Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Hope is Born #2 - Matthew 1:18-25


           
You promised!
You said it would happen!
A teenager would become pregnant.
She wouldn’t abort.
She would carry him despite the shame and the sniggers.  
And he would be born.
Simply, ugly and poor. 
She would call him ‘saviour’.
And she would call him ‘God with us’.
Because that day,
You came!
You kept your promise!
You did what you said you would do.
You came to be with us.
And to save us.
You have promised that you are coming again!
You said it would happen!
And today we are looking and we are longing and we are waiting…for you to keep your promise again…
Come King Jesus come!

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Pray in the Spirit - Ephesians 6:18-20


Father may we pray in the Spirit on all occasions.
May our lives be characterised by all kinds of prayers and requests.
May we always keep on praying as we live for you and not for ourselves.
Keep us alert.
Keep us praying for all the saints.
Keep the saints declaring the gospel fearlessly.
And empower us to declare it to ourselves and to the world.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Fullness Ephesians 5:15-20


Father of fullness,
Make us careful in how we live.
Make us wise not foolish,
Redeeming the time,
Recognising that the days are evil.
May we know your will,
Be filled with the Holy Spirit,
May your word overflow from our hearts into our mouths and our lives.
May we sing of your greatness and your salvation.
Filled with gratitude for everything,
In the name of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Hope is Born - Christmas 2018 - 1 Peter 1:3-9

Father of Jesus,
You deserve our praise,
You have showered us with mercy,
Injected life into our dead souls,
Given us a sure and living hope,
Through the cosmic act of the resurrection of your Son.
Now our inheritance is sure,
We are shielded by your power,
And we are filled with joy.
Though now we suffer,
We are being refined,
Proven genuine;
So that you will be praised, honoured and glorified when Jesus is revealed.
You have filled us with joy,
For we are receiving the goal of our faith the salvation of our souls.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

The Rest Bringing Priest King Zechariah 6:1-15


Father your purposes are accomplished in all the earth
You have accomplished rest
  By the living branch,
  The temple builder,
  The throne sitter,
  The honour bearer,
  The peace bringer,
  The priest king.
It shall be for all the earth
Make us to hear and to diligently obey the voice of the Lord our God as we embrace your rest.
Amen

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Evil Removed - Hallelujah. Zechariah 5:1-11


                 
Father,
Thank you that evil will be banished.
Thank you that my evil has been banished.
And now as we wait for the day when evil is banished forever and we dwell with you again, may we be a people earnest and urgent in our pursuit of holiness.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit Zechariah 4:1-14


Lord of Hosts
You build,
  Not by might
  Nor by power
  But by your Spirit.
Unseen, quietly, humbly.
You level the obstacles and lay the capstone.
You do not despise the day of small things.
You will complete your kingdom.
You will keep your promises.
And we will rejoice.
Build your kingdom here.
May we be the light you have called us to be.
For your glory alone
Amen