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).

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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).

 

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“…in everything by prayer whose essence is that of worship and devotion and by supplication which is a cry for your personal needs, with thanksgiving let your requests for the things asked for be made know in the presence of God,” Kenneth S. West (ref#37, p467, [Philippians 4:6]).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You are the Fashioner and Maker of all things (Jer 10:16), I will wait for You.

Because You make all the nations of men and determine their allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitation (Acts 17:26), I will wait for You.

Because there is no human wisdom or understanding or counsel that can prevail against You (Prov 21:30), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Oct 7th – 13th

Oct 7     Ezek 42-44; John 1

Oct 8     Ezek 45-46; John 2

Oct 9     Ezek 47-48; Ps 64

Oct 10   Dan 5-6; John 3

Oct 11    Dan 7-8; John 4

Oct 12   Dan 9-10; John 5

Oct 13   Dan 11-12; John 6

SUPPLICATION

NON CHRISTIAN Pursuers

[We all have friends and family that sit in our churches but only act like they are Christians. It is up to us to pray for their salvation. Here’s an opportunity to pray for them. Fill their name in the blanks.]

THE BOASTINGS OF THE FALLEN NATURE

…FATHER, ____ has heard of You by attending church; (he/she) has read (his/her) Bible, maybe even committed verses to memory, nonetheless Your Word does not produce fruit in (him/her) (Mark 4:19). Even Your truth residing in (his/her) mind is unable to affect (him/her).

It seems ____ is in the business, FATHER, of becoming holy and more holy in (his/her) own strength. Seems (he/she) is working with such intenseness that (he/she) passes over the good news about CHRIST. I think that (his/her) work is so gratifying that (he/she) imagines (he/she) is doing well and getting better and better. But…

 “There are those who are clean in their own eyes but are not washed of their filth” (Prov 30:12 ESV). “This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, ‘I have done no wrong’” (Prov 30:20 ESV).

“The majority of people have their morality well within their own grasp, they do not sense the need of the Gospel” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, Dec 17th). FATHER, it seems ____ is pursuing You because (he/she) admires righteousness therefore (he/she) is trying hard to act righteously (ref#33, p110). (He/She) may not know that (his/her) natural flesh can perform good as well as produce sin (ref#33, p110). (He/She) may be confusing (his/her) natural fleshly work with Your HOLY SPIRIT’s work. And, the case is that (he/she) is then unable to be a Christian because it is impossible to receive anything unless it is given to (him/her) from heaven (James 1:17).

It is quite natural to fall into the pattern of searching the Scriptures for commands to keep (John 5:39). By keeping only the commands of (his/her) choosing (he/she) does not need a Savior; (he/she) is saving (himself/herself). FATHER, lead ____ to the understanding that whatever “does not issue from waiting upon God, from depending upon the HOLY SPIRIT, is unquestionably of the flesh”  Watchman Nee (ref #33, p 114).

It seems that ____ is set in (his/her) own ways of righteousness, but I know, FATHER, that You can and will work in due season to call Your sons and daughters according to Your purpose (ref#13, Vol 1, p31 [Mark 2:14]). Please, FATHER, I want You to call ____.

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression: (C  Ddim  Fdim  C)  (Fdim  Bdim Ddim  C)

STEADFAST AND LOYAL

Your steadfast love extends to the heavens (Ps 36:5).

You are staunch and loyal (ref#110, p1310)—

cohesive and persistent (ref#110, p1378)—

unwavering and tenacious (ref#110, p1465, 1378).

 

You, LORD, will not leave me or destroy me (Deut 4:31).

Because You are firm in Your purposes,

being resolute and determined (ref#110, p1142),

You are impervious to any enemy (ref#110, p677).

 

You will not forget Your covenant (Deut 4:31).

You are always unfailing—

You are inexhaustible (ref#110, p1457);

You are forever faithful (ref#110, p487).

 

Your faithfulness extends to the clouds (Ps 36:5).

You are responsible,

reliable and exact—

constant and trustworthy (ref#110, p487).

CONFESSION

OVERWHELMING CIRCUMSTANCES ARE OKAY

…FATHER, You have set me on a course of looking for people to minister to—and I HAVE FOUND THEM! My initial reaction is very much like the sluggard in Proverbs. He says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets” (Prov 22:13)! How can I minister successfully to all that clamor for my attention? “There are too many; I will exhaust myself.”

LORD, when You command, I must do it immediately. Questioning is not a prerogative. Oswald Chambers says, “When you know you should do a thing, and do it, immediately you know more” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, June 8th). FATHER, has not Your inspiration come in the past, and has it not come with such miraculous power in such a way that I am able to “arise from the dead and do the impossible thing” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, Feb 16th)?

“Jesus is asking us to take one end of the yoke—‘My yoke is easy, get alongside Me and we will pull together’” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, April 14th).

Compel me, FATHER, to not be a sluggard. Continually remind me I am not responsible for Christian service (because You, Yourself do the work), but I am only responsible “to keep in living, constant, touch” with You (ref#7, April 23rd).

CHRIST says, “Follow me, run along behind Me! That is all” Dietrich Bonhoeffer (ref#10, p 58). Advise me to “see only him who goes before and no more the road which is too hard for” me (ref#10, p88).

Remind me that “bewilderment is the true comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge” Dietrich Bonhoeffer (ref#10, p93).

Oh soul, do not run ahead or lag behind paralyzed in fear. FATHER, I desire to wait for You then run with You—for Your closeness is the place of rest. Strengthen my trust in You—weaken my trust in myself. Empower me to put all my hope in You for You are all steadfast love (Ps 33:22).