Prayer for Ezra

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Heavenly Father, thank You for the great prophetic scriptures and their amazing, pin-point accuracy. Thank You that You have not left us in the dark, but have given us a clear understanding of Your plans and purposes in the Word of God. Give me a wise and understanding heart as I read Your Word - and help me to always have an answer for the hope that I have in You, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,”
(Ezra 1:1)
Source: Verse of the day for Ezra 1:1

Heavenly Father, thank You that Your plans and purpose, to set up Christ on the holy hill of Zion, continues to move forward, toward Your ultimate goal. Thank You for the example of Cyrus, whom You used to fulfil Your prophetic word and forward Your plan of salvation. Use me, I pray, as an instrument in the forwarding of Your redemptive plans, in whatever way You choose.. and may I live to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN

“Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.”
(Ezra 1:2)
Source: Verse of the day for Ezra 1:2

Heavenly Father thank You for the book of Ezra and I pray that my spirit may be ever open to do Your will. Keep my heart ready to obey Your word and follow Your leading and guidance and use me I pray to carry out Your will for my life. We lift those in the Church who like Zerubbabel and Ezra, have the responsibility of being leaders and elders, and pray that you would move their hearts to listen to Your word; carry out Your will and encourage all their brothers and sisters in Christ during the difficult times we are all facing - This I ask in Jesus' name. AMEN.

“Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.”
(Ezra 1:5)
Source: Verse of the day for Ezra 1:5

Heavenly Father, thank You that the future has been written into Your Word and that by Your grace we are enabled to see Your plans and purposes being carried out, with astonishing precision, in the lives of so many kings and nations, people, lands and languages. We pray that You would continue to carry out Your plans and purposes in the lives of kings, queens, presidents and leaders of our time – so that at Your appointed time Christ will return to set up His eternal kingdom, for Your greater praise and glory, this we ask in Jesus name, AMEN

“Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods;”
(Ezra 1:7)
Source: Verse of the day for Ezra 1:7

Heavenly Father, yet again in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, we see how Your plans and purposes for the redemption of mankind, through our Lord Jesus Christ, are played out on the stage of history. Just as You brought Your people back to the land, promised to their forefathers, we thank and praise You that nothing in heaven or earth can undermine Your perfect will for any of Your people. Thank You for Your great faithfulness to both Israel and the Church and thank You that You turn evil to good and shine Your light of joy and hope into every night of mourning. Praise Your holy name, AMEN.

“Now these are the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city;”
(Ezra 2:1)
Source: Verse of the day for Ezra 2:1

Heavenly Father, thank You for the book of Ezra and the important lessons that we can learn from its pages. I pray that the Church of today would review its dedication to You and that church elders, husbands and fathers would set an example as mature men of God, who rejoice in the Lord, are cheerful in their gifts and giving.. and set a real example on holy living to their wives and the younger generation. May all Your people recognise the priorities we need to implement in our lives, by making You the centre of our life and family. Keep me low at the cross and help me maintain a witness of prayer and praise in all I say and do - this I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.

“And some of the chief of the fathers, when they came to the house of the LORD which is at Jerusalem, offered freely for the house of God to set it up in his place:”
(Ezra 2:68)
Source: Verse of the day for Ezra 2:68

Heavenly Father, thank You for the lessons we can learn from servants like Ezra, who faithfully recorded the return of the Babylonian exiles to Israel and the joy they discovered in honouring Your name and fulfilling Your will for their lives. Thank You that the day is coming when Jesus will return in power and great glory to set up His eternal kingdom and dwell with His people on earth, and thank You that the feasts and festivals given to Israel paint such beautiful pictures of Your unfolding plan of redemption. I pray that I may worship You in spirit and truth for Your greater glory in Jesus' name I pray, AMEN. 

“They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required;”
(Ezra 3:4)
Source: Verse of the day for Ezra 3:4

Heavenly Father, thank You for the many lessons we can learn from the history of Israel - from both their failures, when they doubted Your word, to their successes when they trusted Your promises. Help me to grow in grace and mature in the faith and keep me from allowing the circumstance of life to affect my faith in You. Thank You that You are always in control and that You are a faithful God Who keeps His promises. Thank You that Your mercies are new every morning and I pray that You would use me in the furtherance of the gospel for Your greater praise and glory - this I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.

“Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward the work of the house of the LORD.”
(Ezra 3:8)
Source: Verse of the day for Ezra 3:8

Heavenly Father, thank You for the exemplary life of Ezra and the way that he set his heart to know, study and teach Your word. Develop in me an increasing desire to study, practice and share the truth of the glorious gospel of Christ from this day forward, and I pray that I may be used by You to turn the hearts of some, who have strayed from the way of salvation back to Yourself. This I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.

“For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”
(Ezra 7:10)
Source: Verse of the day for Ezra 7:10