Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 11/08/2019
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 11th August
Heavenly Father, I was thinking about a compass, well three types of compass: a pair of compasses, used to draw circles; a north pointing compass to give direction; and a mathematical compass, used to measure angles by degrees
I remember using a clear plastic mathematical compass at school and I remember how the lines fanned out from the central point marking each degree. It is quite amazing how the lines get further apart as the distance from the starting point gets greater
Even by only one degree the lines spread apart and could see how far away from Jesus I can get if I travel any distance at all being out by one degree. Ninety degrees, a right angle turn takes me in a totally different direction, 180 degrees and I am going the opposite direction. How easy it is to lose track!
Father, coming to check in once a week is never going to be enough to keep me on course, following Jesus; I need to be constantly checking that I am on the right road, the Highway of Holiness
Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, my moral compass, which I carry with me every day, in every situation. I need to be on the line of Truth, knowing that You are always leading me in the right Way. Guide me in the Way everlasting. It is only when I check with You regularly that I can be sure I am going the right Way. Your Word is my guide, Your Spirit my compass, my compassion. Help me to pilgrim through this barren land, hold me with Your powerful hand and never let me go; one degree of glory to another. "I AM with You!". Thank You
Saturday 10th August
Heavenly Father, thank You for the power of the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony to triumph over the accuser, the adversary, the enemy, satan. Even those who have died because of their belief in Jesus have triumphed over the grave, over death, over the enemy
Father, there are still those today who are imprisoned because they are believers, trusting in Jesus for this life and the next. I can only pray for them and ask that, even when in the hands of their evil oppressors, You would strengthen them and their testimony in Word and action so their jailers may think again and turn to Jesus
In their suffering for Christ, may they never be ashamed but strengthened to sing His praise knowing the Truth has set them free in their spirit; the Spirit that comforts them
If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? So then, those who suffer according to Your will should commit themselves to You, their faithful Creator, and continue to do good. Your Word tells us "Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good"
I know it is easy for me to say as I live in freedom, unoppressed, without a jailer, free to come and go as I please, but I am where I am, and I am thankful
Father, there are also those who are imprisoned within their own minds, unable to break free from whatever dominates their thoughts; may my prayer be their prayer that they may know the Truth and the Truth will set them free. Holy Spirit, empower this prayer so it is not merely words
Friday 9th August
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us all we need to be victorious in the battle for the mind. The father of lies, the enemy will try to attack through lies, but for any lie to have any power it has to be believed, therefore You have given us Your Word, the Word made flesh, the Truth, Jesus to guide and protect our minds against the enemy
When we declare that Jesus came in the flesh we are affirming the Truth and passing the spiritual test You have given to discern any spirit. 1John 4:2 tells me "This is how you can recognise the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God"
Therefore I declare, and will be encouraging everyone who partners with me in prayer, to declare exactly that!! Jesus Christ, my Lord, my Saviour, my King, my best friend has come in the flesh! Hallelujah! Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above you heavenly host, praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost! (Holy Spirit, I know You are not a Ghost... but it rhymed better!)
Thank You that I have not been given a Spirit of timidity! Thank You that the Spirit You give us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline; a sound mind! Often the winner in a battle controls the high ground, the air, the mind!
Lord Jesus, Your Kingdom is not going to be advanced through churches being filled with men. The Kingdom of God will be advanced by men being filled with God; Holy Spirit fill us today! Thank You
Thursday 8th August
Heavenly Father, I am fortunate enough to be sitting here with You this morning in complete safety and peace
I realise this is not so for many, because either they know Jesus but are not living in a safe place or because they do not know Him at all, even though they may live in a safe, even healthy, wealthy, environment. And, of course, there are those whose lives have been cut short by acts of violence, who will leave behind family and friends whose lives will be affected in ways unimaginable to me, but not to You. Jesus knew all about betrayal and having His life cut short by an act of violence
Father, You also know all about losing Your Son to an act of violence, the pain and agony Jesus endured on the cross, and His tortured cry, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?" The Psalmist wrote these words centuries earlier, also asking, "Why are You so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?"
There are many seemingly senseless deaths, lives with great potential, cut short by others whose motives may be unknown, but can become apparent; in either case evil lies behind the act. In only one case was the motive well documented, prophesied for centuries, behind the act Your plan for Salvation. The enemy may have thought he was putting Christ on the cross, killing the Son of God, but Christ chose the cross, Your will, so that death and satan were defeated and Eternal Life was won for all. Death is not the end, a life cut short is not the end. Resurrection, Your perfect provision. Thank You
Wednesday 7th August
Heavenly Father, I think people may well be asking me "What are you smiling at?". I shall be asking them "Do you really want to know? Do you promise not to laugh?" And I will be able to tell them "It's God, it's Jesus. He unlocked my smile and now I can't stop smiling. It sounds weird I know, with all that is going on in the world, all the murder and the mayhem, but I just cannot stop smiling"
I suppose this might not seem like much to some, but a few people have asked me recently if I was OK because I didn't look particularly happy, even though I was fine. So, yesterday I prayed for someone to drive his workmates crazy with his smile, and it seems Jesus did a buy-one-get-one-free, only my smile arrived in the middle of the night
And, of course, it is all free; paid for at the cross. Yes, when people are weeping I will weep with them, but until that time, I will smile
Father, thank You for all You do for me. Thank You that I can climb up onto Your lap and see You smiling at me, glad to see me. And I can smile at You!
Lord Jesus, thank You that I can walk or sit with You, and as we look at each other we are smiling
Holy Spirit, make me infectious! Make it be so, that others may catch what I have got! ("What is it you have got Derek?" Other people can insert their name here...!) I've got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart! Where? Down in my heart! And I'm so happy, I've got the love of Jesus in my heart! Lord, only You could have done this! Help me to spot others with 'The Smile'. Thank You
Tuesday 6th August
Heavenly Father, thank You for worship! Thank You that I can worship You on my own, reading and absorbing Your Word, finding new aspects to Your Word and Your love for me, singing praise to You, recognising Your worth and all that You do for me, talking to You about anything and everything in my life and the lives of those I love and those who hate me, and seeking Your will, Your grace and Your favour
Thank You that I can also join with thousands of others to sing Your praise, listen to Your Word, hear Your Word explained, be challenged and reassured, offering prayer for the broken world we live in and again seeking Your will
Thank You that You let me join in Your mission, anywhere, anytime You stir my heart, speak wisdom and knowledge to me, invite me to let Your Spirit speak through me the Life giving Word that will lead someone into Your presence to receive the gift You have prepared for them
I may be a link in a chain of events, helping someone along the way to the Way or I may be privileged to see new Life, a soul reborn, but in every situation I will worship with all of my heart, I will bow down, hail You as King. Only I can accomplish what You have sent me to do, and I can do it only by the power of Your Spirit working through me. No one else can take my place, and no other God can take Your place in my life
Keep talking to me, through me, that I may see Your Glory revealed! All creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed, and that includes me! Thank You
Monday 5th August
Heavenly Father, it seems so unfair that there are people who have believed a lie about You and therefore cannot meet with You. No matter what people say Jesus is rejected because lies have taken a hold in the mind and it seems nothing can shift them
Somehow, we can believe that this amazing universe is simply the result of a 'big bang' but I doubt anyone would believe that the building I am sitting in is the result of an explosion; it was obviously planned and carefully built
I doubt if anyone would believe that the shirt on my back or the shoes on my feet are simply the result of a 'big bang' and there they were; a hand somewhere has cut the cloth or the leather and sown it together to produce what I am wearing. Even the clothes Adam and Eve wore were made for them by You!
Thank You Father that You allow us to pray for people, especially people who cannot pray for themselves, who have swallowed the lies they have been told, that "there is no God, Jesus never really lived and the church is just after your money"
Father let us pray together that You will reveal the Truth, Jesus. Let us pray together that You will reveal the Truth, You are not only Creator but sustainer of the universe, and not only that, but You are our loving Heavenly Father and You want us to know You and the depth of Your love for us
Father I know who I have in mind, I pray they will be in Your mind too and that You will soon be in their mind also. And may the people of the Church ask for nothing, but reveal Christ in love