Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 31/03/2019
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 31st March
Heavenly Father, I have no desire to put words into Your mouth, my desire is very much the opposite, that You would put Your Word in my mouth, and in my heart and in my soul
I join with King David in asking "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer"
In every church today there will be V.I.P.s, Very Important People; this will not be visiting speakers, whether they be ministers or bishops, nor will they be the regulars, those who come to worship every week, including the vicar of the parish and me! (Of course we are very important! Every single one of us is very important to You; Jesus died for us, every single one of us and without Him we are lost)
Jesus said "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners"
The church is Your operating theatre; interesting words, a theatre is where we expect to see a drama enacted, and there is nothing more dramatic than Your Word in operation
The church is where You operate, where Your Word comes out of Your mouth, sharper than a two-edged sword, the Truth that sets people free
The church is the operating theatre where You bind up the broken-hearted, where You wipe away every tear, where You lift the fallen, give sight to the blind and bring healing to all who need it
Holy Spirit, guide us to those who need Your healing touch upon their lives. As we report back today may we be able to say that the operation was a success
Saturday 30th March
Heavenly Father, a man came to Jesus asking Him to heal his son who was possessed of a spirit that robbed him of his speech, saying "If You can do anything, take pity on us and help us". Jesus responded, "If You can? Everything is possible for one who believes". Immediately the man cries out "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" Jesus rebuked the spirit "You deaf and mute spirit, I command you come out of him and never enter him again". The spirit left the boy
Father, I join in with that man's cry "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" There is an "I AM" statement made by You in the Old Testament "I AM the Lord who heals you". Your Name is I AM!
When Moses asked You who was sending him to speak to Pharaoh, and asked who he should tell the Israelites had sent him, you told him "I AM WHO I AM! This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you"
Jesus echoed Your words when he said to the disciples "I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I AM WHO I AM"
Father, I believe You are the One who heals, that Jesus is the One who heals, that You bring healing by the power of Your Holy Spirit at work in those who believe; help me overcome my unbelief! Why is it that I trust Amazon to deliver what I have asked for but my trust in You wavers as I wait for You to deliver what I have asked for. Forgive my unbelief, build my trust in You, strengthen my trust in You, that I may see Your deliverance soon. Thank You
Friday 29th March
Lord Jesus, I suppose the words I come back to again and again, perhaps more than any other, are the "I AM..." statements You made. Why are these words so important? Why are they so important to me, to all of us, to the whole world?
I AM the Resurrection and the Life - death is not the end, death is defeated, we no longer need to fear it
I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life - the lies of the enemy are blown apart by the Truth, there is a better Way to live, You are the Way to a better Life
I AM the Good Shepherd - You have fulfilled the promise of God, You are the promise of God, God gave us His Word that He would come, You are the Word of God, the Word made flesh, and You will look after me
I AM the Gate for the sheep - You have provided a safe haven, a place where I can come and You are the doorway
I AM the True Vine - not only are You the Vine, You are the True Vine, directly linked to the Father, of one and same substance, rooted in Heaven, with You Heaven touches earth, with You healing is available because in Heaven all healing will be completed
I AM the Light of the World - this world can be a very dark place and sometimes we find ourselves in a deep pit, one where we may despair, but You are a light shining in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it, You are a light for my feet showing me a safe path, a safe Way forward
I AM the Bread of Life - You sustain me, feed me with Truth, give me strength, the Bread You give enables me to walk with You
Help me remember. Thank You
Thursday 28th March
Heavenly Father, there are a number of reluctant leaders mentioned in the Bible, prophetic men with vision but filled with doubts about their ability to deliver the message or to deliver the nation; Moses, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Gideon, Elijah to name a few
Here in the United Kingdom, we are a divided kingdom, just like Israel was when some wanted to stay and some wanted leave, today some want to stay, and some want to leave. No matter where we are, no matter what the situation there will always be those who grumble, who look back to "the good old days", those who look back to the times when "the sun never set on the British Empire", even though those days were days of slavery, of oppression, times of war
Help us to trust in You, to offer this nation to You, and to seek Your guidance, Your Way. You tell us "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland"
Father, raise up leaders, perhaps reluctant leaders, who will speak the words You give them, who will see the Way in the wilderness and the stream in the wasteland, may there be trees on the banks of that stream, new growth, leaves that are for the healing of the nations. I remember the song "Lord, we long for You to move in power, there's a hunger deep within our hearts, to see healing in our nation, send Your Spirit to revive us. Heal our nation; pour out Your Spirit on this land"
Restore us Father, not to good old days, but to new days, new ways, Your Way
Wednesday 27th March
Heavenly Father, help me to never underestimate the power of prayer! Help me to never underestimate You or Your power
You spoke a word and everything came into being; the sun, perfectly placed to give warmth and enable growth: that is power!
The planet we live on, producing trees, vegetation, crops, a beautiful creation providing all that we need: that is power!
You created us from the dust of the earth and breathed life into us so we could live creative lives in loving relationships with one another and with You: that is power!
Sometimes we think we are so smart, so clever, so powerful and yet when a simple storm comes, on land or at sea, we find we are helpless; our cutting edge technology is powerless; our guns, tanks, rockets are powerless; our politicians are powerless, I am powerless. And yet, as I sit here with You, as others meet with You, all across the earth, we can come into Your presence and bring our requests to You
With a Word You can calm the storm, the storm that batters the earth or the storm that rages inside a person. You know the thoughts in our heads, the needs in our hearts, the stresses and strains that we feel, and the troubles that face us, and in Your Word, through Jesus, by Your Spirit, despite everything, You can bring a peace that passes all understanding
Thank You for all that You have given us, but never let me rely on it, help me to rely on You alone. You are my Rock, my refuge and my Redeemer, my power, my faithful, awesome God; in You I put my trust. Thank You
Tuesday 26th March
Heavenly Father, thank You that You give each day meaning, You have a purpose in mind for my life
Forgive me for days when I am simply "going through the motions", just going from one task to the next, one meal to the next, one conversation to the next with little or no thought of You or what You may have in mind. I think going through the motions has an entirely different implication for someone working in laboratory in a hospital, but I won't go there! (Although I think the picture may well sum up some days in my life!)
You created me for a purpose, as You tell us, we are Your handiwork, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which You prepared in advance for us to do. Help me to see the good works You have in mind; they must be there as You have prepared them in advance, even before the creation of the world I was in Your mind
You make known to us the mystery of Your will, giving us wisdom and understanding that You are working out Your purpose through Your Spirit alive in us
Thank You Father that You give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so we can know You better; so that our eyes are opened and we can see the hope to which we are called, that we receive the riches of our glorious inheritance, and we are empowered by Your Spirit, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. Life in all fullness is much more than going through the motions. Light up the path You want me to take, show me the people You want me speak with and help me to share the amazing love that You have given
Monday 25th March
Heavenly Father, I have no idea exactly how many times the heart is mentioned in the Bible, but I know it is a lot! I do know it is rarely talking about the heart that pumps blood around the body
I have read that the heart You talk about affects our guts, even our belly! I guess it explains why we feel sick in our stomach when we are nervous, or when we are afraid. Why we get "butterflies" in our stomach when we are excited. And why we can't eat when these things happen. And why we can't eat when we fall in love! I suppose it also explains why we talk about having a "gut reaction" when something moves us, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing
You talk about giving us a new heart, removing our heart of stone and giving us a heart of flesh? I suppose this also may be taken to mean You will give us a new gut? My gut reaction will be transformed? You tell me that my new heart will also bring Your Spirit, a new Spirit within me! My new heart will enable me to understand Your Word, lead me to a firm faith and trust in Jesus, fill me to overflowing with Your love, change the Way I see the world, fill me with compassion, and change my gut reaction. My new heart will help me to hear Your voice; I love the way heart includes the words hear and ear!
Thank You that at the moment I trust Your Word, Jesus, You give me, have given me, a new heart, and a new mind! Even more?? Your promise "I will put My Spirit in you". Thank You, may my gut reactions be the same as Yours, as Jesus, coming from my new heart