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Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 03/03/2019

Derek Mill
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton

 

Sunday 3rd March

Heavenly Father, I have heard people say that if they go to church, or get involved in church in any way, they are fearful that they may be brainwashed. It seems to me that the fear they express may well indicate that the brainwashing has already happened!
 
The enemy does his best to turn people away from church and even more so away from Jesus. The thief, the deceiver, the adversary, comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, but Lord Jesus, You came that we may have Life, and have it to the full
 
I suppose in a Way it is true, and very important, that we have our brain washed as the Bible tells us that our conscience needs to be, and is, cleansed by the blood of Christ. The lies of the enemy need to be washed out and the Truth needs to be known
 
Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word about Christ, the True Gospel about Jesus
 
Father, Lord Jesus, send Your Holy Spirit ahead of us to cleanse hearts, minds, souls, and bodies, and especially brains, so that the spiritually blind can see, the spiritually deaf can hear, and the message we bring in words and actions can be seen and heard. Signs and wonders? They would be good too! All we want is a level playing field, the enemy tries to make us believe we are kicking up a steep hill, in driving rain with a gale blowing against us
 
Lord Jesus, You can rebuke the wind, calm the storm and give us the circumstances we need to deliver a good gospel message. The Sword of the Spirit has not lost its cutting edge. Pass it on!
Amen
 



Saturday 2nd March

Heavenly Father, thank You that, as we come before You this morning, we have the hope of glory in our hearts, the glorious riches of Christ which He won for us on the cross. Thank You that out of His glorious riches we are being strengthened in our inner being with power through Your Spirit. Thank You that in Christ all our needs are met
 
May the eyes of our hearts be opened to see the hope to which we are called and the riches of our glorious inheritance. May we be rooted and established in love, together with all of Your holy people, so that we fully grasp how wide and long and high and deep is Your love for us in Christ Jesus, and even though it surpasses knowledge we can be filled to the full measure of the fullness of God by Your Spirit
 
Father, by Your Spirit, You are able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine according to the power that is at work in us, thus giving glory to You through Your people, the church
 
Father, all of this is promised in Your Word, alive and active in me, alive and active in all of us who believe and trust in Jesus. The enemy will try to cast doubt on our inheritance but we submit to You as the Author and Perfecter of our faith, knowing that for the joy that was set before You, You endured the cross, scorning it's shame and You now sit at the right hand of the Father
 
Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with the love of Christ that we may minister in power to this hurting world, revealing Jesus through all we do, winning souls today for eternity. Thank You
Amen

 


Friday 1st March

Heavenly Father, where does temptation come from? Jesus taught us to pray "Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one"
 
Does it all come from the evil one? When I decide to do something, diet for example, avoid chocolate, why is it that thoughts about food, chocolate, seem to increase and enter my head at random times? Even when I am praying, walking, working, busy, involved in something

Are the thoughts just random impulses fired in my brain and only there because I have set a thought process in motion? I know I don't want the thoughts but the more I don't want them the more they seem to increase. And how does the evil one get into all this? How does he tempt me? How does he put temptation in my way? Can I avoid him; avoid his tricks, traps, wicked schemes?
 
Obviously there are far greater temptations than food, though fasting does seem to have power! Jesus said some prayers were only effective along with fasting. Can the enemy plant thoughts in my head? Whisper in my ear?
 
Lord Jesus, You were tempted but stood firm, refusing the offers placed before You, using the Bible to counteract the devil's words. Is this a good guide, have the Bible in my mind? Turn to You, seek Your Spirit? You tell me to put on the full armour of God, resist the devil, submit to You and he must flee. Truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, the Word of God. Help me to trust You, seek You always. Whichever way temptation comes help me to fight it, let Your Way be my Way too. Thank You
Amen

 


Thursday 28th February

 

Heavenly Father, when we talk about a skill or talent that has been passed down through a generation we often say it is "in the blood".  Or, if a person is committed to a particular cause or a team, we say, somewhat strangely, that "they are like Blackpool rock, cut them in half and they will have ... written right through them!"
 
Every skill and talent that we have as a church is in the blood and if a church was to be cut in half it should have Jesus written right through it. Lord Jesus, without Your blood running through the veins of the church, the body of Christ, it cannot be alive, cannot minister in Your Name, with Your power, cannot reach out to a hurting world to bring forgiveness, release, healing. If a church does not have Your Name, JESUS, written bold through everything it does it loses Your personality, character, purpose, identity, loses commitment
 
Lord Jesus, as a member of Your church, Your body, let Your blood run through my veins; when I am "blood tested" may the results show Your DNA, clearly identifying me as a child of God, that we have the same Father, that we are of the same family, related to one another
 
Holy Spirit, be alive in me so that in all I do people can clearly see JESUS written through me. May we as a church show signs and wonders, be expectant and alive, sharing and caring for each other, texting and talking to invite and encourage each other and those who do not yet know You. May we update regularly what we see and hear You doing today as we have You at Heart
Amen
 



Wednesday 27th February

Heavenly Father, when King David went to build an altar after he had sinned he refused the offer of the threshing sledges, the oxen and the yoke from Araunah the Jebusite saying that he would not make a sacrifice to You, his God, a burnt offering of anything that cost him nothing, he insisted on paying. It cost him dearly, the full price, 600 gold shekels. You accepted his sacrifice and the plague that afflicted the nation stopped
 
Father, You have given us an altar and paid the full price for our sin; Your altar is the cross and the sacrifice is Jesus. When Jesus said "Not my will but Your will be done" He was saying that He would pay the full price, not in shekels, but with His body and His blood
 
For us, for me, this is a "Take it or leave it offer".  Just as King David paid the price so that his people would no longer suffer death, so it is that King Jesus has paid the price so that His people no longer have to suffer death. Thank You, it is all I can say, kneel in worship is all I can do. I cannot add to the sacrifice, my sacrifice is a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart You will not despise. An offering of thanks is all I give
 
Father, so many choose to leave it rather than take it, refuse Jesus and what He said of Himself "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through Me".  So many accept it for a short while and then leave it, follow Jesus then leave Him. Holy Spirit, never let me forget what it cost Jesus, never let me leave it, but always take it
Amen

 


Tuesday 26th February

Heavenly Father, we sometimes say that people fall at the first hurdle. Why is it that so many people fall at the first hurdle?

Is it because we do not realise we are in an obstacle race?
 
Is it because the enemy continuously and constantly puts obstacles in our path?
 
Or is it because of the first commandment "I AM the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods before me"?
 
Or is it because Jesus is the foundation stone, and the stone the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all?
 
Is it because Christ crucified is a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to Gentiles?
 
Is it because we try to tell You what to do? As Peter said to Jesus that He would never be crucified, Jesus replied "Get behind me satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns"

 
A proverb states that plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed. Isaiah asks "Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as His counsellor?"
 
Father, why do we so often fall at the first hurdle? Is it all of the above? How do I get over so many hurdles? I hear Your voice answering "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint"
 
Holy Spirit, thank You that You guide us, show us the Way, a lamp to our feet. Thank You Jesus, the Light of the world, showing us every obstacle, good and bad, my hope is in You
Amen
 



Monday 25th February

Heavenly Father, from the first moment of this day make me Yours, from the first moment of every day, make me Yours. A prisoner on Death Row is a condemned man, a "dead man walking"; but I am not a prisoner, I am not on Death Row and I am not condemned, I am an alive man walking
 
At Jesus' trial, He became a prisoner, He was condemned and having walked, staggered under the weight of the cross, He was crucified and as He breathed His last breath He set me free, breathing forgiveness He opened the prison door so I am no longer captive, no longer condemned. I am now alive in Christ!
 
Lord Jesus, when Simon declared that You were the Son of God, the Messiah, You named him Peter, the Rock and You told him You would give him the keys of the Kingdom and that what he bound on earth would be bound in Heaven and what he set free on earth would be set free in Heaven
 
The same is true for us who believe and trust in You today; You give us the keys to the Kingdom; not one key, many keys. Keys to unlock many doors, to set many people free, and open the door to Heaven. Keys to bring release from all kinds of captivity. Each lock has a different key, but You have the key to every lock, in fact You are the key to every lock. No matter what chains bind people, You know the words, the combination of words where necessary to unlock their heart, mind, and soul to bring release
 
Holy Spirit, give us keys today and let captives be released. Dead or alive? Alive, in Christ, alive! Thank You
Amen

 
 

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