Daily Share-a-Prayer w/e 16/05/2021
Worship Leader, All Saints Church, Belton
Sunday 16th May
Heavenly Father, thank You that the ivy that was growing over the garden fence, and also through the fence splitting the panels, has died and I have been able to remove it
The ivy didn't simply die of course; I had to cut it off at its source, the roots. It soon withered once I had done what was required. The ivy didn't simply disappear; there was still some hard work to do prising it off the fence, cutting through the long trailing branches and clearing it away. I know I will have to do some even harder work, digging up the roots before the job is finally done or the ivy will once again creep over and through the fence
You are the Gardener, Jesus is the Vine, and I am the branch. If I want the fruit of Your Spirit to grow in my life I must cultivate it by doing all that You ask of me. This means allowing You to cut through the ivy that is still growing in my life, cutting through it and removing the dead wood, and also allowing You to expose the roots and pull them up. The ivy is the sin in my life, it grows fast and entangles
You tell us, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us"
Thank You that You are constantly at work in my life, that Your Spirit and a great cloud of witnesses are always encouraging me to get rid of the ivy and so allow the good branches of Your Vine to grow and bear fruit
Thank You. Keep pruning! Now running the race!
songs for today:
A New Commandment
Love Divine All Loves Excelling
Saturday 15th May
Heavenly Father, it is not that I don't understand about sin in the world, where it comes from, why it ruins lives, why people fight and kill and go to war; what I don't understand is why we don't change, choose more wisely
Given the choice, we all have choice, I can choose to sit down with a neighbour and have a coffee together or I can fight him
Given the choice, I can live in my house and he in his, or we can destroy each other’s property
Given the choice, I can love my neighbour or hate him
This is the choice, light or dark, lift up or put down, help or hinder, give or take, love or hate
Lord Jesus, help me to always shine a light and not to cast a shadow causing another to stumble. Help me to lift others up and not put them down, to see them as valuable, as You do. Show me how to help others and not to be a burden on them
Lord, give me a generous heart, a giving spirit, a heart like Yours, by Your Spirit. Help me to do as You say, to love You, my Lord and my God with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul and with all my strength; and to love my neighbour as I love myself. Help me to make this world a better place. In the little bit where I live help me to make You known, in what I say, but mostly by what I do
You said, "When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come... Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom". Lord, by Your Spirit, where I am, make me a channel of Your peace
songs for today:
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
Above All Powers
Friday 14th May
Heavenly Father, thank You that being a Christian is not just a way of life, it is the Way of LIFE!!
Jesus told us, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full". You did not come to steal or kill or destroy because You are not a thief
My son moves house today. He did not take the house from anyone, he entered into negotiations with someone who wanted to sell, agreed a fair price and when everything was in place for all concerned they agreed to exchange contracts and move today
You did not come into the world and demand our lives from us, You came and offered us Life, Life in all fullness, and You paid for everything. This would be like someone, a stranger even, offering my son a much better house without cost, for free; all he has to do is say, "Yes". He leaves his old house and accepts the new house with thanksgiving
This is what You have done for us! You came into the world, like a stranger, and offered us new life; and so, today, we can leave our old life behind and accept the new life with thanksgiving. However, we have to decide. Jesus said, "This is the verdict: light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of Light because their deeds were evil"
John's testimony about Jesus was, "In Him was Life, and that Life was the Light of all mankind". And Jesus said of Himself, "I AM the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life". Shine, Jesus, shine
song for today:
Shine Jesus Shine
Thursday 13th May
Heavenly Father, sometimes I have to stop and ask myself a simple question, "Why?" This question may be followed by something about my life and how it is going; or it may be about things going on around me over which I have little control; or it may be about something going on in the world far from me where I certainly have no control or influence
In all of these situations I can come to You to seek not only answers as to "Why?" but also to ask You to act. In my own life I ask You to guide me so I live in Your Way, the life You have planned for me, prepared for me, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do"
Did I do what you wanted yesterday, or did I do my own thing? Help me to stay on the path You are walking, near You, doing the things You would have me do. I cannot change other people, the only person I can change is me, and I can only do that through Your strength; You give me the power to change
I don't know why a bombshell may go off in someone's life, changing their plans, but You do and You can help them in whatever situation they find themselves, so I ask You to help and guide others too, giving them the power to change
And I do not really understand why bombs and missiles are causing devastation in the Middle East but You do, so I ask You to bring peace, to halt the violence and stop the bloodshed. As Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing"
songs for today:
Peace Like a River
As We See The World In Tatters (Every Place)
Wednesday 12th May
Heavenly Father, sometimes life stops us in our tracks. It is like being slapped hard on the face unexpectedly. Or like cold water being poured over us, soaking us to the skin, although everything seemed to be sunny
What do we do when this happens, when life deals us a blow and we go down? It is not always easy to "pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again". Sometimes we need a helping hand!
Thank You that You are always there to lift us up. Sometimes it takes a while, and we have to be patient, but we can rest assured that You are working on our behalf. There are places You have to go and people You have to see but when the time is right You will lead us to where You next want us to be
When the weight of the cross and the beating You had taken was too much for You, You had help from Simon of Cyrene, who carried the cross for You. When You were dead in the grave the Spirit stirred You and You rose again
You tell us, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light". You have a plan for us, and part of that plan is rest, but You also have a plan to get us moving again, to raise us up
Just as You set Saul of Tarsus on a new path as Paul, just as You restored Simon Peter on the beach and gave him a mission, so You will provide for those You love. "What next?" we might ask. And You say, "Follow me"
songs for today:
You Raise Me Up
Pick Yourself Up
Tuesday 11th May
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the delivery room, the place where we are born. Many babies are born in hospital in the delivery room and many, probably more, are born in a room at home; wherever the birth happens is the delivery room
Jesus taught Nicodemus with the words, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again'"
I suppose it is obvious, but we are all like Nicodemus, struggling to grasp what Jesus said; after all birds give birth to birds, cats to cats, dogs to dogs and so it must be, Spirit to spirit
When we are born in the flesh we come from the darkness of the womb into the light of the world, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We are startled by the light and we see the world in a different way
And when we are born of the Spirit we come from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light, we are started by the Light and we see the world in a different Way, through Your eyes
Father, fill us with the knowledge of Your will through all wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives
Thank You that You have qualified us to share in the inheritance of Your holy people in the Kingdom of Light
You have rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son, Jesus, whom You love, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Thank You for this new birth!
songs for today:
You Rescued Me
Thank You for Saving Me
Monday 10th May
Heavenly Father, I began a talk at church yesterday, speaking online, by saying, "I was happy to do what my Dad asked because I loved him, and why did I love him? Because he first loved me"
Thank You that I was loved by my earthly father, my Dad, and I was able to say I was absolutely certain of it. I know too that I am loved by You, my Heavenly Father, and that I am absolutely certain of it. Am I absolutely certain? I have to rely on You, not on myself for the Truth. "If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them"
Thank You that I can rely on Your love, and not what I do. Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in Heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name and in Your name drive out demons and in Your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me you evildoers!'"
Help me to keep things simple, to love You with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength and to do whatever You ask of me, loving my neighbour as I love myself. Samuel told King Saul, "To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams"
Help me to keep just those two commands, and to rely on Your love only and not on anything I might do. Thank You
song and video for today:
To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice
Belton Church Service 09 05 21
Derek 's talk (24 minutes into video - lasts 23 minutes)
all songs (usually with lyrics) and talks courtesy of YouTube