Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 06/06/2021
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 6th June
Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of extra time. There are so many people who have been granted extra time because in some way You have stepped in and let them live longer lives than may have been expected
I know people who have benefitted from the extra time You have granted, whether it be because they themselves have received a new lease of life through an operation or some other treatment, or because someone they love has been given back to them following an accident or a life-threatening illness. I know that it is only a matter of time until we come to "meet our maker" and sometimes a healing is temporary and an illness may return, but the extra time is still so much appreciated
Thank You for Lazarus, a man brought back from the dead to his sisters, Mary and Martha. They had extra time because of Jesus' love for them
Thank You for healing the servant of a Roman centurion, and a woman who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years, who was bent over and could not straighten up at all; and a man in Lystra who was lame, who had been like that since birth and had never been able to walk. Thank You for the extra time each of these people had with their loved ones
Thank You for every precious moment we have
Thank You for the love we share with friends and family
Thank You that, even though we may eventually be parted from those we love, it is only a matter of time until we meet again in Heaven. Eternity is only a matter of time
song for today:
One Day (When We All Get To Heaven)
Saturday 5th June
Heavenly Father, what are people so afraid of? Why is Christianity outlawed in some countries?
Why is it that following the teachings of a Man who died over 2,000 years ago is regarded as so dangerous that in some places a person may be attacked or arrested, put in prison or a labour camp or even executed just because they believe in Jesus?
What are people so afraid of? Did Jesus try to bring down a government? It doesn't seem so. When asked "Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" Jesus replied, "Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?" "Caesar's" they replied. Jesus said to them, "Then give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's"
Did Jesus promote insurrection or rebellion? If encouraging people to "love your enemies" is insurrection it is a strange way to go about it. If doing good will bring down a government it is a strange situation where a government does not want its citizens to do good
What were the leaders of Jesus' day so afraid of? Pontius Pilate said to Jesus, "Don't You realise I have power to either free You or to crucify You? Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given You from above". Power? Jesus exercised power and authority beyond anything Pilate or the religious leaders could grasp, and they wanted to grasp power for themselves so they had Jesus killed
Is it the same today, people want power? There will come a day when every knee will bow; may there be places where this happens today
songs for today:
There is Power in the Name of Jesus
At the Name of Jesus every knee will bow
Friday 4th June
Heavenly Father, there is a saying: "There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip” meaning that even though everything seems 'done and dusted' or 'home and hosed' things may still go wrong at the last minute
Yesterday, in my head when I prayed, I am sure I prayed the word 'without' and when I read and reread my written prayer I said 'without', but later in the evening when I prayed again I saw I had written 'with'. I had written, "Because You do not go against Your own Word, and You have given the earth to us to rule over, You do not take control with our permission?" but should have written, "...without our permission?"
In what is now known as the "Wicked Bible", printed in 1631, the Seventh Commandment was printed as "Thou shalt commit adultery". The word 'not' being omitted cost the printers a fine of £300 and they lost their licence to print
Forgive me Father for being careless; help me to make sure that what I pray and say and write are all one and the same thing
Thank You for Your patience and the opportunity to put things right. I know this is not always possible as once something is said it cannot simply be taken back, but You are a loving Father who forgives our sins
Thank You that we can pray to You, "Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone... Lord have mercy and forgive us through Christ"
Thank You for Jesus; forgiveness, flowing from the cross
songs for today:
Thank You for the Cross, Lord
Upon a hill a Perfect Saviour (Upon Him)
Thursday 3rd June
Heavenly Father, does it matter if I pray? What difference does it make? I think You said to me, "It makes ALL the difference in the world"
The Psalmist writes, "The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth He has given to mankind". This echoes what happened in the creation story when You gave us dominion over the earth: then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground". John Wesley wrote, "God does nothing except in response to believing prayer"
Because You do not go against Your own Word, and You have given the earth to us to rule over, You do not take control without our permission? Like a landlord should not enter a property they have rented to someone else without permission, You do not enter this world without ours?
When You entered the world You did so with the permission of Mary, a human being. The angel told Mary she was to have a Son, Your Son, and she responded, "I am the Lord's servant. May Your Word to me be fulfilled". Joseph also gave permission when He followed the angel's instructions and married Mary
Thank You that Jesus entered the world as a human being and regained control for mankind. ALL the difference in the world comes about because You act upon our believing prayers through Jesus. Thank You, praying now!
songs for today:
Lord For the Years
From Heaven You came (The Servant King)
Wednesday 2nd June
Heavenly Father, thank You that mental health issues have again been highlighted in recent days. Whether it is the pressure of being a high profile sports personality, a member of a well-known family or a seemingly unknown person, a mum or dad trying to survive in difficult times, or a younger person wondering what the future holds as they apply to university or prepare to step out into the world of work, each and every one of them, each and every one of us, has to learn how to cope
Thank You that You know each and every one of us. Thank You that in the heat of the battle, the battle for the mind, You are a still, calm voice; You are with us and You are on our side. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging"
It is hard not to listen to the loud voice, telling us there is no way forward, no way out, no hope. It is hard to hear Your voice, to believe Your Word, "Whether You turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the Way; walk in it'"
Father, help all who are struggling, all who are battling to trust in Your Word. Help us to wait for Your guidance and not rush in 'where angels fear to tread'. Help us to remember, "I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"
song for today:
Lord, I come before Your throne of grace – What a Faithful God
Tuesday 1st June
Heavenly Father, on the radio programme 'Desert Island Discs' guests are allowed to choose eight music tracks, a book, and a luxury item; they are also given the complete works of Shakespeare and a copy of the Bible
Thank You that I do not have to do this! I would find choosing only eight songs or pieces of music so difficult. Although in the programme the idea is that the person is a castaway, alone on the desert island, thank You that I would not be there alone, as You are with me wherever I go. I would have Your written Word and Your Spirit, which is what I have today!
Although the programme talks of a mythical island, and the whole programme is a fantasy, there are so many people in the world who feel as though they have been cast adrift, have landed on an island, but are surrounded by people and yet still feel so alone. Perhaps this is where the 'luxury item' plays a part?
When people are struggling, what do they choose? To what do they turn to sustain them, to bring comfort, to add joy to their lives? We can come to You in any circumstance! Even on a desert island
In the morning when I rise, I can ask You to give me Jesus. When I am alone I can ask You to give me Jesus. And at the moment when I die I can ask You to give me Jesus. Whether I have the whole world, or if I am on a desert island, I ask You to give me Jesus
Jesus said, "What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?" This world is a beautiful place but it is nothing without Jesus
song for today:
In the morning when I rise – Give Me Jesus
Monday 31st May
Heavenly Father, we have been a people in exile this last fifteen months or so, forced out of our churches by the global pandemic, a virus, an invisible enemy that has kept us at home and in many cases away from work, and even away from our families
Thank You for the timing of this devastating illness, for we are in a time when, even though we have been apart, we have still been able to worship together, albeit online
Thank You that even though we have been unable to visit our families we have been able to keep in touch through the various platforms available to us in this present age
Thank You that even though we could not meet "two or three together in Your Name" we have been able to pray together in so many ways, sharing scripture, sharing revelation and crying out to You every day to sustain us and keep us safe
There are some, many, who will not have seen the exile coming to an end, and although it is not over yet, we can be thankful that not one person has been lost, because any who have trusted Jesus, yet have died, have simply transferred from this earthly realm into Your Kingdom in Heaven; we are always, and always have been, safe in Your hands
Thank You that we can trust You, rely on You to see us through! "Those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away"
We will return, and we are singing Your praises, today and every day
song for today:
Keep The Banner Flying High
all songs (usually with lyrics) and talks courtesy of YouTube