Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 14/04/2019
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 14th April
Heavenly Father, who is the True hero? In reality, Truth? We seem to have a multitude of fictional fantasy heroes: Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Ironman, Aquaman, The Fantastic Four, and so the list goes on
We make heroes of animals: Lassie, Skippy the bush kangaroo, Flipper the dolphin, Champion the Wonder Horse! We make heroes of children: The Secret Seven, The Famous Five, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Katniss Everdeen. Spies and detectives: James Bond, Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes. We even make heroes of toys and cartoons: Paddington Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Nemo and Dory, Scooby-Doo!! We seem to have a deep desire to be rescued, to have a heroic figure who steps in and saves the day, saves the innocent victims
You sent Jesus, the Son of Man, the Son of God. No fancy costume, no secret hideout, flowing cape or super powers brought about by an atomic spider or a freak accident. You describe Him as having no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. You tell us rather, He made Himself nothing, by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
Lord Jesus, You were welcomed into Jerusalem as King, a hero coming to save Israel, but Your plan was much greater. When You didn't blast the Romans, drive them out, instead You healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, gave sight to the blind, the people turned on You. Crucified. Saviour of the World. Forgive us, we didn't know what we were doing
Saturday 13th April
Heavenly Father, how strange it would be if someone received a wonderful gift but gave no thanks. This may seem strange but it is exactly what happened to me
I received a gift, a really precious gift. I found it took 9 months in the making and even longer in the planning. I was, I am, the beneficiary of the Will of an, at first, unknown Benefactor; rather like Pip in Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations". At first I thought the gift was from my parents, unsurprisingly, as they were both there at the conception, the first to know about it, and looked after the gift with me in my childhood
When I was 31 I discovered who my Mysterious Benefactor was. As soon as I was able to, I gave thanks and was astounded to receive another gift, an even greater gift. I now know that my Mysterious Benefactor is You, my Heavenly Father
The gift You gave me, 9 months in the making but planned before the creation of the world, Life! It came with a complete set of instructions but I totally ignored them. "For best results follow the Maker's instructions" but I never read a Word
The second gift You gave me, as soon as I knew You and gave You thanks, Your Holy Spirit and Eternal Life! Who told me about this second gift and enabled it to be delivered? Your Son, Jesus. Without Jesus there is no deliverance
Now I can give You thanks every day. The Greatest Story Ever Told? Your Story, His Story, History in the making, and You have made me part of it. Unbelievable? I know it is true, it is happening to me right now
Friday 12th April
Heavenly Father, I remember when I was younger, at school, when a piece of work was finished, I would draw a line under it; it was finished, for better or worse it was done
There are so many things in the world that I do not understand, many evil things that You seem to allow. There are things on a national and international scale, but also things going on in the lives of individuals that are so difficult, if not impossible, to comprehend. There have been numerous kingdoms and dynasties: the Qing, Ming, Yuan, and Tang dynasties; many empires: the Egyptian Empire, The Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire, The British Empire. Many of these have been brutal but in everything You are working for good
Men may have their own selfish plans but You have Your plan too. Whether in the world or in individual circumstances You allow things to happen but once You draw the line these things come to an end
"The Lord knows all human plans, He knows they are futile"
"Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails"
"The Lord foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the people's"
Heavenly Father, I know of many circumstances in people's lives, the behaviour of individuals, (my life?), where I really cannot understand what is going on; the reasoning behind it is beyond my comprehension, even inconceivable. You seem to allow it to happen, but You are working for good. I wait for You to bring it to an end, to draw a line under it, for the good to be revealed. Thank You
Thursday 11th April
Heavenly Father, sometimes I have to stop, be still, let my mind ponder, think over again just how great is Your love for us, for me
Your Holy Spirit prompts the Word into my mind, from hymns and songs, from Scripture, prophecy from the Old Testament, Your Life story from the gospels, letters written about You shortly after You ascended to Heaven, a steady stream
From Heaven You came helpless babe, this is our God, the Servant King. Led, like a lamb to the slaughter
Be still for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One is here
O, my soul, arise and bless Your maker
There is none like You
Who O Lord could save themselves, their own soul could heal
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. Let Your Living Water flow over my soul
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, all Thy works shall praise Thy Name in earth and sky and sea
My song is Love unknown, my Saviour's love to me... O who am I, that for my sake, my Lord should take frail flesh and die?
Light of the world, You stepped down into darkness; I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross. Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that You're my God
Jesus Christ, I think upon Your sacrifice, You became nothing poured out to death
Lord Jesus, You were treated like a criminal even though You did nothing wrong and not a single lie came from Your lips. How can I ever thank You enough? Repay You? I know I can't; all I can do is stand in awe of You, worship You and praise Your Holy Name. Thank You
Wednesday 10th April
Lord Jesus, I was wondering why You came into the world?
I think I got two answers from You
The first was that You came because You had a cause worth living for, worth being born for. Your birth came about because You decided to be born, coming to the earth from Heaven, born with a specific purpose in mind: the redemption of mankind, the redemption of human beings, the redemption of our souls, the redemption of my soul. The Creator of the universe living in His creation, walking and talking in His creation to the human beings He had created. The love of God was clearly demonstrated in the life You lived, bringing peace, healing, forgiveness, wholeness, joy, hope, salvation
Thank You for being born, responding to our need for a Saviour, for having us as a cause worth living for
The second reason I think You gave was that not only did You have a cause worth living for, but You decided You also had a cause worth dying for! This is much harder to grasp, almost impossible to comprehend; the Creator of the universe, of all that is seen and unseen, decided that we, human beings, were worth dying for? You decided I am worth dying for? Even though I am a sinful man, You decided to take the punishment that should have been mine? In fact, You decided to take the punishment because I am a sinful man. Even when I was far off, when I didn't know You, didn't believe in You, You decided to rescue me
Thank You. Help me to live the Life worth living, the one You have planned, the one You died for. Incredible!
Tuesday 9th April
Heavenly Father, the Bible states quite clearly, quite simply "God is love". The Bible also says, amongst other things in a list, love keeps no record of wrongs. Q.E.D. God keeps no record of wrongs. Quod erat demonstrandum; thus clearly demonstrated: in Your love for me You have wiped away all my wrongs, they are off the record
A criminal is often referred to as "having a record" a list of crimes which are used to guide those seeking to find likely suspects for a particular crime and then to prove a criminal's guilt, sometimes referred to as their M.O. Their "modus operandi"! Their particular way of operating, the mode in which they work. (It is strange how much Latin is in our language! Although I don't really know any!)
Thank You Father that You have issued a Royal Pardon, the King of kings and Lord of lords has signed, sealed and delivered me. My crimes have been forgiven and washed away by the blood of Jesus. In Your love for me You keep no record of wrongs. And now, You have shown me a better Way, You have changed my M.O. I now have a new modus operandi, and I now must keep no record of wrongs. How can I be certain of all this? You have given me Your Word, Your "logos" (more Latin, Your logo, Your sign), Jesus. You are now my witness, and my defence, Father, Son and Holy Spirit who testify for me
Thank You that because of Jesus' trial I no longer stand in the dock. Thank You that because of Jesus’ sacrifice I am "Free to go." Free to go and tell everyone "How great is the love of God!"
Monday 8th April
Heavenly Father, thank You that everything I tell You is off the record! Your disciple, John, tells us "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the Truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness"
Lord Jesus, thank You that everything I tell You is in confidence; I can be confident that You will keep Your Word, and You take my words and wipe them off my record, my slate is wiped clean. This does not mean there is no price to pay, the wages of sin remain the same, "The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal Life in Christ Jesus our Lord"
Thanks be to You for Your indescribable Gift! The price for my sin has been paid by You on the cross! How great is Your love, higher than the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is Your love for those who fear You; as far as the east is from the west, so far have You removed our transgressions from us
Who is a God like You, who pardons sins and forgives transgressions? You do not stay angry forever, but delight to show mercy. You have compassion on us and hurl all our sin into the depths of the ocean. You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my trust in You, in Your Word. That is all I need! Thank You for Your unfailing Love, on the record!