The Prayerful Word - July 3

  • John 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

    Psalm 106:6 We have sinned, even as our fathers did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly.

    Zephaniah 2:3 Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD.

    Matthew 10:37 He who loves [and takes more pleasure in] father or mother more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves [and takes more pleasure in] son or daughter more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me;

    Malachi 3:16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name.

    John 15:11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

    May your heart be penitent and humble before God, tender toward the truth of the Word and responsive to the prompting of the Spirit, weeping in repentance for the sins of the people and distressed in your spirit because of the evil in the land, for the Lord will hear you and respond to your prayers. 2 Kings 22

    Though you know that the judgment of God will not be turned away from the world, may you not give up hope in your witness nor ever stop working in the harvest, but do even more as you see the day approaching. 2 Kings 22

    May you turn to the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength, that you may walk in the ways of the Lord all the days of your life and be found doing the deeds of the Lord as long as you live. 2 Kings 23

    Because the hearts of people are desperately wicked, may you not be startled by the depth of idolatry and the extent of wickedness to be found, even in the places where God's Name is named, for just as He is working in your heart to purge and cleanse His dwelling place, so is He doing in all who will respond to the drawing of His Spirit, dressing and shaping the living stones from which He will build His temple. 2 Kings 23

    May you rejoice to see the fulfillment of God's Word spoken so long ago as God's Spirit is poured out anew upon all flesh and the worship of God returns to the hearts of those grown cold, renewing and refreshing the lives of those whom they touch with the fullness of God's gifts and blessings, treasures without measure, preparing the way for His return, as the chaff and the grain are separated on the threshing floor. 2 Kings 23

    My child, you are wonderfully and fearfully made, for I have knit your parts in darkness and formed you from the clay with My skill. My plans for you have been devised from before the foundations of the earth, and I have taken deep pleasure in anticipating the joy we will share as you come into the fullness that is yours in My kingdom.
    Though you had been set at enmity to Me through the lies you were born into of the flesh, yet I gave you My all, shunning privilege and emptying myself of rights so that I could walk with you in the way you walk, among the conditions you walk, facing the circumstances you face. I did this to make the way for you that did not exist before, overcoming so that you can overcome, being victorious so that you can walk in victory, conquering so that you can be more than a conqueror, dying so that you can receive an inheritance.
    When you were against all that I represent, because of the lies you were told, I caught you in My net, trapping you as a wild animal, and showed you gentleness as you showed Me fear and distrust, until you accepted that I would not torment you as you had been told.
    When you were still a slave to fear and pain, I bought you, paying the asking price without haggling, for I had created you, and I knew what a treasure you are, under all the dirt and filth that had accumulated through your mistreatment. I remembered the beauty that I had fashioned inside of you before you were stolen from Me.
    As a slave, bought from the market, I trained you in the basics of My household, showing you grace and acceptance, introducing you to the solid nourishment of My truth, restoring your health with regular rest and clean water.
    You wanted more, and you felt thankful, so I assigned you tutors to train you further in the principles of My Father’s house, letting you run errands and do assignments in the marketplace. You often reverted and followed your old patterns of hoarding what I gave you, from fear of want and memories of lack, but I directed My tutors to continue working with you.
    You responded, beginning to grasp the boundless riches, enough for all, and certainly sufficient for those few who respond to My call. You grew strong and learned to deal with the heat and the noise, the long hours and tedious tasks that you were given.
    But you saw that there was more to be done, and you were not satisfied with the limits you found in yourself. You turned to Me with a hunger to be all that I had created you to be, willing to do whatever was required to serve those you saw in need.
    You asked Me to show you what was needful, and as you did, you turned from being a slave, or even a child governed by rules, to a son who gives of himself freely to others. You received from the Father all that is needed, without restriction, to be about the Father’s business.
    You never thought of yourself, for you already settled in your heart and understood in your mind that the Father has you completely taken care of; you can go through whatever hardships come your way, knowing that He never leaves you.
    As you have walked with Him, you have seen how He has turned failure, disaster, loss, rejection, illness, catastrophe, all, into success and victory for His kingdom. As part of His family, you are heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed you suffer with Him so that you may be glorified with Him as heirs according to promise.
    Through such great love from the Father, as He has predestined for you, according to the kind intention of His will, you have been accepted in the Beloved and received into His kingdom.
    Walk with Me, My valued one, as we enter into the joy of the Father.

    May your witness make much of Jesus when the Lord brings you before others. Acts 23

    May you not follow the advice of the wicked or behave in the manner of the sinner or take pleasure in the company of scorners, but delight yourself in the Word of the Lord and meditate on Him both day and night that you may be spiritually strong and fruitful, enduring and vigorous, stable and healthy, prospering in the work of the Lord. Psalm 1

    May the Lord watch over your path to guard, defend, and protect you as you follow it, as He does for all who strive within themselves to follow the way of the righteous and the godly, for the path which the wicked follow will be destroyed, and they who follow it will perish, blown away like empty, dry husks having no value except as fuel to be burned. Psalm 1

    May you know by experience the certainty of God's defense and the strength of His protection over you throughout all your troubles and trials, for the honor and wealth of the rich, in their untested imagination, is believed to be a strong wall of defense, until it is too late. Proverbs 18:11

    May God bless you with the loving grace and merciful compassion to accompany you along the journey as heartfelt pride is broken down and demolished so that humility may sprout and grow in the rubble, blossoming into beauty, allowing Him to receive, and give, honor. Proverbs 18:12


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