Monday Prayers

 

 

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Father God,
You are full of grace
Even when we omit to do
The good we desire to do.
In our inner being
In our core
We long to be like You.
We delight in You
We delight in Your ways
The war is waging against our hearts and our minds
We feel like prisoners
To our own selves.
We feel wretched before You
Lacking in grace.
But You are Grace
You will rescue us from these bodies of death
Thank you Father
We are redeemed through Jesus Christ
Our Lord.
Amen.
Romans 7 v 14- 25

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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 declare our agreement with Your word.

We declare that You are good

 And Your mercies endure forever.

We declare in this moment

To all people walking in darkness

You have seen a great light.

JESUS, be seen.

We declare

To all those living in the land of deep darkness

To the darkest and most deprived of situations

A light has dawned.

JESUS, be known.

We partner with You Lord

With the words we speak.

We declare that the Lord Jesus is our light

And our salvation.

We have nothing to fear.

-Isaiah 9 v 2

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Father God,

We turn away from the practice

 Of honouring You with our words

But not with our lives.

We turn away from declaring “Lord, Lord”

While not doing what You say.

We honour Your words as precious and vital

Life-building material.

Show us how to incorporate Your word into our lives

And our lives into Your word.

May our lives reveal a deep and beautiful foundation

A testimony to all we meet.

That Christ is the only firm foundation upon which to build

Always has been, always will be.

All other ground is

Sinking sand.

-Luke 6 v 46- 49

 

Monday Prayers

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Father God,

We thank You for revealing Your word to us.

For keeping it simple.

Pure and untarnished truth.

May we always have at the forefront of our minds.

 Written on the tablet of our heart and on the walls of our lives.

The greatest of all Your commandments.

The imperative, urgent, most needful thing.

To love You with all of our heart.

Our entire mind.

Every ounce of strength.

And all of our soul.

At the same time, loving the one beside us, in front of us and behind us.

As we love ourselves.

When we do this, we will live.

This is the high calling we have in You.

This is life in Christ, in its glorious simplicity.

May we not complicate it.

Pollute it.

Dilute it.

For in You, the essence of Love itself.

Is how we inherit eternal life.

In the name of Jesus (Messiah), Amen.

Luke 10 v 25- 28

 

 

Monday Prayers

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Father God,

We thank You that Jesus has given us a perfect example of humility.

Help us to reflect this in our relationships with one another, with every person we encounter throughout our days.

To value others above ourselves.

Not looking only to our own interests.

But caring deeply about the interests of others.

Your word says that we have the mind of Christ.

May we have the same attitude of mind that Jesus had.

Taking the very nature of a servant.

Humbling ourselves.

Becoming obedient to the death of our selfish desires.

Laying down our lives for our friends.

Picking up our cross and following after You.

Thank You Jesus that You didn’t consider equality with God something to be used to Your own advantage.

But You made Yourself nothing, took on the nature of a servant and became made in human likeness.

So we exalt Your name above every other in our lives.

We acknowledge and confess freely that You are Lord.

May we consistently and consciously reflect Your humility.

And bring much glory to You.

 

In the name of Jesus (Messiah), Amen.

–          Philippians 2 v 4- 11.

You Who Are Spiritual

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‘Brothers and Sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently…Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way fulfil the law of Christ. If any of you think you are something when you are nothing, you deceive yourselves. Each of you should test your own actions’

-Galatians 6

Straight talking from Paul the apostle, words that cut to the chase and cut straight to my heart.

There are many times when I see something about someone, and feel I’ve caught a glimpse of the ‘why’ behind their ‘what’. It may be an area of brokenness that infiltrates their life and compromises their relationships. A wound still fresh from the past that affects their daily lives and ability to trust. Or fears that hound them incessantly, hindering their growth and development.

The trouble is; it’s the ‘what’ that presents itself before the ‘why’. The ‘what’ of a bad attitude, blatantly rude and selfish behaviour, a critical spirit, negative mind-set or assuming the worst. These things are hard to get past.

It takes a work of the Holy Spirit to see underneath the layers of behaviour to the heart of a matter

Call it discernment, call it insight or call it emotional intelligence. The pressing issue is what are we going to do about it? How do we respond to the things we discern?

I must confess my default has been to react to behaviour first, possibly moan and complain to a close family member or friend. This is eventually followed by reflection, and contemplation of the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ of behaviour.  If I make space to connect with God and hear what He has to say, I do something positive about it and pray.

I pray for myself and my reactions, asking God to help me respond differently the next time. I pray for the person, pray that the things I have discerned, the hindrances and wounds, would be removed and healed in their lives. 

I believe God’s intention in discernment is for us to pray for, not slate the person. To use our words to build up and edify, not tear down. Honouring who God created them to be, what He has invested in their life, recognising the greatness within.

It doesn’t need to be a long drawn out prayer, we don’t need to go digging for more information with the person or confront them with what we have discerned. We just need to humble ourselves and be faithful, knowing that one day soon we will need others to do the same for us.

Transformation of the heart occurs when we live like this. I have noticed my own heart changing towards a person during the act of praying for them. A guard over my heart comes down and I let love for that person come out. I release the need to try and protect myself.

This is spiritual restoration from a distance. Living by the Spirit.

This is what it means to be spiritual; there but for the grace of God go I …

“There are still some wonderful people left in this world! They are diamonds in the rough, but they’re around! You’ll find them when you fall down– they’re the ones who pick you up, who don’t judge, and you had to fall down to see them!”― C. JoyBell C.