DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 46, 10.17-23.2021, SPIRIT WORLD vs spirit world

WEEK 46, DAY 1

Be sober minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.  1 Peter 5:8, 9

Whether one likes it or not, over the past several years the media have brought most of us face to screen interaction with input from the entire world making naivete of world conditions impossible. Father, the evil one seems interspersed in myriad situations, similar to the mountain lions roaming the hills this summer and autumn. A bone chilling thought. Do not let us succumb to his ploys, dear God, and don’t let us make embarrassed excuses for what is evil.  Lulled by a sense of false security and complacency, our lives could be spent by the father of lies.  Today, help us remember, indeed the evil one wants us to leave You, Father. Peter tells us to be sober minded and watchful. Help us do just that, O LORD.  Amen 

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WEEK 46, DAY 2

When Jesus had stepped out of the boat (onto the land of the Gerasenes), immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. No one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. Mark 5:1-5

When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met Him a man from the city who had demons (Legion). Luke 8:27

Father, it makes no sense for scriptures concerning demons/unclean spirits to be available to us if You didn’t want us to be informed about and guarded against the demonic realm. I must confess these are difficult for most of us as our culture denies their very existence except in uninstructed and self-constructed ways.  That said, our Lord Jesus interacted with and was known by the demons and the evil one himself. The Savior is divine. I am not. He is all powerful. I am not. He saved me/is saving me from the evil inside and outside of me. Holy God, I have nothing to give back to You/Your Son/Holy Spirit except my belief in You Three in One. Why You want me is Your business. I’m just grateful You do!!  Like the man who had demons, You want us as Your own. Amen

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WEEK 46, DAY 3

And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before Him. And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure (request earnestly) You by God, do not torment me.”  Mark 5:6, 7 

Father, just as they do now, the demons recognized Jesus and begged Him not to torment them. The end will one day come when there will be no more evil. And Satan will be conclusively judged and punished. Until then, this tedious work of being hunted and hounded by anything that is not of You continues. Tiresome are my sinful choices, Father. Wearisome are the presentations the devil taunts. Confusing are the options. And fleshly is this earth life. This man in whom was housed Legion knew this better than most.  Help us look and thereby see, Father.  Help us listen and thereby hear. Help us ponder and thereby believe all the days of our lives until You come Lord Jesus to take us home. Amen

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WEEK 46, DAY 4

For Jesus had said to him “Come out of the man you unclean spirit!” Mark 5:8

The demonic bondage of Legion in this man, while more powerful than the lone human, was no match for the Anointed One. 

Alone, we have no chance. With You, Lord Jesus Son of God, the evil one and his demons have no chance. 

Come out of all of us, unclean spirits of faithlessness, anger, superiority, mercilessness, pride, doubt, envy, deceit as we are covered by the Messiah’s blood. May the evil in us be vanquished in Christ. Amen

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WEEK 46, DAY 5

Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” Mark 5:9 Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. Luke 8:30

Righteous Father, two meticulous Gospel writers have detailed this account in such a way we realize we are to take notice as surely as when Jesus calmed a storm (Mark 4 and Luke 8), and when Jesus healed a woman in a chaotic pressing crowd telling her to not fear, only believe (Mark 5 and Luke 8). 

Are we to believe there is such a thing as demonic bondage, Father?  Paul wrote in Colossians 2:8ff: See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits/principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

Not surprisingly, these words of Paul address a huge concern.  Father, in our culture, ignorance is not a defense of the law.  How much more important is this subject.  Open our minds to You, O God, and keep us faithful to You alone.  Amen

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WEEK 46, DAY 6

And they (the unclean spirits/demons in the man) begged Him (Jesus) not to command them to depart into the abyss (a seemingly bottomless pit; the chasms of hell). Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged Him to let them enter these. So, He gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned. Luke 8:31-33

Righteous Father, we understand You have given us the Word for instruction, guidance, understanding, and for establishing deeper relationship with You. Millenia have passed in Your magnificent plan attended by Your steadfast, solid, unshakable love for Your created. How is it that some who were once in Your Presence abdicated their devotion to You?  How is it there are demons and unclean spirits anyway?  How is it I/we can be misled? Or disobey You?

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made (you) alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling (erasing) the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed (deprived of power, divested Himself of) the rulers (probably demonic rulers) and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him (or in it, i.e., the cross). Colossians 2: 13- 15

We are grateful, entirely grateful as You have brought us from death to life in the work of the cross in Christ and by Your Spirit.  Amen

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WEEK 46, DAY 7

When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed man had been healed. Luke 8:34-36

Sitting at the feet of Jesus can be scary for those who don’t believe You, Holy God. It seems paradoxical the chaos was gone, but the villagers were afraid. The demons were gone, but the people were afraid. The man was in his right mind now, yet the others were afraid. It seems humans can mistake peace for danger and conversely, danger for peace.  I do not envy Adam and Eve in their beguilement by the serpent (Genesis 3:1-7), and what is so different when I am deceived? When spouses or friends are deceived? When congregations are deceived? When cities of people are deceived? When whole nations are deceived?

Your Son, Your Spirit, You Holy God are powerful, and You invite us to be steadfast (hang on in firm determination). In Your patience, mercifully You still receive our confession, repentance, and maturation process because of the perfect work of Jesus, Son of Man, Son of God.  We love You, Father. Amen and amen.

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DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, Week 45, Oct. 10-16,2021, spirit world vs Spirit World

WEEK 45, DAY 1    Spirit World/spirit world

Have you ever felt a tug of war going on in your soul?

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 1 John 4:1-3

Father, there is so much unbelief, misconception about the supernatural, and smoke and mirrors emanating from our television sets, social media, and from powers and principalities, that it’s difficult to sort out what is true and what isn't. Unwittingly, humans are the product of programming from their cultures. Vision must be clear, and only You, Jesus, and Holy Spirit know the real Truth of the unseen world. It is our intent to learn from You, O God.  Amen

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WEEK 45, DAY 2    spirit world/Spirit World

Have you ever glimpsed the glory of God and tasted perfect peace, if only for a moment?

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore, they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:4-6

Righteous Father, it is good, at least to me, that one of the sons of Thunder at the time of his youth was later appointed and able to share such mercy and tenderness with believers past and present. Thank you for John and his brother James. Thank you for Peter and his brother Andrew who first brought Peter to the Lord Jesus. Until we have close-up relationship with You, our rough and tumble independent ideas can overtake us, but standing in Your presence, the rough edges are worn off and somehow Your Glory is manifest in us by You, Your Son, and Spirit of Truth. Thank you for including us. Praise You Holy God for including us. Amen

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WEEK 45, DAY 3    Spirit World/spirit world

Have you ever felt confused in your pursuit of righteousness?

But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness. Romans 8: 10

Father, we will meditate and pray this scripture today, seeking the spirit of life and righteousness, not just in concept but in belief and whatever action You command.  May the Spirit lead us into life as Your Son has paid the infinite price.  Amen

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WEEK 45, DAY 4    spirit world/Spirit World

Have you ever decided to stand your ground?

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6

A two-year-old bull, full of himself, refused to be driven from the pastures into the barn lot and turned of a sudden in charge at the 13yo. At a distance which could not be covered quickly enough, the dad yelled to her, “stand your ground.”  At the time, it made no sense to the scared 13yo, and demise seemed eminent. But the girl’s father persisted in coaching her through a difficult situation which turned out exactly the way he said it would. He didn't leave her. He didn't fuss at her. And he came to her aid with the only tool he had available to him at the time, his loving yet persistent words.

It occurs to me, Father God, the dad who helped the girl was simultaneously being helped by his Father, You. It could not have been easy for the human father to watch his child being put in danger in this sudden turn of events. Yet, it was a steppingstone for her to face much bigger and scarier evil battles that would follow in years to come.  How merciful You are to guard us, lead us, teach us, forgive us, and save us, all along the way preparing us for spiritual battles taking place in and around us. We can't stand our ground alone, Father. Thank You for each steppingstone, each lesson, each blessing, and for the Christ Who has already been there. Amen

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WEEK 45, DAY 5    Spirit World/spirit world

Have you ever gazed upon a full moon in all its radiance and reckoned its pallor compared to God's Spirit?

For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the Lord, so shall your offspring and your name remain. From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the Lord. Isaiah 66: 22- 23

Traveling Montana this autumn punctuates the magnitude of Your creative beauty and generosity to us, O God. Stunning color and contrast found in grasses, plants, animals, skies, seas, and in the human eye exposes Your Glory. No evil spirit can do this.  Only You, Father.  It is only You. The heavenly realm cries:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” Isaiah 6: 1-3                            

And we believers exclaim: Amen and amen and amen.

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WEEK 45, DAY 6    spirit world/Spirit World

Have you ever been blindsided (attack from an unexpected position, caught unprepared) by a teacher, a professor, a friend, a colleague, a brother, a sister, a spouse, a Christian, your pet?

The Pharisees came and began to argue with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven to test Him. And He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” Mark 8: 11-12

Righteous Father, I can only imagine what this means when Jesus “sighed deeply.”  Some days, the weight of living seems out of proportion to the sum of its parts. I wonder, Father, if this is because there is chaos in parts unseen to mankind. You have given us vision into a three-dimensional world.

But to some, You have shown a realm of spirits and have given many scriptural examples of human/spirit/ Spirit interface. John, the beloved disciple wrote of his interaction with an angel in Revelation 22. Peter “saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. Rise, Peter, kill and eat. What God has made clean, do not call common.” (Acts 10). Paul was given a thorn in the flesh so he would not boast after being caught up into the third heaven (2 Corinthians 12). An angel was detained 21 days in the “kingdom of Persia, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia, and came to make you (Daniel) understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.” Daniel 10. And a man who was tormented by an unclean spirit, Legion, was cleansed by Jesus. Mark 5

I do not believe we are to dismiss these scriptures out of hand simply because they are difficult, touching on subjects our culture is not programmed to understand or even believe exist. Help us listen, meditate, ask, and seek. It seems there is much more to this life than we recognize. You tell us to know the enemy. Help us do our part in preparation and understanding about how we are sometimes blindsided. We ask this in Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen

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WEEK 45, DAY 7    Spirit World/spirit world

Have ever allowed Holy Spirit to lead you?

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 1 Corinthians 2: 12.

 We pray this in the Savior’s Name.     Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WK 44, OCTOBER 3-9, 2021, SPIRIT WORLD

WEEK 44, DAY 1    SPIRIT WORLD

A man's spirit will endure sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? Proverbs 18: 14

What is spirit? What/Who is Spirit?  How is it humans have spirit?  How is it humans have been given Spirit? Who can claim to have spirit? Who can claim Spirit?  Do animals have spirit (Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth? Ecclesiastes 3: 21)

Is God spirit? God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4: 23, 24

Righteous Father, there are many questions concerning the spirit world and the Spirit world.  You desire much for Your children, and it would seem these subjects are as important to You as any.  The spirits of many have been crushed in mortal life.  Today we request Your safeguards for this group prayer and discernment that pleases You.  We love You, Father.  Amen.

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WEEK 44, DAY 2    SPIRIT WORLD

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51: 12

Definition spirit:  Part 1.  (Noun) the nonphysical part of a person which is the seat of emotions and character; the nonphysical part of a person regarded as the true self and as capable of surviving physical death or separation.

Heavenly Father, Your word is replete with annotations regarding The Holy Spirit, The Spirit of Truth, willing spirit, evil spirit, spirits both evil and righteous, etc., and our job is to be discerning.  That responsibility is impossible without You.  So, today, may we be willing.  May we be willing to peer into the spirit world You have given to us and remain faithful to You alone, in Christ. Amen

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WEEK 44, DAY 3    SPIRIT WORLD

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51: 10

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4: 1

Righteous Father, You prize a “right spirit” in Your children, telling us to test the spirits.  Alone, it is clear I am no match for the ugliness, death, betrayal, mean spirits of the flesh in others and in myself.  Simply walking in a public park, driving on the highway, entering workplaces, engaging with others, listening to the world news, shopping at grocery stores, all have become treacherous these past two years.  I need help, Father.  Will You create a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me?  Keep me safe from evil spirits, shielded by the blood of Christ.  Amen

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WEEK 44, DAY 4    SPIRIT WORLD

For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:6, 7

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 1 Corinthians 2:12

Enough of this fear, O God.  You gave me a spirit of power and love and self-control.  By the Christ’s work, I reject spirit of fear, spirit of timidity, spirit of evil.  Today is Your day, Your work Your will, and Your Spirit.  Amen

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WEEK 44, DAY 5    SPIRIT WORLD

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4: 23, 24

Father, may my worship to You be in spirit and truth.  The opposite of truth is deceit, and it is too easy to slip/slide/muddle/smile our ways into deceit.

Today, Father, keep me in the Truth, in your Spirit of Truth, in communion with You, The Son, The Spirit. Amen

As the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self (man), which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians4: 21-24

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WEEK 44, DAY 6    SPIRIT WORLD

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. Romans 8: 15, 16

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant.” Luke 1: 46-48

Righteous Father, our predecessors displayed courage and rejected slavery of fear.  Today, Father, is the Day of the Lord.  Tomorrow is the Day of the Lord.  Next year, is the Day of the Lord. And it is my desire to remember to honor the Day of the Lord, now and forever.  In Christ, I reject the spirit of slavery of fear.  Amen

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WEEK 44, DAY 7    SPIRIT WORLD

Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from (King) Saul, and a harmful spirit from the Lord tormented him. 1 Samuel 16: 14

My spirit is broken; my days are extinct; the graveyard is ready for me. Job 17: 1

Holy God, there is much ahead to explore of the spirit world and the Spirit world. The tragedies in lives throughout the millennia so often linked to ignorance and disobedience of Your Ways, cause heartache even today…………….because, as humans, we are but a breath away from ignorance and disobedience. My deepest regrets have been related to both ignorance and disobedience, either in myself or in other people.  At those times, my spirit has been truly broken in such a way, life seemed impossible.  But the Christ was not broken, and as His child, sister, brother, neither are we.  Impossible gift, impossible glory, and outrageous and impossible love You, Your Son, and Your Spirit have given to us.  Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS WK 43 DAYS 1-7, SEPTEMBER 26-OCTOBER 2, 2021, HOLY SPIRIT

WEEK 43, DAY 1    HOLY SPIRIT

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4: 30

Holy God, we have been preparing for this week by praying scripture written by Your inspired word.  Fear associated with offending the Holy Spirit exists in the hearts of many precious believers.  But fear separates us from You.  Will You help us meditate and pray for understanding AND trust of the merciful love You have waiting for us?  The Messiah defeated the author of fear, the evil one, and today, we claim victory over him by the blood of our Savior. May we grow ever closer to the Holy Spirit Whom the Christ and You have sent.  Amen

There is no Fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19

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WEEK 43, DAY 2     HOLY SPIRIT

There is no Fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19

Father, in private I present my fears to You.  Lead me to perfect love.  Amen

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WEEK 43, DAY 3     HOLY SPIRIT

There is no Fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19

Father, show me how to love Your Holy Spirit, not just in belief but in relationship.  Amen

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WEEK 43, DAY 4     HOLY SPIRIT

There is no Fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19

Father, I want to be as close to Holy Spirit as our Lord Jesus was when led by Him in the wilderness for forty days.  Please lead me in truth without lying to myself.  Amen

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WEEK 43, DAY 5     HOLY SPIRIT

There is no Fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19

Father, show me what I am fearing today.  Amen

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WEEK 43, DAY 6     HOLY SPIRIT

There is no Fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19

Jesus overcame His own desire to avoid the cross by the help of Holy Spirit who empowered Him throughout His ministry from the time of His baptism.  Then upon His ascension, He sent Holy Spirit to believers for sharing in that same empowerment. Astounding. Help us believe this, Father.  Amen

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WEEK 43, DAY 7     HOLY SPIRIT

There is no Fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19

Today, Father, alone with You, and the Savior, and the Spirit of Truth, we confess our fears, and rejoice in Your love.  Amen and amen.

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS WK 42 DAYS 1-7, SEPTEMBER 19-25, 2021, HOLY SPIRIT AND PRAYING THE SCRIPTURE

WEEK 42, DAY 1    HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Holy God, may we be a people of learning relationship with You, Your Son, Your Holy Spirit.  We know that “perfect love casts out fear,” 1 John 4:18, so as we continue to approach Your throne room at Your invitation, may we not fear the study of the spirit life. Discernment is our request, Father. We believe You will never leave us.  May we never leave You.  In the Christ’s Name we pray.  Amen

Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will return to You. Psalm 51:13

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

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WEEK 42, DAY 2     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Father, as You teach us the prayers of our forebears, we humbly ask You to credit to their account their willingness to expose themselves, their sins, and their experiences of repentance and joy upon restoration with You. All these years, You have retained their work in written form for us, who centuries later, are learning the same lessons. Nothing is too hard for you. For us, however, we marvel at every detail you have included for later generations of believers. Help us not take for granted their lessons and guide us in learning how to pray the scriptures, O Lord our God. Amen

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness (guilt of bloodshed, death), O God, Thou God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of Thy righteousness (deliverance). Psalm 51:14 (KJV)

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

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WEEK 42, DAY 3     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. Psalm 51: 15

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

Father, this gorgeous autumn day, we declare Your praise, and we continue to ask You never cast us away from Your Presence nor take Your Holy Spirit from us.  Astounding we are given permission to ask this……astounding the Lord Jesus cleanses us……astounding the Holy Spirit guides us.  It is all to Your Praise.  Amen

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WEEK 42, DAY 4     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

For You will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it. You will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:16, 17

As a teen (and even as an adult), I was not too excited about being broken.  Then life continued to happen.  It didn’t matter whether or not I was excited about being broken.  It just was. His ways are just that: His ways.

Father, considering Your ways is what You expect from us.  May we reconcile ourselves to the truth of You and what You the Creator expect of Your created.  The mere thought You want us, the clay pots, the cracked and broken clay pots is overwhelming.  We present our broken spirits to You, O Holy God.  Beyond comprehension, our King of kings met the awful task of taking on our sin, my sin. We don’t even know how to say thank you. Please hear our groans and the groans of Holy Spirit.  Amen

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

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WEEK 42, DAY 5     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

In sacrifice and offering You have not delighted, but You have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required. Then I said, here I am; in the scroll of the brook it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart. Psalm 40:6-8

Today, Righteous Father, as it was written in prophecy of the Son, may we say with sincerity, “I delight to do Your will, O my God. Your law is within my heart.”  Amen

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

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WEEK 42, DAY 6     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to complete His work.”        John 4:34

Father, as Jesus came to this earth to complete Your work, will You empower Holy Spirit to guide us in completing Your work assigned to us.  We are yours, we pray, forever and ever.  Amen

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

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WEEK 42, DAY 7     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11

Elohim, Yahweh God, thank you for David’s raw and uncut prayers asking You for Your continued Presence.  Today, Father, we ask “Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.”  Amen and amen

 

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS WK 41 DAYS 1-7, SEPTEMBER 12-18, 2021, HOLY SPIRIT AND PRAYING THE SCRIPTURE

WEEK 41, DAY 1    HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

A penitent’s Psalm of David after the prophet Nathan confronted him regarding his sin with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!           Psalm 51:1,2 (ESV)

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 11

This prayer, O Holy Father, we pray with earnest hope.  Please do not cast us away from Your Presence or Your Holy Spirit.  Amen

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WEEK 41, DAY 2     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You may be justified in Your words and blameless in Your judgment.  Psalm 51:3,4

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 11

Always, Father, we are confronted with ugliness, sin, unrighteousness, even from childhood. Years ago, a grandmother watched her 2yo grandson and 2yo granddaughter play on separate sides of a room, quietly and seemingly without any upset.  Of a sudden, and before GM could stop it, the grandson went over to his cousin and clocked her on top of her head with his truck toy causing pandemonium.  Where does this unprovoked aggression originate? How is this possible?  And angry thoughts in adults….how does that happen?  David is not alone in needing mercy, cleansing, and confession. We love You Father. Amen

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WEEK 41, DAY 3     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me. You desire truth in the inward being, therefore teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Psalm 51:5, 6 (NRSV)

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 11

Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, lead us to inward truth.  Amen

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WEEK 41, DAY 4     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51: 7

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 11

The Lord Jesus’ sacrifice cleanses us.  Amen

Your Holy Spirit guides us.  Amen

Your mercy amazes us.  Amen

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WEEK 41, DAY 5     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that You have broken rejoice. Psalm 51: 8

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 11

When we miss the mark, the anguish of being broken before You cries out for right relationship with You.  One day, this cycle of sin will be finished. A great day of rejoicing with You is the hope You give us.  Amen

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WEEK 41, DAY 6     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right (steadfast) spirit within me. Psalm 51: 9,10

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 11

Holy God, we never want our sins to separate us from You. We pray as David did. Amen

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WEEK 41, DAY 7     HOLY SPIRIT, PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold (sustain) me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51: 12

Cast me not away from Your Presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51: 11

Father, You make it clear, we must uphold our side of the relationship, a willing spirit.  Thank You for the prayers of David. Thank You for the prayers of all who have ever ached to be in Your Presence and in one accord with our Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit.  Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS WK 40 DAYS 1-7, SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2021, HOLY SPIRIT

WEEK 40, DAY 1    SPIRIT OF GOD

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision (revelation, prophecy). 1 Samuel 3:1 ESV

Righteous Father, the days of Samuel are long gone.  Yet, are they really? Are there lessons we are to learn from the mistakes the Israelites made while influenced in pagan cultures? They demanded a human king rejecting being led by You as their King.  1 Samuel 8:7.   So, You directed Samuel to anoint Saul king, allowing the people their own way, (1 Samuel 2-10). 

….and the Spirit of God rushed upon him (Saul), 1 Samuel 10:10 and 11:6, and he prophesied among the prophets. 1 Samuel 10:10. 

But because of Saul’s disobedience and sin, “The LORD regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.” 1 Samuel 15:35b. 

Father, even though the Israelites rejected You as their king, You still blessed Saul with the Spirit of God to empower him to be king.  How is it You are merciful despite human disobedience?  Will You bring to mind the ways we reject and dishonor You, so that we can repent?  We ask in Christ.  Amen

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WEEK 40, DAY 2     SPIRIT OF GOD

And the LORD said (to Samuel), “Arise and anoint (David) for this is to be the king.  Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the LORD tormented him.   1 Samuel 16:12-14

Holy God, the ancient stories of disobedience and loss are difficult to bear.  Saul seemingly “had it all.”  You selected him, anointed him, and even sent Your Spirit to empower him as king, but he would not obey You.  Please, Father, help us see beyond ourselves and never let us put ourselves in discord with Your Spirit. Amen

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WEEK 40, DAY 3     HOLY SPIRIT

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  Romans 8:5

Heavenly Father, the mere thought of losing relationship with You and Your Spirit like Saul did is overwhelming.  Help us never give You reason to take Your Presence from us. Help us become aware of the work the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives.  In Christ’s Name and because of His resurrection.  Amen

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WEEK 40, DAY 4     HOLY SPIRIT

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6

Father, we have opportunity to experience life and peace because of Jesus and the Spirit.  Help us set our minds on the Spirit and learn how to do this.  We ask it in Jesus.  Amen

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WEEK 40, DAY 5     HOLY SPIRIT

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law.  Indeed, it cannot.  Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.  Romans 8:7

Help us, Father, keep our minds set on the Spirit. Jesus was able to do this despite forty days of fasting, temptations by the evil one, the shame of the cross, and betrayal by His friends.  You have sent the Counselor, the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth to us.  Help us listen to Him moment by moment.  Amen

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WEEK 40, DAY 6     HOLY SPIRIT

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.” Amos 8:11 ESV

They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it. Amos 8:12 ESV

Father, there are days the news across the world is depraved and ghastly, not unlike the news of the world of Old Covenant days.  Those are wearisome and troubling days because there does seem to be a famine in our 2021 world of “hearing the words of the LORD.”   Jesus told His disciples, “When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own but will speak whatever He hears and He will declare to you the things that are to come.”  John 16:13. We praise You that the Anointed King Jesus conquered death and has sent The Spirit of Truth to Advocate for us.  Without You Father, You Jesus, You Spirit, there is no life, no truth, no hope.  But with You Father, You Jesus, You Spirit, there is all life, all truth, all hope.  And Your people exclaim with great joy, Amen.

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WEEK 40, DAY 7     HOLY SPIRIT

Where there is no vision (revelation, prophecy), the people perish.  Proverbs 29:18 KJV

Praise You Holy God, the Spirit of Truth guides us into all truth.  The vision and prophecy of our Lord and Messiah have been accomplished, and we are not left without vision; until He returns, we have been given the greatest gift, the Advocate, the Holy Spirit.  We cannot claim any work of our own, but only Your mercy leading us home.  We love You, O Holy God.  In Christ.  Amen

Jesus said, “The Spirit of Truth will glorify me, because He will take what is mine and declare it to you.  All that the Father has is mine. For this reason, I said that He will take what is mine and declare it to you.”  John 16:13, 15

We are His, Praise God, Hallelujah, Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 39, DAYS 1-7, AUGUST 29-SEPT. 4, 2021, HOLY SPIRIT

WEEK 39, DAY 1     HOLY SPIRIT

The Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded, and he went out to meet ASA (king of Judah) and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”                     2 Chronicles 15:1,2

Righteous Father, how difficult it is for us to understand the spirit world because of insatiable need for direct measurement by sight, sound, smell, taste, touch. Help us hear You, our Father, in the ways You speak to us.  Amen

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WEEK 39, DAY 2     HOLY SPIRIT

As soon as ASA heard these words, the prophecy of Azariah the son of Oded, he took courage and put away the detestable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities that he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim, and he repaired the altar of the Lord that was in front of the vestibule of the House of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 15:8

Speculations over time by multiple nations, cultures, agendas, and fearmongers make it difficult to for us to understand the Truth of Your relationship with Your Spirit, while our culture confuses spirits with the Spirit of Truth. Thank You, for Asa’s obedience to the Spirit of You God, and please lead us not into disobedient temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen

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WEEK 39, DAY 3     HOLY SPIRIT

Heavenly Father, You have made it clear in many examples similar to Asa You expect us to be with You. The Spirit of God told Asa via Azariah, “The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you.”  For all the days of our lives, may we be led by Your Spirit, O Holy God. Amen

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4: 30

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WEEK 39, DAY 4     HOLY SPIRIT

I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 

This wondrous responsibility to “maintain the unity of the Spirit” given to us mere humans bewilders us under the weight of Your glorious love. Amen and amen

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WEEK 39, DAY 5     HOLY SPIRIT

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.  But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Ephesians 4:4-7

Our Father in heaven, it is nearly impossible to say Your Name without including the names of the Spirit of Truth and the Anointed Savior in the same breath. As we come to understand this more and more, may we prepare to meet You as You are as opposed to how we think You are. Please forgive our finite ideas as we eagerly anticipate Your infinity.  Amen

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WEEK 39, DAY 6     HOLY SPIRIT

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 2:7

Jesus, the Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth reminds us again and again, to hear.  Help us hear more each day, Father.   Amen

 

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WEEK 39, DAY 7     HOLY SPIRIT

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death. Revelation 2:11

Almighty God, You insist upon us listening. Even more You insist upon us hearing. You have said it. It is ours to do it. Help us hear You and You alone by way of Your Son and the Spirit of Truth.  Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WEEK 38, DAYS 1-7, AUGUST 22-28, 2021, HOLY SPIRIT

WEEK 38, DAY 1    HOLY SPIRIT

Righteous Father, these next several weeks we dedicate to your majestic gift of the Holy Spirit. We are grateful for the numerous scriptural references to this Person of the Trinity. Today, we claim our responsibility for our part of the relationship with the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit. We ask for guidance, clarity, and obedience to whatever You want to teach us. We love you, Holy God, we love You, Jesus the Anointed, and we love You Spirit of Truth.  Amen

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”  Genesis 1: 2

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WEEK 38, DAY 2

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in (contend with) man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” Genesis 6:1-3

Holy God, how we humans have been ruthless to your mercy, for as long as we've been on the earth. Your holiness exceeds everything that any of us can even perceive. Help us want holiness more than anything else. We love you imperfectly here on earth. We hope for perfection one day when we are in your presence made perfect by the blood of your Son. Amen

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WEEK 38, DAY 3

After Joseph interpreted Pharaoh's dreams and suggested overseers and food preservation for the famines, the proposal pleased Pharoah and all of his servants.

And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command.”               Genesis 41:37-40

Righteous father, it is illuminating to read the scripture, noting even people who do not know You can witness the work and accurately the name the Spirit of God. We want to be people “in whom is the Spirit of God.” Help us grow, O God. In Christ. Amen

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WEEK 38, DAY 4

The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.”

Holy Father, as we pray and learn about the Spirit of God, may we let the scripture speak for itself. Amen

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WEEK 38, DAY 5

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Gather for me 70 men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone. Numbers 11:16-17

We are listening and learning and grateful, our glorious God. Amen

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WEEK 38, DAY 6

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD. And he gathered 70 men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the 70 elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it. Numbers 11:24-25

Heavenly Father, He is Your gift to share.  May we appreciate Your precious mercy….and His.  Amen

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WEEK 38, DAY 7

Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD's people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp. Numbers 11:26-30

O God, thank You for Your Word. Help us to read, reread, and understand whatever You want us to learn together.  By the Savior’s Name we pray.  Amen

 

DAILY CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS, WK 37, 8.15-21.2021, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2

WEEK 37, DAY 1, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2, SHEEP

Curious animals, these.  The 16yo old boy purchased the Suffolk ewes and raised their young establishing a nice sized flock for one so young, showing them at the 4-H County Fair and saving every cent for upcoming educational endeavors.  Working hard all year, his parents gifted him a chance to visit relatives for a week affording him a well-earned rest.  Sadly, upon his return, he found his entire flock had consumed Osage Orange hedge apples, suffocating to their deaths.  His work, his college savings, and his heart all being dealt a severe setback, he felt despair, and as you may expect, the parents were dismayed to find the flock in the morning after all of them had been healthy the evening before.  I wonder, Holy Father, how it must be for You to watch the miseries of Your children.  Please, Holy God, direct us back to your consolation, and draw young people back to Your fold and to the Great Shepherd.  Amen

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.”

Psalm 23:1-3

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WEEK 37, DAY 2, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2, MOURNING DOVES

And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on Him.”

The mourning doves converged in an evening symphony as the mother and daughter worked well past dusk in the garden, the time of day unlike any other. One of peace, this stillness recalled years later calms the chaos and clutter even when city rush blares its noise. And upon the Lord, the dove-like Spirit lit and stayed.  Heavenly Father, may Your peace bestowed in Holy Spirit become our best Friend these next several weeks. You are God.  He is God. And He descended onto our Messiah Who is also God.  How like You to present such a mystery in Three Persons. We stand with open hearts and minds to listen to You, to Holy Spirit, to the Savior, all Three.  Help us not be afraid to tell each of You we love You.  Amen

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WEEK 37, DAY 3, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2, HORSES

He was a magnificent patriarch of the herd of mares, their foals, geldings, and awkward yearlings, protecting with watchful eye and unquestioned courage.  As such, few approached him especially at feeding time save the matriarch and curiously all the foals.  He displayed such a tenderness to the little ones, it was noticeable even to the crankiest in the pecking order of the herd.  None bothered the babies.

Matthew 19:13-14. Then children were brought to Him that He might lay His hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.

Righteous Father, even in the animal Kingdom, Your characteristics of protection are evident. It is necessary for humans to learn how to interact with other humans, so the examples we see frequently in the animal world can point us to basic level kindness. Will you help us to remember “the other,” and to recognize we have responsibility well beyond what may be obvious. Thank you, Holy God for order and peace, and that one day, chaos will be completely eradicated in the return of the Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. Amen

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WEEK 37, DAY 4, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2, CHEETAHS

This coalition of three male cheetahs, likely litter mates, protected their Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, territory and improved predatory endeavors.  Occasionally seen, this brotherhood seems to work well and avoids most infighting of its members. Together, they exhibit group success in unity.

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity (dwell together)!” Psalm 133: 1

Heavenly Father, incline our ears, our hearts, our hopes, and our actions toward unity. Through the Anointed One we pray. Amen

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WEEK 37, DAY 5, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2, ANTS

Following the single file procession of ants for over 300 yards, she marveled at their tenacity and contribution to the colony.

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” Proverbs 6:6  

Got it. Each time there seems to be too much to do and too little time to do it, it is a comfort to think of these tiny responsible insects. Have you forgotten nothing, O Lord, our God! Amen

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WEEK 37, DAY 6, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2, GNATS

Righteous Father, will You remind me again why I'm supposed to be grateful for gnats?

Help us not be blind guides. Amen. Matthew 23:24

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WEEK 37, DAY 7, ANIMAL LESSONS-PART 2, TORTOISES

The 800 pounds giant Galapagos tortoise had somehow been overturned on flat land in a recent fight and was rocking back and forth on its shelled back with extended feet in the air. Fortunately for him, he lived in a zoo where attendants could right him. Otherwise, his demise would likely have been complete.

Heavenly Father, will You help us stay out of fights with other humans? Perhaps we can take a cue from Moses.

And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:13- 14  

Amen

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