CONFESSION

TEACH ME

screen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-53-34-pm…FATHER, if You are pleased with me, teach me Your ways so I may know You and continue to find favor with you (Ex 33:13). Give me understanding so I might put into practice Your commands with all my heart (Ps 119:34). Make me understand what you want, for then I shall see Your miracles (Ps 119:27). LORD, tell me Your ways, show me how to live, guide me in Your truth, and teach me (Ps 25:4-5).

Oh that I may grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of CHRIST (Eph 3:17-18). Flood my life with light so I can understand the wonderful future You have promised to me (Eph 1:18).

Make me stand firm, mature, and fully convinced, in complete obedience to Your will (Col 4:12). By Your power fulfill every good purpose of mine and every act prompted by my faith (2 Thes 1:1). Strengthen me with Your glorious power so I will have all the patience and endurance I need (Col l:1). May I understand the incredible greatness of Your power for it is the same mighty power that raised CHRIST from the dead (Eph 1:19-20).

Let me search for it as for a hidden treasure for in it I’ll find You, and understand and know You (Prov 2:3-5). I desire to experience the love of CHRIST—to be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from You (Eph 3:19). Draw me LORD, back to You and not to activities I might do for You. AMEN.

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ADORATION

Chord Progression: (C G/B Am Em/G) (F C/E Dsus G7)

WHATEVER REASON I MAY CALL UPON HIM

screen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-43-46-pmI cannot find out the deep things of You, GOD,

nor You limit, Almighty.

I cannot explore Your depths,

or ascend to Your heights,

 

I cannot extend to Your breadths,

or comprehend Your infinite perfection.

No, I cannot explain the mystery of You,

nor diagram my GOD (Job 11:7).

 

The secret things belong to You, LORD,

but the revealed things are my business

and my children’s forever

that we may follow Your laws (Deut 29:29).

 

For who has a GOD so near,

as the LORD is to me.

For whatever reason I may call upon Him;

He is always ready to listen (Deut 4:7).

 

You are great in counsel and mighty in deed;

to my ways Your eyes are open,

rewarding me according to my work,

according to the fruit of my deeds (Jer 32:19).

 

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

 

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Prayer Facts:

“Intercession means no more than to bring our brother into the presence of God, to see him under the Cross of Jesus as a poor human being and sinner in need of grace” Dietrich Bonhoeffer (ref#28, p86).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because Your greatness is so vast and deep it is unsearchable (Ps 145:3), I will wait for You.

Because You are mighty in power of understanding and heart (Job 36:5), I will wait for You.

Because honor and majesty are found in Your presence and strength and joy are found in Your sanctuary (1 Chron 16:27), I will wait for You.

Because You are near to all who call upon You in sincerity (Ps 145:18), I will wait for You.

Because You show Yourself strong for those whose hearts are completely Yours (2 Chron 16:9), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: February 12th – 18th

Feb 12 Lev 18-19; Acts 9

Feb 13 Lev 20-22; Acts 10

Feb 14 Lev 23-24; Acts 11

Feb 15 Lev 25; Ps 25-26

Feb 16 Lev 26-27; Acts 12

Feb 17 Num 1-2; Acts 13

Feb 18 Num 3-4; Acts 14

SUPPLICATION

GENERAL SICKNESS

[The majority of our prayers concern physical health. We all know someone who is dealing with the pain of sickness. Here is an opportunity to pray for them. Fill their name in the blanks.]

HEALING – FORETASTE TO THE ETERNAL KINGDOM

screen-shot-2017-01-02-at-4-10-47-pm…FATHER, the summary in all my prayers is true Christian maturity (2 Cor 13:9). Healing is not only a peek into Your spiritual kingdom, but a precursor of a greater miracle and that is the salvation You offer through CHRIST (ref#56, p1512). Healing gives opportunity to share an even greater miracle—Your salvation.

Jesus shows Your kingdom; no more sickness is part of Your kingdom; this is the reason JESUS heals. His method of ministry is mercy. His show of healing is to reverse the fall, not to reverse death. The purpose of healing is to bring Christlikeness and means always to produced holiness.

“God’s ultimate purpose is to secure the eternal health of the one who is sick. Whether the illness is a consequence of unconfessed sin or unhealed disease, the ultimate aim of the healing prayer is the spiritual security of the sick person whom God will ‘save’ and ‘raise up’” Bryan Chapell (ref#66, p59).

FATHER, I defer to You. Perform the perfect healing by raising ____ up to immortality with You, or instigate the imperfect healing of repairing ____’s mortal body on earth for a time (ref#66, p60). I acknowledge no medicine or miracle will benefit ____ apart from Your power (ref#66, p59).

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression: (G7  Dm  Am  Em)   (Bdim  F  G7  C)

FOREVER

screen-shot-2017-01-02-at-3-53-50-pmForever Your steadfast love endures (Ps 136:26).

You are incomparable,

unequaled and matchless (ref#110, p683).

You are imponderable (ref#110, p678);

 

You cannot be measured or accounted for (ref#110, p678, 1457).

You cannot be fully known—

You are unexplainable (ref#110, p1457).

And, You are indestructible (ref#110, p686).

 

You are the same yesterday today and forever (Heb 13:8)—

beyond the power of description.

You are indescribable (ref#110, p686),

and cannot be destroyed (ref#110, p686).

 

You are astonishing—

filled with wonder and surprise (ref#110, p84).

You are exceptionally especial—

simply outstanding (ref#110, p464).

CONFESSION

THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHDRAWING HIS SENSIBLE PRESENCE

screen-shot-2017-01-02-at-3-47-19-pm…FATHER, save me from being content with a little measure of the SPIRIT, thinking that is all I am expected to have.   So often I feel His absence and act using my own human spirit. Grow in me a desire for the power of His presence all the time (ref#76, p29).

“The Holy Spirit is no temporary gift; He abides with the saints. We have but to seek Him aright, and He will be found by us. He is jealous, but He is compassionate. If He leaves in anger, He returns in mercy. Gracious and tender, He does not weary of us, but He waits to be merciful still” Charles Spurgeon (ref#34, Feb 12th PM).

Through sin and worldliness I lose the consciousness of the SPIRIT’s presence. I don’t lose You, SPIRIT, but You are behind my conscious awareness (ref#30, p115).

For instance, no matter how eager or clever I am in sharing the Gospel, it is insufficient without Your presence.  What I need is to experience continual power to be obedient to You, SPIRIT, Who alone truly teaches me (ref#33, p86).

“God is determined to have His child as pure and clean and white as driven snow, and as long as there is disobedience in any point of His teaching, He will prevent none of the working of His spirit” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, June 30th).

FATHER, sensitize me to watch for the SPIRIT. In Him is the only way I can remain spiritual (ref#101, p28).

ADORATION

Chord Progression: (C Ebdim Cmaj C) (Ebdim Dm7 G7 C)

PSALM 111

screen-shot-2017-01-02-at-3-43-13-pmGreat are Your works, O LORD,

studied by all who delight in them.

Full of splendor and majesty is Your work,

and Your righteousness endures forever.

 

You have caused Your wondrous works to be remembered;

You, the LORD are gracious and merciful.

You provide food for those who fear You;

You remember Your covenant forever.

 

You have shown Your people the power of Your works,

in giving them the inheritance of the nations.

The works of Your hands are faithful and just;

all Your precepts are trustworthy;

 

they are established forever and ever,

to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.

You sent redemption to Your people;

You have commanded Your covenant forever.

 

Holy and awesome is Your name (Ps 111:2-9)!

I praise You Lord!

I will give thanks with my whole heart (Ps 111:1).

for Your praise endures forever (Ps 111:10)!

 

 

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

 

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Prayer Facts:

“The high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, who is the Creator and Governor of all worlds, who bears up the pillars of the universe, and to whom all the powers in heaven, in earth, and in hell are subject, is the glorious object to whom we address ourselves in prayer” Octavius Winslow (ref#61. April 26th).

 

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because with You are perfect wisdom and might and You alone have true understanding (Job 12:13), I will wait for You.

Because whatever You do, it endures forever (Eccl 3:14), I will wait for You.

Because You are a stronghold in the day of trouble (Nahum 1:7), I will wait for You.

Because Your communion and counsel are with me (Prov 3:32), I will wait for You.

Because You know and are fully acquainted with my way (Ps 1:6), I will wait for You.

Because You give wisdom and knowledge and joy (Eccl 2:26), I will wait for You.

Because Your mercy and kindness and steadfast love endure forever (Jer 33:11), I will wait for You.

 

Read Through the Bible in a Year: February 5th – 11th

Feb 5   Ex 39-40; Acts 4

Feb 6   Lev 1-3; Acts 5

Feb 7   Lev 4-6; Ps 11

Feb 8   Lev 7-9; Acts 6

Feb 9   Lev 10-12; Acts 7

Feb 10 Lev 13-14; Acts 8

Feb 11 Lev 15-17; Ps 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.]

REASONS FOR AFFLICTION – TO RECOGNIZE HOPE

screen-shot-2017-01-02-at-3-30-58-pm…FATHER, You say it is good for ____ that (he/she) is afflicted, that (he/she) might learn Your statutes (Ps 119:71). Your rules are righteous, and in faithfulness You have afflicted (him/her) (Ps 119:75).

If Your laws are not ____’s delight, (he/she) will perish in (his/her) affliction (Ps 119:92). LORD, keep ____ in Your grasp so (he/she) never forgets Your precepts, for in them You have given (him/her) life (Ps 119:93). Let Your steadfast love comfort ____ according to Your promise to (him/her) (Ps 119:76).

FATHER, though You slay ____, continue to provide for (his/her) strength to hope in You (Job 13:15). I know that because (he/she) is Yours, You will not let (him/her) fall away no matter how well or how badly (he/she) reacts to (his/her) situation or how horrific the situation. Because of (his/her) hope (he/she) will wait in silence for You (Ps 62:5). This is the way (he/she) will bring You honor.

FATHER, Your thundering breakers crash and crush ____ (Ps 42:7). Promise, FATHER, to love (him/her) all day and sing songs to (him/her) at night (Ps 42:8). Help (him/her) find the way to Your sacred mountain—to the place of Your presence (Ps 43:3). Allow (him/her) to enter the place of worship and meet face to face with You (Ps 43:4).

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression: (C  Em7  A7  Dm7)   (G7  Dm7 G7 C)

ALMIGHTY

screen-shot-2017-01-02-at-3-24-34-pmYou, the Almighty are great in power (Job 37:23).

You are supercolossal—

extremely great and impressive (ref#110, p1342)—

grandiose and splendid (ref#110, p587).

 

You, the Almighty are great in justice (Job 37:23).

You are stunning—

excellent—

remarkably attractive (ref#110, p1331).

 

You, the Almighty are great in abundant righteousness (Job 37:23).

You are remarkable—

extraordinary—

worthy of notice (ref#110, p1134).

 

You, the Almighty are clothed with awesome majesty (Job 37:22).

You are laudable (ref#110, p764)—

having magnificence (ref#110, p587)—

commendable and praise worthy (ref#110, p764).