God is Our Watchman – Psalm 127

Psalm127:

[1] Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
[2] It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. (KJV)

Scholars have different ideas as to who actually wrote this Psalm. Some believe that Solomon wrote it and David included it in his Psalms, others believe that David wrote it and dedicated it to Solomon.

Regardless of the author, this is a Psalm which is full of wisdom, teaching us to rely on God everyday, in all circumstances.

Whether the “house” is our body, a business, a church, a temple, or a project of any kind, without God’s blessing it is fruitless. It doesn’t go anywhere.

It is vain for us to rise up early and sit up late. Those who do not know God and wish to have a good life will work hard. They will get up early, work hard all day and then will stay up late, trying, to make something of themselves.

“To eat the bread of sorrow”… Many are wanting to have a good life on their own. They worry and get nervous and things never seem to go right because they do not have a relationship with The Lord. Their problems wake them up early, or keep them up late and stop them from having a good sleep. With Gods blessings they could have peaceful sleep, knowing that He is in control.

The author is saying that with trust in God, we don’t have to worry. Give it over to the Lord and he will look after it all. He will lead us and guide us if we just put our trust in him.

Everyday we must consciously be dependent on Christ as He is the rock and we must build our foundations on Him.

Heavenly Father

Lord may I always talk to you regardless of the day, situation or experience. May I always ask you for your advice and listen for your leading.

Father I can recount the days and circumstances that occurred because I didn’t ask for your opinion or direction or for your blessings.

I have learned hard and costly lessons through my head strong ways, wanting to go it alone.

I can definitely see a good difference in the times where I involved you in the entire process. May I always turn to you first and seek direction and abide by your answer.

Many times that answer will be “no” to something I really think I should do or have. May I learn from my past mistakes that when you say “no” I should listen even if it’s totally opposite of what I think should happen.

Help me to remember the many sleepless hours of the night, the restless days and the money that I have put into projects on my own accord, without your blessings.

Remind me of those times I knew in my heart that had I asked, you would have said no, so I took it upon myself and charged ahead without your guidance, only to have failed in the end.

Had I talked to you and obeyed, you may have said no or may have said to just wait a bit or possibly you may even have lead me to something better.

Father, please help me to always seek your guidance in everything I do. Even though I am an impulsive human and have a hard time waiting; once I get something into my mind, help me to remember to pray in all situations. Help me to sit quietly and listen to your voice and your leading.

I am truly grateful to be your child.

I am truly grateful that you hear me all the time.

I am truly grateful that as a good parent you sometimes have to say no to my requests.

I am truly grateful that in the times I rush ahead, not bothering to include you, you still keep me under your watchful eye, while allowing me to learn from my own mistakes.

I am truly grateful that you are a firm but loving Father.

Thank you for loving me so much.

I love you too!

In the precious name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus. I pray.

Amen

Signs of the End Times – Luke 21: 24-28

Luke 21:24-28 KJV

[24] And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

[25] And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

[26] Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

[27] And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great

[28] And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

There was a time in the past, when the Christians in Jerusalem fled for safety, across the Jordan River to a city named Pella. None of the Christians were killed by Romans because they followed the advice of Jesus and left Jerusalem before the Romans arrived.

We see however in Luke 21:24, non-Christians and Jews did not pay attention to Jesus’ warnings and the Romans killed all of the Jewish people that had remained in Jerusalem. Jesus had given people the warning, but not all chose to listen.

The same is happening today. Jesus told us that he is coming again and that we need to be ready. Christians are paying attention and obeying His Word, but many others are not.

Some authors believe all of these verses are referring to past events when the Roman armies arrived and destroyed Judea.

However, most scholars agree that the author Luke, has changed his view at verse 25 to tell of things to come – signs referring to Jesus’ second coming: still; today a future event.

Luke tells us that there will be many signs signalling that the end times are drawing near. They will be seen in the heavens, moon and stars.

We know that the moon can affect the earth. For instance, the moon’s gravitational pull on the Earth is the main cause of the rise and fall of ocean tides.

Lately we have been witnessing many tidal waves, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos erupting, climate changes, forest fires, etc. Could these events be the beginning of what verse 25 is speaking of?

Astrologers have been following the signs in the skies (blood moons, eclipses, alignment of stars) and are sharing their findings that line up with The Biblical Word.

Verse 26 declares that “men will faint from fear and anxiety over what is coming upon the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken”.

Today, we have a small glimpse of what is going to grow and get worse. We all seem to sense that a larger crisis will eventually arrive. It’s as if we are all holding our breath, just waiting for the “big catastrophes” to start taking place.

Whether they start with homes along the coastal fault lines falling into the ocean, tidal waves, hurricanes, wars or even diseases, is not known. Although all of these situations are already happening, we “instinctively feel” that something bigger is just sitting on the horizon!

What does the Bible tell us of the signs that the Tribulation (beginning of End Times) is near?

  • People will be deceiving one another.
  • Wars will break out – not only country against country but people against people.
  • Terrorism everywhere
  • Uprisings and riots
  • Shootings – today crowds are being targeted for no reason (bullying is a big reason for children shooting other children)
  • Famines – weather wrecking crops, prices of food rising daily, there are more people using food banks or going hungry than ever before.
  • Diseases – look what is happening right now (Jan 2018) with the flu bug. Those with the flu are dying as well as their caregivers. Schools are being closed while being disinfected. Diseases of all kinds are running rampant.
  • Disasters such as tidal waves, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos erupting, climate changes, forest fires, etc. are everyday occurrences.
  • Disloyalty – people are betraying each other, even friend against friend and family member against family member
  • Economic Trouble – Governments (and officials) are no longer trusted, stealing from the top down is happening, countries are deep in debt, people’s jobs are being replaced with machines with no other means of income available.
  • Sin – sex is rampant and will continue to run wild. An example is to look at the news today. Even top officials are being accused and convicted of multiple sexual misconducts and rapes.

The above events are not going to get better – they will only become worse as time goes by. And soon the Prophecies of Revelation 6 will begin.

Luke 21:26 is speaking of times which will be the most horrendous time ever, the time just prior to Jesus’ second coming. Jesus has assured those (who have come to Jesus during the Tribulations) believers who are still alive during the great tribulation, to be ready because He is coming to end all of the calamity. He will take those who have been faithful during the Tribulation with him to glory.

How should we be living right now? “Accept Jesus as your Saviour” so that you can be taken at the rapture and you will not have to endure the seven years of Tribulation.

Live your life now in obedience to God.

Heavenly Father

Matthew 24:14 tells us that when the “Gospel is preached to the whole world – and then the end shall come”.

With radio, TV, internet, etc., today’s technology make this prophecy a reality to be seen worldwide.

No matter where in the world we are, the Gospel of Jesus can be seen or heard.

I believe this shows us that we are living in the final days before Jesus comes.

I pray for those who don’t know you Lord. I pray that as people all over the world hear about you, they will come to you.

I pray for eyes to be opened to see, for ears to hear, for minds to understand that there is only a short time left before judgement day, to realize that Jesus is waiting for them to repent and become a member of Gods family forever. I pray that many will find you before it’s too late.

I know Father that you are not wanting for anyone to perish and some think that you are delaying too long. But I believe Father that you are patient and waiting for those last “few” to change their hearts. Thank you Lord for your grace. 2 Peter 3:9

Father, I thank you for your love, that whomever comes before you, asking for forgiveness of their sins, will find mercy and grace through Jesus Christ.

In the Holy name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I pray

Amen

For God So Loved The World – John 3:16

John 3:16 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Most people have heard of John 3:16. This is one of the most generally known verses in the Bible. You see people holding signs stating “John 3:16” on the street, at sports games, bumper stickers and the likes but do people really know and understand what an awesome gift God gave when he sent Jesus to us.

God has always loved all the people of the world! He loves everyone; not only the Jews, as the people originally thought.

Because of his love for us, God-the Father sent his Son (in human form) to the earth to offer the gift of salvation. God-the Son (Jesus, in human form) came to earth to love us, to teach us and to save us from an eternity away from God (eternal damnation).

Jesus had known exactly what would happen to him while he was on the earth and he accepted to come anyway. It is said that we could not have handled even a drop from the cup that Christ endured for us!

When he reached his 30th year, Jesus began his mission. He spent the next three years telling and showing others about God and teaching how he was a part of God (part of the Trinity) and how everyone could enjoy an eternity with God, through Him.

For that message he was beaten, condemned and then hung on a cross and willingly died for us, taking all of our sins with him. He became the sacrificial Lamb for Christians. Jesus paid a high price for our salvation.

Three days later he rose from the grave and in doing so he fulfilled Old Testament prophecy which was another confirmation that he was indeed, the Son of God.

Jesus is now the representative for all Christian and brings eternal life to those who believe in Him.

God did his part by sending Jesus. Jesus did his part by willingly dying for us and now we have to do our part- by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour

Heavenly Father

I praise your name God,

Jehovah – Tsidkenu – The Existing One

This verse brings the good news to all people that you love us and that it‘s your desire to have every person on earth (no matter who they are or what they’ve done) spend eternity with you. However there are simple conditions that we must comply to.

We need to believe that You did send your Son to earth to be the Sacrificial Lamb and we are to ask Jesus to come into our hearts.

We all live with sin and cannot take sin into the presence of God. No matter how “good” we are and how many “good deeds” we do, we cannot get rid of the sin we carry. We need Jesus.

Lord you didn’t stop there. To help us, you also sent The Holy Spirit to convict us and make us aware when we do something wrong. Feeling the conviction, we need to repent and ask for forgiveness.

I have learned that there are two choices for this life – becoming a believer or remaining a non-believer.

Those who believe and accept that Jesus came to earth to take away our sins, don’t have to live with sin. Jesus bought redemption for those willing to repent.

The believers place their lives in the hands of Jesus Christ and in the end, Christians will immediately see that their way of living on earth holds wonderful eternal results.

Those who choose to remain non-believers will delight being in control of their own lives while here on earth. In the end those not of Jesus will immediately realize that their way of living holds severe consequences.

Thank you Father God that John 3:16 tells a story of your love. You love us so much that you sent your Son Jesus to do something we could never accomplish on our own – to have salvation!

I pray that people will hear your voice, accept Jesus and turn to you and know your love forever more.

I bless your Holy name.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen.

Why Jesus? Because Jesus became our sacrificial Lamb, willingly dying on the cross and shedding his blood to purify us of our sins, so that we can come before you Father, spotless. If you want to learn more go to Salvation

Salvation by the Grace of God – Titus 2: 11-14

Titus 2: 11-14

Grace is something God gives us freely. We don’t deserve it, we can’t earn it, it’s not something that we will receive if we pray for it. We receive it unexpectedly from God. It’s a divine assistance given by God.

Salvation is one of those wonderful graces that God offers to all people. Every person who has or will ever live will be offered the gift of salvation.

Once taken, it will change us! Every time we do something or attempt to do or say something that would not be pleasing to God, we will feel the conviction from the Holy Spirit. It is not that we will be made to act accordingly, nor will we be pressured into giving up our wordily lusts. With the acceptance of Jesus in our lives, we will want to change.

Some people are instantly changed and with others it’s a slower process, but regardless of the time frame, every person who truly accepts the gift of salvation will change for the better.

When we become God’s children, the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross will become real to us. We will begin to understand, with our minds and our hearts, that Jesus took all of our sins to the grave with Him.

Jesus’ part for our salvation was horrific. Our part is easy and free. It’s simple; believe with faith that God is our Father who sent his Son for our salvation and that Jesus willingly accepted.

Christians are blessed to be children of God, through Jesus and also blessed that the Holy Spirit lives in us, convicting us every time we start to wander off the narrow path that leads to God.

Jesus will be coming one day soon to gather up his followers, it will be a time when Christians will see that glorious appearing and go to be with Jesus.

Glory to you Father

Thank you for bringing salvation to me and offering salvation to every person on earth.

Originally I thought that I came to you and asked you to accept me into Heaven but now, as a Christian, I know I did not seek you but you called out to me and I had the option to either accept or refuse.

Jesus gave up His life for our salvation and our redemption. He himself became our sacrificial Lamb, so that we could be redeemed from our sins and He purifies those who are your children.

Thank you Father that I am now counted as your child and I pray that others will also accept the gift of life, that Jesus made possible.

As a Christian it is both my privilege and my duty to stay away from ungodly things and worldly lusts. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. As a human being, I fail many times, in many ways.

However, with your grace and forgiveness, I do step right back up and am encouraged to live a life in a righteous and godly manner, the way You intended.

May I always live with the zeal for you Father. May others see the wonderful love I have for you, possibly encouraging them that they too will want you in their lives.

Thank you Father, that I now have the Holy Spirit living inside me, to be my helper, to gently guide me and advise me. To be my inner voice, reminding me of right and wrong, and always encouraging me to take the best way.

I look forward to the glorious appearance of Jesus.

I will praise your name, now and forever.

In the mighty name of The Lord Jesus Christ I pray.

Amen

I look forward to the day when Jesus, our Saviour will come back for Christians. Are you ready? If you want to know about salvation, please read this.

Hallelujah

God’s Blessings or Satan’s Curse – Psalm 127: 1-2

PSALM 127:

except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
[2] It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late,
to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. (KJV)

This Psalmist is telling us that unless the hand of God is on us, we can’t build anything good that will prosper. This includes every part and detail in our lives. If these things are not covered by God’s blessings, then they are ruled by satin’s curse.

Satan hates God’s goodness and people so much that we need to be watchful every day. The enemy is always trying to sneak in and wreck what God has helped us to build.

The CITY refers to everything we build: our faith, our marriages, our families, our households, our jobs, our Church’s … absolutely everything. Since these are the most important aspects in our lives, they are the first things that Satan will attempt to break down.

However, as Christians, we can rest assured that the Lord keeps the city. By knowing God and placing our dependence upon Him, our city can stand strong.

For our part, we need to stay close to the Lord, following his lead, confessing our sins and covering ourselves with the Armour of God. By living in that way each day while having our hearts fixed on God, we can succeed at keeping the enemy, at a good distance.

“It is vain for us to rise up early and sit up late”-Those who do NOT know God and wish to succeed in life will work very hard. They will get up early, work vigorously all day and then will stay up late, trying, to make something of themselves.

Christians know that being a child of God is what matters first and foremost. When we work in His will, he will look after us and He will bless us.

“To eat the bread of sorrow” –

Many are wanting to have a good life on their own. They worry and gets nervous and things never seem to go right because they don’t have a relationship with The Lord. Without that relationship, problems can wake us up early, or keep us up late and stop us from having a good sleep.

With Gods blessings we could have peaceful sleep, relaxing, knowing that God is in control. Today, there are still many Christians who must also learn to have this type of faith in Him.

The author is saying that God wants us to work, to plan, to prepare, to dream, but it should be done by having a relationship with Him and according to His Will for us. How will we know what God’s Will is for our lives, if we are not close to him?

However, with faith and trust in God we won’t have to be stressed or restless. We can give our worries and problems over to the Lord and he will look after them all. God will lead and guide us. We need to listen and follow!

Thank you Father

Lord may I always talk to you regardless of the day, situation or experience. May I always ask for your advice then listen AND follow your leading.

Father I can remember the numerous days and hard circumstances that occurred because I didn’t ask for your opinion or direction or for your blessing.

I have learned hard and costly lessons through my head strong ways, wanting to go it alone.

I can definitely see a difference in the times where I involved you in the entire process and how relaxed I felt. May I always turn to you first and seek direction and abide by your answer.

Many times that answer will be “no” to something that I really think I should have or do. May I learn from my past mistakes that when you say “no” I should listen, even if I don’t want to.

Help me to remember; the many sleepless hours of the night, the restlessness of the days and the money that I have put into projects of my own accord, without your blessing. Remind me that no matter how hard I may work, nothing will come of it without Your blessing!

Remind me of the times; I knew in my heart, that had I asked, you would have said no, so I took it upon myself and charged ahead without your guidance, only to have failed in the end.

Had I talked to you and obeyed, you may have said no or may have said to just wait a bit or possibly you may even have lead me to something better.

Father, please help me to always seek your guidance in everything I do. Even though I am an impulsive human and have a hard time waiting once I get something into my mind, help me to remember to pray in all situations. Help me to sit quietly and listen to your voice and your leading.

I am truly grateful to be your child.

I am truly grateful that you hear me all the time.

I am truly grateful that as a good parent, you sometimes have to say “no” to my requests.

I am truly grateful that in the times I rushed ahead, not bothering to include you, you still kept me under your watchful eye, while allowing me to learn valuable lessons, from my own mistakes.

I am truly grateful that you are a firm but loving Father.

Thank you for loving me so much.

I love you too!

All for your glory!

In the precious name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus. I pray.

Amen

Every Person Knows How to Pray – Luke 18:1

Luke 18:

[1] And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; (KJV)

th-1It should be pointed out that God has made it possible that every person knows how to pray. No matter what our religion or background, whether we are Christian or an atheist, or somewhere in between, God has placed inside each of us the knowledge of prayer. But…, He has also given us free will and so we have the choice to pray or not to pray.

Luke 18:1 tells us that we should always pray and not to faint. He is urging us to pray without ceasing and not to give up.

“Always to pray” (pray without ceasing) does not mean being in prayer continuously. It means always being ready to pray at a given moment. Throughout the day, we should be watching out for where the enemy tries to take over and control the situation. If we are at ready with prayer, then the enemy loses.

When we know of or see a situation that requires prayer or when we a have need, prayer should be our “go to”; our first instinct. Many of us turn to loved ones or friends and ask for help. We must learn to call out to our Heavenly Father first.

Always to pray – While making breakfast we could be thanking God for the groceries in our refrigerator and for the money that bought the food and for the job which gave us the money. If we happen to be in a position of little or no food in our home, then we can pray for the harvest that God will bring to us that day.

Apart from our own needs, we can pray for others. For example, when we see or hear an ambulance or fire truck siren, our first instinct should be to pray for that situation, even though we don’t know details of the situation. We can pray for friends, our military, our leaders, our country. Israel always needs our prayers!

The idea Luke is trying to make is that there is always something to pray over. If we are in “constant” communication with our Father then the enemy’s strength is over-shadowed.

“Not to faint”. We should not give up; on or in prayer. The enemy hates prayer! It’s the one thing he can not win over. If he can convince us to quit praying then he is in a better position to control the situation.

Let’s say our intention is to spend some time with the Lord today. What happens? Something else comes up or the phone rings. There will always be something to lead us away from spending time with God. That’s the enemy’s plan.

This is where Luke says “not to faint” (quit). This is the time to dig in our heals and stay strong and follow through. By praying and keeping the faith that our God is in control, we will grow spiritually. As we grow in the Lord, the enemy’s strength in our lives is depleted.

m93-never-give-up-winston-churchill-postersHeavenly Father

I ask that you would help me to pray every morning before I get into my wordly chores and events of the day. May I pray continuously all day and then again at bedtime.

By doing that Father I will be drawn closer to you and the choices I make throughout the day will be better ones.

Also Lord, praying continuously, will keep the enemy at bay, because he will soon see that he is wasting his time with me. Hallelujah!

Thank you Father for prayer. Remind me that prayer is only half of the circle, I must always take the time to listen to you speaking to me.

I ask you now, in the name of Jesus that you would help me to pray always and have me listen to you so that we may have a true friendship.

Thank you Father. For you, all the Glory!

In the name of Jesus, I pray.

Amen

hallelujah

I Will Praise the Lord Forever

Psalm 34:

[11] Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
[12] What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
[13] Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
[14] Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
[15] The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
[16] The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

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David is calling the people to come and listen to him while he speaks of the true God. He wants only the people who are open to hearing what he has to say.

There was so much idol worship and heathenism in the area that David wanted to talk to those who’s hearts , minds and souls had not been totally lost to evil. He wanted to talk only to people who were really ready to listen.

David wonders aloud, why anyone would choose to live an evil life in misery, when they could be enjoying a happy life, living in the Lord.

David is calling for the people to turn away from evil. He’s looking for those who want a better life, those who are willing to change their ways, to seek righteous and peace.

He is saying that the true God keeps his eyes on those who are living a life of peace.

Those who follow the Lord, are told, that they will be seen by God and his ears will be open when they cry out to him.

But to those who do not change their ways and prefer to stay living with their evil, God will not listen to them.

At their death, the anger the of Lord destroys the evil ones and their names are wiped out of existence forevermore.

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Heavenly Father

Thank you that evil cannot be near you. Thank you that one day believers will live in Heaven with you and there will not be any evil at all.

I pray for all those people who live for idols. For their eyes to open and that they will see the one and only true God, you, before it’s too late for them.

How do I know that you are the one true GOD? Through your Word. I know others have their own religions and Bibles, so how can I rely on my Bible being the true one? Because so far all of the prophecies that are in the Testament have been accomplished as said. The only prophesies left to come are the ones that will be fulfilled during the last days. If that is not enough in itself, because the Bible has been the number one seller of books for hundreds of years now. Because the Bible has outsold all other books. Because I know you and I have seen with my own eyes the miracles you have done in my life and others. Because JESUS was a real person on earth and he is the Son of God and the best reason of all, I know that I know, that I know. I believe in you and in the words of the Bible by faith.

Thank you Lord, that even though I have never seen you, I have the faith that you are who you say you are and that everything the Bible tells me I can believe, learn from and rely on.

I can rest that you are watching over me each and every day. I can rest that my name will be written in the Lambs book of life and that upon my death, my name will be remembered.

Thank you Father that you love me so much.

In the name of your son, JESUS CHRIST, I pray.

Amen.

Having Peace Even When Faced with the Enemy

Psalm 70 1-4

When studying this scripture I found that some authors thought this particular verse was written by David. Others are sure it was written by someone else and perhaps included in this Psalm as an example of the idea David was trying to make. Some thought the ideas were copied from Psalm 11 and others from Psalm 40. Some believed that it was a Psalm of remembrance, used when people were going through times of trouble and needed to remember the promises of God.

Regardless, the author is praying, asking for God’s help. He knows he can’t stand up to the enemy by himself. He calls out and reminds God of his promises…”Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee:”

Even though, at this point in time, the enemy is still coming towards the author, he continues to pray in faith, and keeps steadfast in his belief that God will save him in the “perfect” way.

I believe that as his prayers grew so did his peace. Because of his total trust and faith in God, he then turns his prayers to the enemy chasing him.

He understands they don’t know the true God. He prays for them to come to the realization that his God is the living God. He asks that the enemy should be shamed by the refusal of believing and for their eyes to be opened and have that “ah ha” moment of knowing that this God is real and they too need him in their lives.

He continues in prayer and asks that those who are awakened to God and are ashamed, now turn from their wickedness and bow down before God.

He knows that once they find salvation and God’s love, they too will rejoice and praise the Lord, crying out “Let God be magnified” forever more.

ifyourloadistooheavyDivine Lord,

Throughout the centuries, you have always been with all of your children. You are aware of exactly what is happening in our lives, at any given moment.

Like the author, I pray that during the times when I am faced with the enemy (people or situations), that I too can stand in faith and in peace; so much so that I am be able to take my eyes off my own problems and place it onto others.

On a daily basis Lord, help me to pray, for my brothers and sisters in Christ; for them to remain strong in their faith. Help me to pray for the non believers to have their eyes opened to the glory of the Lord. I pray for that “aha” moment to come to us all.

Thank you Father for always being with me, and for your love and care. Remind me Father that because you can see the bigger picture, you can solve it in the “perfect” way, which will not necessarily be the way I expect.

Thank you that I am counted as one of your children. I will continuously pray for all people, especially those who have yet to come to you.

In the wonderful name of my Lord, Jesus Christ,

I pray.

Amen

Preparation – 2 Corinthians 4:

2 Corinthians 4:

[5] For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
[6] For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (KJV)

It is very important that when we talk to people about Jesus we make ourselves known as servants and we raise up The Lord.

Paul is teaching that we should be showing people the light. We shouldn’t try to build ourselves up or even tell people how much better they will be with Jesus in their lives. Our job is to live a life that shows others the light and to tell people about how Jesus is the light and how that light teaches us of the glory of God.
It should be all about Jesus and how he is the light in the darkness.

Heavenly Father,

I bless your Holy name.

I thank you that when I looked for the light, it shone brightly around me. I thank you that in the light of Jesus, I found the glory of you Father.

I pray that each and every day I can show, through my actions, that you live in me. When I talk to people let me tell them about you Lord and how great you are.

Stop my mouth if it ever becomes about me. For people to come to you Lord, they need to see the light for themselves.

Most of the people who come to you because they are afraid of the darkness, will not stay with you. But those who come seeking the light will love you and want to stay in the light forever.

I pray Father that I always teach about the light. I pray for all those people who have not even seen the light yet, that today would be the day the light shines into their lives.

I thank you Father that you are a loving and gracious God who gives your light, your love, your mercy to those who seek it.

I pray that today is the day many find the light and in doing so, find salvation!

In Jesus’ name I pray.

Amen. Hallelujah!

Preparation – Romans 12:

Romans 12

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (KJV)

Paul is pleading with Christians to show others what it means to be a child of God. He’s saying that because of everything that the Lord has done for us, and how we have been transformed, that it is a reasonable service that we give back, showing others that we have truly changed from the inside to the out.

Paul is also saying because we have given ourselves to The Lord, we are not to think or live like this world does, but we are to change our ways of thinking and live as God intends. Paul is asking that we give our entire beings over to the Lord as living sacrifices and are to live in a way that shows others the Will of God.

By doing so, it may show and convince others of what is good, and acceptable, and the perfect way to live, in accordance to God’s ways.

Heavenly Father,

I am so very blessed to be your child. Because you called me to be your child and I accepted, it now stands to reason that I should want to show others how wonderful it is to belong to the family of God.

People have literally seen a change in me. People have commented how peaceful and more loving I have become. They are looking and wondering if it can possibly be as easy as I make it out to be. I tell them that I’ve changed because of Jesus.

They see that I treat people in a different way now. They see that I try to live an upstanding life. They see that in the unsteady times, I seem to exude peace and confidence that you Father are right beside me all the time, good or bad.

I thank you Father that people do a see a difference in me. I pray that I can always be a good representation of Jesus for you.

However I also know there are times when I do not set a good example. Please forgive me Lord for those times as I am still growing in you and I still make mistakes and don’t always live up to what a Christian should be.

The good news is, that I am growing in you and even when I make mistakes, people see that I do my best to correct them as soon as possible. I thank you Father that the Holy Spirit lives in me and corrects and convicts me when I done something wrong.

Thank you Father for allowing me to be a child in your family. I truly am blessed to know you and love you and have Jesus and the Holy Spirit in my life.

With all honour and praise to you Father.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour JESUS Christ, I pray.

Amen.