The Prayerful Word - April 30

  • Luke 6:36 Be ye…merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

    Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

    Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

    Philemon 1:6 I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.

    1 Corinthians 9:25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

    Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.

    May you know that your past and your history is not who you are, for in Christ you have been made a new creation, cleansed and transformed into pliable, mold-able material for the Lord to shape into His appearance. Therefore allow the truth of His Word and the power of His Spirit to change your heart of stone to a heart of flesh and learn to walk, not in your carnal understanding, but in the reverent obedience and fearful awe of the Lord. Judges 11

    May you not have confidence in your strength or reliance in your wisdom, but grow in the knowledge of the grace of God. Enter into the trusting reliance and rest of the Lord, Who is the Beginning and the Conclusion, and has made plans at each step to do you good in the end, being the Author and Completer of your faith. He has prepared your required provision, both spiritually and materially, for each day and each need, that He may be your Source. Therefore give Him the glory which is His due and the praise for which He is worthy. Judges 11

    May you submit to the One Who saves and rescues you, yielding your will to His, acknowledging His strength that brings you victory, and confessing His right to receive your obedience and labor in His service, knowing that in His proven love for you, no eternal harm will be done, though the work may be hard and the assignments may prove painful, for His grace is sufficient and His joy is never-ending. Judges 11

    May you give to the Lord the honor and respect due to Him through the faithful usage and obedient employment of all that you have received from Him, for you have nothing that has not come from the Lord your Provider. Judges 11

    May you walk in the Spirit of God with the fortitude of mind, the courage of heart, and the zeal for the Lord as you obey the King of kings, both in overcoming the enemies of the Lord that oppress the inner land of your soul, cleansing it for His holy presence to dwell therein, and in the humble servitude to others through which the kingdom of God is extended, knowing that by your seeking His will and faithfully obeying, His praise will be declared by His people and His glory will be shown to the world. Judges 11

    May you encourage others in their struggles and rejoice with others in their victories, not quarreling in jealousy or contending in pride, but joining in care for one another, expressing acceptance in diversity, extending grace through maturity, and demonstrating love in unity, esteeming others with the significance the Father bestows upon them, Who considered them precious enough for His Son to die for them. Judges 12

    May God grant that you enjoy the fellowship of the Lord and walk peacefully with your brethren as a productive and useful servant of your Master, with a clean heart toward Him and a peaceful mind toward others. Judges 12

    I am of no use to you, My child, if you only know about Me.
    The words used by others to describe Me can paint a realistic-appearing portrait of Me in your mind, but they can only encourage you to know Me for yourself. Their words in your ears can never be a substitute for hearing My words speaking life into your heart, for the portrait is never the person.
    Knowledge of My acts, knowledge of My words, even knowledge of My ways may see you through when events are calm and the water is unruffled. But in the turmoil which you will be facing you must know the Person in Whom you believe and to Whom you need to call in order for your faith to catch traction and be of any benefit.
    Faith in a concept will not see you through – you will need to catch My hand in order to keep from sinking.

    May the Word, which was in the beginning, dwell richly in you, and may the life of the Word be the light that those in darkness see from you. John 1

    May you receive the One Who made the world, believing in His name, that you may receive the right to become one of His children, born of God. John 1

    May you receive the grace and truth which comes through Jesus Christ, Who fulfilled the law which was given through Moses, for from the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. John 1

    May you sing praise to the Lord because of His love and justice, and be careful to lead a blameless life so you will be ready when He comes to you. Psalm 101

    May you walk in your house with a blameless heart before God because you set before your eye no vile thing. Psalm 101

    May the transgressions of those powers and principalities which choose not to follow the way of the Lord fail to cling to or grasp hold of you and may you reject devious and perverse ideas, being intimate or involved with nothing of evil. Psalm 101

    May you put to silence any influencing whispers in your mind which slander your neighbors in secret, and may you not tolerate, or walk in agreement with, any authorities or powers which have haughty eyes and a proud heart. Psalm 101

    May you search out the faithful in the land that you may keep their company, and may you accept ministry from those whose walk is blameless and follows the way of integrity. Psalm 101

    May you understand that the sorrow of this life and pain of your struggles are a part of the growth that God leads us through, faithfully attending you and never forsaking you, even as Christ, in the midst of His triumphal entry to Jerusalem, carried in His heart the approaching burden of the cross, which He endured for the eternal joy of bringing many to the Father. Proverbs 14:13

    May you be satisfied from above, as a good man is, and your soul filled with awe toward the Lord whereas a heart that turns from God becomes bored with its own ways and the disloyal or faithless one will pay for his behavior. Proverbs 14:14