To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world. (Karl Barth)
This Week’s Scripture
· Acts 2:1-21
· Psalm 104:24-35
· 1 Corinthians 12:1-13
· John 7:37-39
May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works,
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke!
Crown Him with Many Crowns (verse 1)
Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne.
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity.
(Matthew Bridges and Godfrey Thring)
Take time now to offer God your praise and worship.
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:21)
Lord, so often we have taken on the stresses and strains of life completely on our own and ignored your gift of prayer and the Holy Spirit. Too often we have even reached our breaking point yet we refuse to seek your will for our lives and your help. Forgive us, Lord, and help us have the strength to submit our wills to yours. In Christ we pray. Amen. (James R. Wilson)
As David did in Psalm 139, ask the Lord to search you and know you through and through. Confess the sins God brings to mind, knowing you are forgiven and that He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
Most holy and gracious God, I give you thanks for the gift of your Holy Spirit. It is only by his power giving life to my heart and mind that I am able to say, “Jesus is Lord.” Not only is he the One who has given me new life in Christ, but he has given me gifts by which I am able to serve you and others. Your Spirit equips and empowers me to serve you and others for the common good. Forgive me for those times I have squandered the gifts you have given me, and by your Spirit, enliven me once again to use them for your glory and the good of others. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen. (based on 1 Corinthians 12:1-13)
Spend some time reflecting on the prayer of thanksgiving above and then thank God for who he is and the many ways he has poured out his goodness and grace in your life.
Supplication (Petitions – prayers for yourself)
· Give me greater knowledge, depth of insight, and understanding of God’s Word.
· Remind me daily of who I am in Christ. Let me be defined by who God says I am, not the world around me.
· Guide me into greater understanding and faithfulness of God’s call in my life.
· Today’s events and interactions with others, planned and unplanned
· Other needs
Supplication (Intercession – prayers for others)
· My family
· My pastor(s), church staff, and missionaries
· Those wrestling with anger, anxiety, or the overwhelming desire to please people at all costs
· Other needs
God does not fill with his Holy Spirit those who believe in the fullness of the Spirit, or those who desire him, but those who obey him. (F.B. Meyer)
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