Loving Father, praise Your name. I thank You that in Your grace You lifted me up out of the miry clay, when I was that broken reed and smoking flax, and set my feet on the Rock of my salvation. Thank You for Your tenderness, loving-kindness, and care. May I always come to You in times of trial and distress. Keep me under the shadow of Your wing. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, what a sobering teaching to see how legalism and pride stifled the hearts of the Scribes and Pharisees. How thought-provoking it is to realise that jealously and self-conceit can take us far away from Jesus and prevent us from giving Him the honour He deserves. Give me a teachable spirit and keep me from developing biased opinions that conflict with Your Word. Prevent pride and legalism from blinding my eyes to the goodness of God. Cleanse my heart, I pray, so that I speak and act wisely. Forgive me for any idle words I have uttered indiscreetly, and may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be righteous before Your throne. This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.
Loving Lord and Heavenly Father, I do thank You for the family of Christ into which You have placed me and the loving fellowship that we enjoy together. As we study Your Word and seek to encourage each other in our little gatherings, I pray that the Word of Christ would dwell in us richly.
Help each of us to be willing to learn and also recognise the need to be accountable to each other as well as to You, as we seek to grow in grace corporately. Bless those that You have seen fit to equip each of us, and I pray that those who have been graced with the gift of teacher may motivate us all to be willing learners of You.
Lord, I know that one day I will stand before Your Bema judgement seat and I long to hear You say, “well done good and faithful servant.” I pray that in the days that I have ahead, I would draw close to You, and to my brothers and sisters in Christ, as together, we await that glorious day when we stand in Your presence, face to face with You.
Thank You, in Jesus' name,
Heavenly Father, how I praise and thank You for the sign of Jonah, which not only prefigured the death, burial, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, but has given all who believe on the Him a blessed hope - knowing that because He rose to life immortal, we too will rise to newness of life. I pray for lost souls who doubt Your Word and ask that in Your grace You would convict many of their need of Christ and open their blinded eyes before it is too late, so they too may come to a knowledge of the truth. This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.
Heavenly Father, thank You that the clear message of salvation is that it is only by grace through faith in the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank You that there are no hoops that I have to jump through to gain Your acceptance, other than believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent to be the propitiation for my sins. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.