Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 14/11/2021
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 14th November
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me so much! Even when I fail You, You never fail me
Over and over again You bless my life, over and over again You bring healing, over and over again You restore my soul and bring peace. You are my Good Shepherd so when I stray, over and over again You bring me back. How can I ever stop singing praise to You? I cannot! Your limitless love and kindness deserve all the praise I can give
Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away". No matter what goes on around me, through all the tumult and the strife, no storm can shake my inmost calm as I hold on to Jesus, and much more importantly, He holds on to me
Lord Jesus, thank You for the peace You bring. You said "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid"
Thank You for Your Word, which is trustworthy. The writer to the Hebrews quotes a Psalm: "In the beginning, Lord, You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up, like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But You remain the same, and Your years will never end"
A day will come when You decide to bring this existence to a close, and You will create a new Heaven and a new earth. Those who trust Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life, will be the population! Thank You
songs for today:
You bless my life and heal me inside – Over and Over Again
How Can I Keep From Singing?
What a day to be alive - This Is Our Time
Saturday 13th November
Heavenly Father, I was praying yesterday about putting my trust in Jesus and the security He brings
A couple of times I mentioned my deathbed, which I suppose may be considered rather morbid, and I understand that, but it can also be a good place to look back from and consider what one has accomplished or achieved; is there a legacy? Will I be leaving the world better for having been here or will I have had no impact at all? Will I leave it the worse for my being here!?
Thank You, Jesus, for taking all my sin and shame and paying for it on the cross
Thank You for forgiving me for all my wrongdoing
I believe I can be assured that the impact of my life will be positive because You started a good work in me and will bring it to completion. I believe I can be assured that my life will be worthwhile because we know that "...in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose"
I believe I can be assured that my life will not be wasted because "We are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do"
Lord Jesus, I do not need to wait for my deathbed to consider the impact of my life, I can do it now, today and every day, as I walk with You, guided by Your Spirit and the Word, which is "God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" so that I may be "thoroughly equipped for every good work"
Lord, help me do good works today
songs for today:
Build My Life
I Have a Destiny
O My Soul Arise, Bless Your Maker
Friday 12th November
Heavenly Father, thank You that I can put my trust in Jesus. My devotional today said, "We all put our trust and security somewhere. The temptation is to place your trust and security in your money, education, job, health, family, or friends. There is nothing wrong with these things, but ultimately there is only one absolutely secure place in which to put your trust, and that is in the Lord"
When I am on my deathbed I know my money will do me no good; I will not be able to delay the inevitable by offering whatever is in my bank account
My previous exam results, my qualifications, may have got me a job but not a future beyond the grave
My health? It is obvious that won't save me, if I am on my deathbed! I may be surrounded by my family, there may be tears and prayers, an outpouring of love for me, but they will not save me, though they give me comfort. I might have numerous friends praying for me, but in the end there is only One friend who matters, my Lord, my Saviour, my Friend, Jesus
I am thankful for my money, education, and jobs, my health. I am eternally grateful for my family, whom I love and who love me. I am glad that I have such good friends who help me and encourage me. When the day comes and I am at death's door, it will be a door to Eternal Life that is opened to me, not because of anything I have, not because anything I have done, but because Jesus has called me home and waits to welcome me. I am secure. Thank You Jesus
songs for today:
Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul
Graves into Gardens
Thursday 11th November
Heavenly Father, yesterday I prayed, "Thanks for our memory". Today is Remembrance Day, a day initially to recall the end of hostilities in the First World War, the Treaty signed "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" in 1918. It is also known as 'Armistice Day' or 'Poppy Day'. It has a subheading, "Lest we forget"
We now remember the dead who have fought in all wars. Help us to never forget the awful tragedy of war, how it ruins the lives of all those concerned. Not only do people die too soon, but many are maimed and injured, scarred for life, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally
I remember my mother telling me about my father's brother, (Dad never spoke about the war), saying my Uncle Alec was the brightest, cheeriest person before the war, the life and soul of the party, but when he came back after the 2nd World War from a Japanese prisoner of war camp, he was completely different. He was very quiet, lived alone, hardly spoke, never married and very rarely left the little cottage where he lived. He was a big man, tall, but gaunt and thin. Mam said when he came back he was "like a bag of bones, 6 stone!"
Thank You Father that there is a new Heaven and a new earth to look forward to. "They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore... There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away"
songs for today:
Hymn of Heaven
The Lads in their Hundreds
Wednesday 10th November
Heavenly Father, thanks for our memory. I heard a sermon on Sunday about "Happy happenings" and "The Joy of the Lord". The preacher explained that happy happenings are events that are transient, a birthday, an anniversary, a new job, or new home, a new-born baby; the event takes place and by the end of the day it is over. Days may follow but the celebration and sense of excitement will pass, diminish over time. Occasionally we may think about the event, stored in our memory, and recollect some of feelings, but they will pass too
The joy of the Lord is different. It is not temporal, it is eternal, and does not depend on circumstances, it depends on You. It means that St Paul can write from prison and still be joyful, singing praises to You. It means that despite what he suffered he can rejoice. "Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move"
Yet still Paul can say "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want"
Thank You Lord for the gift of memory so we can bring to mind 'happy happenings'. But even more so, thank You for the gift of Your Spirit which enables us to be joyful in every circumstance of life. The joy of the Lord is my strength
songs for Wednesday:
Thanks for the Memory
It Is Well With My Soul
In Every Circumstance of Life
Tuesday 9th November
Heavenly Father, I have had to dial 999 on a phone a few times in my life. The operator has then asked the question, "Emergency, which service do you require?" For me each time the answer has always been "Ambulance". I have never needed the Fire Service, Police or Air-Sea Rescue
I wonder how often we enter into prayer in this sort of way, and hear, "Emergency, which service do you require?" and our response is "God!" Or perhaps we might cry out, "Jesus!"
Thank You that You are always there, our Heavenly Emergency Service. Any day or night we may require Your help and You are always there. Even before I call out to You Your Spirit is already responding, bringing peace to my heart. The voice I hear is always calm and reassuring and I know there is nothing which is too big for You to handle. My voice may be trembling, I may be hurting or afraid, worried about a situation, but You listen to me as I pour out my heart to You
Thank You that even as I pray I have a sense of wellbeing because I know that You hear me and will be working to bring about good. Your Word tells us, "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose"
Thank You that I have been called according to Your purpose and that I can call You in prayer according to my need
Thank You that whatever I am facing, whether it be today or tomorrow, You are always available. You rescue me from all my fears. What a great God You are
songs for today:
Anchor of Hope
Monday 8th November
Heavenly Father, thank You that I can talk to You about anything! I can come to You with any worry, any question, anything I don't understand. I can even come to You when I sin
I have been wondering, grappling and struggling as I asked 'Do I need to forgive You?" I believe the answer is, "No, I never need to forgive You. You are perfect, pure, holy, and completely without sin, so there can be nothing to forgive"
However, I do need to find a way to deal with negative feelings, whether they are about You and how You run the world, about others and how they ruin the world, or myself and how I have fallen time and time again in the world
You tell us, "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God". We have marred Your image in us. None of this is Your fault. In order to pay the price for this, sin in the world, You made a sacrifice. I should give You praise and thanks for what You have done
From the very beginning You have sacrificed to pay for our sins. The first sacrifice was when You took skins from animals to cover Adam and Eve who were naked and ashamed, hiding from You in the Garden of Eden. Then You allowed animals to be sacrificed, sheep, goats, bulls to atone for our sin
The ultimate, final sacrifice was when You gave Jesus to pay for all our sin for all time, sending Him to die on a cross so that we may be set free. “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more"
Thank You. What a friend we have in Jesus
songs for today:
Come People of the Risen King
Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me
What a Friend we have in Jesus
all songs (usually with lyrics) and talks courtesy of YouTube