Category: Prayer

Monday’s Prayer

Father God,

I lie in the dust; I’m tired, without any energy.

Revive me by Your word.

I told you my plans, and you answered.

You heard me when I shared with You my thoughts on this week.

I showed You my long to-do list.

You answered. You lifted my head.

I know You will provide me with energy every step of this day.

Now teach me your decrees.

As I go through my day I want to pay attention to every lesson You teach me.

Help me understand the meaning of Your commandments,

and I will meditate on Your wonderful deeds.

I weep in sorrow;

encourage me by Your word.

I wish things were different. I wish my life were different.

Forgive me for these thoughts. Forgive me and renew my mind.

I don’t want my thoughts to go there.

Encourage me by Your word today!

Keep me from lying to myself;

give me the privilege of knowing Your instructions.

It’s so easy to make myself believe something that’s not true.

The enemy is just waiting around the corner to help me here.

But I want to focus on You and Your truth.

You are Truth.

I have chosen to be faithful;

I have determined to live by Your regulations.

Today I choose to follow real close after You.

I cling to Your laws.

LORD, don’t let me be put to shame!

I will pursue Your commands,

for You expand my understanding.

Psalm 119:25-32 (NLT)

Monday’s Prayer

Yesterday we had “Mission Sunday” at our church. We heard 4 in-person reports from people in missions: some being involved in missions internationally, some locally, some had committed to long-term assignments and some seemed more like projects or short-term assignments. But at the end of our morning service we heard from one of the mission committee members, Stephen, and his challenge to us made me think.

Here is in a nutshell what I learned from Stephen’s challenging message:

We are offering God our services, often as a resume. We present our talents and availability to God and ask Him to fit us in according to our resume. Why don’t we take that resume off the table and simply say YES to God and leave the availability open? Why don’t we leave all the options up to God to decide where and when He wants to use us?

Today’s “Monday’s Prayer” is a prayer I prayed after yesterday’s morning service in church:

Father God,

I want to know before I commit.

I want to see all ducks lined up in a row before I start.

I want to know the length of the assignment and what it all entails.

I want to know before I say Yes.

I confess, I want to be in control.

The unknown scares me.

Unchartered territory raises my blood pressure.

There are so many “what if” scenarios playing in my head.

But God, You are calling me to trust You.

You are calling me to obey without knowing all the details,

without seeing all the steps right now.

I’m seeing the first step, that’s all; after that – nothing!

And yet, you are asking me to trust You, to believe You.

You don’t want my resume, my availability.

You want a simple YES.

A Yes for this first step. That’s all.

I pray for fear to leave me.

I pray for doubt to disappear.

I pray for my eyes to focus on You.

I pray not to get distracted or influenced by opinions around me.

Father God, I say YES to the assignment you placed before me.

I am stepping out in faith and trusting You for each step along the way.

I am expecting You to equip me for each single task I may face on this road.

The God who calls me is faithful.*

I thank You for this promise.

In Jesus’ powerful name I pray,

Amen

*1 Thessalonians 5:24

Monday’s Prayer

Father God,

this morning I want to bring you a sacrifice of thanksgiving!

Despite the pain, the sickness, the weak state of my body –

I want to thank You!

I don’t want to focus on what I don’t have.

Instead I want to focus on You!

You are my God, You are my Saviour!

Each day You carry me in Your arms.

You are a God who saves!*

Thank You for this promise.

I love the LORD because He hears my voice and my prayer of mercy.

Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!

How kind the LORD is! How good He is! So merciful, this God of ours!

Let my soul be at rest again, for the LORD has been good to me.**

I am living proof of Your loving kindness, of Your mercy and grace.

Let all that I am praise the LORD;

with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name.

Let all that I am praise the LORD;

may I never forget the good things He does for me.

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.

He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.

He fills my life with good things.***

How can I not be thankful?

Let all that I am praise the LORD!

 

 

*Psalm 68:19-20

** Psalm 116:1, 5, 7

*** Psalm 103:1-5

 

A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

This is the biggest battle when I’m sick: the battle with my mind. When my body doesn’t want to function, my mind wants to play all kinds of tricks on me. Have you ever experienced that?

When my body is sick…

  1. my mind wants to throw one pity party after another which puts me on a downward spiral. The further I allow it to spin the harder I will have to work to get out of it.
  2. my mind doesn’t want to shut down. My body is sick, weak, but my thoughts are still going at million miles an hour. Do I allow them to spin out of control or do I put a stop this destructive pattern?
  3. my mind turns negative. Most of my thoughts circle around something negative: my pain, my helplessness, even some hurt from the past. It takes deliberate acting on my part to turn away from these negative thoughts.

During these last few days experiencing all of the above, one phrase kept coming to mind over and over again: Slide1

How can I give thanks for this miserable state I’m in? What good can I see in this situation? I’m Ms Grumpy, for crying out loud! And I have every right to be. Right?

Not according to God’s Word.

This phrase “Sacrifice of Thanksgiving” wouldn’t leave my mind. I decided to look it up on biblegateway.com

Here is what I found: God was asking the people of Israel to bring Him a thanksgiving offering! Leviticus 22:29 says, “When you bring a thanksgiving offering to the Lord, sacrifice it properly so you will be accepted.”

Why a thanksgiving offering? Because God knew that human nature doesn’t always want to give thanks. Humanly speaking we are not in the mood to be positive and upbeat and happy and full of gratitude.

And that’s where the word “sacrifice” comes in. It means to give up something; to give up in order to get or do something else or to help someone.

These last few days I have learned that being thankful is not an easy thing to do. In sickness, in pain and in difficult circumstances it is a sacrifice.

Asaph wrote in Psalm 50 (emphasis added):

“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” (Verses 14-15)

“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honours me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.” (verse 23)

The writer of Psalm 116 says in verses 17-19 (emphasis added):

“I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people – in the house of the LORD in the heart of Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!”

The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (emphasis added):

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

In all circumstances? Really? All does mean all. And that includes my current circumstances. It sure isn’t easy. That’s why it’s called a sacrifice. To give up something. To give up in order to get.

This last one really got to me: to give up in order to get. There is something to be gained by being thankful in ALL circumstances. Not just a positive attitude, a victory over the battle in my mind. These do count. But the greater purpose in all this is to give God the glory (Psalm 50:15 see above) and to do God’s will (1 Thessalonians 5:18). There is peace that comes from living in God’s will and doing God’s will, and to bring Him glory.

At the end of the day, no matter how sick I am:

“O LORD, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone!” Jeremiah 17:14

 

Monday’s Prayer

We have entered Holy Week, the week before Easter. As we approach Good Friday and Easter I would like us to consider this chapter of Scripture from The Message. Picture Jesus, a real man in history, and God’s Son, going to the cross for you and me.

Isaiah 53-5

Isaiah 53

The Message (MSG)

Who believes what we’ve heard and seen?

Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this?

The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.

There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.

But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.

But it was our sins that did that to him,

that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!

He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.

We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.

And God has piled all our sins,

everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him.

He was beaten, he was tortured,
but he didn’t say a word.
Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered
and like a sheep being sheared,
he took it all in silence.
Justice miscarried, and he was led off—
and did anyone really know what was happening?

He died without a thought for his own welfare,
beaten bloody for the sins of my people.

They buried him with the wicked,

threw him in a grave with a rich man,
Even though he’d never hurt a soul

or said one word that wasn’t true.

Still, it’s what God had in mind all along,to crush him with pain.
The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin
so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life.
And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him.

Isaiah describes why God sacrificed His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. Isaiah also opens our minds and hearts to see the unbelievable pain and suffering Jesus encountered. He did this for you and me, so we could be saved.

Thank you, Jesus, for saving me! Can you say that, too?

 

 

Monday’s Prayer

praying hands

Father God, today I want to bring You the sacrifice of thanksgiving.

“Let all that I am praise the LORD;

With my whole heart, I will praise His holy name.”*

I want to focus my mind on what you have done in my life.

I want to focus on all the blessings I have received.

“May I never forget the good things He does for me.

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.”*

I do not want to think about things I don’t have,

I want to focus on all that I do have.

Father God, I have a job – thank You!

You provided me and my children

with shelter, food and clothes – thank You!

You are watching over me and guiding me – thank You!

As I go about my day and my week,

May I remember that You are the one

who fills my life with good things.

You are compassionate and merciful,

Slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love – thank You!

You, LORD, are like a father to his children,

Tender and compassionate to those who fear You.

You know how weak we are.

You remember we are only dust.

“Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die.

The wind blows, and we are gone, as though we had never been here.”*

But your love, LORD, remains forever with those who fear you.

Let all that I am praise the LORD!

*Psalm 103

Monday’s Prayer

Father God, thank You for taking care of me.

Thank You that I can trust You at all times.

As I’m starting this new week I can trust You

with all the details of each single day.

Thank you for Your presence in my life.

I know You have arranged everything I will encounter,

and I want to trust You with it all.

I don’t want to waste any opportunity You give me

to encourage somebody who needs encouragement.

I want to trust you, LORD, with all my heart;

I do not want to depend on my own understanding.

I want to seek Your will in all I do.

Thank you for Your promise that You will show me which path to take.

LORD, You are my security, today and always.

You will keep my foot from being caught in a trap.

Thank You for the comfort Your Word provides.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

 

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

New Living Translation (NLT)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:26

New Living Translation (NLT)

26 for the Lord is your security.
He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.