Father, You so loved the world that You gave Your only begotten Son. You sent Him not to condemn us but to save us from self, sin, death, hell and this evil world system which has a default sitting and that sitting is hatred for Christ. I am not praying for the evil world system that is antichrist: I am praying for the people who are being deceived by the world and its prince. I am praying for all people, every kindred and every tongue; especially the Jewish people whom the church needs desperately to get the gospel to the uttermost parts, to recognize that You sent Jesus and that He is the Messiah Savior King. I know that the world system which is orchestrated by Satan will persecute anyone who puts their faith in Christ so I pray for all believers and future believers. I pray that you will deliver us from the evil one. I pray that You would unify us, make us one like the Holy Trinity. Set us a part for Your service and sanctify us with Your word of truth. Fill us with joy unspeakable so that when persecuted, we may respond graciously with love and kindness instead of anger and resentment. I am not asking YOU to take us out of the world, although that would be easier for us but I am praying that You will take the world out of us which will make us more fitting vessels. Use us for Your glory and bring us home when our work on earth is done . In Jesus name, I pray. Amen!
Archive for December, 2014
Father we covet Your blessing so that we can be a blessing to You by being a blessing to others. Please teach us, condition us to understand when we are at the end of our rope or at wits end, there is less of us but more of You. When feel the grief of loss, may we see the glory to be gained, for sorrow is a masterful teacher. When physical deaths separates us temporarily from those we love, help us convert our grief into love for others. As we grow older and experience more and more loss like hearing, sight and memory, remind us daily that our true wealth is in Christ and our future is in heaven. Father, increase our appetite for Your word; enhance our passion for worship and our love for people. Help us to love others the way we love ourselves. Abba Father, help us get the inside right and this will put the outside in proper perspective. Give us the humility to cooperate instead of compete. Grace us to rejoice when we are criticized, slandered or even persecuted. Help us overcome evil with good. Give us a sense of victory even in the midst of apparent defeat. Enable us to see the Martyrs and Saints cheering us on. Let us hear the applause of heaven give us the deep assurance that Jesus is our faithful High Priest and He is praying for us. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen!
Father, I thank You for Your mercy and grace. I could not stand before You a part from the forgiveness I have in Christ. Death and hell are what I deserve which means forgiveness and heaven are gifts for which I am thankful. Father, I have sinned and my sin makes me weak in body and conscience. My improper behavior destroys my confidence and it does not help my witness. I am selfish and self-conscious: this hinders my prayers, my praise and everything I attempt to do. I am prone to focus on my pain, my problems, my past instead of forgetting self and taking up my cross. I feel sorry for myself, I get upset when others slander me knowing all the while they called Jesus the prince of devils. I want everyone to love me. I don’t want enemies. I want them to respond to the gospel I preach. This is the epitome of my greed, I want more than Jesus had. I get hung up on my failures which is edifying to no one. I struggle with sin but refuse to let it go. I am not comfortable with sin but afraid of dying to self. I am in a battle with my own flesh and no one can save me from myself other than You. So I cast all my problems and cares on You because I know you care for me. Crucify my self life and give me a clean heart, a new heart. May You be glorified in every thing I do or say. In the name of Jesus, my faithful and sympathetic High Priest, I pray.