Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 29/03/2020
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 29th March
Heavenly Father, when I asked You yesterday "Why aren't You doing something about the present situation?", I believe You responded, gently, "I have done something about everything"
Thank You for Jesus, the answer to all our prayers and Your Perfect Provision. We know that You do not step in and change every situation but in every situation You are present and the doorway to Heaven is open, because One Man died so that everyone who believes in Him will live. When the high priest, Caiaphas said, "You know nothing at all! You do not realise that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish", I am not sure he realised he was prophesying the Truth, that Jesus would die to save not only the Jewish nation but all people!
Sin entered the world through Adam and spoiled everything; literally every thing. Your action to bring Salvation also comes through One Man. "For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One Man, Jesus Christ!"
There will be many people who survive the current virus, and many who do not, but death is a certainty for us all, it is only a matter of time, but at that point in time it then becomes a matter of Jesus. Joshua said, "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve... as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord". I am with Joshua, and therefore I am with Jesus. Thank You
listen to Keith Matten singing I Believe in Jesus
Saturday 28th March
Heavenly Father, You made us from dust and to dust we return, but before we return to dust we have a life to live
You have shown us that there is more to life than this life, there is Life in all fullness and Life Everlasting, Eternal Life
You walked among us, lived life with us, clearly demonstrated Your love for us in this life through miracles and healing, clearly showed that Your love for us extended beyond this life and beyond the grave
There is One Name under Heaven by which we can be saved, "For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus". What proof do we have? We have Your Word! We have a Resurrected Saviour! "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved". There is power in the name of Jesus!
We live in difficult times, and there are difficult days ahead, "but we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed"
Thank You, Father, for Your promise, Your Word, You will not leave us abandoned. Lord Jesus, You said "I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you... Because I live, you will also live". Because You live we can face tomorrow; because You live all fear is gone; because we know You hold the future, and life is worth the living just because You live. Thank You Jesus
listen to Robert Critchley singing There is One Name
listen to Hillsong Worship singing What a Beautiful Name
Friday 27th March
Heavenly Father, thank You that we can rest assured! Thank You that rest is assured! Thank You that the rest is assured!
Why can I say this? Because Jesus told us, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest". Because Jesus said to seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness, and all these things will be given to us as well and if Jesus said this then we can rest assured. A Psalmist wrote, "In vain you rise up early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat - for He grants sleep to those He loves"
Father, You grant sleep to those You love! Thank You for this. There are many who are working long hours at the moment, working 'nonstop', not because they are ‘toiling for food to eat’ but because they are caring for others in hospitals at this time of crisis. Grant them rest Lord, even as they work bless them with miraculous rest
Just as in the day of Nehemiah, "Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked"
Father strengthen those who work so hard caring for others; "When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up - one on one side, one on the other - so that his hands remained steady till sunset"
Holy Spirit, surround and strengthen those You love and who love You. Grant a Sabbath-rest even though it may not be the Sabbath. May we rest assured in Your ever-loving arms. Thank You Jesus
listen to Noel Richards singing To Be In Your Presence
Thursday 26th March
Heavenly Father, there is a tiny speck in the universe, so small that one would think it would not ever be noticed; and yet You are aware. The tiny speck is me and You know me, You know all about me, because You created me: "For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb"
You are aware of my hopes, my dreams, my desires, my fears, and worries. "Lord, what are human beings that You care for them, mere mortals that You think of them?"
Thank You that You know me and know all about me; You know me better than I know myself! And it is not only me that You know like this, it is every one of us! "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain". Because of Your great love I can come to You, seek Your face
Thank You that I can sing, no matter what is happening around me. "Lord, I come to You, let my heart be changed, renewed, flowing from the grace that I've found in You"
Thank You for Jesus. We are told to, "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." You care for me? This tiny speck in the universe, in the whole of creation, You know me? Care for me? There is no doubt about how much You care! You left Heaven and came to find me; the Truth is that You moved Heaven and earth to find me! Not because You had to, but because You wanted to; not for Your benefit but for mine, for each and every one of us! "What is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them?" We live in a scared new world, but You are with us. You know us
listen to Hillsong singing The Power of Your Love
Wednesday 25th March
Heavenly Father, we are living in a time of great testing. It is hard to follow the advice we are given: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance". It is also hard to "...glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope"
During this time I suppose some will rise up and their faith will be established; they will come to Christ in the hour of need. Others will fall away as they blame You for what is happening and fall into a pit of despair. Father, strengthen us!
Praise be to You, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In Your great mercy You have given us new birth into a Living Hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, or spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in Heaven for us, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the Salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. Help me to keep my focus on You, not on the test
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you". God of Peace, You are with us. Thank You
listen to Stoneleigh Worship Band singing In These Days of Refreshing
Tuesday 24th March
Lord Jesus, when You walked the earth and saw a time of need You saw it as an opportunity to glorify Your Father in Heaven
When the wine ran out at the wedding at Cana in Galilee You turned six large water jars into wine, the best wine
When 5,000 men with their women and children were on a hillside listening to You speak and You saw they were hungry You fed them all with five small loaves and two fish; everyone was satisfied
When Lazarus had been dead in the grave for four days You spoke the words "Lazarus, come out" and Lazarus walked out of the tomb
There so many other times when You acted in times of need that are written in the Bible, and each one shows Your love and Your power. Each one glorifies Your Father in Heaven
Lord Jesus, we are at this present time, in great need as the whole world faces a common enemy. We have been told to stay in our homes. Some are finding it difficult to get their 'daily bread'. The rich wine of life has been turned to water as pubs and restaurants have been closed
Lord Jesus, may we echo the words of your first disciples, "Now, Lord, consider the threat and enable your servants to speak Your Word with great boldness. Stretch out Your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the Name of Your Holy Servant, Jesus". In this time of great need, may Your Spirit work wonders throughout the whole world and may all glory go to You and Your Father. Heavenly Father, with You, nothing is impossible. We turn to You and ask that You will act. In Jesus’ name
listen to Jonathan David and Melissa Helser singing We Will Not Be Shaken
Monday 23rd March
Heavenly Father, I find myself singing, again, "Bless the Lord, oh my soul, oh my soul. Worship His Holy Name. Sing like never before, oh my soul, I'll worship Your Holy Name. The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning, it's time to sing Your song again. Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me, let me be singing when the evening comes"
Father, this all seems like a bad dream and we should wake up in the morning to a normal world, with normal life, and a normal day; but this is it! The broken world that we live in really is groaning, in fact, You tell us, "We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time". Not only the world and not only creation! "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans"
Lord, we may not know what to pray, but Your Spirit does because, "He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with God's will". It is the enemy who comes to destroy. You tell us, "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour... The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy"
Lord Jesus, You followed on that You have come that we "may have life, and have it to the full". We know we can trust You. Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven; life in all fullness, even today. Thank You