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Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 21/11/2021

Derek Mill
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton

 

Sunday 21st November

 

Heavenly Father, thank You that we can love and create and think! We can love because we are made in Your image. We can create because we are made in Your image. We can think because we are made in Your image
 
You said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness..." So You created us in Your own image. We have Your characteristics in a way that no other creature does. But Your image in us is marred by sin, and so often we make You in our image!
 
We think You hate because we have made You in our image. We think You are destructive because we have made You in our image. We think You are imaginary because we have created You in our imagination, in our image. We have lost sight of the Truth, blinded by our sin and selfishness
 
We think we can do anything and everything, but eventually time catches up with us, death catches up with up with us and we realise we are mortal and as death approaches we can do nothing about it. But the Truth is You can do something about it, and have!
 
Thank You for Jesus who has defeated death and by the power of His Spirit alive in us is restoring us to be the beings we are meant to be. The Bible states it quite simply, "We love because He first loved us"
 
Your image in us is being restored daily as we are transformed from within, "from glory to glory", by the renewing of our minds
 
Father, thank You that I am made in Your image and as You work in my life I am being restored, little by little, bit by bit; help me to be more like Jesus
Amen
 
songs for today:
Shine Jesus Shine
 
You Rescued Me
 
Good and Gracious
 



Saturday 20th November

Heavenly Father, occasionally my wife will find me in the sitting room or my office, reading a book or at the computer, and might say, "I thought you were going for a walk"
 
My reply may be something like, "I changed my mind". My action changed because I changed my mind. There may be a reason I changed my mind, an unfinished task, or I was distracted, or the pouring rain outside, but my action was changed because I changed my mind
 
Father, I am sure people change their minds about things every day, often inconsequential, but sometimes life changing. Making a decision about a relationship or a job can change the direction of a whole life. What colour curtains may be less vital
 
Thank You for Your patience with us. One relationship which is vital and always affects the whole of our lives is our relationship with You. The Bible tells us, "The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance". Repentance is changing direction; it starts with a change of mind
 
Where I had rejected Jesus, I now accept Him. Where I had chosen my own way, I now accept Your Way. Where I had my own plan for the future I now accept Your plan. "I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"
 
May my mind be changed, renewed today to know Your good, pleasing and perfect will
Amen
 
songs for today:
Lord, I come to You – Power of Your Love
 
Change My Heart Oh God
 
Standing in Your presence – I Live to Know You

 


Friday 19th November

Heavenly Father, help me to trust You in the same Way that King David trusted You. He was able to say, "Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, 'God will not deliver him'. But You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain"
 
Help me to sleep secure in the knowledge that Your love for me surrounds me and keeps me safe. King David was able to say, "In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety"
 
Help me to trust You when pressure builds, when things are tough and one thing after another is thrown at me
 
The Psalmist was able to say, "I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my defence; He has become my Salvation"
 
Thank You that no matter where I am, no matter what is going on around me, I can trust You, just as the writer of the Psalms trusted You. "When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; He brought me to a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me; He is my Helper"
 
People may ask, "Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Who is He, this King of Glory? The Lord Almighty - He is the King of Glory"
 
Father, thank You for Jesus. "The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone..." He is the King of kings and Lord of lords; my life is safe in Him
Amen
 
songs for today:
Holy Overshadowing
 
Jesus Lover of My Soul
 
Glory To The Lord Our God

 


Thursday 18th November

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen"
 
Lord Jesus, Thank You for this prayer. Every day, all across the world, people will be saying this prayer. There may be some who say the words but don't really believe them, saying them as part of a ritual that has no depth or meaning, that does not affect them and how they live
 
But there will be millions who seek Your Father's face, who seek Him with all their heart and therefore find Him, as He promised. Heavenly Father, may I find You as I pray the words Jesus taught. May I mean them with all my heart
 
This prayer says everything I need to pray. It reminds me who You are and where You are. It reminds me that I want to live life guided by Your will. It tells of Your love and Your provision. It encourages me to forgive others, just as You forgive me; essential if I want to be like You, made in Your image. It tells me that if I am tempted, it is not You that tempts me because Your purpose is good and You save me from all evil
 
Why do I pray all this? Why do people all over the world pray this? This prayer is said because the Kingdom, the power and the glory are YOURS, forever and ever
 
Lord Jesus, thank You for teaching us how to pray. May Your will be done in my life today
Amen
 
songs for today:
The Lord's Prayer
 
Made in perfect love (Your Kingdom Come)

 


Wednesday 17th November

Heavenly Father, thank You that each morning I can come into Your presence, call out to You, knowing that You want me to be with You
 
Any time I arrive home I call out something like, "Hello, I'm home!" I then hear a voice calling back to me, "I'm in here". I then go to seek out my wife, following the sound of her voice, and more often than not she comes to meet me
 
You tell us, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart". Help me to do this, seek You with all of my heart, not half-heartedly
 
When I look for my wife, I do so with purpose, listening for her voice, sometimes asking, "Where are you? Upstairs or downstairs?" I then follow the words she gives in response. Father, I want my relationship with You to be the same! Seeking You out, listening to Your voice, going to the place where You are. Just as I share my life and my home with my wife, I want to share my life with You, and I want my home to be with You
 
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your promise; "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them". My home is with You! You live in me!
 
Your promise to the disciples is for all Your disciples, "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you forever - the Spirit of Truth... you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you". Here I am waiting, abide in me I pray; and You do, Spirit of the Living God
Amen
 
songs for today:
Here I am waiting abide in me I pray – Eagle’s Wings
 
Spirit of The Living God, Fall Afresh On Me

 


Tuesday 16th November

Heavenly Father, thank You for great authors and playwrights, artists and sculptors, composers and poets; You created each one of them and gave them their creative gifts
 
Singers and musicians, sportsmen and women, often receive great adulation. Shouts of "More!" and "Encore!" can often be heard in concert halls. Names are chanted in sporting venues
 
But none of the above created a world! None of the above created a universe! You alone are worthy of all our praise. Your Word tells us, "The heavens declare Your glory; the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of Your hands"
 
A favourite hymn reminds us of many of the things You have created: "All things bright and beautiful, all creatures, great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God, made them all"
 
Thank You, Father of creation! You made each little flower that opens and each little bird that sings, You formed each purple-headed mountain and the river running by, the sunset and the morning, You send the cold wind in the winter and the pleasant summer sun, and You give us the ripe fruits in the garden
 
And You created us, human beings, giving us eyes that we may see all this, and our lips that we might tell, how great You are, our God, Almighty, who has made all things well
 
Thank You for this wonderful world You have created. You alone are worthy of our praise. Help me to keep my eyes on You, the Creator, Your creation reminding me that it is You I worship and not any created thing
Amen
 
songs for today:
All Things Bright and Beautiful
 
What a Wonderful World
 
I Will Worship With All of My Heart - You Are Worthy of My Praise
 
Father of creation – Let Your Glory Fall

 

 
Monday 15th November

Heavenly Father, William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564 and died there on 23 April 1616. I don't suppose for one moment he thought his plays would still be being performed in 2021, nor that there would be a 'Royal Shakespeare Company' based in his home town
 
I don't suppose he thought his plays and poetry would be studied in schools, colleges and universities long after his death, nor that his complete works would be given to celebrities on the radio programme 'Desert Island Discs', along with the Bible, nor that many of the lines he wrote would fall into common usage and would prompt a monologue, 'Quoting Shakespeare'
 
I don't suppose Bach, Handel, Mozart, or Beethoven thought that their music would still be played regularly in 2021. The 'Mona Lisa' by Leonardo da Vinci, 'The Hay Wain' by John Constable, and other paintings are visited every day by people wanting to see these great works of art long after they were created
 
Father, thank You for great works created by people made in Your image. You are creative, so we too are creative. The works are the evidence of lives lived. Jesus said, "Believe me when I say that I AM in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves"
 
Thank You for the works that testify Jesus is Your Son, our Saviour
 
Thank You that we can enjoy great works of art today, however only the great work of Jesus on the cross saves us today and on into eternity
Amen
 
songs and monologue for today:
Thank You for the cross, Lord – Worthy is the Lamb
 
At the foot of the cross - I can hardly take it in
 
Quoting Shakespeare

 
 

all songs (usually with lyrics) and talks courtesy of YouTube

 

 

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