THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (C  Dm7  G  C/E)  (Dm  Am  D7  G7)

BOUNDLESS AND LIMITLESS

How great are Your signs, O LORD (Dan 4:3).

They are inestimable—

they cannot be properly appreciated (ref#110, p690);

they are incredible (ref#110, p684).

 

LORD, how mighty are Your works (Dan 4:3).

They cannot be measured;

they are too great—

simply invaluable (ref#110, p690).

 

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom (Dan 4:3).

You are immanent—

present throughout the universe (ref#110, p674)—

boundless and limitless (ref#110, p1453).

 

Your dominion endures to all generations (Dan 4:3).

You love with an everlasting love (Jer 31:3);

You continue forever in faithfulness (Jer 31:3);

You are undefinable (ref#110, p1453).

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CONFESSION

SOLOMON’S PRAYER

…FATHER, there is no GOD like You in heaven above or on the earth beneath keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart (1 Kings 8:23). I pray Your eyes be open day and night looking toward me to listen to my cry (2 Chron 6:19-20).

You have promised relief for me from the hardships caused by my sin if I turn to You in humility and prayer (ref#56, p606, [2 Chron 7:14]). So, act and judge me, condemn me if I am guilty by bringing my conduct on my own head; but vindicate me if I’m righteous by rewarding me according to my righteousness (1 Kings 8:32).

If I pray and acknowledge Your name and turn from my sin when You afflict me, then hear in heaven and forgive my sin (1 Kings 8:35-36). Listen to my pleas and when You hear, forgive (1 Kings 8:30).

Whatever plague, whatever sickness, whatever prayer, whatever plea I make, knowing the affliction of my own heart, hear in heaven and forgive and act and render to me according to all my ways. (1 Kings 8:37-39). Act on my behalf, so I might fear You all the days I live (1 Kings 8:40).

When I sin against You and You are angry and give me to an enemy, remember to maintain my cause and forgive me when I turn my heart and repent saying, “I have sinned and have acted perversely and wickedly” (1 Kings 8:45-47).

Forgive all my transgressions that I have committed against You; grant me compassion in the sight of my enemies, that they may have pity and be merciful to me (I Kings 8:50).

Let Your eyes be open to my pleas giving ear to them whenever I call to You, for You have separated me from the peoples of the earth to be Your heir (1 Kings 8:52-53).

Do not leave me or forsake me that I might incline my heart to You, to walk in all Your ways and to keep Your commandments—Your statutes—Your rules (1 Kings 8:57-58). Maintain my cause as each day requires that the whole earth may know that You are the LORD GOD and there is no other (1 Kings 8:59-60). And so, let my heart therefore be wholly true to You (1 Kings 8:61).

ADORATION

Chord Progression: (Am  E  Am  E)  (F  Dm  E  Am)

ALL HEAVEN WILL PRAISE YOUR GREAT WONDERS

“All heaven will praise your great wonders, Lord;

myriads of angels will praise you for your faithfulness.

For who in all of heaven can compare with the Lord?…” (Ps 89:5-6 NLT).

“O Lord, there is no one like you….” (1 Chron 17:20 NLT).

 

“…Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,

God feared in the council of the holy ones,

…awesome above all that are around him” (Ps 89:6-7 NRSV)?

“…there is no God besides you…” (1 Chron 17:20 NRSV).

 

“O LORD God of hosts, who is as mighty as you,

O LORD? Your faithfulness surrounds you.

You rule the raging of the sea;

when its waves rise, you still them” (Ps 89:8-9 NRSV).

 

“You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand…

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;

steadfast love and faithfulness go before you” (Ps 89:13-14 NRSV).

“There is no one like you, O LORD…” (1 Chron 17:20 NRSV).

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“…don’t hunt for a feeling in prayer….You don’t experience God; you get to know him” Paul E. Miller (ref#62, p21).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because Your work is honorable and glorious and Your righteousness endures forever (Ps 111:3), I will wait for You.

Because no one is a ruler and a teacher like You (Job 36:22), I will wait for You.

Because You are a shield to those who walk uprightly and in integrity (Prov 2:7), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Oct 14th – 20th

Oct 14   Ezra 1; Ps 85; John 7

Oct 15   Ezra 2-3; John 8

Oct 16   Ezra 4; Ps 113; Ps 65

Oct 17   Haggai 1-2; John 9

Oct 18   Zech 1-3; John 10

Oct 19   Zech 4-6; John 11

Oct 20  Zech 7-9; John 12

SUPPLICATION

GENERAL TRIBULATION

[We all can think of a Christian sister or brother experiencing so much affliction they may not be able to pray for themselves. Here’s an opportunity to pray for them. Fill their name in the blanks.]

ADVERSE PROVIDENCES

…FATHER, Charles Spurgeon once said, “Faith never prospers as well as when all things are against her. Tempests are her trainers, and lightning is her illuminator” Charles Spurgeon (ref#34, Nov 12th AM). I pray for ____ that this trial strengthen (his/her) faith. Even if (he/she) thinks (his/her) faith is failing, give (him/her) an awareness that JESUS will not allow it ultimately.

Direct ____ toward considering Your glory and grace and to identify (himself/herself) as Your child. Cause ____ to note how more inclined (he/she) is to pray in this circumstance— how much more alive Scripture becomes—how much easier it is to worship. May (he/she) note how (his/her) strength has increased—how easily (he/she) finds love in the midst of rejection—wisdom in the face of foolishness (ref#5, p157).

Assist ____, FATHER, to contemplate how involved You are in (his/her) life which shows Your great care for (him/her). You are with (him/her) in this hardship. You have arranged it and measured it out.

____’s present pain did not come by accident, it was not a mistake, or brought on by an enemy. Help ____ trace (his/her) adverse providence back to the foot of Your throne. Overwhelm (him/her) with Your majesty and power. I pray that You enable ____ to comprehend Your absolute control over all that is happening to (him/her) (ref#151).

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression: (C  Eb  F  G)  (C  A7  D7  G7)

INDISPENSABLE

You, GOD are known (Ps 76:1).

You are overt,

open and observable

with evident intent (ref#110, p965).

 

Because Your ways are right (Hos 14:9),

You are unremitting and persistent (ref#110, p1462),

tireless and vigorous (ref#110, p1403, 1488)

acting with energy and force (ref#110, p1488).

 

FATHER, You suffice,

You are adequate enough to satisfy,

yes, competent and able (ref#110, p1338)—

essential and required (ref#110, p688).

 

Your name is great (Ps 76:1)

for You are gallant,

stately and noble (ref#110, p552)—

indispensable—absolutely necessary (ref#110, p688).

CONFESSION

DISCIPLESHIP

…ALL-WISE FATHER, I do not need to know how to disciple others. I only need to know how to be a disciple myself. My life lived out teaches others of what it is to be a disciple.

“Our Lord makes a disciple His own possession, He becomes responsible for him….The spirit that comes in is not that of doing anything for Jesus, but of being a perfect delight to Him” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, Sept 4th).

“…the only men and women He will use…are those who love Him personally, passionately and devotedly beyond any of the closest ties on earth” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, May 7th).

FATHER, forgive me for not taking seriously enough Your constraint on me as CHRIST’s disciple. Let me put my energies toward exclusively becoming personally, passionately and devotedly yielded to CHRIST. May I desire not to rejoice in successful service, but rejoice that I’m rightly related to CHRIST (ref#7, Oct 27th).

JESUS said, “…’All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go…and make disciples…” (Matt 28:18-19 ESV). Do I believe that when I “go” JESUS does the work of making disciples? This is my challenge. If I believe “that people are difficult to get saved, that backsliders are difficult to reclaim,…” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, Oct 27th) it is because I have commissioned myself with my natural talents to make disciples.

Making a relationship with You, LORD, is my work. And, relationship-making is difficult work. Because I desire such a relationship, satan may no longer tempt me to simply do wrong things.

Instead, his temptations will be along the same line that he tempted JESUS. His temptations will be crafted toward separating You from me. He hopes to discourage me so I give up on all the grace You have put into me (ref#7, Sept 18th). Satan attempts to keep me from being obedient to You. He wants me to cease being Your disciple (ref#7, Sept 18th). Therefore, FATHER, enlarge my desire to muse on CHRIST and enjoy His presence above all.

ADORATION

Chord Progression:  (Am  Fmaj  G  Em7)  (Em7  F  Dm7  E  Am)

COME SPIRIT

Come, O Creator Spirit blest,

and in my heart take up thy rest;

Spirit of grace, with heav’nly aid

come to my soul whom thou hast made (ref#59, p 218).

 

“Come as power, to expel every rebel lust,

to reign supreme and keep me thine;

Come as teacher, leading me into all truth,…” The Valley of Vision (ref#76, p28),

filling me with understanding for all time.

 

“Come as love, that I may adore the Father,

and love him as my all;

Come as joy, to dwell in me,…” The Valley of Vision (ref#76, p28),

and in me to enthrall.

 

Far from my soul the foe repel,

grant me in peace henceforth to dwell;

ill shall not come, nor harm betide,

if only thou wilt be my guide (ref#59, p219).

 

“Come as light, illuminating the Scripture,

moulding me in its laws;

Come as sanctifier,…wholly thine;…” The Valley of Vision (ref#76, p 28),

never giving me pause.

“Come as helper, with strength to bless and keep,

directing my every step;

Come…bringing order out of confusion,…” The Valley of Vision (ref#76, p 28)—

loveliness out of the depth.

 

Show me the Father, Holy One,

help me to know the eternal son;

Spirit divine, for evermore

Thee will I trust and thee adore (ref#59, p219).