THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (Am  Dm  G  Em7)  (Am7  Dm  G  Am)

UNRIVALED

FATHER, Your holiness befits Your house (Ps 93:5).

You are divine—irreproachable (ref#110, p401, 1297)—

supremely great (ref#110, p401)—

the hallowed GOD (ref#110, p1180).

 

Forevermore You are matchless;

You are without equal (ref#110, p834).

You are unrivaled—

yes, peerless and spotless (ref#110, p996, 1297).

 

FATHER, You are undefiled and faultless (ref#110, p1091)—

pure and errorless (ref#110, p1091, 515).

You are free from defects—(ref#110, p515).

perfectly correct—flawless (ref#110, p674, 515).

 

Holy, holy, holy are You, LORD (Isa 6:3).

You are perfect—sinless (ref#110, p644).

You are set apart and sacred (ref#110, p1180)—

immaculate and unspoiled (ref#110, p674).

CONFESSION

TWO NATURES

…FATHER, Your SPIRIT is teaching me to understand myself. This makes me responsible for how I conduct my life. So, let me warn myself about the battle that starts in my mind.

Since the SPIRIT resides in me, I admire righteousness. This admiration comes from the new nature You have given me. But my old unrighteous nature still has the ability to influence my mind—thus the battle.

My mind is in the habit of accepting input from my “flesh”—which is sense and reason without the HOLY SPIRIT. Thus my old nature gladly takes up the challenge to become righteous. This “flesh,” with its carnal thoughts and purposes, cannot please or satisfy You or ever be acceptable to You because it is obsessed with self (Rom 8:6-8). My mind is not renewed so as to change my conduct if I just try hard to act righteous (ref#33, p110).

Therefore, let me warn myself about my “flesh:” “…flesh not only can produce sin but can also perform good” Watchman Nee (ref#33, p110). I can read and preach the Bible, hear and believe the Scriptures in the strength of my flesh and not depend at all on the HOLY SPIRIT Who guides my new nature (ref#33, p113). I can serve You over-zealously like the Pharisees all with my natural strength.

“That which is born of flesh…is flesh, and can never be ‘unfleshed.’ Whether it be the flesh in the pulpit…the flesh in prayers…the flesh in reading the Bible, the flesh in singing hymns, or the flesh in doing good—none of these…can avail…” Watchman Nee (ref#33, p119).

My flesh will try to establish another righteousness outside of CHRIST. Flesh left to itself will lead me down Israel’s path—pursuing righteousness based on works (my doings) and not faith (Rom 9:32).

Because I attempt to follow You in faith, I know that You have gifted me with a new nature that is opposite my unrighteous, fleshly nature. I do not want to walk in the natural, easy ways of my flesh, but desire to follow You in the newness of life that You give. Keep me aware of these two natures within me and provide strength so my actions are in keeping with my new nature.

I make a decisive dedication of my members and faculties to be devoted and well-pleasing to You. Therefore, I determine, with Your SPIRIT’s help, to put to death by neglect my natural thinking.

ADORATION

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

ISAIAH 64

“Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,

that the mountains might quake at your presence—

as when fire kindles brushwood

and the fire causes water to boil—” (Isa 64:1-2 ESV).

 

“From of old no one has heard

or perceived by the ear,

no eye has seen a God besides you,

who acts for those who wait for him” (Isa 64:4 ESV).

 

“…Behold, you (LORD) were angry, and (I) sinned;…

(I) have…become like one who is unclean,…

(I) fade like a leaf, and (my) iniquities,

like the wind, take (me) away” (Isa 64:5-6 ESV).

 

But, “…O Lord, you are (my) Father;

(I am) the clay, and you are (my) potter;

(I am) …the work of your hand.

…Behold, please look,…” (Isa 64:8-9 ESV) draw me back to You.

 

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“One of the terrible marks of the diseased state of Christian life in these days is that there are so many who rest content without specific answers to prayer” Andrew Murray (ref#11, p35).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You do great things which I cannot comprehend (Job 37:5), I will wait for You.

Because You will have compassion on the poor and the lives of the needy You will save (Ps 72:13), I will wait for You.

Because I will pray to You and You will hear me (Job 22:27) I will wait for You.

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

Aug 5       Isa 25-28; Eph 4

Aug 6       Isa 29-31; Eph 5

Aug 7       Isa 32-35

Aug 8       2 Kings 17; 2 Chron 28; Eph 6

Aug 9      2 Chron 29-31; Phil 1

Aug 10     2 Kings 18-19; Ps 47; 2 Chron 32; Phil 2

Aug 11      Isa 36-37; Phil 3

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.]

CONSIDER THE TRAGEDY OF GOD

FATHER, inspire ____, when speaking of the spiritual world, to speak only about JESUS CHRIST. Make (him/her) able to make a distinction between what CHRIST did and the result of what CHRIST did.

“The effect of the Cross is salvation, sanctification, healing, etc., but we are not to preach any of these, we are to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, Nov 26th).

Give ____ the ability to make CHRIST, and not man, the center of all things. It is easy to personalize what CHRIST did. “He died for my sins out of sympathy for me.” “It is a travesty to say that Jesus Christ travailed in Redemption to make me a saint” (ref#7, Feb 1st). In my natural depravity it’s easy to get mushy.

“We are acceptable with God not because we have obeyed, or because we have promised to give up things, but because of the death of Christ, and in no other way. We say that Jesus Christ came to reveal the Fatherhood of God, the loving-kindness of God; the New Testament says He came to bear away the sin of the world” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, Oct 29th).

 Impassion ____ to speak from Your prospective. “We have not brooded enough on the tragedy of Calvary or on the meaning of Redemption” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, Nov 26th). The great point of Your spiritual energy is the cross. JESUS-talk may seem abrupt and even harsh but it will do its own work. FATHER, give ____ the ability to hash over and over all the effort You have put forth in Redemption. Captivate (him/her) to brood over Your tragedy in giving Your Son to die (ref#7, Nov 26th)

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (C  Gm  C  Bb)  (C  Ab  Bb  C)

VIGILANT

FATHER, You are a rock and fortress (2 Sam 22:2)—

my sanctuary.

You are a preserve—

my hiding place (ref#110, p275-276).

 

You are LORD, the deliverer (2 Sam 22:2).

You provide for me,

You make available (ref#110, p1083),

for You are my vanguard (ref#110, p1475).

 

You are a shield and horn of salvation (2 Sam 22:3).

You are my protector—

a guardian and defender (ref#110, p1081)—

and for me, alert and vigilant (ref#110, p1508).

 

You are a stronghold and refuge—my Savior (2 Sam 22:3).

You are a solace—

You comfort—You ease,

You relieve and console me (ref#110, p1275).

CONFESSION

COVETOUSNESS

“…when the Holy Ghost convicts He…gives us the deep conviction that we are living in independence of God…we find all our virtues and goodness…has been based on a…boundless inheritance of covetousness Oswald Chambers (ref#8, March 31st).

“Never lay the flattering unction to your soul that because you are not covetous for money or worldly possessions, you are not covetous for anything. The fuss and distress of owning anything is the last remnant of the disposition of sin. Jesus Christ possessed nothing for Himself (see 2 Corinthians 8:9)” (ref#8, March 31st).

FATHER, today I submit in Your presence and willingly ask the SPIRIT to highlight the things in my life where I spend money and time on activities only for my entertainment and comfort. Point out my activities that are competitive right down to my efforts to make myself better than others. Show me my covetousness in my shopping habits. Help me distinguish between my needs and simply pleasing myself. Reveal the vast difference between Your provision of my basic needs and my pursuit of selfish wants. I am totally at fault for being rich. I am living a worldly life. And the way I spend my time and money separate me from You. Even if I multiply my prayers, You will not hear me (Jer 14:12).

LORD, I stand before You in rebellion,

full of covetousness—

wanting to keep my own life—

exerting myself to maintain my rule.

 

I’m not envious of the possessions of my neighbor;

but I’m greedy for comfort and peace.

I passionately guard my soft bed;

I lust after tasty food—clothes—shelter.

 

I jealously surround myself with friends—

striving to keep them happy with me.

‘Tis true, I begrudge others who find success,

and envy ones who are better than I.

ADORATION

Chord Progression: (C G7 C7 Dm) (C Dm G7 C)

GREAT IS THE LORD AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED

I reach out for Your presence, O LORD,

Part the heavens and come down.

I lift my heart to meet You in the air—

I lift my heart…

 

How lovely is Your dwelling place,

O LORD of hosts.

My soul longs for Your courts,

I sing for joy to the living GOD… (Ps 84:1-2).

 

My strength is in You, LORD,

my heart longing for the highways to Zion (Ps 84:5).

I shall go from strength to strength;

Until I appear before You (Ps 84:7).

 

I come to Mount Zion and

To the city of the living GOD,

The heavenly Jerusalem,

To innumerable angels in festal gathering (Heb 12:22).

 

And to JESUS,

The mediator of a new covenant,

And to the sprinkled blood

That speaks a better word than the blood of Abel (Heb 12:24).