Prayer – Numbers 6: 24-26

Numbers 6:

[24] The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
[25] The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
[26] The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
[27] And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them. (KJV)

Moses, Aaron and other spiritual priests spoke this blessing over their people at the end of every service, at Gods request.

The Lord wanted to bless his people and wanted his children to know that through their love and faith in him, he would bless them.

Some looked for blessings from idols and some took it upon themselves to find their own blessings, in their own way. But through the blessing of God, his people could relax by knowing that their Heavenly Father wanted them blessed and knew exactly what blessings they needed.

God was willing to look after his children, all the time. He knew what they needed and gave it to them. He gave them manna and water in the desert. He gave them shoes that never wore out during their wanderings to the promised land. The people who left Egypt with Moses could not have left without Gods intervention. Because they were his children, he met all of their needs.

It is no different today. To have the Fathers face shining upon us shows that he watches over his children the same as a loving parent watches over and is ready, at any given time, to step into their child’s life.

Countenance means support. How wonderful is it that God has placed on the heart of the spiritual leaders to pray this benediction over His people so that we will be assured we have Gods support every day?

And He would bring them peace. They were told at the end of prayer times that God would give them peace. Peace no matter what they needed, what problems they had, what situation they were in. God promised to bring them peace and that is still what God is promising us today.

Loving Father in Heaven,

How blessed am I that my Pastor chooses to give the Lords blessing to us every Sunday? Thank you Lord for placing the desire in my Pastors heart to want to declare the blessing over his (and your) sheep.

Because I am your child, this prayer reminds me that you, through the Pastors mouth, are blessing me, loving me and always watching over me. You know what my needs are and I can relax knowing that you are right there with me, being my strength and my support.

Through this prayer God is reminding me of the Trinity and that all three had a part of the blessing.

God, the Father blesses us and keeps his children.

God, the Son makes God’s face to shine on us and brings us grace.

God, the Holy Spirit leads us in the way God wants us to live and gives us peace.

Thank you Father, that even today, you place in the hearts of our Spiritual Leaders to declare this benediction over their congregations.

I love and have faith in you that I am blessed and that I am your child. For that I am truly thankful.

In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, I pray.

Amen

Faith / Trust – Psalms 56: 3-4

Psalms 56:

[3] What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
[4] In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. (KJV)

David is saying that when he becomes afraid, he will always turn to GOD and trust in Him to take the fear away.

David continues by saying that he will praise God for who he is and what He can do because God is the mightiest one. Above all others.

David will not fear what the people chasing him will do. David is aware that he is made of skin and bones and his flesh is weak but GOD, on the other hand is eternal and the almighty. So David places his trust in GOD.

Heavenly Father

Thank you that I am your child as David is. When I am in a situation that calls on me to be brave allow me to put my trust in you, give me the courage and trust that you gave David.

May I always trust and praise you Lord, now and forever. You are above ALL others and so when the times come for me to stand strong in you, give me the courage, the faith and the want, to stand tall.

Thank you Lord. In the name of your son and my saviour, Jesus Christ I pray.

Amen.

Thanksgiving/Gratitude – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

1 Thessalonians 5:

[16] Rejoice evermore.
[17] Pray without ceasing.
[18] In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (KJV)

I thought today, being Thanksgiving, a scripture of Gratitude would be appropriate.

I used to wonder how I was supposed to pray without ceasing. If I were to pray all day without ceasing, I would never get anything else done.

But then I realized that our Father doesn’t want us praying continuously, neglecting all our other responsibilities, he just wants to be included in our day.

For example upon waking, we could thank him for the day and ask him to be a part of it. While showering or bushing our teeth, we can thank him for the fresh water that we are enjoying. We can thank him for the food and coffee for our breakfast. Thank him for our car, bus or however we get to work.

We can spend some time telling him about the problems or situations that we are expecting during the day and ask for his help.

When arriving at work, we can ask our Father to bring peace to all the people (workers and bosses alike) and we can ask that he help us maintain a Christian manner in all of our words, thoughts and deeds, so that others may see Christ in us, and perhaps be drawn to The Lord as well.

Keeping our Father included throughout each day IS praying continuously. Not as hard as we may have thought!

Father God,

I am blessed that I live a life where I have a job, water, transportation and freedom of religion along with many, many other blessings.

It is my pleasure to pray continuously and I thank you for being a part of my life. I thank you that you are always walking with me and that I can call out to you no matter what the situation and you are ALWAYS available to help or rejoice with me.

I pray for your “Will” to be done every day. I ask you to help me live according to your will and not my own. Whatever plans you have for me to accomplish today, may I do them willingly and with love.

I will praise you and love you for all of my days here on earth and right through into eternity.

In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, I pray

Amen.

Submission – Colossians 2:

Colossians 2:

[9] For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
[10] And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: (KJV)

Fullness of Godhead tells us that …

God is The Father also God is Jesus (the Son) and God is the Holy Spirit. So God is the fullness of all three.

But…

The Father is not Jesus, nor the Holy Spirit. Jesus is not the Holy Spirit nor the Father and the Holy Spirit is not The Father nor Jesus.

God consists of the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.

This verse is declaring that Jesus walked bodily upon this earth, and he walked with the fullness of the Godhead consisting of The Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

It goes on to say that as Christians, we are complete in Jesus. This means that as Christians we have the the fullness of Jesus in us.

Since Jesus (being the fullness of the Godhead) is far above the other angels he has complete authority over the principalities and power. As Christians that are complete in Jesus, we therefore also have authority over all principalities and power (enemy), in the NAME of Jesus.

Heavenly Father

Thank you Father that your Word is true. Because I know your word is true, I can stand in confidence, that Jesus is indeed the fullness of God. I thank you that I can believe, with confidence, that when Jesus walked upon this earth, he walked in bodily form but was the fullness of the Godhead. Hallelujah.

I thank you that as a Christian I have been given the same authority of Jesus and I will wisely use the authority in Jesus’ name, over the enemy, when required.

I do not rejoice that I have the authority over the enemy but that my name is written in the Lambs Book of Life.

All glory and honour to you Lord.

In Jesus precious name.

Amen

My note to you… A different way to understand this concept. I explained this particular verse to my grandchildren in this way…

I held up an egg and asked them what it was called and of course they said “egg”

I broke the egg open and asked them what the hard broken pieces were and they replied “shell”

I lifted the yellow part and they said “yolk”

And what is left? The “whites” they said.

So the shell is not the yolk nor the white, the yolk is not the white nor the shell and the white is not the shell nor the yolk.

So now think of all three parts put back together. The shell, the yolk and the white together become an egg.

Think of the Father, Jesus (the Son) and The Holy Spirit apart from God and you see that they have their own separate names. But put them together and they become God!

Hope that helps.