WEEK 13, DAY 1

Dear Billings Church Family,

Your prayers for “one another” are being answered.  In Week 8, we began praying for brothers and sisters in Christ living in India and who are facing CoVid, earthquakes, persecution from other religions, famine, locust infestations, typhoons, etc.  Their most immediate prayer has been please don’t forget us.

God is at work.  Below is permission from Dr. Pagidipalli to share his letters with you.  The letters will be shared in parts over the next few days.

“Dear brethren,

Thank you so much for the partnership we have with you in this work of our Lord here in India. 

We are especially thankful for the partnership of prayer. 

I am so pleased to let you know of the good news that resulted through your fervent prayers. 

Mani  Pagidipalli”                          Continued-see WEEK 13, DAY 2

On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 12:47:50 PM CST, Gaddy, Mary MD  wrote:

Dear Dr. Pagidipalli,

Wonderful news!!!!

May I share this and any similar news with our Billings congregation?

Thanking you, Thanking Holy God, Thanking the Christ, Thanking the Spirit. Amen

“Dear Dr. Gaddy,       February 23m 2021

Yes, please share this and anything that I email you to the brethren there with you. 

Thank you so much for being a part of the Lord's work here in India.

How are y'all doing in the midst of the terrible weather?

We are praying that y'all are staying safe and healthy.

Mani Pagidipalli”

Holy Father, we here in Billings, MT, are humbled You would supersede time zones and vast distances to allow us to participate in one another’s lives.  Magnificent Father, thank You.  In Christ.  Amen

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WEEK 13, DAY 2

“Dear brethren,

Thank you so much for the partnership we have with you in this work of our Lord here in India. 

We are especially thankful for the partnership of prayer. 

I am so pleased to let you know of the good news that resulted through your fervent prayers. 

You might remember the lady who fell very ill a few months ago and her parents thought some witchcraft was involved. 

Her husband, though not a Christian, always accompanied her to worship services. 

One night he called my Dad in utter tears requesting prayers for his wife because she was talking gibberish. Many many Christians here along with y'all have been praying for her recovery and she finally is able to come worship two weeks ago. 

During her illness, even though she was not able to come worship, her husband continued to attend services. 

This past Sunday her husband, Mr. Suresh made the good confession and committed his life and soul to the care of the LORD and has been baptized into Christ for the remission of his sins. 

We just can’t thank y'all enough for all the prayers for this family! 

We are especially thankful to those who are specifically praying for brother Suresh to come to know the Lord. 

Mani Pagidipalli”                               Continued-see DAY 3

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WEEK 13, DAY 3

Letter from Dr. Pagidipalli continued:

“This pleasant story reminds us what kind of powerful impact the "respectful and pure conduct" (1 Pet. 3.2) of a wife would do to win her husband for the Lord.  And what kind of powerful impact it will have "if we have love for one another" (John 13.35) and the world will know that we are Jesus' disciples.  The church showered love on our dear sister and her husband during their difficulties.

And in the case of brother Suresh these two scripture passages came to life; ultimately winning him for our Lord.  Please continue prayers for both sister Indira and brother Suresh as they together continue their journey to the SON!”

 Yours in Christ,

Mani Pagidipalli”          Continued-see Day 4

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WEEK 13, DAY 4 

Righteous Father, thank you for this group of Hindus who were baptized into Christ as believers who have returned to You.  Here in Montana, we scarcely know how to pray for them and their families who may disown or worse, hurt them.  Please protect them.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen

“As the life goes on, the Lord continues to use his people to bring many others into his fold! Here is a group of Hindus!

Thanks for the continued prayers and the partnership in furthering the Gospel!

The struggles of the present day help us long even desperately for that new heaven and new earth! 

Happy New Year to you and the family from all of us here!”

Yours in Christ,

Mani”

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WEEK 13, DAY 5

Dear Billings Church, whatever you think of your own prayers, God hears you.  He is working in the lives of people all over the globe because of His Glory and because of the promises He gave to us believers.  Thank you, Father, that the believers in India trust us enough to specifically pray for them.  They ask specifically “please do not forget us.”  Help us to remember, Father.  Because Jesus is continually teaching us for whom and how to pray.  Amen

“ENGAGING ISLAM (What I can put in a 3-page update is very finite. For more photos and updates please visit my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mani.pagidipalli) The Lord has brought over 700 Muslim families into our lives through the COVID relief. Our Preacher Training students and staff are following up with great diligence and caution being fully aware of the difficulties each individual face with their families, especially the reality of persecution, honor-shame dynamics and honor killings that exist within their communities. Of the 240 Muslims who were immersed over the past month, here is a brother who has been disowned by his family for his faith in Jesus To paraphrase my friend Phil: COVID caused the Greatest Disruption of our lifetime. This is the Greatest Moment for the Great Commission in a Great longtime. People in your life are arguably more open to the Gospel than any other time in their lives because of the disruption. This disruption is the opportunity for Christians to shine out the hope within us.

Great Disruption (COVID) + Great Commission (Gospel) + Great Motivated Church (YOU) = Great Revival Yours in Christ, Mani Pagidipalli”

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WEEK 13, DAY 6

Our Father, Who art in Heaven. 

Father, wherever You are is where we want to be.

Help us not grow weary.  Help us not quit or give up.  Help us not make excuses.

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Help us remember who we are.  Your children.  The children of the King.

Thank you for new believers.  Please keep them safe.

In Jesus’ name we pray. 

Amen

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WEEK 13, DAY 7

Psalm 119: 141 “I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts.” 

Psalm 10:12 ‘Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up Your hand; forget not the afflicted.”

Almighty God, yes, without You we are small.  And those who despise us, have already despised You.

Yet, You allow us to pray in the Messiah’s name.  You tell us to engage in talking to You and listening to You.

And You even allow us to ask You to “Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up Your hand; forget not the afflicted” in India, in Cape Town, in Montana.

Thank you for the mighty works You have already set in motion.

Help us to walk with You.

It is Your will, Your work, Your way. 

Amen, Father, in Christ we stand.

WEEK 12

WEEK 12, DAY 1

Heavenly Father, my heart hurts.  

HV#1: Human voice #1:   My 97yo friend Alice passed away.  She is one of the dearest friends I’ve ever had.  I can’t stand this.  Why isn’t the rest of the world grieving the loss of this grand woman?  

CV#1: Conscience voice #1 of above human:  All of us are “to die.”  Ecclesiastes 3:2

HV#1:  But you don’t understand and maybe worse, don’t care.  She is the backbone of integrity, hard work, tenacity, and reliability.  People say, she’s had a long, good life.  Maybe so, but to me, she’s just not breathing anymore.  

CV#1:  Yes, we are knit in the womb, “born, live, die.”  Ecclesiastes 3:2.

HV#1:  NO!!  That is not the total sum of our lives.

CV#1:  OK.  Share with me the “total sum of our lives.”

HV#1:  Alice spread light and love; respect and honesty wherever she went.  No one could work harder, love the mountains and horses more, or pack the mules’ panniers better.  Her handshake meant that she was “all in” whatever she was doing.  She loved the Father, and the One who died for her.  She admitted she didn’t know exactly how to address the Spirit but was glad He was with her.  She helped save the lives of many young people putting them to work and painting an object lesson picture of how to live by breathing in each day and loving those she met.

CV#1:  Go on...........you are telling the correct story.

HV#1:  She was so much older chronologically, but magnificently young at heart, appreciating the sounds of the wind in the trees and the creek babbling, noticing the emotional pulses of her children and grandchildren, and providing safety for her loved ones and anyone who took safe haven in her home.

She loved me and helped to preserve my life.  I loved her and her husband (saying past tense only because they are not breathing any longer) and love her children and grandchildren and their spouses.  She accepted me.  I accepted her. She called me friend.   I called her friend.

CV#1:  Yes, human, you are confessing the age-old story of lives well lived.  Are you prepared to listen to the stories others may want to share about their lost loved ones???   TRULY LISTEN????? 

HV#1:  It helps that you are listening, Human.  It helps that you are listening, Conscience. 

Nothing helps more than You listening, Father God, Christ my King, Holy Spirit Who has been groaning for Alice.   So, yes, I will listen to others’ stories.  Please help me listen, Father.  Amen

WEEK 12, DAY 2

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;” Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 2

Today, Father, may all who have ever lost a loved one listen to Your voice, to Your wisdom, and take stock about this incredible verse: “a time to be born.”

 Why You chose us to be born is Your business. I'm just glad You did. We love You, Father. Through Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen

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WEEK 12, DAY 3

Righteous Father, may we celebrate the thought our loved ones who loved you will live again.

“Martha said to Him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’” John 11: 24

Will you bless each one who has ever loved anyone who has gone before?  Mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, child, neighbor, friend, enemy, teacher, colleague, daughter, son, Bible class teacher, scout leader, preacher, elder, school bus driver, librarian, mentor, lunch lady, coach, educator, and anyone not named.

We acknowledge You loved them first, before we ever were.  It’s because of Jesus, the cross, His sacrifice, and Your mercy we can hope for life forever with You.  Amen

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WEEK !2. DAY 4

“a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3: 4

Holy God, the words of this human are not enough. So, this week we continue to acknowledge how great it is to love even when there is loss. How You stood this while Jesus was on the cross, I do not yet know. I am sorry for our sins, Father. I am sorry that the plan of the cross had to go into effect. But I am entirely grateful for the mercy of the plan of the cross in the shed blood of your precious Son. Amen

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WEEK 12, DAY 5

Father, this week has been devoted to those who mourn and the ones they mourn.  It appears You condone our bereavement since You express Your own mourning via the words of the Bible writers chronicling losses and Your wisdom.  An entire book is written expressing tremendous loss. Lamentation: the passionate expression of grief or sorrow; weeping.  One of the most heart wrenching verses in all scripture is “Jesus wept.” John 11:35.   Is there any news more profound than this?

Jesus went on to say in John 11: 40, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”  

Lamentations 3: 41 “Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven.”

Holy God, there are two sides to our losses: our mourning and weeping contrasted to the lessons learned from those losses. Help us learn the lessons You are teaching. We so love You, Father.                  In Christ’s name we pray. Amen

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WEEK 12, DAY 6

“I made Your Name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17: 26

Father, this is the promise You give.  How You teach us is Your business.  May we learn from our blessings and losses and credit You Creator for Your use of both the blessings and the losses, however You choose to use them and us.  Jesus Himself said, “Not my will but Yours be done.” Luke 22:41. Amen.

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WEEK 12, DAY 7

Father God, it is a new day.  We are grateful for the verse from Psalm 30: 5 “For His anger is but for a moment, and His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

We claim this promise with profound gratitude, Father.

In Christ’s Name we pray. Amen  

 

WEEK 11

WEEK 11, DAY 1

Last week, Father, You shone a light on our responsibility to “love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us.” We asked “for help to recognize our own sins and poor attitudes. Help us to love Your Ways and to mature into them.”  Almost immediately, Hebrews 4:12 was given as a gift as an answer to this prayer.  Thank you for answering this prayer time after time as we fall and get back up, stumble and stand back up, fail and make amends, sin and repent, flame and rethink, bluster and subside.

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Righteous Father, help us to pay attention to this verse, Your word, this week.  In Christ’s name we pray. Amen

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WEEK 11, DAY 2

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Descriptors of the word of God as You show us from this verse:  Living, active, sharp, piercing, powerful, discerning.  N.T. Wright notes “It will open me up, it is powerful and can pierce my heart, and (scarily), lay me bare.”  The word “discerns the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”  I feel grateful when I can bring You my true godly thoughts and intentions of the heart.  I feel ashamed, disappointed, frightened by You seeing my ungodly thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Dear Father, this has always been an exhilarating verse since You know me and understand what I think and feel.   At the same time, Father, this has always been a terrifying verse since You know me and understand what I think and feel.  The little poem describes my journey from godliness to gutter within a second. “When he/she was good, he/she was very, very good; but when he/she was bad, he/she was very, very bad.”  Father, I cannot hide from You, good or bad.  We cannot hide from You.  What we can do is praise Your name for giving us opportunity and time to grow and mature. In this, You teach us HOW to “love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us.”  Who is like You, O God?  It is the Christ Who shows us again and again HOW to love our enemies…….and perhaps ourselves.  We love you, Father.  In His Name we pray.   Amen

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WEEK 11, DAY 3

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Jeremiah 23: 29 “Is not my word like fire, says the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks a rock into pieces?” 

Father, You describe Your word as living, active, and powerful offering both warning and promise. Could it be our hearts are “like a rock that will be broken into pieces?”   Are You transforming us into that new creation that we became initially when we first believed?  And if we listen and learn from this brokenness, will You transform us to the point that we can finally and truthfully “love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us?”  We are asking in Jesus’ name.  Amen

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WEEK 11, DAY 4

Isaiah 55:10-11

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

SO SHALL MY WORD BE

that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

Holy God, here again You tell us of the power of Your word, living and active even in the work of the rain and snow, accomplishing Your purpose.  You have told us to love and to pray for our neighbors, sisters and brothers, our enemies, and for those who persecute us.  It is Your purpose.  It is Your Glory.  It is mine to do Your will.  It is ours to do Your will.  Thank you, Father, for including us.  In Jesus’ holy Name we pray.  Amen

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WEEK 11, DAY 5

Hebrews 4:14,15 “Since then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.”

Father, it’s here in print; Your perfect Son can “sympathize with our weaknesses” and “has been tested as we are, yet without sin.”  Lord Jesus, You know how difficult it is ”to love enemies.”  Some have had enemies in their own families.  You know how trying it is ”to pray for those who persecute us.”  Some of your children have been persecuted unto death.  Holy God, we are grateful for Jesus the high priest who continues to teach us through your word.  We are grateful for the prophets and writers of old who believed You. Who believed Your word.  And who obeyed You.  Help us to obey You, Father.   Through the Name of the great high priest.  Amen

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WEEK 11, DAY 6

Father, Paul writes in Ephesians 6:18 “Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication.”  Will You help us remember to do exactly this?  Help us to listen to the Spirit, ridding ourselves of pride so that He can guide us in words, deeds, actions, prayers.  We especially need this help in “forgiving our debtors, those that trespass against us.”

May we sit here in silence and listen to His groanings that are different for each one of us.

We come in expectation, Father, and thank You for the myriad ways You protect us, even from our own wayward devices.  It is by the Christ’s name we pray.  Amen

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WEEK 11, DAY 7

Father, hear our hearts as we pray the words from Jude 20.  “But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit…” 

As He continues to guide us in our love and prayers for others, help us to learn the depth You desire in our prayers.  You are God.  We are the created.  You are worthy of everything we can give; everything collectively we can give.  You are worthy of more than anything anyone can give.  Yet, You delight when we remember the orphans, widows, little ones, neighbors, enemies, those who persecute us, those who love us, one another.  What an astounding God Who would love us, protect us, teach us, be patient with us.

“When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him?  Psalm 8:3,4

We are so grateful.

Through the Lord Jesus we pray these things while we listen to the Spirit of Truth and stand in amazement of You, Father.  Amen

WEEK 10

WEEK 10 DAY 1

Righteous Father, we approach Your throne room today with determination as You have given us tasks that require obedience, guidance, and selflessness. Last week as this week, we pursue the goal of learning how to pray for one another. You have shown us “one another” means all people that you created. Indeed, brothers and sisters in Christ are special to you, however, so are the Phoenician woman, The Roman centurion, Cornelius, the Samaritan woman, and all your created others.

Matthew 5:43-45 “You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.’” 

Specifically, this commands us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.  So, we gather here to honor this command. Show us who exactly our enemies are whether inside or outside our families biologically, our fellowships spiritually, or in our workplaces emotionally and physically.  The evil one hates us and preys upon our families, our fellowship, and our workplaces.  Help us not be naïve, Father. Equip us with Your discernment and help us to pray for our enemies even when it is difficult. Through the Sons name we pray. Amen

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WEEK 10, DAY 2

Romans 8: 26-27 “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

Holy God, I do not often know exactly what to pray.  Nevertheless, the Spirit of Truth “Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”  You’ve given that as a promise, therefore, remind me again.  Holy Spirit will guide the words of my mouth for whatever circumstance. What I have to do is listen. Thank you, Father. Amen

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WEEK 10, DAY 3

James 5:15-16 “And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous person has great power.”

We often pray for help with physical ailments, Father.  James points out we also equally need to be healed from our sins by Your forgiveness. May we not overemphasize one because it's more socially acceptable to ask for physical healing than it is to confess our sins to one another. Help us to be brave to confess our sins.  We ask for healing and forgiveness for ourselves and for one another. In His name we pray.  Amen

WEEK 10, DAY 4

Matthew 5:43-45 “You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.’”

Romans 8: 26-27 “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

So, it’s been a cranky week, Father.  Several people have shared as below.

“My kids caught a bug at school and were really sick. It was only a matter of time until I caught it.  I was so sick.”

“The security guard watched as a woman ambled toward the exit of this department store where I was shopping.  She was carrying bundles of stolen goods.  I called and called for help, but no one (including the security guard) did anything.”

“Someone going way too fast on these icy roads, rear ended my car, totaling it.  I’m almost out of insurance rental car money.  I don’t know what I’m going to do.  I need to be able to get to work.”

“Frigid temperatures, snowy roads, multiple car wrecks, and someone broke into my car stealing my warm gear.”

I need help with my attitude, Father.  Will you protect me from myself?  Will you draw me near to You and to brothers and sisters who can see my situation which is temporary, no matter how devastating.  In Jesus’ Holy Name.  Amen

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WEEK 10, DAY 5

Yesterday was cranky, Father.  I recognize there are people far worse off than I am.  Will You help me, Father, listen to Holy Spirit?  There is immediate need versus eternal need, both carrying weight, but with one far exceeding the other.  Gracious patience, everlasting love, glorious mercy.  Forgive me for my short sightedness.  It’s by Your Son we are given opportunity to pray these things.  Amen

Romans 8: 26-27 “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

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WEEK 10, DAY 6

James 5:15-16 “And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous person has great power.”

Holy God, thank You our crankiness can be forgiven.  We ask for help to recognize our own sins and poor attitudes. Help us to love Your Ways and to mature into them.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen

WEEK 10, DAY 7

We are praying for our enemies, Father.  This week, we’ve noticed the enemy sometimes lurks within us.  We do NOT want the evil one to live within us, Father.  Help us recognize the temptation to avoid our vanity.  You, alone, are God.  Jesus, alone, is the Way to You.  And You Both command “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you….”

Matthew 5:43-45 “You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.’”

Help us be real, Father.  Help us to listen to Holy Spirit.

Romans 8: 26-27 “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

We love you, Father, Son, Holy Spirit.  It is only because of the work that the Anointed Messiah accomplished that we dare pray these things.  Amen

WEEK 9

WEEK 9, DAY 1

Righteous Father, we notice that the Lord Jesus spent significant time teaching His created humans,  how we are to relate to and love one another.  1 Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”

Will You show us, Father, the HOW of prayer?  Will You lead us as we continue to learn HOW to love?  Will You make it clear what Jesus meant, “love one another as I have loved you.”  John 15:12 Thank you for His continuing mediation on our behalf, even now.  Amen

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WEEK 9, DAY 2

Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?  He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all 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 hang all the law and the prophets.”

Father, as we ponder these two intertwined commandments this week, will You reveal to us how we cannot love You without loving our neighbor?  It is Your Glory, not ours.  Amen

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WEEK 9, DAY 3

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…….”   “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Your actions over all time and creation have demonstrated your active love.

Jesus’ actions over all time and creation have demonstrated His active love.

Holy Spirit’s actions over all time and creation have demonstrated His active love.

Humans live only a lifespan on this earth.  Show us how to pursue active love in our earthly lifespan, Father.  Amen

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WEEK 9, DAY 4

Father, as we pray about this ‘a second is like it command,’ there seem to be three parts:

  1. Loving You Holy God
  2. Loving neighbor
  3. Loving self

These entities all require separate identification, respect, and clarification.

Loving Holy God:

Who is this Holy God Who gives so graciously and expects His children to do the same?  And Who requires the SAME charity from His children to others that He demands of Himself?  How do You forgive, Father, and how am I to forgive as you do?  Do not let my pride, fear, timidity, or lack of confidence get in the way, Father.  Amen

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WEEK 9, DAY 5

Loving neighbor:

Luke 10: 29-34 “And who is my neighbor?  A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers….  A Samaritan came near as he was traveling and was moved with pity.”

Father, we’ve known about this story since childhood.  Will You open our eyes to those around us who are our neighbors? 

And will you remind us to be grateful for the neighbor who sees our burdens and is moved “with pity.”  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen

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WEEK 9, DAY 6

Loving self:

“love your neighbor as yourself.”  Matthew 22:36-40

This command tells us to ‘love neighbor’ and ‘love self.’

This is tricky business for a human, Father.  Will you keep defining and revealing what the key is? LOVE

In its Glory, Love is.

In Your Glory, You are. 

Thank You, righteous Father.  Amen

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WEEK 9, DAY 7

“Love one another as I have loved you.”

“Love the Lord your God with all you heart, mind, and soul.”

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Holy God, we ask for Your patience as You teach us through the life of the Messiah, through Holy Spirit’s guidance, and as our brothers and sisters encouragement. 

In Christ’s name we are given the gift to pray these things.  Amen

WEEK 8

DAY 1 

 Father, this week as last week we continue to ask for Your guidance in following Jesus’ command, “...love one another as I have loved you” John 15:12.  

A brother in Christ, Dr. M. P., in India is asking us to remember our precious brothers and sisters in Christ who live there and are risking their lives in spreading the Gospel.  He writes that 2020 was a year of earthquakes, typhoons, locust attacks, CoVid-19 infections, severe stress resulting in hypertension in young people, along with diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and predilections toward CoVid-19 infections with subsequent severe results. 

He and his family have continued to preach the Word to any who will listen.  This year over 5400 new Christians have been added to the number; those responding to the Gospel come from various backgrounds:  atheism, witchcraft, Hinduism, Islam, etc. Not surprisingly, the families of new converts, are often suspicious, angry, hostile, and have disowned their own children, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers.  New converts have been beaten, ostracized, even killed for their new faith in our Lord.  Seizures have been perceived as witchcraft.   Children have been found half eaten by dogs.  

Father, our hearts hurt.  Our brother and his family ask: “Please don’t forget us.”   

We must pray for them.  When Paul, Barnabas, and Titus met with James, Cephas, and John in Jerusalem, they gave them the right hand of fellowship. “They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor,” which Paul, Barnabas, and Titus were eager to do. Gal 2:9-10.  

Holy God, we live in a world of communication that allows us to learn about our brothers and sisters who are in danger, who are hungry, who need to be remembered. Please keep their eyes fixed on You, Your Son, and in the Spirit. Protect them. Please provide for them. Show us what we are to do. We are praying for them. Will You show us how to honor their request: *Please do not forget us.”  Amen 

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WEEK 8, DAY 2 

Gal 2:10, “...they asked only one thing, to remember the poor...”   

Righteous Father, before I understood the Gospel, I was poor, extremely poor, in faith, belief, intent.  “Loving one another as I have loved you” must surely include sharing material goods, but also the Word. Without the Word, without You, there is nothing but poverty. 

Here we are send us.  In the love and Name of Christ.  Amen 

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WEEK 8, DAY 3 

From two days ago, “Children have been found half eaten by dogs, beatings, murders, witchcraft.”      

From published reports in the United States: murders, beatings, abortion, abductions, cults, greed, fear, intimidation, bullying, hopelessness, and so on and so on. 

Father, each culture, made up of this humankind, is enslaved by sin.  In Your eyes, each sin regardless of varying consequences separates us from You.  Sin is shocking.  All sin is shocking.  May it become more repulsive to us as we commit sin.  Perfect Father, we recognize we cannot please You without faith. Whether we are in India, Brazil, or Billings, Your perfect Son told us to “love one another as I have loved you.”  Praying for one another is one way of loving

one another.  Push us to pray more, Father.  We love you.  Help us to “love one another.” John15:12  Amen 

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WEEK 8, DAY 4 

Holy Father, even before COVID-19, some of our people were hungry requiring school breakfast/lunch and Saturday programs. In India, people are starving from the typhoons, earthquakes, loss of family protection, locust infestations.  May we not be blind to what is happening around us.  Show us how and when to help.  Your Son, in love, fed people both physically and spiritually.  Help us not get so overwhelmed that we do not know how to help. Show us how to honor His command to “love as I have loved you.” John 15:12.  Amen

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WEEK 8, DAY 5 

John 15:12 “Love one another as I have loved you.”  This command is easy to forget in the middle of a busy day.  On the other hand, Jesus fed 5000 at one time, healed scores of people physically, taught daily, slept little, often arose early to go to a desolate place to pray, arose early to go to the temple to teach the people, fasted, walked long miles from town to town, patiently tolerated inaccurate ideas from many who were seeking, confronted those who were not seeking but erroneously taught the people, performed miracles, to list a few.  We want to be faithful.  We want to be obedient.  We want to be confident and bold in all that You would have us do.  Sometimes our “want to” needs more energy.  May it be that we follow you and “love as you loved us.”  Amen 

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 WEEK 8, DAY 6 

Father, 

Will You help us remember Your definition of Love? 

1 John 3:18 “Little children, let us not love in word or speech (talk) but in deed and in truth.” 

Amen 

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WEEK 8, DAY 7 

1John 3: 16 “By this we know love, that He first loved us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”   Action and truth thus indicate love is a verb.  

Jesus first loved us.  Because of that experience, we can then love. 

Praise You Holy God for His example, His work, His love in action.  Amen 

 

Week 7

WEEK 7, DAY 1

Father, this who of prayer, humankind, markedly different from You, yet in Christ’s focus throughout His ministry, also consistently in Your  attention as revealed to us in the Old Covenant and New Covenant texts presents such a paradox.

Jesus told the disciples in John 15:12, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

This is difficult, Father God.  This week as we pray about this command, will you open our eyes to what You want from us in our thoughts and behaviors regarding “one another.”  Only Jesus Himself was able to enact this command perfectly.  Through Him, please help us.   Amen

WEEK 7, DAY 2

Common daily statements we hear: “My boss fired me without reason. I lost my job. Someone cut me off.  My house was burglarized.  There was a shooting.  Those people bullied my child.  Did you hear what he did?  I don’t like that person.  She lied to me.  I should have gotten that promotion, not that man.  He doesn’t belong here.  We don’t believe what they believe.  They don’t look like we do.  It was his fault not mine.”

Father, really, You want us to “love one another????”  How can we do this?  How can I do this?  Even if I could do this, what would “loving one another” look like?  What if I don’t want to “love one another?”  What if I don’t know how to “love one another?”  How can I do this?  How can we do this?  Who is included in this “love one another?”  We believe You.  We need help.  Jesus gave us this command.  Through Him.  Amen

WEEK 7, DAY 3

Missionaries (past and present) have faced disease, famine, persecution, death.  Jesus Himself faced the cross, yet one of His last prayers included “loving one another.”  Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.”  (Some ancient authorities lack this sentence).   Does “another” include an enemy, Father?  Holy God, Your ways are foreign to our culture, but You Father, are the only God.  You sent Your only Son.  He said to love “one another.”  One layer at a time, Father, will You intervene and break my/our pride so that this can be accomplished?  In Him we pray.  Amen

WEEK 7, DAY 4

Acts 7: 59-60, 8:1,  “While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit…..and (he) cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’  When he had said this, he died.  And Saul approved of their (the council, the elders, and the scribes, whom Stephen addressed as “brothers and fathers,” Acts 7:1) killing him.”   Father, would I/we be able to love “another” while being killed by him/them?  Is forgiving, as Stephen did, a part of “loving one another?”  It seems to be.  By Your Word, it seems to be.  By Your Son on the cross, it was demonstrated. 

I/we can’t do this alone, Father.  Stephen asked the Lord Jesus to receive his spirit.  In the same way, Lord Jesus, will You lead us in this difficult task of “loving one another?”   Amen

WEEK 7, DAY 5

Father, thank You that not all tasks of “loving one another” are so difficult.  Loving a newborn baby is easy.  Loving a precious grandparent is not so tough.  Belly laughing with friends is the height of happiness.  Sharing a dinner with loved ones is a treasure we’ve missed during Covid.  Hoping for the day we can be back together as one body in worship is in our minds.

Jesus said, “love one another as I have loved you.”   Father, will you bring to mind the ways Jesus shows us how to “love one another” in the ways He has loved us?  Amen

WEEK 7, DAY 6

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my Name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”  Acts 14:26.  

Righteous Father, Jesus spoke so much of the Holy Spirit in His Advocacy for the disciples and later generalizing to all believers.  As we continue in the next weeks, months, years in learning how to “love one another,” may we grow in listening to the Spirit of Truth as He leads us in this command that the Christ gave us?   Amen

WEEK 7, DAY 7 

“Love one another as I have loved you.”  John 15:12

Acts 14: 15-18, Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”   

As a promise, He continued, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.  This is the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.  You know Him, because He abides with you and He will be in/among you.” 

Holy God, the task is daunting yet exciting, difficult yet possible because of the example/command from the Messiah, Your gracious gift of the Holy Spirit, and Your intent for righteousness.  As we go about our days, whatever our lot, will You use us in “Loving one another as Jesus has loved us?”  Amen

Week 6

Week 6, Day 1

This is a new week, Father.  A new beginning.  Another opportunity.  More to learn.  More to pray.

Yet, we recall the relationships of prayer from the last five weeks in the order You have ordained:

YOU (I AM WHO I AM, Ex 3:14), The Son (The Word, Jn 1:1), The Holy Spirit (The Spirit of Truth, Jn 16:13), ... and Your humans (Gen 2:7, 18, 20-22).

As a matter of reference, mankind tends to start with mankind.  Is it any wonder the Messiah necessarily came to earth as a man?  We teach our children by object lessons, yet in many ways, we demonstrate ourselves as children in adult bodies.  How much He lowered Himself to capture our attention.  

Mk 9:19, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you?  How long am I to bear with you?...”

That fairly well describes my pitiful faith some days.

But, today, is another opportunity to learn about this part of the relationship with YOU.  Amen.

 

Week 6, Day 2

So, this peculiar “another who” of prayer:  mankind, men, women, children, all created.

Gen. 1:27, “So God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.”

Does this strike you?  Humble you?  Delight you?  Amaze you?  Trouble you?  Call you?

Father, if we dwell on this very statement, “God created humankind in His image,” can we not identify with the Samaritan woman who was given this gift of opening her eyes to Your plan?  “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done!”  John 4:29.   

Can this be true?  You created.   You sent the Messiah.  You give the Counselor.  With respect and in Jesus’ name, will you teach us about this who/humankind of prayer?  Amen

Week 6, Day 3

Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, ’Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness..’ ”

WHAT??

No words can describe this endowment/gift.  Astonishingly, this is just the beginning.  Until we can catch our breath, thank you to The I AM, The Word, The Spirit.   Amen

Week 6, Day 4

Genesis 1: 26, “......and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

Father, these gifts overwhelm us, especially when faced with the responsibility from us they require.

May we remember to cherish your gifts as we practice each day how to treat them because of the GIVER.  In His Name we pray.  Amen

Week 6, Day 5

Genesis 1:28, “God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’  Was this command given only to these first humans?

Righteous Father, You said to do this work.  How does that apply to us in 2021?  How do we participate in relationship with You in this work?  Every sentence in the Creation story is followed by a magnified sentence as Your creations begin with the light/Day, the darkness/Night, the Sky, the Earth, increases to the vegetation, advances to the swarms of living creatures in the waters and above the earth, and on the earth, and then crescendos in the formation of humankind “in our image.”

We ask for discernment, Father.  In the Word’s name we pray.  Amen

Week, 6, Day 6

Genesis 2:29, “God said, ‘See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.  And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food. And it was so.’“  Thank you, for all of it. Amen

Week 6. Day 7

Genesis 2:31. “God saw everything that He had made, and indeed, it was very good.  And there was evening and morning, the sixth day...So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work He had done in creation.”    Show us how to participate as you command.  And so be it in His name.  Amen

Week 5

Week 5, Day 1

In Jesus’ Name we pray.   Holy Father, where has this statement been the last four weeks in the daily congregational prayers?

Psalms 141:2-4a   “Let my prayer be counted as incense before You, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.  Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.  Do not turn my heart to any evil,” 

We acknowledge that the WHO of prayer includes God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.  As such, Father, we search ourselves, Your chosen other who of prayer,” to never say words in repetition without thought, and without the responsibility of being Your salvaged servant children.  Our culture is one of hurried, punctuated, “nonlistening,” abbreviated speech.  

But You are our enthroned Father.  May we approach You in the Way of Your discretion.   In our beloved Savior’s Name, Amen.  

Week 5, Day 2

In Jesus’ Name we pray.  Holy Father, may we learn anew what this means.  Our ancient ancestors did not yet have this Name in the flesh, but the prophecies pointed to Him.  Despite not having full realization of this Son of Man/Son of God and the hope He has gifted, there were some who remained faithful.  

May we carefully trace through history what it means to pray in the Name of Your Son, when and where we are to pray in His name, and why it is essential to know that we are enabled to pray to You, only because of Your gift of Him and His gift of Himself. 

Colossians 3:17  “And whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  Amen  

Week 5, Day 3

In Jesus’ Name we pray.  Holy Father, Philippians 2:9-10 records that You “highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the Name that is above every name, so that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”  Therefore, we confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Amen  

Who:  Jesus and God;   Another Who:   (inhabitants) of heaven, on earth, and below the earth.         

 What: bestowal/conferral/gifting;     Another What:  every knee shall bow;                                                                                                                            

When:  a whole lot of “when,” at the very mention of His Name;                                                                                                                               

Where: a whole lot of “where,” in heaven, on earth, and under the earth;  

Week 5, Day 4

In Jesus’ Name.   Amen

Jesus told  His disciples “I still have many things to say to you……….When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak , and He will declare to you the things that are to come.  He will glorify me, for He will take what is mine and declare it to you.”  John 16: 12-14

Thank you, Father, for Jesus telling us plainly about the guidance of the Spirit of truth.

Week 5, Day 5

In Jesus’ Name we pray.  Righteous Father, it seems a good day to bask in the last four days of Your gift, the Son’s gift, and the gifting You have made via the Holy Spirit.  Amen and amen.

“For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with salvation.  Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy…..”    Psalm 149:4-5. 

Week 5, Day 6

In Jesus’ Name we pray.

Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that  the Son may glorify you, since you have given Him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom You have given Him.”  John 17:1-2

Thank you, Father, You have given Jesus all authority and by His Name we are included.  Amen

Week 5, Day 7

Jesus told His disciples …”take courage; I have conquered the world.”  John 17:33

We are entirely grateful.

In Jesus’ Name we pray.   Amen  

First 4 weeks (Beginning December 6th, 2020)

The “Who” of Prayer

Week 1, Day 1 

Father God, will you guide us, teach us, show us the “Who, what, when, where, why, how” of prayer as You desire?  We love you and yearn to become the people You want us to be.  We know that can only happen when we “call on your name” as You prescribe. 

Exodus 3:13-14 

“Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ what shall I say to them?  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” 

More deeply we desire to know WHO you are, the I AM.    Amen 

Week 1, Day 2 

Exodus 3:15 

God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Isarael: ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’  This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations." 

Righteous Father, the I AM, thank you for showing us Your righteousness.  Help us to remember your name, always.   Amen. 

Week 1, Day 3 

Numbers 15: 41 

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God:  I am the LORD your God.” 

Heavenly Father, as You reveal more of Yourself to each of us in the ways You decide, help us to remember the origins of Your relationship with humankind and the truth of Your name.  Amen 

Week 1, Day 4 

Isaiah 48:12  

“Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called!  I am he; I am the first, and I am the last.” 

Holy God, You tell us Your name.  Help us to abide in that glory of You being first, last, and forever.  Amen 

Week 1, Day 5 

Father, we notice that You defer Your anger for Your name’s sake, as in Isaiah 48. 

If even You defer to Your name, how much more shall we?  We stand in awe of your name.  Amen 

Week 1, Day 6 

O Lord, as we remember You today, help us to learn from believers of all generations how they have either adored or defamed Your name.  Stay our tongues, minds, hearts from defaming your name.  Amen 

Isaiah 48; Exodus 15: 11  “Who is like you...?” 

Week 1, Day 7 

Who IS like you, Father?  

Rev 4:8 

“Holy, holy, holy, the LORD God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.”    Amen 

Week 2, Day 1 

Last week, we prayed about the “Who“ of prayer, the great I Am, Holy God.  It is He who introduced the Old Covenant people to His name.  Under the New Covenant, Jesus (the “Who” of prayer) taught itinerantly to varying audiences, necessarily teaching many of the same subjects again and again.  Disciples and other followers often asked for instructions on prayer. 

Luke 11:1  “He was praying in a certain place, and after He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’” 

Father, thank you for the consistent example of Jesus (God incarnate) praying.  His “in flesh” representation of You simultaneously with that of mankind emphasizes the importance of our need to pray as He did.  Thank You for object lessons; help us not miss them.  Amen 

Week 2, Day 2 

Luke 11:2   “He (Jesus) said to them, ‘when you pray, say:  Father, hallowed be Your name.’” 

Our Father, You set the stage in the Old Covenant for all of us to “hallow Your Name.”  Jesus echoes this as first importance in the prayer we have come to know as the Lord’s prayer.  He shows us to acknowledge You and Your Name before any other words.   Help our words reflect the teaching of Jesus about what is first and most important when we come to You in prayer.  Amen 

Week 2, Day 3 

“So I say to you, ‘Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” 

Holy God, Your son, the Messiah, spoke with authority while here on earth: ask, search, knock.  Help us to remember how intricate the relationship is between You and Jesus, and that somehow You include us.  Thank you.   Amen 

Week 2, Day 4 

Righteous Father, as You are zealous for Your Name, your word graciously shares a multitude of the names and characteristics of Your Son:  the Anointed one, the Son of man, the Son of God, the Messiah, the Christ, wonderful, counselor, rabbi, the Prince of Peace, Almighty God, the everlasting Father, the morning star, alpha and omega, King of Kings, Savior, Light of the world, Lamb of God, Bread of Life, the Word of God.     As we consider these names, we feel such gratitude.  Help us to recognize that You want to give us great gifts as these names indicate.   Thank you for abundant hope.   Amen 

Week 2, Day 5 

Holy God, this Jesus, this “Who” of prayer, repeatedly demonstrated His dependence on You.  In His anguish, He showed His earnest desire to defer to You.    Help us, Father, help us to fall on our faces to ask, “not my will but yours.”  Amen 

Luke 22:39ff    “Father, if you are willing remove this cup from me; Yet,  Not My will but Yours be done.” 

Week 2, Day 6 

Luke 22:47  “When He got up from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping.  Why are you sleeping?  Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” 

As we daily, weekly, yearly pray, Father, show us how to appreciate the profundity of Jesus’ sacrifice.  To say thank you is insufficient without all-in investment.   To approach this all or nothing, is a scary thought.  Even our strongest will pales to His steadfast obedience.  Keep us on track, without wavering.   And when we falter, please forgive us.  Our beloved brothers were the ones in the Garden sleeping that night.  Are we so different?  Thank you for forgiving them...........and........us.   Amen 

Week 2, Day 7 

Heavenly Father, this Jesus, before His arrest prayed of Glory (Luke17:1 “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son so that the Son may glorify you...”    We worship you, Father, as the Glory belongs to You, Your Son, Your Spirit.   Amen 

Week 3, Day 1 

Father, You shared the Word in the Son of Man who taught His disciples about you.  Not surprisingly, the observance of the Old Covenant between You and Israel was deeply embedded in the minds and hearts of the people, so much so that the Gentile converts to The Way received conflicting instructions. James, the brother of the Lord recounted the words in Amos 9: “After this I will return….......”  As we explore Your return this week, create in us a new gratitude of the New Covenant and that you have remembered your children, both Jew and Gentile, whoever seeks you.  Amen 

Week 3. Day 2 

Acts 15: 1 “Certain individuals came down from Judea and were teaching...” unless you (Gentiles) are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”  Father, as You were patient and sent teachers to correct the faithful, help us to be patient with those who have not yet heard or understood who You are and with each other for not yet having perfect knowledge or faith.   

Week 3, Day 3 

Acts 15:6 “The apostles and elders met together to consider this matter.”  Acts 15: 22 “Then the apostles and elders, with the consent of the whole church, decided to choose men from among their members to send to Antioch...”  to deliver a message to the believers of Gentile origin.”  Father, thank You for the orderly consideration of the early Church, to include the non-Israelite believers.  Help us to remember that we, together, are the Church, even when we do not all have perfect knowledge of each question of faith.  There is hope to be secured from one another as You guide us.  Thank you. 

Week 3, Day 4 

Acts 15:7 “After much debate, Peter stood up and said, ‘My brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that I should be the one through whom the Gentiles would hear the good news and become believers.  And God, who knows the human heart, testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us...”     Holy God, You gave our brother Peter a task that was difficult for him:  acceptance of Your ability to save even non-Israelites.  He had to reconsider who You choose to make Your own.  Thank you for the apostles struggles as they learned of  Your great mercy.  Thank you for including even us. 

Week 3, Day 5 

James quotes Amos 9:11 in Acts 15  “On that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen, and repair its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; in order that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by My name.”   Thank you that from long ago, You gave promise of the Messiah and that all people could be saved.  Amen 

Week 3, Day 6  

Peter asked the assembly in Acts 15:9 “...and in cleansing their hearts by faith, He has made no distinction between them and us.  Now therefore why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear?”  Sometimes, Father, we focus on what is difficult, instead of what You have made easy.  Help us to remember that the life struggles are temporary and sometimes of our own misunderstanding. 

Week 3, Day 7 

Thank you, Father, for the New Covenant early Church, and the ways in which You lead us to study, to pray, and to remember.  Thank you, that You have given us the written Word, and for believers like the Lord’s brother James who could accurately correlate the work You have always done under both covenants as in Acts 15 and Amos 9.  

Week 4, Day 1 

Relationship seems to be of greatest priority to You, Father.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.”  John 1: 1,2.   Let us open and prepare our hearts to be a part of the relationship You have in store.  Last week, we prayed for understanding of the centuries-long preparations of the Israelites to receive your Son and non-Israelites.  Will you lead us to a deeper commitment to fix our minds on what You desire from us in relationship with You, just as the New Covenant people did?  May our old habits and traditions that are not based in You become evident.  Help us to grow.  Help us to forgive.  Help us to be tolerant.  Amen 

Week 4, Day 2 

“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen His glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14   How close are You and the Son?  How much do You love your created to send Your Son?  We are privileged to have been given accounts of You and the Son.  Yet, how much do we really know?  How much do we meditate on Your relationship?  James 4:2,3 tells us “You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly...”     Help us to ask to become more like You and live in the depths of Your plans, not simply the surface.  Amen 

Week 4, Day 3 

You have relationship with Holy Spirit; Jesus even says, “If you then, who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”    Father, we are asking!   Stretch us, teach us, lead us.  Teach us how to love and obey you.  Thank you for You, the Son, the Holy Spirit.   Amen 

Week 4, Day 4 

John 14: 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God, believe also in me.” 

We desire to be Your people, steeped in Your goodness, in Your kindness, in Your plans.  Remove from us mediocrity.  Help us to be honest and rid ourselves of unbelief.   Help us, Father, to believe with all of our beings. 

Week 4, Day 5 

John 14:2 Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you (in My Father’s house of many mansions).  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself.”  How is that possible, Father, that even a place is prepared for us?  Help us to be ablaze with Your Word and the hope of always being with you.  There is no place for an average day, not with what is awaiting us.  Open our eyes to the Glory of Father, Son, Holy Spirit. 

Week 4, Day 6 

John 14: 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever.   Father, some days the isolation seems desperate.  How is it that we forget Holy Spirit is with us forever?  Help us to meditate on these facts, as long as it is called the day. 

Week 4, Day 7 

John 14:25 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you.  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” 

You Father, Your Son the Anointed, and Your Holy Spirit.  We stand amazed that you want us.  Whatever problems we face, nothing can compare with the hope of being always a part of the relationship You Three have.  I confess that the mystery of One God, Three in One, is far more than I understand.  I just know that I want to be a part of relationship that You extend to us.  Amen, Father, Amen. 

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