Heavenly Father, thank You for Your word and the truths that it contains. Thank You for using the life of the prophet Hosea to paint such a graphic picture of Your relationship with Israel and of Your grace towards her – as well as the Christian Church. Thank You that in Your wrath You remembered mercy – not only for Israel but for me, as well. Help me to understand the programme You have for Israel as well as the one You have for Your Church, and help me not to get the two dispensations confused – this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, what amazing love You have for Your people Israel and for Your Church, which is the body of Christ. Thank You for the life of Hosea and the picture it paints of the never-failing love and mercy You show towards Your people Israel and all who believe on Your name. Let me never forget how You rescued me from the slave-market of sin and I rejoice to know Your plan of redemption will one day be completed - when Jesus returns as Israel's Messiah; the Church will rule and reign with Him in His kingdom - and Christ Jesus will be crowned as King of kings and Lord of lords. Help me show Your love and compassion to all those who cross my path, so they may know that Jesus is Lord - and it is in His name I pray, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, what an amazing illustration of Your loving-kindness and gracious faithfulness is found in the book of Hosea. I pray that from this day forward I would resist the enticements of this world system and look to Jesus day by day and moment by moment.. doing only those things that honour Your name - to Your praise and glory. This I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, what an amazing illustration of Israel's fall from grace and her eventual repentance and restoration is seen, through the life of Hosea, Gomer and their three children. Thank You that Your nation, whose idolatry caused them to be called "Lo-Ammi - not My people"... will one day repent and be rescued from the slave-market of sin, and be restored into relationship with You, when they believe on the Jesus their Messiah. Thank You that I have also been rescued from enslavement to sin and have been born from above by faith in Jesus Christ, my God and Saviour. May I eschew all forms of evil and seek to do only that which is righteous in Your sight, for Your praise and glory - this I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, You have promised give Your people their rain in due season so that the land may bring forth its increase. You have promised to send the early and the latter rains and we thank You for Your faithfulness in watering the land of Israel for so many years.
Lord we come again to pray that You would refill us like the Sea of Galilee and pour refreshing rains on the land, so that the rivers will be filled and the land will blossom and bloom and yield its harvest in due season.
Lord as a nation Israel had strayed far from You and has even failed to recognise their Saviour and King - and yet You have not forgotten Your own chosen people and have continued to bless them, despite their unbelief and blindness to the truth of the glorious gospel of Christ. Father we pray for Israel, that You would send an abundance of rain to fill up the depleted reservoirs of water.
Water Your land and bless Your people, Israel we pray and we pray that many may come to recognise the Lord Jesus as their God and Saviour, in Whose name we pray,
Father, keep me looking to Jesus moment by moment. Teach me daily, all that You would have me to learn. Protect my life and the children that You have graciously given to me.. and may they also grow in grace and in a knowledge of Jesus.. and may we all learn to reverence the Lord in the beauty of holiness, day by day.. until we all stand before You in glory. This I ask in Jesus, precious name, AMEN.
Loving Father, Your promises are true for You have remained faithful to the people of Israel and You will remain faithful to all Your children, who trust in the Lord as Saviour, for which we give You eternal thanks and praise in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, it is very sobering to realise how quickly Your people Israel, strayed from Your ways, and fell into spiritual adultery. I pray that I may walk in spirit and truth, and live in a way that honour Your name. Help me to grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and enable me to be increasingly Christ-like in my actions, attitudes, mind and motive - so that Your name may be lifted up, and others may see Christ in me - This I ask in His precious name, AMEN.
Oh Lord, I had an abortion.. thinking it was for the best, but the grief and guilt I have felt ever since I took that decision.. has haunted me, and I feel so ashamed of myself and riddled with guilt, by allowing a little life to be taken in this way.
My heart is so heavy and I find that I am not able to think about anything else and realise more and more that it is against You Lord, that I have sinned and done this great wrong.
Lord I feel broken inside and pray for Your healing and comfort. You have promised to mend the broken-hearted and to set those that are captive to guilt and shame free – and Lord, You have promised forgiveness and restoration to all who come humbly to Your throne of grace and confess their wrongdoing. My hope is in You, for You alone can restore the joy of my salvation.
Thank You for that You are a forgiving God, Whose mercies are new every morning and that You that You have promised to carry all our guilt and burdens.. and so I hand this over to You today, and ask for the healing and restoration that only You can give – and the grace to forget what is past and move on with You as my guide – I ask this in Jesus name,
Loving Father thank you for the reminder that I need to root out all bitterness, un-forgiveness, legalism, disinterest, distrust and unbelief in my heart, for I want to sow unto myself righteousness knowing that it is only through Your loving-mercy that such fruit will grow. I pray that I will not delay in breaking up the fallow ground in my own heart, knowing that today is the day I need to seek You with every fibre of my being – this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the amazing story of Hosea, whose life became such a beautiful picture of Your love for Israel and such an amazing comfort for all Your children. Thank You that You are a faithful God and that in Your mercy You have done all that is necessary for me to be forgiven of my sins - past, present and future - by faith in Christ. Thank You that by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone, I am eternally Yours. And thank You, that nothing can separate me from Your love, and that nothing can pluck me out of Your hands. Keep me faithful to my calling, in Jesus name I pray. AMEN.
Loving Father God, thank You that when I am weary and worn, You are there as refreshing dew from heaven. Thank You for Your faithfulness to all your people, even when we go astray – keep me every close to your side, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.