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Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 26/05/2019

Derek Mill
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton

 

Sunday 26th May

Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing of Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for the fruit Your Spirit produces within me: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
 
It is not me doing this growing, it is You. If righteousness could be gained through good works, through keeping the Law, the Ten Commandments, Jesus would have died for nothing
 
Thank You Lord Jesus for doing what I could not do, living a perfect, sinless life and then giving Yourself up to the cross as a ransom, for me, for anyone, everyone who says "Yes!" to Your saving grace. It is by faith, through grace, that I have been saved; it is not through anything I have done, so I cannot boast
 
We are Your creation, crafted by You, but sin has damaged us, marred Your image in us. In Your loving mercy You have paid my debt so I am now free; it is for freedom Christ has set us free, no longer to be burdened by a yoke of slavery
 
The fruit of Your Spirit is far more important, more precious, than the fruit of my labours. Thank You that Your fruit grows and flourishes at different times, in different seasons. With everything covered in love You provide all I need at the time I need it
 
When I need joy, You bring it
 
When I need peace, You supply it, though I don't understand it!
 
When I need patience, You calm me
 
Any goodness in me is Your Spirit at work. You hold me to keep me faithful and gentle. Let others feed from what You produce in me and may all glory go to You. My self-control is You at work
Amen
 



Saturday 25th May

Heavenly Father, You designed me to be so different to what I am, what I have become. I am so out of shape I am hardly recognisable from what I was meant to be. Physically, mentally, spiritually, I am not fit. Your blueprint, Your perfect design for me has been so overwritten, marred, altered that I barely recognise myself; I look in a mirror then go away and forget what I look like
 
Life throws so much at us, so much dirt, and some of it sticks. There is so much corruption and so we become corrupted, nothing works as it should. But, and I truly love the word but, You have not left me in this "sorry" state
 
Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and End has entered into the world, into my life and started the process of restoration
 
Lord Jesus, as soon as I met You and said "sorry", my sorry state began to change. Cleansed of sin, the dirt washed away, I immediately began to recognise who I am, who I am meant to be! You began to transform me, restore me, remove the deeply ingrained dirt, reaching deep into my soul, getting rid of all that should not be there, replacing lies and deceit with Truth and Life, taking the corrupted elements and bringing that which is incorruptible, Your Holy Spirit in me
 
A work in progress, not yet what I am meant to be, but no longer what I was, You are getting me back into shape, getting me fit, physically, mentally, and spiritually. In the GYM, (God, You, Me) my Trainer, thank You for all You are doing
Amen

 


Friday 24th May

Heavenly Father, when Jesus walked the earth He was limited to being in one place at a time, He was limited to being with one person or group of people at that one time
 
You told us that a time would come that, rather than being limited, You would pour out Your Spirit on all people, old and young, men and women

Jesus said we would do even greater things because He was going to be with You, His Father
 
He also said He would ask You to send another Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to live with us and in us
 
He said that the Holy Spirit would teach us, remind us of all He said, that the Spirit of Truth would testify about Him; that it was good He was leaving, returning to You because, if He didn't, the Spirit would not come

 
We now know that He did return to You and that the Spirit has come
 
Lord Jesus, You are no longer limited to being in one place at one time with one person or group of people; You can be with anyone, anywhere at any time
 
Holy Spirit, Spirit of Truth, remind us of all that Jesus did, all He said; reveal to us the significance of each and every word and action
 
 Everywhere Jesus went He brought about change, transformation, so, everywhere we go we can do the same, because You are with us. Hundreds, thousands, millions of Spirit filled, Spirit powered people, all over the world ministering in the Name of Jesus must bring change, transformation

Holy Spirit, strengthen us; on our own we can do nothing but with You all things are possible. Let Your will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven
Amen
 



Thursday 23rd May

Heavenly Father, there is a song that begins with the words "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be".  Where does this peace begin?

It begins with me, within me, right where I am
 
It begins where I live. It begins in my home
 
It begins with my relationships; with You, with my wife, with my family, with my friends, with my enemies, with strangers
 
It begins with an apology
 
It begins with forgiveness

 

It begins with me
 
It begins with a realisation that things are not meant to be like this, that they do not have to be like this
 
It begins with an understanding, a revelation, that the world is not going to change for me but that I am going to have to change for the world
 
It begins with sacrifice, giving up what I want for what the world needs
 
It begins with sacrifice, putting others before myself
 

It begins with sacrifice, paying for someone else, cleaning up after someone else
 
It begins when I see what Jesus did and I do the same
 
It begins when I hear what Jesus said and I say the same. It begins when I know You, when I know the Way, the Truth, the Life; when I know Jesus and put my trust in Him

 

It begins when I lay down my arms and hold my arms out wide to embrace, not to be nailed to the Cross, that position has been filled

 
You did it, and You do it. Jesus didn't come in vengeance, but in love; You said "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with Me"
 
Thank You for making the first move, now it is up to me
Amen
 



Wednesday 22nd May

Heavenly Father, we can see how quickly a wildfire spreads, how it consumes everything in its path.  Send Your Holy Spirit to spread like a wildfire through me, consuming everything that is not of You, everything that is not pure, everything that is not holy
 
Consuming Fire, fan into flame a passion for Your Name within me
 
Holy Spirit pass throughout this region, Norfolk, Suffolk, the whole of East Anglia, everywhere people are praying move like a wildfire to transform the spiritual landscape. Bring a fresh blessing, creating a new atmosphere in which Your Holy Name is honoured and all peoples turn their hearts and minds to You. Pour out Your Spirit to bring healing, forgiveness, compassion and justice
 
The wildfire of Your Spirit does not bring a path of destruction but a swathe of peace and joy. How can the blind see unless You restore their sight? How can the deaf hear unless You restore their hearing? How can the lame walk and leap for joy unless You strengthen their limbs?
 
Only You can make the mortal immortal, only You can make the perishable imperishable, only You can bring healing and wholeness to the land and to the people, only You can bring abundant Life!
 
Lord, we do not look for riches but look to the Cross, to Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Lord, send revival; through Your people, Your Church, not by might nor by power but by Your Spirit bring this about
 
Lord, hear and read this petition, this prayer, and let every amen be a signature of agreement. Come soon
Amen

 


Tuesday 21st May

Heavenly Father, our relationship is not some sort of Trivial Pursuit, a game; it is much more serious, a matter of death and Life
 
It is not a game where if we answer a series of questions correctly about You we get to win and go to Heaven
 
It is not a lottery so that if I happen to be good on the day my number comes up then I have the winning ticket and receive the treasure of Heaven
 
It is not a game of Monopoly where I have to keep earning money and property to become rich in this life and thus be able to buy my way into Heaven by making great donations to the church or other charities
 
The church is not a charity, it is Your body, the Body of Christ, Your Bride to be. In Your love for us You gave up Heaven and walked the earth, not a trivial pursuit as it cost You so dearly, even Your life so that we might live
 
Father, forgive me for treating You as an aged parent, calling by once a week, on a Sunday, if I can manage it and something more important has not come up
 
Forgive me for making prayer a quick call to make sure You are OK, that You are still alive, still surviving
 
Forgive me for thinking I am able to take You for a walk in a wheelchair to give You a bit of fresh air, just to get You out of Heaven for a bit
 
Help me to remember that our relationship is alive, vibrant, vital, Life-giving
 
Help me to walk with You, daily, constantly
 
Lord Jesus, thank You that You died for me; no trivial matter, Your sacrifice changed my destiny
 
Holy Spirit, breathe in me new life, eternally
Amen

 


Monday 20th May

Heavenly Father, I wondered yesterday, as I walked, if I had been trivial in my praying yesterday, rewriting a line from the film 'Notting Hill' and claiming that You were saying "I AM just a God standing in front of a mortal asking You to love Me".  Did I reduce You by saying You were, that You are, "... just a God..."?

I know You are a just God. I know that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
 
I know that You tell me to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with You
 
I know there is no other God but You and that You came to the earth as a man, the Son of Man and the Son of God
 
I know that You want prayer to be genuine, real, down to earth, even though I am speaking to You in Heaven

 

You do not ask for clever words, or sacrifices which You do not need
 
You do want me to share my thoughts, my deepest thoughts with You
 
You do want me to ask You questions, to seek Your wisdom, Your thoughts, Your Way

 
Father, I believe we were created by You, for relationship with You. I believe I am here to be in relationship with You. Love has to be by choice, love based on fear is not love. Knowing who You are, the Creator of everything, causes me to bow, to worship, to be fearful and thus find the beginning of wisdom

But also, knowing who You are, seeing You in the flesh, in Jesus, causes me to love You, to reach up to You. My relationship with You is built on love, built on knowing Jesus. You are more than just a God, You are the only God. I worship You and love You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Amen
 


 

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Feedback:
Derek Mill 23/05/2019 07:08
Jesus said,"Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
John 15:4?-?5 NIV