THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (C  Ebdim  Cmaj  F)  (Ebdim  Dm7  G7  C)

THE SUPREME BEING

FATHER, You are the everlasting GOD (Isa 40:28).

The Author of all—

You are the Originator of everything (ref#110, p92)—

the eternal GOD (Isa 40:28).

 

You are the Creator of the ends of the earth (Isa 40:28).

You brought it into being—

realized and formed it;

Indeed, You founded it (ref#110, p532).

 

You are the One who formed all things (Jer 51:19).

You execute—

You are the Maker (ref#110, p817)—

absolute and unrestrained (ref#110, p5).

 

You sit enthroned as King forever (Ps 29:10).

You order and enact—

setting up and causing to be (ref#110, p465).

You establish Your throne eternally (Ps 29:10).

ADORATION

Chord Progression: (Am G F Em) (Dm C Dm Am)

THIS IS MY GOD – CLOTHED IN MAJESTY

“The Lord reigns,

He is clothed with majesty;

The Lord is clothed,

He has girded Himself with strength.

 

Surely the world is established,

so that it cannot be moved” (Ps 93:1 NKJV).

“…give glory and honor and thanks to him…

who lives forever and ever,” (Rev 4:9 ESV).

 

“…’Behold, this is (my) God;

(I) have waited for him, that he might save (me)…”

(Isa 25:9 ESV).

“In Him…(I) have obtained an inheritance,…

according to the counsel of His will,” (Eph 1:11 NKJV).

 

You, LORD, reign

You are clothed with majesty

You are clothed,

And have girded Yourself with strength.

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.

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).

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).

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.]

SICKNESS – MEANS TO REMOVE COMPLACENCY

FATHER, You have set eternity in my heart and I resist the death of anything (Eccl 3:11). It is natural to pray for healing. Therefore, I can often fall into thinking the objective of my healing prayers is to gain back for someone a degree of health.

CHRIST’s reason for healing was not to get rid of the sickness only. Healing was not just an isolated incident where He proved His power. He came to create a brand new people.

Refresh my memory, FATHER, that Your Son raised His friend Lazarus from the dead not to heal him, but so others would have eyes to lay hold of Your Son—the eternal Resurrection (John 11:25).

Cause me to remember that healing is not just You giving back health, but healing is a part of the Gospel—not just a result of it. Healing is CHRIST giving Himself as the eternal Resurrection (John 11:15).

Healing is a helper to the advancement of the Gospel because it causes the unbelievers and the believers to be separated. The crowd’s response was one of glorifying GOD with awe when CHRIST healed the paralytic in Matt 9:8. But when He healed the man with the withered hand in Luke 6:11, some were filled with fury. Healing fetches out a true heart response to those observing the healing. It advances Your kingdom by shaking people out of their stagnation and forcing them to commit to being for or against You.

As You prompt my mind to dwell on these things, I pray for ____. I pray for (his/her) healing not only because my human desires want to see her well, but I want to see You bringing Your heavenly kingdom to earth by shaking Your creation out of their complacency and verifying CHRIST to be the eternal resurrection.