DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WK 35, DAYS 1-7, AUGUST 1-7, 2021

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY, THE KING’S INSTRUCTIONS

WEEK 35, DAY 1

And He (Jesus) said to them, “When you pray, say:” Luke 11:2

“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulders, and His Name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”       Isaiah 9:6

Everlasting Father (Father of Eternity), today we hear You and understand You meant what You said: “When you pray, say:” We stand ashamed for any time the words of Your instruction have become lifeless to us.  Today we correct this and pray in earnest according to Your instructions. Our Father, hallowed (HOLY) be YOUR NAME.  Amen

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WEEK 35, DAY 2

“His Name shall be called Wonderful Counselor.”  Isaiah 9:6

“Your kingdom come.” Luke 11:2

Your Glory/Honor is beyond what we can fully perceive. Will you help us to hang on believing You and praying for that great day when the hope of being with You in purity is realized?  We believe You, three in One.  Amen

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WEEK 35, DAY 3

Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6), Your will be done (Matthew 6:10).

We must remember to Whom we are speaking, Mighty God.  Help us to remember with each thought, each breath, each struggle, each joy, each time we receive a cup of water. We love You. Amen

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WEEK 35, DAY 4

“Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6

Holy God, You sent the Prince of Peace to crush the evil one and to break our stubborn hearts for Your good pleasure in saving us into spiritual peace.  May we always praise You for restoring us to relationship with You.  Amen and amen.

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WEEK 35, DAY 5

“Authority rests upon His shoulders.”  Isaiah 9:6

“On His robe and on His thigh He has a Name written, King of kings, and Lord of Lords.”          Revelation 19:16

We stand together in respect for Your authority, Lord Jesus, King of kings, and Lord of lords.

We believe Your instructions in prayer, and because You said “When you pray, say:” we believe You meant for us to address the Sovereign God as You always have and with every prayer we ever utter. You are perfect. We are not. Forgive us in our lapses of fatigue, familiarity, defeatism, and fear.  Lead us to rejoice in Your Holy Name, now and forever.  Amen

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WEEK 35, DAY 6

“A Son is given to us.”  Isaiah 9:6

Nearly unbelievable, Holy God!  Help us rejoice and rejoice and rejoice.  Amen

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WEEK 35, DAY 7

“Forgive us our trespasses (debts, sins), as we forgive those who trespass against us (debtors, those who sin against us).” Matthew 6:12

Today, Father, please bring to mind any grudge, ill-will, contempt, disdain we harbor toward any human, nation, race, ethnicity, anyone You have created.  Please help us remember and forgive now as You command in the words of Jesus the King.  Amen

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WK 34, DAYS 1-7, JULY 25-JULY 31, 2021

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY.  JESUS’ INSTRUCTIONS

WEEK 34, DAY 1

Matthew 6:5-15

Righteous Father, the Savior spent so much time alone in prayer and in teaching His disciples and believers how to pray.  As a man, He understood the wide chasm between us humans and You on so many levels: knowledge, faith, trust, purity, honor, temptation, obedience, submission to Your authority, forgiveness, glory.

May we pray this prayer as the Messiah Himself would have prayed it, acknowledging relationship

  1. of You with the Christ and Holy Spirit;
  2. of You with us because of the Christ;
  3. of You with Your kingdom, will, glory/honor
  4. of the Savior with us
  5. of the Holy Spirit with us;
  6. and of us with each other

These instructions are immensely important, but often said without remembering the deep relationships You desire because of Love.  For this week, may we highlight each day a unique Person and people Jesus’ commands us to notice and to love without reservation. We ask this remembering Jesus’ supreme sacrifice as orchestrated by You, Jesus, and Holy Spirit for us.  Amen

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WEEK 34, DAY 2   Matthew 6:9-13

“Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your Name.

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.”

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WEEK 34, DAY 3   Matthew 6:9-13

“Our Father in  heaven,

Hallowed be Your Name.

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.”

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WEEK 34, DAY 4   Matthew 6:9-13

“Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your Name.

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.”

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WEEK 34, DAY 5   Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your Name.

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.”

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WEEK 34, DAY 6   Matthew 6:9-13

“Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your Name.

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.”

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 WEEK 34, DAY 7   Matthew 6:6

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.  And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Lord Jesus, in awe we acknowledge Your sacrificial gifts of pray, instruction, and the cross.  No other but You could confer with authority access to Holy God, Holy Spirit, and Messiah King.  May we offer You our broken flawed hearts, thoughts, bodies, and spirits in faith.

Holy Father, may we bow down to Your Love and enjoy this merciful relationship forever as You have ordained.

Holy Spirit, may we remember You live inside this temple and listen to Your counsel.

Today, Father, we approach the throne room because You have called us. Amazing Grace!  Amen

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 33, DAYS 1-7, JULY 18 -24, 2021

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY

WEEK 33, DAY 1   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“Pray then this way:

Our (belonging to/associated with)

Father (the first Person in the Trinity)  

in heaven (the abode of Holy God),” Matthew 6:9

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WEEK 33, DAY 2   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed (worthy of veneration, respect, reverence, adoration)

be Your Name (Jesus taught we are given the gift to say His Holy Name).” Matthew 6:9

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WEEK 33, DAY 3   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“Your kingdom come. (Other ancient authorities ‘Your Holy Spirit come upon us and cleanse us).’

Your Will (intention) be done on earth as it is (present tense) in heaven.”  Matthew 6:10

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WEEK 33, DAY 4   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“Give us this day our daily bread (‘our bread for tomorrow’).” Matthew 6:11

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WEEK 33, DAY 5   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“And forgive us our debts (sins, trespasses, transgressions)

As we also forgive our debtors (those indebted to us, those who have sinned against us) (have forgiven our debtors).” Matthew 6:12

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WEEK 33, DAY 6   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“And lead us not into temptation (into the time of trial),

But rescue (deliver) us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13

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WEEK 33, DAY 7   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14

Merciful Savior, we are grateful for the person(s) who requested You teach us to pray.  You showed us we have privilege and license to express adoration and reverence, intention and understanding, petition and expectation, confession and forgiveness of others to Holy God, by Your Name and through Holy Spirit.

Father, may we forgive as You require.  May we rejoice in being forgiven. And may we ever remember Your Glory, Your kingdom, and Your Will.  Through Your precious Son we pray.  Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 32, DAYS 1-7, JULY 11-17, 2021, LORD TEACH US TO PRAY

WEEK 32, DAY 1   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“Our Father Who 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 debts as we forget our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen

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WEEK 32, DAY 2   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites (those who claim to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform).  For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others.  Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.” Matthew 6:5

Our minds can be deceptive, Father, so we ask You to search us and show us any duplicity in us.  It is such a narrow path, honesty.  The authors of the Scriptures must have felt this every moment of every day, as their very being/nature was illuminated by Your light with each stroke of the pen.  Save us from ourselves, Father, we ask in Jesus’ Holy Name.  Amen

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WEEK 32, DAY 3   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father Who is in secret.  And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”  Matthew 6:6

Righteous Father, we live a fast-paced life filled with Images on screens, text messages, Facebook, voice mails, emails, hurried traffic, rush of the day, all of which interferes with quiet time and finding an undisturbed place to meet You in prayer.  For today, Father, bring us to pause in body, mind, and spirit for our time of interaction with You.  As our Lord went to the wilderness to be with You, may we follow His example.  Amen

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WEEK 32, DAY 4   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.” Matthew 6:7

Holy God, when we pray, may we listen to You at least as much as we say to You. 

In Christ we pray this. Amen

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WEEK 32, DAY 5   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord teach us to pray, as John taught His disciples.'  Luke 11:1

Righteous Father, this was a request of major importance.  For the next several days, will You lead us in the depth of the Savior’s answer?  Amen

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WEEK 32, DAY 6   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

And He said to them, ‘When you pray, say:’ Luke 11:2

Righteous Father, these next several days will You guide us through the instructions the Messiah gave His disciples opening our eyes to the ways we are to interact and respect You, Your Son, and Holy Spirit?  Fill us with the awe of Your majesty, power, and glory.  Help us to listen with our whole being, for You are the only God.  Amen

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WEEK 32, DAY 7   LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY   Meditations

“Do not be like them, (the Gentiles) for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”

We are listening, anticipating, and preparing to pray the way the Christ instructed, not from rote memory, but from cleansed hearts and minds, breathing in the words from Jesus in a deeper level than we’ve ever known.  We love You, Father.  Amen

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 31, DAYS 1-7, JULY 4-10, 2021, GROUPS OF THREE

WEEK 31, DAY 1   GROUP OF THREE- STRANDS

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. The one maybe overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12

Thank You, Father, for giving us friendships. Amen

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WEEK 31, DAY 2   GROUP OF THREE-GREATEST COMMANDMENT

.…A lawyer asked him a question to test him. Teacher which is the greatest commandment in the law? And He said to him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:35-40

Thank You, Father, for the gifts of heart, soul, and mind, and for the opportunity to love You, others, and even self.  May we learn to love as the Savior showed us.  Amen

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WEEK 31, DAY 3   GROUP OF THREE-DENIALS

“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus said to them, you will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.’ Peter answered Him, ‘Though they all fall away because of You, I will never fall away. Jesus said to him, ‘Truly I tell you this very night before the rooster crows you will deny me three times.’ Peter said to Him, ‘Even if I must die with You, I will not deny You!’ And so said them all (And all the disciples said the same).” Matthew 26:30-35

Holy God, the resonance of the disciples’ intentions that failed remind us of our own failed intentions.  Without Your merciful forgiveness, there would be no hope.  We praise You for our brothers and sisters who walked with Your Son during His earthly ministry and their resolve following the resurrection of our Lord guided by the Holy Spirit to fix their eyes and hearts on Your Will.  Their faithfulness despite persecution and hardship encourages us to persist in You. Help us remember those in desperate situations now.  But for Your Grace, there we are.  Amen

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WEEK 31, DAY 4   GROUP OF THREE FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT

“Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.” Acts 2:5.  Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.” Acts 2:14 

“Let all the House of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers what shall we do?”  And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself.”  Acts 38:36-39

Heavenly Father, it is such a privilege to be given opportunity to say Your Name, to love Your Son, and to be counseled by Holy Spirit.  We love You, Father.  Amen

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WEEK 31. DAY 5   GROUP OF THREE-GREAT COMMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee (after the resurrection), to the mountain which Jesus had directed them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the very end of the age.’” Matthew 28:16-20

In the Name, the very Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen

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WEEK 31. DAY 6   GROUP OF THREE-BODY, SOUL, SPIRIT

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23

Holy Father, we scarcely know how to say thank You. Keep us blameless before You, Father, we pray. Amen

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WEEK 31, DAY 7   GROUP OF THREE- FAITH, HOPE, LOVE

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”1 Corinthians 13:13

In stillness, may we acknowledge all You have given us in Love.  Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 30, DAYS 1-7, JUNE 27-JULY 3, 2021  

PLANT LESSONS-PART 1

WEEK 30, DAY 1   GARDEN, PEACE

The mother of the 5yo girl astutely cued into the child's need for autonomy from the older kids, and at request of the child, a small plot of land was dedicated solely to her care and upkeep.  No one bigger than she could enter the garden without invitation. Many lessons were learned there by this child: benevolence from parents and siblings, respect from and to the child, the ways of weather and work, the joy of sharing the produce, the sounds of peace from birds and critters. 

Holy God, our individual paths to You and peace are just that, individual and unique.  Thank You for seeing each one of us as individual children and for the lessons You teach us specifically.  Help us contribute those lessons to the family of believers.  “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.”  Amen.  2 Thessalonians 3:16

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WEEK 30, DAY 2    BEANY PLANT, STRUGGLE

The eagerly anticipated day came when the green beans started pushing up out of the soil in the child’s garden.  Making it her business to assist the plants, she began unroofing the soil over the emerging tiny plants with her relatively gigantic 5yo hands.  Quickly intervening, the mother introduced the subject of necessary struggle, a most disturbing subject for one who thought she could easily help the plight of these beany plants.  Righteous Father, amazed Your lessons from childhood affect us all the days of our lives, we ask You to bless the meditations of our hearts and minds, finishing the work You started in each of us.  Guide us by Your Spirit.  In Jesus we pray.  Amen

For our struggle is not against the enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against spiritual forces of evil, in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

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WEEK 30, DAY 3   WEEDS, PATIENCE

“So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also.  ‘Let both (weeds and wheat) grow together, lest you root up the wheat with the weeds. At harvest time I will tell the reapers, to gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned but gather my wheat into my barn.’” Matthew 13:26, 29-30

Holy Father, gardening is much like life, and I thank you the child learned from her parents, Bible teachers, and Your Word what we are to do about the weeds and the enemy.  Your painstaking lessons knit together in Your mercy and love lead us back to You.  Hallelujah.  Amen

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 WEEK 30, DAY 4   THORNS AND THISTLES, PAIN AND MORE PATIENCE

“Cursed is the ground because of you (God said to Adam).  In pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; and you shall eat the plants of the field.”  Genesis 3:17

Some may think this lesson is too dark or deep for a child, but when a child asks a question of why weeds and thistles are in her garden, a wise parent can navigate this tough question to be age appropriately accurate.  Thank you, Father, for the brave parents who answer these hard questions with tenderness and love thinking of the children’s eternity.  We are grateful You have given us a way to eat of the field and learn the lesson of patience in doing so.  Jesus taught us difficult lessons with known objects in a way we can understand. Thank You, Father.  Thank you.  Amen

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WEEK 30, DAY 5   ORCHARD GRASS, PASTURE, HAY, GREEN CHOP, SILAGE

The child watched her Dad’s eyes and smile as he surveyed his ripening field of Orchard Grass which brought versatility for the cattle feed. For all the years she knew him thereafter, the same warmth appeared in his face when speaking of this variety of grass.  Righteous Father, for the full and part time ranchers, farmers, gardeners, anyone involved in the care of Your good earth who live daily in communion with You, we thank You.  Despite the banishment from the Garden, You mercifully provided a way to survive.  Every plant, every animal, every biological cell, every atom is Your creation.  How do we ever thank You for the lessons, the love, the mercy?  Will You hear our inadequate words as Holy Spirit groans for what we want to express?  Through Christ we ask it.  Amen

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WEEK 30, DAY 6   TREES IN GARDEN OF EDEN, GIFTS

“The LORD GOD took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.  And the LORD GOD commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but’” Genesis 2:16

We blew it, Father.   All of us, Adam, Eve, Lucifer, the demons, humans, then and now.  And we continue to blow it, Our Lord and our God.  The good and gracious gifts You supply are often neglected, taken for granted, not shared.  We don’t want to sin, but even the strongest among us confessed in scripture how far we live from righteousness.  On the other hand, Your Son spent His perfect human life on us with the assurance, we can come be with You, with Him, with Holy Spirit.  In humility, we thank You.  Amen

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WEEK 30, DAY 7   TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL, DEATH

“And the LORD GOD commanded the man saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’” Genesis 2: 16-17

We recognize Your boundaries, Father, sometimes too late.  Thank You for another chance, Holy God.  May we use it wisely.  It is because of the Savior we are given this chance.  Amen

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 29, DAYS 1-7, JUNE 20-26, 2021   FATHERS

WEEK 29, DAY 1    FATHERS, HEAVENLY FATHER

“For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, ‘I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.’”  “And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6: 16B, 18

Our Father, and our Creator, there is no one like You. My biological Father reflected his love for You which helped me find my way to You. For that, I am so grateful. While this is true for many of us, not everyone has shared this experience.  Will You strengthen the fathers in the Church, in this nation, and in the world to participate in parenting the lost, the hungry, the weary, and the vulnerable?  Their job as surrogate fathers is immense.  We ask this in the Savior’s name.  Amen 

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WEEK 29, DAY 2    ADAM, FIRST

“This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. Male and female He created them, and He blessed them and named them Man (Hebrew Adam) when they were created. When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.” Genesis 5: 1, 2   The generations of Adam: Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, (Shem, Ham, Japheth). Genesis 5:4-32.

Our Father, and our God, there is no one like You. Yet You have allowed humans to follow Your template/model of how You pass on images/likenesses simply by genetics.  We are grateful You expect so much from us.  Thank You for the special gifts and responsibilities You confer upon fathers, and may You bless them in the decisions and interactions they have with their children.  In Christ.   Amen

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WEEK 29, DAY 3    NOAH

“When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son and called his name Noah, saying, ‘Out of the ground that the Lord has cursed, this one shall bring us relief (the word Noah sounds like the Hebrew word for rest) from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.’” Genesis 5:28, 29.

“Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God said to Noah, I have determined to make an end of all flesh for the earth is filled with violence through them. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark…(you and your family)…along with two of every sort shall come into you to keep them alive.  Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.”  Genesis 6: 11, 13, 14, 18-20, 22

Our Father and our Commander, there is no one like You.  It must have been such a heavy burden for Noah to not only build the ark without knowing exactly what came next, but exclusively leaving everyone he’d ever known at Your command.  Our human fathers are often put in difficult positions  requiring faithfulness and discernment, so please guide and protect them.  Thank You for supplying what they need in order to obey You.  Jesus was the epitome of obedience.  Lead us into obedience, O God, by His example.  Amen

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WEEK 29, DAY 4    ABRAHAM

From the line of Shem came Abram; his wife was Sarai who was barren.  “Now the Lord said to Abram, go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. So, Abraham went, as the Lord had told him,” Genesis 12: 1-4

Our Father and mysterious God, there is no one like You.  Sometimes Your ways are inscrutable, confusing, bewildering, yet You expect us to be obedient in this relationship You offer us.  Abraham went, as You had told him.  May we stand in awe as we share this relationship with You and help us to follow Your lead in obedience as Noah and Abraham did. Thank You we have Jesus’ example of His perfect life and Holy Spirit’s counseling in this human body temple .  Amen  

WEEK 29, DAY 5    BOAZ

Following the deaths of their husbands in Moab, Naomi (an Israelite) and her daughter-in-law, Ruth (a Moabitess), returned to Naomi’s homeland in Bethlehem where a kinsman (Boaz) of her husband lived.  By custom, close relatives had first right of refusal for land being sold which applied to Naomi as she still owned land in Bethlehem, and, in this case, also included acquisition of Ruth as “the dead man’s widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property.”  Ruth 4:5.

Boaz noted Ruth’s behavior toward Naomi, saying, “I've been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband; how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Ruth 2: 11, 12.  Naomi said to her daughter-in- law, the Lord bless Boaz! He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead. That man is our close relative; he is one of our kinsman-redeemers.” Ruth 2:20.

Our Holy Father and Redeemer, no one is like You. You are the Master Artist of repurposing lost causes such as two widows in Bethlehem.  Because of his faithfulness, Boaz was privileged to be in the lineage of our Lord and Savior, the Christ.  Thank you for saving the widow, the orphans, the little ones, the lost causes.  If You did not choose to save such as these, there would be no hope for many of us.  Hear our hearts as we acknowledge the tapestry of Your people.  In Jesus’ Name we pray.  Amen

WEEK 29, DAY 6    JOSEPH

“Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.” Matthew 1:16. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for He will save his people from their sins. When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.” Matthew 1: 18-21, 24-25 

Our Father and our Master, no one is like You.  Thank You for the trust and faith Joseph displayed in loving You.  We know little of how this family was treated by others, but we do know they were mightily blessed to be obedient servants to You.  Thank You for the quiet story of Joseph.  Thank You for Your priceless Gift of the Messiah.  Thank You for His obedience to You.  We love You, Father.  Amen

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WEEK 29, DAY 7    EVERLASTING FATHER 

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His Name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”         Isaiah 9:6

Our Father and our God.  We bow before You in the realization, there is no one like You.  Your Son, Your Spirit, You, three in ONE.  There is no other, and we remember to say it again today.  Amen and amen.

 

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