THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (C  E7  A7  Dm)  (E7  Am  D7  G7)

YOU SATIATE

Who is a GOD like You (Mic 7:18)?

You are valid—well-grounded,

able to withstand criticism—

You are sound and effective (ref#110, p1473).

 

Gracious are You—and merciful (Ps 116:5).

You fill and fully supply—

completely satiate—

satisfy and gratify (ref#110, p1192-1193).

 

You are a GOD who pardons iniquity;

You do not retain Your anger forever (Mic 7:18).

You are unselfish;

and You are generous (ref#110, p1463).

 

Because You delight in steadfast love (Mic 7:18)—

You are devoted with deep attachment,

good will and passionate affection—

fondness and concern for me (ref#110, p801).

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CONFESSION

BACK TO BASICS

…FATHER, my human self-worth is tied up in my accomplishments so my tendency is to always think about accomplishments in spiritual life.

“…instead of stressing holiness in order to see God, the emphasis is on service for God…Techniques and methods, by which we hope to make God’s message known, have become the important thing” Roy and Revel Hession (ref#100, p16).

Instead of longing for You, I gravitate toward longing for power to better serve You (ref#100, p16). Let me make some notes to myself that they might recalibrate my thinking.

“…thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev 4:11 KJV). “…what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him,…” (Deut 10:12 KJV). “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:…” (Mark 12:30 KJV).

FATHER, let the above Scriptures remind me that I have been created only to delight You. It should be my joy continually to submit to Your will and desires (ref#100, p17).

“The divines who…produced the Westminster Confession of Faith answered the question ‘What is the chief end of man?’ with the words, ‘Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him for ever’” Roy and Revel Hession (ref#100, p14).

The missionary, David Brainerd records some sobering words in his diary. It makes me question whether I’m interested in Your glory or simply getting from You what I think best:

 “I saw it was self interest had led me to pray and that I had never once prayed from any respect to the glory of God….I saw there was no…connection between my prayers and the bestowment of divine mercy; that they laid not the least obligation upon God to bestow His grace upon me…because they were not performed from any love or regard to God” Jonathan Edwards (ref#88, p68).

FATHER, I confess the ease by which I trade my joy of being with You for the satisfaction of doing something I think You would appreciate. Call to my attention swiftly the subtleness by which I move from submitting to You to deciding for myself.   Truly, I want to see You. I want to possess a hunger for You. I want to satisfy Your heart. I want to be back into a relationship of submission to You (ref#100, p25).

ADORATION

Chord Progression:  (Am  A/C#  Dm  E7)  (Am  Dm7  Esus E)

MIGHTIER THAN THE THUNDERS OF MANY WATERS

“Mightier than the thunders of many waters,

mightier than the waves of the sea,…” (Ps 93:4 ESV).

“Your throne is established from of old;

You are from everlasting” (Ps 93:2 ESV).

 

“Both riches and honor come from You,

and You rule over all,…

it lies in Your hand to make great

and to strengthen everyone” (1 Chron 29:12 NASU).

 

“Before the mountains were brought forth,

or ever you had formed the earth and the world,

from everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Ps 90:2 ESV).

“…Yours is the kingdom…and you are exalted…above all” (1 Chron 29:11 ESV).

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

 “…bring your problems to God, and stay with Him while He solves them….We injure our spiritual life when we dump the whole thing down before God and say—You do it” Oswald Chambers (ref#8, Oct 25th).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You spread out the northern skies over emptiness and hang the earth upon nothing (Job 26:7), I will wait for You.

Because You still and stir up the sea by Your power (Job 26:12), I will wait for You.

Because by Your breath the heavens are garnished (Job 26:13), I will wait for You.

Because You are the living GOD enduring and steadfast forever and Your kingdom shall not be destroyed and Your dominion shall be to the end (Dan 6:26), I will wait for You.

Because You sit above the horizon and I am like a grasshopper (Isa 40:22), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Nov 25th – Dec 1st

Nov 25    Job 38-39; Rev 10

Nov 26    Job 40; Ps 149; Rev 11

Nov 27    Job 41-42; Ps 76

Nov 28    Ps 77-78; Rev 12

Nov 29    Ps 79-80; Rev 13

Nov 30    Ps 81-82; Rev 14

Dec 1        Ps 83-84; Rev 15

SUPPLICATION

CHRISTIAN

[Because we are Christians and live in the world we will always need prayer for our walk and for witnessing to others about CHRIST. Here’s an opportunity to pray for others or even ourselves. Fill their name or your name in the blanks.]

KEEPING THE SABBATH

…FATHER, I pray for ____ to guard (his/her) Sabbaths. Sometimes without knowing, the world, satan, and (his/her) own flesh succeed at turning everything gray. There is no way (he/she) can comprehend the dullness until (he/she) sits before You during (his/her) Sabbath.

FATHER, make ____ realize, as You commune with (him/her), how weak (he/she) has become living the last six days in the world, them pour into (him/her) the strength (he/she) will need for the next six days.   Being in Your presence not only allows ____ to let go of the week prior but also energizes (him/her) for the next.

No one recognizes burnout until they are burned out. So alert ____ to (his/her) desperate need for more strength—strength needed to joyously obey You that can only be provided by the HOLY SPIRIT. Draw (him/her) into Your rest as (he/she) settles in to waiting in Your presence. Only in waiting before You can (he/she) compare (his/her) weak present condition with the joyous strength You are able to infuse in (him/her).

You are very serious about demanding Sabbath-keeping (Ex 31:14) for You know how harmful not keeping it is. On the Sabbath, FATHER, do not let ____ settle for just resting (his/her) body or satisfying (himself/herself) with a diversion from (his/her) work (Isa 58:13). Don’t let (him/her) even be content to learn more of You or worship You.

In Your presence is fullness of joy (Ps 16:11). Give ____ the knowing that (he/she) will have all (he/she) needs for the coming week so (he/she) may rejoice in Your provision. Draw (him/her), LORD, into keeping the Sabbath. For joy in You is (his/her) strength (Neh 8:10).

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (Cmaj  G/D  Cmaj  G/D)  (Em7  A/E  Dm/F  G7)

UNPARALLELED

You, LORD, stretched out the heavens and earth (Zech 12:1).

You are all-important—being exact (ref#110, p36, 1456),

certain and sure, You are essential (ref#110, p1456, 36),

necessary and most excellent (ref#110, p36, 1346).

 

You are universal and supreme (ref#110, p1460, 1346)—

not being limited or restricted,

but complete, whole and unchanging (ref#110, p1460)—

the highest in quality, achievement and performance (ref#110, p1346).

 

You, LORD, formed my spirit within (Zech 12:1).

Unerringly You formed me (ref#110, p1456)

For You are unparalleled,

unmatched and have no equal (ref#110, p1461).

 

You LORD, are the great GOD and King (Ps 95:3).

You are the highest in power and authority (ref#110, p1346).

You surpass and You exceed—

going beyond and overcoming (ref#110, p1347).

 

Praise, praise, praise to You.

Praise, praise.

Praise, praise, praise—

praise, praise, praise to You.

CONFESSION

A NEW DISPOSITION

…FATHER, Your Son walked the earth in meekness and was lowly in heart (Matt 11:29). He always surrendered His own will to You (John 6:38). “When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten…” (1 Peter 2:23 ESV). He never stood up for His own rights, never returned wrong for a wrong, never resented, never complained.

“Self-energy…in service is sin. Self-pity in…difficulties, self-seeking in business or Christian work, self-indulgence in one’s spare time,…self-defense when we are hurt…by others, self-consciousness…” Oswald Chambers (ref#97, p28,29) are all sin.

“Let every mention of the Blood call to mind the deep humility and self-surrender of the Lamb, for it is this disposition that gives the Blood its wonderful power with God” Roy Hession (ref#97, p94). “We may be partakers of His disposition, for it has been made transferable to us by His death” Roy Hession (ref#97, p95,96). And this disposition is what you look for in me. By having this disposition I will know power in my own life.

“The natural life is neither moral nor immoral. I make it moral or immoral by my ruling disposition. Jesus teaches that the natural life is meant for sacrifice. We can give it as a gift to God, which is the only way to make it spiritual (see Rom 12:1-2)” Oswald Chambers (ref#118, p36).

ADORATION

Chord Progression:  (C  E7  Am  F#dim)  (C  Em  Dm7  G7)

HOW PRECIOUS ARE YOUR THOUGHTS TOWARD ME

“How precious and weighty…are Your thoughts to me, O God!

How vast is the sum of them” (Ps 139:17 AMP)!

“…You did form my inward parts;

You did knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Ps 139:13 AMP).

 

“O LORD, you have searched me [thoroughly]

and have known me….

You understand my thought afar off….

You are acquainted with all my ways….” (Ps 139:1-3 AMP).

 

“You drew near on the day I called to You;

You said, Fear not” (Lam 3:57 AMP).

“You heard my voice…” (Lam 3:56 AMP). “O Lord,

You have pleaded the causes of my soul…” (Lam 3:58 AMP)

 

“If I ascend up into heaven,

You are there;

if I make my bed in…(the place of the dead),

behold, You are there” (Ps 139:8 AMP).

 

O GOD, how precious and weighty

are Your thoughts toward me.

How vast is the sum of them (Ps 139:17).

O GOD, You know me!

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“I must hear the person who gives me the promise. The very tone of his voice gives me courage to believe. I must see him. In the light of his eye and countenance, all fear as to my right to take fades away” Andrew Murray (ref#11, p70).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because Your truthfulness and honesty is shown through CHRIST becoming a servant and a minister (Rom 15:8), I will wait for You.

Because Your Son, JESUS CHRIST, is the faithful and trustworthy Witness, the Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth (Rev 1:5), I will wait for You.

Because through Your Son’s death He brings to naught and makes of no effect him who had the power of death (Heb 2:14), I will wait for You.

Because CHRIST has the power, authority and right on earth to forgive sins (Luke 5:24), I will wait for You.

Because JESUS saves me from my sins and prevents me from failing and missing the true end and scope of life which is You (Matt 1:21), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Nov 18th – 24th

Nov 18    Job 25-26; Rev 6

Nov 19    Job 27-28; Ps 73

Nov 20    Job 29-30; Rev 7

Nov 21    Job 31; Ps 120; Ps 74

Nov 22    Job 32-33; Rev 8

Nov 23   Job 34-35; Rev 9

Nov 24    Job 36-37; Ps 75