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.]

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE SICK

…FATHER, in Your sovereignty You watch over this world that will pass away. It is in a continuous state of decay and dying (1 Cor 2:6). And our bodies likewise are on the path of death. Like a flower of the grass, we will soon be no more (James 1:10).

This tent—our earthly home—will be destroyed but we have a building from You—eternal in the heavens (2 Cor 5:1). While in this body we groan, burdened in our mortality, but rejoicing that one day we will be swallowed up to life eternal (2 Cor 5:4).

In ____’s weakness You promise to spread Your might over (him/her) much like the Shekinah Glory in the Holy of Holies of the Tent of Meeting. LORD, dwell over (him/her) with strength and power when (he/she) is weak (ref#17, [2 Cor 12:9]).

If You do not eliminate ____’s illness, quickly keep (him/her) from murmuring about (his/her) frailty. Give (him/her) the desire to boast of You, FATHER, for Your power and strength are fulfilled and completed and show themselves most effective in (his/her) weakness (2 Cor 12:9).

Because of the contrast between ____’s weakness and Your strength, people can see that You hold the power of eternity—wellness—everything lacking in (him/her) as an earth-dweller. And FATHER I ask, do spread Your power over (him/her) in (his/her) decreased-ness so others can see clearly Your increased-ness. If others can see a clearer vision of You, that alone should cause ____ contentment in (his/her) illness (2 Cor 12:10).

Continue to remind (him/her) that You have created this world to gather Your children to You and mature them. Remind (him/her) that the comfort of (his/her) body should be of no lasting concern. Give (him/her) help to shift (his/her) eyes from (himself/herself)—from (his/her) suffering, (his/her) affliction, (his/her) tribulation, (his/her) calamity, (his/her) distress, for none of these things can separate (him/her) from CHRIST’s love (Rom 8:35). In ____’s suffering allow (him/her) to eat, sleep, and drink CHRIST.

This tent we’re in is passing away; so be it. My last request is that You shift the thoughts of ____ onto CHRIST who has physically died but now is alive forevermore and holds the keys of Death (Rev 1:18).

ADORATION

A Sure Foundation

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 4.46.07 PM“…thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am laying in Zion for a foundation a Stone, a tested Stone, a precious Cornerstone of sure foundation; he who believes (trusts in, relies on, and adheres to that Stone) will not be ashamed or give way or hasten away [in sudden panic]” (Isa 28:16 AMP).

FATHER, I hold You in reverence for the provisions You have gifted me. You give and take away and I stand or fall, but when I fall it is into the arms of CHRIST.

When I hold CHRIST’s hand catastrophes cannot separate us (ref#15, [Isa 28:16]). I honor You, FATHER, for the contentment You bring through CHRIST. CHRIST is so right for me, I never think of looking elsewhere for comfort (ref#67, [Isa 28:16]). Rest comes by just this reminder that I have CHRIST not only supporting me but also willing and able to move me through situations I see impossible.

CHRIST is the cornerstone of preciousness—“a stone of tested solidity to bear the vast superstructure of man’s redemption” (ref#17, [Isa 28:16])—including all my weaknesses. When You make my life unsteady with various trials my stability can be regained when I rest on CHRIST. FATHER, I treasure Your provided Cornerstone.

ADORATION

YOUR STEADFAST LOVE EXTENDS TO THE HEAVENS

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 2.27.08 PMYour steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds (Ps 36:5). It is “so high that it does not change with the weather…” Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible (ref#18, [Ps 36:5-12]). Your mercy is so exalted it is more extensive than I can conceive—above all visible space—to the eternal regions (ref#15, [Ps 36:5]). Your mercy and loving-kindness is infinite, Your loyalty astronomic.

Constant and unfailing is Your love. Indeed, Your faithfulness binds You to fulfill the promises and covenants made by Your mercy and love.

Your righteousness is like the mountains; Your judgments are like the great deep (Ps 36:6). Your justice, O GOD, is as fixed as the everlasting hills—sure and immovable. Your judicial dealings are immeasurable and vast—beyond comprehension as the ocean (ref#16, [Ps 36:6]). You are “a God of unsearchable wisdom and design” Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible (ref#18, [Ps 36:5-12]).

With You is the fountain of life (Ps 36:9). You give life-giving streams of providential goodness—that living water (ref#15, [Ps 36:9]). It includes “the fullness of happiness” because no foes can take away life and blessedness that comes from You, FATHER, the “Fountain” JFB Commentary (ref#17, [Ps 36:9]).

So, let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away (Ps 36:11). Reveal to me the preciousness of Your mercy; teach me to value it beyond all treasures; I want to know how to prize it (ref#68, [Ps 36:5-9]). Forever bless me with Your steadfast love O LORD, my righteousness.