Loving Lord, we thank You for Your written Word which contains all that we need as unbelievers to be forgiven of sins as well as all that we need as Your saved children - to live godly lives in Christ Jesus.
Father I realise that in Your grace You have excluded no one from Your gift of Salvation but simply hold us accountable to believe in Your precious Son – but now I understand that You also hold me accountable to grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus – by faith in Christ and not by trusting in my own abilities - if I am to become a mature believer in Christ.
Lord I want to grow in my Christian life and to live my life as unto the Lord. Teach me Your ways and guide me with Your Holy Spirit. Give me a teachable Spirit and a desire to apply all the truths that I am learning – for I desire to do Your will in my life… in Jesus name I pray,
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or bad.”
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, Lord 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,” – Father I pray that in the days that I have ahead You will draw me close to Yourself so that I will not be found wanting on that glorious day when we stand in Your presence – face to face with You Lord,
Thank You in Jesus name
“So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.”
Lord Jesus it says in Your Word, examine Yourself to see it you are in the faith – Lord I realise that this is not talking to unbelievers but to all of us who are Your children, in Christ Jesus. Lord help me to examine myself, and all that I am, and all that I am learning from You and Your word, so that I truly may say with conviction :-I know in Whom I have believed and am walking in the path on which He has placed me.
Keep me also from critical thoughts of others, and prevent me Lord, from having a spirit of control – or by pretending to hold others accountable to You when the beam in my own eye is greater than the speck that is in my brothers’ eyes.
Keep me humble before Your throng of grace and may I walk the way of the cross day be day - with the Spirit as my teacher and the Word of God washing me clean. Thank You for all my Christian friends and brothers and keep us all walking close to You in the days that lie ahead, in Jesus name I pray,
“For each person will have to carry his own load.”
Loving Lord, You have placed us all in families and have, by Your own authority, established Your own statutes and laws. Thank You for placing us all in families and for my own family, in particular.
Thank You for the clarity with which You have taught us in Your word how that family that is seeking to do Your will, behaves… and the rolls that each of us holds within our own special family unit.
Thank You Lord, that You are our Father and have authorised the man of the home to take the place of authority, as the head of the family - just as You yourself are the Head of the family of God. May the men who are in this responsible role behave in a manner that is pleasing to You, by treating their wives with love and respect and their children with loving discipline and wise counsel. May they each become men after Your own heart as they assume their God-given role in their own homes.
May wives be gentle and gracious and willing to act in the crucial role of helper that You, Yourself have graciously placed them – may wives reflect the great love that Christ had for the Father and the sweet gentleness of the Holy Spirit – just as Jesus demonstrated these qualities in His own life… by submitting graciously to the Father’s will and desiring to do only those things that are pleasing to Him Give wives wisdom in the way that they behave towards their men-folk and may they grow in grace more and more as they walk in the steps of the lovely Lord Jesus Christ – Who was so full grace and truth.
Thank You for the heritage and gift of children, who we understand are a gift from God – a gift that has been lent from the Lord and a gift that You have graciously placed in so many families. And we pray that You would give all parents the grace and wisdom to teach and discipline their children in loving-kindness– and may the children themselves respect their parents and recognise the privilege they have in being part of a godly family unit. Loving Lord thank You for my family – and into YOUR hands I commit my family, from this day forward, even for evermore.
“For the time has come for judgment to begin with God's household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?”
Loving Lord I realise the importance of spiritual accountability in my own Christian life and pray that You would raise up godly men and women of faith, to whom to You should be accountable. Help me not to balk at the thought of accountability but rather to embrace it and learn all I can from the wise council of those that You place in my life. Lord I pray that together we would grow in grace and obtain wisdom in time of need.
Lord I pray that You would provide me with someone – perhaps even a prayer partner, where together we could enjoy fellowship, but also build us a relationship that enables us to be transparent in our Christian walk and sufficiently mature and sensitive enough to give guidance to each other for our mutual encouragement and reciprocal counsel.
Lord I know that the enemy as a roaring lion seeks to devour all those that do not hold themselves accountable to You – leaving them vulnerable to his evil attacks and spiritual discouragement. Help me Lord to be the person You would have me to be and give me humility of heart and a spirit of grace as I seek to do only those things that are righteous and appropriate in Your sight, in Jesus name I pray,
“I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak.”