weekly prayer 04.23.18

Psa 32:1-11 ESV –
1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 
2 Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. 
5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. 
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. 
7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. 
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 
9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. 
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD. 
11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Almighty God, my Father,
You are a God of mercy, as well as a holy God of justice. O Lord, one does not diminish the other. You cannot overlook or excuse sin — it is a gross offense to Your holiness. We do not deserve to be in relationship with You. We deserve hell, and Your wrath.
Yet, You have established repentance. You provided Your Son to satisfy sin’s penalty. You provide all the means for us to have a relationship with the Holy Sovereign of Creation. What a horrid affront to Your goodness and grace when we run from You, when we do not confess our sin; when we try to hide and cover it up!
Lord, I run to You for forgiveness and mercy. I do not try to hide from You. You are my hiding place, my refuge from the shame and the guilt. You took it all for me, so I can walk in Your steadfast love and acceptance.
God, I don’t want to be stubborn and prideful. I want to know Your ways, I want to walk in Your paths. Your law, Your precepts, are not punishment — they are boundaries for my good. 
Father, I can be glad in You. I trust in Your steadfast love. I am so grateful for Your forgiveness and grace. I thank You for Your law, Your instruction, Your leading and guiding me. You love me. I love You.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Egypt 

weekly prayer 04.16.18

Psa 47:1-9 ESV
1 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
2 For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.
3 He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet.
4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves.
5 God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!
8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.
9 The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted!

​O Mighty God, our Father,
​You are God, the Sovereign of all creation. You are eternal. You are the Most High. You cannot be defeated. You don’t need anything. You know all things. Your understanding is beyond our comprehension.
You chose us to be Your children. You love us. You have promised to never leave us nor forsake us. You are good, and what You do is good; so please show us Your ways. Teach us Your paths. Lead us in Your truth and teach us; for You are God our Savior. For You we wait . . . (Psalm 25).
Father, we need Your guidance; we need You to teach us Your ways. Everything feels so uncertain and out of control. Evil is rampant, and righteousness seems to have little credibility. ​But we MUST trust in Your steadfast love and faithfulness. We must obey You as Your children. You are our Father, and we love You. We have no good apart from You . . .(Psalm 16)
And, so, we praise You, O God. You have always been God; You will always be God. You do not change. We do not need to understand all of Your ways in order to obey You. We praise You because You are God, not because we like our circumstances.
We long for the day when all creation will bow before You. You will have defeated Satan, and evil. O, God, what glory! Father, make us faithful to share Your salvation until that day. Evil seems rampant because so many still do not worship You as their Savior. They are still in the devil’s snare, and they need to be set free. You are the One who frees the captives, Lord. You freed us. Help us to obey You. We want to love You with all our heart and soul and mind and strength. We must love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12).
Father, praising You, thanking You, gives us peace and reminds us of not only Your love and care, but also that You are God. You are enough.
As you pray this week, remember our brothers and sisters in Uzbekistan, and continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Syria. Pray that hearts would be open to trust Jesus their only true Savior.

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