Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 24/02/2019
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 24th February
Lord Jesus, when You were asked about the greatest commandment You replied "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind". You followed up with the second most important "Love your neighbour as you love yourself”
My response is "How much? All of it? All of my heart, soul and mind? And I think I read somewhere all of my strength too? Why all of it? Why not some of it, half of it, even most of it? Why all of it? What difference does it make?"
I guess we see in the world around us what happens when we do things half-heartedly; we fail. We fall. We stumble. We lose our Way, our focus, our desire, patience. We lose our love, our faith, our identity. We give up entirely. Empty gestures are of no use to anyone
Smith Wigglesworth said "The reason the world is not seeing Jesus is that Christian people are not filled with Jesus. They are satisfied with attending meetings weekly, reading the Bible occasionally, and praying sometimes". Father, forgive me for being half-hearted, offering empty gestures, paying lip-service, mouthing the words but not acting upon them
When people ask me what I did today and I tell them I went to church it is an empty gesture unless I love them, unless I walk in Your Way, unless I live a life worth living. I can only live the Life You have planned for me if I give myself whole-heartedly to You. Father, You are not fooled. Take my heart, my soul, my mind; they are of no use to me without You. Forgive me for time wasted. Fill me again
Saturday 23rd February
Heavenly Father, as I am sitting here in the semi-darkness, hearing the repeated beep from my landline phone I have just reported a power cut. Opening the curtains has given me more light. Battery power is allowing me to use my mobile phone but there is no other power available. I fully expect the lights to come on in a few minutes but really have no idea when power will be restored
Unsurprisingly, this affects how I think about You:
am I aware if there is power cut between You and me?
am I relying on power I have stored in a Spiritual battery?
how do I report a sudden drop in power from You?
how long will it be before power is restored?
Father, the phone call I just received from the power supplier has just assured me that it is the whole area affected and not just my house. So I wonder, would there ever be a power cut between You and me, or between You and this whole area?
Father, may this never happen! Send Your Holy Spirit to repair whatever is disrupting the flow of Your power either to me or to this area. Jesus was unable to do many miracles in His own town because there was little faith; Holy Spirit please send a surge of power through me, through this area so that the power that comes through faith is restored. Without You nothing can be achieved, but with You nothing is impossible
As we meet to pray shortly there may be no power to boil the kettle, but we know we will have Your power, Your Spirit to supply all we really need. Fully reliant on God, Your power always available. Thank You
Friday 22nd February
Heavenly Father, thank You that when Jesus sent out the seventy-two they returned to Him to report the wonderful things that had happened. When John the Baptist sent his followers to Jesus to ask if He was the One the people had been waiting for Jesus told them to report back to John what they had seen and heard "the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor"
Father, as we meet each week, our focus is often on praise and worship, remembering what Jesus has done for us, giving thanks and rejoicing that our names are written in Heaven, and rightly so. I wonder though if we miss out on the reporting back, that we do not testify to what we have seen and heard
Lord Jesus, You told the twelve disciples to proclaim that the kingdom of Heaven was near, to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy and drive out demons. Just before You ascended to Heaven You told the eleven remaining disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything You had commanded them
We have been baptised in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit and are here to continue what You started. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever, as we meet in Your Name may we report back to You what we have seen and heard while giving thanks that our names are written in Heaven. And may everything be to Your glory. Thank You, roll on Sunday. Now, I must "Go"
Thursday 21st February
Heavenly Father, what use am I to You if I am a blind guide, straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel? Help me to see clearly so that I give good guidance, avoiding gnats and camels and only feeding on the Bread of Life and offering this Bread to others too
You have called us to go and make disciples, not just to go to church. If I am blind, leading the blind, Jesus warns that we will both fall into the pit. Help me to see clearly so that I am not a blind guide leading the blind into the pit, but that I see the Way clearly, the path that leads to Jesus, to You, to salvation and not into the pit
Help me Father, Holy Spirit, to not be a whitewashed tomb and not to lead others to become whitewashed tombs, but to come to the empty tomb, to You, Risen Jesus, finding You are alive in the garden, breathing new Life into me and all who meet with You
Heavenly Father, Your Word tells me that I was dead in my sins, in grave danger, but that You breathed new life into me and just as Jesus raised Lazarus, just as the Spirit raised Jesus, so You have raised me to new Life
Father, help me to speak clearly to anyone who is in grave danger so that by Your Spirit You can breathe new Life into them and bring them from the pit into Eternal Life
Father, I cannot do this on my own, I do not have the might nor power but only by Your Spirit can anything be accomplished. Only by grace can we enter, only by grace can we stand, not by our human endeavours but by the blood of the Lamb. Keep my eyes focused on the Lamb
Wednesday 20th February
Heavenly Father, Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote a poem "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways". She goes on to talk about depth, breadth, and height, freely, purely, and passionately, breath, smiles, and tears. Your love for us, for me, meets every one of these qualities and more. She ends with the words "And if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death"
After death, why? Is it because the brokenness of the world we now live in will be swept away by the new heaven and earth You are going to create? Then we will see You face to face and love you perfectly
Perhaps I can ask "How is this world broken? Let me count the ways". Physically. Mentally. Spiritually. Morally. Sexually. There are so many ways we are corrupt. So many ways we are bankrupt
Lord Jesus, You came so that we may have Life, life in abundance, in all fullness. You brought healing to people who were broken in every way, physically, mentally, spiritually, morally, sexually; every one a sign, a wonder, demonstrating what is to come. You confronted corruption and showed that there is a better Way to live and love
From the riches of Your grace You paid the price for all our sin, all my sin, so I am no longer in debt, no longer bankrupt but now in credit, and everything is credited to You, for Your glory. You tell us to be continuously filled with Your Spirit so that like You we can overcome, be more than conquerors
Father, fill me again! Be glorified in all I do today. At the foot of the cross, what mercy I have found!
Tuesday 19th February
Heavenly Father, thank You for the infinite variety You have created in the stars and planets in space, in the beauty of the world around us and in each unique person You have knit together in each mother's womb and brought to life
Sometimes when a job is constantly repeating the same task over and over again we may say it is mind-numbingly boring or even soul destroying! You are soul-creating, everything and everyone created in love
We say, or sing:
Love makes the world go around;
All you need is love;
Love is in the air;
Love is all around
Each one of these statements makes complete sense when we take You seriously, believing what You have told us about Yourself, God is love. You make the world go round. All we need is You. You are in the air. You are all around. Every one of Your actions is an act of love, each one demonstrating how much You love us, from clothing us in the Garden of Eden, rescuing us from slavery, giving us a day off every week, fulfilling all Your promises, even to the point of dying on the cross
Sending Your own Son, the ultimate act of love, the act of redemption, Jesus' blood poured out for us. Only You, the God of Love, would have even considered this plan. Help me to think like You; "What is the loving thing to do?" Then do that! You did not count the cost, took responsibility for us, offering forgiveness from the cross. If an action is not loving, I won't do it. Self less and selfless. More love, more power, more of You in my life. As Nike says, "Just do it!"
Monday 18th February
Heavenly Father, what is the biggest danger in my life?
Is it that I simply think of You or Jesus as a good idea, an imaginary friend who I can pick up or put down as I wish; just wishful thinking?
Is it that I have You tucked away in a drawer somewhere, an insurance policy I can pull out when something goes wrong in my life, or a life assurance policy that brings benefits when I die?
Is it fear? Fear of what others might think or say or do? Fear of death? Fear of life? Fear of the enemy, satan? Fear that I might do something wrong? Fear that I might not get it right? Whatever it is! Father, help me!
When I think like this it is so easy to lose sight of what is real. Remember GAGOR! Get A Grip On Reality! You are real, much more than a good idea, a good God, a great God, and an awesome God. Much more than an imaginary friend, but a real friend, a true friend who always stands by me, stands with me
You are more than an insurance policy, You have told me I will have troubles, but not to fear as You have overcome the world. I do not need to fear death; You have defeated death, Your Spirit is all the assurance I need that You have prepared a place for me
I do not need to fear life; You have come so that I may have life in all its fullness. I do not need to fear the enemy because I submit to You, so he has to go. I may get things wrong, I may not always get them right but Your love for me has all eventualities covered. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, the joy of the Lord is my strength