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

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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 – ASKING FOR POWER TO HEAL

…FATHER, You so generously revealed Yourself to Your people written of in the OT, advising them that You would not put any of the diseases on them that You put on the Egyptians—if they would diligently listen to Your voice (Ex 15:26). Now in our day, You reveal Yourself through Your Son (Heb 1:2). You have transferred Your healing power to Him. By His stripes all who diligently listen to His voice are healed (Isa 53:5).

CHRIST’s cross breaks the dominion of sin in us so that we are fortified against that which feeds disease (ref#18, [Isa 53:5]). Yet, we still are living in the world that You, FATHER, have subjected to futility and we groan (Rom 8:20,22), knowing we will sooner or later have to experience disease. CHRIST’s cross breaks the dominion of sin, but sin still has sway over us and its natural effect is sickness. When JESUS was here He began to “reverse the curse” by healing diseases. We can expect from JESUS occasions of immediate healing in our day.

With excited speed I usher myself into the presence of JESUS. Your Son, FATHER, has conquered sin and death (Rom 8:2). The NT writers reported often of JESUS healing someone physically. There were occasions when He healed everyone present. And wherever He came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored Him that they might touch even the fringe of His garment. And as many as touched it were made well (Mark 6:56). Healing was important to JESUS then, and it’s important to Him now.

“If we keep on asking anything for ourselves, [which is] according to His will, He hears us. And if we know with an absolute knowledge that He hears us, whatever we are asking for ourselves, we know with an absolute knowledge that we have the things which we have asked from Him” Kenneth S. West (ref#37, [1 John 5:14-15]).

FATHER, following a procedure, or even confessing sins, can be bypassed for possibly now the power is present for You, LORD, to perform healing (Luke 5:17). JESUS, I ask for Your healing power to come upon ____ whom I hold in my heart right now.

I understand that this time may not be Your timing even though I have absolute knowledge that I have what I ask for. If ____ is still in (his/her) sickness, then grant (him/her) sustaining grace while we all wait for Your timing.

THANKSGIVING

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

UNMATCHABLE

You, O LORD, reign forever (Lam 5:19).

You are unbounded—

unrestrained and without limits (ref#110, p1451).

“Unsearchable” defines You (ref#110, p1463).

 

Your throne endures to all generations (Lam 5:19).

You are unmatchable and unequaled (ref#110, p1461),

mysterious and inscrutable (ref#110, p1463)—

intense and unrestrained (ref#110, p791).

 

You are unlimited and endless (ref#110, p1461, 448)—

without beginning or end (ref#110, p448).

You are vast and boundless—

without restrictions (ref#110, p1461).

 

You are extraordinary and unparalleled;

You have no equal;

You are totally unique (ref#110, p1459).

Your steadfast love lasts forever (Ps 106:1)!

CONFESSION

REFORMING MY FLESH OR KEEPING IT DEAD

…FATHER, I know that my natural disposition must be crucified with CHRIST (that is, my flesh must die). The word, “flesh” means my human nature which is “under the control of animal appetites” and is sensuous (ref#150, NT:4559). “Flesh” is defined as my earthly nature apart from divine influence (ref#150, NT:4561).

Flesh is the part of me I must inactivate—kill by neglect. But I am anchored so in it I naturally choose to reform it instead of kill it.

It is intuitive to me to want flesh tamed. Therefore I strive to educate my flesh—teach it to be righteous. I happily give myself over to rules and methods (ref#33, p92). Intensive church activity is a way of attempting to reform flesh. It is frightening to realize that my own flesh can produce acts that appear Christian (Matt 7:22-23) yet they are without the help or consent of You, FATHER (ref#63, p706).

While teaching my flesh to be righteous I concentrate on one sin or a file-folder of sins. I fall into using my flawed self to try to become more like CHRIST. By doing this, I am in the business of trying to conquer and refine my old-nature flesh. I try to get flesh and SPIRIT to cooperate!

But, I cannot, and You, FATHER, will not reform my flesh—even the priceless blood of JESUS can’t cleanse the flesh. The HOLY SPIRIT does nothing to improve flesh; in fact, He will not even dwell in the midst of sinful flesh. The SPIRIT will abide in me for only one reason and that is for warring against my flesh (ref#33, p94).

O LORD, continually bring me to understand the difference between operating by my flesh and working with the SPIRIT—the difference between reforming my flesh and killing it by neglect. It is only by faith and dependence on the SPIRIT that I can put to death the deeds of my flesh (Rom 8:13).

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (C6  F#dim  C/G  G)  (Cmaj  Dm7  Fmaj  G)

PSALM 8

…“O LORD,…how wondrous great

Is thine exalted name!

The glories of thy heav’nly state

Let men and babes proclaim” Isaac Watts (ref#102, p14 [Ps 8:1]).

 

“Yea, in the smallest works of Thy creation

A mighty voice for who can hear is put.

So shall Thy foes who hate Thy revelation

Be stilled, their mouths be shut” Arthur S. Way (ref#38, p265 [Ps 8:2]).

 

You, the Babe of Bethlehem and the Mighty GOD,

Still the enemy and the avenger

Not by Your almighty power,

But by the weakness of infants (ref#17, [Ps 8:2]).

 

“O Lord…Thy name is writ in glory

O’er all Thy works for who have eyes to see.

Stars unto stars rehearse Creation’s story,

Their Maker’s majesty” Arthur S. Way (ref#38, p265 [Ps 8:1]).

 

“O LORD,…heav’nly King,

Thy name is all divine;

Thy glories round the earth are spread,

And o’er the heav’ns they shine” Isaac Watts (ref#102, p13 [Ps 8:1]).

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“Only when we live with God in a personal, loving relationship where God himself is everything to us,…is a capacity developed to believe that He gives whatsoever we ask” Andrew Murray (ref#11, p69-70).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You have Your way in the whirlwind and in the storm (Nahum 1:3), I will wait for You.

Because You determine and count the number of stars and call them all by their names (Ps 147:4), I will wait for You.

Because You make lightenings for rain and bring forth the wind out from Your storehouses (Jer 10:13), I will wait for You.

Because You do great things past finding out and marvelous thing without number (Job 9:10), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Nov 11th – 17th

Nov 11   Job 11-12; Rev 1

Nov 12   Job 13-14; Rev 2

Nov 13   Job 15-16; Rev 3

Nov 14   Job 17-18; Ps 70

Nov 15   Job 19-20; Ps 72

Nov 16   Job 21-22; Rev 4

Nov 17   Job 23-24; Rev 5

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.]

YOU ARE A REFUGE AND A SHIELD

…FATHER, let not the flood sweep over ____ or the pit close its mouth over (him/her) (Ps 69:15). You, GREAT RESCUER, are (his/her) refuge and (his/her) shield. And, also Your word is (his/her) source of hope (Ps 119:114).

Move ____ FATHER, to say, “Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me” (Mic 7:8 ESV).

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (Cmaj  Ebm6  Cmaj  C6)  (E7  Am7  Ddim  G7)

MAGNIFICENT

You, LORD, are a great and awesome GOD (Dan 9:4).

You are amazing—

Surprising and astonishing (ref#110, p42).

You are to me highly remarkable (ref#110, p1013)

 

You keep Your covenant and steadfast love toward me (Dan 9:4)—

causing me great joy and delight

as you are entrancing and ravishing (ref#110, p1116)—

definitely worthy of my high praise (ref#110, p1294).

 

You are GOD of both heaven and earth (Deut 4:39).

Lofty, stately and majestic (ref#110, p816)—

You are splendid, exquisite and glorious (ref#110, p1294).

Excellent and dignified, You are (ref#110, p1294, 816).

 

There is no other GOD—none (Deut 4:39)!

To me You are phenomenal and extraordinary (ref#110, p1013)—

superb, noble and rich.

You are extremely fine—magnificent (ref#110 ,p1343).

CONFESSION

THINKING OF JESUS, NOT MYSELF

The SPIRIT reminds me that I am nothing, and that CHRIST is all. How can I even pretend I might be something worthwhile. Even the moon is not bright and the stars are not pure in Your eyes, LORD, much less man who is a maggot and a worm (Job 25:4-6).

You, FATHER, put all things under the feet of CHRIST and give Him as head over all. You seated Him at Your right hand far above all rule and authority and power and dominion. He is above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. He fills all in all (Eph 1:20-23).

CHRIST is altogether superior yet my default thinking centers on myself that spurs constant judging. “I don’t have enough faith; I don’t repent enough; I’ll never be able to make it to the end.” And when I think about myself, the introspection spurs constant planning—“I need to pray more; I need to do more; I need to feel more.”

“…it is not your hold of Christ that saves you; it is Christ. It is not your joy in Christ that saves you; it is Christ. It is not even your faith in Christ, though that is the instrument, but it is Christ’s blood and His merits that save you; therefore, do not look as much to your hand, with which you are grasping Christ, as to Christ” Charles Spurgeon (ref#34, June 28th AM).

FATHER, I want my thoughts to rest on CHRIST—“His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, and His intercession…” Charles Spurgeon (ref#34, June 28th AM). SPIRIT, satisfy the desire of my heart; let the action of my thoughts turning inward remind me to stop, refocus, and think on CHRIST.