February 28, 2010
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. (I Jn 3:1)
Today, in worship, we will see that our Heavenly Father has a wonderful plan to bring worshippers to Himself!
In Christ, we are accepted. In Christ, we are adopted into God’s forever family.
Looking at the cross our hearts shout with Paul, “God loved me and gave Himself for me!” Responding to this amazing love we know that we are not our own…we have been bought with a price!
February 27, 2010
Too often we pray because we “want” something. We are asking God to give us something, change something, intervene in some way, etc. There is nothing wrong with making our requests known to God. (Phil. 4:6-7)
However, asking God for something is not the only kind of praying. It has been rightly said, “we should seek His face–not just His hand!”
Take some time today to seek His face. Tell The Father that you want to know what He is like. You want to know His Word and His ways. Read these verses and wait before Him as you prepare your heart on this 4th day of preparation.
Read Ps 24:1-6
February 26, 2010
Read Psalms 139. Let God capture your attention as you are reminded that He has known everything about you…even before you were born!
Now, stop and pray the last two verses with the Psalmist. “Search me O God…”
Confess any sin that God brings to your mind.
“If I regard wickedness in my heart the Lord will not hear.” (Ps. 66:18)
Remember the words of the 2nd chorus in the hymn, “Before the Throne of God Above”
God, the Just, is satisfied, to look on Him and pardon me”
February 25, 2010
As we prepare our hearts to pray, we must face our sin. True communion with God moves us to Repentance and the Confession of Sin.
David, a man after God’s own heart, recorded his prayer of confession. The words he used, and the depth of his cry, can be found in Psalms 51 and 32. We must humble ourselves before God and let these words guide us.
Read Psalms 51 first. Follow this time of searching your heart with the reading of Psalms 32.
February 24, 2010
4o Days of Unusual Prayer
As we begin this journey of prayer together, we must prepare our hearts.
Take a moment and read James Chapter 4 and respond to the call of preparation. Notice the terms used and how this challenge is aimed at the heart:
- Draw near
- Humble yourself
Father, we seek You together. We humble ourselves before Your throne of grace and cry out to You. You alone have the Words of Life and You alone can satisfy the longing of our souls. Prepare us as we tune our hearts and seek Your face…not just Your hand of blessing.
In Jesus Name and through His blood we come before Your throne.