Monday Prayers

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Father God,

We set our hearts to return to You

Although at times we feel torn to pieces

You will heal us

Although at times we feel injured

You will bind up our wounds

After two days You will revive us

On the third day You will restore us

That we may live in Your presence

May we acknowledge You always Lord

May we press on to acknowledge You

As surely as the sun rises

You will appear

You will come to us like the winter rains

Like the spring rains that water the Earth.

-Hosea 6 v 1-3

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Monday Prayers

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Father God,

 We pray that we would know Your government over our lives.

That we would know and experience You as our Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.

 

May Your government increase Lord over every area of our lives, over those we come into contact with each day and in every place we go.

Establish Your kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit through our lives.

Empower us and teach us how to practically uphold Your kingdom in justice and righteousness.

Show us what that means for us as individuals and as a people together.

We thank you Father, that Your almighty zeal will accomplish this.

In the name of Jesus (Messiah), Amen.

Isaiah 9 v 6-7 

To Be Chosen and to Choose

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‘Those who labour in the Earth are the chosen people of God, if ever He had a chosen people’- Thomas Jefferson

Rejection is painful. The impact of it can leave a mark on the soul, almost as a physical impact leaves a mark on the body. Being left out, cast aside, ignored and overlooked goes against the grain of our hearts. We were made to be seen and valued, rejection flies directly in the face of this.

Strong feelings of rejection wormed their way into my life this week, a result of circumstance and my own perceptions. Perception plays a big part in rejection; I believe it is the match that lights the fire, the thought that initiates rejection feelings- blazing a trail for the enemies work in our lives.

In the midst of the struggle I felt God leading me to adjust my perception. He was beckoning me to come up that bit higher in my thinking, to view things from His vast perspective.

I read this week about the wonderful paradox of the kingdom of God being upside down and inside out. The last being first and the first being last. He that would be the greatest being the servant of all. Jesus seems to delight in glorious paradoxes.

It is those of us who feel the most rejected who have unprecedented reasons to rejoice;

‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad’- Psalm 118 v 22-24

God takes pleasure in seeking out the rejected for the sole purpose of choosing them.

We are chosen. If we feel rejection, we know it is just that- a feeling. We can choose to change our perception and focus on the knowledge that we have already been chosen. Better still, we’ll be in good company (John 15 v 18).

We can use rejection as a catalyst for mission. Let it propel us out into the highways and byways of our cities, seeking out the overlooked and forgotten ones.

We can be intentional about living with our eyes open, noticing the people around us, seeing the unseen amongst us. And when we see them, we can choose them. Choose to show kindness, choose to encourage them, choose to befriend them, choose to feed and clothe them, choose to listen to them and choose to honour them.

When we do this something beautiful will happen to them…they will become the cornerstones of life. We will watch with awe and worship, exclaiming in wonder;

The Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes.

Who is a potential cornerstone in your life?

Diving In

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‘Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfall; all your waves and breakers have swept over me’ – Psalm 42 v 7

I believe it’s time to dive in. Get immersed. Go deep into the things of God.

The definition of immerse is to dip or cover completely… to involve deeply in an activity (Oxford English Dictionary). If ever there was a year to immerse ourselves in the things of God, this is the year. As a wise person stated in ages past; ‘there is no time like the present’.

A friend of mine commented recently that I was too ‘deep’, she had witnessed me breathing a quick prayer to God for help with getting a door unjammed (it immediately did!). My first response was to defend myself, explain why I had prayed and point out that it didn’t hurt to pray about practical things. Later however, I reflected on my response. Why had I felt the need to defend myself? Wasn’t involving God in every area of my life a good thing?

When did it become ‘too deep’ to ask God for help with the everyday aspects of our lives?

The art of practising the presence of God is just that- practise. The more we talk to God and include Him in our lives, the more aware we will become of His presence. Awareness of Him has a direct impact on our thoughts which eventually filters through to our actions and the things we decide to do with our lives.

Let’s dive into:

  • The love of God; Luke 10 v 27 challenges us to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds and strengths.

Ephesians 3 makes it clear that the love of God has many facets- it is high, wide, long and DEEP.  Just when we think we know what God’s love is, He reveals another facet to us.

  • Spiritual Gifts; 1 Corinthians 14 advises us to follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts.

Do we know what our spiritual gifts are? Are we growing in them?

  • Our Calling; Ephesians 5 v 17 gets straight to the point ‘Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is’.

We must reflect regularly on our lives and ask ourselves if we are really doing all we can to walk worthy of the calling to which we have been called… His grace is sufficient to help us with this.

  • Seeking God; Isaiah 55 v 6 gently warns us to seek the Lord while He may be found, and call on Him while He is near. Now is the time, He is near.

God has promised us that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us!

Now is not the time to dip our toes… Dive right in.

Have you gone to the deep end?