Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 28/02/2021
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 28th February
Heavenly Father, You know I am not a scientist so my understanding of DNA is very basic, but I still find it fascinating. The Psalmist summed it up for me when he wrote, "I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well"
It is simply incredible that within a cell the DNA carries the blueprint for the growth of the body, the brain, the heart, the lungs, the kidneys, the liver, the bones, the skull, and so on, every part of us is in the blueprint; and although every one of us is unique there are also traces of our ancestors, facial features, so I look like my father, or grandfather
I read this today: "Humans are complex organisms made up of trillions of cells, each with their own structure and function. Scientists have come a long way in estimating the number of cells in the average human body. Most recent estimates put the number of cells at around 30 trillion". What I find really incredible is not the number, amazing as that is, but the passing statement, 'each with their own structure and function'
And this passing statement in the creation of the universe, "He also made the stars". Billions of stars, "He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name". Trillions of cells, and You determine what each one does and where each part goes. I am indeed "fearfully and wonderfully made"
You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb... in Your image! Thank You 30,000,000,000,000 times!
songs for today:
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
I Am Fearfully And Wonderfully Made
Saturday 27th February
Heavenly Father, "I miss my children". I found myself saying this as I looked at some photographs that were lying on the table in the kitchen. The photos had been taken over the years and my wife was sorting them to go into albums
The strange thing was that as I said the words, "I miss my children" out loud, the voice I heard in my head, was Your voice. One of the hardest things this last year, due to the pandemic, has been not visiting my children and grandchildren. I love them all and not seeing them has been so awful. It has been good to see them on screen and chat on the phone but that is no substitute for being together
When I heard Your voice, I think I heard Your voice, it had the same longing as mine, probably an even deeper sense of 'missingyouness'. Sometimes a made up word is the only word that will do! When we were apart, separated by a cloud, sin, You did an amazing thing, because You missed us, and wanted to restore our relationship; You came to us, walked with us, talked, ate, and drank with us, lived Your life with us
Thank You for doing that, for restoring our relationship. I still miss You, I am here, on earth, and You are there, in Heaven, and we can still talk, on the prayer-phone. You are still with me, by Your Spirit, but I still miss being with You
I know a day is coming when we will be together again, my family reunited. I also know a day is coming when we will be together, and I will see You, face to face with Jesus. But until then, "these miss You nights are the longest"
songs for today:
Miss You Nights
Lord Jesus Christ, You have come to us (Living Lord)
Friday 26th February
Heavenly Father, I remember the account given in the Bible of a lady who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years. We are told, "She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse". As she followed Jesus she thought, "If I just touch His clothes I will be healed". She touched Jesus' cloak and immediately she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering; at last she was healed
It is what happened next that strikes me as amazing! At once Jesus realised that power had gone out of Him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?" Power had gone out of Him! He felt the power drain?
Thank You for this information! If Jesus could feel power drain out of Him then surely we can feel the same. I prayed the other day about Jesus being the Well we can come to, to have our 'tanks filled' physically, emotionally, spiritually, relationally, vocationally, and financially
However, just as Jesus felt power go out of Him, we too can feel power go out of us. In fact we can be physically drained, emotionally drained, spiritually drained, and so on. We can end up running on empty! Common parlance is, 'burned out.' A battle 'takes it out of us'. Tanks need to be refilled, batteries charged
This last year has definitely been a battle! So many of us are drained. The Psalmist wrote, and so I ask, "My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to Your Word"
song for today:
With a prayer (Love Incarnate)
Thursday 25th February
Heavenly Father, I believe You see the visible and the invisible. I believe You care about what can be seen and what is unseen
Often people carry scars that can be seen, but perhaps more often than we realise, people carry scars that cannot be seen. Scars that cannot be seen can take a lot longer to heal as they are hidden and may remain untreated. A visible wound can be treated with physical remedies but invisible wounds require a different kind of treatment
An open wound can be cleansed and dressed each day until it heals; infection can be dealt with through medication. A traumatic event can be like a wound which remains open, and repeats over and over in the mind
Father, there are so many people dealing with the stress of this last year, people who have lost loved ones to the Covid-19 virus, some recovering, others still struggling with the after-effects of the virus. Many have not seen family all year. Many are fearful of catching the virus, including the clinically vulnerable
Thank You for the physical protection that has been offered, may it see us released back into the world, gradually returning to relationships where touch is normal, masks removed
Father, bring healing to our minds, help us to recover from what has happened within us, that which cannot be seen but which affects the way we live. May fears which are deep rooted be unearthed, dug up and dealt with by Your Spirit. Lord renew my mind, in living every day by the power of Your love
song for today:
Lord, I come to You (Power of Your Love)
Wednesday 24th February
Heavenly Father, You spoke to Your people, Israel, through Your prophet, Jeremiah, and said, "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken Me, the Spring of Living Water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water"
When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well, He said, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you Living Water"
When speaking to the religious leaders of the day, Jesus said, "Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean"
There is only One Well that I should come to, Jesus, who gives me Living Water. Forgive me for ever digging my own cistern, thinking it would hold water. I cannot argue, I know that my argument does not 'hold water'; I know You always speak the Truth
Forgive me for thinking I could get away with only washing the outside of my cup and dish. I know You look on the inside, at the heart. You said to Samuel, "The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart"
No matter how clean things may appear on the outside it will always be what is inside that matters to You. So I ask You again, "Create in me a clean heart and renew a right Spirit in me"
songs for today:
Create In Me A Clean Heart
Change My Heart O God
Search me O God (All Consuming Fire)
Tuesday 23rd February
Heavenly Father, thank You for caring about my wellbeing
When Jesus met a woman at Jacob's Well in Sychar in Samaria he asked her for a drink. She was surprised and said, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can You ask me for a drink?" (for Jews did not associate with Samaritans) Jesus answered her "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you Living Water". Looking at the well, the woman says to Jesus, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can You get this living water?" Also looking at the well, Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become a spring of water welling up to Eternal Life"
Jesus is the Well-Being! He is the source of Living Water. He is the source of Eternal Life! Lord Jesus, You are the Deep Well that we can come to be refreshed, replenished, restored, revitalised, renewed
John Pantry wrote, "When your soul has gone dry, you've wandered long in the desert, stop and drink from God's supply. If you're feeling thirsty, come close and He'll refresh you. Deep wells, where a man can draw water, whose supply is a living stream. And the one who drinks will be so satisfied that he'll never grow thirsty again"
Thank You that Your Living Water can soak every area of my being, bringing me back to Life! "Life in all fullness!"
songs for today:
There's a river flowing from the throne
Down the mountain the river flows (The River of God)
Monday 22nd February
Heavenly Father, I watched a film yesterday where someone had caught fire! The man who rescued the person on fire wrapped him in a blanket! He starved the fire of oxygen
When something catches fire it may seem that the obvious thing to do is throw water on it, but this is not always the case. If a chip pan catches fire that would be the worst thing I could do! Instead I would need to throw a blanket over it. Red Adair was well known as a firefighter, capping oil wells that had caught fire by starving them of oxygen
Father, whenever a fire breaks out in my mind, a fear grips my imagination, help me to starve that fear. How can I do that? The Bible tells us, "The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline"
Thank You for Your Holy Spirit and all that He does within me. One of the things I can do to 'throw a blanket' over my fears and starve them is to do as St Paul suggests and focus on "whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things". St Paul tells us that when we do this then the "God of peace" will be with us
Thank You for singing over me. "You unravel me with a melody; You surround me with a song of deliverance from my enemies, 'til all my fears are gone. I'm no longer a slave to fear"
There are so many things that threaten to destabilise me; Lord, be my stabiliser. Like the stabilisers on bikes when we are learning, keep me from falling, keep me safe and upright
song for today:
No Longer Slaves
all songs (usually with lyrics) and talks courtesy of YouTube