The Prayerful Word - April 21

  • Jeremiah 2:2 I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved Me and followed Me through the wilderness.

    Philippians 1:20-21 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

    Proverbs 18:9 He who is loose {and} slack in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer {and} {he who does not use his endeavors to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide}.

    Psalm 27:4 The one thing I ask of the Lord — the thing I seek most — is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.

    Philippians 2:15 that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,

    Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God…keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments.

    May you ever be prepared to answer with humility and sincerity any questions about your choices and your dedication to God in a spirit of peace. Joshua 22

    May you be very strong and most careful to obey all that God directs you to do in days to come, without turning aside to the right or to the left. You have seen all that the Lord your God has done in times past to the powers which have resisted God's will in your life, and how the Lord fought for you as you walked forward in confident obedience to take your allotted inheritance. He will push the enemy out before you, breaking their influence on those around you. You will take possession of your own nature – in your heart and in your mind – as the Lord your God has promised, while you reject and withstand those powers you once served, and hold fast to the Lord your God. Joshua 23

    May you be certain to not associate or ally yourself with the stray impulses that remain in your heart and your mind after you are given the victory over a habit or influence that controlled you, or entertain the thoughts that lead into the snare again, for you may be sure that the Lord your God will then no longer drive out those powers from before you, but give you over to their hand. Joshua 23

    May you be very careful to love the Lord your God above all else you hold dear, for the Lord has defeated all your enemies, from the least to the greatest, and no principality will be able to withstand you, therefore you will rout a thousand because the Lord your God fights for you, just as He promised. Joshua 23

    May you know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God has given you has failed, but every promise has been fulfilled. Joshua 23

    Do you feel yourself small and alone, My child? Do you question how you can accomplish anything for My kingdom with your few and weak resources? Do you feel separated and isolated from the great works and monuments of religion?
    Do not despair, My little one, but be strong and faithful as My disciple, continuing in the discipline I am teaching you, enduring in the path I set before you, standing firm in the truth I have shown you. Do not shrink back but persist as My true follower who holds fast to what you have of Me, and from Me, so that you will not suffer loss in My appearing.
    I will make a little one to become a thousand, and the smallest a mighty nation. It will not require majestic architecture or awe-inspiring music or solemn ritual or other elements that touch the soul, for these inspire pride, which engenders rivalry and division.
    It needs simply you, closeted with Me, knowing that I, your Redeemer, live. It needs only you allowing your heart to seek Me, to know Me in My fullness, to receive all I have for you, to find My heart of service.
    Though it appears as drudgery, though it takes you where no one observes you, though it is unexceptional in the eyes of those with status in the world, humble yourself to express it to those I bring you to.
    I am giving you the calm strength of faith to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, to live an ordinary, unobserved, ignored existence as My disciple.
    As you empty yourself, I will fill you, men will see My glory, and you will be a good and faithful servant, effective in My kingdom.

    May you be counted worthy of taking part in the resurrection from the dead and the age to come where you can no longer die since you are a child of God. Luke 20

    May you not be like those who enjoy the outward appearance of righteousness, and love the recognition of others, striving for the places of social prestige and public honor, yet acting without mercy toward those without power, and finding no grace to extend to others who do the same as themselves, for such people will be punished most severely. Luke 20

    May you disregard the opportunities for an outward show of righteousness to gain the recognition of others, and disdain the options to strive for places of social prestige and public honor. May you, rather, focus instead on searching for those who need mercy and have no power to repay, giving grace to those who struggle in battle as you do, for this reflects the love of the Father as His son. Luke 20

    May you learn to acclaim the Lord and walk in the light of His presence, for righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne and love, with faithfulness, go before Him. Psalm 89

    May you rejoice in the name of the Lord all day long and exult in His righteousness for His is your glory and strength, and by His favor you are made strong – indeed, your shield belongs to the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. Psalm 89

    May you call out to the Lord, “You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior,” for He has bestowed strength of a warrior on you and anointed you with His Spirit, sustaining you with His hand, strengthening you with His arm, allowing no enemy to subject you to tribute nor any wicked one to oppress you, crushing your foes before you and striking down your adversaries. Psalm 89