On our Knees Before our Lord!
John 14:10-14 (ESV): “Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own authority, but the Father who dwells in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”
Let us be determined this week to:
Be God’s ambassadors here on earth. Praying in Jesus’ name requires us to pray according to His will. May we be ‘kneeling Christians,’ who recognise that our prayers need to be aligned with the heart of God. Our prayer life should produce guidance, strength, and a deeper relationship with our Father. When our prayers are not answered as we hoped, may we surrender our ideas and desires to God’s perfect will and timing. May we ask Him to show us how to be salt and light here on earth. Let’s remember that prayer is powerful. When we make it a priority, the door is opened for God’s guidance, transformation and the fulfilment of His will in and through us.
Not lose heart. During moments when we feel stagnant in our spiritual journey (when we are languishing), it’s important to lean on God and keep trusting His ability to heal our hearts, minds and bodies. When we allow Him to restore our purpose, motivation and joy, we can avoid feelings of apathy, passiveness or lukewarmness in our spiritual walk. Let’s embrace God’s promises of love, guidance and strength to renew our hope and bring fulfilment to our lives. By immersing ourselves in His goodness, power and calling, we can find peace and healing for our weary souls.
Approach God’s throne of grace. In times of difficulty, let’s remember that we have access to our Heavenly Father, through our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It is in God’s presence that we will find mercy, forgiveness and grace to navigate life’s challenges. It brings comfort, refuge, wisdom and strength. His love and mercy are poured out upon us. His unmerited favour sustains us. Just as the ocean waves never stop coming, God’s grace is a continuous flow that sustains us through all of life’s ups and downs. As we experience this Grace, we are empowered to extend it to others, as vessels of His love, compassion and kindness. May God’s grace permeate our very beings, bringing healing to our brokenness, forgiveness of our sins, and restoration to our souls. Let us remember that God’s amazing grace empowers us to live in alignment with His will, to love as He does, to become more like Jesus, and to be servants of grace. Hebrews 4:16 reminds us to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. As we do so, let us express our gratitude and acknowledge the presence and care of our loving Father. He is our protector, refuge, and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. He is aware of every aspect of our lives. He watches over our comings and goings with unwavering, tireless love and provides peace through His caring embrace. May we continue to seek God’s presence, rest and comfort – knowing He is always in control. He is attentive to our needs, and His steadfast love will never fail us.
Let us fall to our knees, and pray that our Lord’s Kingdom will come and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. May we persevere in trusting God’s unwavering love, guidance and strength. As we embrace the call to be vessels of hope, let us proclaim our Father’s faithfulness and promises to those burdened by weariness, languishing and sorrow. May we recognise the abundance of God’s grace bestowed upon us and approach His throne with humility and confidence, seeking His mercy and finding the grace we need. May our hearts overflow with thankfulness that God is our protector – a loving Father who knows every aspect of our lives intimately. May we continually thank Him for watching over us and providing the rest and peace we need. May we find intimacy with Him and keep our hearts open to hear Him speak right now, as we kneel before Him, our King of kings and Lord of lords!
Lord, thank You for being so good to us. Thank You for not leaving us in the middle of our pain, but for restoring us. You restore our souls. You restore us in ministry. You restore us by helping other people. Your work in and around us creates opportunities to change our emotional state about the world around us. We pray in the name of Jesus.
Lord Jesus, thank You, thank You for Your grace. If it wasn’t for Your grace, we would have been defeated a long time ago. We would have to stay down – without the strength to stand up. But Your grace gives us a hand, and You keep lifting us. Help us to show Your grace to the people in the world around us. In Jesus’ name.
Dear Lord Jesus, we thank You so much for our time here together. We thank You that You are good. We thank You that You have given us Jesus and that You have given us Your Word. Your Word is alive just as Your Son Jesus Christ is alive, Father. We thank You that we can turn to Your Word at any moment of any day, and that You can speak so clearly into our hearts, our minds and our lives. We will continue to seek You diligently and to put You first, Father God. We know that when we do that, Lord, we will be blessed.
Abba Father, thank You for being our undistracted protector and our affectionate Father. It amazes us that You can be intimately aware of both erupting stars and our moments of distress. You are the One who keeps the stars on-course, and the One who keeps me both now and forever (as it is written in Psalm 121:8). We bring you all the glory and honour forever and ever.
Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who have trespassed against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
(This WRAP is with great appreciation towards Diane, Jannie, Retha, Taschja and Kristen)
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