Prayer diary: Thursday 15th March 2018
Today’s Bible reading: Isaih 55 vv 6-9
Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
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We pray for all Christian churches in our country, of any or no denomination.
Heavenly Father, we lift up to You Your churches in this country as they seek to do Your will. We pray for the leaders, whether they are called bishops, ministers, vicars , deacons or elders and that they will be prayer led, spirit filled men and women, on fire for You, Lord.
We pray that the truths of the gospel will be preached without fear or compromise and that congregations will grow spiritually and build one another up in the faith.
We thank You for our Christian country and for all that implies, Lord. We lift up the name of Jesus Christ as we know from Your Word that He is the only way to You, and Salvation.
We pray that You will appoint sound teachers of the Word in churches, that Your whole Word goes out week by week for us to learn Your ways, Your love and Your plans for our lives in Christ, through whom we pray, Amen.
When Jesus said “No one is good except God” (Mark 10:18) he was completely serious. Mankind is not good and the Bible describes our best offerings as filthy rags in God’s eyes. Does that mean we should be discouraged? No, because the apostle Paul said that “I can do all things, through Christ who strengthens me”.
The recent events in Salisbury are just a symptom of the evil that pervades mankind. Every one of us needs to come to Christ for forgiveness, to repent and be saved. We confess our sins and God is faithful in restoring us, as he sees the perfection of Christ within us, giving us eternal life.
Let’s pray that God’s ways and purposes are being fulfilled in current days events, which may make little sense to us as they are veiled in secrecy.
Heavenly Father, We thank You and praise You for Your creation, for the gift of each of our own lives on Earth. We give You all the worship and honour that Your Holy name deserves and we thank You for your steadfastness and faithfulness. We acknowledge that Your ways are not ours and sometimes we try to figure out Your purposes, when it is quite futile. Lord, we have faith in You and Your plan that was put into place before creation, and that Your Will shall be done.
Lord, inspire us to tell others of Your goodness and of the salvation available by Your Grace, through Jesus’ sacrifice in our place for our sins. Prepare the hearts and minds of people who we meet as we go about our daily lives. May we never miss an opportunity to proclaim the Good News of Jesus’ love for us, that others may know the Grace, and Goodness of God in their lives, as they also run the race towards the goal.
Father we ask it all in Jesus’ Name, Amen.