Sunday, 20 January 2019

Day by day God is working his plan - Genesis 24


Father as we see your hand at work moving history towards your purposes we confess that
we are working for our own glory
we seek our own desires
we want our own way;
Little realising that the joy we seek is not found there.
As you show us your hand at work
Give us confidence in your plan
Help us to trust your love towards us
May we align our lives in accordance with truth
And in so doing experience your joy and peace.
May our strivings cease, and our confidence and trust in you grow ever stronger.
May our agendas pale and wane as we are increasingly give ourselves to your kingdom and your glory.
We pray for Jesus sake
Amen

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Father
Change my anger into grace
my selfishness into service
my fear into loving.
Change the desires of my heart

Give me eyes to see your salvation
ears to delight in your voice
affections that are warm towards you
and a life filled with holy and enduring actions

May your Son shine ever brighter
your grace be ever more precious
the cross be my beacon and my pillar
and you ever be the direction of my heart

Amen


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