CONFESSION

OBEDIENCE

 “His timing is perfect, His will is our hiding place. Lord Jesus keep me in Your will.  Don’t let me go mad by poking about outside it” Corrie TenBoom (ref#84, p218).

FATHER, being obedient to You sounds simple enough, but how do I know it is You giving the orders instead of my flesh desiring to be spiritual? Can I not hear the same words from both You and my flesh?

No prerequisite is required for fleshly desires to enter my head. They are stand-alone commands rising from my depraved nature. They masquerade as important spiritual ideas appealing to my sense of logic. They beg to be put into action.

“Carnal pleasure, worldly profit and honour, the things of sense and time, are the things of the flesh…The favour of God, the welfare of the soul, the concerns of eternity, are the things of the Spirit” Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible (ref#18, [Rom 8:5]).

FATHER, draw me into submission. Make me wait on You to receive Your revelation in my intuition otherwise my flesh will assert itself (ref#101, p43). If I sense I’m being the boss over any spiritual project, I can be sure it is my flesh directing me. You FATHER, do not delegate authority over the control of Your work (ref#101, p42).

“Despite a great revival in Samaria, Philip was not responsible for the follow-up labor of strengthening. He must leave immediately for the desert in order that a “heathen” eunuch might be saved….All acts are in the hands of the Spirit; believers simply obey. Had it been left to human thoughts and wishes, many places which ought to be visited would not have been, and many others would have been visited which ought not to be. These experiences from Acts inescapably tell us that we too must follow the guidance of God’s Spirit in our intuition and not follow our thoughts, reasons or wishes” Watchman Nee (ref#101, p 42-43).

“Jesus takes us over for His enterprises, His building schemes entirely, and no soul has any right to claim where he shall be put” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, May 7th).

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ADORATION

Chord Progression: (Am E7 Am A7) (Dm A7 B7 E)

BLESSED IS GOD FOREVER

“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!

Let your glory be over all the earth” (Ps 57:5 ESV)!

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.

The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;…” (Ps 45:6 ESV).

 

“In the greatness of Your majesty

you overthrow Your adversaries;

you send out your fury;

it consumes them like stubble” (Ex 15:7 ESV).

 

“’Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?

Who is like you, majestic in holiness,

awesome in glorious deeds,

doing wonders” (Ex 15:11 ESV)?

 

“…’Blessed are you, O Lord,…forever and ever.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power

and the glory and the victory and the majesty,

for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours….” (1 Chron 29:10-11 ESV).

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

 

Prayer Facts:

“Understanding is more taxing than doing, and meditation is a severer tax than service….The cost is not so much in the sweat of agonizing supplication as in the daily fidelity to the life of prayer” Samuel Chadwick (ref#4, p27).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You are full of pity and compassion and tenderness and mercy (James 5:11), I will wait for You.

Because You give strength and fullness of might to Your people (Ps 68:35), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: June 3rd – 9th

June 3     Prov 10; Ps 35

June 4     Ps 150

June 5     Prov 11; Matt 6

June 6     Prov 12; Matt 7

June 7     Prov 13; Matt 8

June 8     Prov 14; Matt 9

June 9     Prov 15; Ps 36

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.]

DISCIPLINE NOT PUNISHMENT

“Punishment for sin will take place in the next world. God’s dealings with people in this world are of the nature of discipline….Trouble is no evidence whatever of the Diving displeasure” E. M. Bounds (ref#64, p50).

FATHER, whom in heaven does ____ have but You? (His/her) flesh and heart may be failing but You are the strength of (his/her) heart and (his/her) portion forever (Ps 73:25-26). Let nothing terrify (him/her); keep (him/her), please, from giving way to hysterical fears or letting anxieties unnerve (him/her) (1 Pet 3:6).

You warrant us to take our troubles to You in prayer, so assist ____ in doing that. Favor (him/her) so that she can calmly pray over (his/her) troubles and seek “to get the greatest spiritual benefits out of them” E.M. Bounds (ref#64, p58). By sickness and suffering, by silence and solitude You are giving ____ other than normal work to perform which shall not the less secure (his/her) usefulness and promote Your glory (ref#61, Aug 16th).

FATHER, how manifold are the ways ____ needs You. And in manifold ways You can be found (ref#27, p16).

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (C  G/B  C  F) (D/F#  C/G  G7  C)

VANQUISHER

FATHER, You are great in might (Jer 10:6).

You defeat, conquer, and overcome—

You are a vanquisher (ref#110, p1475).

You exercise power and control (ref#110, p279).

 

Your right hand exalts (Ps 118:16);

You are triumphant—

prevailing and undefeatable—

You are successful and victorious (ref#110, p1432).

 

Your right hand does valiantly (Ps 118:16).

You are brave and resolute—

determined and full of courage (ref#110, p1473).

You command—directing with authority (ref#110, p279).

 

There is none like You (Jer 10:6).

You are mighty and effective (ref#110, p1058);

You are vigorous, passionate, and zealous—

leading “with firm authority.” (ref#110, p1329).