God is Good

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬ AMP)

Dear Heavenly Father,
You are good. You define what is good, and who is good, righteous, and holy. You provide good to your children, even to the rebellious. You are worthy to praise. Lord thank you for all those whom you have sent to do good to me on your behalf. Teach those who do not have the knowledge of you, but contribute to Your cause and authority about you. Let them find you. And let us be grateful even for them, and praise you before them so that they know you are our God.
I’m Jesus’ name, Amen.

Praying for rain.

Thank you Lord.

Though I’m constantly praying (talking to God) and meditating on God, His Word, and listening to the Spirit, I don’t always have something worth socially praying about. But today I had some themes bouncing around: rain, soil, waiting, and the Spirit. These became the components of a post I’m working on, but more importantly they represent, and caused me to pray.

Oh, Heavenly Father,
Your are THE great provider, the wonderful rainmaker, that nourishes everyone. You “load us daily with benefits.” We praise you for your grace and mercy. We glorify for keeping us receptive to your Spirit, because “you” could harden our hearts, and let us follow our own will, but you prevent us. You provide a fence, a hedge around us to keep us from sinning and to prevent us from being hurt by others. Lord, someone is waiting on rain. Some disciple is waiting for the Comforter. Lord, hear the prayers of the sowers that your seed may grow and mature to fruition.

In Jesus name.

There are a lot of things we aren’t willing, or aren’t ready to do for Christ. Are we willing, ready, or strong enough to pray that the Spirit prepare us or place us in a position to do the things that God would want us to do?

And now, O Lord Jehovah, thou art God, and thy words are truth, and thou hast promised this good thing unto thy servant: now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee; for thou, O Lord Jehovah, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever. (‭2 Samuel‬ ‭7‬:‭28-29‬ ASV)

Got Enemies?

Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you]. (‭Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭28‬ AMP)

This is an almost impossible request of someone who has no connection with God, and hard for some who believe that have a very good relationship with the Father. But it’s our calling. Jesus advocated for us and His persecutors while hanging on the cross saying, “Father, forgive them…”

In the earlier years of my walk I used to pray a prayer sorta like this:

Heavenly Father, I thank you for all you’ve done to protect me from those who desire to be my enemy. I know there is only one true enemy, satan. So I ask today that you bless my enemy as you have blessed me. I ask the you raise them up above me in your kingdom and place them on a pedestal and shine your light on them. I ask that you give them twice as much as I have, twice the love, the mercy, the grace. I ask that you stop them, turn them around and bring them back to where I am in you grace, and then lift them higher than me. Place them in a position of service above me in the kingdom. And fill them with all the righteousness necessary for the task of glorifying you, great and awesome God. Amen.

A bit pious. Yes. But what I’m asking God to do is turn them from their current distraction and give them real purpose. Occupy them with His work. Give them talents to be accountable for.

In my pride I know that I’ve assumed that they don’t already have these thing so I’m asking God to remind them. I’m also asking God to anoint them for service. And that service includes me. “He that would be great must first serve.”

For thou, O Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee a house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee. And now, O Lord Jehovah, thou art God, and thy words are truth, and thou hast promised this good thing unto thy servant: now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee; for thou, O Lord Jehovah, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever. (‭2 Samuel‬ ‭7‬:‭27-29‬ ASV)