any other use of the letters)
I don't really know that much about the science of electricity, it comes under physics, but when I was talking to a former Rolls Royce engineer last week, a non-Christian, about Jesus and Truth, he did say to me that the laws of physics have always been there, unchanging, we simply had to discover them
This is a truth recognised in science about electricity, but what about in terms of real power, the power of Your Word, that created the universe, raised Jesus from the dead, created the laws of physics, and also the Law that guides our lives and our relationship with You. There is no alternative, there is only one direct power, Your power transmitted through Jesus, through Your Holy Spirit
It is current, has always been, is now, and will be forever, just like Jesus! The whole of creation is sustained by the power of Your Word
Jesus made it completely clear, there is no alternative "No one comes to the Father except through Me". Direct access to You comes through Jesus; it is the how and why I can meet with You today. Like electricity, Your power has to be used carefully; it is always to Your glory, it is always good, it is always flowing in love, it is always patient and kind, does not envy or boast and is not proud. May Your power flow today! Thank You
Friday 25th January
Heavenly Father, thank You that I have a BC and an AD
Thank You that the world is reminded every day that we live in AD, the Latin ‘anno Domini nostri Jesu Christi’: in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ
Thank You that every one has the opportunity to change personally from BC, before Christ, before knowing Jesus, to AD, meeting Jesus, receiving Jesus, accepting Jesus as Lord and living under His Kingship and by the power of His Holy Spirit
BC, Before Christ I did not know You as Father, I thought of You as policeman, as judge, as unfair, as distant, as unreal, as a figment of my imagination, because to me, You did not exist, You were just a crutch for weak people, a vain hope for something which would prove to be empty. Before Christ, BC, Jesus was just a person in stories, made up by men and designed to gain control over weak people
Father forgive me for my life BC and thank You that I now live AD
Thank You that You are no longer a policeman, waiting for my mistakes so You can arrest me and punish me
Thank You that from the moment I met Jesus and accepted Him as Lord my eyes were opened, my ears unblocked, my heart changed, softened
Thank You that what I thought of as unreal I discovered was real, the Truth
Who am I, that You have me in mind, that You care for me? In Your great love You sought me and bought me for a price, Jesus’ blood the accepted ransom, the redemption of my soul, AD! Help me live AD so others may see and be transformed and transferred, BC to AD. Thank You
Thursday 24th January
Heavenly Father, thank You for the mustard seed of faith that I have, the seed that You gave me, that You planted in my heart
Thank You that You water that seed so that it grows and as it grows so my faith grows, my trust in Jesus grows
Thank You that the roots are going deeper into You, into Jesus, so that my faith becomes stronger and although it is sometimes battered by storms, shaken by winds, even hurricanes, it remains firmly rooted and does not get blown about by the winds of false doctrine
Thank You that through the roots You feed the seed every day, through Your Word in the flesh, through Your Word in print and through the Word by Your Spirit
Thank You that all scripture has been breathed by You and is useful to me and for me
Thank You that You teach me, rebuke me, correct me, and train me in righteousness
Thank You that because of the seed planted in me You have given me, and all Your children, as we come into Your presence through Jesus and His Holy Spirit, this charge: "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine... They will turn their ears away from the Truth and turn aside to myths"
Father do not let me quench the Spirit, or treat prophecies with contempt; but help me to test them holding on to what is good and rejecting every kind of evil. Help me to hold on to the crown You gave me until Jesus returns
Wednesday 23rd January
Heavenly Father, I heard the other day that You are more concerned about my insides than my outsides! You said to Samuel when You sent him to anoint David king "The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart"
Jesus said "A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of". I guess this is why St Paul tells us to think about things which are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable, things which are excellent or praiseworthy. It would be why King David asked You to create a pure heart in him
Holy Spirit, guide me to the Truth, to Jesus so that I will speak Truth; guide me to thoughts that are noble so I will act unselfishly; teach me what is right so I will do no wrong; purify my heart so my actions will come from pure motives; help me to focus on what is lovely so I will choose to do the loving thing; help me to seek the Admirable, the person You admire, Jesus, and to live my life to His praise and glory; help me to seek the most excellent Way, faith, hope and love, the greatest of these being love; help me to seek out the Light You shine, to be the light You want me to be in this dark world so people may see good deeds and give thanks and praise to You, my Father in Heaven. I cannot do this alone; I need Your heart, Your thoughts, Your mind. Help me to see as You do
Tuesday 22nd January
Heavenly Father, it seems to be that the most natural thing in the world is to want our own way. A baby soon learns that crying draws attention to their need, whether it is food, discomfort, or simply wanting attention, to be held, soothed, noticed. It is natural, human nature, but nature has fallen
I suppose it came as a surprise to us humans to find that the sun did not revolve around the earth but that we orbit the sun. I dare say it also comes as a great surprise to us that the world does not revolve around us; it certainly came as a surprise to me!
The revelation that I did not know everything, that I was not right about everything came as a shock; in fact I knew very little and was wrong about most things, including You. I had decided that You did not even exist, so finding out that You do changed my perspective somewhat
Discovering that You love me and want the best for me also changed my worldview. Finding out that I was a sinful person and far away from You was scary to say the least. Hearing that Jesus had died in my place, bringing healing and forgiveness was almost incomprehensible, how could this be? But this is the Truth
Holy Spirit, thank You for touching my hard heart, my heart of stone, and for giving me a soft heart, a heart of flesh
Thank You for opening my eyes and ears so I could see the Truth, hear Your Word to me
Thank You for changing my nature, transforming me, little by little, day by day. I know I am not perfect, still a long way to go
Keep up the Good work please
Monday 21st January
Heavenly Father, miracles are not always about what happens, but when things happen; is this right? Is it true? The timing was right when Rolls met Royce, Laurel met Hardy, Morecambe met Wise, Lennon met McCartney
The timing was right when Jesus met John the Baptist at the River Jordan, when Jesus met Simon Peter and his brother, Andrew, beside the Sea of Galilee, when Saul met Jesus on the road to Damascus and became Paul the apostle
Is it a coincidence that out of all the people I could have thought about in prayer, one, Bob Paisley, was in the news on the same day as Liverpool F.C. were celebrating what would have been his 100th birthday?
Is it a coincidence that the words about having "the right Word at the right time in the right place to the right person guided by Your Spirit..." were echoed in the sermon I heard yesterday? Someone said to me that it is good to know that we are singing from the same hymn sheet
Thank You for the many supposed coincidences that happen every day
Thank You that the right person is so often there at just the right time. I know there are times when You change things and the Supernatural overrides the natural, when You heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead
Thank You for the miracle that people are born again of Your Spirit, Heaven touches earth and Your Kingdom comes, Your will is done on earth as it is in Heaven
Thank You for Jesus, the right Word, the right Person, the right place, the right time. Holy Spirit, guide me today in the same Way